An “E – Interview” with Chuck Davis, Creator of the ROSHI EEG/Neurofeedback System

An “E – Interview” with Chuck Davis,
Creator of the ROSHI EEG/Neurofeedback System

Editors Note: Within the AVS / light and sound community, Chuck Davis is known for his knowledge and experience in developing brainwave measurement and entrainment systems. I was fortunate to meet Mr. Davis during a Winterbrain conference a few years back and try his ROSHI EEG/Neurofeedback system. Having used other EEG/NFB systems before, I tried the ROSHI, and taking into account the large number of interested people in the room, found achieving the targeted alpha frequency difficult to attain at first, but after a few minutes felt capable of maintaining that frequency easier than on all the other systems. The ROSHI is definitely “user friendly”.

Chuck has developed one of the finest EEG / NFB systems available in the ROSHI and has recently, in conjunction with Ray Wolfe, created an EEG / AVS interface that will certainly en- hance any neurofeedback training session. Before reading Chuck’s replies to those questions, let’s begin with a little background and contact information:

“After having spent a couple of “lifetimes” in aerospace and the music business, looking for an alpha training instrument, I met Hershel Toomim, of BioComp, in 1979. He was develop- ing BioComp system, on an Apple.

We got into some interesting ideas. After hours of rapping, he hired me. Thence came his BioComp 2001. I designed the infrared communications part. Most anytime, one can find me at 1.323.292.2550.”

Q: How did you initially get involved in eeg/neurofeedback? Did you start out in light/sound or biofeedback? When was that?

A:” During the late ’70s, while in the music business, I started hangin’ out with the `consciousness’ crowd, est, Esalen and the Perls gang, Reichian folk and knew the Late Robt Monroe. Experienced and studied his stuff. Hung out w/ Glenn and Lee Perry and their Samadhi Tank, before they went big time. My first “snap” into pure space, no time, was in the tank. While working for Hershel, my intuitions started to make sense to me. One day, at Hershel’s, this guy came in with a Synchro Energizer. The light bulb flashed on. What better way to set the flicker rates than the brain, itself? This new technique is not concerned with sin- gle frequencies, per se, but /any/ total number of stationary frequencies. Well, almost. Ten years ago, while scanning thru patents, to be sure that I wasn’t going to be stepping on any toes.”

Q: What does ROSHI stand for?

A: “In zendos, there’s a robed fellow that walks around with a little stick. If, during your “sesshin”, you should start dozing off to la la land, you get to experience a whack from that stick. He’s called the Roshi; same as the Maharishi. A teacher/trainer/guru who’s been there, done that. I’ve told a couple people that one of the reasons that called the system, ROSHI,

is that I didn’t have the balls to call it “Maharishi”. I went to school on those folks, with my de- sign rules following the TM® model. The power of the mantra to organize the brain/mind/spirit interface.”

Q: What gave you the motivation for creating the ROSHI?

A: “What is meditation, really? While in Japan, in the ’60s, I asked why those monks sit like that all day. “It toughens you up.” Huh? Needless to say, that stuck with me, for twenty years. I couldn’t afford the other stuff, not even Hershel’s, so I designed my own. In late ’85, I bought an Amiga A1000. It was a perfect opportunity to teach myself effi- cient real-time programming, while putting all of my neurofeedback design rules into one program. It was a truly personal project that went commercial.”

Q: What aspects of your system (ROSHI) are unique, ie, what other NFB systems lack?

A: “First, there’s response time. When I first started writing the code, in 1988, `Visceral’ or *pre- conscious* control of a screen display was on my mind. I figured that the feedback had to be fast enough that the brain operator couldn’t trick it. I’ve received a few barbs about ROSHI’s response time not being that relevant. How would `they’ know, since `they’ don’t know how to do it?”

Q: Could you please explain, in simple terms so us neophytes can understand, what the ROSHI does and how an individual can learn how to operate it?

