What’s Truth about Meditation?

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What’s  Truth about Meditation? More than ever Meditation is needed in our daily lives. Why?  Due to situations we’re are all facing as one, as a family, a country or a world, in order to cope and strive in an every changing environment it will require a new highly evolved mindset that only Meditation can provide.

We can no longer look on the outside for help until we resolve the inside. For years,  I  battled depression, destructive thoughts, and destructive behaviors. On the outside, I appeared confident, in control,  and falsely believed I could handle anything.

I read numerous self help books, participated in self help seminars  all in an effort to manage my anger and depression. It was not until I was introduced to Meditation when I finally understood the powers of Meditation. Not only did I understood the powers of Meditation, I also understand the Truth about Meditation.

Since 2003, Meditation has been a focal point in my life. Thanks to the assistance of a Meditation program, I finally experienced permanent positive  results which were beginning to allow me to change my destructive thoughts and behaviors.

Absorb this truth  “if you have not incorporated some form of Meditation in your life, you can expect the same destructive, unproductive results”.

With Meditation incorporated into my  life, it will allowed me to restructure my thoughts and therefore restructure my behaviors.

I was shocked at my ease when dealing with  stressful situations.  I was able to manage my emotions, manage my thoughts. I was able to make appropriate decisions and take appropriate action based on my knowledge at that time.

This  Meditation program helped to provide me with pure focus. It allowed me to know how I created the previous destructive patterns in my life. Most importantly, it allowed me to take responsibility for my life and take action and get the results I desire!

Meditation: What is It?

Aside from determining its physiological effects, defining the actual act of meditation can be as elusive as imagining the sound of one hand clapping. In his book, “What is Meditation?” (Shambhala Publications, 1999), Rob Nairn talks about it as a state of “bare attention.” He explains, “It is a highly alert and skillful state of mind because it requires one to remain psychologically present and ‘with’ whatever happens in and around one without adding to or subtracting from it in any way.”

The physical act of meditation generally consists of simply sitting quietly, focusing on one’s breath, a word or phrase. However, a meditator may also be walking or standing. It isn’t unusual, in fact, to see a meditating monk in the highlands walking a few steps and then lying prostrate over and over again until he reaches his destination many miles away.

There are many traditions and countless ways to practice meditation, and perhaps because of its polymorphous nature new meditators wonder whether they are doing it correctly. According to Roger Thomson, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Chicago and a Zen meditator, there is one way to know for sure: “If you’re feeling better at the end, you are probably doing it right.”

Thomson makes it sound easy, but many people can’t seem to get the hang of it, no matter how often they try. “It can be difficult,” says Steven Hendlin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Irvine, California. “It may be a struggle to overcome the internal chatter that we all experience.”

Seeking methods for quieting that internal chatter and reducing stress are what initially attract many people to meditation. “It is a very effective stress-reducer, which is a way into the practice for many people,” says Thomson, who sometimes refers clients to meditation. “If someone is struggling with feelings of anxiety, he or she may benefit from its calming aspects. And it’s absolutely facilitative of mental health because it brings about a higher level of self-acceptance and insight about oneself.”

But greater awareness about oneself can be a double-edged sword. Mark Epstein, M.D., a New York City psychiatrist in private practice and a meditation practitioner, extends a caution about one of the ironies of meditating. “It could actually raise your level of anxiety if there are certain feelings you are not owning.” In other words, there’s nowhere to hide when you’re practicing “bare attention.” And this, for some people, is both the good and the bad news.

That’s why some experts suggest marrying meditation to psychotherapy. “Both allow the person to be present for the moment, open and nondefensive,” says Thomson, who explores the complementary nature of the two in a paper published in the American Journal of Psychotherapy. “In both meditation and psychotherapy, we are trying not to get caught up in internal preoccupation, but to be intimately present with what is happening here and now.”

To explain his thoughts on the connection, Thomson compares Zen to relational psychoanalytical theories. He writes that it “encourages its practitioners to become aware of the fundamentally distorted aspects of an overly individualistic view of human experience. Recognizing that the true nature of all individuals is emphatically non-individual, neither lasting nor separate, is the wisdom of Zen.”

 

 

 

 

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Scientific Research

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mindScientific Research Validates Holosync’s Benefits

(a revolution in neuroscience: tuning the brain)

By Bill Harris, Director, Centerpointe Research Institute

Science ushered in a new era in our ability to learn, be creative, remember, control our moods, reduce stress, resolve unwanted behavior patterns, and a host of other desirable ends, with the appearance of a remarkable paper by Dr. Gerald Oster, of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, in the October 1973 issue of Scientific American.

Oster’s paper, entitled “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” described how pulsations called binaural beats occurred in the brain when tones of different frequencies were presented separately to each ear. As a result, the entire brain became entrained to a frequency equal to the difference between the two tones and began to resonate to that frequency. In other words, Oster discovered a method for what is called entrainment of brain wave patterns. (1)

Simultaneously, Robert Monroe, of the Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences, was also investigating binaural beats. In thousands of experiments, using an EEG machine to monitor subjects’ electrical brain wave patterns, Monroe also concluded that he could entrain brain wave patterns using binaural beats. In addition, he noted that the response did not happen only in the area of the brain responsible for hearing, or only in one hemisphere or the other, but rather, the entire brain resonated. The waveforms of both hemispheres exhibited identical frequencies, amplitude, phase, and coherence.

Since then, many researchers have verified this phenomenon. Language and speech pathologist Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., reports

Research supports the theory that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz. Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres. (2)

Research by Dr. Lester Fehmi, director of the Princeton Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback Clinic, and perhaps the foremost authority on hemispheric synchronization in the brain, also confirms that hemispheric synchronization and brain entrainment can be induced by binaural beats. (3)

Dr. Arthur Hastings, Ph.D., in a paper entitled “Tests of the Sleep Induction Technique” describes the effects of subjects listening to a cassette tape specially engineered to create binaural beats in the brain. In this case, the sounds on the tape were designed to slow the brain wave patterns from a normal waking beta brain wave pattern to a slower alpha pattern, then to a still slower theta pattern (the brain wave pattern of dreaming sleep), and finally to a delta pattern, the slowest of all, the brainwave pattern of dreamless sleep. Hastings says:

We were able to test the effects of the sleep tape on brain waves with an EEG machine through the courtesy of the researchers at the Langely-Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, part of the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Dr. Joe Kaniya, Director of the Psychophysiology of Consciousness Laboratory, monitored the brain-wave frequencies of one subject as he listened to the sleep tape.

The chart recording showed a typical sleep onset pattern: initial alpha waves, then a slowing of the brain waves with sleep spindles, and finally a pattern of stage 2 and 3 sleep brain waves in the low theta range . . . the patterns in the various stages suggested that the tape was influencing the subject’s state. (4)

Dr. Bill D. Schul also refers to the phenomenon of brain entrainment:

[P]hased sine waves at discernible sound frequencies, when blended to create ‘beat’ frequencies within the ranges of electrical brain waves found at the various stages of human sleep, will create a frequency following response (FFR) within the EEG pattern of the individual listening to such audio waveforms. The FFR in turn evokes physiological and mental states in direct relationship to the original stimulus. With the availability of this tool, it becomes possible to develop and hold the subject into any of the various stages of sleep, from light Alpha relaxation through Theta into Delta and in REM (dreaming). (5)

Schul concluded that “Binaural beat-frequency stimulation creates a sustaining FFR that is synchronous in both amplitude and frequency between the brain hemispheres.” (5)

SINE WAVES COMBINE TO PRODUCE BEATS in this illustration based on oscilloscope traces. The two waves at the top are of slightly different frequency; when they are combined, the resulting wave at the bottom varies slowly in amplitude. The variations are beats and would be perceived acoustically as modulations in loudness. If the two signals were presented separately to each ear, binaural beats would be heard. These differ in character from monaural, or ordinary, beats and are generated within the brain.

F. Holmes Atwater of the Monroe Institute describes the neurophysics of the binaural beat brain entrainment process:

Within the sound processing centers of the brain, pulse stimulation provides relevant information to the higher centers of the brain. In the case of a wave form phase difference the electron pulse rate in one part of a sound-processing center is greater than in another. The differences in electron pulse stimulation within the sound processing centers of the brain are an anomaly. This anomaly (the difference in electron pulse stimulation) comes and goes as the two different frequency wave forms mesh in and out of phase. As a result of these constantly increasing and decreasing differences in electron pulse stimulation, an amplitude modulated standing wave (the binaural beat) is generated within the sound processing centers of the brain itself. It is this standing wave which acts to entrain brain waves. (6)

Atwater further states, “A conventional binaural beat generates two amplitude modulated standing waves, one in each hemisphere’s olivary nucleus. Such binaural beats will entrain both hemispheres to the same frequency, establishing equivalent electromagnetic environments and maximizing interhemispheric neural communication” (6).
LOWER AUDITORY CENTERS of the brain are in the medulla oblongata, viewed here schematically from the back of the neck. Nerve impulses from the right and left ears first meet in the left or right olivary nucleus. These structures are part of the olive, an organ that in this view lies behind the brain stem. It is probable that binaural beats are detected here.

