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Part 1

By Don Estes – Founder and Director of InnerSense, Inc. 

AVS Journal Vol. 8, #1Progress in the world of technology is incremental. There will never be a “golden” version of
any technology because knowledge and understanding will continue to evolve and expand.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, and it’s true that most development in the
light and sound field has revolved around enhanced benefits and features. However, the next
generation of LSV (light-sound-vibration) neurotechnology will be directed toward solving the
imitations of current technology in providing truly accurate, precise and lasting results.
The greatest weakness of modern vibrational technology is that it operates under the old allopathic
paradigm of finding what’s wrong and trying to fix it. You can lessen the symptoms, but
the problem will not go away until the cause is removed. For example, many feedback systems
look for and try to replace so-called “missing” frequencies. However, there is a reason why
they are missing. These are channels of communication that the person does not want to open,
and will therefore block any input coming in on those channels. To force them in is not only
stressful to them but also the therapist. On the other hand, driving someone with their own easily
accepted natural harmonic resonance forces a disassembly, rearrangement and reassembly of
their entire spectrum and will often cause the weak channels to open up. This is similar to the
way in which an opera singer can shatter a wineglass by driving it at its resonant frequency. Inanimate
objects do not have anyway to reorganize themselves after such an event. However,
human beings do it all the time. The old adage is that change either kills you or makes you
stronger. That’s just another way of saying that you either move to a higher state of order or
fall into chaos.

The new healing paradigm will rather focus on finding what’s right and enhancing it. Accordingly,
a new science is needed that describes how to find the true harmonic body of partials
within an individual and then enhance them. There is only so much space within, and as the innerspace
begins to fill up with good stuff (harmony), all the unwholesomeness (dissonance) has
to vacate. This would provide a much more efficient way of effecting true and lasting change.
In addition to being stuck in the old paradigm, there are other limitations existing within the
prevailing current technology:


Harmonic Law demands strict adherence to a set of rules that disallows noise and dissonance in
the analysis or feedback. All overtones being analyzed or used as a feedback signal must be
whole number ratios of a common fundamental. Human biometric measurements based on
metabolic indicators of nervous system status such as brain, heart and voice produce multiple
fundamental frequencies just like musical instruments. The fundamental frequency slides or
drifts around over time. Therefore, it is impossible to match them with the overtones they generate
because they are mixed in with those being generated by other fundamentals.

The only thing that can be done is to take a timed sample and then average the results, which
destroys the harmonic relations between partials. This method can determine a predominant
frequency, the one that has the most amplitude, but it is not the fundamental. It has some use,
but it’s influenced by vowel formants and doesn’t fully describe what is going on. When all of
the fundamentals and overtones are whole number ratios of each other it is possible to see the
full expression of a person’s harmonic body of partials.

The Portacle

Furthermore, the fundamental frequency of being human is something that we all share. It is
the essence of the things we have in common. Our differences, however, are coded within the
unique personal signature of our overtones. A piano and a violin can play the same fundamental
note, but they sound totally different because of the overtones produced by their distinct
resonant forms. Most current measurement systems deal only with the predominant frequency
so they cannot separate the harmony from the dissonance and cannot see the exclusive pattern
of a person’s overtone series. What is needed is a system that can analyze the whole number
ratio overtones of a common fundamental frequency.

Fortunately, this need can been met using modern supercomputing technology. One of the
problems deals with the accuracy of current digital frequency analyzers that count in (Hz.), or
cycles per second, a unit of that has become a world wide standard for the measurement of frequency.
Harmonic Law requires that the unit of measurement must be synchronous with the
digital sampling rate. In other words, the sampling rate must match the unit of measurement in
the first octave. For example, the sampling rate used to divide the signal must reduce down (by
multiple divisions of 2) to the number one in the first octave. This is because the unit of measurement
is one hertz or (one cycle per one second). However, digital sampling rates will not
reduce to one. 32,000 samples per second divided by 2 fifteen times gives .9765625 Hz. This
means that at the 1st octave, measurements made with this sampling rate are inaccurate to at
least .024 Hz. By 32K Hz. they are off by 720Hz.!

