The image is from the book Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge, by B. Alan Wallace, founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
The book notes “There are certainly kinds of neuronal activity that causally contribute to the emergence of specific states of consciousness and mental activity.”
Bill Harris, Director of the Centerpointe Research Institute, writes about the development of the Holosync technology for providing the “benefits of meditation” using audio brainwave entrainment.
Here is an excerpt from an article of his:
Brain wave patterns during meditation
In the early 1970s the Menninger Foundation studied some Indian yogis who were in the United States. They hooked these yogis to different machines in order to measure the yogis’ control over supposedly unconscious mental and physical functions.
These studies gave researchers the first peek at the electrical brain wave patterns of meditation.
At about the same time, but completely independently, a researcher named Dr. Gerald Oster of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York published a paper in Scientific American about research he had been conducting since the 1950s into the effects of sound waves on brain wave patterns.
Oster had discovered a method, using sound, to create any desired electrical pattern in the brain, including those of meditation.
A small field sprang up around this technology and a related technology that uses flickering lights to alter brain wave patterns.
The essence of the experience
This field has always focused (mistakenly, in my opinion) on what I would describe as the symptoms of exposure to these brain-altering technologies.
You will hear people say, for instance, “we will put you in an alpha brain wave pattern and such-and-such will be your experience” or “we will put you in a theta state and you will have an out-of-body experience” (or whatever).
This, to me, is like a runner thinking the important thing about running is that you breathe hard, you get sweaty, and your legs get tired.
These are symptoms of running, but the real essence of the experience is that the cardiovascular system and the muscles are reorganizing at higher levels of functioning.
My view of what happens when we expose ourselves to these neurotechnologies is completely different.
First of all, the sound technology Oster discovered (which is the basis of all neurotechnologies using sound), as well as the flickering lights used in “light and sound” devices, both create very great fluctuations in electrical brain wave activity.
As one moves from the beta brain wave pattern of normal waking consciousness to the slower brain wave pattern of alpha, then deeper into theta, and finally to the deepest delta, the fluctuations in the brain are constantly increasing.
Here is the important point, though : these fluctuations give the nervous system input, or stimulus, beyond its ability to handle, the way it is currently structured.
In order to handle these fluctuations, the nervous system is forced to reorganize itself at higher, more complex levels of functioning…
Continued in How Holosync Works.
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Ryan Eliason (of the The Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Series) provides one of many testimonials:
“Meditation deepens social caring — and creates the confidence, persistence, and creativity social entrepreneurs need.
“Most people, though, find meditation difficult. This technological solution makes meditation easy…”
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