Learn how to relax at will…

Learn how to relax at will…

One of the advantages of owning a light and sound machine is having the opportunity to actually teach your mind how to relax at will. If you are thinking about investing in a light and sound machine take a good close look at the DAVID Delight Pro by Mind Alive. The Delight Pro is not the most expensive light and sound machine available, it is the finest made light and sound machine that is built to last a lifetime. And the Delight Pro mind machine contains over two dozen brainwave entrainment sessions designed to help you learn how to relax.

If you already own a light and sound machine simply access brainwave frequency sessions in the alpha – theta range, roughly 3Hz – 11Hz. Consult you user guide for the session list, try the Schumann Resonance Frequency session which any light and sound machine needs to have included, and start. Be aware of your senses, how you are feeling mentally, emotionally and physically. Create a special place in your mind where these feelings are easily accessible, where the more you use your light and sound machine, the stronger your ability to mentally mimic the sensations you feel during a light and sound mind machine session.

When you are in a situation that is causing you stress and your light and sound mind machine is not available simply take a moment. Breathe in through your nose and imagine how you feel while doing a light and sound session. Count 1-2-3-4 and hold 1-2-3-4 then breathe out through your mouth. Rhythmic breathing just as it occurs while doing light and sound. Keep strengthening this ability by continuing to use your DAVID Delight Pro or other light and sound machine.

MindExplorer SW

MindExplorer SW is an audio visual stimulation software, intended for the same purpose as mind machines, i.e. it can induce altered states of consciousness using light and sound pulses.

It allows to create, import (3rd party sessions), modify and play audio visual sessions on a PC or record the sessions as digital audio to wav files which can be burned to CD and played using any CD player, or converted to MP3 and played using MP3 players….

It uses an ordinary PC with a sound card for generating the sound part of the stimulation. For the light part of stimulation, it uses the AudioStrobe technology – special unaudible signals intended for driving the light goggles are encoded into the sound. This system allows a perfect synchronization between light and sound pulses. To be able to use also the light part of the stimulation, you need light goggles and AudioStrobe decoder which is a part of some light and sound units and will be also available as a stand alone unit soon. Originally, I started to develop Mindexplorer SW as a cheap alternative to mind machines. Later I realized it can go far beyond….

The most important features of MindExplorer SW are:

* Many types of the stimulation – pulsing simple sound or chord, binaural and dual binaural beats, amplitude and frequency modulated sound, modulated or pulsing sound playing from a wav file, etc. Combinations of above mentioned types of the stimulation are also possible.

* Many adjustable parameters of the stimulation – duty cycle, programmable changes of phase shift of the pulses, user editable sound waveforms – to mention only some of them.

* Ability to import 3rd party sessions – there are more than one hundred freely downloadable sessions on the internet. These sessions can be imported into MindExplorer SW and then treated as any native MindExplorer session.

* Comfortable editing of the sessions – MindExplorer SW integrates two session editors – spreadsheet and graphic editor. All changes made in one of them are immediatelly brought into the other one. All changes can be verified by starting to play the session from any segment.

* Adjustable length of the session – any session of the given length can be played with different time duration.

* Two wav files as sound sources can be used simultaneously in the session – for example one wav file with pink noise as a sound source for amplitude modulated stimulation and another one with natural sounds or relaxation music as a backing sound.

 

Written by Tomas Cerny, the author of MindExplorer SW.

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 8 Selected References

(Originally published May 14, 1995)

Selected References

Atwater, F.H. (1988). The Monroe Institute’s Hemisync Process: A Theoretical Perspective. Faber, VA.: Monroe Institute.

Austin, R. (1991). The Clinical Guide to Light/Sound Instrumentation and Therapy. Seattle: Synetic Systems.

Budzynski, T.H. (1976). Biofeedback and the Twilight States of Consciousness. In G.E. Schwartz and D. Shapiro (Eds.), Consciousness and Self-Regulation, Vol. 1, New York: Plenum Press.

_________ (1986). Clinical Applications of Non-Drug-Induced States. In B. Wolman & M. Ullman (Eds.), Handbook of States of Consciousness. New York: Van Nostrand-Reinhold.

_________ (1990). Hemispheric Asymmetry and Rest. In Suedfeld, P., Turner, J.W., Jr., & Fine, T.H. (Eds.), Restricted Environmental Stimulation. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Ditson-Sommer, R. (1993). NeuroLearning Technology. Phoenix: OPNET, Inc. Dycchtwald, K. (1986). BodyMind. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Foster, D.S. (1990). EEG and Subjective Correlates of Alpha Frequency Binaural Beats Stimulation Combined with Alpha BiofeedbackAnn Arbor, MI: UMI, Order No. 9025506.