This magic number (.9765625 Hz.) is known as the Great Diesis. It represents a bridge between
the analog and digital worlds by being able to resolve time with frequency. Its reciprocal
(1.024 seconds) is a universal time code…the universal second. Together, these form a ratio of
125:128 that is known in music theory as the Pythagoras comma, a strange flaw in the otherwise
perfect theory of music that keeps any scale from accurately doubling between octaves
without some minor “tempering” to spread out the difference over the entire octave so it is not

Using the Great Diesis as a universal fundamental frequency allows the determination of whole
number ratio overtones. Unrelated overtones, noise and dissonance can be removed and discarded.
What remains is the true harmonic body of partials…the individual’s unique spectral
signature and harmonic code. With regard to time, the Great Diesis provides a universal standard…a cosmic second. A human

second is not based on any natural phenomenon. However the GD is based on the timing of
the sampling rate and requires that frequencies be measured in cycles per 1.024 seconds. Supercomputers
can be programmed to make this measurement on brain, heart or voice samples.
As an interesting side note, the Great Diesis is also the first octave of the so-called Schumann
resonance (7.8125 Hz. in the 3rd octave), and the resonant frequency in the king’s chamber of
the great pyramid (250 Hz. in the 8th octave). Furthermore, because the Great Diesis functions as a fundamental frequency, the overtones in

any one voice match the partials in everyone else’s. In other words, although the amplitudes
and phases of different frequencies will vary, the actual frequencies are the same for all voices.
This provides a means for more connection between therapists and clients and does not drain
the energy of the service provider with all of a client’s “bad energy”.


Copyright: Don Estes for AVS Journal (2009) Los Angeles, CA. All rights reserved.

The Portacle – A New Psio/Bio-feedback software system that is the missing link in the Law of Attraction


We finally have the Portacle available on the webiste:
Price is $299
Product page:

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I have been working directly with Don Estes, developer of The Portacle.  It is a software interface to consciousness that is hard to put into words.  That is why I am posting this teaser.  I am developing an explanation and tutorial on how to use it because we will be carrying it soon.


Imagine a window of feedback that helps and directs your truest intentions into manifestation…


The Portacle can analyze your breath, voice, or toning and direct you to your true self and true intentions.  Again, pretty hard to describe.. I am working on it!.

More soon!


if you are really interested . VISIT THE PRODUCT PAGE:

The Portacle

“Mind States” now on Kindle

Mindmachines is proud to announce “Mind States / An Introduction to Light and Sound Technology and Mind Machines” is now in it’s third edition and available on Amazon Kindle. Written by Michael Landgraf with the Foreword by Christopher Oliver, the new edition includes all the latest in mind machine features and performance.



Mind States is easy to read, easy to understand and will share with you all the information you should know about light and sound technology and where to go to learn more. Written for the beginning and intermediate mind machine user, Mind States covers such topics as what a light and sound machine is, how frequencies are associated with brainwaves and how to quickly and without effort, access beta, alpha, theta and delta brainwave states using a mind machine.

How do you choose a light and sound machine? What type of system do you need? What types of audio frequency and pulsed light stimulation is available? You will learn the answers to these and many more important questions before you purchase a light and sound system. The more you know about this technology, the better decision you will make when buying a mind machine.

Learn how to use your mind machine. Michael Landgraf shows you how to get the most out of your mind machine and to maximize your light and sound session experiences. The successful 30 Day learning relaxation program will help you begin your light and sound journey. And with a daily journal for describing your personal session thoughts and sensations enabling you to look back at the beginning and realize, as the weeks go by, the subtle changes that have occurred to your mental, emotional and physical states of being.

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An Explanation for Using Tinted Blue Overlays When Stimulating with White Light

An Explanation for Using Tinted Blue Overlays When Stimulating with White Light


By David Siever, CEO of MindAlive, Inc.


Because photic induced seizures involving those aged from 5 – 24 years of 1/4000 has been reported by Newmark and Penry (1979) and Jeavons, Bishop and Harding (1986), care must be taken when delivering photic stimulation to children. Physiological photic stimulators generally used to induce seizures employ a Xenon strobe light that reaches maximum brightness within 50 micro-seconds at intensities of 10,000-300,000 lux. Carterette and Symmes (1952) first reported that red-flicker provoked an increased photoconvulsive response (PCR) relative to other wavelengths. Since then, this finding has been reported by Bickford (1953); Marshall (1953); Pantelakis (1962); Kojima (1963); Brausch and Ferguson (1965); Harley (1967); Takahashi and Tsukahara (1972a, 1973). It has also been reported by Carterette and Symmes (1952); Brausch and Ferguson (1965); Buskirk (1952); Marshall et al (1953); Bickford (1954); Asano and Umezaki (1965); Maruyama (1968); Takahashi and Tsukahara (1972b) and Harley (1967) that red-removing eyeglasses or contact lenses afforded clinical relief to patients with photogenic epilepsy. Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenite (1989) found that in 100 PCR participants, 81 showed sensitivity with eyes closed while 66 were sensitive with their eyes opened. Harding and Jeavons (1994) found that peak PCR sensitivity occurs from 15 – 20 flashes per second. Takahashi and Tsukahara (1976) measured IPS induced PCRs under controlled lighting conditions. They observed that PCRs were most frequently induced with red light stimulation from 15 – 20 Hz and that it was superior in producing PCRs than stroboscopic (white) light. In all 14 cases generalized PCRs of sharp and wave and spike and wave complex were induced. They also found that 20 cd/m2 were inhibited by blue light of 1.9 cd/m2.

