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Higher States of Consciousness Course

Five stars  “A real delight to join this course. I woke up to join at 4am in New Zealand every week, and it was certainly worth it. Far from depleting me of energy for the rest of the day, I felt inspired and energized by the content of the course.” — PK    More reviews >

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Course Structure: Now an online self-study course. This course consists of 16 online videos (13 hours) of Maharishi discussing Higher States of Consciousness and nine recorded Zoom discussion sessions with MIU Professor Gerry Geer. New live Zoom sessions are scheduled for Spring 2023. Everyone who missed the last live course can join the live sessions for the next course.

Course Leaders: Videos are by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Discussions are led by Professor Gerry Geer.

Prerequisites: This course is open to all TM Meditators, Sidhas, and TM Teachers.

Course Fee:

  • $125 general tuition fee
  • $75 for students, retirees, and anyone adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Some countries might have a discounted course fee of $35 or $65. To find out about your country, please check the list in the sign-up form.

Course Description

Join Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Maharishi International University and the worldwide Transcendental Meditation® organization, on a fascinating journey of discovery of higher states of human potential.

In this beautiful 16-lesson course, Maharishi describes how higher states of consciousness unfold in human life and gives special attention to Unity Consciousness, where we live the wholeness of life in every part and particle of our individual existence — the totality of life in full enlightenment.

Maharishi describes in great detail the transformation of mind and body that upholds this development, the nature of subjective experience in each of the higher states, the processes of growth that give rise to each state, and the practical values of life in enlightenment. These talks therefore provide a rich source of knowledge and support as your own experiences of higher states naturally unfold — as well as great inspiration and comfort in these unusual times.

This 8-week course includes live weekly interactive Q&As with Professor Gerry Geer, a senior professor at Maharishi International University, who shares additional reflections, insights, and expertise on this epic voyage of self-realization. Videos will be available to view for one year.

Lesson Titles

  1. SCI 23: The Seven States of Consciousness
  2. Seven State of Consciousness and the Evolution of Human Physiology, Part 1
  3. Seven State of Consciousness and the Evolution of Human Physiology, Part 2
  4. Cosmic Consciousness: The Mechanics of Witnessing
  5. The Mechanics of Development of Heart and Mind from the State of Ignorance to Unity Consciousness, Part 1
  6. The Mechanics of Development of Heart and Mind from the State of Ignorance to Unity Consciousness, Part 2
  7. Rising to Unity Consciousness – The Growth of Harmony: Perceiving the Eternal Unity of Life within the Infinite Diversity of Creation
  8. Self-Realization: The Basis of God Realization
  9. Knowledge is Different in Different States of Consciousness: Knowledge is Supreme in the Highest State of Consciousness, Unity Consciousness, Where One Experiences the Underlying Unity of Life in Every Wave of Activity
  10. Unity Consciousness: Living Infinite Harmony, Part 1
  11. Unity Consciousness: Living Infinite Harmony, Part 2
  12. Unity Consciousness Rising to Brahman Consciousness, Part 1
  13. Unity Consciousness Rising to Brahman Consciousness, Part 2
  14. Maharishi Answers Questions on the Seven States of Consciousness
  15. Maharishi’s Commentary on a Purusha Experience, Part 1
  16. Maharishi’s Commentary on a Purusha Experience, Part 2


Professor Gerry Geer

Professor Gerry Geer

Dr. Gerry Geer is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing at Maharishi International University and has taught this Higher States of Consciousness course to over 1,200 students in the past few years. In addition to his extensive teaching responsibilities, he is director of publications at the University’s Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy and international liaison for the Global Union of Scientists for Peace.

Professor Geer received his B.A. magna cum laude in English from Harvard College, did graduate work in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Harvard Divinity School, and was awarded a Doctorate in World Peace (DWP) from Maharishi European Research University in 2005.


