Natural Stress Relief & TM Meditation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • TM® vs Natural Stress Relief© technique
  • Trademark disclaimer (USA only)
  • How to learn and practice this technique
  • First session
  • Correct practice
  • The Manual and the Audio
  • Payment
  • About the cost of TM meditation
  • Other questions about TM meditation
  • Trademark and copyright issues (USA only)
  • Testimonials and accreditation
  • Purchase the NSR technique



  • The Maharishi Foundation demands that we display the following disclaimer.

    "Please be advised that the instruction provided you by our organization does not consist of the TMģ or Transcendental Meditationģ program... Should you wish to receive such TMģ instruction, you must contact an authorized TMģ program center..."
    (read the full text at the end of this page).

    We also like to quote these words by Maharishi himself:
    "30 or 40 thousand teachers of TM I have trained, and many of them have gone on their own, and they may not call it Maharishi's TM, but they are teaching it in some different name here and there... doesn't matter, as long as the man is getting something useful to make his life better, we are satisfied".
    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Press Conference, May 14, 2003.

    Trademark disclaimer.


    Questions and Answers


  • Is the Natural Stress Relief© technique related to TM® meditation?

    The creator of this technique, R.Harrison, is a former TM teacher. He developed this technique with F.Coppola, a TM practitioner since 1983. The Natural Stress Relief technique is somewhat different from TM: it is a single-mantra-for-all meditation but it seems to achieve remarkable results as TM does. You compare, you decide (and don't forget about the Money Back Guarantee: so you risk nothing). The NSR technique can be learned at home with a simple manual and CD. Trademark disclaimer.

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  • What about the "personal mantra"?

    In the original 1958 TM, a single syllable (mantra) was used, and there were not "personal" mantras, that were introduced in 1969.
    The results seem to be the same (read testimonials), but TM teachers will tell you that personal mantras are necessary to make TM unique, so that TM results can't be achieved in any other way. You compare, you decide. Here is what TM teachers will tell you:
    1) different, personal mantras are indispensable for an effective meditation;
    2) no technique is as effective as TM;
    3) no valid technique can be learned through a manual;
    4) you must spend $2,500.00 (update: reduced to $1,500.00 in 2013) if you want to learn an effective meditation (TM).
    In other words, they acknowledge that our technique is not TM, and we are not concerned with trademark or copyright problems. Some scientific research on NSR (that is very small if compared to that on TM) has shown that the remarkable effects of NSR seem to be the same as TM. Testimonials.

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  • The first session went well with the audio, experiencing body tingling and movement, but the second session without audio had no body sensations and more interference with internal thoughts and outside noise. Am I doing wrong?

    The effects you may feel during the practice can be different from time to time. The results you are getting without the audio file are still valid and normal. If you think that the sessions you made with the audio file are more powerful, you can do so sometimes, when you want (however, this will take a longer time).

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  • I just experienced my first session with the learn audio. I experienced weird sensations in my brain that I have never experienced before... They felt like sort of a massage maybe... What is happening to my brain to cause this feeling?

    There are several effects that you may feel (during a session) in the brain, in the nervous system, or even in muscles. This is different for different persons and it is different from time to time. The effect you report is probably due to release of tensions. After effects like these, you probably feel better during your daily life.

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  • My golf game has improved considerably since using this technique. I play especially well if I play directly after I do a session. However, after a few holes this state wears off and I get slightly more tense and worse. There is a lot of time in between shots, and I was wondering if I may use the syllable as I am walking in between shots.

    It is not recommended you practice this technique while walking! If you have enough time, try to do short session (5 minutes), of course while sitting with your eyes closed. Otherwise, you may do simple "pranayama" exercises (respiration) that you can learn for free on the Internet or anywhere.

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  • The recommended time spend is 2 times per day for about 10 or 15 minutes each. Is it more beneficial to practice 3-4 times per day, or even more than 3-4 times per day?

