Thomas Edison said that and in recent years I've taken him up on it as the idea of astounding myself is very exciting and the actual application of such has been, well, quite astounding! I've achieved some pretty amazing things since I began testing Thom's hypothesis for myself and received plenty of help and encouragement along the way.... and one of the more wonderful tools I've been privileged to discover on this journey is Hemi-Sync.
Hi. This is CJ Kenna of Rock the Path in Camden, Maine talking with you today about Hemi-Sync (try it online now), a unique, safe and powerful tool for self discovery, the exploration of consciousness and creating positive change in your life. Short for "Hemispheric Synchronization" Hemi-Sync, most commonly thought of as a tool for successfully and quickly achieving meditative states, is a process which uses sound to generate and support various levels of focus and awareness providing an ideal environment in which to explore and experience ourselves and our potentials.
Not subliminal nor hypnotic, Hemi-Sync instead works simply by sending slightly different tones, one to each ear, either through stereo headphones or ambiently in a quiet environment. The two hemispheres of the brain then act in unison to “hear” a third signal: the difference between the two tones. This is not a physical sound, but a signal created in the brain stem, known as a binaural beat.
Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by physicist and meteorologist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, yet would remain relatively obscure and little researched for 134 years when in 1973 researcher Gerald Oster, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, picked up where Dove left off, publishing in Scientific American an article entitled "Auditory Beats in the Brain" which concluded, among other exciting things, that binaural beats were a potentially powerful tool for cognitive and neurological research. In 1975 Bob Monroe, a successful businessman, engineer and producer of such well known radio programs as "The Shadow," discovered the power of binaural beats for himself, patenting his binaural-beat technology as "Hemi-Sync" and launching himself - and eventually countless others around the world - on what would be a lifelong personal and professional journey into the exploration of consciousness.
Over the past 40+ years, research conducted at the not-for-profit Monroe Institute in Virginia and throughout science and academia, has impressively and consistently demonstrated that when the brain is entrained through the use of binaural beats, causing the two hemispheres of the brain to work together equally (with both left and right brain waves having the same frequency and amplitude, operating in a smooth and continuous pattern; basically a "whole brain functioning"), beneficial and even - or perhaps especially - esoteric states of consciousness can be more readily and easily achieved, supported and explored.
And when coupled with the organic sounds of nature, melodic tones and music and/or soothing guided imagery and meditations and listening to it in a quiet place, adding a little breath work and a relaxation technique or two... well, you've got yourself a binaural beat recipe for success, where creating positive change, experiencing and exploring states of consciousness and even boosting your immune system are possible. For thousands of individuals, myself included, this tool has been more than supportive and powerful, it has been life changing.
And because it is so easy to use, you can get very creative with it. Exercise with binaural beat programming and watch your performance improve. Meditate with it and achieve in short order what the head of a Zen Buddhist Monastery said took him literally years of sitting to achieve. Reach optimum states of rest and relaxation, decrease your blood pressure, ease depression and anxiety, support your immune system, access higher guidance, spur creativity, encourage group cooperation and effectiveness, reduce stress and increase focus and performance. (Oh yeah, if you're interested in bending spoons, it can help you there too.) But it isn't a magic pill or bullet, and like most things which create benefit in our lives, it does need your effort, intention, and commitment to optimally perform, yet this incredibly powerful tool can help you tremendously on your path whether it be one of self discovery, self improvement, physical well being, emotional healing, or achieving higher states of consciousness.
I look forward to talking with you about a few of the things - like maybe spoon bending - I've used Hemi-Sync to enhance, support and accomplish in my own life. But for now, this is CJ Kenna from Rock The Path reminding you to choose happiness, not drama, and be well.
About The Author CJ Kenna is a Founding Director at the nonprofit Rock The Path, a Hemi-Sync Meditation & Retreat Center in Camden, Maine. Along with fellow Founding Director Stephanie Rae, she facilitates several Hemi-Sync based programs, including The Monroe Institute's Excursion Retreat Workshop.