Thursday, November 15, 2018

How can I go to Sleep and remain Asleep without Nighttime Medication?

How can I go to Sleep and remain Asleep without Nighttime Medication?

Sleepless nights happen to us all. Payments become due, supervisors go on rants, youngsters wanting something new every stinking week... there are times when the brain needs to reboot. It can be an endless list of stress-inducing, sleep-depriving negative stimuli that become a cacophony of jumbled thoughts or as some describe being brain chatter, even stinking thinking. There have been periods of time when going to sleep and remaining asleep without nighttime medication seemed impossible.

Why is it the more 'advanced' we become technologically the harder it is for us to just plain relax, close our eyes, take a nice deep breathe, and fall peacefully to sleep? Media and pharmaceutical giants bombard the public about sleep deprivation-based research studies, constantly reminding us that our society as a whole, our ability to get enough sleep is in decline. Many are getting less sleep, with results suggesting not-so-positive outcomes: like less patience, quicker to anger, depression or emotions that can be misconstrued as aggression. 

If you suffer from any type of sleep disorder, such as insomnia, bruxism (teeth grinding) or experience nightmares, seek professional medical help. Ask questions. Find out what alternatives to prescribed medication are available. The more informed you are, the greater chance you have for overcoming insomnia.

Or you can go directly to the source of your sleepless nights- your brain –and gently guide your brainwaves from the waking state of beta down to low delta brainwaves referred to as the sleep state.. Delta Brainwave Frequency Stimulation. Delta brainwaves are the predominant brainwave being generated in our brain during sleep. Being able to produce a predominance of delta brainwaves should help in conquering insomnia. There are Delta Sleep Sessions available as MP3s and in the best light and sound machines. As stated in Mind States / An Introduction to Light and Sound Technology: "Dr. Jerry Cunningham has observed that utilizing light and sound in this fashion will assist patients who have a sleep dysfunction as part of their symptom pattern get to sleep easier and remain asleep. A light and sound Delta brainwave session can be the ideal "at home" adjunct to any professional medical treatment you may be receiving."

So if you cannot sleep and feel at wit's end, there is hope: listen to a delta brainwave sleep session at bedtime. With a light and sound delta for sleep session the gentle lights and soft audio binaural beat frequencies should bring effortless sleep within minutes. MP3 binaural beat audio brainwave frequency sessions will also generate delta brainwave frequency predominance, leading the mind and body into deeply relaxed sleep. 

There is a very non-intrusive method for anyone interested in using delta for sleep brainwave sessions. Rather than using headphones or earbuds to receive the audio signal, simply use an inexpensive pair of computer-type speakers and connect to the headphone audio port of your smartphone, MP3 player or light and sound machine. Adjust the volume to a very low level, like just below the threshold of your hearing. Louder does not make it better, and even though the use of headphones would be a more effective approach, the use of speakers for 'room entrainment' has been repeatedly proven successful. 

Does Light and Sound Stimulation really help the mind?

Does Light and Sound Stimulation really help the mind?

Over these past twenty-seven years I have witnessed some fascinating and very positive changes in people who have utilized brainwave frequency sessions via light and sound stimulation. What follows are two examples I would like to share with you that have made a big impression on me personally and hopefully serve as "food for thought" for you, in terms of realizing the mental, emotional and physical benefits gained from using light and sound brainwave stimulation. 

The experience with Jane Powell (not her real name) happened in the winter and spring of 2002. Jane was a head nurse at a large Los Angeles area hospital until she started suffering from the spastic form of Muscular Sclerosis. In a short period of time, Jane became confined to a hospital bed and wheelchair. Her left arm, hand and  both legs became paralyzed.

Because of the M.S. and the medications she took, there was a strong possibility of seizures occurring should she utilize light and sound stimulation. So she sought and received medical clearance from her physician. She then started utilizing a light and sound instrument. She used her unit frequently, often doing multiple brainwave frequency sessions daily. Jane never did experience any seizure activity. 


Thirty days after beginning her light and sound sessions, Jane experienced a decrease in muscle cramping, a decrease in muscle spasms, the fingers of her left hand began to move on command and she gained an overall sense of wellbeing. Like her doctor, her nurse and her physical therapist, both Jane and I were totally amazed.

The other experience happened in the summer of 2013. A good friend of mine had lost the majority of feeling in both of his legs. Frank (not his real name) called and asked if I would help him deal with the stress this was causing. 