    It is not recommended to practice this technique too much, since it may cause a mental state that may be too far away from the normal awake state that is needed for daily life. In scientific terms, the brain tends to stay too much on the low Alpha waves (around 9 Hertz) rather than on the Beta waves (around 20 Hertz or more) that is needed in daily life. When you are in vacation/holiday, you may practise the technique 3 or even 4 times a day. The same applies if you happen to be ill (however, illness should be rare if you practise this technique regularly).

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  • Iíve started using your programme, second lesson this morning. I notice when Iím thinking my syllable that my tongue is trying to say it with me and Iím wondering if I should try using one of the other syllables that I read on the manual as I seem to action these in my mind easier without my tongue trying to move. Does it matter if I try either of these instead?

    There is not a remarkable difference between these syllables, as shown by our tests, even though TM teachers are trained to say that different mantras cause very different effects. The real difference between this technique and other meditation techniques is how the syllable is used... that is paradoxically simpler than most meditation techniques! This method achieves better results.

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  • Iím looking forward to learning this and progressing through the sessions as I do have hight blood pressure and want to move away from using pharmacy pills as a option. Will I achieve good results?

    This is not the best field where this technique has shown to be effective, however there are often good results in this field, too.

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  • Can I purchase the Manual and the audio without downloading it to my computer... i.e. the old fashion way of tangible stuff through the mail?

    Starting February 1, 2006, a Hardcopy version (Manual + CD) is available, with email support, for US$47: NaturalStressReliefUSA.org. Otherwise, to be sure that the Downloadable version will work, please test if you can read PDF text files and you can listen to mp3 audio files.

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  • May I know more about the downloadable Manual?

    The Manual and the Audio are available in popular digital formats, easy to download in one minute or less. The Manual is a standard PDF file: Adobe Reader is needed to view and print it. Check if you can view PDF files. Disk space: 0.2 MB only. It includes 38 pages and it is recommended that you print all of them on paper. Read a few pages from the Manual. About the Audio file: read below.

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  • May I know more about the downloadable Audio?

    The audio is a mp3 file, duration 4 minutes (22kHz, 16 bit, mono). Disk space: 1.0 MB. To download the audio file, when you are in the download page, right-click with your mouse and select "Save target as...". You need this audio for your personal instruction. It contains special sounds and a beautiful voice that will guide you. Listen to a very short sample of the audio. Read the Manual before listening to the entire audio file!

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  • How do I make a CD from the audio file? I tried to burn a CD but it doesn't work.

    It is possible to make a CD (read below). However, you don't need an audio CD to learn the technique: the audio file is strictly needed one time only, that is for your personal instruction. However, it may be useful later, every 2 months or so, to check the correctness of your practice and to "refresh" your technique. So, if you want to make an audio CD, you have to convert the audio file (that is 22kHz, 16 bit, mono) to 44 kHz, 16 bit, stereo. This is a standard conversion that can be made by regular mp3 software, even free software such as the one you can find at dBpowerAMP.com (it's just an example).

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  • I have a Credit Card but I don't have a Paypal account. What can I do?

    You can pay through Paypal, even if you don't have a Paypal account! Click on the white Paypal button, wait 5 seconds, and the Paypal page appears. You can read: If you don't have a PayPal account, click here. Just click there and go on! Otherwise you can pay through ClickBank, but this is more expensive.

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  • I have a Paypal account. What can I do?

    Just click on the white PayPal button, wait 5 seconds, login and pay.

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  • I came across your site, but am hesitant to give my credit card number over this site.

    Credit Card orders for this site are processed by in the USA by clickbank.com or by paypal.com, that are well known and reliable. Otherwise you may try a money transfer to Italy, but this will cost you more money.

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  • Why is TM so expensive? (US$2,500.00) (update: reduced to $1,500.00 in 2013).

