How to Design a Light and Sound Brainwave Frequency Session
Thirty years ago very few people realized the potential of personal light and sound machines in terms of the benefits users gained through using their unit. A lot has changed, awareness has spread, and with that an understanding that learning to attain a specific brainwave state of mind, at will, improves performance and wellbeing.
Light and sound session design is both mathematical and an art form. Most of all, designing takes patience. Making a session work well is important. This is best done through refinement. Putting in a lot of time is also necessary. Experience helps too. Only lots of practice will get you there.
Session design is like writing a song. Being a session designer is like being a virtuoso of the light and sound instrument. There are some basic rules for the format, like "beta is NOT for relaxation", but session design is truly a scientific art form. The rules of design are based on brainwave frequency ranges and how they correspond to various states of mind. Pitch and tonality of sound also have an impact on the mind and are important to session design. To make a great session a lot of trial and refinement is involved. Testing sessions on several individuals and getting EEG's done is a great way to do it.
There are some people out there who claim to be experts and will tell you that you should never try writing your own sessions. That is total BS. Why did you buy a programmable machine in the first place? Don’t expect a masterpiece on your first try. But with common sense and effort you will come up with something. It might be fun and enlightening. Why not try?
Here are two undisputable facts to keep in mind:
1. No educational institution in the world offers a doctorate degree (or any other degree for that matter) in “AVS Light and Sound Mind Machine Programming”.
2. A Ph.D. in Psychology does not make someone an expert in Audio Visual Stimulation session design. It makes that person a doctor of Psychology and the two are not the same.
Audio Visual Stimulation devices are often referred to as AVS or light and sound “instruments”, and like a guitar or piano you just need to learn how to "play" them. There is no school that can teach this. There are no college or graduate classes to take. You just have to study, experiment, and teach yourself.
What you need is a good working knowledge of the brainwave frequency ranges, an understanding of the effects different audio pitches can have on the mind, a desire to do something special, and the discipline to revise your work over and over until you get it right. I am a much better session designer than I was even a few years ago, because experience and practice cause continual improvement in any technique or skill.
It is also important to note that not all individuals will respond exactly the same to any given session. Certain sessions will work better for certain individuals. That is why you find a varied library of sessions in your machine. While you may have your favorites, you should know that other people will select totally different sessions as their favorites. I know this is true because I hear from lots of people who tell me about their favorite sessions.