What Is the Super Mind – and How Can You Get It?
The Super Mind is a time-honored concept, though I have given it a new name that speaks to our modern era.
The Upanishads – an ancient text – tells us that through the practice of repeated stillness, you will reach a continuum of silence. Modern practitioners of Transcendental Meditation (TM) have recognized that such changes in consciousness begin to pervade their lives after they have been meditating for a while. This growth in consciousness is associated with many desirable qualities and life circumstances.
Put simply, the Super Mind allows you to live life to the fullest, bringing you profound joy while at the same time boosting your performance and effectiveness.
What is the value of the Super Mind? Will it make me richer, more successful, and happier?
Many have asked me these questions. So, let’s consider them.
Richer and more successful
Although polls show that most people think that having more money will make them happier, evidence suggests this is not usually true – as long as your basic needs are covered. But many people I interviewed – especially in business – say yes, the Super Mind will help you become richer because it will make it easier for you to achieve anything you seek to accomplish, by sharpening your mind and making you more creative and effective.
It follows, therefore, that the Super Mind will make you more successful. The Super Mind may not net you a billion dollars or a Nobel Prize. Instead, it will help you figure out who you really are – your authentic self, who you want to become, and help you get there. In summary, it will help you self-actualize and be the absolute best you can be.
Scientists have shown that although a significant proportion of our happiness resides in our genes, there is much we can do to make the most of our biological limits. That’s where the Super Mind comes into play. In a survey of over 600 TM practitioners, 94% reported an increased level of well-being since starting to meditate. Factors that predicted how often they would experience this increased sense of well-being were how long they had been meditating (in months or years) and how frequently.
Here are a few examples of Super Mind activity taken from my book:
- Actor, singer, and dancer Hugh Jackman credits TM with helping him become more authentic, and live a happier and more rounded life, unspoiled by his legendary success
- World famous classical guitarist Sharon Isbin regards TM as key to her creativity, success, and happiness
- Former major league baseball player Barry Zito recalls a pivotal game in the 2012 playoffs when he was “completely in the zone” – one of the hallmarks of the Super Mind. His resulting performance in that game was key to the outcome of the 2012 World Series, which went to his team, the San Francisco Giants.
The good news is you don’t need extraordinary talent or abilities to enjoy the benefits of the Super Mind. Anybody can.
[Video 2:44] Norman E. Rosenthal M.D. Introduces Super Mind
So, How Can You Get a Super Mind?
Based on my work with thousands of people who have sought to change their lives, there is not usually one single method for doing so. And that’s how it is with the Super Mind. Throughout history there have been people who achieved aspects of the Super Mind by different methods. Some seem to have stumbled upon it spontaneously. Author Eckhart Tolle may be one such person, to judge from his description in his best-selling “The Power Of Now.” It is also likely that people may attain the Super Mind by many and various practices – religious or meditative.
In my experience, however, the easiest and most powerful way to obtain the benefits of the Super Mind is via TM. Why is that? Because TM is a very simple and effortless procedure. It is taught by a well-studied standardized method that almost anyone can learn. In addition, an essential aspect of TM is the growth of consciousness. During TM sessions, the meditator typically experiences Transcendence – a specific state of consciousness that is different from sleeping, waking, and dreaming. Down the line that state of consciousness enters a person’s daily life.
In the next blog I will describe how the growth of consciousness unfolds and how my colleagues and I have set about trying to measure that growth. In the meanwhile I’d love for you to share your ideas about these issues with me and my readers.
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