    We don't know. Probably the TM organization considers TM very, very beneficial and precious (and it is), but they forget that most people cannot afford such expense. Many TM teachers are disappointed for this absurd price, that is imposed by the International TM Organization. See for example TM Independent UK. Many TM teachers are also disappointed for the expensive course of "recertification" they must attend ($16,000 + room and board)! This was a new, unexpected, absurd decision of the TM organization (Spring 2005). However, Maharishi himself said: "30 or 40 thousand teachers of TM I have trained, and many of them have gone on their own, and they may not call it Maharishi's TM, but they are teaching it in some different name here and there... doesn't matter, as long as the man is getting something useful to make his life better, we are satisfied" (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Press Conference, May 14, 2003). Notice that our technique has a specific name and any trademark claim against us by the Maharishi organization is legally baseless (US Federal law: Lamham Act, 15, 1125). We don't teach TM and we don't sell TM (please also read the next 3 questions and answers, especially the one about trademark).

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  • How similar is your method to Maharishiís TM meditation and Chopraís Primordial Sound meditation?

    There are different types of meditation. These three techniques are somewhat different from one another, but all three are mantra meditation techniques with no breath control and their purpose is a unique state of the mind, consciously transcending all thoughts, which allows the mind and the nervous system to deeply rest and remove stress. They differ much from other types of meditation. In the NSR technique, a single "syllable" for everybody is given, instead of a personal "mantra". Our own syllable has never been used in TM, but it comes from yoga and tantra tradition as well as TM mantras. By the way, no trademark problems can exist, due to several reasons. Our product is sold by our non-profit organization as a Manual + Audio under the term "Natural Stress Relief technique", while "Transcendental Meditation" is a Service Mark registered in the USA in the class 41 (education courses). Other remarkable differences between NSR and TM are the duration of the sessions and the way of learning. Our syllable has been accurately chosen. Please read the several testimonials about the good results that this technique achieves. In our opinion, the use of "personal" syllables in TM has not increased its effectiveness. On the other hand, the TM organization says that TM is unique and TM effect can't be achieved in any other way. Of course, you compare, you decide. Chopra's technique is also similar to TM, but a long Sanskrit phrase is used instead of a single syllable. Our research has shown that a phrase is not better than a syllable.

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  • Suppose I decide to come up with the $2,500 and learn TM from a qualified teacher. Would I be learning anything different or better than what I am doing with your product?

    If you decide to learn TM (that is 1,800 Euro in Europe or $2,500 in the USA) (update: reduced to 950 Euro and $1,500 in 2013), you will learn a very effective technique through personal instruction and support. We believe that the real effects are almost the same, but we know that scientific research on TM is huge if compared with research on NSR at this time. Of course, having a personal instructor (as in TM) would help you. However, with your own discipline, you may get good results through the NSR home-course.

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  • Does your program infringe TM trademark or copyright?

    No, for several reasons. About trademark: our product is sold by our non-profit organization as a Manual + Audio under the term "Natural Stress Relief technique", while "Transcendental Meditation" is a Service Mark registered in the USA in the class 41 (education courses). The creator of the Natural Stress Relief technique, R.Harrison, is a former TM teacher, but this does not change the situation about TM trademark. Also read here. At the beginning of 2005 the TM organization stated that all TM teachers in the world had to attend an expensive course of "recertification" ($16,000 + room and board). Only a few of them did. All the others are no more qualified teachers at this time! (By the way, this is absurd: imagine that you graduated several years ago at your college, and today your college tells you that your degree is no more valid!). Hence, R.Harrison is no more a TM teacher, even according to the TM organizazion. So, even for the TM organization, we are teaching something different from TM: hence, their claim about trademark infringement is a contradiction (and is legally baseless). Finally, no copyright problems can exist. Our technique is copyrighted, but TM is not. The syllable that is used in our program has never been used in TM, even though the beneficial effects seem to be the same (our syllable is similar to the single mantra that was used in TM from 1958 to 1969). Please also read above about trademark and what Maharishi himself said about this subject.