All we wanted was to help him relax. Frank is a prime example of how light and sound stimulation can affect everyone differently. Normally alpha frequencies will create a feeling of calmness, but it is different for Frank. Having done light and sound sessions in the past, where his base rates (heart rate, left and right brain states, left and right GSR and skin temperature) were taken before and after each session, we agreed on utilizing higher frequencies, gamma to be exact.

When Frank arrived for his first session, he was walking with the aid of a cane. That first session, as with the five that followed, consisted of gamma light, sound and tactile stimulation all synchronized to 360 degree orbital motion. The gamma session Frank experienced was custom designed. It consisted of gentle ramping between 37Hz and 42Hz with a time length of 30 minutes.

This high frequency, multiple stimulation method was based on a little known technique created by the late David McLaughlin, considered a pioneer in the light and sound industry. After the first session ended Frank stood without the aid of his cane. In fact, he stopped using it entirely. After the third session, Frank went jogging. After the fourth, he took his girlfriend dancing. And after completing all six sessions, Frank was back to his old self again. 


Both Jane and Frank succeeded because they were able to access the areas of their minds that gave them the power to do so. Light and sound brainwave frequency stimulation softly guided their minds to the desired state of consciousness that best met their goals. 

In July of 1985, light and sound helped me overcome my addiction to alcohol, but that’s a positive example best saved for another time.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Do we have the ability to create new Neurons as we get older?

Do we have the ability to create new Neurons as we get older?

Age has no influence. Those who have been labeled mentally challenged or “older” can benefit from neuroplasticity challenges. The rest of us can experience training for focus, concentration, logic and the ability to perceive sensory input for skill improvement.

The thought has been for years that the brain was “hard wired”.  Research assures us that every experience, every new thought, every movement of our bodies promotes brain growth and that age has no influence

Learning is not only possible but probable. In the right setting much progress can be made to improve short term memory and excite the brain to new heights of communication and socialization.

As you read you have serotonin altering the blood flow to various parts of your brain.  The serotonin sets off cascades of impulses and modified electrical vibrations to different parts of the brain.  This encourages brain cells to begin to “hold hands” and communicate to enhance connection to make new neurons for brain plasticity.

The secret ingredient to mental learning for brain plasticity revolves around the trust factors we support. We must trust our brains and believe they can change. Reciprocal trust is mandatory when learning any new mental function. We must trust our own brains and our brains must trust us to use its abilities.

Learning to use sound, color and movement sends an impacted message to the brain to wake up, connect and experience new neuronal growth. Specific training protocols have proven highly effective in developing new neuronal growth in the brain. Proof of such growth can be monitored through PET Scans. New neuronal growth can be traced and measured to trace specific growth in designated areas of the brain.
One of the more interesting factors in brain plasticity is the need for calmness when asking the brain to function well. To function at your highest level you must maintain a low arousal level. The brain cannot function at its best in stressful situations. Becoming anxious or upset delays the brain connection needed for maximum functional memory.

Vibration plays a vital role in the overall scheme of brain function. Frequency, the language of the body, helps connect the brain for growth. Color, light and sound have frequencies that influence the brain/mind/body connections. Brain waves are displayed in frequency; sound frequency and color frequency all merge giving impact to the brain for change. The frequency of movement also plays a role in this combination of stimulation for brain growth.
Many well known psychiatrists and neurology-based researchers have preset programs to develop brain-body connections. These programs center around mental exercises, diet, exercise and other well-known approaches to better mental health development. There are programs for neuronal growth and sensory integration to specifically develop new mental ability in children and adults through the use of light, sound and color frequencies as the base of these programs. Through brain stem stimulation, calmness development, attentional focus and self- confidence training exciting results have been recorded.

Because frequency is the language of the brain it becomes an advantage to use neurotechnology of light, sound and color to enhance brain function. The brain has four distinct types of brain waves: delta, alpha, beta and theta. All four are used daily to direct the thought processes of the brain to accomplish certain goals.. By developing the ability to calmly direct the brain processes, greater function is reached and new neuronal growth is accomplished. By developing emotional strength, self enhancement and healing emotions the brain becomes healthier and ready to function at an enhanced level. Light and sound devices provide step-by-step approaches for developing a calm, capable growing brain.

It is important to remember that for four hundred years we have thought that we died with the same brain we were born using. Research has now proven that we have the ability to make new neurons for our brains to keep them young, fluid and useful.

