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Finding your Zone through Synchrony Part 3

Finding your Zone through Synchrony Part 3

 

Light and sound programs have been written for many years. Some to provide entertainment, some to stimulate certain mental states. The programs used at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games by different athletes ushered in the first use of this modality with such exciting results. Hopefully this will open the door to more specified program development with the individual user in mind. Such “prescriptive” approaches can do nothing but supplement the positive utilization of this outstanding modality through the use of safe, reliable program development in the future.

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Hopefully this is a never-ending story. The athletes are already setting their sites on Athens 2004 and are setting up training times in the Arizona Center. NBA team members are using mindmachines to improve free throw shooting and NFL players are sitting in the locker rooms before a game stimulating synchronous states of mind for better performances.

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Light and sound is a treasure, a gift and a miracle all rolled into one. The same program that brings an athlete a Gold medal can enable a child to get better grades. Programs that allow relaxation and rest to the sleepless and anxious can provide mental comfort to children suffering from attachment disorders and post traumatic stress disorders. The greatness of this modality must be recognized and preserved through careful and meaningful use to insure its presence and forward movement to a complete acceptance by all.

Light and sound mind machines are alive and well and are a partner for many who strive for peak performances in their daily lives.

 

Copyright: Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. for mindmachines.com (2000) AZ. All rights reserved.

 

Finding your Zone through Synchrony Part 2

Finding your Zone through Synchrony Part 2

 

The overall goal was the development of a relaxation response in each athlete with the addition of synchrony training. In this way the door to the zone was easily accessed and the key to this door found through synchrony.

Historically, athletes have used light and sound in various ways. The 2000 Olympic athletes used light and sound programs as a daily “way of life” for travel, sleep, focus and performance readiness.

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Daily usage involved training sessions in visualization and imagery with an individual protocol for each athlete. GSR biofeedback was used to record data on each individual, giving them reference points for improvement. By the end of the Summer, before they left for Sydney, most of these athletes could keep their mental states at a synchronous level ready for competition for as long as thirty minutes at a session. This assured them that they could reach this same level when they wished.

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The edge to performance came when the entire group of 13 athletes, sent to the Olympics from the Arizona Mental Training Center, arrived in Sydney with absolutely no jet lag ready to begin training five days before any other teams. This was accomplished by prior charting of ultradian rhythms finding the trough and peak periods for each athlete. This information was used to designate a certain protocol using their light and sound mind machine session before the trough time began. This practice allowed them to function at peak performance whenever necessary taking into account differing time zones, performance times and designated rest and sleep times in their schedules.

 

…continued tomorrow

 

Finding your Zone through Synchrony

Finding your Zone through Synchrony

 

Before her passing Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer developed ground-breaking strategy for pre-Olympian swimmers for finding their mental, emotional and physical zone through whole brain synchrony. This article details her initial use of light and sound with Olympians at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia (Between the 2000 Olympics and the Summer Olympics in England, shortly before her passing, Dr. Ditson-Sommer instructed over 50 United States Olympians win over 50 Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic Medals).

 

It all started with Klete Keller winning a Bronze in the 400 meter freestyle in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Gary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin winning medal after medal until the 50 meter freestyle competition with the greatest swimmers in the world. As the gun went off, Gary and Anthony pulled side by side until they set a record winning pace and an upset in a tie for the Gold medal.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

As the Olympics ended, Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. and her Phoenix, Arizona Traing Center had coached athletes to 9 Medal standings through the use of neurointegration and neurotechnology light and sound. All training was centered on timing with mental training protocols being included in all aspects of daily workouts.

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The outstanding difference in the approach to the 2000 Olympics training regimen of these medal winners was the daily use of light and sound mind machine programs based on sports research for each program written by Dr. Ditson-Sommer.

 

…continued tomorrow

 

 

Visualization for Athletes

Visualization for Athletes

 

Advice before beginning…

 

While you are practicing your visualization skills, your brain is sending minute messages via your nervous system to your muscles. What you are doing is telling your muscles how you want them to perform during competition. Visualization is practicing perfection.

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When you can successfully visualize yourself being in your zone, your body will be one step closer to making that a reality.