Hoiberg, B.C. (1989). Introducing Your Brain to It’s Higher Possibilities. Excerpt from presentation given at 1989 PSI Conference in Charlottesville, VA.

Landgraf, M. (2005). Mind States / An Introduction to Light & Sound Technology. Little Minnie’s Publishing House. Granada Hills, CA.

Mann, J. (1993). Awakening Mind I. Baton Rouge: Enlightened Enterprises.

Oster, G. (1973). Auditory Beats in the Brain. Scientific American, 229, 94-102.

Padus, E. (Ed.). (1992). Emotions and Your Health. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Peniston, E.G. & Kulkowski, P.J. (1989). Alpha-Theta Brainwave Training and B-Endorphin Levels in Alcoholics. Alcoholism, 13, 271-279.

Light and Sound Machines by MindAlive

Light and Sound Machines by MindAlive

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 7 Biofeed-In

Biofeed-in light and sound machines are used throughout sponsored programs as a guide for participants in achieving desired brainwave states. How these mind machines are capable of guiding users into desired brainwave states is by communicating with the mind in it’s own language— the language of frequency. As the mind listens to the specific frequencies, it begins to follow along—a process known as entrainment. As previously stated, during each session the participant leaves his/her normal waking state (beta) and is guided into deeper states of awareness (alpha, theta and delta). Before concluding each session the participant is guided back to his normal waking state, feeling refreshed, relaxed and focused. It is not important for the participants to listen to these sessions for long periods of duration. Rather, it is important for them to listen to one or two sessions on a daily basis.

 

Michael Landgraf, the sponsor for several NeuroLearning programs, founded Landgraf Enterprises LLC in 1991. Mr. Landgraf is the Publisher of the AVS Journal, is a member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, is on the Advisory Board of OPNET, Inc., holds master’s level certification from the NeuroLearning Institute of Scottsdale, Arizona, and is a member of Wingspan Learning Consultants. Michael has been a guest speaker at law enforcement agencies, schools, hospitals, businesses, nightclubs, and has appeared on radio and television. Working in conjunction with Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. of the Arizona Brainwave Focus Training Center, Mr. Landgraf has been responsible for bringing the knowledge of NeuroLearning to those who can benefit.

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 6 Successful NeuroLearning

This combination of light and sound with recorder information will reinforce and will enhance the treatment methods and recovery rates, plus serve as a tool for relapse prevention. Light and sound becomes the means to the end in communicating important self-change information to the deeper parts the mind. Relevant, important material can be presented quite precisely through MP3s as the listener relaxes to the appropriate depth. It is theorized that the more deeply embedded emotional scripts may require an individual to be producing a predominance of low alpha or low theta brainwaves to be influenced. This can be achieved via a light and sound session that produces frequencies that decline from beta through alpha to theta, remaining there for most of the session, then ramping back up to alpha or beta at program’s end (Budzynski 1986). Recalling that the brain learns by assimilating whatever stimuli are presented to it, if the critical defense systems allow absorption, then the regular presentation of positive self-esteem enhancing, self-change information, with a paradigm that can temporarily lower the shields of these low self-esteem-maintained defenses, results in the gradual refinement of self (Austin 1991). In this regard, light and sound is seen as an ‘entry vehicle’ to inner-space, able to penetrate defense mechanisms and allow important information to be assimilated without prejudice or rejection. The utilization of neurolearning when treating drug and alcohol dependency enables each client to use a personal light and sound instrument on a daily basis with pre-recorded MP3 audio selections determined by psychologists and drug / alcohol rehab therapists and counselors to receive positive reinforcement in a routine fashion, which should strengthen their ability and determination to overcome their drug or alcohol dependency.

A successful NeuroLearning program emphasizes nutrition, exercise, relaxation/meditation, in addition to self-concept and social behavior. All participants have a light and dual binaural beat sound system for daily use at home. The key to neurolearning is consistency. Within three weeks of daily use, participants report an improved ability to relax, to focus, and to realize that the ability to produce higher levels of alpha and theta brainwaves can occur at will. Neuro- Learning enables the individual to evolve into one of higher self-regard, the critical defenses are automatically removed thus allowing greater freedom of expression, less fear and an increased ability to achieve without self-sabotage. As research has shown, the integration of NFB and light and sound / sound-only d machines (Neurolearning) is a valuable tool in substance dependency withdrawal, recovery and relapse prevention.

 

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 5 Light and Sound Machines And Research

However, while the existence of research on the phenomenon of binaural beats is well documented (see Oster, 1973). Foster notes that, except for a small number of researchers, the application of binaural beat stimulation as a consciousness management technique has received little attention (Atwater 1988). With the positive results being collected in the above programs, studies on binaural beat stimulation as a consciousness management technique should increase. Dr Budzynski has found the application of light and sound during drug and alcohol withdrawal compares favorably with cranial electric stimulation (1990). Those who have been abusing Valium, Xanax or other tranquilizing prescriptions may experience fewer and less severe symptoms during withdrawal if they can manage daily or at least twice weekly light and sound sessions., especially in the theta frequencies. These frequencies may also help with other types of withdrawal since in most cases the abuser used the drug or alcohol to lower a somewhat hyperaroused cortex, and light and sound can do that with no side effects.