All of these studies used a brief, intense flash pulse. Ruuskanen-Uoti (1994) reported ona person who developed seizures while using a “light and sound” machine utilizing square wave stimulation delivered by red light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Brief, intense flashes produce harmonic activity in the brain, Van der Tweel and Verduyn(1965) whereas sine wave stimulation produces a sine-like response (insignificant harmonic activity). Van der Tweel and Verduyn (1965), Townsend (1973), Donker (1978) and Regan (1965) all agree that sine-wave modulated light eliminates the problem of light intensity from a Xenon strobe increasing with frequency and the harmonics generated within the neo-cortex at frequency multiples much higher than the fundamental at times. It has been our observations that square wave LED flashing at 7 Hz can produce strong harmonics between 20 and 40 Hz. Of these sine wave stimulation studies, the concern of inducing seizures is completely omitted from the studies. In the raw EEGs shown in the studies, there are no signs of epileptiform activity nor any discussion about it.

To address the concerns of eliciting a photic induced seizure, the lightframes used had a slowed turn-on and -off time of about 15 msec. The light emitted from the lightframes was white light produced by incandescent bulbs over which was a translucent plastic sheet that was tinted a shade of light blue. (Originally published in The Journal of Neurotherapy Vol 4, #2. By David Siever).


Published by permission of Dave Siever. All rights reserved.



Introducing the pROSHI II mind machine with New 3D stimulation Glasses


As you may know is the worldwide distributor for ROSHICorp makers of the pROSHI Nuerodynamic Activator.

Now the next evolution of pROSHI is here!  The new pROSHI 3D light stimulation glasses!

The pROSHI with 3D light frames is now available at!  With improved 3D light glasses and a lower price. The pROSHI is the most powerful meditation device available.

The ne pROSHI 3D now includes the pROSHI 3D glasses.

Audio-Visual Entrainment as a Treatment Modality for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part Four)

Audio-Visual Entrainment as a Treatment Modality for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part Four)


By David Siever


Abstract: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the aftermath of trauma. Trauma spans a diverse spectrum of unfortunate life experiences such as sexual abuse, assault, car accidents, war, and natural disasters. PTSD occurs when the inflicted can no longer mentally cope with the situation. Following trauma, permanent changes occur within the brain that increases “racy-headedeness,” guardedeness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, plus memory and cognitive impairments. The behavioral aftermath of PTSD also typically involves increased aggression and drug and alcohol abuse. Audio-visual entrainment (AVE) has been shown to reduce anxiety, insomnia and improve coping for police officers and military. AVE has also been shown to reduce depression and anxiety among vets with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.


Balancing Neurotransmitters

As mentioned previously, people with lingering PTSD and clinical depression are low in serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Figure 15 shows that 30 minutes of white-light AVE at 10 Hz increased serotonin levels by approximately 23%, endorphin levels and norepinephrine by 18%, (Shealy, et al, 1989) leading to increased hopefulness, self-esteem, mental sharpness, improved sleep, reduced pain and reduced anxiety.

The Effect of White Light AVE on Neurotransmitter Production

Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

SPECT and FMRI imaging of CBF show that hypoperfusion of CBF is associated with many forms of psychiatric disorders. Of particular concern are conditions involving hypoperfusion of CBF in frontal lobes. Frontal lobe issues include anxiety, depression, attentional and behavior disorders, and impaired cognitive function (Amen, 1998). Adequate CBF is essential for good mental health and function. AVE increases brain glucose metabolism and CBF (Sappy-Marinier et al., 1992). Figure 16 is a study by Fox and Raichle (1985) showing marked increases in CBF, with a 28% peak increase at 7.8 Hz in the striate cortex (a primary visual processing area). Overall whole brain oxygen consumption increased by 5%. Accomplished Zen meditators show a peak frequency of 7.8 Hz during meditation (Cade, 1987).

