Answered by Bill Harris
FAQ For Current Participants in The Holosync SolutionTM Program
is Holosync® audio technology? Holosync® audio tones
are delivered to the nervous system using a low carrier frequency
stimulus, masked by pleasant music and environmental sounds,
which drives the nervous system to progressively higher levels
of functioning. Through precise sound patterning based on
over twenty years of research, Holosync®
creates a "push" in the brain which causes the brain to reorganize
at a higher levels of awareness and functioning, in much the
same way a runner gives his or her body a physical stimulus
to cause it to reorganize at higher levels of physical ability.
Typically, listeners show impressive improvements in emotional
health, a whole range of mental abilities, self-awareness,
ability to meditate deeply, personal motivation, sense of
spiritual connection, and a number of other areas. Holosync®is based on research
done at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Meninger Clinic, and
a number of other research facilities, and is currently used
by over 60,000 people in 62 countries.
Holosync®is a sophisticated form of neuro-audio technology allowing the listener to easily enter various desirable states, and creating many desirable mental, emotional, and spiritual changes, through entrainment of electrical patterns in the brain. This creates a synchronisation, or balance, between brain hemispheres, enhancing mental/emotional health and mental functioning. In the process, new neural connections are created between the right and left brain hemispheres, leading to what is known as "whole brain functioning."In addition to states such as accelerated learning ability and enhanced creativity, Holosync® can help a listener easily enter and benefit from states of deep meditation, until now accessible only to long-time meditators practicing many hours a day for many years.
Holosync® audio tones are delivered to the nervous system using a low carrier frequency stimulus, masked by pleasant music and environmental sounds, which drives the nervous system to progressively higher levels of functioning. Through precise sound patterning based on over twenty years of research, Holosync® creates a "push" in the brain which causes the brain to reorganize at a higher levels of awareness and functioning, in much the same way a runner gives his or her body a physical stimulus to cause it to reorganize at higher levels of physical ability.
Typically, listeners show impressive improvements in emotional health, a whole range of mental abilities, self-awareness, ability to meditate deeply, personal motivation, sense of spiritual connection, and a number of other areas.
Holosync®is based on research done at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Meninger Clinic, and a number of other research facilities, and is currently used by over 60,000 people in 62 countries.
the recent reports of Holosync's ability to enhance longevity
and anti-ageing properties true?
Yes. In 1998, Centerpointe was approached by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, Director of the Longevity Institute International, and one of the world's leading authorities on anti-ageing. He provided Centerpointe with some remarkable findings related to Holosync's impact upon human physiology. Clinical evidence shows that Holosync® increases levels of DHEA and Melatonin in the listener. These two bio-chemicals are now known to play a crucial role in protecting the body against the effects of ageing and environmental stressors. In addition, Holosync® has been proven to lower levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. Cortisol is capable of reducing immune function and putting the body at risk for a number of deadly conditions. This body of research is relatively new, and while Holosync®is receiving an enormous amount of attention from scientists and lay-people alike who are interested in anti-ageing techniques, we expect more exciting information to come to light as we continue our relationship with Dr. Giampapa and the Longevity Institute. We will keep all our Participants updated as new information becomes available.
I need any special audio equipment to use Holosync?
Any stereo headphones and tape player will work fine. Of course the better the quality of equipment, the better the sound quality. Overall, equipment quality will not hinder the effectiveness of the Holosync® technology, so it's not necessary to spend a lot of money on audio gear. In some of the deeper levels of the program you may want to upgrade to equipment that can handle the lower carrier frequencies we use, but in the beginning any stereo tape player, including walkman-types, will work. As you progress in the program, we will notify you when you get to a level where better equipment is necessary.
I NEED to use headphones with these soundtracks?
Yes. The Holosync® technology is a stereo effect in which we place certain frequencies in each ear, targeting certain parts of the brain. Stereo because the sound will bleed from channel to channel. Always use stereo headphones for ANY Centerpointe soundtrack unless we SPECIFICALLY tell you that it is not required.
Centerpointe sells several grades of good-quality Sony headphones for below retail prices..
Centerpointe affiliated with any religious or political organization?
Centerpointe is not affiliated with any religious or political organization, nor is there any philosophy or belief system you must adopt to use our program (other than that it is possible to be happier and more highly functioning). We're an independent, for-profit, company dedicated to providing people around the world with a very powerful personal growth program and the support and information necessary to get the most benefit from it.
the Centerpointe program replace conventional meditative practices?