Not Just a Pretty Picture

The ability to entrain brain wave patterns opens up an exciting world of mind-boggling possibilities. Researchers in neuroscience could not contain their excitement.

“It’s difficult to try to responsibly convey some sense of excitement about what’s going on,” said UCLA neurophysiologist John Kiebeskind. “You find yourself sounding like people you don’t respect. You try to be more conservative and not say such wild and intriguing things, but damn! The field is wild and intriguing. It’s hard to avoid talking that way…We are at a frontier, and it’s a terribly exciting time to be in this line of work” (7).

Neurochemist Candace Pert, of the National Institute of Mental Health, had this to say:

There’s a revolution going on. There used to be two systems of knowledge: hard science—chemistry, physics, biophysics—on the one hand, and, on the other, a system of knowledge that included ethology, psychology, and psychiatry. And now it’s as if a lightning bolt had connected the two. It’s all one system neuroscience…The present era in neuroscience is comparable to the time when Louis Pasteur first found out that germs cause disease. (8)

David Krech, Ph.D., a University of California at Berkeley psychologist, predicted almost twenty-five years ago: “I foresee the day when we shall have the means, and therefore, inevitably, the temptation, to manipulate the behavior and intellectual functioning of all people through environmental and biochemical manipulation of the brain.” (9)

That day may very well be here now, and the gentle altering of brain wave patterns using sound may be the easiest, most potent, and safest way to do it. Centerpointe Research Institute currently uses a sound technology called Holosync to entrain brain wave patterns, giving us the ability to influence or create tranquility, pain control, creativity, euphoria, excitement, focused attention, relief from stress, enhanced learning ability, enhanced problem-solving ability, increased memory, accelerated healing, behavior modification, and improvements in mental and emotional health.

Michael Hutchison, in his book Megabrain Power, sums up this revolution in neuroscience: “…[N]ew breakthroughs in neuroscience and microelectronics have permitted scientists to ‘map’ the electrical and chemical activity of the brain in action. Scientists have used the new technology to monitor the brains of those meditators, artists, and other rare individuals who are able to enter peak domains at will and to map their brain activity during those peak states.” (10)

According to Hutchison, these scientists’ first findings were that those peak states are not mysterious and unpredictable phenomena, but are clearly linked to specific patterns of brain activity. These patterns include dramatic changes in brain wave activity, hemispheric symmetry, and rapid alterations in the levels of various neurochemicals. If we could learn to produce these patterns of brain activity, they reasoned, we should be able to produce the peak states they are associated with. “…They found that by using types of mechanical stimulation, such as…precise combinations of pulsating sound waves…they could actually produce those same ‘peak state’ brain patterns in ordinary people…” (10)

The Well-Balanced Brain

Just as we exercise our bodies to feel better and improve our physical health, stimulating the brain in this manner “exercises” the brain, bringing better mental and emotional health and increased intellectual functioning. Researcher Robert Cosgrove, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., and an authority in pharmaceutics and biomedical engineering, noted that technologies that alter brainwave patterns

… with appropriately selected stimulation protocols [have] been observed by us to be an excellent neuro-pathway exerciser. As such we believe it has great potential for use in promoting optimal cerebral performance… Furthermore, the long-term effects of regular use… on maintaining and improving cerebral performance throughout life and possibly delaying for decades the deterioration of the brain traditionally associated with aging is very exciting. (11)

There are four categories of brain wave patterns. The most rapid brain wave pattern is that of beta, from about 14 Hz to more than 100 Hz. This is the pattern of normal waking consciousness, and it is associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition, while at higher levels, beta is associated with anxiety. As we become more relaxed, the brain wave activity slows into the alpha range, from 8 to 13.9 Hz. These are the brain wave patterns of deep relaxation, and of what has been called the twilight state between sleep and waking, while the higher end of alpha represents a more relaxed yet focused state.

Slower still are theta waves, between 4 and 7.9 Hz. This is the state of dreaming sleep and also of increased creativity, super-learning, integrative experiences, and increased memory. The slowest brain wave pattern is delta, that of dreamless sleep, below 4 Hz. Generally people are asleep in delta, but there is evidence that it is possible to remain alert in this state—a very deep trance-like, non-physical state. It is in delta that our brains are triggered to release large quantities of healing growth hormone (12).

Chart of Brainwave Patterns

As we slow the brain wave patterns from beta to alpha to theta to delta, there is a corresponding increase in balance between the two hemispheres of the brain. This more balanced brain state is called brain synchrony, or brain synchronization. This balancing phenomenon was noted in early EEG studies of experienced meditators in the 1970s. In deep meditative states, their brain waves shifted from the usual asymmetrical patterns, with one hemisphere dominant over the other, to a balanced state of whole-brain integration, with the same brain wave frequency throughout. As we will see, various mental abilities and experiences are induced naturally in these different brain wave patterns, and many of these abilities and experiences are quite remarkable.

Robert Monroe of the Monroe Institute reported that inducing brain wave patterns through the creation of binaural beats in the brain caused a wide range of effects, including “focusing of attention, suggestibility, problem solving, creativity, memory, and learning… sleep induction, pain control… and enhanced learning…” (13).

Other scientists have noted that these slower brain wave patterns are accompanied by deep tranquility, flashes of creative insight, euphoria, intensely focused attention, and enhanced learning abilities. Dr. Lester Fehmi, director of the Princeton Biofeedback Research Institute, has said that hemispheric synchronization represents “the maximum efficiency of information transport through the whole brain” and “[it] is correlated experientially with a union with experience, and ‘into-it-ness.’ Instead of feeling separate and narrow-focused, you tend to feel more into it—that is, unified with the experience, you are the experience—and the scope of your awareness is widened a great deal, so that you’re including many more experiences at the same time. There’s a whole-brain sensory integration going on, and it’s as if you become less self-conscious and you function more intuitively.” (14)

Super-Learning

One of the observed effects of this type of sound-induced brain synchronization is increased learning ability. What is now known as superlearning began in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the work of Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov. Lozanov used deep relaxation combined with synchronized rhythms in the brain to cause students to produce alpha waves. He found that students when in this state learned over five times as much information with less study time per day, with greater long-term retention. In some cases, as much as thirty times as much was learned.

Speech-Language pathologist Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., describes the relationship between different brainwave patterns and learning, as well as other related states such as concentration, problem solving, receptivity, and creativity.

Receptivity for learning is related to specific states of consciousness. Predominant brainwave patterns are associated with different states of consciousness or awareness. For example, beta frequencies ranging from 13–26 Hz are associated with concentration, and alert problem solving; alpha frequencies (8–13 Hz) occur when the eyes are closed and a state of alert relaxation is present; theta (4–7 Hz) is associated with deep relaxation with a high receptivity for new experiences and learning… (15)

Morris also describes how audio soundtracks containing binaural beat signals can be used to “create the ability to sustain this theta period of openness for learning.” (15)

Morris goes on to say that “[t]he introduction of theta signals… into the learning environment theoretically allows for a broader and deeper processing of the information provided by the teacher… [and] increases… focus of attention and creates a mental set of open receptivity.” She notes that in the use of such binaural beat signals in a classroom setting, children exhibited “improved focus of attention” and “a greater openness and enthusiasm for learning.” (15)

Morris further describes what happens in the brain that makes this type of accelerated learning so effective:

The presence of theta patterns (4–7 Hz) in the brain has been associated with states of increased receptivity for learning and reduced filtering of information by the left hemisphere. This state of awareness is available for relatively brief periods as the individual enters a state of reverie or passes in and out of the deep sleep phase of the 90 minute sleep cycle. [Binaural beat] signals, however, can facilitate a prolonged state of theta to produce a relaxed receptivity for learning . . . [These signals] create a state of coherence in the brain. Right and left hemispheres as well as subcortical areas become activated in harmony, reflected by equal frequency and amplitude of EEG patterns from both hemispheres. This creates an internal physiological environment for learning which involves the whole brain. The linear, sequential style of problem solving preferred by the left hemisphere is brought into balance with the global, intuitive style of the right hemisphere and limbic system (subcortex). This allows the learner to have greater access to internal and external knowledge and provides a milieu for expanding intuition in problem solving. One of the by-products of hemispheric synchronization appears to be a highly focused state of attending. The ability to reduce ‘mind chatter’ and focus the attention is critical for efficient learning (16).

