I appreciate reading about meditation and creativity. The trademark, the hefty tuition cost and the "I now bestow thou with thine mantra" thing have always made TM seem culty to me. I'm also skeptical of quick-fix, shazam! techniques of any sort. I personally have found vipassana (insight, mindfulness) meditation to be a transformational, freely shared, accessible practice -- no props, mantras or gurus -- one breath at time.