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  • The basic goal of TM is to access subtler levels of thought, and ultimately transcending the most subtle level of though and arrive at pure consciousness or pure being. Actually your product moves my mind into subtler levels of thought. Another goal of TM is to reach enlightenment, or higher states of consciousness. Your program just advertises mental and physical health improvements, but is enlightenment a possible effect of your meditation technique?

    This is possible on the long run. Do a "silent" week-end every 2 or 3 months, with several long sessions (total time = twice the regular time) and yoga postures. If you do this together with other practitioners, it is even better.

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  • After being made aware of the astronomical costs of the other meditations, your program seems to be the most beneficial. Are there other sources of information regarding your Natural Stress Relief program?

    Read the paper published by Psychological Reports, 101 (2007, p. 130-134) about significant reduction of trait anxiety caused by NSR, and the paper published by Social Behavior and Personality, 37(3) (2009, p. 307-312). New articles will be published on other peer-rewieved journals in the future. Also read our GSR and EEG research.
    At this time you can find most information in Italian, such as the original text about our EEG and GSR research. Examples of independent sources in Italian are: an article from La Repubblica newspaper (the second most important in Italy) or from the famous KataWeb Salute health news website. Also see the National Radio 2 interwiev of Fabrizio Coppola, President of our Scientia organization, and read his articles, even in English. He also wrote three successful books (in Italian) about TM, the Natural Stress Relief technique, and the related background science and philosophy.
    Finally, read the Google knol by David Spector of NSR USA and Fabrizio Coppola.

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    The Italian Support Forum about the Natural Stress Relief technique includes enthusiastic comments by common people since May 2003.
    In July 2005 a Support Forum in English was created.
    Later, three Support Forums in other languages were created: Portuguese (March 2010); German (May 2011); Spanish (May 2011).
    Access to the forums is reserved to the practitioners, since most messages deal with specific issues, related to the actual practice of the NSR technique, that could be misunderstood by non-practitioners.
    Access to the forums is granted with the NSR technique package, including the manual and the audio.

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    Testimonials from the Support Forum in English
    (just a few examples, July-October 2005):

  • My golf game has improved considerably - Victor, July 7, 2005
  • I have been gaining some good results - Nina, August 16, 2005
  • Excellent results: I'm calmer, happier... - Lynn, August 31, 2005
  • After two weeks I am very pleased - Rick, September 1, 2005
  • This meditation has taught me to be kind to me - Cheryl, September 11, 2005
  • Good results after a couple of weeks - Cary, September 30, 2005
  • Pretty effective: great first few sessions, dramatic results - Sam, October 3, 2005
  • Benefits I have noticed already - Ramon, October 5, 2005
  • A better life: happier after releasing anger and stress - Chad, October 25, 2005
  • and many more.

    Testimonials from the Support Forum in Italian
    (just a few examples, May 2003 - October 2005, translated into English):

  • After 8 days... it really works! - Marco58, May 29, 2003
  • After 2 weeks: very positive opinion - Marco, May 31, 2003
  • Anxiety reduced, better memory, more intelligence - Rob, June 21, 2003
  • More effective than the other techniques - Paolo, July 26, 2003
  • After 40 days: very good results - Renato, September 3, 2003
  • After 12 days: beneficial effects, inner peace - Gianluca, September 15, 2003
  • After 45 days: no headaches, no nervousness, better memory - Claudio, September 16, 2003
  • Clearness of mind and calmness - Stefano, October 3, 2003
  • After 10 days: extraordinary - Enry, October 6, 2003
  • Forgetting about anxiety, depression, anguish - Guido, October 2, 2004
  • Incredible: after 1 year, no more Prozac - Gustavo, August 24, 2005
  • Deep inner silence and peace - Cristiano, October 19, 2005
  • and many more.


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