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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.

 

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A simple description of what happens when you do a light and sound session

A simple description of what happens when you do a light and sound session

 

You have a lot on your mind and you’d like a few minutes to mentally sort things out. It’s the ideal time to do a light and sound session. So you reach for your mind machine and settle into your favorite chair.

Wanting to relax and reorganize your thoughts, you choose an alpha brainwave session. It’s not too subconsciously deep, just low enough to help you become inwardly focused and tune out the brain chatter.

So you set the audio volume at a comfortable level, perhaps just below the threshold of your hearing. Your mind will hear the entrainment effects of the binaural beats even though you do not have to be consciously aware of them. Next you set the brightness or light intensity level at a comfortable level. Like audio, the lightframes don’t have to be way bright to make your alpha session more effective. Comfort rules over too loud or too brightly intense.

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Then you press the “play” button. The design of effective light and sound sessions begin with a small induction period, usually in the beta frequency range as that is the normal waking state. As the seconds then minutes pass by the frequencies generated by the alpha session gradually lower towards your targeted brainwave frequency. This gradual lowering into alpha acts as a guide for your mind to follow.

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How? Your mind interprets the pulsed audio and visual stimulation within the brain’s cortex, likes what it hears, and begins to mimic or follow the frequencies being generated. It’s called the Frequency Following Effect and is the root of all brainwave entrainment. So for the next few minutes you realize you are mentally, emotionally and physically relaxed and calm, focused on only yourself, much like the experience of meditation. Without having to be consciously aware of what you are trying to do – which is relax.

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Towards the session’s end, the frequencies are designed to gradually guide you back into your normal waking state. So at the end of the mind machine session you feel relaxed, focused and ready to continue your daily projects, your breathing is rhythmic and you are better able to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

 

 

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Turning Procrastination into Action

Turning Procrastination into Action

 

It takes longer to say the word “procrastination” than it oftentimes takes to begin what needs doing. House cleaning, work-related projects, doing taxes, the list of things people put off is endless. Trouble is we still have to do them.

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If you don’t want to do something, for whatever the reason, change your attitude about doing it. Make it fun, make it a challenge, make doing it into something positive because the sooner you complete the task the better you will feel. So how do you change your attitude?

Change your brainwaves. You know, the state of mind you enter when you tell yourself you don’t want to do something – change that! The best way, the fastest and most simplest way for that to happen is by using the DAVID Delight Pro light and sound mind machine by Mind Alive, Inc.

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Here’s how: First, select Session 5 in the Meditation category. It is a 36 minute brainwave frequency entrainment session that gradually lowers your conscious awareness into the Theta mind state for creative visualization. During the session picture the task that is making you procrastinate and ponder ways of making it fun, doable and how easily it can be completed. At session’s end, go back to your Delight Pro and choose Session 3 in the Energize category. That is a 20 minute session proven effective through scientific research for getting energized and motivated. So within an hour you will have the right mindset to successfully complete the project that you have spent far more time procrastinating about.

 

Try this approach and you will find it to be a valuable tool for those times when you say to yourself you would rather procrastinate than do what needs to get done. You’ll do a lot more in less time than before. And you’ll feel damn good about yourself too!

 

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Nomorobo

Nomorobo

 

There are times when I must add to this blog things that have no relation to mind machines, light and sound stimulation or brainwave frequency entrainment. This is one of those times.

 

I detest telephone calls from telemarketers. Especially robo calls. So many are scammers, others call at the most inappropriate time; all of them are peddling things I have no interest in. Yes I signed up for that government Do Not Call registry. That really helped a lot! As in not at all… I have reported telemarketers; I’ve hung up on them and at times just set the phone down and walked away. But they don’t stop calling.

 

Then a few days ago I read about a guy that started a company that combats telemarketers and robo calls. A couple months back I had read about what he was about to launch, but a few days ago he was able to launch his incredibly large network to combat what has to be one of my biggest annoyances – unwanted phone calls.

 

His company is called Nomorobo and if you own a landline the cost is free. If you sign up your mobile phone the charge is $5 a month. Being skeptical, I registered my landline. It’s free and what did I have to lose? And it is fast and simple to get nomorobo set up on your phone.

 

What happens is when your phone rings once then stops it is a robo call and is picked up at nomorobo’s telephone network. If your phone keeps ringing then it is a legitimate call and you can feel at ease answering it. Calls from your doctor, pharmacy, school, things like that are not stopped by nomorobo giving you peace of mind.

 

And so far it has worked. When my phone rings once and stops, I smile a little knowing I have one less annoyance to deal with. That makes me feel good, and hopefully annoys the hell out of the salesperson who thinks calling me unsolicited is okay. It is not okay, I’m fed up with it, and now there is someone who is actually doing something about it.