The Holosync SolutionTM program takes the listener to the brain wave patterns of deep meditation in a way that creates for the listener an accelerated meditation practice similar to that achieved by practicing many hours each day for many years. Participants experience the same classic developmental and evolutionary mileposts as in a traditional meditation practice, but in an accelerated time-frame. Many traditional meditators are at first unwilling to believe this but after working with the program for a short time, they are very often quite amazed how their meditations will be deeper, richer and more fulfilling.
the Holosync® technology help me become smarter?
Holosync® has been known to enhance mental functioning on a number of levels. It's ability to increase synchronous neuro-electrical activity between the two hemispheres of the brain, and it's ability to drive the nervous system to higher levels of functioning over time, naturally brings with it the potential for some rather remarkable improvements in cognitive functioning. Learning ability, creativity, problem solving ability, focus and concentration, memory, and intuition are among the areas typically showing improvement.
the Holosync® technology totally safe?
Holosync®, while considered highly powerful, is totally safe when used properly. Holosync® has been used for almost a decade (and in more rudimentary forms for another 15 years before that), by thousands of people around the world, and no one has ever reported any harm whatsoever as a result of using it. We are taking you into naturally occurring brain wave patterns you enter everyday during each 24-hour period.
As part of the healing process stimulated by Holosync®, you may experience some emotional upheaval from time to time. We have found that this upheaval is generally of no greater consequence than whatever amount of upheaval you may be already creating in your life. Since The Holosync SolutionTM result is a dramatic lessening of conflict and upheaval in one's life, the small amount of upheaval you may experience is well worth it.
At the same time, our belief is that it is not necessary to suffer any upheaval while participating in the program. To this end, Centerpointe Research Institute provides experienced guidance through Follow-Up Support letters, a Telephone Hotline, periodic Special Reports, and a weekly email newsletter. If you follow the directions and take to heart the suggestions in the support materials, your use of Holosync® should be smooth and easy.
I listen to the soundtracks while I do other things?
You should listen to the soundtracks exactly as described in the Program Instructions, which is sitting down, eyes closed. Other use is less effective. If you wish to have a second listening session on a given day, you could then listen while doing some other task, but always do at least one session exactly as the directions indicate. Since the soundtracks put you in an altered state, never listen while driving or operating equipment.
How much time do I have to spend listening?
In the enclosed Program Instructions we tell you the optimum way to use this tool. You, then, adjust your use to fit your lifestyle. We suggest listening one hour each day, but many people use it more because it is so pleasurable and so self-reinforcing and they feel so good when they are finished that they want to do it more. And, there are some people who say they don't have enough time and they do it less. These people, of course, progress more slowly than those who do it more regularly.
What happens if I miss a day, or if I cannot use the soundtracks for several days?
It is best to use the program every day, but sometimes life does not work out in such a way that this is possible. Missing a day is okay, and you should adjust your use of the program to fit your life-style. Every day is best, but if you can only do five times a week, or every other day, that is fine.
Can I listen to the soundtracks all night?
No. Listening for extended time periods can give the brain too much input and bring too much unresolved unconscious material to the surface, just like too much exercise can be harmful to the body. Listening all night, or even for several hours, can often create a state of severe overwhelm. Again, it is best to follow the instructions closely.
Does it matter if I fall asleep while listening?
No, in fact, it is very common in the beginning to nod out while listening. We are taking you into a delta brain wave pattern, that of sleep, and your brain is also making a lot of very relaxing neurochemicals, including endorphins. The combination can make you fall asleep. As the brain reorganize s you will gain the ability to remain alert throughout. So
falling asleep is really one of many signs that the brain is really being pushed. Whether you are awake or asleep, though, the Holosync® technology is affecting the brain and falling asleep will not diminish effectiveness.
If I don't have a lot of unconscious material coming up, does that mean it's not working?
No. There are literally hundreds of possible ways the nervous system can respond to the stimulus we are giving it. Some people have no upheaval at all, some have a small amount, some have a lot. Your response will be determined by the state of your nervous system, the contents of your unconscious mind, and your own personal predisposition to resist or not resist whatever changes are happening in the brain. Just realize that whatever experience you are having, it is the exact experience your brain needed to create at that moment to make the changes it is making.
If I am distracted by sounds, by my body, or by my thoughts or feelings, will it alter the effectiveness of the soundtracks?
No. Don't worry about your responses or the state you seem to be in while listening. Just let whatever happens happen. It does not matter if you attain any particular state, or if your mind is quiet. The brain is creating various experiences as it responds to the stimulus we are giving it, and they are all exactly what needed to happen at any given time. There are experiences we like better than others, but there is no "wrong" experiences.
What is the best time of day to listen?
That is up to you. Some people like to listen in the morning just after getting up. Others like to listen right after work to revive themselves after a hard day. Others like to listen later in the evening, before bed. It is good, though, to have a set time of day so your listening session becomes a habit, like brushing your teeth.
