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By Bill Harris

One thing that happens as people use Holosync is that they begin to feel more of the sense of oneness and connectedness. They begin to have a sense that existence really is what mystics have said it is: one big interconnected process, rather than just a lot of separate pieces at odds with each other and a lot of random acts by individuals each with their own agenda.

As this feeling grows, you relax. You feel more content. You stop fighting everything, you stop focusing on what you don't want (which causes bad feelings and causes you to create more of what you don't want). In almost every case, by the time a person gets into Purification Level 1 or 2 of the Holosync Solution program (the 6th and 7th levels of the program) they begin to say, "I'm fine. Other people are fine. The world is fine. Everything really is okay."

I'm continually amazed every time I run into a Holosync user who has reached Purification, because they almost always tell me that they feel content with life and with themselves. This doesn't mean they don't see suffering in the world, or that they don't care about it. In fact, they feel more like doing something about it and they feel more empowered to do so, but seeing this suffering doesn't pull them into their own suffering. This is the beginning of what Buddhists call compassion.

So why does this happen when people use Holosync? Why do people begin to feel this sense of connection and contentment? First, it's a byproduct of increased conscious awareness. When people use Holosync, they become more aware of the reality beyond that created by their thoughts and concepts. As you use Holosync, your mind calms down. It becomes more still, more quiet.

As this happens, your attention shifts from the constant stream of thought and images inside your head and you begin to be aware of a larger reality. Mystics tell us that the universe is one energy, one big interconnected process, and that this process, this oneness, is who you really are. Yes, I know that this probably isn't your experience unless you've been doing Holosync for a long time, or you've done some other powerful spiritual practice for a long time. But in every culture there are seekers and mystics who report this same experience, so it's probably a good idea to look into it and see if perhaps there's something to it.

The mystics also say is that this one energy is conscious, that it is aware of being all and everything. It has nowhere to go because it's everywhere. It has nothing to be afraid of because there's nothing outside of it to threaten it. It knows that there's nothing to get because it's already everything. Knowing this, all problems vanish, all striving vanishes. As a result, this one energy of everything is happy, blissful. According to the mystics, reality is one energy, aware of itself being everything and everywhere, and because of that awareness, being eternally happy. And, finally, the mystics point out that this one energy of everything is who you are, that you are an aperture through which the entire universe experiences itself.

The question everyone asks at this point is, "Okay, if this is true, then why do I feel so bad so often? I don't feel as if I'm this one energy of everything. It feels like the world is filled with problems and potential dangers and I have to watch out for them." If you're caught in this way of thinking—and most people are—the outlook of the mystics sounds like pie in the sky. Though you can understand it intellectually, it takes personal experience to really see that the mystics are right. When you use Holosync, it creates some changes in the brain that allow you to increasingly bypass the world created by your mind - all the fears, all the meanings you place on this and that, all the ways we chop the world into separate bits, the whole map of reality created by your mind - and instead see how everything really does go together, and how you really are 'it'.

As this awareness dawns on you, you feel better. You feel more connected. Your fear diminishes. In terms of the brain, the two sides of the brain become more synchronized, where they work together in a balanced manner (most brains are highly laterialized, where the two hemispheres work more independently and with much less balance).

There is a spectrum from total lateralization, where the two hemispheres are working independently as much as possible, to total synchrony, where the two sides of the brain are working together. The more lateralized you are, the more you feel afraid, anxious, sad, and separate. The more synchronized you are, the more you feel happy, balanced, clear, and connected. Over time, Holosync very powerfully creates brain synchrony, and as this happens your way of seeing yourself and the world changes.

Because almost all people have lateralized brains humans have a peculiar way of looking at life. With a laterialized brain, life looks as if it is a problem to be solved. You must have food, shelter, love, air, and many other things. Without them, you die. The world is full of danger. There are many things that can hurt you, physically or emotionally. And, eventually, no matter what you do, you fall apart and die. This seems like a big problem, and most people's lives are filled with their efforts to solve this problem, or at least to hold it at bay. Alan Watts called this the 'Game of Black and White.'

To play the Game of Black and White, you divide the universe into sides: us and them, here and there, up and down, good and evil, me and not me, having and not having, living and dying. Everything is divided into opposing poles. Then we decide that one pole, one side of the duality, is desirable and the other side is undesirable. We then cling to the side we like and avoid the side we don't like.

The problem with this approach - which, remember, is the lateralized brain approach - is that both sides of each pair of opposites arise together and need each other in order to exist at all. There are no one-sided coins. You never see up without down, and wanting everything to be up is nonsensical. Here makes no sense without there. Life exists only in relation to death. Good exists only in relation to evil. All pairs of opposites rely on both sides in order to exist. One side of each pair cannot exist except in relation to the other side. You wouldn't know you were feeling good unless there was such a thing as feeling bad.

So playing the Game of Black and White, where White must win is a game in which Black is imagined to be a problem, and must be resisted or defeated. One side of each pair is desirable and is clung to, while the other side is undesirable and resisted. The truth is that there is no problem because both sides need each other and neither can ever 'win.'

The only thing that creates this so-called problem is the act of defining it as a problem. If you imagine that everything should be up, while in reality some things have to be down in order for up to even exist, and you fight for up, and cling to the idea that everything should be up, you will suffer. You've created an insoluble problem. No wonder you feel chronically frustrated by life. This is what is behind my saying so often, "Let whatever happens be OK." I'm saying that if you resist things being the way they are when it's impossible for them to be any other way, you set yourself up for suffering.