 

So if telemarketers and robo calls annoy you like they do me, then visit nomorobo.com and find out what they can do for you, how you can get started and exactly how they combat the daily constant barrage of unwanted calls that interrupt an otherwise perfectly fine day. And just to be clear, I have no vested interest in nomorobo, financially or otherwise. I just think it is a good company trying to make things better for all of us and wanted to share.

 

Then go partake in an alpha mind machine session knowing you can relax and not be interrupted by a jerk trying to sell you something you could care less about.

 

Audio Brainwave Frequency Entrainment MP3s for Yoga Meditation

Audio Brainwave Frequency Entrainment MP3s for Yoga Meditation

 

MP3s utilizing audio frequency stimulation for brainwave entrainment in the lower states of consciousness, low alpha, theta and high delta specifically, have proven quite effective while practicing yoga and meditation. As your brain is stimulated by the audio frequencies of the MP3 session, your mind begins to mimic the stimulation, becoming entrained to the frequencies as they gently lead your mind into deep states of mental, emotional and physical awareness.

These audio brainwave frequency MP3 sessions easily download to your smartphone playlist or MP3 player and can be enjoyed either with your eyes open or closed to achieve maximum results during your yoga or meditative routine. And the volume should be just below the level of your hearing, set comfortably as your mind hears the stimulation but you are not consciously aware of the sound. Just remember playing these MP3s loud do not make them more effective.

The 515 virtual mindmachine alpha (20:16 min), theta (10:10 min) and alpha / theta combination (7:10 min) features dual independent binaural beat frequencies and can be lengthened simply by pressing repeat on your playlist screen. All three sessions produce a feeling of profound relaxation and focused inner-awareness. The 515 LoopLogic series are much the same, also utilizing dual independent binaural beat frequencies, only the tracks are in 1 Hertz intervals allowing you to create specific frequency patterns that meet your particular needs.

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The Universal Frequency MP3 utilizes exactly what it says: the frequency of the universe (432 Hz) as the pitch. This is a multi-layered binaural beat session (17:44 min) for deep alpha and theta meditation. Created by Christopher Oliver and Michael Landgraf, the Universal Frequency MP3 is based on the scientific research that was unearthed by scholars studying the Great Pyramid of Giza and the five surrounding pyramids in Egypt.

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To assist you in the art of yoga breathing, our 12 minute Classic Pranayama Yoga MP3 combines verbal guidance with music, bells and the sounds of nature. The goal is, through breathing, to bring more oxygen to the blood and brain for achieving your highest level of self-purification and self-discipline.

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For accessing creative thought while deeply relaxed, our 20 minute Deep Meditation session is one of our most popular MP3s. Combing specific tones with music and the natural sounds emanating from lakes and their shoreline, listeners remark that they achieve a deep, rather hypnogogic state of yogic tranquility.

 

 

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View Holes

View Holes

 

Most light and sound brainwave entrainment devices are used with your eyes closed, but there are many situations when having your eyes open during a session can be advantageous. This is when open-eyed lightframes, known as View Holes, come in quite handy.

View Hole lightframes have been around since the mid-90’s and can be used with the DAVID Smart, Delight, Delight Plus, Delight Pro, Alert and Alert Pro mind machines manufactured by Mind Alive, Inc.

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Mindmachines.com began selling View Hole lightframes since their first introduction for all kinds of applications. Examples include using them in conjunction with EEG Neurofeedback training, computer work, reading, for meditation, yoga, working out at the gym, in weight rooms, and are surprisingly popular at Raves. I suppose I’m really not that surprised considering what many of my rave-going customers use them for.

What I like about these View Hole lightframes by Mind Alive is how well built they are. There are some really cheap looking open-eye lightframes out there that pale in comparison to the View Holes. View Holes are sturdy with solid construction, have white overlays covering the LEDs that are situated around the periphery of your vision and are made to last, especially with everyday use. And their cost is minimal, only $20 more than the normal closed-eye lightframe variety.

So if you are looking for that extra edge, whether it is for academics, athletics or for accessing deeper states of consciousness during meditation, consider purchasing View Hole lightframes for your mind machine. They offer a whole new experience in light and sound brainwave stimulation.

Copyright: Michael Landgraf (CA) 2016. All rights reserved.

 

AGGRAVATION

AGGRAVATION

 

Being aggravated about something is not something any of us needs. Whether it is from something you did, something someone else did or an inanimate object caused it, getting aggravated throws our whole focus and ability to concentrate right out the window. It can lead to anger, saying things to others we regret or breaking that inanimate object that did absolutely nothing except not performing the way we expected.

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So our blood pressure rises, our patience disappears and we become frustrated. So we take a deep breath, hold, then let it out slowly. But the thought of what happened can still linger in the back of our mind. What to do?