A: “When a person is deeply, deeply relaxed, into just “blackness”; from there, you use your tal- ent to coach the client to do the ROSHI General Practitioner Protocol [RGPP], or whatever mo- dality you choose to use. From this “space”, with the subject’s critical-logical mind is “quieted”, the client is learning to (Witness the training, rather than `trying to do’ the training. Learning to focus one’s attention, with the least amount of effort; the zone. From this “space”, the immune system, too, can do its “housekeeping”, as it is not being /disturbed/ by the noisy incoherent “conscious mind”. The Complex (adaptive), C (a), EEG coupled L&S protocol, appears to in- duce the brain towards focused attention, it appears to accelerate the boost of the brain’s me- tabolism, blood flow, enough that the subject is able to maintain awareness, during training, without falling to sleep; whereas the average person would have long wandered into zzz land. With this ability to induce the brain to “normalize” itself, through time, the brain begins to pro- duce the neurochemistry necessary maintain this “new” operating region. You can call it a “neuro-mantra”. This EEG driven/coupled protocol is a time domain kinda system. It uses par- tial wavelet/chaos stuff, as it adapts to whatever the raw EEG is doing, even up at subcortical brainstem speeds. With this wideband C(a) protocol, the brain becomes an active phase error detector. With the brain inside of this “closed loop”, phase corrections begin to take place. This takes energy, bloodflow. Wake up, wake up! Now, when the subject has approached this state of “samadhi”, quietude, the trainer can begin coaching to whatever NFB protocol is cho- sen. On the other hand, one can boost the performance of their tapes, CDs or whatever. This combination, along with your current TOVA, MMPI, Beck or whatever, makes for a most pow- erful training system that you’ll have, IMHO, of course ;)”

Q: I understand that you and Ray Wolfe have developed an interface for the ROSHI that allows for the synergistic integration of l/s stimulation. Can you tell us about it?

A: “Yes, indeed! About a year ago, my source for EEG amplifier boards “lost” the ability to deliver anymore of these boards to me.  The structure of the ROSHI(AVS) software is segmented into three parts. None of these three protocols “knows” that the other exists. It is left up to the trainer/clinician/Roshini to integrate them into any protocol they should decide to mock up, for their client’s situation. By moving just the C(a) subroutines onboard the EEG unit, this new EEG front-end gets to be operated as a stand-alone EEG coupled L&S system that can operate on top of, or with *any* BFB/NFB setup. As the serial port communications will be “open platform”, this will allow other “neuro- hackers” to do their programming thing. The ROSHI(AVS) software is a different kind of thing, I think. When coupled to the stand- alone ROSHI2 front-end, it becomes a full blown interhemispheric NFB training system. Briefly, regardless of training modality, it is always pushing the brain operator to be in synch. It brightens things up.”

Q: How often do you personally use the ROSHI? What are your personal goals for doing so? Do you incorporate other modalities while training (light/sound, tactile stimulation, etc.)?

A: “Myself, I do C(a), with EMDR. The ultimate goal of ROSHI is to vanish. I’m not a clini- cian or a trainer. Yes, ROSHI will drive magnetics and CES.”

Q: What’s your definition of the perfect eeg/neurofeedback instrument? If light/sound are part of it, what color LEDs would you use? What type sound stimulation?

A: “Heck, the ROSHI(AVS) NFB system, of course. I leave the choice of LED colors to the cli- nician. I use a simple beep, at training threshold. When I tell people to /make/ the tone beep, they can’t. But, when I instruct them to find a mind “space” where they can *allow* the feedback tone to happen, a little grin comes over their face and, for them, the concept of time begins to vanish; first order meditation. Two different sets of Tru-White® HemiStim type of LED frames are shipped with the system.”

Q: What considerations should someone new to NFB take into account when shopping for NFB equipment?

A: “This is a general response from an exhibit I attended, at Winter Brain, in Miami: “Roshi (tm?) and the Roshi Roshi (Chuck Davis) were present and, as usual, inundated with requests for demo’s. The new model of the Roshi, which runs independently of a computer, is going to be a really neat device. Can’t wait to get one. My Roshi(AVS) session really woke me up, in mid-afternoon, when presentations were putting me to sleep, and left me lucid well into the wee hours.” This recent report was from a Ph.D. clinician who had heard of the ROSHI(AVS), since ’95. From another clinician: “Oh yeah!! That’s what I love about ROSHI. If one is ready to go transpersonal, the ROSHI is ready to take you there.”. As usual, a person should look for price/performance.”

Q: Of all the research studies you have been involved with, is there one in particular that has left a lasting impression on you?

A: “The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation”, Evans-Wentz “Neurofeedback Treatment of Depression with the ROSHI” has been published, by D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D., Vol 4(2), in the _Journal of Neurotherapy._ Being able to take a person from the deepest near suicidal depression, to peak performance, without drugs, and to outperform other protocols, is quite a reward for me.”

