info-brain, Stichwoerter: "mind machines", mentalsysteme, neurofeedback, megabrain, biofeedback
What Does Entrainment Feel Like?
With any mind machine, if you selected a session with a target
frequency in the low alpha or theta range, you should feel a change in
awareness within a few minutes. Many people report a floating feeling.
Your attention may start to wander as your thoughts become less linear and
logical. You may find yourself in a lucid dream complete with sights,
sounds and feelings. Some people, auditory types, often hear words in the
pulsed sounds. This indicates theta activity and heightened creativity.
Because your sense of time changes during the session, it may seem as if
you have slept. If you felt tired before starting, you may fall asleep
during the session or when it ends. Usually, you will feel a definite
difference between your state before the session and how you feel during
the session. This state should linger for a while after the session ends.
Most programs start out in the beta frequency range (13-40 Hz.) to match
and pace our waking state rhythm and gradually slow (ramp) to the target
range. The initial phase may seem so exciting with the vivid colors and
kalleidoscopic patterns you see in your "mind's eye" that you may doubt
that you will slow down and let go of the mind chatter and tension. This
fast, almost psychedelic phase passes quickly as the pulsing slows. Most
users find that within a session or two, they easily and automatically
follow the changing frequencies and patterns into the desired state.
Some users may not find the first sessions very entraining. This happens
when you remain analytical, excited at the novelty of the experience, or
resistant to letting go. Highly controlled individuals often lose
awareness and feel as if they have gone to sleep, rather than shifting
with awareness to the non-linear, dreamy state. Letting go of control
(neither trying to help nor prevent the experience) stimulates the
production of alpha and theta rhythms. In the beginning, most users will
benefit from simply "going with the flow" even if that includes losing
awareness through most of the session. These rhythms affect the body/mind
profoundly with lasting effects even without the user's conscious
participation. Even though, at times, you may notice little apparent
entrainment (frequency following response), you may still experience a
shift in mood, attitude or focus. Many users will notice immediate,
spontaneous changes in their attitudes and behavior. Others may need to
have regular sessions for a number of weeks before the desired results
appear. Once the balancing and stress-reducing effects of mind machines
become engrained, the devices remain useful for power naps, creativity
boosting, and accelerated learning.
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