With research supporting light and sound / sound-only instrumentation to be a safe, effective and chemical free method in any treatment for substance abuse, and with NFB capable of positive reinforcement along with providing documentation of the participant’s progress, individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addictions can utilize neurolearning to deal with daily stressors while focusing on recovery. Specially designed MP3 downloads can be synchronized with light and sound sessions in the alpha and theta brainwave ranges.

 

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 4 Light and Sound Machines

Researchers have also used NFB with light and sound stimulation to study the phenomenon of decreased alpha energy in alcoholics and even the sons of alcoholics. After an alcohol challenge they are likely to show an increase in the amount alpha waves. Peniston and Kulkowski note that these findings suggest that at least some persons with a predisposition to the development of alcoholism are characterized by deficient alpha activity. Furthermore, these individuals may be especially vulnerable to alcohol’s effects if drinking enables them to attain a reinforcing psychological state associated with increased alpha activity. In other words, alcoholics and even sons of alcoholics would appear to have cortical overarousal in the sober state. This arousal level of the brain is apparently lowered toward a more normal state by the ingestion of alcohol. This decreases the beta brainwaves and increases the alpha brainwaves. If cortical hyperarousal is the primary physiological reason why some alcoholics tend to drink, then light and sound training at alpha frequency levels should be of assistance in relapse prevention with these individuals (Budzynski 1990).

Research from ongoing programs sponsored by Michael Landgraf suggest combining certain relaxation techniques such as meditation, visualization and imagery with light and sound sessions to enhance relaxation and coping skills while improving focus. Instructing hyperactive students in learning to relax resulted in marked improvement in on-task behavior, study skills and test scores. 911 Operators also participated in a learning / relaxation pilot study with an overwhelming majority reporting an improved sense of wellbeing. Many of the learning / relaxation programs sponsored utilize sound-only alpha frequency stimulation, with results indicating binaural beat frequencies help produce an increase in alpha brainwaves. These results support the Doctoral dissertation by Foster (1990) where binaural beat stimulation is considered a consciousness management technique.

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications And The Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Part 3 EEG Neurofeedback

By utilizing EEG neurofeedback, the brain state of an individual can be monitored via computer monitor. Combining light and sound machines will optimize the production of the desired brain waves. While the EEG neurofeedback system provides positive reinforcement and visual proof that the user is attaining the desired brain state, the light and sound stimulation acts as a guide to gently lead the user to that particular state. The EEG neurofeedback and light and sound machines thus work together to allow the user to relax faster, produce the desired brainwave more precisely, develop the awareness of what experiential state is required to ‘return’ and to get ‘there’ faster and more reliably (Budzynski 1986).

Several groups of researchers have combined NFB (neurofeedback) with light and sound in substance abuse studies. Peniston and Kulkowski (1989) compared a group of alcoholics, who received alpha/theta brainwave NFB training and verbal and visual self-programming, to nonalcoholic and traditionally treated controls. The group of alcoholics were also instructed in autogenic training and visual imagery during their light and sound sessions. Participants from this group showed sharp reductions in self-assessed depression compared to the control groups. A 13-month follow-up indicated sustained prevention of relapse in alcoholics that completed the alpha/theta training (Budzynski 1990).

Light & Sound NeuroLearning Applications Part 2 The Four Main Categories of Brainwaves

The four main categories of brainwaves and their general characteristics are (Hoiberg 1989):

1. Beta brainwaves are a high frequency pattern ranging from 13 to 30Hz (frequency is measured in terms of Hertz or Hz, signifying the number of frequency cycles per second) and are conducive to stimulating energy and action. Characterized by logical, analytical and intellectual thinking, verbal communication and awareness of surroundings. Beta brainwaves are also predominant during periods high stress.

2. Alpha brainwaves (8 to 12Hz) most commonly occur when we are calm and relaxed, yet mentally alert. These brainwaves are also present during daydreaming.

3. Theta brainwaves (4 to 7Hz) facilitate rapid learning and the assimilation of new information with high retention. Theta brainwaves occur when your consciousness becomes drowsy and unfocused, as in falling asleep or transitioning from sleep to being awake. This state is also associated with altered perceptions, bursts of creativity, insight and transcendental awareness.

4. Delta brainwaves (.5 to 3Hz) are associated with being highly relaxed, characterized by sleep. Some mental awareness and deep learning occur while in this state.