Fractal Meditations and Brainwave Entrainment

As we have explored previously, brainwave entrainment helps us tap into the nature of our own consciousness.  This is a fairly unique attribute in so far as technology goes.  However in my previous post - I explained how the ancient shaman practices also allowed us to explore consciousness through the ingestion of psychoactive plants.  One of the outstanding experiences of those hallucinogenic journeys are the stunning visuals – which many describe as a descent into universal consciousness.  Taking that observation on board, a company known as Brainwave-Sync took a bold step to integrate such visuals and combine them with brainwave entrainment audio.

In his book ‘The Holographic Universe’, Michael Talbot presents an excellent case on the notion that the universe itself is actually fractal in nature.  The concept being that if you take any one element of the universe, then embedded within it is a copy of the whole.  Holograms work in this manner, as do fractals.  This gets all the more interesting when you consider that consciousness itself also seems to function like this.  Is it mere coincidence that Shamans also perceive fractal like designs on their visionary journey?  Take a look at the artwork of Alex Grey and Pablo Amaringo:

It is hard to argue that there is something very compelling about fractals, and when viewing them in conjunction with brainwave entrainment one may have profound experiences.

It is worth considering the effect fractals themselves may have upon the consciousness.  The Zen Monks often speak of contemplation as a means to experiences the depths of our inner being.  Many westerners find this difficult as we are used to an outward world view as opposed to an inward one.  However, the use of fractals offer us a means to use our outward world view to take ourselves outward journey of contemplation.

Brainwave Consciousness

Deep in the Amazon, a ritual has long existed which has now become somewhat of a tourist attraction.  Not the sight seeing type of tourist of course, but rather the consciousness exploring type.  The focus of the ritual and the interest it has generated is focused upon a rather innocuousness seeming brew called Ayahuasca – a true mind expanding substance – which for the tribes of the Amazon has been used since time immemorial as part of their meditations.

Ayahuasca means ‘spirit of the vine’.  The tribes of Peru, believe the spirits from the vine take the imbiber upon a life changing journey. Anthropologist and writer Jeremy Narby took this wonderful opportunity to further his understanding of how non-occidental cultures view and understand consciousness; something which still eludes the grasp of scientists in the developed world.

Narby’s results where indeed quite shocking; not only did these cultures in undeveloped villages in hidden away locations have a deep grasp of a form of ‘psychology’, but they also apparently understood (without fully realizing) what DNA is and along with its essential place within the universe.

It didn’t take Narby long to realise that a common theme was present within nearly all Ayahusca visions; “snakes”.  Most individuals would almost without fail, would report seeing snakes.  In fact, snakes would appear constantly in all forms of ayahusca history.  Intrigued Narby persued this angle and was shocked to discover that the shamans believed these snakes held the secrets of life itself in the form of language.  They expressed ‘language in the building block of all life’.

Knowing he had heard these sentiments before in the developed world, his investigation slowly started to draw parallels between the snakes within the visions and DNA itself.  The similarities were hard to ignore; intertwining snakes which contained the building blocks of life in the form of language.  Narby summarizes:

According to my hypothesis, shamans take their consciousness down to the molecular level and gain access to biomolecular information. But what actually goes on in the brain/mind of an ayahuasquero when this occurs? What is the nature of a shaman’s communication with the animate essences of nature? The clear answer is that more research is needed in consciousness, shamanism, molecular biology, and their interrelatedness.

Researcher DE Stuckey investigated the effects of Ayahusca upon consciousness, and discovered the profound effects the psychotropic had upon brainwave patterns – in effect confirming the state the individual entered.

Further resources:

http://www.journalofpsychoactivedrugs.com/Tableofcontents/toc372.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/aug/08/ayahuasca-bees-klaxons-devendra-banhart 

Healing Sounds Controversy

The subject of healing music brings with it much contention, this is notable within not just the medical community, but also many other officially sanctioned groups and industries.  Let it be noticed however, that these is no official line on this matter to be found.  Indeed there is a growing body of evidence of support.  Nenah Sylver speaks about this in her 2009 “Rife Handbook: of Frequency Therapy,with a Holistic Health Primer”:

“All frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum – whether in the form of visible light, radio wave, gamma wave, etc. – have a corresponding sound or tone, even if it does not transmit through air or water and even if we are not capable of hearing it.  (This is probably the origin of the phrase, “the music of the spheres”.)  Since sound and EM radiation are mathematically related, theoretically all electromagnetic waves can be translated into audible sound, and the two modalities might be interchangeable for healing purposes.”

This gives us a very brief glimpse into the depths what may soon become conventional wisdom.  Nenah Sylver is not the only outspoken individual on this subject.  Tina L. Huang, Director of Science at the Transparent Corporation, is perhaps at the forefront of pushing towards a change in attitude towards healing frequencies from the scientific community.

In 2009 Tina L. Huang, publically addressed Dr. Novella’s assertion that so called ‘brainwave entrainment’ is a pseudoscience.  Dr. Novella cited a lack of peer review on the claimed positive effects of the effects of sound on the human mind.  Huang’s response came in the form of a very public blog post, defending Transparent Corp. and its product line.  Huang provide numerous research examples citing the successful uses of entrainment.  Dr. Novella however remained unconvinced, instead keeping steadfast in her institutionalized world-views of science and clinical studies.

As with all alternatives to modern medical science; there is huge resistance.  It is difficult at best to interpret where this resistance emerges from.  In many cases it is undoubtedly a reaction to the hyperbole and nonsensical claims of certain alternative therapy products, for example many brainwave entrainment stores cite bold claims such as; “Telepathy” and “Telekinesis” as a positive side-effect of healing sound.  However, unlikely and unbelievable as these claims are, they do not preclude the existence of real and true benefits from the technology.

In a testament to this, Dr. Joseph Puleo re-discovered the effects of the acclaimed ‘Solfeggio Frequencies’.  Some of which are now used on a peer reviewed scientific level, more on this subject can be found on the website: Red Ice Creations.

Resources:

http://www.redicecreations.com/specialreports/2006/01jan/solfeggio.html
http://www.scribd.com/doc/49207888/Nenah-Rife-Appendix-C-Healing-w-EM-and-Sound
http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/brainwave-entrainment-a-response-from-transparent-corp/

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