Every other year in the early spring I receive an invitation to "Toward a Science of Consciousness," a conference held in Tucson, Arizona. The invitation is for representatives from psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, philosophy, computer science, physics, mathematics, medicine, physiology, biochemistry, anthropology, art, and other fields.
Abstract — Exposure to binaural beats in an environment of restricted stimulation coupled with a guidance process can safely provide access to and experiences in many propitious states of consciousness. This method requires a unique combination of well-understood psycho-physiological inductive techniques with the addition of a refined binaural-beat technology. Binaural beats provide potential consciousness-altering information to the brain’s reticular activating system. The reticular activating system, in turn, interprets and reacts to this information by stimulating the thalamus and cortex thereby altering arousal states, attentional focus, and the level of awareness, i.e., the elements of consciousness itself. This effective binaural-beat process offers a wide variety of beneficial applications and vehicle for the exploration of expanded states of consciousness.
... a quiet mind is not a state of mind to be achieved. It is the state we experience when there is nothing to be achieved. It is the mind in its natural condition, untarnished by fears and desires, and the thoughts they create. When everything is OK in our world, we feel OK inside; we are at ease.
For more than thirty years science has been studying brain waves in an attempt to understand human behavior better. Now, after twenty-five years of research with HemiSync, investigations at The Monroe Institute are beginning to reveal patterns of mind-brain activity activated by the Hemi-Sync process.
Altering consciousness to provide a wide range of beneficial effects (stress-reducing relaxation, improved sleep, intuitive, creative, meditative, healing, and expanded-learning states, etc.) necessarily involves either changing levels of arousal or cognitive content or both.
... Integrated with other sensory-information techniques, social-psychological conditioning tools, and educational curriculum, binaural beats can provide access to a variety of beneficial applications and first-person experiences of expanded states of consciousness.
Peter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Stephen Hawking. As his fascination with the nature of consciousness increased, Peter changed to experimental psychology.
This article is based on themes from his latest book, From Science to God: The Mystery of Consciousness and the Meaning of Light.