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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is administered as the client lies on a massage table, fully clothed and as relaxed as possible. Following diagnosis, the therapist administers treatment by using the hands to palpate and encourage the movement of certain cranial bones. These bones are attached to membranes within the cranial cavity and very directly affect the environment of the brain and spinal cord. This process is accomplished while using the client’s craniosacral pulse, or rhythm, as a monitor. The intensity and amplitude of the pulse or rhythm indicates to the therapist the presence of inhibitors or restrictions within that system that are affecting the client’s health and well-being. Encouraging the movement of those bones which are attached to intracranial membranes causes a series of events that trigger the system’s self-correcting capabilities, thereby releasing inhibitors or restrictions.

It is common during a session for the client to relax very deeply and enter an alpha state. It seems this state is an environment the body and nervous system are able to use for balance and restoration. It is also common for a client to experience long-forgotten memories and related emotions, or emotional charges. Craniosacral therapy is a very powerful tool for releasing emotional restrictions.
The following case study is of the first client with whom I have used Hemi-Sync while administering craniosacral therapy.

CLIENT: female, thirty-nine years old, married seventeen years, mother of one son, housewife. The client is of average or above-average intelligence, mentally and emotionally stable, and has no serious medical problems. At the time she came to me for craniosacral therapy sessions in the Dr. Upledger technique, she was bored with her role as wife, mother, and human being. She wanted more from life and had begun investigating alternative “New Age” concepts. She was reasonably healthy except for some aches and pains resulting from accumulated habit patterns.

We had one session per week for four weeks. She responded very well to the sessions and accompanying counseling. During the sessions she experienced deep states of rest and many old memories surfaced. She reported that in her daily life she was experiencing increased feelings of self-worth, personal power, independence, and much more freedom in “feeling,” both physically and emotionally. Overall, she felt wonderful and was quite happy with her direction. It became obvious that she was experiencing a personal transformation.

At the fifth session, I had her listen to a thirty-minute Hemi-Sync tape called Metamusic Cloudscapes. I began the craniosacral therapy after the tape ended. During the one-and-one-half-hour session, she experienced the usual deep states of rest, alternating with old thought patterns and drifting.

We met for the sixth craniosacral therapy session (the second craniosacral/Hemi-Sync combination session) two weeks later. I was curious to hear of her post-Hemi-Sync experiences. She seemed a little frightened, hesitant, and apprehensive about using the Hemi-Sync again. She described her previous two weeks as containing periods of confusion, anger, fear, depression, and disappointment. These feelings diminished after about seven days, followed by an increased sensitivity to life she had only had fleeting experiences of previously. We discussed Hemi-Sync at length. She recognized that her distress may have resulted from the shifting and dissolution of old, limited mental constructs triggered by the high-energy state of hemispheric synchronization. Because she could relate to this dynamic on some level, she expressed openness to proceeding with the Hemi-Sync tape. We again began the session with Cloudscapes followed by one and one-half hours of craniosacral therapy.

I did not hear from this client for seven and one-half weeks due to her vacation and holidays. Finally, we connected and spoke at length about her life experiences since our last combination session. She reported that experiences of confusion, fear, anger, depression, and disappointment with her life intensified after our last meeting. At times the anger had been incredibly strong, and she became physically ill with a head cold and stomach problems. However, during the entire experience she was able to maintain an objective awareness that a release was taking place. Without getting lost in the experience, she “allowed” her body and emotions to express themselves. After some weeks of ebbing and flowing, the distress seemed to clear.

She describes her present experience as one of incredible clarity and sensitivity, lightness and joy, and feelings of personal power. She reports that her connection with her husband is wonderful. She acknowledges a strong connection with her inner energy, and perceives that it is responsible for her external reality.

My determination is that in this case craniosacral therapy provided an opportunity for restrictions to be normalized in the nervous system and the physiology, and that Hemi-Sync enhanced that process considerably. Hemi-Sync appeared to provide the high-energy coherent state that enabled the client to maintain a great degree of self-awareness, even while in the throes of releasing old thought forms and habits.