Binaural beat signals have been used in the classroom to enhance learning ability. Teachers in the Tacoma, Washington, public schools, under the direction of psychologist Devon Edrington, used audio tapes containing a binaural beat sound technology to influence the learning ability of students. They found that students who were taught, studied, and took tests while these tapes were playing did significantly better than a control group not using the tapes. (17)

The theta state also seems to be one where behavior and belief system changes can more easily be made. Suzanne Evans Morris discusses the work of neurotechnology and biofeedback researcher Thomas Budzynski, (1981) in which he described the theta state as

…a transition zone between wakefulness and sleep in which one can absorb new information in an uncritical, non-analytical fashion. [Budzynski] speculated that this allows new information to be considered by the right hemisphere through bypassing the critical filters of the left hemisphere. Thus, information leading to a change in self-concept would become more available; modification of habitual behaviors or consideration of one’s belief system could occur more easily if alternatives were presented during a period of theta activity. (18)

Medical researcher Dr. Gene W. Brockopp also believes behavior modification is enhanced when the subject can be placed in slower, more receptive brain wave patterns. He speculates that using technology to induce brain wave changes can

….actively induce a state of deactivation in which the brain is passive, but not asleep; awake, but not involved with the ‘clutter’ of an ongoing existence. If this is true, then it may be a state in which new cognitive strategies could be designed and developed… [i]f we can help a person to experience different brain-wave states consciously through driving them with external stimulation, we may facilitate the individual’s ability to allow more variations in their functioning through breaking up patterns at the neural level. This may help them develop the ability to shift gears or ‘shuttle’ and move them away from habit patterns of behavior to become more flexible and creative, and to develop elegant strategies of functioning (19).

Many other researchers have described the benefits of alpha and theta brain wave states. Budzynski has done extensive research on learning and suggestion when the brain is in a theta state. Theta, Budzynski suggested, is the state in which superlearning takes place—when in theta, people are able to learn new languages, accept suggestions for changes in behavior and attitudes, or memorize large amounts of information. He says, “We take advantage of the fact that the hypnagogic [theta] state, the twilight state… has these properties of uncritical acceptance of verbal material, or almost any material it can process.” In this state, Budzynski says, “a lot of work gets done very quickly.” (20, 21)

Budzynski and psychobiologist Dr. James McGaugh of the University of California at Irvine have both found that information is also more easily processed and recalled in a theta state. Noted researchers Elmer and Alyce Green, of the Menninger Foundation, have also studied this phenomenon, finding that memories experienced in a theta state “were not like going through a memory in one’s mind but rather like an experience, a reliving.” Individuals producing theta waves also had “new and valid ideas or synthesis of ideas, not primarily by deduction but springing by intuition from unconscious sources.”

In their seminal book, Beyond Biofeedback, the Greens further discussed many remarkable effects of the theta brain wave state. They found that those producing theta waves became highly creative. They had life-altering insights, what the Greens called “integrative experiences leading to feelings of psychological well-being.” On psychological tests, subjects scored as being “psychologically healthier, had more social poise, were less rigid and conforming, and were more self-accepting and creative.” Another remarkable effect was that these subjects became very healthy. Emotionally, these people had “improved relationships with other people as well as greater tolerance, understanding, and love of oneself and of one’s world” (22).

Alpha and theta states have also been shown to facilitate addiction recovery. Dr. Eugene Peniston and Dr. Paul Kulkosky, of the University of Southern Colorado, trained a group of alcoholics to enter the alpha and theta states. These alcoholics showed a recovery rate many orders of magnitude greater than a control group. Thirteen months later, this alpha-theta group showed “sustained prevention of relapse,” and these findings were confirmed in follow-up study three years later. In addition, this group showed a marked personality transformation, including significant increases in qualities such as warmth, stability, conscientiousness, boldness, imaginativeness, and self-control, along with decreases in depression and anxiety. (23)

At the brain wave pattern at the juncture between the alpha and theta rhythms, often called the crossover point by neuroscientists, subjects have experienced some remarkable changes. Houston therapist William Beckwith has reported that in his clients the experience of this crossover point is often accompanied by “the seemingly miraculous resolutions of complex psychological problems.” (24)

Other studies have suggested that states of brain synchronization increase memory. McGaugh’s research on memory and theta waves showed that “the more theta waves appeared in an animal’s EEG after a training session, the more it remembered. This was true in all cases… Apparently, the best predictor of memory was the amount of theta waves recorded in the animal’s brain. [Theta waves] show that the brain is in the right state to process and store information.” (25)

Scientists have discovered that for memories to form, the brain must undergo a process called long-term potentiation (LTP), involving electrical and chemical changes in the neurons associated with memory. Without LTP, incoming information is not stored, but rather quickly and totally forgotten. Neurophysiologist Dr. Gary Lynch and associates at the University of California at Irvine discovered that the key to LTP is the theta brain wave pattern. “We have found the magic rhythm that makes LTP. There’s a magic rhythm, the theta rhythm.” According to Lynch, this is the natural rhythm of the hippocampus, the part of the brain essential for the formation and storage of new memories and the recall of old memories (26).

Other studies have confirmed the incredible benefits of the theta state. In experiments conducted at the Monroe Institute of Applied Science, subjects who produced theta waves (as measured on an EEG) in response to binaural beats “invariably emerged from the experience reporting all the mental phenomena associated with the theta state, such as vivid hypnagogic imagery, creative thoughts, integrative experiences, and spontaneous memories” (27).

How do these amazing mental and emotional changes take place? Many researchers believe that different brain wave patterns are linked to the production in the brain of various neurochemicals associated with relaxation and stress release, increased learning and creativity, memory, and other desirable benefits. These neurochemicals include beta-endorphins, acetylcholine, vasopressin, and serotonin.

Dr. Margaret Patterson, in collaboration with biochemist Dr. Ifor Capel, at the Marie Curie Cancer Memorial Foundation Research Department, in Surrey, England, has shown that certain frequencies in the brain dramatically speed up production of a variety of neurotransmitters, different frequencies different brain chemicals. For instance, a 10 Hz (alpha) brain wave pattern boosts the production and turnover rate of serotonin, a chemical messenger that increases relaxation and eases pain, while catecholamines, vital for memory and learning, respond at around 4 Hz (theta).

According to Capel, “…as far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, if you like—is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.” (28)

Dr. William Bauer, one of the foremost experts in the field of electromedicine, elaborates:

What I think is happening… is that by sending out the proper frequency, proper waveform and proper current… we tend to change the configuration of the cell membrane. Cells that are at sub-optimal levels are stimulated to ‘turn on’ and produce what they’re supposed to produce, probably through DNA, which is stimulated through the cell membrane… You’re charging the cells through a biochemical process that can possibly balance the acetylcholine or whatever neurotransmitter needs to be turned on . . . (29)

The increased production of these different neurochemicals can greatly enhance memory and learning. A research team at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto found that a group of normal human subjects, when given substances that increased acetylcholine production in the brain, showed great improvement in long-term memory, while at MIT, students taking acetylcholine enhancers experienced improved memory and increased ability to learn lists of words. (30) Researcher Lester A. Henry noted that acetylcholine “is essential to such higher mental processes as learning and memory.” (31)

Recent studies show that insufficient acetylcholine causes memory loss and reduces learning and intelligence. Lack of acetylcholine been linked in part to confusion and memory loss in patients Alzheimer’s disease (32, 33). Other studies have shown that when individuals are given substances that increase the amount of acetylcholine, they show significant increases in scores on memory and intelligence tests (34, 35).

Acetylcholine has also been associated with a greater number of neurons in the cortex and also with greater brain size, with humans having the highest density of acetylcholine in the brain. UC Berkeley researcher Mark Rosenzweig has shown a direct connection between acetylcholine and intelligence. (36)

Other neurochemicals that are produced in the brain in response to binaural beats have been associated with increased memory, learning, and other benefits. Men in their fifties taking vasopressin, a neurochemical closely related to the endorphins, showed significant improvement in memory, leaning, and reaction time. In another study, sixteen normal, healthy subjects of average intelligence were given vasopressin several times, after which they showed dramatic improvement in their ability to learn and remember. (37) Dutch scientists further found that vasopressin had a long-term “cementing effect on consolidation of information.” (38)

At the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), research has indicated that vasopressin boosts memory, enabling subjects to “chunk” and encode information better. (Chunking refers to the ability to group large amounts of information together into more easily remembered bits). NIMH found that decreasing vasopressin is associated with memory deficits. Vasopressin is also associated with and enhances production of theta waves that are associated with increased access to memories and increased creativity. Vasopressin also stimulates the release of endorphins and has restored memory in amnesia victims (39, 40).

The Endorphin Connection

Scientists have also found that the endorphins released when the brain is exposed to alpha and theta binaural beat patterns enhance many mental functions. Endorphins have a powerful strengthening effect on learning and memory, for instance, and have been known to reverse amnesia. Researcher David de Weid found that rats injected with endorphins remembered things longer. Dr. Andrew Schally, 1977 winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, found that rats receiving injections of endorphins showed improved maze-running abilities. (41)

Why do endorphins increase learning and memory? Neuroscientists believe that in humans the places in the brain that produce the most endorphins, and contain the greatest concentration of endorphin receptors, are the same areas of the brain involved most intimately with learning and memory. Dr. Aryeh Routtenberg, of Northwestern University, located these pleasure centers in the brain and noted

[T]he evidence clearly shows that the brain reward pathways play an important role in learning and memory . . . I have speculated that the pathways of brain reward may function as the pathways of memory consolidation. By this I mean that when something is learned, activity in the brain reward pathways facilitates formation of memory… Evidence for the reward effects of localized electrical stimulation… and for the association of reward paths with memory formation indicates that the neural substrates of self-stimulation play a vital role in the guidance of behavior. (42)

Scientists now know of at least seven chemicals in the endorphin family that have effects on memory and learning. Endorphins, according to neuroscientists, “serve as the body’s ‘natural reward system,’ providing us with a rush of pleasure whenever we learn something or act in some way that is conducive to our survival as a species.” (43) This means that new belief systems designed to effect desirable behavior changes, if presented to the mind when it is flooded with endorphins, may be perceived as beneficial and adopted as such—a powerful boost to any behavior modification protocol.

