In NSR©, the attention of the mind starts from where it already is: from the surface or concrete level of thinking. From that level we begin the technique, in which our attention gets drawn naturally to more abstract and quieter levels of thinking, which are more charming to the mind (our thinking always aims at greater happiness and satisfaction, for ourselves and others).
This process is called transcending. Transcending is effortless, simple, natural, and innocent. No concentration or contemplation is needed, and anyone who can follow directions can learn how to transcend.In NSR©, the mind picks up a mantra, or syllable, which is used for its sound value only. Both the mantra and the method of using the mantra are taught in NSR©. No matter what type of meditation, only this unique combination of suitable mantra and the method of using it can give rise to the process of efficient transcending. This process of transcending is enjoyable and brings quietness to the entire nervous system. Since the body always follows the mind, the body becomes more quiet and rested. As the body quiets down, stress is released. The release of stress purifies the nervous system, leaving it more flexible, alert, and rested.
For those visitors who remember Transcendental Meditation®, which was a very popular self-improvement technique in the 1970s, transcending, as described here, is the same unique mental process as was taught in TM®, consisting of a systematic and effortless reduction in mental activity while alertness is maintained. This process of transcending generates a unique, missing, yet necessary physiological state of consciousness which has frequently been called restful alertness.
The lawyers for TM® have asked us to state that these two systems of instruction are not in any way directly associated; they are in fact taught by completely different, unrelated, and indeed competitive organizations: see our comparison between these two systems of instruction. In the American spirit of improvement through competition we are proud and happy to offer the world a more attractive alternative to TM® for practical stress reduction and the efficient and effective development of self-actualization.