Robert Siciliano is co-owner and co-director of the Rainbowbridge Institute near Heidelberg, Germany, where he provides seminars, programs, therapies, and counseling for “new ways of life.” Among the body therapies available at the Rainbowbridge Institute is cranio-sacral therapy, the gentle manipulation of specific cranial bones. Mr. Siciliano has been a member of the Professional Division since May 1990, and is an accredited GATEWAY OUTREACH Trainer.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1991 by The Monroe Institute


Dental Practice

For many years my dentist, Mr. Harry Torney of Dublin, Ireland, had a regular practice. After reading up on the literature, he decided to stop using mercury amalgam fillings. Before removing and replacing my own nine amalgam fillings, he urged me to visit Mr. Anthony Hughes, a doctor of homeopathy, who performed "eclosion testing" with a biofeedback device linked to a computer as I was exposed to certain substances. The diagnosis: significant toxicity to mercury amalgam and minor toxicity to cobalt, antimony, and barium. Three separate homeopathic remedies were prescribed for use prior to, during, and following the dental treatment. During Mr. Torney's own kinesiology testing, I showed muscle weakness only to the mercury amalgam. Despite his comfort with unconventional treatments, his office was not otherwise "alternative"-no New Age music, aromatherapy burners, or posted affirmations (other than "VISA/MasterCard accepted here").

I had four appointments at two- to three-week intervals. Mr. Torney used a rubber dam (a type of rubber sheeting), which fits in the mouth to block inhalation of mercury vapor, and advised me not to conceive during the removals and for at least a month afterward. I had read of the toxic insult this procedure places on the body-hence my choice of Journey through the T-Cells from the Positive Immunity Series album for the first appointment. This tape had been effective for me during colds, periods of stress, and other healing crises.

However, I foolishly waited to start the tape until after the injections of local anesthetic into my gums, swabbing, and fitting the rubber dam. What I'd imagined as the easy bit was actually the most painful. I could relax and visualize, but a fair amount of pain persisted. The novelty of a drill whining loudly close to my brain, odd bits of water and particulate matter in my face, and trying to breathe calmly and slowly through the rubber dam didn't help. Numb and tired, I went home and experienced minor pain through the night. I did take some "advice"-which came through in the visualization-and increased my water consumption.

For my second and subsequent appointments, stronger stuff seemed to be indicated. I turned to the Intra-Op and Recovery tapes from the Surgical Support Series. This time, I began using Intra-Op upon sitting down in the chair. My breathing became extremely slow and even, my muscles relaxed completely, and a lovely feeling of numbness and "floatiness" came over most of my body. My head was still firmly "here," and I was far from unconscious but deeply relaxed and in much less pain. Incidentally, the second and fourth sessions were the most arduous-they both took longer and involved slight but tedious difficulties.

After each appointment my husband, Jim, drove home and I listened to Recovery. It was useful, and yet the effects seemed less pronounced. Then I realized that this tape was designed for people coming out of general anesthesia. I had already gotten up, paid the receptionist, walked to the car, and chatted with Jim! At home, Recovery was most relaxing, and I concentrated on my body's successful removal of the toxins.

Only on the last occasion was I able to use Pre-Op for a few minutes, and then amid the noise and activity of the small, busy dental waiting room after a two-hour drive. A slight delay with the preceding patient created an opportunity. I relaxed so quickly and completely that I didn't even hear the dental assistant come in to collect me! My dentist and his assistant had a good-humored, "whatever floats your boat" attitude toward the tapes. The first time I used Intra-Op, Mr. Torney had me sit up slowly and collect myself before rising, as I seemed very pale and not quite "back" yet. He was right-I wasn't. Some deep breaths, stamping my feet, and going outside grounded me readily enough.

I especially appreciated several aspects of Intra-Op: the encoding to eradicate pain signals (used during and after the tape with increasing efficacy) and the "heal, balance" instruction to my own body. I enjoyed feeling more in control of my healing process and remembering and using that personal power. The warm and soothing voice of Dr. Darlene Miller, who I've met on several occasions at the Institute, comforted me. It was as if she were there, talking me through the whole dreary, tiresome thing. After each tape, I had an impulse to write a thank-you note for her many hours of support!

"Let the others help you," the tape said. How reassuring to be reminded that I was surrounded by calm, strong, competent, professional people who were there to help me. Allowing myself to be looked after in this delicate operation was a very powerful part of the whole experience. Sometimes I wanted to cry and emotionally release the feeling of aloneness that can occur all too easily in the dentist's chair. The tapes helped me to trust my dentist, his assistant, my body, and everyone to whom I was close.

In my opinion, any tool that supports deep physical and mental relaxation, freedom from or conscious control of pain, a feeling of participation in the surgical and healing process, and feelings of trust and teamwork with the caregivers is worth its weight in gold. The Surgical Support Series deserves a place in every dental surgery.