Dr. Candice Pert of NIMH, the discoverer of the opiate receptor, has also described this process, noting that “the endorphins, our natural opiates, are a filtering mechanism in the brain. The opiate system selectively filters incoming information from every sense—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—and blocks some of it from percolating up to higher levels of consciousness.” (44)

Scientists now believe that the moment when learning takes place—the “aha” moment—is that moment when a particular reality has been selected and filtered by our endorphins and is suddenly apprehended by our brain in such a way that we learn something new. This learning being rewarded by a flood of endorphins along our pleasure-learning pathways. (45)

The production in the brain of alpha and theta patterns is also correlated with the relaxation response —the mirror image of the more well known fight or flight response. The fight or flight response takes blood flow away from the brain and toward the periphery of the body, floods the bloodstream with sugar, and increases heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate in order to prepare one for defense or flight. In this state, learning ability, as well as other mental functions including problem solving and reasoning ability, are inhibited.

The relaxation response, on the other hand, mobilizes us for inward activity by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, relaxing muscles, and increasing the percentage of oxygen flowing to the brain. As one might expect, the fight or flight response is accompanied by low-amplitude, high-frequency beta brain wave patterns, while the relaxation response, so beneficial to learning and problem solving, is accompanied by high amplitude, low frequency alpha and theta rhythms. (46, 47) When we use sound technologies to induce these slower brain wave patterns, we also induce the relaxation response, another possible reason for the increases in learning ability noted by so many researchers.

The Effect on Hormones

A recent study performed by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, M.D., former president of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, revealed that placing a listener in the alpha, theta, and delta brain wave patterns using Holosync audio technology dramatically affects production of three important hormones related to both increased longevity and well-being: cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. According to Dr. Giampapa, cortisol is the major age-accelerating hormone within the brain. It also interferes with learning and memory and has, in general, negative effects on health and well being.

DHEA is also produced by the adrenal glands. It is a precursor, or source ingredient, to virtually every hormone the body needs. DHEA levels are a key determinant of physiological age and resistance to disease. When DHEA levels are low, we are more susceptible to aging and disease; when they are high, the body is at its peak—vibrant, healthy, and able to effectively combat disease. DHEA acts as a buffer against stress-related hormones (such as cortisol), which is why as you get older and make less DHEA you are more susceptible to stress and disease.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (December 11, 1986) found that a 100 microgram per deciliter increase in DHEA blood levels corresponded with a 48% reduction in mortality due to cardiovascular disease—and a 36% reduction in mortality for any reason.

Melatonin is a hormone associated with the creation of restful sleep. We make less of it as we age, and since during sleep many important rejuvenating substances are created in the brain, the inability to sleep soundly can dramatically decrease the quality of your life and greatly accelerate aging.

Dr. Giampapa found the following changes in levels of melatonin, DHEA, and cortisol in 19 users of Holosync audio technology listening four hours a day over a three-day period:

  • Over 68% had increases in DHEA levels, with an average increase of 43.77%. Several participants had increases of 50, 60, even 90%.
  • Cortisol was down an average of 46.47%, with positive changes in 68% of the people, and with several participants having decreases of 70 or 80%.
  • Melatonin levels increased an average of 97.77%, with positive changes happening in over 73% of the participants. Many had improvements of 100, 200, even 300%.

Pushing the Brain to Change

In addition to the effects described above, there is an even more remarkable generalized effect when brainwave patterns are slowed into the alpha, theta, and delta ranges. Slowing of brain wave patterns increases electrical fluctuations in the brain, changing the neural structure and pushing the brain to reorganize itself at higher, more complex levels of functioning. This reorganization process is predicted by the work of scientist Ilya Prigogine, 1977 Nobel Prize-winner in chemistry.

Prigogine’s work has been applied to all changes in all kinds of open systems—everything from a seed germinating, to a corporation expanding, a highway system growing, a cell dividing, or a human being experiencing behavioral or emotional changes.

The human brain is the ultimate open system, constantly exchanging energy with its environment. Up to a point, the system can handle all kinds of fluctuations. But if the input becomes too much, the system is pushed past its limits and the system reorganizes itself at a higher order. A runner, for instance, gives more physical input to his body than it can handle, and it responds by reorganizing itself at a higher level that can handle this increased input—which we call “getting in shape.”

Using binaural beat technology to change brain wave patterns causes a similar effect in the brain. The alpha, theta, and delta brain wave patterns are states of great fluctuation in the brain. A graphic representation of these brain wave patterns shows that the amplitude (the height of the waveform) increases as we move from alpha to theta to delta. In other words, the amount of fluctuation increases. These increased fluctuations are more than the nervous system can handle with its current structure, and the brain responds by reorganizing itself at a higher, more complex level of functioning. It does this by creating new neural pathways within itself, creating increased communication between parts of the brain that previously were not communicating. This is the balance, or synchrony, between the two hemispheres of the brain discussed at the beginning of this appendix. This synchrony brings with it many remarkable changes. As noted earlier, Lester Fehmi, of the Princeton Biofeedback Research Institute, has stated that “synchrony represents the maximum efficiency of information transport through the whole brain.” (49)

As demonstrated earlier in this paper, there are two main effects of reorganization and increased synchrony in the brain. One is an increase in various mental capabilities: increased learning ability, creativity, mental clarity, intelligence, intuition, and so on. Second, each time the neural structure changes, positive changes in mental and emotional health occur. As the brain reorganizes at the next level of functioning, the subject’s model of the world changes with it. With the creation of new neural pathways, connections are perceived between bits of information that previously seemed unrelated, and more choices are available. Herein lies the theoretical explanation for the amazing personality changes that researchers have reported in subjects using sound technology similar to Holosync to change brain wave patterns.

Clearly we are on the frontier of a marvelous new field with untold possibilities. The ability to map and entrain brain waves, and the states they represent, gives us a powerful new tool to effect human change and growth. It has been shown that induced brain wave states can cause superlearning, increased creativity, induce sleep, control pain, modify behavior, focus attention, relieve stress, increase memory, and dramatically improve mental and emotional health. Centerpointe Research Institute is proud to be at the forefront of this new and exciting field. We invite you to join us as we leap into the 21st century.

 

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Benefits of Meditation

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The Super-Easy Way To Get All The Benefits of Meditation
— In a Fraction of the Time
By Bill Harris, Director, Centerpointe Research Institute

What we call the beginning is often the end, and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we start and know the place for the first time.
—T.S. Elliot

It is possible for anyone to live a life of happiness, inner peace, and outward success, no matter what their present or past circumstances. What is more, there are very real methods anyone can use to achieve these things—if they are willing to make the necessary changes in how they see themselves and their relationship to the rest of the world, and take the necessary actions.

Because a sound technology that creates the same patterns in the brain as deep meditation is a major part of Holosync, let’s begin by examining the philosophical roots of meditation. People of all religions and philosophical points of view have practiced prayer and meditation, in one form or another, for thousands of years. Perhaps in this ancient wisdom there is something we can use to guide us, even today.

All traditions of meditation flow from one premise: that the entire universe is made of one all-encompassing energy, intelligent and aware, existing forever as the source of everything. Because there is nothing outside of it, say the mystics, because of its completeness, this energy has nothing to get or need, nothing to fear. Simply because it is its nature to do so, this one energy continually spins itself out as the entire, infinite universe. The very nature of this energy, it is said, is contentment, love, peace, happiness, and perfection.

The totality of this energy, say the mystics, is who you really are; your seeming separateness, an illusion. Saints and sages have for centuries attempted to describe to humankind a state of awareness where this feeling of oneness with everything in the universe is the predominant experience.

For thousands of years, curious seekers have responded to these explanations by asking “If I am this one, infinite energy, the beginningless and endless totality of everything, if I really am Love itself, then why do I feel so bad? Why do I have so many problems? Why don’t I feel the peace and happiness you say is my true nature?”

And the mystic invariably would answer, “You do not experience your true nature because of your mind. Your mind keeps you from the experience of what truly is.”

We, of course, know today that this is true—the mind does indeed act as a filter, coloring our view of reality just as colored glasses give an illusory tint to what we see. As we grow up, our brain is programmed that some things cause pain and should be avoided, while others bring pleasure and should be sought.

Unfortunately, many of these early associations are true only in our limited family situations. Expressing certain feelings may bring us pain in our family circle, but out in the rest of the world, the inability to express feelings is in most cases severely limiting.

Since our brains tend to focus on only one thing at a time, we tend to only see those situations and draw into our lives those people who confirm the illusion that it is unsafe to openly express our feelings. Our brain will always filter reality so as to confirm that its predominant beliefs and associations are the truth. No wonder we don’t see the universe of love and harmony described by saints and mystics!