So, to circle back around to my original point, when you use Holosync, it causes the two sides of the brain to work together. It causes the brain to synchronize. As this happens, you stop seeing the world, and your life, in terms of opposites, where one or the other side must win—when, I as just demonstrated, one or the other side can't win because the two sides depend on each other and in fact define each other.

As you begin to see things in this new way, what you've resisted and identified as a problem stops being a problem. In actual fact, none of it ever was a problem. The way you looked at life, filtering it through a lateralized brain, made it seem to be a problem. All along you thought that you had to solve these problems, when all you needed to do was to see that there never was a problem to begin with.

It's a shift in how you see things, which is why enlightenment is called a 'realization.' You realize that things aren't the way you thought they were.

Most people just won't accept what I've just said. "What do you mean that all the problems I have aren't really problems! That's an insult. I have tons of problems and it's easy for you to say, Bill Harris, that they aren't really problems." So I'm not asking you to believe me. I'm asking you to find out for yourself by doing the meditation work that will allow you to see things in a different way. As you use Holosync, and you stop separating everything into opposite and warring poles, you'll begin to see how everything works together, and that neither side is wrong—and neither side is right, either.

Trying to get one side of each pair of opposites to win is what is called a double bind, an idea I'll get back to in a moment.

This may be hard for you to take, but I didn't make this up. Zen Buddhists have known this for hundreds of years. But just telling someone that life isn't a problem to be solved isn't going to change their mind, because that's not the way it feels to most people. To change your mind you have to experience it in a new way.

Let's say you find someone who thinks the earth is flat. You explain that the world is actually a sphere, but no amount of explanation will convince them that this is so. But, if you can get such a person to act consistently with their belief, until they see, from their own experience, that it isn't true, then they may believe you. So you say to them, "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to go look over the edge.'' You have to be disciplined about how you do it, though, or the person may think you walked in circles and that's why you couldn't find the edge. So in a very careful and disciplined way, you walk due west on a certain line of latitude until you arrive back where you began. Then the flat earth person at least believes that the earth is a cylinder. Then, you could do the same thing by walking north on a certain line of longitude until he sees that the earth is, indeed, a sphere.

There are people who seem to have solved this so-called 'problem of life.' These people look as if they've found a way for White to win—or at least they don't seem to be plagued by the same problems as other people. They seem happy and peaceful. Nothing seems to faze them. When things get tough they seem just as happy as when things seem good.

One such person might be a Zen master. So let's say you meet a Zen master, and you say to yourself, "Wow. This guy has it together. Nothing bothers him. He seems so serene and yet also so powerful. I want to know what he knows." So you go to him and ask him if he will be your teacher. But he tells you he has nothing to teach. You figure he's just testing you to see if you really want it badly enough, so you persist. "You've solved the problem of life, and I want to learn from you. Take me as a student." So, if you're persistent, he finally agrees.

Then, he does the same thing to you that you did to the flat earth believer: he gives you a task that makes you act in a manner consistent with your premise that life is full of opposites and that one side of each pole is a problem to be solved or defeated. He might, for instance, tell you that desire creates suffering, (something the Buddha said) and that you should go meditate and figure out how to stop desiring. So, you go off to sit each day and work on that problem.

As you get into this task, you being to realize that it's more difficult than you thought. A few weeks later the Zen master asks you to report on your progress. "Well," you say, "I've managed to give up some desires, but this is actually pretty difficult." You work on it some more, with some, but limited, progress. Then, he really throws you a curve. He asks you why you want to give up desire. "Isn't wanting to give up desiring also a desire?'' Hmmm. How do you get out of this one, you think. Maybe you should give up desiring to give up desiring. But wouldn't you be doing that because of something you desire, also?

This is the same double bind I mentioned above. You're trying to solve an insoluble problem, and the reason the problem isn't soluble is that it isn't a problem to begin with. And the Zen master may take you through dozens of problems of this same type, hoping that at some point you will see that there is no edge of the earth, that there is no problem. In fact, what he's really saying is that there is no separate you to give up desiring, and there was never any separate you that was desiring in the first place.

You could go to a Zen master and he would treat you as if you thought the earth was flat and make you act consistently with that belief. In this case, your belief is that life is a problem, a version of White must Win. The Zen master has you act consistently with that belief until you have convinced yourself that your belief makes no sense.

Out in the rest of the world it is hard to see that duality—the act of dividing the world into opposites and then making one of them good and the other bad, makes no sense. Why? Because everyone else is under the illusion that it does make sense, and it's darned difficult to go against the way of thinking of 6 billion other people.

But when you use Holosync your brain begins to operate in a new way, a way that would otherwise take 25-40 years of traditional meditation to achieve. And as your brain changes you begin to see that the earth isn't flat as you always thought it was, and as every other person you know always thought it was.

This new way of seeing the world does not mean, by the way, that you stop doing what needs to be done, or that life changes in many particulars. As the Zen Buddhists say, "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water." But this new way of seeing the world as one energy, where there are no divisions (except those we create in the mind) does mean that you become happy and peaceful, and that you achieve the power to create pretty much whatever you want in life. Ironically, once you have this creative power, you realize that it doesn't matter what you create, at least in terms of your own happiness and inner peace.

And, the other thing that happens is that you develop a great amount of compassion for the suffering of others, and feel a pull to do something to alleviate it. Once you are established in this experience of oneness, all problems dissolve into the illusions they always were.

Be well.

Bill Harris,
Director, Centerpointe Research Institute

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