Cerebral blood flow at various AVE repetition rates.

In addition, AVE has also been shown to increase CBF throughout various other brain regions including frontal areas (Mentis, et. al., 1997; Sappy-Marinier, et. al, 1992). A whole head PET analysis of visual entrainment at 0, 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14 Hz on 19 healthy, elderly (mean age=64 years) subjects (Mentis, et. al., 1997) found that regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was activated differentially with the:

1) left anterior cingulate showing maximal increases in rCBF at 4 Hz.

2) right anterior cingulate showing decreases in rCBF with frequency.

3) left middle temporal gyrus showing increases in rCBF at 1 Hz.

4) striate cortex showing maximal rCBF at 7.8 Hz.

5) lateral and inferior visual association areas showing increases in rCBF with frequency.


In 1995, David Trudeau, a physician with the VA Hospital in Minneapolis conducted a study on 15 war vets, all suffering from PTSD. The volunteer subjects received 60 daily sessions of AVE at 18 Hz. Pre and post intervention, QEEGs, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.), and DSM-IV Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) symptom checklist were done. None of the subjects had Wender Utah criteria for childhood ADHD.

As of summer 1999, ten subjects have completed the study. Following 60 daily sessions of 15 minutes of AVS at 18 Hz, there was a significant decrease in BDI scores from an average of 17 to 9 (p<0.05) and DSM-IV impulsivity-hyperactivity criteria from 3 out of 9 to 0 out of 9 (p<0.01). Consistent with the decrease in self-assessed impulsivity is a trend toward decreased impulsivity on the T.O.V.A. Anecdotally, subjects reported onset of dreaming and improved sleep and higher energy levels. Focus may be improved following AVS, and depression symptoms may be improved. Clearly more study is required, and further trials should include sleep assessment.

John Carmichael’s PTSD Work with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (2006).

Dr. Carmichael is the approved and designated clinical psychologist to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia, Canada. Currently, most of his private practice in clinical psychology is with police officers who most typically present with depression in which accumulated traumatic incidents have played a significant role, or with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or with both depression and PTSD. Given that the police have a tendency to wait until the last minute for treatment, their symptoms are very marked in both number and intensity and have been on-going for a considerable time.

However, since discovering our DAVID technology, Dr. Carmichael now includes audio-visual entrainment for all of his police clients with depression and/or PTSD once there is psychophysiological confirmation that they have mastered diaphragmatic breathing, that they can establish an RSA pattern, and that the entrainment creates desirable changes.

Most police officers continue to use the DAVID AVE devices on a daily basis. It is clear that well over 90% of his police clients find the DAVID helpful. Among the most common findings are:

A rapid decrease in both autonomic nervous system hyper-arousal/hyper-reactivity and muscle tension (I show clients the changes during their first session with DAVID in my office);

A longer and longer duration of these positive effects the more frequently they use the DAVID;

A rapid increase in mental calmness and corresponding decrease in “monkey mind” (thoughts all over the place);

Rapid improvements in sleep (reduced latency to sleep onset, decreased night waking, and increased sense of restfulness come morning) when they use it at regular bedtime and again if they wake during the night and are unable to fall back asleep within 15 minutes; and what appears to be self-initiated changes in both behaviour and cognitions even before any formal introduction of cognitive behavioural therapy.


Chronic rumination, hypoperfusion of CBF, loss of neurotransmitters, altered brain wave activity, and adrenal fatigue all contribute to PTSD and the continuation of PTSD. These effects also play a part in anxiety, bodily ailments of all kinds, aggression toward family and civilians at large, depression, substance abuse, and loss of work productivity. Interventions to help those with PTSD are poor at best and can have significant, unwanted side-effects.

The DAVID AVE dissociates those experiencing PTSD away from destructive distressing rumination, increases blood flow, normalizes brain wave and neurotransmitter production, calms the limbic system, restores the adrenals, and produces somatic relaxation. The subjective benefits of AVE are reduced anxiety, improved sleep, improved mood, increased energy, improved relationships with family and civilians, reduced physical problems, improved productivity and reduced dependence for medications or self-medicating on alcohol and recreational drugs.

There are hundreds of anecdotal cases of childhood and adult trauma, including abused women, police and emergency personnel confirming the benefits of AVE as a treatment methodology. AVE has been shown to reduce depression and impulsiveness while improving sleep in war vets with either chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia syndrome (Trudeau, 1999). AVE also has a proven history in treating posttraumatic stress related disorders for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Kamloops, British Columbia, where 90% of the officers respond with improved sleep onset and quality of sleep and with reduced daytime anxiety.