Mystical explanations of the origin of the universe shed further light on this problem. These explanations state that the one energy of reality, at the moment of creation, polarized itself into a seeming duality—good and evil, male and female, up and down, here and there and all other pairs of seeming opposites.

This duality, however, is more apparent than real. In each pair of opposites, each part is dependent on the other for its existence, like two sides of the same coin. “Cold” is meaningless without “hot”—”good” makes no sense without “bad”. According to the mystical philosophies of the East, it is the tension between these pairs of opposites, in your mind, that actually causes the universe to manifest.

This tension between opposites is also reflected in the human brain. The brain, divided into two hemispheres, right and left, has the same dual structure—made more acute by the fact that in virtually all people the two hemispheres are unbalanced, a state called brain lateralization.

Since the brain filters our reality in this split-brain way, we tend to see things in terms of duality rather than the oneness spoken of by mystics. If the brain could somehow learn to operate in a more coherent, holistic manner, if the two sides of the brain could somehow balance, interact more, and function as one, then possibly our experience of reality would be different.

Our childhood associations and programming may tell us what to seek or avoid in order to gain pleasure or avoid pain, but at an even deeper level the dual structure of our brain tells us that we are part of a world of separation, that we are somehow separate from and in opposition to the rest of the world.

The more lateralization in the brain (in other words, the more tension between polar opposites) the more feelings of separation, fear, anxiety, and isolation. In fact, as we shall see, only a lateralized brain can continue to entertain the types of beliefs that result in dysfunctional and addictive behaviors and the painful feelings that accompany them.

Modern brain research indicates that long-term meditation does in fact balance the brain, creating a synchrony between the two hemispheres. Many researchers have studied this phenomenon over the last twenty years.

One such researcher, Dr. Charles Stroebel, Ph.D., M.D., director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Medicine, performed a series of experiments on meditators during the 1970s. He discovered that electrical brain wave patterns of meditators changed, in periods of deep meditation, to a single, coherent pattern, indicating that both sides of the brain—ordinarily out of phase—were working together in a balanced, synchronous manner.

While in the vast majority of people one hemisphere or the other is alternately dominant over the other, depending upon the task being performed, advanced meditators seemed to develop the ability to use their whole brain and to live in a more balanced state characterized by brain synchronization and whole brain functioning.

This and other research has demonstrated that this balancing, or synchronization, of the hemispheres of the brain happens in all forms of meditation. The degree of hemispheric synchronization can be very precisely determined by measuring the meditator’s brain wave patterns with an electroencephalograph (EEG) machine.

When the brain is very lateralized (one hemisphere being very dominant over the other), the brain waves are in what is called the beta range.
If the two sides of the brain could somehow learn to operate in a more holistic manner, interact more, and function as one then perhaps our experience of reality would be different.

This is the brain wave function of normal waking consciousness characterized by external attention. At the extremes of the beta range one feels stressed-out, uncomfortable, and (literally) out of sync. Dysfunctional and addictive behaviors, neurosis, and feelings of separation—in other words, all the extremes of duality — are common experiences when the brain is in the extremes of the beta range.

If the brain begins to synchronize, if the two sides of the brain begin to communicate more, these experiences begin to dissipate and the brain finally moves into an alpha brain wave state. This is a state of pre-sleep/pre-waking drowsiness or, if one remains alert, light meditation. Ironically, alpha is also a state of increased focus; it is in the alpha state, for instance, that learning, including so-called “super learning,” takes place.

If synchronization continues, one next enters a theta brain wave state, the state of dreaming sleep, or if alertness is maintained, a deep meditation. Theta is also the brain wave state of heightened creativity. The “ah-ha” experience of suddenly making a creative connection is accompanied by bursts of theta waves in the brain.

If the brain synchronizes still further one finally enters the delta brain wave state, ordinarily a state of deep, dreamless sleep, but also, if one can maintain alertness, a state of extremely deep meditation. Finally, in the deepest part of the delta range, the two sides of the brain become so balanced that any tension between opposites is transcended. At this point the normal conscious mind is bypassed and the “transcendental” experience of oneness and harmony with the entire universe is revealed.

Any kind of focusing will bring about a degree of brain synchronization (i.e. meditation). The greater the focus, the greater the synchronization (and the deeper the meditative state).

The mystic, then, sitting to meditate, balances the brain through some form of focusing, whether by repeating a prayer or mantra, keeping the attention on the flow of the breath, staring at a candle flame, or by using one of many other techniques. Whatever the technique, the effect on the brain is substantially the same—brain synchronization, and after much practice, transcendental experience.

As the meditator focuses, he or she moves from a beta brain wave state into an alpha state. After many years of disciplined practice the meditator gains enough experience to begin accessing the deeper theta brain wave state (and with still more practice, the delta brain wave state) and begins to enjoy the experience of transcendental, expanded awareness.

So just what is this transcendental awareness? Is it becoming some kind of a blob of undifferentiated goo that wants to sit and stare at its navel instead of going to work in the morning, or some kind of robed, smiling person handing out flowers in the airport?

Contrary to common Western mythology about such things, persons operating continually in this type of awareness (a kind of 24-hour-a-day state of meditative alertness sometimes referred to as “the awakened mind”) are more productive, happier, capable of more intimacy, more creativity, and more wholeness. Since the filter through which they view reality does not split everything in to categories based on arbitrary early life programming, they see life more objectively, without fear and judgment, without a need to manipulate others, without need for approval—in short, without the limitations of mental programming.

This is, in fact, a state of peak performance. And, when the brain is in this highly synchronous and coherent state, it produces large quantities of pleasure-causing neurochemicals called endorphins, making the whole experience very pleasurable!

Between the stressed-out jangle of the beta state and the peaceful depths of delta there is, however, much territory to be covered and much healing to be done. As one moves into the alpha and theta states, the subconscious portion of the mind is accessed and becomes available. This is where the belief systems that structure our experience of ourselves and, and our universe are stored.

We mentally project this material onto what is, creating our own private universe in much the same way that light, passing through a celluloid image, projects an image on a movie screen. When we enter the alpha and theta brain wave states during sleep, we scan this subconscious data and to a certain extent re-arrange and process it. We call this scanning and processing dreaming, and it is, indeed, in the theta state that REM (rapid eye movement) sleep associated with dreaming occurs.

In the delta state one accesses what has been referred to as the collective unconscious, where the broadest and most primal programs about what it means to be human are stored. The delta sleep experience of the collective unconscious is in some ways a very intense one, intense enough that in this state we go totally unconscious and do not even dream.

It is only from the experience of very advanced meditators (including those using Holosync soundtracks) remaining alert and aware in this state that we know that in the delta state material from the collective unconscious is accessed.
When the brain is in this highly synchronous and coherent state
it produces large quantities of pleasure-causing neuro-chemicals known as endorphins.

It may be that some levels of the collective unconscious are accessed in the theta state also, but it is our belief that the deeper and more substantial levels are accessed only in the delta state.

Though this experience of the collective unconscious is intense enough that we ordinarily can only experience it in total unconsciousness, it is at the same time such a pleasurable and essential process of renewal and reinvigoration that sleep is the one thing that humans cannot be induced to give up.

It is in these subconscious and unconscious areas of the mind that we find the answer to the question of why, for 99.9% of humanity, the brain cannot for very long remain in this synchronized state, where the deep emotional healing and rapid brain evolution we are interested in, spontaneously occurs.

Meditators invariably find, whatever their technique, that the feeling of peace, well-being, and super-alertness gained during meditation fades rather quickly, often within minutes.

This happens because the belief systems that tell us we are separate and not okay immediately begin to reassert themselves, causing the brain to return to a less synchronized (and therefore less expanded) state of awareness.

As the brain re-lateralizes (one of the two hemispheres again becoming dominant over the other) endorphin production dramatically decreases and the feeling of well-being fades with it.

Why does this re-lateralization of the brain take place? Why is the peace, happiness, and connectedness that appears when the brain is balanced so difficult to sustain?

Current research into the nature of the mind, and, in fact, into the very nature of the universe itself, indicates that the universe may be nothing more than a giant hologram created by the mind. Holograms, you may know, are three-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser.

According to this theory (espoused by, among others, David Bohm, a protege of Einstein’s and a world-famous quantum physicist; Karl Pribram of Stanford University and one of the world’s most famous neurophysicists; and Stanislav Grof, professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins Medical School and the originator of the Holotropic Breathwork process) the universe you see and experience is but a holographic image created by the patterns of belief in the subconscious and unconscious areas of the mind.

Since at a fundamental level we share many common subconscious and unconscious beliefs, specially those of the collective unconscious, the universes we individually create seem to be a single shared universe rather than billions of individual and overlapping universes. Although similar and sharing many basic commonalities, these individual universes are not the same.

Ten people can see the same event, but each experiences it in an entirely different way and will give widely divergent descriptions of what happened. Even twins, with identical DNA encoding, experience the same things differently. One person’s happiness can be another person’s hell, depending upon their personal holographic model of the universe.

As a wit once said, “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it!” This, indeed, is the way our holographic mind operates. If the internal hologram is one of perfection, delight, and connectedness, that will be the nature of the world we create; if it is of fear, shame, separation, and problems, an entirely different world will be the result.