Lana Phillips is codirector of Unite Ltd., which promotes and distributes Hemi-Sync products in the Republic of Ireland and England. As Gateway Outreach Trainers, she and her husband, Jim, also conduct workshops. Almost daily, Lana uses the tapes and accesses various Focus levels. She attests to great improvements in all areas of her life as a result of following guidance and insights obtained through Hemi-Sync.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1998 by The Monroe Institute

Nitrous-oxide-oxygen conscious sedation is also known as relative analgesia. It is also commonly and incorrectly referred to as "analgesia." The term "analgesia" as defined in the Stages of Anesthesia, is one of unconsciousness and is never employed in this mode of treatment.

The concentration of gas ranged from 40%-70% oxygen, well within the limits of safety. (Air is about 20% oxygen.)

The Hemi-Sync tapes used in this study were the Pre-Op tape from the EMERGENCY SERIES and random METAMUSIC tapes.

Due to the difficulty of gathering meaningful data in the clinical milieu, it was decided to report the patient's impressions and comments, along with a brief case history. Selection of patients was random, in that no one was excluded from the study for any reason, i.e., age, sex, race, attitude, etc. Expression of interest and a willingness to participate fulfilled the only requirement.

Seven cases are presented, although more than twenty have been documented. These seven cases cover a wide spectrum of fears, phobias, and anxieties associated with pain and dental treatment.

It is notable that of the twenty cases documented, there were no failures.  There are, however, limitations.


Six of the seven patients received conscious sedation and Hemi-Sync.

CASE # 1

A middle-aged, male, Caucasian, recently unemployed, faced with a career change, had postponed dental treatment for twenty or more years. He felt that his prospects for employment would be enhanced if he could present a more aesthetic appearance.

Since all previous dental treatment had proved unsatisfactory from an emotional and psychological aspect, the patient expressed an interest in treatment alternatives.


Pre-Op Tape

The patient requested a local anesthetic in conjunction with the treatment.

Patient Comment: "That's pretty good, Doc. I only felt a little pain, not bad, mind you. I'll be back."


The patient again requested local anesthetic.

Patient Comment: "Didn't feel a thing, Doc. That stuff's really good."


The patient did not mention local anesthetic and none was used. Four teeth were prepared for crowns.

Patient Comment: "Didn't feel a thing, Doc."

Patient Conclusion: "If I knew about this, I would have been here much sooner. I'll never wait this long again."

CASE # 2

The patient was a male, middle thirties, Black, employed at a managerial level. He confessed to a morbid fear of the needles used in dental treatment and had postponed for too long.


Pre-Op Tape

Several large restorations were completed.

Patient Comment:"I didn't feel a thing. That's really great."


Single tooth prepared for a crown.

Patient Comment: "The pinched nerve in my neck has quit hurting. I feel good all over." (No mention of the dental procedure.)

Patient Conclusion: "There's just nothing to be afraid of. We'll be in touch more often." "By the way, Doc, I'll be back and you can help me with my smoking problem."

CASE # 3

The patient was a middle-aged Caucasian female, professional, with no particular aversion to dental treatment. Conscious sedation was not used. Local anesthetic was her preference. The problem in this case was time. She had to relocate quickly in order to gain a career advantage. This required a longer-than-usual visit.


Pre-Op Tape

Several teeth were prepared for crowns.

Patient Comment: "I can't believe I've been here so long. The time just flew by." "My God, that's amazing."

CASE # 4

The patient was a street-wise, teen-aged Caucasian male with a dramatic aversion to dental treatment in general and to injections in particular. He was present in my office as an alternative to the prospect of severe bodily harm promised by his parents. (The dental insurance was due to expire shortly.)



Two moderately large restorations were placed.

Patient Comment: "That's weird, I mean man, that's weird." "Really weird." (No comment on the treatment.)

CASE # 5

The patient was a pre-teen, Caucasian male with no history of dental fears or phobias. Since his mother was using the Hemi-Sync system, he expressed an interest.



Two moderately large restorations were placed.

Patient Comment: "Everything's fine."

Patient Conclusion: "I could have stayed for an hour if you wanted me to."

CASE # 6

The patient was a physician, Caucasian, male, late fifties. No particular dental phobias. Previous dental treatment had been accomplished without the use of local anesthetic. His entire family was participating in the Hemi-Sync program, and he expressed an interest.



