Brainwaves and God. Part 1. States and Stages in the Brain-Mind.  
Bill Harris
Bill Harris is the President and Director of Centerpointe Research Institute and the creator of Holosync audio technology. For the past thirty-five years, Bill has been intimately involved in the field of personal growth, with a specific interest in the effects of neurotechnologies on human change, evolution, and growth. Since 1989, over 150,000 people have used Holosync’s binaural sound engineering.

Research suggests that there are at least two concepts necessary for an adequate understanding of consciousness: states and stages. Every human being, including infants, experiences the three great natural states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and sleeping. For most people it is only in the waking state that they remain conscious, awake, and aware. But occasionally one may experience lucid dreaming or lucid sleeping, in which the dreaming and sleeping states have been penetrated with the Awakeness normally only present during the waking state. It is the development through stages that allows one to transform temporary states into permanent traits. Whereas the three great states of consciousness are available to anyone (because we all wake, dream, and sleep), stages of consciousness unfold and develop over time. Stages create structures in the psyche that allow higher states to become permanent acquisitions.

Ken outlines the integral overview of how brain-wave technologies might affect stages of growth: brain-mind machines induce changes in brain states (Upper Right), which are correlated with changes in states of mind or consciousness (Upper Left). Repeated changes in states of consciousness accelerate growth through the stages of consciousness.

Bill says that this model does indeed seem to fit with what he has seen in his experience with Holosync technology.

Holosync uses the binaural beat to modify one’s brainwave pattern. For example, if a frequency of 100 Hz is played into one ear and a frequency of 108 Hz is played into the other, the brain will naturally synchronize at the difference between the two: 8 Hz. This is the binaural beat, and in this example the brain would have shifted into a low-alpha state. (See the following graphic for a more thorough explanation of the four kinds of brainwaves and their characteristics.) Brain-wave technologies have been demonstrated to help shift one into alpha, theta, and even delta brain states. Moreover, as the carrier frequencies are changed, various types of deepening of brain states have been observed.

The conclusion of brain-mind research to date therefore suggests the following: technologies such as Holosync can help one induce brain states (such as theta-alpha), which normally would take many months to achieve using meditation alone. The induction of brain states (in the UR) is accompanied by the correlative mind or consciousness states (in the UL)—e.g., alpha brain states with relaxed-alert consciousness states. Finally, repeated exposure to altered consciousness states helps one develop through consciousness stages. Stages, as usual, cannot be skipped, but repeated induction of brain states and correlative consciousness states appears to accelerate growth through the various stages.

Thus, although the use of brain-mind technologies is not necessary for growth, development, or meditative enlightenment, it appears that they can help accelerate the process. Brain-wave technologies are thus a useful addition to any integral toolkit for growth and evolution.

We hope you’ll join us on this rich and sophisticated tour of the inner workings of brain and mind....
transmission time: 28 minutes
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