A brain with a separation-based holographic model will always re-lateralize in order to continue its creation of such a universe. A brain with a holographic model that is unity-based, however, has no need to re-lateralize and will create a universe of oneness, peace, and happiness.

This process of constructing a new and more truthful holographic model of the universe is nothing new—meditators the world over have been doing it for over ten thousand years, using any number of time-honored methods.

First, through some kind of focusing, the hemispheres of the brain are synchronized, accessing the holographic “film”—the patterns of belief in the subconscious and unconscious areas of the mind. Simultaneously, through prayers, affirmations, visualizations, etc., the old, counterfeit programming is replaced with that which is more truthful and life-affirming.

This is exactly what we do in any form of personal growth work—we try to put the mind in a receptive state and then we work on changing the programming. While meditation ultimately gets down into the deepest part of the mind like nothing else, it unfortunately takes about fifteen years, meditating six or more hours a day, to really perfect the ability to open the mind in this way.

In the early 1970s, however, very significant discoveries took place that have made this whole process more practical and accessible for those seeking this type of deep healing and personal growth but who don’t have the time or the inclination to meditate many hours each day for many years. By far the most significant of these discoveries was that the alpha, theta, and delta brain wave patterns could easily be induced electronically.

Today, Centerpointe Research Institute uses Holosync audio technology, a more sophisticated version of the technologies first developed in the early 1970s, to induce deep meditative states literally within minutes, saving years of practice in perfecting the ability to reach such states.
Current research into the nature of the mind, and, in fact, into the very nature
of the universe itself, indicates that the universe may be nothing more
than a giant hologram created by the mind.

When we add state-of-the-art silent communication methods to introduce new life-affirming patterns of belief into the subconscious and unconscious areas of the mind, the process of creating “meditation through technology”—and therefore dramatically accelerated personal growth—is complete.

The efficiency of this technological approach to meditation dramatically accelerates the personal growth process. What once took most of a lifetime can now be accomplished in just a few years.

In using Holosync to create deep meditation, participants experience the same evolutionary signposts spoken of in various world scriptures and personal accounts of saints and mystics. These include development of various kinds of intuitive and psychic awareness, increased compassion, greater personal power, expansion of self-knowledge and awareness, sharpened mental abilities, and the falling away of attachments, just to name a few.

Above all, we see that those participating in this program become happier. Dysfunctional and addictive behaviors, if there are any, begin to fall away. A safer and more peaceful world opens up as fears are released, feelings are felt, and the ability to safely communicate and connect grows. Mental acuity increases and with it increased abilities to learn and remember, to creatively solve and cope with everyday problems, and to intuitively find the most productive way of dealing with any situation.

People using Holosync become empowered, changed, and renewed. They find their place in the world. They become more balanced, happier, more fulfilled, and their lives begin to work as never before.

But these benefits do not come without some work. Only those who have never done any personal growth work believe that personal growth is easy.

Ultimately, a time comes when the work does become significantly easier, but this is an advanced stage, reached after several years of work. Up to that point, change is often resisted, making transformation a sometimes cathartic experience.

Belief systems in the subconscious and unconscious are gradually changed as each bit of the old model of reality is brought to conscious awareness, released, and replaced with something more truthful and life-affirming. As this happens, the clash of old and new can create temporary upheaval in our life experience.

This limiting material needing release has been suppressed and relegated to the subconscious, where for years it has been kept from conscious awareness, because it is part of what is often referred to as our “dark side”—those aspects of ourselves and our world that we, in our dualistic, good/bad outlook, believe to be inappropriate.

This new awareness of our “dark side” is often accompanied by painful memories, feelings, or physical sensations. In addition, when we use affirmations to tell ourselves that this “dark side” is an integral part of our wholeness, the brain is temporarily faced with running on two diametrically opposite models at the same time—one that divides the universe into “appropriate” and “inappropriate,” and one that sees things in terms of wholeness and love.

This causes a temporary state of chaos in the brain until the old model can be released and the brain can reorganize itself at a higher, more truthful level of awareness.

To understand how this happens, let’s take a closer look at the actual mechanics of the evolutionary process in the brain.

An intriguing model gaining acceptance in the scientific community today describes evolutionary growth and change (including all personal growth) in terms of the fascinating work of theoretical chemist Ilya Prigogine, who won the Nobel prize in 1977 for work on what he called “dissipative structures.” Prigogine was working in the field of thermodynamics where for over a century scientists had been aware of a seeming contradiction between two laws of nature.
Those using Holosync become empowered, changed, renewed.
They find their place in the world. They become more balanced,
happier, more fulfilled, and their lives begin to work as never before.

On one hand, the second law of thermodynamics states that the amount of randomness or chaos—often called entropy—in the universe is always increasing. On the other hand, many things, including life itself, are obviously becoming more ordered, less random. Why is it, scientists wondered, that some things evolve and grow when the overall tendency in the universe is for things to break down and become less ordered?

What Prigogine noticed was that what he calls “open systems”—systems that are able to exchange energy and matter with their environment—are able to maintain their structure and even grow and evolve into more complex systems because they have the ability to dissipate entropy to their environment in such a way that the total amount of entropy, overall, does increase. They maintain their orderliness—and even increase it—at the expense, entropically speaking, of their environment.

An open system—of which a human being is a prime example—is a flow of energy. We constantly take in light, air, water, heat, nutrients, as well as all kinds of information from our senses. In turn, we dissipate to our environment carbon dioxide, heat, waste products, activities of various kinds, and so on. And, we are more than just a tube with something flowing through it, we are the flow itself—not just a “thing,” but a living, changing, evolving process.

Open systems are very plastic and can handle all kinds of fluctuation and variations in input from their environment, but each system (each person) has an upper limit of how much randomness, how much entropy, it can dissipate to its environment. This limit is based on the system’s structure (prevailing belief systems about oneself and one’s universe) and its degree of complexity (the degree to which one can see and experience the infinite connections that make our own personal universe).

If fluctuations from the environment become too much, the system cannot dissipate enough entropy to maintain its structure and therefore begins to become internally chaotic and unstable. In other words, we feel overwhelmed. If input continues at this higher level, the system will finally come to a point where it is so unstable that the slightest nudge brings things to a screeching halt. At this point the system has the ability to move in an infinite number of unpredictable directions, like an angry crowd on the verge of rioting or a person at a crisis point in a serious illness.

This point, which Prigogine called a bifurcation point (bifurcate meaning “to divide into two branches”) is a kind of moment of truth. Either the system totally breaks down and ceases to exist as an organized system, or it spontaneously reorders itself in an entirely new way. The incredible thing about this reorganization is that the new system is totally non-causal and non-linear with what went before. It is a true quantum leap, a death and re-birth, and the main characteristic of the new system is that it has the capability to handle the fluctuations, the input from the environment, that caused the old system to become overwhelmed and break down. In Prigogine’s words, the system “escapes into a higher order.” Out of chaos comes new order, a new, more evolved system.

This is how evolution happens. All things grow and evolve in this manner, whether a seed, a corporation, a highway system, or a human being. This process is repeating itself millions of times each minute in every cell of your body. It also happens on a larger scale regarding more macroscopic aspects of your being. Changes in core beliefs and personal habits happen, for instance, as the old ways of looking at and dealing with the world are overwhelmed by changing input from the environment and can no longer disburse the entropy necessary for their survival. The aging process, too, is a continually diminishing ability to dissipate entropy to the environment resulting eventually in death of the organism.

The human brain, as we have said, is the ultimate open system, constantly exchanging energy with its environment. Up to a point, the system can handle all kinds of fluctuations. But if the input becomes too much, we begin to become overwhelmed, things temporarily break down, and the system then reorganizes itself at a higher order. Prior to the overwhelming input things make sense. Then, once overwhelm begins, they no longer make sense. Finally, after reorganization at a higher level, things make sense once again, but in a whole new way, never before imagined.

How, then, does Holosync facilitate this process? The alpha, theta, and delta brain wave states are states of great fluctuation in the brain. A graphic representation of these brain wave patterns shows that the amplitude (the height of the wave form) increases as we move from alpha to theta to delta. In other words, the amount of fluctuation increases.
We are more than just a tube with something flowing through it,
we are the flow itself—not just a “thing” but a living, evolving process.

When we use the Holosync soundtracks each day we are subjecting the brain to stimuli that push it to the point where it must, in Prigogine’s words, “escape into a higher order.” Then, as we move to successively deeper levels of the program (see below) we create the alpha, theta, and delta brain wave patterns at increasingly lower (and even more high amplitude) frequencies, further increasing fluctuation in the brain and creating further opportunities for evolutionary quantum leaps to occur. When we add life-affirming affirmations that challenge limiting subconscious and unconscious belief patterns, this adds more input and further increases fluctuation in the brain, creating still more evolutionary growth.

When one experiences this process, there is a temporarily feeling of uneasiness as the system—which is really your ego, your collection of beliefs about who you are, what your place is in the world, and so on becomes more chaotic. Everyone has experienced this, with or without meditation, because life is intrinsically evolutionary. It is happening to you at every moment on some level and occasionally happens to you in a more global way. This is why major upsets in our lives lead to the most growth. Chaos always precedes breakthrough and seeing things in a new way.

