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Restful Alertness
The Transcendental Meditation® technique effortlessly allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought —pure awareness, also known as Transcendental Consciousness. This experience—termed “restful alertness”—has been identified by researchers as a fourth state of consciousness that is distinct from the waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.   This fourth state of consciousness, in which the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the most silent form of human awareness, is known as Transcendental Consciousness.   Most significant for education is the finding that only the experience of Transcendental Consciousness enlivens the total brain physiology.   This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.   -- See
Broader Term
Higher States of Consciousness
Related Term
Pure Consciousness
Transcendental Consciousness
Transcendental Meditation® Technique
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