The development of consciousness through the regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique is a core value of the University and an integral component of the academic program.
Four decades of scientific research have shown Transcendental Meditation to be highly beneficial to student success and the promotion of campus harmony. For this reason all students are required to practice Transcendental Meditation twice a day for twenty minutes in the morning and afternoon.
At UMLAC, students help cultivate the total potential of their brain physiology through the twice daily practice of the TM technique. We also encourage students to practice the advanced TM-Sidhi® program. These programs are the foundation of the University’s Consciousness-BasedSM Education. That is why all students are required to learn and practice the TM technique or the TM and TM-Sidhi program while they are enrolled.
This daily practice has been incorporated into the curriculum as Development of Consciousness courses. These courses include the individual and group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs as well as the supporting activities to maintain the effortlessness of the practice and gain a deeper understanding of the growth of consciousness. These courses are overseen by the faculty of the Department of the Development of Consciousness. The Directors and other Certified TM teachers are available to help students with any questions they may have.
All students are automatically enrolled in these Development of Consciousness (DC) courses whenever they are enrolled at the University. Academic credit is given each semester for successful completion of these courses, which is a requirement for continued enrollment and graduation.
Along with university faculty, staff, and members of the community, students attend group practice of these programs in the classroom or meditation halls (for those practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique), or in the Golden Domes of Pure Knowledge or other program halls (for those practicing the TM-Sidhi program, including Yogic Flying®).
Through regular practice of the TM technique, research indicates developed intelligence and creativity, learning ability, broader comprehension while focusing sharply, along with the improved ability to relate to others. The benefits experienced may include engaging in activity feeling less tired and stressed, and enjoying increased alertness and efficiency in the classroom and all areas of student life. In the process of developing your potential each day, you will also be participating in what we believe is the most powerful approach to creating peace in the world.
For the personal benefit of all students, faculty, and staff, there are specific policies that support each element of these technologies for the development of consciousness. They have been carefully structured to produce maximum benefit. In order to ensure for everyone the integrity and effectiveness of the teaching and practice of these technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science, they are practiced according to the instruction of certified teachers recognized by UMLAC, and they are practiced exclusive of other programs and procedures.