 

If you are new to visualizing or imagining take some time to watch a professional athlete in your field. Watching how they move and the energy they expend can help you while visualizing doing the same thing. Also, if you have recently experienced being in your zone or had a near-perfect competitive performance, use those memories so you can feel it happen again in your mind.

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Stay in the present when you visualize and keep all negative thoughts out of the experience. To help in achieving a clear mind while practicing your visualization technique is try using a mind machine. The Delight Plus by Mind Alive, Inc. is the most popular mind machine for helping an athlete’s mental preparation for competition. Remember: Be positive. Negative thoughts have no place in visualization.

 

During a Delight Plus mind machine light and sound session, as you visualize yourself, think to use as many sensory feelings as you can: sight, sound, smell, temperature, color, balance, movement, even weather.

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DAVID Delight Plus

In order to fully experience the benefits of visualization, using a mind machine like the Delight Plus is highly recommended.

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Competitive Sports & Physical Fitness: Accessing Your Zone

Competitive Sports & Physical Fitness: Accessing Your Zone

 

Take a moment to remember the last time you were perfect during athletic competition. Running was like gliding, scoring felt natural, your mind and body were in total sync. Excelling without effort. That’s being in the moment. All of your thoughts were completely focused. You were in your zone, competing at your highest level.

 

The problem for many athletes is being able to achieve ‘being in the zone’ consistently. It’s not a mystery it is a state of mind. Call it ‘brainwave focus training’ and add it to your regular practice routine.

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Brainwave focus training is easy, and part of it involves visualization. All it takes is a little quiet time, about 20 minutes, a little imagination and a mind machine. This mental training is a mind exercise used by pre-Olympians, Olympians and professional athletes for visualizing perfect performances.

Bluetooth mindLightz for Apple devices

Bluetooth mindLightz for Apple devices

This is only one of the exercises successful athletes use as part of their brainwave focus training. Articles written by Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer offer excellent insight on brainwave focus training and can be found by scrolling down the Sports category located towards the bottom of all pages at Mindmachines.com

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DAVID Delight Plus

Athletic Competition & Mind Machines

Athletic Competition & Mind Machines

 

Athletes use mind machines to gain a mental edge for sports competition. Different mind machine programs enable athletes to sharpen their focus and stay focused on their performance, other programs help transition their biological clock to be at peak performance level at the time of the competition regardless of the time zone or geographical location, alleviating the symptoms of jet-lag. Other mind machine programs are designed for heightened visualization and creativity, clearing mind-chatter, learning relaxation and inducing sleep.

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Starting with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta until her passing after the London Olympic Games, the late Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommers instructed pre-Olympians and Olympians brainwave focus training as part of their athletic workout. Over 50 of her students have won Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the United States.

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The same approach could help you elevate your performance level. The DAVID Delight Plus by Mind Alive, Inc. is used by athletes worldwide for raising their peak performance levels. The Delight Plus, with both Viewhole and Multi-color eyesets and Session Editor software will give you that mental edge over your competition.

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DAVID Delight Plus

 

Mind machines are perfectly legal for competitive athletes to heighten their mental, emotional and physical abilities for peak sports performance. Experience what a clear, focused mind can do for your training and competitive schedule. Use the DAVID Delight Plus!

 

Copyright: Michael Landgraf for Mindmachines.com (CA) 2015. All rights reserved.

 

Light and sound mind machines improve hand-eye coordination

Light and sound mind machines improve hand-eye coordination

 

Light and sound mind machines enhance individual hand-eye coordination by improving the ability to relax, focus and concentrate. The result is better athletic performance.

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The late Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer and her Brainwave Focus Training Center in Scottsdale, Arizona is an ideal example of how learning to relax and focus directly relates to how an athlete performs during competition. Beginning in 1996 with the Atlanta Olympics Dr. Sommer trained Gary Hall, Jr. in achieving desired brainwave frequency states using light and sound stimulation and enable duplicating these frequencies at will. He won gold. At the Sydney Olympics members of the United States Swimming Team arrived and were ready to begin final training immediately, whereas most other teams were hindered by the effects of jet lag, in need of a biological clock re-set. Up to the London Olympics, U.S. athletes that were instructed in light and sound brainwave training from Dr. Sommers brought home over 50 Olympic medals. Dr. Ditson-Sommer did more for proving the positive effects of being ‘brainwave focused’ in competitive sports than anyone.