Neuroplasticity improves Learning and Memory

Neuroplasticity improves Learning and Memory

Our brain’s ability to delete older neuronal synaptic networks while editing and generating newer networks improves learning and memory. The more neuronal synapses that are activated can increase our learning ability. These synaptic triggers can alter pre-existing networks for better efficiency or create new neuronal connections for overall density. 

Synaptic transmission occurs when something new is learned, and immediately ‘sent’ to short-term memory. Short term memory impulses then electrochemically transform into long-term memories through reverbration. The brain is a massive neuro-communication center. It is constantly learning and remembering, building new and negating old synaptic connections. Through learning to focus, to be totally aware of your mental, emotional and physical state of being, and knowing that you can achieve the desired brainwave state at will, is the basis of brainwave focus training.

Learning affects the brain in two different ways, neither of which would be possible without the unique plasticity of our brains. In response to a new experience or novel information, neuroplasticity allows either an alteration to the structure of already-existing connections between neurons, or forms brand-new connections between neurons. The latter leads to an increase in overall synaptic density, while the former merely makes existing pathways more efficient or suitable. In either way, the brain is remolded to take in this new data and, if useful, retain it. While the precise mechanism that allows this process to occur is still unclear, many researchers theorize that long-term memories are formed successfully when something called “reverbration” occurs. When we are first exposed to something new, that information enters our short-term memory, which depends mostly upon chemical and electrical processes known as synaptic transmission to retain information, rather than deeper and more lasting structural changes such as those mentioned above. The electrochemical impulses of short-term memory stimulate one neuron, which then stimulates another. The key to making information last occurs only when the second neuron repeats the impulse back again to the first. This is most likely to happen when we perceive the new information as especially important or when a certain experience is repeated fairly often. In these cases, the neural “echo” is sustained long enough to kick plasticity into high gear, leading to lasting structural changes that hard-wire the new information into the neural pathways of our brains. 

These changes result either in an alteration to an existing brain pathway, or in the formation of an all-new one. In this way, the new information or sensory experience is cemented into what seems, at its present moment, to be the most useful and efficient location within the massive neurocommunication network. Further repetition of the same information or experience may lead to more modifications in the connections that house it, or an increase in the number of connections that can access it as a result of the amazing plasticity of our brains.

Neuroplasticity is the saving grace of the damaged or disabled brain. Without it lost functions could never be regained nor could disabled processes ever hope to be improved. Plasticity allows the brain to rebuild the connections that, because of trauma, disease, or genetic misfortune, have resulted in decreased abilities. It also allows us to compensate for irreparably damaged or dysfunctional neural pathways by strengthening or rerouting our remaining ones. While these processes are likely to occur in any number of ways, scientists have identified four major patterns of plasticity that seem to work best in different situations. Take the case in which healthy cells surrounding an injured area of the brain change their function, even their shape, so as to perform the tasks and transfer the signals previously dealt with by the now-damaged neurons at the site of injury. This process, called “functional map expansion,” results in changes to the amount of brain surface area dedicated to sending and receiving signals from some specific part of the body. Brain cells can also reorganize existing synaptic pathways. This form of plasticity, known as a “compensatory masquerade,” allows already-constructed pathways that neighbor a damaged area to respond to changes in the body’s demands caused by lost function in some other area. Yet another neuroplastic process, “homologous region adoption,” allows one entire brain area to take over functions from another distant brain area (one not immediately neighboring the compensatory area, as in functional map expansion) that has been damaged. And, finally, neuroplasticity can occur in the form of “cross model reassignment,” which allows one type of sensory input to entirely replace another damaged one. Cross-model reassignment allows the brain of a blind individual, in learning to read Braille, to rewire the sense of touch so that it replaces the responsibilities of vision in the brain areas linked with reading. One or several of these neuroplastic responses enable us to recover, sometimes with astonishing completeness, from head injury, brain disease, or cognitive disability.

How Are Pulsed Light and Sound Frequencies Associated With Brainwaves?

How Are Pulsed Light and Sound Frequencies Associated With Brainwaves?

Brainwaves are the electrical wave patterns generated in every individual’s brain. These waves vary according to level of consciousness, subconsciousness and unconsciousness and are characterized by four distinctive types of brainwaves. Each of these electrical wave patterns contain distinctly different ways of perceiving, processing, learning and knowing information. All of these brain waves are produced at all times. However, a predominance of a specific desired brainwave state can be created at will, which allows an individual to maximize his or her capabilities towards achieving peak human excellence.