Can I listen lying down?
Sitting up, in a comfortable chair, is best. People have been meditating in a sitting position for thousands of years because the energy travels more easily through the body in that position. If you have back problems or some other condition that prevents you from sitting up, you may lie down.
I'm really pressed for time. Can I listen as I fall asleep at night?
Again, sitting up is best, but lying down, and/or listening as you fall asleep at night is better than not listening at all. A better solution for people who absolutely do not have time to do the regular hour a day session, is to wake up one hour early, put on the headphones while still lying in bed, listen to The Dive, change the tape to Immersion and listen for another half hour, then get up. You will feel better than if you had slept that last hour.
Are there any subliminal messages on the Awakening Prologue soundtracks?
No. All of the effects are due to the interaction of the Holosync® sound technology, which carries no actual "information", with your nervous system. In the custom made levels we add silent affirmations that are chosen by you and recorded in your own voice, but even then, the driving force of the program is the Holosync® sound technology and the effect it has on the brain of pushing it to reorganize at higher, more effective levels of functioning.
have hearing loss. Will the soundtracks work on me?
As long as you have some hearing, they will work. And, you do not need to have equal hearing in each ear. Any hearing in one ear will be enough. People have even reported results when the hearing was entirely by bone conduction.
How long before I experience results?
Everyone is different. Some people call after one or two days to tell us of dramatic shifts they have experienced, but for most people things happen more gradually. This is not a "thirty-day miracle" like many tapes and programs claim to be. Asking "when will the results show up" is kind of like asking your running coach "when will I show results from my daily running?" Actually, the Holosync® sound technology will begin to create change the first time you use it, but you may not notice the changes for a few weeks or even a few months. It is, though, impossible to expose yourself to this stimulus on an on-going basis without dramatic positive changes happening, any more than it would be possible to jog everyday without your body changing. So be patient. Deeply rooted conditions can take time to work through, but if you persist, they will change.
What about deeper levels of the program? How do you go to the deeper levels? How many levels are there?
A simple way to describe the dynamics of using The Holosync SolutionTM program would be to say that we are giving the nervous system a stimulus of a very precise nature that it cannot handle the way it is currently structured. The brain responds by creating a new structure that can handle the Holosync® input stimulus, in much the same way a runner gives his body a physical stimulus beyond its ability to handle, pushing the body to create a new physical structure that can handle the physical stimulus, which we call getting in shape.
While you are listening to the Holosync® soundtracks used in the program, your brain is creating new neural pathways between the left and right hemispheres. After approximately four months of practice with Awakening Prologue, the initial level of the program, the brain will have completed its creation of the new neural structure needed to handle the stimulus it's been receiving. (It is the creation of this new structure that is responsible for the positive changes in mental abilities, emotional health, stress level, and self-awareness people experience in the program.)
Just as a runner running a mile each day for several months reaches the point where running that mile will no longer push him into better condition, the Holosync® stimulus from Awakening Prologue will no longer push the nervous system to further changes once the brain has created the structure necessary to handle the input it is receiving.
If, at that point, you find yourself saying, "Wow! This is amazing, and I want to continue this process," you can choose to move to the second level of the program, Awakening Level 1. In Awakening Level 1 we lower the carrier frequency used to create the alpha, theta, and delta brain wave patterns, making the Holosync® stimulus more powerful. This creates still deeper meditation, new positive changes, and new improvements in mental and emotional health. (For a more complete description of the importance of carrier frequency, see the article "How the Holosync® Technology Works".)
Then, after approximately six months in Awakening Level 1 (during which the brain is once again pushed to create a new and more highly functioning system), the brain once again comes to the point where all the changes needed to handle this increased Holosync® stimulus have been created in the brain. At this point, if you again feel you want to continue, you would now be ready for Awakening Level 2.
After the initial level (Awakening Prologue) there are twelve additional levels in The Holosync SolutionTM program: Awakening Levels 1,2,3 & 4; Purification Levels 1,2,3 & 4; and Flowering Levels 1,2,3 & 4. Through lower, more powerful carrier frequencies, each new level is more powerful than the last, taking you to deeper levels of meditation and greater positive change.
In addition to the progressively lower carrier frequencies used, each of the 12 additional levels is custom made, with the addition of personal affirmations, chosen by you and recorded in your own voice. The affirmations are silently encoded onto the soundtracks using a new patented technology called Silent Subliminal, created by Lowery Associates Laboratories of Norcross, Georgia.