 

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DAVID-Delight Plus

The best light and sound mind machine available today for athletes wanting more control over their mental and emotional state during competition is the DAVID Delight Plus with Tru-Vu Omniscreen Viewholes and Session Editor software. The viewhole eyeset allows you to do light and sound sessions with your eyes open or closed, and the session editor gives you the freedom of creating your own personal sessions. The Delight Plus also includes a heart rate variability function for enabling you to know your physical state of being. This system is made for giving athletes a mental and emotional edge while competing.

 

Copyright: Mindmachines.com (2014) CA. All rights reserved.

 

The Game of Tennis as a “Future Memory”

The Game of Tennis as a “Future Memory”

By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler

International Success Mentor

You’re out on the court with a friend. She’s been burning up the court with blistering serves. But you’ve hung in there, and won the set by returning some great shots.

But now it’s your turn to serve. You try to brush away the memory of the last time you played — when your serve suddenly went “bad” on you. For some unknown reason, you just couldn’t keep the ball above the net.

You bounce the ball a couple of times, then wind up and toss it up for a serve. But even before the strings touch the ball, you already KNOW what’s going to happen. You set your teeth as the ball slams into the net just like it did last week. You shake your head. “Not again.” You moan. “What has gone wrong?” And of course, your second serve is almost identical to the first. This is what tennis players, golfers, and other athletes call being “off their game.”

Being “off your game” in any aspect of life is caused by what I call a “future memory.” The term “future memory” may seem odd, but it’s a natural mental process. A “future memory” is basically a picture of yourself in the future. And the truth is, you’re creating such memories virtually every day. There’s an old saying: “In life — we get what we focus on.” And now neuroscientists have discovered the scientific truth behind that axiom.

Here’s what’s happening: Your subconscious mind will automatically work to manifest your mental “pictures” of what seems appropriate in your life. If you feel you’re “off your game,” you reinforce a mental expectation that you will continue to be “off your game!” Your subconscious mind doesn’t “think” in the same sense your conscious, rational mind does. The subconscious mind actually takes “directions” from your conscious mind, and orders your body to carry out those directions.

Your feeling of being “off your game” is seen as a direction from your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind instantly “gets the picture” from stored memories that support that “direction.” In effect, it creates a “future memory” of how you are about to respond – then sends actual neural messages to your brain’s “motor centers” to reproduce a tennis serve that will slam into the net. It’s important to appreciate the fact that “future memories” are a physical brain reality. This is not just a psychological construct! Years of research by behavioral scientists has clearly proven that mental rehearsal *alone* creates actual improvements in both sports and intellectual activities.

How can this be so?

Recent scientific PET (positron-emission tomography) scans have provided fascinating scientific proof of the power of mental rehearsal. PET images of the brain activity associated with simply *thinking* about moving an arm — do truly activate areas of the brain associated with *actual* arm movements.

What does this mean?

In practical terms, you can use mental imagery to “pre-program” your mind by “practicing” the positive effects you want in your life.

The other thing you’ll want to remember is this: Your subconscious mind is the product of your physical brain! It’s not some concept that floats around somewhere out in space! And what neuroscientists have discovered about the physical brain is this: It is not the “rigid structure” it was once thought to be. We now know that the brain is “plastic.” It constantly changes to fit your current (and currently expected) environment. Plus the evidence is that like muscles, the brain too follows the rule of “use it or lose it.”

If you consciously focus on “future memories” of success, they will be seen by your subconscious mind as actual instructions. Your brain then responds by building actual neural networks to hold those instructions. And the more often you send those “future memory” instructions — the stronger those positive neural networks will grow. So…there’s now irrefutable scientific evidence that we actually ARE what we think. That’s why it’s so important to focus on positive future memories of what you want in your life – and starve any old neural networks holding memories of personal limitations.

Your daily “reality” is a direct reflection of these future memories. Whatever you consciously or unconsciously focus on, whether positive or negative, will gain strength. Any life improvement must begin with an improvement in your ability to use “future memories.”

Those who are successful are those who continually focus on the life they want to lead. Those who are unsuccessful continually focus on what they do *not* want. And what you focus on gains power from stronger, more stable physical neural networks.

