The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment

The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment


Non-Fiction - Self Help
184 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2016
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Author Biography

Ann Purcell has been a full-time teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1973, teaching Transcendental Meditation and advanced courses in many countries around the world. In addition, she has worked on curricula and course development for universities and continuing education programs. She has a B.SCI (Bachelor of the Science of Creative Intelligence) and an M.SCI from Maharishi European Research University, Seelisberg, Switzerland. She also received a PhD in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace, Vlodrop, Netherlands. She is the author of Tender Flower of Heaven, a collection of 120 poems. She also writes for the Huffington Post.

Book Review

Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite

The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment by Ann Purcell is an excellent guide to inner peace through meditation, and it is presented to us through the author's own experiences and the teachings of many people throughout history. It is filled with quotes and useful information, as well as poetry and anecdotal stories. I particularly enjoyed the poem 'Letting Go' about the cosmic consciousness. The book describes varying levels of consciousness, including the God Consciousness, and it is filled throughout with footnotes and hyperlinks detailing many important parts of the book, as well as people, historical events that are of relevance, and more information to put the teachings in context.

The author does a great job of keeping the information fresh, and delivering it with a lot of different teaching methods. Each chapter comes with poems and experiences that can help the reader relate to and see it in a different way than simply blocks of text. I've always found meditation to be an interesting and spiritual process, but it's never been something I could manage. I felt like this book covered everything from basics to advanced levels, but in a very personable and approachable format. For example, there is information about the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Program, which the author describes as a sort of Rocket Ship of evolution.

The author is very excited about the events and teachings she is describing, and it becomes contagious while reading it. It felt very current, discussing things like TED talks and 60 Minutes alongside very ancient teachings. The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment by Ann Purcell shows us the journey of enlightenment for one woman and can help anyone who is interested in going on a journey of their own to take that first step.