Researchers have proven that brainwave frequencies determine what brainwave state is being experienced at any given time by measuring the production of brainwaves through the utilization of EEG (electroencephalogram) instrumentation. The frequencies that produce these various brain states can be tracked on a computer monitor. As mentioned earlier, these frequencies are generated in every person's brain, and are the result of outside stimulation that has been passed to the brain via electrical signals from our different senses. Pulsed light and sound frequencies stimulate the neural activity of our vision and hearing, and can safely direct our minds to produce specific frequencies that are associated with the four general brainwave categories. That tidbit of information comes courtesy of Michael Hutchison back in 1992. Michael was a pioneer in light and sound frequency stimulation and an important contributor towards the growth and understanding of light and sound instrumentation.


Brainwave frequencies are described in terms of hertz (Hz), or cycles per second and are measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). The four general categories of brainwave frequencies and their main characteristics are:

Delta brainwaves range from five-tenths to three hertz (0.5-3Hz) and are associated with being extremely relaxed, characterized by sleep.

Theta brainwaves range from four to seven hertz (4-7Hz), characterized by being deeply relaxed and inwardly focused. This brainwave state is also associated with rapid learning and the assimilation of new information with high retention, heightened motivation to activate goals, bursts of creativity, insight and new behavior patterns.

Alpha brainwaves are a frequency pattern ranging from eight to twelve hertz (8-12Hz). They most commonly occur when we are calm and relaxed, yet mentally alert. These brainwaves are also present during daydreaming.

Beta brainwaves are the next highest frequency pattern, ranging from thirteen to thirty-four hertz (13-34Hz), and can be separated into three sub-categories. The first is high beta, ranging from nineteen to thirty-four hertz (19-34Hz). When high beta is the dominant brainwave state, anxiety and stress are most likely to occur. The second sub-category is mid beta, with frequencies ranging from fifteen to eighteen hertz (15-18Hz). Mid beta is characterized by action, with focus on external surroundings. The third is SMR beta (Sensorimotor Rhythm), ranging from thirteen to fifteen hertz (13-15Hz). While in this state, focus is also on external surroundings, but the individual is more relaxed than in mid beta.

Generally speaking, beta brainwaves are characterized by logical, analytical and intellectual thinking, verbal communication and awareness of surroundings.

Gamma brainwave frequencies are a high frequency pattern beginning at thirty-five hertz. There has been some evidence that gamma frequencies are associated with states of peak performance. Most light and sound instruments have the capability to generate gamma frequencies. While in this brainwave state, sensations are centered on being mentally, emotionally and physically "charged" or extremely energized. These frequencies are the highest known brainwave patterns, but are considered to be part of the beta frequency category.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Will a Mind Machine help me get to sleep?

Will a Mind Machine help me get to sleep?

What happens when you are ready for a good night’s sleep? Do you rehash the activities of your day as you close your eyes? Do you think about what needs doing for tomorrow? Do you find all this thinking is keeping you from going to sleep and you end up becoming anxious? Just way too much brain chatter! Try a mind machine. Choose one of the built-in sessions targeting  Delta brainwave frequencies found on almost every light and sound mind machine. Stop focusing on those ‘got done’ and ‘to do’ lists and just allow your mind drift. So many people have benefited from this approach. 

Delta brainwave frequency programs are for going to sleep. If you suffer from any type of sleep disorder, such as insomnia, bruxism (teeth grinding) or experience nightmares, seek professional medical help. Your light and sound unit can be the ideal "at home" adjunct to the professional treatment you receive. Psychologists have observed that utilizing light and sound mind machines in this fashion will assist patients who have a sleep dysfunction as part of their symptom pattern get to sleep easier and remain asleep. 

Medication that aids us in falling asleep can often linger through the next morning. Delta brainwave sleep sessions do not do that- you awake refreshed. Try these sessions for jet lag or adjusting to shift changes at work. These delta frequencies are all you need when you are unable to fall asleep on your own.
Delta brainwaves are the deepest frequencies (.5-3 Hz) we produce. When we are in the delta brainwave state, we are asleep. All kinds of external noise can prevent us from going to sleep and so can internal "brain chatter". How do you deal with it? Do you take a pill? They have certain disadvantages. Some pills that help you fall asleep have a morning after "hangover" effect that can impair your concentration. They can be dangerous should you awaken during the night and find you must get out of bed. Sleeping pills may also induce tolerance and dependence, and they may interact dangerously with other medication and alcohol. Mind machines are safe and effective alternatives for falling asleep. 