About the Author

Dave Siever of Mind Alive, Inc. has lectured and provided workshops with leading psychological institutions including the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research, the College of Syntonic Optometry, American College for the Advancement of Medicine, Walden University, the University of Alberta, Open University-England, A Chance to Grow Charter School, STENS Biofeedback Training Programs and other venues. Dave Siever has been designing and studying AVE since 1984 when he originally developed the DAVID1 to help performing-arts students overcome stage fright.

©Mind Alive Inc. (2012) Dave Siever


The Shakti Helmet


The Shakti Helmet


by Scott Miller

As I prepare to write this, I set the portable CD player at my feet, insert the specially created CD, and unwind the six feet of wire, one end of which gets plugged in to the headphone jack of the player. The other end I connect to an odd looking, duct tape covered bicycle helmet. Concealed beneath the silvery fabric are several symmetrically arranged electromagnetic solenoids whose locations align more or less with brain structures which hold the distinction of being voted (or at least nominated for) “most likely to produce a somewhat predictably altered state of consciousness”.

The CD contains six ten minute tracts of sound pulses whose amplitude, wave form, and duration have been (hopefully) carefully designed to affect the targeted areas – the amygdala and the hippocampus -when said pulses are fed into the helmet which translates them into electromagnetic pulses. In the university lab – a larger, well funded lab, unlike my own single room which serves as design studio, mind/brain lab, and library – a device called a Digital to Analog Converter is used to store and reproduce these pulses.

Final step before donning the helmet is to use a gauss meter to adjust the solenoid output to the optimum setting of 10 milligauss. Actually, because this is the final session of my second six session series, I decide to adjust the output up just a bit. The suggested protocol is to allow a three week break between each series, so should anything undesirable occur, I’ll have a sufficient period for my neurological patterns to readjust themselves (they will readjust themselves won’t they?). Forward the CD to tract 4 (so the three ten minute tracts 4, 5, and 6 play for a total session time of 30 minutes) and push play.

Normally, I would settle back and just wait, but I thought it might be appropriate to compose this while my brain is undergoing the electromagnetic bombardment – especially since this second series was designed to restore some of the mental functions occluded by the first series of sessions…

Having been interested in the intentional manipulation of consciousness for many years I was intrigued by research at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) by expatriate Michael Persinger, a neuroscientist who migrated to Canada during the Vietnam war era for what I assume to be conscientious reasons – then again, perhaps he just loves damn cold weather. Anyway, at his university lab, Dr. Persinger was experimenting with electromagnetic pulses applied to the brain. There were rumors of his involvement with the military intelligence community in various mind control experiments but I have never found any evidence to that effect. (And since his lab only recently obtained Pentium computers, I doubt that he was the recipient of any blackops funding. On the other hand, there were published articles -many by Persinger himself – about simulated UFO abduction experiences produced by application of these secret wave forms, and even stories about mystical visions and full blown religious experiences.

What I never could find, either in the articles or from searching his patents, were the specifics needed to reproduce these events. The apparatus, the field strengths, and specifically, the wave forms used by Dr. Persinger were alluded to, but never specifically listed. So when a mention was made of a Todd Murphy, who had connections to Persinger, offering a homemade magnetic stimulation helmet complete with a way of producing the proper pulses and wave forms to those willing to participate in an experiment (and pay their own way), well, I couldn’t fill out the pre- screening application fast enough.

Todd Murphy calls his version of Persinger’s helmet Shakti (according to a 1929 account by Dr.Hans Koester, in the Journal of the Siam society: The Goddess Shakti is the “power” which pervades the whole of the universe, and from which the Universe has emanated. There is nothing within the manifest world which is not Shakti in its essence.) Well, this must be quite a helmet, and although there are myriad definitions of Shakti, this one sums it up quite nicely.

I’ve done what I call the software / metaprogramming route – intensively with Silva Mind Control, various forms of trance work, Scientology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Psychotherapy, Zen, Avatar, and dabbled in the Fourth Way, Monroe’s Hemi-Sync, Center Pointe’s Level 4, Crowley’s Magick, and so many others. All these offer ways to manipulate consciousness by altering the intellectual processes in how we interpret that which confronts us both externally and internally.