A single tooth was prepared for a crown.

Patient Conclusion: "Well -- general anesthesia would be more effective -- but outside of that --."

CASE # 7

This is the most complex and challenging case in the entire study. The history of this patient precedes my use of Hemi-Sync tapes by several years. The patient was a Caucasian male, middle thirties, well-educated, suffering severe stress from work-related activities. For several years he had been given Elixir Donnatal 30 minutes prior to treatment, and extensive local anesthetic in addition to the conscious sedation. All of this proved to be quite unsatisfactory. The "pain" could be tolerated so he continued to permit treatment.

When the Hemi-Sync program was introduced, he was the first patient to come to mind. He was given a Pre-Op tape to take home and play at least once every day.

Prior to treatment, he began playing the tape when he left his home. (His wife drove.)


Pre-Op Tape

Extensive local anesthetic was administered and multiple crowns were prepared.

Patient Comment: "I'm not afraid anymore." "I can sleep the night before I come to see you." "By the way, I've quit taking Valium before I go to work, I just play the tape." "I feel better without the dope."

The following day, the patient's wife appeared at my office, on his orders, to confirm what he had stated the previous day.

Patient Conclusion: "This is wonderful." "There's just nothing to be afraid of anymore." "It's a shame I just can't afford to continue." (His wife claims that this is not the case.)


For the most part, dentists venture forth to work in an unmarked emotional and psychological minefield, without knowing how to defuse them. This is at least a beginning. Hemi-Sync seems to be the decisive factor in enhancing the effects of both local anesthetic and conscious sedation. The patients' comments were all highly positive. There were no cases where the patient was not impressed in some manner. Could it be that Hemi-Sync alone can be adapted to meet the needs of the patient, regardless of their degree of fear, phobia, or anxiety, without any chemical intervention?


The first effort has accomplished more than was dreamed possible. Subsequently, it has become a standard operating procedure in my practice of dentistry.

Dr. Davis practices general dentistry in Erlanger, Kentucky, and is a doctoral candidate with the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. A member of the Professional Division since February of 1989, he has achieved dramatic results using nitrous-oxide-oxygen sedation and Hemi-Sync. His goal is to apply Hemi-Sync techniques toward achieving drug-free dentistry and to aid in hypnotherapy induction. Dr. Davis offers the above cases representing his results so far.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1990 by The Monroe Institute

The following is a report of my use of Hemi-Sync in connection with some major dental work I have had performed in the last year. I currently have four finished dental crowns, one on each last back tooth. The first one I had done traditionally, using the anesthetic commonly administered. The other three, worked on separately over a year, were completely without the use of any type of anesthetic, topically or otherwise. I did, however, use Hemi-Sync, specifically the Pain Control tape on the second and third, and the Open Exercise tape for the fourth.

At the time of the second crown, I had been using the Pain Control tape primarily to fall sleep, and for experiments in healing other maladies. I had also completed a short class in self-hypnosis. I wanted to try hypnosis on the dental work, though I was not confident it would work. Since I have many fillings, and had already had one crown done, I knew what the anesthetic effect felt like, as well as the later accompanying stiffness, etc., from the shots. I was anxious to see if I could dispense with the medication, as I always felt nauseated from using it. When I expressed my fears to the hypnosis teacher, he basically told me. . .if it works for other people, what makes you think it won't work for you?

The day of the appointment for the second crown, I showed up with the hypnosis techniques the teacher had given me, and my Sony Walkman, with my Pain Control tape as a backup. I told my dentist I wanted to try the hypnosis and not have any anesthesia. His first reaction was surprise and a shocked, "No! Don't you know there are a lot of exposed nerves, gum manipulation, and major drilling involved?" I said I remembered, but I wanted to try this even if I were nervous. He told me to sit in the chair and do my thing. At this appointment, I was also to have a filling redone on the same row of teeth as the crown, and also to have a cleaning. (J wanted to get everything over with in one appointment.)

I sat in the dental chair and began to play the Pain Control tape through my headphones. During the beginning of the tape I gave myself the hypnosis suggestions of (1) Everything in my mouth the dentist was working on would be numb for two hours, and afterwards I would not be aware of pain from the worked-on tooth, and that it would heal quickly. (2) That I would not fall asleep during the procedure and that I would be able to respond to whatever directions the dentist would give me. (3) That I would automatically recognize and reject anything negative that was said or implied.

