Not really, of course. Although the man who tells her about the effects of “Yogic flying” promises:
“when you are good at it, you will fly above the ground !”.
In part 3 of our 6 part series, “meditation under the spotlight”, BBC reporter Kathy continues to make her own experiences with meditation in order to find out about it’s physical and mental effects. In Part 3 she opens herself up to a special experience. Her travels take her to the Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa/USA to explore TM (Transcendental Meditation). TM is pretty well known in the West and is practised by about 5 million people worldwide. It has also gained fame mainly because of the Beatles’ experience at The Maharishi Ashram in Rishikesh in 1968, where they wrote tons of songs there – many which have been published on the “White Album”.
Kathy is especially interested in the center as the US government has already spent millions of US$ to support the research into meditation that is carried out there. Kathy has a very mixed experience at the center, as on the one hand she is fascinated by the meditation practice but on the other hand paints a picture of a sect where the people are brainwashed. We invite and encourage our readers to form their own opinion and offer their comments for discussion. TM is not a part of soulrefresher’s services but it is our intention to give an overview of the different methods of meditation and the research that has been carried out on them.
Choosing your own personal method of meditation is a process of trial and error and it is beneficial to experiment with different techniques as you search for the right one – even the ‘strange’ ones!
So, get ready to “fly” and watch Kathy’s experiences in the Maharishi Vedic City.
In part 4 Kathy will try “yogic flying” herself and asks how meditation can help in cases of depression and other mentally related illnesses.