home previous next

Suggestions for further research

Web sites that are critical of TM...

TM-Free. This is a blog with several highly knowledgeable ex-TMer contributors. These are people who know where the bodies are buried.

Coming To Life Stories. This is Gina Catena's blog. I mention her in my discussion of David Lynch. She literally grew up in the "TM Movement" (as TMers like to call it) and also knows where the bodies are buried. She is also a frequent contributor to the TM-Free blog mentioned above.


Behind the TM Facade (specializes in very effectively debunking TM's claims to "scientific validation")

Meditation Information Network (don't miss the TM-EX Newsletter Archive and the TM Dissenter's FAQ )

Web sites that educate the public about destructive cults

International Cultic Studies Association.

The Rick Ross Institute

Steven Hassan's Resource Center for Freedom of Mind


Cult Awareness & Information Centre

Books that educate the public about destructive cults

The best single book to start with is Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan.  This book is an excellent popular introduction to the psychological techniques used by destructive cults to surreptitiously alter their recruits' experience of reality.

I also recommend Hassan's second book, Releasing The Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves.

Another excellent book is Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Thaler Singer, Janja Lalich, and Robert Jay Lifton.  Dr. Margaret Singer is emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and is one of the foremost contributors to the understanding of the psychological influence techniques used by destructive cults in order to recruit and retain members.  There are many references in the book to "empty mind meditation." Before publication she had originally specifically written "Transcendental Meditation" instead, but a professor at MUM caught wind of it and she was threatened with a SLAPP suit that she didn't want to have to defend.

TM and Cult Mania was the book that introduced me to how TM worked via trance and suggestion. It is written by Michael A. Persinger Ph.D. He is Coordinator of the Behavioural Neuroscience Program at Laurentian University.

Web sites that are favorable toward TM...



Ask the Doctors (This site is a hoot! I discuss it here).

Fun with TM web links


[Contactng me]         

[Search this site]

home previous next

[Trademark notice]

[Copyright notice]