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Five stars  “A real delight to join this course. I woke up to join at 4am in New Zealand every week, and it was certainly worth it. Far from depleting me of energy for the rest of the day, I felt inspired and energized by the content of the course. I found the course teacher, Gerry Geer, to be a gifted communicator equipped with both grace and wisdom. I would certainly recommend this to others who are curious to explore this subject matter in more depth.” —Peter Kerridge

Five stars  “Excellent Course! Sweetness and deep Knowledge received directly from Maharishi… Jai Guru Dev. And thank you so much Professor Geer for your excellent accompaniment/backing of all the lessons! It has been a real pleasure listening to your clarifications, also with regards to course participants’ questions!” —MR

Five stars  “I really appreciated Professor Geer’s wealth of knowledge regarding all aspects of this course. I also was impressed by his willingness to share his knowledge by responding to personal e-mails and by incorporating his responses to e-mails into the webinar discussions.” —JA

Five stars  “The main aspects which I liked about Prof. Geer’s course:
(1) I very much appreciate Prof. Geer’s generous, understanding and loving responsiveness in replying to participants’ questions and clarifying doubts. Prof. Geer’s deep knowledge and experience in the topic of the webinar was evident in his unassuming, and at the same time unambiguous, webinar presentations.
(2) Prof. Geer’s closing remarks were great.
(3) I consider it a blessing to have had the opportunity to hear directly from Maharishi through the aptly selected video lessons.”
—Ganesh Harihar

Five stars  “I thoroughly enjoyed the Seven States of Consciousness course with Professor Geer. I think everyone who practices TM should take this course to give them a broader knowledge base and understanding of the goals of the practice. I have been practicing for 8 years and only wish I had taken it sooner. Professor Geer was patient and knowledgable and a wonderful guide to have through this course.” —Amber Delaini-Nielsen

Five stars   “Although I have been practicing TM since 1970 and the TM-Sidhis since 1974, and have attended many courses, I still learned a great deal from this course. The videos are wonderful, and Prof. Greer was always available to answer questions in detail.” —ES

Five stars  “I thought the course was excellent. I have been meditating for 52 years. I have watched innumerable videos of Maharishi and others. I have attended a number of TM Retreats. All of these were helpful, but this course was especially helpful. The videos were great, very in-depth. Every week, Dr. Geer reviewed with us what the videos had covered. His explanations were always very clear and easy to follow. In many cases, he expanded on what the videos had addressed or discussed related concepts with us. He always encouraged and welcomed our comments and questions. His answers to the questions we asked always seemed to be of interest to the entire group, and not just to those who had posed the questions. I found the videos and the live classes to be extremely worthwhile.” —Bob Marcus

Five stars  “This was a great course. Not only were the tapes by Maharishi full of refined knowledge, but the Saturday webinars with Gerry Geer were very informative and helped to stabilize our understanding of the knowledge presented in the course, as well as our practice of the TM technique.” —AH

Five stars  “Prof. Geer is an excellent teacher, very receptive to questions and feedback. He has a deep understanding of the course content and the addresses by Maharishi in the videotaped lectures. He also has knowledge of the history of the TM technique and movement that is important to understanding the context of the course lectures.” —Anon

Five stars   “Higher states of consciousness vis a vis the first three relative states, with the fourth state bringing a breakthrough. Sleep neutralizes the fatigue of action, being the inevitable result of the waking state. The practice of TM gives tools to neutralize the stress accumulated in life and fulfill ones human potential.” —Anon

Five stars   “Prof. Geer is the perfect person to teach this course. He is always gracious and patient with us. And he is very encouraging and great at explaining difficult concepts.” —William Parkinson

Five stars  “Professor Geer was outstanding. His down-to-earth presentation of materials and experiences made the course for me. I believe the video quality and difficulties might have been the biggest drawback. What precious video and footage of the early days of Maharishi’s lessons on higher states! My favorite course so far.” —GG

Five stars  “Dr. Geer is incredibly skilled at facilitating this enlightening material. He also responds quickly and THOROUGHLY, I mean wow, to emails.” —Brett Alters

Four stars  “The course was a wonderful journey into one of the most profound topics that affects all TM Meditators. Dr. Geer was a wonderful and patient teacher for the course and gave excellent answers to the many questions arising during the course.” —Gordon Morris

Four stars  “Gerry was very responsive to questions and clarifying the week’s videos. He is very positive and I love the equanimity of his demeanor as he fields some pretty challenging questions.” —Anon


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
This course is open to all TM® Meditators, as well as TM Teachers and those who have graduated from the TM-Sidhi® course.

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests it before they view the third lesson. So, please decide if you want to continue with the course by the end of viewing the second lesson. To request a refund, please email

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for one year.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

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