Finally, each custom soundtrack is recorded using a new 3D recording technology called Virtual Audio, placing the sound all around you rather than inside your head as with traditional stereo recordings. Virtual Audio is something that must be heard to be believed.
We send new participants complete information about the Lowery Silent Subliminal technology and Virtual Audio once they begin the program, along with a free sample of each.
Here's what you get with each deeper level: 6 custom-made soundtracks, all recorded with your own personal affirmations recorded in your own voice, and all recorded using the Virtual Audio 3D recording process. These 6 soundtracks include The Dive, taking you over a 30 minute period from an alpha brain wave pattern, down through a theta brain wave pattern, and into a delta brain wave pattern. The Dive is followed by Immersion, which continues to hold you in a delta brain-wave pattern for an additional 30 minutes. After several weeks, the Immersion soundtrack is replaced first by Immersion 1.5, taking you deeper into delta, then several weeks later by Immersion 0.5, taking you deeper still, and finally by Immersion 0.3, taking you as deep as we have found it is possible to go. finally, the sixth and last soundtrack is called Floating, and is designed to be listened to during your sleep time. All soundtracks contain your own personal affirmations.
You will also receive continuing access to the Support Hotline, any Special Reports we create, and a copy of Centerpointe Director Bill Harris's book "The Management of Evolutionary Change," which expands on the information in the Follow Up Support letters received during Awakening Prologue, and acts as a reference book for the remainder of the program.
Cost for the deeper custom-made levels varies; from time to time we make special offers where for a short while the price can be significantly lowered, and there is also a way to purchase all deeper levels in advance for a very substantial discount. We send each participant information about this option once they have joined the program.
Over the years we have found it is very
easy for people considering joining the program to get sidetracked
about the deeper levels of the program. If you are just beginning
The Holosync SolutionTM program, we suggest you focus on your Awakening
Prologue soundtracks. Once you have finished your time with
Awakening Prologue, you¹ll be in a better position to
evaluate the value of going on to the deeper levels of the
program. Awakening Prologue, however, is a complete, stand-alone
package and you are under no obligation to continue to deeper
levels unless you are convinced the positive changes you are
experiencing are well worth the investment.
How do these soundtracks differ from the Monroe Institute program?
The two technologies are cousins, but there are many differences between what we are doing and what the Monroe Institute does. Robert Monroe, who passed away recently, was a real pioneer in this field, but he went off in a certain direction with this type of technology that, in my opinion, limited his vision of what was possible with this technology.
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris has written a Special Report that discusses this and outlines what is probably the major difference between the two approaches: "How the Holosync® Technology Works"
Monroe was mostly interested in finding combinations of frequencies that created altered state experiences, and while we also love many of the altered state experiences that can happen when using this type of technology, we find them to be secondary (by far) to the real world improvements in mental abilities, emotional health, self-awareness, and over-all well-being. When these experiences happen, we enjoy them, but we don't see them as being the goal.
We see Holosync® technology as giving the nervous system a stimulus it cannot handle without reorganizing itself at a higher, more functional level of organization. When you read the above Special Report you'll see why this different way of looking at the technology is so important, and how it led Bill Harris to some very significant discoveries that Monroe missed.
There are also differences in the way we engineer the technology and the degree of accuracy of the technology the way we do it.
We also custom make the soundtracks after the initial level, adding silent affirmations chosen by you and recorded in your own voice, using a patented new technology developed for the US Government and only recently de-classified. Plus, we record these custom made levels in a new form of 3D Audio that is absolutely amazing.
Also, the information, follow-up, support, and education we offer program participants is not available anywhere else. Ours is a very complete program that really allows you to get the most from the technology.
We have many ex-Monroe people in our program, and they all tell us what we have is light years beyond what the Monroe Institute is doing. Once you experience it for yourself I think you'll agree, too.
intend any of this to be a put-down of the Monroe Institute,
whose tapes are very good. Bob Monroe was a pioneer in this
field and we all owe him a lot. We just believe we've taken
things to a whole new level.
What are low carrier frequencies and why does Holosync use them?
While there are many tapes which use brain-wave entrainment stimulus, The Holosync SolutionTM program is unique in that it uses low carrier frequencies to stimulate growth. The carrier frequencies are the pair of tones used to generate the third tone. Generally speaking, the lower the carrier frequencies, the greater the fluctuations created in the brain. These fluctuations, over time, can create major upward shifts in personal development.
Most people who produce entrainment tapes are concerned with "what brain-wave pattern are you in." We are also concerned with what's happening while you're in that deep brain-wave pattern. If you're using low carrier frequencies, as with Holosync, what's happening is that your nervous system is being driven to progressively higher levels of functioning. We think this is a vast improvement on conventional entrainment tapes since you're not limited to whatever the momentary experience that comes from listening to a tape, but can experience improvements in mental performance and emotional health as you continue to work with the technology.
