All mind machines have three basic components: (1) a small often
Walkman-sized control unit, (2) goggles that position tiny LED's in front of
each eye, and (3) stereo headphones.
The control unit is a sophisticated micro-computer that regulates the
intensity and frequency of the flickering lights and rhythmic pulsing sounds.
The mind machines on this page have control units programmed to store a variety
of 'pre-set' sessions, ranging from sleep to relaxation to heightened
concentration to improved learning and others. The devices allow you to define
programs and mix and match frequencies, control light intensity and volume.
The first time you use a mind machines the kaleidoscopic stream of brilliant
patterns and images produced by the flickering lights will amaze you. The
visions that appear can be spectacular. The hues and boldness of colors are
intricate. The sensations are similar to participating in a Vision Quest.
Biofeedback researcher Dr. Thomas Budzynski, who uses light and sound
machines in his practice and research, has called them ' facilitators of
How light and sound devices benefit you.
How does something so basic as flickering light and pulsating sound produce
profound changes in brain waves and consciousness?
Scientists have found that when the brain is give rhythmic stimuli, such as
pulsing lights, the brain waves tend to correspond to the rhythm of the
stimulus. Many of the mind machine programs start with faster frequencies and
'ramp down' to progressively slower ones, allowing the user to move into the
relaxed 'alpha' and dreamlike 'theta' states.
Slower brain wave frequencies have important benefits, ranging from
relaxation to improved learning. The alpha-theta frequencies may be keys to the
state of mental lucidity called meditation. When Zen monks were studied it was
discovered that those who have meditated longest are the ones who enter these
alpha-theta states most readily.
Mind machines are today's answer to ancient ceremonies and rituals. Light and
sound devices can induce the same brain wave patterns as shamanistic practices
and disciplined Zen meditation. In order to remain healthy in a complex and
challenging world we need a tool for achieving profound meditative states,
relaxation and concentration quickly and easily.
Mind machines are the way to achieve peak performance, enhanced concentration
and learning, relaxation and for those who are willing out of body experiences.