The natural tendency is to resist this process in order to protect the system (your ego). This is the ultimate irony, since it is the limitations of the current system, the old way of seeing things, that causes us to feel uncomfortable in the first place. Still, we are almost frantic sometimes in wanting to keep the system the way it is, in wanting to keep it from breaking down and evolving to the next level. This is because we tend to identify with the ego—we think we are the system instead of the flow of energy through it.

At these moments of peak experience we try to protect the system in one of three ways.

Method number one is to try frantically to dissipate the extra energy that the system can’t handle. We do this through anger, talking, running, jumping, sexual activity, exercise, compulsive behaviors, physical ailments—anything that dissipates energy and temporarily relieves the pressure.

Method number two is to attempt to block the input of energy. This often manifest as a desire to isolate oneself or, in extreme cases, depression. In depression, we shut down metabolically, we breathe less, we constrict the pupils of our eyes so as to take in less light, we want to be alone, to lie down, to get away from any kind of input.

The third method is to distract oneself form the feeling of overwhelm through drugs, alcohol, sex, television, dissociation, eating, or anything else that distracts.

These strategies work to some degree, especially in the short run, in that they may temporarily release some of the pressure. No evolution, however, is likely to take place because the system never is allowed to reach the point of peak experience where it spontaneously reorganizes itself.

This means that the next time that the system is stimulated in the same way it gets overwhelmed again in the same way. Had the system been allowed to reorganize itself at a more evolved level the new system would have been able to organically handle the increased fluctuations from the environment by dissipating whatever entropy needed to be released.

What this means in the area of personal growth is that as we evolve, as our view of who we are and how we relate to our world embraces more of our connectedness with the rest of the universe, what we once found overwhelming no longer bothers us.

This is exactly what we see happening to users of Holosync: they become more peaceful, more able to flow with whatever is happening. At the same time, they become more empowered and more able to set healthy boundaries, which of course allows, ultimately for more intimacy, more connectedness, and more love.

Because the healing process can sometimes be cathartic, we provide a great deal of support to participants in this program. In what we feel is a truly ground-breaking approach, we teach participants, through written materials, telephone contact, monthly letters, and email newsletter, and periodic workshops and retreats, how to identify when they are coming to a point of peak experience, how to begin noticing their own unconscious strategies for protecting the old system, and how to get out of the way so as to let the process complete itself in a natural way.

Ironically, it is the very strategies for protecting the old system that sometimes cause the process to be painful. It is important to realize that it is our resistance to evolution that causes pain, not the evolution itself.

Death and rebirth is only painful when we identify with what is dying. Once we experientially know that we are the evolution itself rather than the system that is passing away and being reborn, the growth process becomes smooth and rapid.

To overemphasize the cathartic aspect of this process, however, would be a mistake. First of all, the quantum leaps in growth happening to those in this program are well worth an occasional feeling of overwhelm, which we all experience in our lives anyway, with or without Holosync (although probably with much more pain and much less awareness).

Most of us really don’t realize just how good we can feel, how good life can be. Living out our lives without healing our childhood wounds is more intense by far than anything we might encounter in the adventure of discovery, healing, and unfoldment made possible by Holosync.

In addition, when the brain goes into the deeper alpha, theta, and delta brain wave states, the brain makes great quantities of endorphins, enveloping much of the pain of change in a feeling of peace and well-being—in fact, one of the really incredible added benefits of Holosync is that its use demonstrates that the kind of bliss talked about by mystics and saints is real and that you, too, can experience it.

Regular users of Holosync more typically feel delighted than overwhelmed. This doesn’t mean that participants in this program don’t feel their feelings—they feel them more fully than ever, but with an awareness that helps them to feel them as the perfection that they really are.

Meditation is purification—not of who we are, but of the filter through which we see and experience who we are. As that filter is purified everything in our universe is purified with it and our lives become filled with peace and happiness. Additional growth opportunities, when they come, are handled smoothly and effortlessly with keen awareness and peaceful detachment.

Holosync is not for everyone — though it will work for anyone who uses it. It is a powerful tool for those who are really ready to move past all that is holding them back from expressing their full potential. It is not the only way to heal yourself and reach your full potential as a human being, but it is a very powerful and effective one.

If you view your life as a grand adventure to be lived to the fullest, Holosync may very well be just what you have been looking for. Because I want you to have all the benefits it provides, I greatly appreciate the fact that you have chosen to use this powerful tool to change your life.

(Persons who have been severely abused or have been diagnosed as having severe psychological problems should participate in this program only under the guidance of a qualified therapist.)

The world is entering a new era in the realm of personal and spiritual growth as our planet rapidly approaches a moment of truth. In every area—whether having to do with family, sexuality, race, religion, government, economics, technology, the environment, personal psychology or spirituality—we are at a point where old systems are being overwhelmed and are breaking down.

In every one of these areas we can either collapse in chaos or, hopefully, make a quantum leap to the next evolutionary level. No one really knows what that new level will be like, but what we do know is that the efforts of people like you who are reading this will play a critical role in ensuring that our planet successfully makes this leap to the next higher level. To make this happen we need to take advantage of all the tools we have, high-tech and low-tech, and to take responsibility for being the world leaders in the realm of conscious evolution that we really are.

If you’d like to experience the kind of dramatic, positive change Holosync audio technology can create in your life, read the introduction which details all the benefits and reveals the scientific proof behind Holosync (and includes an extremely attractive, money-saving offer) found on the homepage.

Expanding your consciousness

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With the rapidly growing amount of information out there, we are all overwhelmed and in some cases confused. There are several meanings to word consciousness. Most of us assume consciousness is outside of ourselves. When in fact, consciousness is all around us as well as a part of us. It is essential and necessary that we understand how consciousness works and why we all need to do this now.

Expanding our consciousness requires a deep reflection of our thoughts and our actions. Expanding our consciousness will allow us to create the best possible outcomes in our lives.

So what is consciousness? Consciousness equals awareness and awareness equals consciousness. It is just that simple and easy. Both consciousness and awareness work together.

We have allowed our lives to become so overwhelmed with so much information whether through the gadgets we all consume, or the amount of stimulated objects around us. It is easy to get lost and to be confused about the importance of our consciousness and why more than ever we need to pay attention to our consciousness and take the opportunity to expand our consciousness.

At this time, meditation is the only tool available to assist with the expansion of our consciousness. In other words, meditation enhances our  awareness resulting into expansion of our consciousness. I know for some of us a simple and easy answer may be hard to digest however it is just that simple and just that easy.

For most of us we cannot accept something that is simple and easy. We all live a complicated and stressful life which causes us to miss opportunities and miss directions which will enhance our lives and allow us to live as we choose to live without the boundaries of what we’ve created while living in  peace and harmony.

Some of us do not feel worthy of a peaceful and harmonious life. We complicate the situation by interfering and sabotaging our own peace of mind. Some of us have created an environment which is unrecognizable and in some cases extremely harmful. We desire constant stimulation from the outside whether in the form of a new gadget or toy.

We miss the subtle signs guiding us to the inside in order to find balance. We missed the subtle guidance offered to us in a most simple and easy form.

With meditation incorporated into your life eventually you’ll start to wake up and pay attention to the subtle signs and subtle directions given to you. Do not complicate the issue or situation by expecting more than that because expansion of the consciousness is not complicated. Expansion of the consciousness is as natural as breathing.

Make an effort to start meditating every day no matter what because it is your obligation to be aware and it is your obligation to expand your consciousness. Why?  Because you deserve to live in peace and harmony.

Find out what expansion of consciousness means to you. Find out what it means to you to live in peace and harmony. Find out why you’ve created the situation you are now faced with and find out now.

While others spend their time preparing for one disaster after another, make an effort to spend your time understanding what is happening inside of you and prepare for the answers that will be revealed to you. Preparation for a disaster is important however preparation for your management of that disaster is most important.

Let’s face it we all experience our share of disasters and catastrophes and the like and in most cases it is unavoidable. But most of the destruction is happening inside of ourselves and that is the most sad part of it all.

Seek to find a meditation tool which will assist you with rapidly becoming more aware which in turn will assist with you become a more peaceful.

Reach out to others express to them the importance of meditating daily and stress to them the importance of expanding their consciousness.

Meditation in every action

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When you start to pay attention and become more aware it’s amazing what you see, what you hear, and what you smell. Each moment takes on a new beginning. The experiences in nature are captivating and mesmerizing. With increased awareness, an appreciation for the animals, the plants, the people and the environment becomes the focus. Increased awareness helps to slow down the pace of life at the same time making tremendous progress in all areas of our lives.

When you’ve had some experience meditating, especially if you are meditating properly, you will naturally incorporate meditation in every action of your life. Meditation when done properly will be as natural and beneficial as breathing. Meditation in every action means just that whether you are washing dishes, driving to work, surfing the Internet, if done with awareness is a form of meditation.

Meditation in every action will help manage our eating habits, our social habits, and our entertainment habits. The proper meditation program will help to increase your awareness and some programs offer the benefits of meditation in a shorter period of time. The acts of meditation is a required discipline and it requires patience. For many of us incorporating meditation in every action requires the support our families and friends.