Here's an example of how lower carrier frequencies are used in brain-wave growth. In the example given eariler, we saw an alpha state created with the following carrier frequencies:
This pair of carrier frequencies give us a 10 Hz alpha brain-wave pattern. But how could we make this 10 Hz alpha state stronger? The answer is by lowering the pair of carrier frequencies:
Or even lower...
As long as the difference between the two carriers is 10, we still have a 10 Hz alpha state. But by using these lower carriers we have created a stronger version of that alpha state; a version which saturates the nervous system with stimulus which, in turn, produces improved functioning. This process, loosely called "neural driving" is the key to the Centerpointe program. Through this unique ability to drive your nervous system to higher levels of functioning, it's possible to experience a wide range of significant enhancements to mental and emotional health.
Each time a participant in The Holosync SolutionTM program moves from one deeper level to the next, we lower the carrier frequencies, making that level stronger than the last. This unique feature of The Holosync SolutionTM program makes it possible to continue experiencing powerful core-level changes through years of use.
If you're working with neuro-audio technologies that don't drive your nervous system, you will be amazed at what working with Holosync can do for you.
the four main brain-wave patterns to which you often refer.
The human brain operates neuro-electrically. Brain activity appears as a series of micro-voltage firings between neurons (brain cells), or more precisely, through networks of neurons. With the use of an electroencephalograph machine (EEG) these firings or pulses can be detected and measured. These neuro-electrical impulses are categorized in terms of a frequency range of four major brain-wave patterns (Hz = Hertz = cycles/pulses per second):
So by using the above two tones a calm alpha brain-wave state can be created for the listener.
long should I listen to my Holosync program soundtracks each
We suggest listening one hour per day, although many people use listen more than that because they find the state created so pleasurable. There are also those people who do it less due to time constraints; they will progress a little more slowly. Each individual should adjust their daily use to fit their lifestyle. We often receive feedback from participants that this is the first meditation discipline they have been able to practice regularly. Because the experience is so pleasant, people look forward to doing it each day.
demo didn't seem to do much for me so why should I get
the full program?
While most people find the demo relaxing, its intended to give only a small taste of what its like to use the main program soundtracks. The demo itself is not intended to produce the same long-term enhancements to mental and emotional health that the main program soundtracks create. Some people find the demo only mildly relaxing, while others experience powerful sensations from listening to it. These experiences relate more to the momentary sensations of listening to the soundtracks than to the more significant changes that occur from working with the main soundtracks over a longer period of time.
Our guarantee to you is that the program soundtracks will create significant and lasting enhancements to your mental and emotional health, or your money back. So if you enjoyed taking a short mental health break by listening to the demo, youll be amazed at the effects of the real thing!
FAQ For Current Participants in The Holosync SolutionTM Program
the best posture for listening to the Holosync® soundtracks?
(Can I listen while lying down?)
The best posture for use with your Holosync® tapes is a sitting position, based on centuries of experience and experimentation in meditation. Unless you have back trouble, or some other medical condition making it difficult to remain in an upright position, you should sit up for optimum benefit. Unless you are comfortable in a more traditional meditative posture, such as a lotus position, feel free to sit in a comfortable chair, or on the floor. You don't need to force yourself into a difficult physical posture to enjoy the tapes. Simply sitting will yield excellent results.
What is the best time of day to listen to my Holosync program soundtracks?
It doesn't matter when you listen to your Holosync soundtracks, although it's best to develop a routine and be as consistent as you can. Most people regularly listen either in the morning or early evening hours, although there really isn't a time that's best for all listeners. Experiment and find out what works best for you.
Can I listen to the soundtracks all night long?
No. Listening for extended periods can give the brain too much input and bring too much unresolved mental and emotional material to the surface. Just as too much exercise can be harmful to the body, too much stimulus to the brain can create overwhelm. The ONLY tape we suggest listening too all night is Floating, which is part of each custom level of the program.
How long should I listen to my Holosync program soundtracks each day?
We suggest listening one hour per day, although many people use listen more than that because they find the state created so pleasurable. There are also those people who do it less due to time constraints; they will progress a little more slowly. Each individual should adjust their daily use to fit their lifestyle. See the Program Instructions for more detailed instructions.
How much is too much? How long can I listen to my Holosync soundtracks each day?
While there's no permanent damage that can be done by over-using Holosync®, it's generally best not to listen for more than three or four hours per day. If you find that you become restless during your sleep time, you feel mentally "spacey," if you become overly emotional, it may be a sign you are over-using your tapes. Simply reduce the amount of time spent listening or take a break for a day or two and the symptoms will disappear. For more info, see the Follow Up Support letters.
