TM comes from an ancient tradition in India, the Vedic Tradition.
The essence of this tradition is experience rather than dogma or belief. It is geared to give the experience of the mind settling down and ‘transcending’ (or going beyond) thought altogether, hence the name ‘Transcendental Meditation’ or ‘TM’. In modern times TM has been promoted and taught primarily by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who developed the seven step course of instruction to learn TM, and organized the training of teachers in a thorough and structured way. Maharishi passed away in 2008.
TM in the UK
In the UK TM is taught by a registered educational charity (no. 270157) known as Maharishi Foundation.
My name is Jonathan Hinde and I teach TM in the Cambridge area. I became a teacher in 1977, and have run courses regularly since then. My background is that I have a mediocre degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford (it sounded interesting but didn’t really satisfy what I needed to know). I now run TM courses from my office near Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge, where I also have an essential oils business and I do treatments using the oils.