I’ve also spent much time working the hardware route with EEG and GSR biofeedback, Light and Sound technology where flashing lights specific sound frequencies or pulses attempt to alter the brainwaves via the visual cortex or auditory pathways respectively. CES with it’s whole head approach to inducing biochemical or mechanical changes to the brain. But here is a direct approach to actually changing my wetware. Targeting specific locations of the brain to encourage specific changes in their function. Early on, my goal was as Albert Einstein stated – depending upon who translates it – “To know the mind of G_d.”. Well, this seemed a pretty worthwhile goal until one day I realized that if everything was revealed to me and it wasn’t up to the level of what I expected, I would be pretty darned disappointed, so I’ve decided to just let that one be a mystery. I’ll be satisfied (for now anyway) with a more expanded viewpoint, some deeper insights, a further integration of my analytical and intuitive faculties, and of course, total dominion over all the creatures of the earth. Shakti seemed to offer a new route to at least some of these things…

As soon as it arrived, and I began the tedious process of testing my brain—seeing how each side of my brain responded to each magnetic signal. Properly set up, Shakti should produce positive, even pleasurable sensations -improperly set up, it could cause irritation, even depression. There are two hemispheres of the brain, and two signals. Testing involves applying each signal to each side for ten minutes each – four tests in all – and noting the subjective effects.

Any uncomfortable feelings, mild panic attacks, waves of fear, or acute awareness of the angel of death standing behind you are interpreted as indications that you are applying the wrong signal to the wrong location. Conversely, pleasant sensations are interpreted as applying the desired wave form to the appropriate area. Theories and in depth explanations of this are available at the Shakti web site. Once the testing is done, and the helmet set up accordingly, the magnetic stimulation sessions begin…

You may contact Scott at:

Copyright: Scott Miller / August 2001

(From the AVS Journal, Summer 2001)

The Cheapest and Most Diverse Color Therapy Device Ever Devised!


The Cheapest and Most Diverse Color Therapy Device Ever Devised!


Color Filter Gels

At long last, you can choose from a variety of colors to suit your goals and moods. Simply use any color filter gel in front of your white light AVS glasses! That’s all there is to it. This is the cheapest and simplest, yet most phenomenal color therapy device yet devised.

You use your AVS machine in tandem with these gels. Set your light glasses on any table top or desk and put any color gel right in front of the white LEDs. Use your AVS machine in manual mode so you can change the frequency to whatever makes you comfortable.

The color light shines into your eyes. Colored light shining into your eyes is extremely powerful. You will notice shifts right away. Determine which AVS frequency makes you feel the best, set the frequency there.

Why use different colors?

Colors are very significant factors in our environment. We buy cars, paint our homes, and buy clothes based on colors which make a statement about who we are. Each of us has colors which we like, and colors which we dislike.

Now you can choose the color which suits your mood, or experiment with different colors for different effects. Meditation programs, for example, work well with blue light.

Color Chart

Based on a person’s upbringing, colors have “attached” meanings. Below are some examples:

Traditional                     Traditional                        Natural Sense

(positive)                        (negative)                             (smell)

Red love, energy        cruelty, wrath                      fire rose

Orange harmony,     social danger, risk             sunrise citrus

Yellow light, gold       mean, deceit                      sunlight lemon

Green growth                  jealousy                             plants leaves

Blue truth, wisdom     despondency                     sky berries

Violet royal,            spiritual depression            sunset eggplant

How to use the different colors:

Choose different colors based on your mood. Use the chart above, or simply use your own intuitive approach. A number of users of the Color Gel Collection have reported using the different colors as follows:

Red: energy, migraines

Orange: cheerfulness

Yellow: focus

Green: healing, transformation

Blue: sleep, meditation

Violet: spiritual, transforming

Choose any of the above colors to transition to a specific mood, then select a light and sound program which matches your goals.

Here is an interesting depiction of color by Dr. Morton who reviews the historical use of color in society, religion, sociology, psychology, spirituality, and in medicine:

Red– stimulates endocrine gland, blood flow, increases pulse, increases rate of breath, enhances appetite, heightens smell.

Orange– increases appetite, induces relaxation, increases potential to sleep, slows blood flow.

Yellow– quickens electrochemical transference of light energy from eye to the brain.

Green– soothes allergic reactions, elevates blood histamine, dilates blood vessels, reduces food allergies, reduces distress from eczema, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal problems, restores vision chemicals.

Blue– causes brain to secrete 11 neurotransmitters that tranquilize, slows pulse, deepens breathing, reduces perspiration, lowers body temperature, reduces appetite.

Each gel filter in our Color Gel Collection is affixed with velcro for quick and easy application. Simply match the velcro on each filter to the velcro (included) on your white LED glasses. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.

