Center of I Am - Mind Machine FAQ
What are Mind Machines?
The Mind Machine is a microprocessor controlled device designed to create relaxation or other mood changing effects through the use of sound and light stimulation. The user selects a session, puts on headphones and light stimulation glasses. Then simply sits back and enjoys the experience, which can be for relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, creative inspiration or just plain fun depending on the session.
Why do they work?
The work in a very similar fashion to the way music can change the way you feel, and why is a flickering flame can feel as if hypnotic. Mind Machine systems are the technological synthesis of centuries of exploration and now decades of neurological experiments. Mind Machines blank out the complex visual and auditory stimulation the mind is constantly receiving and replace it with very simple, rhythmic stimulation. The basic rhythms of the mental processes change in response. This is a safe and effective way to get your mind in a different state. Meditators spend years learning how to gain voluntary control over these same rhythms. Think of it as the mental equivalent of stretching the muscles. The changed mental rhythms are temporary, when the session is over you may quickly go back into the mental state for everyday living (don't go out and drive a car immediately). Spending the time in this changed state can create a different outlook on the day, and the effects are cumulative as you learn what it feels like, and so you can return more easily as desired with practice.
What are Mind Machine sessions?
A modern Mind Machine is a microprocessor controlled device designed to create stimulation with several controlled parameters: (frequency, volume, intensity, tone, pitch, phase, duty cycle) and various other features.
Different people have different reactions to sessions, so using one of these machines can be a bit of an exploratory journey. Research with such systems and EEG measurements is progressing and the next few years will see exciting advances in our understanding. The reason so many sessions are available is the same reason a jukebox has so many songs – it's not that anyone needs all these sessions, but something is there for everyone.
How do I use a Mind Machine system?
To use a light/sound system, close your eyes, put the headphones and glasses on, listen to the pulsating sound, and watch the flickering lights through your eyelids. The sound pulsates either because it is turned on and off (like striking a note on the piano repeatedly) or because of beats or binaural beats. The flickering lights, seen through closed eyelids, create moving, colored, dynamic patterns (visuals) that will amaze you the first time you experience them. You can move your eyes and change the effect, you can concentrate on the patterns and change what they seem to be doing. Some people report seeing visions in the patterns as the imagination is inspired to work. The stimulation takes over your two main sensory inputs, and not surprisingly has an effect on your mental state. Music has been doing this for centuries, without the assist from coordinated flickering lights.
A beginning user should experience a session regularly (every few days or close to that) for the first few weeks. Don't overdo it -- an hour a day is a lot. Intermittent use is not effective until you have learned how to respond to the stimulation.
Neural Entrainment systems are used by many professional therapists. They can be used safely by untrained persons for relaxation, learning enhancement, meditation tools, and many other purposes, but not for relief from any medical condition. If you are seeking help for a medical condition, please consult with your licensed medical practitioner.
What are the medical uses of a Neural Entrainment system?
In compliance with FDA regulations, no medical claims are made or expressed for the products or services. Center of I Am Mind Machine sessions and products are designed for a vocational and recreational purposes. They are not medical devices and should not be used for the relief of any medical condition. Please consult with your licensed medical practitioner prior to use for any other purpose, as the machine is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. Our products are not intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body.
Why do sessions work differently for different people?
Mind Machine sessions do not mechanically grab your brain and change its rhythms. They are subtle suggestions and different people will react in different ways. It is similar to music, a variety of people can have dramatically different reactions to the same piece of music. Manufacturers of juke boxes put in a lot of music, hoping they end up with something for everyone. For similar reasons, we offer one hundred different sessions – no one person will have use for them all, but we hope to have enough variety that there is something for everyone.
Also, there is a technique of letting yourself go. The effect is subtle – if you are thinking "this machine is not going to take over my brain," then you will win (or lose, in the sense that you will not get the effect). At the other extreme, the approach of "I don't think I'm feeling anything, I've got to find the effect – got to, got to" works about as well as lying in bed thinking intensely "important meeting tomorrow, I've got to get to sleep." Some people are good at letting go, for others it is more difficult and takes practice. In some sense, it's relaxing and going with the flow, but no one can tell you how to do it exactly, and it doesn't help to try hard. Our recommendation is to try different sessions.
Mind Machine Overview
Rhythmic light/Sound Stimulation has a powerful effect on mood and emotions, and can be used for many purposes. Our customers use it to reduce stress, energize their mind, enhance creativity, promote deep sleep and assist in achieving calm and meditative states.
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