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Its times like this a brainwave entrainment session with a mind machine can come in handy. Perhaps a 15 minute alpha session, perhaps longer. And it really doesn’t matter which light and sound machine you use as long as you choose a relaxation session. Your mind relaxes, your thoughts change from negativity to neutral, and within just a few minutes you go from consternation to enjoying positive thoughts. You realize the aggravation was then, and this is now. Its passed and you are over it.

Its that simple.

 

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Which Esprit brainwave entrainment unit do you have?

 

Which Esprit brainwave entrainment unit do you have?

Several days ago I posted information about the Mastermind Esprit system by Synetic Systems (now known as Mindplace). This brainwave entrainment unit contained six sessions by Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer and was extremely popular.

Not long after that post went up I received an email from Deborah A. including pictures that showed her Esprit unit. It was different! Her Esprit did not have Mastermind Esprit shown on her unit, it had Synetic Esprit showing and her unit contained 12 sessions, not six.

Huh?

At my age forgetfulness is a reality (think CRS) no matter how many memory enhancement sessions I experience. And after 25 years in the light and sound industry there are plenty of things that have happened that I’ve totally forgotten about. That’s why I have kept boxes piled with notebooks full of old news releases, brochures, product information and users guides and manuals. Not to mention old mind machines.

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Deborah had asked if I had the 12 session Esprit manual because the post I made showed the Esprit 6 session owners manual. After delving through all the boxes stored from the 1990’s through the early 2000’s I came up empty. There was nothing written about the Synetic Esprit with 12 sessions, just information regarding the Mastermind Esprit with six sessions.

So dear readers, have a look at the pictures of Deborah’s 12 session Synetic Esprit and should you have any information about that unit – especially the session list – could you please email it my way in care of store@mindmachines.com?

Both Deborah and I would be most grateful… Thanks!

 

Copyright: Michael Landgraf (CA) 2016. All rights reserved.

 

 

When you don’t need a light and sound machine

There are times when a light and sound mind machine just isn’t necessary. Kicking back in a boat, wearing only a swimsuit and sunscreen, enjoying the moment with family and friends, is an example of not needing brainwave frequency stimulation. You are already in your desired state of mind.

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Ambergris Caye is a place you’d never come across a mind machine. They’ve got the world’s second longest barrier reef filled with all kinds of sea life crossing the horizon less than half a mile off their coast. They have Chicken Drop Night on Thursdays at Caliente’s. Perhaps the only place in the world where you can place a bet on which number a chicken will poop on. And win $1,000. The island is a paradise of simplicity, of smiling faces and laughter.

But when it’s time to leave, to get back to work and the refreshing feeling of vacationing in paradise becomes a pleasant memory, a mind machine just may be what you need to rekindle those thoughts for rejuvenating your mental, emotional and physical state of wellness. At least until you are able to return to paradise…

Bluetooth mindLightz for Apple devices

Bluetooth mindLightz for Apple devices

 

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Belizean Visualization

Belizean Visualization

 

We all have an idea about what AVS session is our favorite. For me, it was finding a way of re-creating the Belizean attitude into a light and sound session. Their music, the people, their friendliness, the colorful variety of animal and marine life, the sound of the Caribbean ocean would make one of the most outrageous mind machine sessions ever. Their environmental stimulation appears to adhere into one ‘Schumann Resonance-type’ frequency that takes human-consciousness into off-set brainwave frequencies that only experiencing these stimuli could remotely begin to describe.

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Life is relaxed, there is no pretense, no bullying, no shaming, just kindness. The attitude of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is what makes me keep coming back. It is so unlike the attitude of Los Angeles where many are of the belief that material bullshit defines who you are.

Being from Los Angeles I’ve watched the region evolve, and today it can be a high-energy place with variation being the norm, and that is why it’s fun to introduce Angelenos to light and sound. Seems everyone could use this type of brainwave-altering entrainment tool – often!

 

I use a light and sound machine on a semi-regular basis, and when I do, oftentimes I visualize Ambergris Caye, a small island a few miles off the Belizean coast. I picture myself sitting on the rooftop balcony, looking out at the waves as they break over the Belizean Barrier Reef; only the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is bigger, less than ½ mile from where I’m sitting. I smell the fresh air, the sound of birds, the warmth of the sun, the sensation of all things good.

 

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This visualization, compliments of my DAVID Delight Plus mind machine, brings me back to that instant relaxation in sync with party atmosphere feelings of Ambergris Caye, of paradise – produced by nature and wonderful people who understand the joy of wholesome beauty. I wanted the right mix of frequencies and with the DAVID, I also got the Session Editor software. That enabled me to design frequencies into a session, download it into my Delight Plus unit, and experiment re-designing sessions till I got it what felt right to me.

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I guess you can say that’s my happy place. We all have those little corners in our mind where we can go and just plain chill. The Delight Plus by Mindalive guides me to mine. If you’d enjoy accessing your happy state of mind faster, with the effects of your visualization session lasting longer, try a mind machine session and allow yourself to be guided to yours.

 

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