Q: What do you believe are the most important issues facing NFB today?

A: “Getting more public and HMO acceptance. Zero Prozac, zero Ritalin, please!”

Q: What do you see the future of NFB being?

A: “Strong. NFB is just beginning to look at expansion into more areas, the chiropractic, physical therapy, golf…”

Healing

The following script is provided for free by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. For use with your light and sound mind machine, be it the DAVID Delight Plus, the Delight Pro or Mindgear’s Bluetooth MindLightz systems simply record the following script in your own voice, then play in conjunction with an Alpha, Theta or combination Alpha/Theta light and sound brainwave frequency session…

Healing

By: James Duncan

Scripts and Insights Vol 1 (2005)

 

After Appropriate Induction

 

The ever-powerful presence of my deep understanding of well-being is restoring and revitalizing me… I am healed… I listen to the voice of truth that comes from deep within as it reassures me on every level of awareness that I am designed for well-being. I am meant for well-being. I enjoy my ever-increasing well-being as I heal now and always…

 

I remember to remind myself that this truth is active within me always… My ever-increasing knowledge of this presence is a source of pure life and health that revitalizes me and restores me so that I am whole and well in all aspects of my being; in every area of my reality…

 

The truth of my well-being is continually renewing me. Divine life is present in every cell of my body, renewing each cell and organ, infusing each one with cleansing light. Every impurity is washed away, and I feel stronger and better with each passing moment. Better and better with each rising and setting of the sun…

 

Within every cell of my body, I am restored and renewed and Anointed in my ever-increasing knowledge of my well-being. As my understanding of these truths improves, my health increases dramatically. As healing takes place, I am energized and revitalized. I am at peace with my healing…

 

The ever-powerful presence of my deep understanding of well-being and the universal love that seeks me is restoring and revitalizing me in this moment and always… I am healthy, I am whole and I celebrate that I am blessed by this renewal…

 

Powerful healing is taking place within me now. The Bible tells the story of a woman who was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ robe… He told her, “Your faith has made you well.” Jesus was quick to remind her that wholeness was restored through the power of her own faith… “Your faith has made you well.”… You now enjoy this faith in your powerful healing…

 

I remember the power of faith whenever I embrace healing. With faith, I move beyond the appearance of illness or injury to the spiritual wholeness that permeates all creation. I confirm wholeness; I have faith that healing is occurring, and I am grateful for this understanding of the healing that takes place within me…

 

I am an ever-renewing expression of divine life and well-being. As an expression of these truths I am blessed with constant and powerful renewal of mind and body. I know this is the truth about me regardless of any appearance or circumstance…

 

When I look in the mirror or imagine my body, I always hold thoughts of wholeness and a vision of my good health and well-being. I know that when a situation arises that would indicate a need for healing; I am free of distracting worry. I remember at all times that I am created for life and living… in well-being…

 

Emerge

 

 

Overcoming Fentanyl Addiction Script for use with your Mind Machine

Overcoming Fentanyl Addiction Script for use with your Mind Machine

 

Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication that is highly addictive with rapid onset and short duration characteristics. Record the following script in your own voice and play back while experiencing a deep Theta brainwave frequency session on your light and sound mind machine.

This Drug Addiction script is designed for achieving an aversion to Fentanyl and should be construed as a tool for personal use while simultaneously receiving professional medical treatment.

 

Script:

You are in a comfortable position. Your eyes are closed and your mind machine is generating soft pulses of light and sound stimulation while your consciousness is relaxing, gradually going deeper and deeper. You are beginning to imagine the symptoms of withdrawal. Your stomach aches, you feel nausea, your muscles are ready to cramp. You feel horrible all over. Imagine all these feelings, visualize what they are doing to you, and associate what you are experiencing with Fentanyl.

Associate these negative feelings of withdrawal with Fentanyl itself. It is Fentanyl that is causing these mental, emotional and physical feelings. From now on it is not the withdrawal from Fentanyl that is causing these feelings, it is Fentanyl itself that is bringing on these feelings. You despise how Fentanyl makes you feel.

Fentanyl makes your body physically sick. Your body responds to taking Fentanyl with very uncomfortable feelings. Whenever you take Fentanyl these physically sick feelings begin. You are aware of them. You feel them deeply, very deeply. These negative feelings are extremely uncomfortable. You know this is true. You know it will happen.