What if I fall asleep while listening?
Falling asleep is a common experience, especially for people just beginning a new level. Falling asleep will not interfere with the basic function of Holosync: to drive the nervous system to higher levels of functioning. Normally, falling asleep is a sign that your nervous system has not yet fully acclimated to the stimulus from your tapes. With time, you will adjust and be less likely to doze off. Note that you are far less likely to fall asleep when in the recommended sitting position.
It is true that in traditional meditation falling asleep is a no-no, because if you are asleep you cannot practice your technique and therefore are not meditating. However, with Holosync®, traditional focusing is not necessary because Holosync® does the work for you. This bothers those who think all progress should involve some kind of pain or supreme effort, but what can we say?
What do I do about the mind chatter?
Mind chatter is the sometimes bothersome mental "talk" that floods the awareness of the meditator. Although advanced meditators don't experience as much mind chatter as less experienced meditators, anyone at anytime is subject to having a busy mind dominate their attempts to relax into a peaceful state of mind. We usually suggest a simple "witnessing" approach; observe the thoughts as they arise, but don't emotionally attach to them. Allow the thoughts to surface, and allow them to move on. Thoughts in meditation represent stresses in the nervous system bubbling to the surface, taking the form of random thoughts as they break the surface of the conscious mind.
Actually, mind chatter is no big deal, especially when meditating with Holosync®. In traditional meditation, if you let your thoughts carry you away you are no longer focusing and therefore no longer meditating. For this reason, traditional techniques tell you to immediately go back to your point of focus as soon as you notice you have been distracted by your thoughts (or anything else, for that matter). With Holosync®, the technology will keep the brain in the proper state and push it to change whether you become lost in your thoughts or not.
What if I feel mentally or emotionally overwhelmed?
Overwhelm is a reaction some people have to the experience of flushing out unresolved mental and emotional material. It arises from subconscious levels of resistance to the process of releasing that material. For most people, overwhelm plays a minor role in their development; it's a temporary experience, and usually dissipates as you continue to use your tapes. Sometimes the overwhelm itself can reveal helpful information regarding the changes happening on the subconscious level. If you feel overwhelmed, contact the telephone hotline at Centerpointe and we'll discuss your experiences.
Can children use this technology?
We typically don't recommend Holosync® for children under 13 years. Up until that age the nervous system is still in the developmental stage. While there's no known harm associated with Holosync®, we still suggest caution when it comes to children. There have been parents of children with various kinds of learning or developmental disabilities who have elected to use Holosync® with their children. Often, the parents report various levels of improvement in functioning through Holosync. In these instances we've suggested monitoring the children carefully.
Are there any special settings on my stereo equipment I should use? What about Dolby?
Dolby is a noise reduction system which is capable of filtering out the extraneous highs and lows of the audio spectrum through a kind of "phase shifting" process. While fine to use on most other audio formats, Dolby can reduce the effectiveness of Holosync by trimming off some of the low end audio spectrum (where Holosync resides). If you have a Dolby function on your cassette deck, turn it off for best results. If you don't have the Dolby function, your cassette deck will automatically play tapes without Dolby. All other eq settings (volume, bass, treble, etc.) are a matter of personal preference and can be adjusted according to your own tastes.
Can I listen to the soundtracks while doing other things?
What soundtracks can I use while doing other things?
For best results always use the soundtracks as per the instructions, which indicate listening with eyes closed in a sitting position, as in a mediation. If you want to listen a second time while doing something else, that is okay, but always do your regular session as the instruction indicate. Listening while engaged in other activities will not yield the same results as following the directions. Since the soundtracks create an altered state, NEVER listen while driving.
There is a tape called "Quietude" which can be used in a superlearning format, for extended listening periods, while reading, working on the computer, etc. Except for the custom tape, "Floating," "Quietude" is the only tape that can be listened to while doing other things.
Do I need to experience emotional upheaval or overwhelm in order for this to work?
Upheaval and overwhelm and are broadly define terms used to describe the experience of negative emotional/mental surfacing and flushing out from the subconscious. While may people experience some amount of upheaval as they go through the program, it would be a mistake to think that you need to experience upheaval in order to progress and grow, or that it is a sign that "it's working."
These experiences are sometimes by-products of growth, the same way that losing weight is, for some people, part of what has to happen for them to get into shape physically. Many people mistakenly assume they aren't progressing unless they're in the midst of intense catharsis. The truth is, your nervous system will create whatever experience is ultimately necessary for it to reorganize at a higher level of functioning. Don't resist the process of releasing that mental and emotional material, but don't go looking for upheaval either.