Make sure the light and sound instrument you purchase has at least one session to help you fall asleep. You could live in the middle of nowhere with only the chirping of crickets in the background, but if your mind is active, going to sleep can be difficult. 

Here are some reasons for using a sleep session:
-Shift change at work.
 -Cannot stop thinking about the day's events.
-New surroundings/staying in a hotel.
-Over tired.
-Thinking about what will happen tomorrow.
-Jet lag/crossed too many time zones.
-Too much outside noise / barking dogs, sirens, etc. -Ate too much / cannot get comfortable.
-Have a new family addition (infant, puppy). -Feeling excited / have nervous energy. 

After thirty years of being a mind machine distributor, many clients have gotten married and started families. A newborn at home can really turn "sleep time' into turmoil. In an effort to regulate the newborn's sleep cycle, many have utilized delta frequencies. They also use it for them- selves. And as their newborns have become toddlers and infants, getting their little ones to go to sleep can oftentimes be very difficult. The sleep sessions are perfect for times like these, for both you and the infant. Do they wake you up in the middle of the night because they are thirsty? Many of us have been in that situation. If there is a problem, fine, we deal with it. But how many times has the real reason been because they like to see mommy or daddy try to function while still in the throes of sleep? Run a delta session! Many parents have tried this approach and it really works. The session is like a sleep trainer. Go to sleep. Stay asleep. Get a good night's rest. That's what it is all about.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Biofeedback Training vs. Mind Machines: What Everyone should know…

Biofeedback Training vs. Mind Machines: What Everyone should know…

Biofeedback is a method for treating people to improve their health by using electrical signals from their own bodies. Therapists and psychologists use biofeedback to help stressed and anxious patients learn to relax and to help their clients cope with pain.

We all know something about biofeedback. It’s about learning to alter our brainwaves with no outside help. And when we achieve the targeted brainwave frequency, our mind receives an audio or visual reward. It works. Repetition is key to progressing. The more you practice the better you get. But if you don’t personally have a biofeedback system, making appointments to visit a biofeedback technician can get expensive.

There is a good chance you have already used a form of biofeedback. For instance, have you ever gone outside to walk your dog on a cold and blustery day? Your body told you it was cold, prompting you to wear a jacket. How about when you stand on a scale and it shows you gained weight? Time to consider doing a little cutting back. And at sometime in our life we have had our temperature taken, thinking perhaps we are exhibiting signs of illness. If you were running a temperature higher than 98.6, then would be a good time to rest and drink liquids, and of course, contact your physician. Clinician’s machines can find a person’s internal bodily functions with much greater sensitivity and precision than in the past. The results of each biofeedback session are valuable for both the client and the clinician, as the information can be applied to gauge and direct the next treatment session.

Biofeedback training can be demanding on patients. Patients need to review their daily routine to learn if they are contributing to their own negative feelings. Patients need also personally commit to practicing biofeedback training awareness or relaxation exercises every day. They must change their routine, their day-to-day lifestyle, and accept much of the responsibility for maintaining their own health.

There is absolutely nothing wrong about going to see your physician or therapist for alleviating anxieties, modifying behavior and a myriad of other symptoms biofeedback has proven effective in treating. The drawbacks are the time it takes to adequately overcome your unwanted symptoms, the amount of practice necessary to progress, the need for scheduling multiple appointments and the cost of each visit.

So keep it simple. One method for determining your current level of stress is measuring your GSR (Galvanic Skin Response). GSR refers to changes in your sweat gland activity that are reflective of the intensity of your emotional state. If biofeedback is your method of choice, there are several at-home GSR-measuring devices that can be beneficially adjunctive to the treatment you receive from your biofeedback clinician, devices like the Thoughtstream with Mental Games, Biodots and Aware Squares.

With biofeedback the participant must produce the targeted brainwave frequency with no outside help. Yes, that does take time and a lot of practice. There is an alternative. Mind machines are the opposite of biofeedback. Instead of trying to produce the targeted frequency all on your own, mind machines contain programs that guide the mind’s brainwaves to a specific brainwave frequency with absolutely no effort on the part of the participant. No need to see a clinician for guidance, mind machines have proven to be highly beneficial and cost-effective alternatives for those seeking improved daily performance and increased wellness.