Three. You begin to completely withdraw from Fentanyl. What you are feeling, instead of getting worse, is getting better. You are feeling better. You are more alert, more energized, happier than you have been in a long time. Two. You realize it is easy to withdraw, because you feel better. Much better. You understand how bad Fentanyl makes you feel, how depressed and used it makes you. You are no longer it’s puppet. You are amazed at this reverse effect as being an ex-Fentanyl addict becomes a permanent part of your deep subconscious mind. One. Your need for Fentanyl is gone.

Right now you are beginning a new phase in your withdrawal. Your stomach is no longer upset, your pain is gone, your troubles are gone. You are less anxious. Feel good about yourself. Feel good all the time. You know Fentanyl makes you feel bad. You have always known Fentanyl makes you feel bad. Fentanyl is a drug that causes you problems, makes you physically sick, makes you an emotional wreck. You are done with Fentanyl.

You are deeply relaxed. You are allowing your mental, emotional and physical being to completely absorb your positive healing suggestions. You feel how these suggestions are having a complete and thorough effect upon your psyche. Nothing can disturb you. Nothing will bother you. Your withdrawal has begun and you feel relaxed, happy and better than ever.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

Alcohol Cessation script for use with the Delight Plus or Kasina Light and Sound Mind Machines

Alcohol Cessation script for use with the Delight Plus or Kasina Light and Sound Mind Machines

 

Individuals suffering from alcohol dependency oftentimes need assistance with their self-esteem and confidence. Think about what you succeed at, and have an anchor for positive feelings with a physical response, like squeezing your hand into a fist or tightening then relaxing your shoulders. This will help to direct attention away from internal thoughts (brain chatter) and empower you with positive feelings. Do this while listening to the following script while simultaneously running an alpha or theta light and sound session on your Delight Plus or Kasina brainwave frequency stimulation mind machine. Be sure to record this script in your own voice as your mind is more prone to listen to your voice moreso than that of someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You have been acting and feeling in ways that have taken you away from your own, natural self for a very long time. You have relied more and more on alcohol to help you through the negative feelings which you’ve been experiencing for too long, and you have done so to such a degree that you find yourself denying your self of your own true feelings.

Nobody feels on top of the world all the time and there will be days that could be better for you. It is only by experiencing the lows in life that you can really enjoy and appreciate the highs. Denying your feelings with alcohol does not solve a thing, it just makes things worse, which is why you have now decided that you have had enough of drinking alcohol and you really want help.

Focus now on an area of your life that makes you happy, that is enjoyable for you to remember, like an achievement you accomplished or praise you received. And when that feeling comes to you smile. Now feel it totally and completely, feel it mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and notice how you feel inside: proud, confident and happy. Allow those good feelings to grow stronger, while you relax, and just let go. When those good feelings are filling you anchor those good feelings by touching your index finger and thumb of your dominate hand, breathe deeply and squeeze your finger and thumb together while your subconscious mind commits those good feelings to memory and anchors it in. Whenever you want to feel this way, all you need to do is take a long, deep breath and touch your index finger and thumb together and feel the negative feelings disappear, replaced with a sense of pride, accomplishment and peace.

Now imagine being in a situation where you would usually reach for your first drink of alcohol. Notice where you are, what you are doing, who is with you or if you are alone. Picture the scene and remember it in as much detail as possible. Notice the feelings inside you as you reach for that first drink and imagine yourself touching your index finger and thumb together. Take a deep breath and as you exhale feel the need and desire for that drink to disappear and be replaced with a sense of pride, accomplishment and peace. Remember those good, confident, positive thoughts and sensations, and realize the power of being in charge and saying “No thank you, I don’t drink.”

You feel good. It feels great to be confident and in charge, and to know that you are free from that old, addictive way of life. Free from that depressing burden of having to drink alcohol, free to get on with your beautiful life, to experience the highs, as well as the lows, knowing this helps you to really appreciate when things get better.

Now think of an alternative activity to do. Change your routine. It doesn’t matter what activity it is as long as it’s a break from what you would usually do. You are changing. Your way of thinking and acting is improving. You are in command, you are taking charge, you are in control of your life. You are free from the addictive way that alcohol affects your life. Yes, there will be moments when you feel pain and anxiety, but these moments will get less as time passes, and you will once again begin to really appreciate the pleasurable things in life, the little things that make you smile and feel good. Simply breathe deeply and touch your index finger and thumb together, and smile.”