The best rule to follow is to let whatever happens be okay. We are giving your nervous system a stimulus pushing you to grow and change. Whatever response you have is what needed to happen at that time. The only "mistake" you can make is to resist what is happening. In fact, all discomfort experienced in the program is a result of resistance. If you were able to be totally non-resistance, the journey would be totally smooth. The whole purpose of the support materials is to teach you a way of at least coming close to create a non-resistant experience.
Can I listen to Immersion by itself, without listening to The Dive?
Without the Dive, Immersion is generally ineffective. The Dive is a descent soundtrack, ramping your brain-waves down to a Delta state of consciousness in about 24 minutes. This is a very rapid descent. Immersion picks up where the Dive leaves off, at Delta. Without the Dive, you will not be able to attain the state of consciousness necessary for Immersion to work effectively. Many times people will go to an overtone of the brain wave pattern ordinarily created by Immersion rather than the deep state intended.
Which of my soundtracks use silent affirmations?
Why use silent affirmations?
Each tape from the Silent Subliminal series (Perfect Health, Attracting Love, Making Change Easy, etc.) uses subliminal affirmations. The affirmations are clearly listed on the inside of each cassette case. Your custom program tapes (not counting Awakening Prologue) include all (and only) your custom affirmations as you originally recorded them, encoded in Lowery's patented Silent Subliminal format. Aside from your custom tapes (which have your name printed on them), any other tapes that use affirmations will clearly say so on the packageing.
While there is on-going debate about the efficacy of subliminal affirmations, we feel that they can indeed be effective, especially when combined with a powerful neural driver such Holosync. Every day, your subconscious is subjected to millions of bits of information essentially filtered-out by the conscious mind. With subliminal technology it is possible to take advantage of the highly sensitive subconscious by intentionally choosing content that can improve mental and emotional health over time. The Silent Subliminal technique was specifically chosen for use in The Holosync SolutionTM program because of its proven, unique way of transmitting the information directly to the subconscious mind. Although we believe the Silent Subliminal method to be the most effective method available today, the majority of benefit related to powerful changes to your mental and emotional health comes directly from the effects of Holosync itself. Together, Holosync and Silent Subliminal comprise an extremely powerful team of neuro-audio technologies.
How long before I notice something happening?
The answer to this question depends upon the individual more than the technology itself. We understand the cause and effect relationship between working with Holosync and improved mental and emotional health, the same way we understand the cause and effect relationship between exercise and improved physical health. But as with exercise, it's difficult to establish a time frame within which everyone will experience a particular level of "fitness". There are many subjective, personal factors to take into account, and not all of them are consciously evident. Normally, people go through an acclimation period as they begin the program. During this time, many things can be experienced, or very little at all may happen. Either way, the real changes usually begin after this period which normally lasts two to six weeks for most people. As the nervous system begins to reorganize itself to handle the level of stimulus your tapes are feeding it, various changes in mental and emotional health begin to manifest. It is virtually impossible to expose yourself to this stimulus on an on-going basis without positive changes happening, just as it is impossible to jog everyday without your body changing. So be patient. Deeply rooted conditions can take time to work through, but they will change.
Why do you use rain/crystal bowls on the main program soundtracks?
Rain is an ideal sound for our soundtracks for several reasons. It does an excellent job of masking the sound of Holosync. It also creates what is called an "aural ganzfeld" which is a non-patterned "pink noise" that your brain eventually learns to "tune-out." The crystal bowls are used to enhance your enjoyment of The Dive. These bowls are used in some traditional meditative forms as a means of occupying the conscious mind, allowing the brain to drop into a deep state of consciousness with less "effort." The bowls are gently struck with wooden mallets and sometimes turned to create the various resonating tones you hear on the Dive. No bowls are used on Immersion to allow you to maintain that deep delta brain-wave state without any sounds other than Holosync and the rainfall.
What if I don't feel like I'm going deep?
You actually cannot subjectively tell if you are "deep" or not. Sometimes deep means a certain trance-like altered-state experience, and sometimes it means your mind is going a million miles an hour as stresses deep in the nervous system are triggered and brought to the surface, taking the form of random thoughts as they break the surface of the conscious mind.
Brain wave EEG studies have shown that the subjective experience of "deep" does not necessarily correspond with deeper brain wave patterns.