Come get your FREE subscription to Dr Jill’s mind-building “LandOnYourFeet” weekly ezine, plus a FREE month of the popular *BrainWave Generator* software (loads on any Windows computer) at: http://www.quantum-self.com/newsletters.htm

© Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler, author and AVS Journal, Michael Landgraf, publisher. 2003 All Rights Reserved.

 

Part Four: An “E-Interview with Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.

Part Four: An “E-Interview with Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.

Q: You have worked with so many people, from all walks of life. Which area has proved most satisfying to you and why?

A: “I have worked with people from many ‘walks of life’ and I have enjoyed them and learned a great many things. We have brought 18 Olympic medals into OPNET, Inc., we have 6 PGA and LPGA golfers ‘cutting a check’ weekly and many other winners in sports fields. This has been exciting and very rewarding. If, however, I had to pick an area that was most satisfying to me, personally, I believe I would pick my continuing journey with children who struggle to function in a daily world of frustration, hurt and disappointment. Their resiliency and strength has taught me a tenacity that has guided me to new heights in my own life. The unconditional love these children give is priceless and I feel blessed to even be acquainted with them. I acknowledge their trust in my knowledge and strive to maintain a intuitive faculty within myself hoping this will give me the power to create something new and useful. I call on strong initiative to stand on my own feet, free and independent as an attribute to success in helping solve many challenges.”

 

 

Q: What do you believe are the most important issues facing the light and sound industry today? What would you like to see happen?

A: “The issues for the light and sound industry involve the lack of understanding of this simple, safe modality. I have, for 13 years, personally used this exciting approach for learning disorders, sports performance enhancement, accelerated learning, attachment disorders, emotional challenges, closed head injury, grief, depression and many other life-changing challenges. All protocols were goal oriented toward learning and relaxation and without incident. Hopefully, the powers that control these areas realize the value of light and sound and accept that there are alternatives in life everyone should be allowed to choose for their personal well-being. I have spent many years in the field of audio-visual stimulation and hold great hope for its growth and development in the future. The world needs it now, I deem it an honor to be counted among the growing AVS community. So many mental giants are among this group. I credit Michael Hutchison with enticing me onward and use his books as the ultimate resource. Robert Austin, Rob Robinson, and you, Michael, have given much to nurture this exciting modality. It has been a gift that the rest of us should acknowledge, give thanks and pledge to continue in a humble, dynamic and powerful attitude allowing us to perform creatively in any sphere of activity required.”

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Copyright: Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., author and AVS Journal, Michael Landgraf, publisher (2006) Granada Hills, CA. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Part Three: An “E-Interview with Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.

Part Three: An “E-Interview with Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.

Q: You have participated in many research studies utilizing light and sound. Is there one study in particular that left an indelible impression on you?

A: “I have been involved in many, many research studies using light and sound. Most have been without a control group using non-parametric statistics for groups under 25. One of the more exciting ones involved 25 third grade students. Arizona State University did the before and after data testing. The study allowed the students a 20 minute light and sound program daily. At the end of six weeks a marked improvement in reading score occurred. The average gain was three (3) grade levels. Four students tested were higher than the post-test could record. The results gave rise to the belief that focus was the dominant gain allowing for retention and reading ease.

Another pilot study is ongoing with Reactive Attachment Disorder children as subjects. Anger management and self-calming improvement are the goals. These ‘out of sync’ kids need self-control abilities to improve their lifestyle.”

Q: I understand you have recently established the Chrishaven Foundation. Could you tell us a little about it and how we can get involved?

A: “Michael, thank you for asking about the Chrishaven Foundation. I am very proud that we have now established this 501(c)3, charitable cause. The primary purpose is to provide needed therapeutic services for children and youth diagnosed with labels stemming from neglect, abandonment, sexual and emotional abuse, manifested through behavioral disorders. A secondary purpose is to provide education concerning these individuals, their needs and the protocols that have been successful.

Many adopted children have these challenges with very little support from their parents. Having been the first, single, female adoptive parent in the United States, I have walked down the path of the adopting parent. I realize their needs and hope we can make a difference for these giving people. We are beginning a fund raising campaign to carry on a summer camp program for three weeks this summer, so any donations will be well used.”

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Copyright: Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., author and AVS Journal, Michael Landgraf, publisher (2006) Granada Hills, CA. All rights reserved.

 

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