An “E-Interview” with Robert Austin


An “E-Interview” with Robert Austin,


President of Synetic Systems International, Inc.

Editors Note: This is the first email-interview in what will become a continuing quarterly feature; with future email interviews highlighting other manufacturers, researchers, light / sound retailers and everyday people who use AVS.

I asked Robert to be a part of this first e-interview because there are a lot of Orion, Thoughtstream, Proteus, Voyager and Mind’s Eye owners in this world. Here is your chance to learn a little about the person who manufactures those instruments, and read what some of his thoughts are about light and sound technology.

Q: What was your first experience with a light/sound instrument like? When was that and which instrument did you use?

A: “My earliest such experiences took place in the early ‘70s, and involved the use of strobe lights with music. I developed a strong interest in the nature of consciousness and altered states of consciousness while in college in the mid-70s, and during that phase had read W. Gray Walter’s excellent book “The Living Brain,” in which he described his experiments with driving a strobe light with human EEG (and this was published in the mid-50s!). My interest in the possible use of light and sound as consciousness altering technology was re-ignited when a friend suggested that I try one of the $4000 machines that had just appeared on the market, and I remembered how powerful the experience could be. That must have been around 1986. My next step was to construct two machines for my own use, with the goal of doing away with that machine’s requirement that someone else actually control the experience, and this eventually led to the development of the original Mind’s Eye system, which we released in 1988.”

Q: How soon after building those two machines did you realize you wanted to get into the manufacturing of light/sound instruments? How did the name “Synetic Systems” originate?

A: “There were two reasons for me to start manufacturing light and sound instruments. The first was that the various friends I showed the Mind’s Eye prototype to all insisted that they wanted one! The second was that I had spent several years developing electronic prototypes with the goal of going into business myself, only to find that large companies would enter the market just as I finished the prototype. So I felt that I would be filling a need by offering the (as far as I know) world’s first programmable light and sound machine at a competitive price. We built 100 of them and sold out within two months, far faster than I had expected! At one point I actually built an attachment to my Amiga computer, driven by software, but decided not to release that as I felt that the Amiga had too limited a market (a supposition which obviously has not slowed Chuck Davis down!).”

Q: How often do you personally experience a light/sound session? Any favorite? Do you simultaneously utilize other modalities such as biofeedback or tactile stimulation and motion during sessions?

A: “My personal usage varies dramatically. During the first four or five years I used our equipment quite a lot, then dropped off as I spent more time meditating, or simply working (there were a lot of 80 to 100 hour weeks along the line). Recently I’ve been using the Proteus a lot because the intense color-shifts provide a much more compelling and profound experience.

I’ve also spent a lot of time with the biofeedback driven systems we’ve prototyped, especially EEG driven systems, which we’ve been working with off and on since 1990. I’m personally convinced that multimodal biofeedback/ database-driven light sound systems will become the most powerful form for this technology, and kudos to Chuck Davis for actually marketing such a system, despite the fact that the FDA regards such as medical devices and could swoop down on him at any time, as they once did to us.

We haven’t any forms of tactile stimulation, though this is an interesting concept; it would cost too much and the market would be therefore limited (this may not be the case if we had millions of dollars for marketing, though).”

Q: What’s your definition of the perfect light/sound instrument? What would the Liteframes be like?

A: “It would include multiple forms of biofeedback, a large and carefully constructed multiuser database, lots of well-written software, and it would be internet driven. We’re gradually working towards such a goal, but again money is always the controlling variable.

We’ve actually developed RGB Ganzfeld Liteframes (and filed a patent application for same), which I love! It’s an eyes-open system, of course, which has its limitations, but when those pure, jewel-like colors fill your entire visual field, the effects are ‘way beyond anything else I’ve tried, including the Proteus. Sort of like a personal, portable, programmable Lumatron, and I’m sure there are a lot of color-therapy applications for such a device as well.”

Q: What considerations should someone new to L/S take into account when purchasing their first L/S instrument?

A: “They should have some idea of what they want to do with it. If they just want to relax, energize, or experiment with learning enhancement, a preset system could do the trick. If they want to write their own programs and otherwise experiment in more detail, then they should select a system which supports their needs. Most manufacturers have a return policy, so they might want to order several and return the ones which don’t perform as advertised. I’d also suggest that they take the claims of some manufacturers with a grain of salt or two, or try to locate any research to support some of their more extreme claims for any ‘special’ features they offer!”

Q: What are the main differences between your instruments and those of other L/S manufacturers? Why should a customer consider a Synetic product?