The best policy is to realize that the Holosync® stimulus will do whatever it needs to do, and the responses you create along the way are immaterial to the long-term results. There is no way you can stimulate your brain with Holosync® and not get results, any more than you can exercise without getting results. When the stimulus, whether Holosync® or exercise, is applied, the results will happen. You wouldn't think your exercise wasn't working if you weren't having a certain experience while exercising, and you shouldn't fall into the trap of thinking you need to be having a certain experience while listening to Holosync®
While we like certain altered state experiences that can happen while listening to Holosync®, just let whatever happens be okay and adopt the position of being the watcher of whatever happens.
Can I make copies of my tapes or CDs?
Besides being in violation of copyright laws, copying your tapes or CD's may reduce their effectiveness. When you make a copy, some of the "high end" and "low end" can be lost in the recording process. A third generation tape will have a lower quality than a second generation, and so on. This is important because Holosync resides at the low end of the audio spectrum, and the Silent Subliminal affirmations reside at the high end. So if you lose sound from either end of the spectrum, you are likely to lose some of the effect from your tapes.
Has anyone else had any experience with using Light and Sound (L&S) machines with the soundtracks?
There are some things you should be aware of when it comes to using L/S with your Holosync soundtracks. Most important is that it's usually unwise to use two different entrainment stimuli at the same time. When you combine entrainment stimuli, there is a very strong chance that each of the stimuli will cancel each other out. It's kind of like watching two different TV shows at the same time on the same screen. Even if you have a L/S machine that syncs up with an external sound source, remember that the L/S stimulus will be generated from the loudest sounds on the external source. In the case of the Holosync tapes, the loudest sound is the environmental sounds, not Holosync. Using both at the same time will likely give you an interesting experience, but the basic benefits associated with each one will be limited in the long run.
Also, remember that Holosync uses low carrier frequency stimulus, while L/S is relatively limited in terms of how low the carriers will actually go. The basic reason (without making this into a long, long story), is this:
Both light and sound exist along a spectrum. With light, there is a relatively narrow band of visible light. If you try to lower the carrier frequency along the light spectrum, you quickly end up beneath the range of visible light. So with light and sound, you can't lower the carriers much without dropping into infrared (or some other form of invisible light). If you can't see the light, you can't entrain to it. However, with sound you have a much wider range (relatively speaking) in which you can "play with" carriers. You can therefore achieve much more intensive entrainment stimuli with sound than with light (although light is often a faster means of entrainment). The basic moral of this story is that while L/S machines are excellent entrainment devices, they can't offer the same kind of neural-driving feature Holosync can.
One of the on-going issues in the L/S community has to do with the fact that it's possible to become immune to the long-term effects of L/S, especially if you use one session all the time. This was always a frustration for me when I was selling them. I would get calls from people about six months after buying a L/S machine saying, "Hey, my machine doesn't have any effect any more, it's not working." It wasn't until I more thoroughly understood how the brain reacts to prolonged exposure to L/S that it made sense to me that these people were simply "outgrowing" their sessions. Later, we learned that this problem could be remedied by continuously increasing the level of stimulus (by lowering the carrier frequencies) which, in turn, continues to push the nervous system to higher levels of functioning.
We tend to see L/S devices as being best for basic relaxation and "neural recreation" whereas Holosync tapes are more "hard-core" personal growth tools. In the long term, you'll get the greatest benefit by using them separately.
Does changing the Dive to Immersion tape disturb the meditative process, and if so why not produce a 120 min tape with the Dive and Immersion back to back to avoid disturbance?
Changing the tapes won't disturb the session. Changing the tape is a bit like jogging in place at a stoplight while you wait for it to change - a little inconvenient, but it won't keep you from getting the benefits of the running. Still, it's best if you don't have to get up and walk across the room to change the tape, so try to set up your equipment so that it won't take more than just a few seconds to change from Dive to Immersion.
A 120 minute tape is too long for most battery powered units to play reliably. In fact, most tape manufacturers have stopped making 120 minute tapes for that reason.
If we put The Dive and Immersion on one 120 minute tape, or back-to-back on opposite sides of the same tape, it would be impossible to listen to just the Dive (which we ask you to do for the first 14 days and some people do because on some days they run out of time) without re-winding.
But more important, many people listen to The Dive followed by an hour (or even an hour and a half) of Immersion. This would be impossible to do without rewinding in the middle of a meditation session if the two were on the same tape.
I liken changing the tapes to a runner jogging in place while waiting for a light to change - a bit annoying, but not really affecting the ability to get in shape.
I am able to change the tape in about ten seconds without even opening my eyes, and then I'm off an running again (or off and meditating again). Some people use the dual decks, where they play side 2 of The Dive on deck one, at which point to deck changes to the other side and plays Immersion. It works great.
You can always get the CD version, of course, where The Dive and Immersion are tracks 1 & 2 and play continuously.
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