While the word meditation is used quite often and has several different meanings, one major fact must be emphasized…. Meditation is not prayer. Meditation is basically paying attention to every action performed whether it’s a major project such as solving the “pi”  formula or whether you’re just sitting on the couch.

Learning the fundamentals of proper meditation is a prerequisite before attempting to make any major changes in your life. Without complete awareness, any major changes in your life will be short-lived and within a matter of time you will be faced with those same issues or situations which you’d hope would change.

Meditation in every action will help to ease the stressful situations in your life and provide balance. Meditation is the missing link in most of our lives and why it’s so difficult to complete simple tasks or goals. After the incorporation of meditation in your daily routine of life, you will develop pure focus and accomplish your goals with ease, comfort, and joy.

Take every moment to observe your actions, take every moment to pay attention to your breathing, take every moment to see the beauty in nature, and to see the beauty in ourselves. Do not continue to be unaware of your surroundings. Do not continue to fade away in the background of your life. Wake up now, become aware now, welcome meditation into every action of your life and enjoy the benefits of being alive!

Find out for yourself what meditation means to you. Find out for yourself how meditation can provide benefits in your life. Seek the help of others who know how to meditate. Ask questions.

 

Examining your beliefs

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Beliefs are the focal point in most of our lives. Many wars and many battles have been fought over beliefs. Our beliefs are so penetrated within our lives, the mere fact of examining our beliefs creates a lot of tension. Some of us become extremely uncomfortable when someone questions their beliefs. If you took the time to think about what you believe, for some of us it may be overwhelming and for others it may be disturbing.

Examining our beliefs is just as important as raising a family, entering a marriage, having children, or going to work every day. Our beliefs impact our decisions. Our beliefs impact our results.

Since most of us act on our beliefs unconsciously, we blame our results on the outside. We believe someone from the outside caused our pain and our suffering.

Ask yourself why do I have such a belief? Ask yourself where did this belief come from? Ask yourself what has this belief done for me, for my family?

Like so many who have taken the time to  examine their beliefs, the answers have been shocking. We have taken for granted certain cultural and universal beliefs and not for a moment stop to think about the consequences.

The power we have given our beliefs is so deep within our consciousness,  the only tool available to assist with examining our beliefs is meditation. Meditation will help to bring awareness to your beliefs. Meditation if done properly will assist with removal of beliefs and replacement with truth.

Make no mistake the removal or elimination of beliefs and replacement with truth is not as simple as it sounds. Why? Our beliefs are attached to our very existence however beliefs are unnatural. Many assume beliefs are knowledge and that is the most erroneous error of all.

Children instinctually know beliefs are illogical and irrational however children have no defense against beliefs indoctrinated within them by their parents and their environment.

Overtime during  the natural evolution of  our consciousness, having beliefs will be a thing of the past. All of us would have replaced beliefs with knowledge. All of us would have understand the importance of knowing how we created our results and no longer will we need anything from the outside to interfere with that process.

However in the meantime we have a lot of work to do and together this can be accomplished but it requires incorporating meditation into our daily lives, and examining our beliefs now.

Where to start? You start by accepting responsibility and taking action to examine your beliefs. Does that mean you will have to give up watching television for a while? The answer is yes.

Beliefs adversely affect decision-making skills, and  reasoning skills. Beliefs clouds judgment and ability to manage given situations properly.

Take note of every time you talk to yourself or to someone else about what you believe and when you are alone, ask yourself how has this belief served me? Ask yourself has this belief given me the results I desire? Ask yourself again where did this belief come from? If you cannot answer those questions, that’s a serious problem. Why? Think about it, we expect those outside ourselves to provide us with proof and evidence right? Would you agree you deserve the same kind of proof and evidence about your beliefs?

Some of the most difficult task lie ahead  when examining the beliefs given to us by our parents, our communities, our environments, cultures or heritages. Those examinations will require deep reflection and total honesty. Incorporating a meditation program into your life will make the process much more attainable than without meditation.

Use this opportunity when examining your beliefs as a time to probe was going on inside of you. It is not the time to blame anyone including yourself. The process of examining your beliefs is just as important as any acquisition of an educational degree. The process is difficult and requires quiet time alone. However, it would be the best investment of your life.

Dealing with feelings

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Our feelings have been the fabric of our lives and we have used our feelings to control and manipulate those around us. At every opportunity while dealing with our feelings, instead of enhancing our decisions or our results, our feelings have stood in the way of making progress.

It is essential to deal with your feelings in a logical and rational manner. It is no longer healthy to allow our feelings to run the show. In the past allowing our feelings to take over has been an accepted practice. Presently our feelings can no longer take the front seat in our lives. Dealing with our feelings requires an awareness and a focus. Dealing with our feelings requires maturity and honesty. Managing our feelings is the ultimate prerequisite to obtaining peace, harmony and desired results. If we continue to allow our feelings to dictate our lives, it will eliminate any opportunity to evolve and expand our consciousness and find success.

Feelings are a  natural part of being human however feelings are not what makes us human. Our feelings are tools to manage our role as a human being. The purpose of feelings were not for control or manipulation of others, feelings work in sync with our process of evolution. In other words, feelings were to enhance a situation but not to control it.

Meditation helps by increasing awareness and with increased awareness it becomes uncomfortable and painful to continue to control or manipulate others including yourself. Why? Is the equivalent to stabbing yourself in the head over and over again. In other words, it is illogical, irrational not to mention delusional.

No one likes to be controlled or manipulated but on a daily basis we do this to ourselves and to others. Most of that is due to the fact we are unaware and are operating unconsciously.

Dealing with feelings requires an honest reflection and a honest approach. We can no longer make an excuse and take our feelings for granted…. Meaning the inappropriate behaviors associated with an undesired result cannot be blamed on our feelings.
We have to take full responsibility for our feelings and the behaviors and results we’ve created.

The management of feelings is a beautiful thing. It opens up the opportunity for peace, harmony and balance without the heavy burden of making excuses. Dealing with feelings quiets the mind chatter, eliminates the noise, wipes away the clouds and allows clear vision.

In order to find success in every aspect of your life, make an effort to deal with your feelings now. Take action, step ahead of your feelings and be a driver in your own world. white lotus

 

Beyond the 5 senses

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5 sensesWe’re all familiar with the five senses such as: vision, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting. How many of us are familiar with the two other senses such as sensing and receiving? 

Sensing and receiving can be associated with instinct and spiritual(non-religious). It is not until we understand the association with our thoughts and all of our senses(all seven of them) will we be able to understand the power within us.

Refinement of all of our senses are necessary and essential to the development of our consciousness. Meditation helps by providing increased awareness and focus. Increased awareness and focus will allow you to refine your instinctual and spiritual senses. Know the difference between instinctual and spiritual. Because we have been taught to pay attention to only the five senses mentioned earlier, our instinctual and spiritual senses have become dormant yet they are still a part of our existence.

Do not associate spiritual and instinctual with religious connotation, magical or supernatural. The instinctual and spiritual senses represent a fine material energy which is difficult to explain and comprehend with words alone. Unfortunately, like other words in our dictionaries the meaning of spiritual and instinctual have been lost.

Trust your gut is often what we mean when we think of the word instinct, or listening to that inner voice. Spiritual on the other hand has been given a religious meaning and because of that, the separation of spiritual and religious is difficult if not impossible.

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How can I find Truth?

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meditative path1What is the truth? 

Those of us who seek the truth at some point have reached a road block. Why? If we do not know the difference between our beliefs, our knowledge, finding the truth will be difficult. Some of us demand the truth however can we really handle the truth?

Having the truth and knowing the truth are two separate things. For years the truth has been staring us in the face and because we’ve been blinded by our beliefs, we’ve missed this truth. The truth is the truth and nothing but the truth, we’ve all heard that statement before right? Let’s examine what is the truth.

If you search for the meaning of truth in all of the dictionaries, you will find a variety of meanings. Take a look in a dictionary now and tell me what you find. If we say the truth is the truth and nothing but the truth why all of the various meanings?

Some of us spend our life times believing we know truth. When in reality, we only know what we’ve been told. Most of us do not realize we all must find truth within ourselves. Meditation is the key to assisting you on your journey to find truth.

The truth in its original form was not intended to be complicated. The truth in its original form was meant to evolve and expand our consciousness. The truth is original form was intended to guide us on this journey we call life. The truth in its original form was not to be used as a mental weapon, or not as a means of appearing superior to others.

The truth in its original form was not intended to cause fear, to cause concern, to cause panic and chaos. The truth in its original form was meant to awaken the consciousness and provide food for thought.

The truth has been argued back and forth for many years and many centuries. It has caused a division among most of us… Why? Because we are associating our beliefs with the truth. This truth has no room for beliefs.

Make it a priority in your life to know the truth. No longer allow yourself to take for granted the truth. Chances are you have been told what is the truth without finding out for yourself. When you make an effort to know truth, you will no longer waver in your knowledge of the truth ever again.

Is it true that the truth shall set you free? I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.