A: “We’ve always tried to produce a balanced mixture of useful and innovative features at a low cost. Early on we decided to try to reach a larger audience and so have consistently produced systems at lower prices than our competitors; this has culminated in the Orion/Proteus series, which have proven extremely reliable and popular. The Orion in particular was intended as a sort of ‘Swiss army knife’ and has appealed to casual and serious users. The Proteus is oriented more towards the serious experimenter, and was intended in part to give the field a little ‘kick’ since essentially nothing new has been released by anyone for years. We also filed some patents this time, as what always occurred in the past is that other manufacturers would simply copy our innovations, and in at least one case proceed to claim that they had come up with them!

So a customer should purchase a Synetic product if they want an innovative, reliable and (with the latest generation) inherently upgradeable product from the company who has been making computerized light and sound equipment longer than anyone else in the world!”

Q: In 1991, the late Rob Robinson of InnerQuest told me the majority of his light/sound instruments were purchased by overseas customers. Do you see more of a balance between domestic and export sales today? How many light/sound instruments do you believe are sold annually – roughly? Over the years, approximately how many has Synetic sold?

A: “The domestic/overseas balance has varied a lot for us, and depends upon who is investing the most money in sales and marketing. Over the past year or two we’ve been selling about equally into both markets, and during the peak of US interest in light and sound in the early and mid-90s, we sold quite a few in the US. I’m afraid that the entry of Zygon into the field messed things up for the rest of us: aggressive and well-funded marketing, backed with shoddy products. According to their stock offering they sold $19 million worth of machines the year before they collapsed, but that probably doesn’t take into account the 25% return rate they were seeing! Then, when the FDA zapped us (and what a surprise that was) in 1994, we simply abandoned the US market for a period of time.

I don’t really have a clear idea of the present size of the light/sound market, but would guess that worldwide it must be in the $15-$50 million range, with a strong emphasis on Asian sales. Synetic has sold more than 300,000 machines over our time in business, and with our low-price strategy have managed not to make much money despite that level of sales!”

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

A: “I would have to say, the SBIR-funded studies utilizing our EEG-driven L&S system to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. We actually saw verbal IQ boosts of roughly ten percent in these studies, and I think the potential as a replacement for Ritalin is quite large. We’re still working on that one!”

Q: I have often been asked if there is a combination EEG/light and sound unit available and understand you have been experimenting with just such an instrument. Can you tell us a little about it and when we can expect to see it on the market?

A: “It’s true -we actually have an inventory of a design we created as a research tool. We’ve recently established a venture with Dr. Harold Russell’s firm, and will seek FDA approval for treatment of ADHD with a similar system.”

Q: What do you believe are the most important issues facing the light/sound industry today?

A: “It still inhabits a kind of ‘fringe’. For some of us, that’s part of its charm: light and sound can induce some pretty intense altered states of consciousness, and I’ve always seen the technology as one of the more powerful tools for exploring those states. But, in order to become ‘legitimate’ there will need to be more studies, and it’s really hard to get funding (as we’ve discovered) unless you are trying to ameliorate a medical problem. Trouble is, once you take that approach and develop something with medical applications, you can’t bring it to market without FDA approval, at least in the US. But assuming you can obtain that approval, the technology is now controlled, and available for only certain indications, and I’d hate to see light and sound devices becoming available only by prescription. So, the big challenge in my opinion will be making it available to treat the medical conditions that it works for (and Len Ochs has shown that you can use it to treat severe depression and post traumatic stress disorder, Harold Russell and Larry Micheletti and others have shown that you can use it to treat attention deficit disorder, stroke and head injuries), while further developing the psychotherapeutic, stress-reducing, ASC- inducing, and just plain fun aspects that we all know and love.”

Q: What do you see the future of light/sound being?

A: “Personal growth and self-exploration, psychotherapeutic, and medical applications. The field needs more research and more investment; the wackier claims and the companies making them should be banished, and there should be more cooperation and collaboration between the various manufacturers. We’re all too small to be banging away at each other; why not form a‘virtual corporation’ and create a broad product line, rather than a series of ‘me-too’ products? I’ve tried to do this on several occasions with no success. I mean, it’s a bit strange when competing products actually look identical, don’t you think?

I also think it is extremely important that these devices become embedded in a larger context. This is what Andrzej Slawinski (developer of Audiostrobe and Mental Games) and I are trying to do: integrate the technologies into a larger and broader training context, involving multimedia training software that’s fully modular and extensible, and utilizes the considerable power of the internet and database technology.”

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