Light, Sound & Script for Alcohol Addiction

Light, Sound & Script for Alcohol Addiction

In your own voice record the following script and play back while simultaneously experiencing a light and sound mind machine brainwave frequency session targeting the theta or alpha and theta brainwave state of consciousness:

“You enjoy your light and sound session and are relaxed now, and because you are so relaxed you begin to feel free from all stress, anxiety and fear. You now realize that you are more confident and sure of yourself because you have taken the enormous first step toward helping free yourself from alcohol.

You begin to feel this power from within, motivating you to overcome any and every obstacle that may stand in the way of your happiness, social life and home life.

You will find that from this moment on you are developing more self control. You will now face every situation in a calm, relaxed state of mind. Your thinking is very clear and sharp at all times.

You begin to feel that your self respect and confidence are expanding more and more each and every day in every way. You now realize that in the past drinking was an escape and weakness that you are replacing with confidence, strength and self control. You are becoming a happy person now, with a positive attitude toward life. You are succeeding now, and you have all the abilities for success.”

 

MET Joint Pain Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that occurs when the immune system mistakenly starts attacking healthy joints, resulting in symptoms that may include pain, swelling, stiffness, sometimes numbness, sometimes loss of physical function. There is a plethora of pills for dealing with RA, all having possible major side effects.

 

Micro-Electro-Therapy (MET) has several applications, but one in particular I have found to be beneficial for me personally is the ability to use MET for reducing joint pain instead of reaching for the ibuprofen. I already take enough medication for my RA, and MET is a nice alternative to taking any more.

My session of choice is the Sub-Delta program (Feeling Better category, session #3) on my Delight Pro. I place two adhesive pads each on opposite sides of the joint that is particularly bothersome, each snapping together with the electrode cable that connects to my mind machine. I then press ‘Start’ and sit back for 24 minutes.

MET reduces pain by generating micro currents much lower than a TENS unit, and this Sub-Delta session (0.5-1Hz) gives me several more hours of relief from joint pain and stiffness than over-the-counter pain relievers. MET works with the DAVID Delight Pro, Alert Pro and Oasis Pro systems by Mindalive Inc, using the CES port for the micro current stimulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are seeking alternative methods for dealing with pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) consider using MET.

 

Copyright: Michael Landgraf for Mindmachines.com (2017) CA. All rights reserved.

 

2 Examples of InnerQuest Lightframes

Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s IQ International, also known as InnerQuest, manufactured some excellent light and sound mind machines. Of course the available technology was primitive compared with today, plus at the time red LEDs for light frames was the first and only choice for the light stimulation. Of course all that changed, but here are two pictures of IQ International light frames that were common…

Notice the two LED positioning of the light frame on top and the ‘light intensity wheel’ for adjusting the brightness for the light frames on the bottom. The top light frame was used with the IQ 9110 and the light frame with the light intensity wheel was used with the IQ Jr light and sound brainwave frequency mind machine.

 

Multicolor & Viewhole Lightframe Guides

The following light frame guides are for the Multicolor and Viewhole eyesets manufactured by Mindalive, Inc. for sale by Mindmachines.com:

Multicolor Eyeset Manual

Viewhole Eyeset Manual

Posted with permission by Mindalive, Inc. (2017)

 

Mindalive Oasis Pro Manual for CES

The following manuals are for the Mindalive Oasis Pro Cranio-Electro-Stimulation (CES) system and related accessories:

OASIS Pro Comprehensive Operator’s Manual

Oasis Pro tDCS Protocol Guide

Oasis Pro MET Probe Guide

Posted with permission by Mindalive, Inc. (2017)

 

Mindalive Light & Sound AVE Mindmachine Manuals

Mindalive Light & Sound AVE Mindmachine Manuals:

AVE User’s Guide – An Introduction to Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE)

DAVID Delight Quick Start Guide and Comprehensive Operator’s Manual

DAVID Delight Plus Comprehensive Operator’s Manual

DAVID Delight Pro Comprehensive Operator’s Manual

DAVID SMART Quick Start Guide and Comprehensive Operator’s Manual

DAVID ALERT Comprehensive Operator’s Manual & User’s Guide

DAVID ALERT Pro Comprehensive Operator’s Manual & User’s Guide

Posted with permission by Mindalive, Inc. (2017)