The verbal guidance tape reached the count of 20 before the dentist came in to work on me. Just before that I felt myself spiral out and around similar to a dizzy feeling, almost like the state of an OBE out-of-body experience. I recognized it as such and the spiral stopped, though I felt quite deep in the tape.

The dentist began to work and drill on the tooth, not saying anything except to whisper to his assistant that I had not had any anesthetic. I could feel the drilling and the sensations of the work, but no shooting pains or anything that registered as pain. He even stopped and said he would have to perform some electrosurgery on the gum, that most patients at this point were given another shot, and would I now like a shot? I dumbly shook my head no, and he continued. I could feel the touch of the instruments to the skin, but again, nothing that felt like pain. The dentist wasn't saying a word throughout the procedure. He finished packing and capping it with the temporary crown. Then he said he was ready to redo the other filling, that the tape had ended and did I need to do anything. Again, I just shook my head no, and he proceeded to fill the other tooth. Same reaction. He finished. I went out to put money in the meter by my car, returned and went to the bathroom before the cleaning. I noticed the pupils of my eyes were quite dilated.

The cleaning necessitated taking x-rays. I remember the bite-wings that were used did not bother me this time as in the past.

Later that day, hours after the work was done, the side with the crown and filling felt as if no work had been done at all on them. On the opposite side, on the roof, I was noticing a pain, and when I looked in my mouth, I realized I had inadvertently cut myself on one of the bite-wings of the x-rays—the only casualty of the procedure.

Two weeks later, I returned for the permanent crown and did no preparation and had no medication. I certainly felt the sensitivity of the exposed tooth before it was finished. I knew the nerves were still intact! The dentist was extremely interested in the fact I had gone through it all without once wincing. We spoke about the power of the brain, etc. He did not question me much about the methods.

It was discovered that the third and fourth crowns were needed after the next six-month follow-up. For the third crown, I again used the Pain Control tape with the suggestions. This time I did feel pain sensation, but seemed to have a sort of control over the body, and did not feel the pains were severe enough to wince. The dentist was talking throughout with the assistant, and I remember feeling distracted in the process. I felt I was not nearly as "out of it" as with the first experience. When the permanent crown was affixed two weeks later, I again underwent the procedure without any preparation. I felt more acutely the potential pain of the exposed tooth than while it actually was being prepared.

When the fourth crown was about to be done, I thought I'd use something I felt was "stronger" than the Pain Control tape, so I experimented with the Open Exercise tape. I asked the dentist not to talk a lot during the procedure, and used the same hypnosis suggestions as earlier. I was very nervous this time, but felt myself get into the tape more so than with the third crown experience, but not as deeply as with the second crown. I felt only occasional moments of the shooting pain sensation, but not uncontrollably enough to wince. Again, electrosurgery was performed and I felt only the sensation of the instrument touching the skin, but not anything that would be called pain. I felt no pain sensation with the packing or with the creation of the impressions. During the week before the permanent crown was affixed, I did notice a pressure sensitivity to the tooth, as well as an accompanying soreness of the electrosurgery areas (this was not apparent in the two hours of the procedure). The exposed tooth was extremely sensitive, more so than the previous ones, as the permanent crown was being fitted.

It is my firm belief that Hemi-Sync is extremely effective as a pain control technique during such surgery. In all three cases, I applied the hypnosis suggestions for the permanent crown settings without using the tape, and I felt every twinge.

The dental assistant asked me about the tapes. I had brought the Pain Control tape with me in case the Open Exercise tape didn't work, and let her borrow it for a while. She later reported that it helped her relax as well as fall asleep after exhausting days at work when she normally had difficulty.

Eileen Carda, a Sustaining Member of TMl since 1987, submitted this report describing her experiences using Hemi-Sync with major dental work from the patient's perspective.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1989 by The Monroe Institute

In January of 1987, The Monroe Institute provided our dental office with ten Hemi-Sync® Metamusic tapes for use in our dental practice—specifically, for patients who faced long appointments.  We were curious to see if the Metamusic would assist patients in relaxing during their dental appointments, and perhaps help with pain control.

We had Metamusic Random Access, Eddys, Back Room, Modem, Highland Ring, Midsummer Night, Tailing Edge, Outreach, East by West, and Sam & George reproduced onto a four channel tape player which is controlled by each patient at the chair.  The patient has a channel changer and earphones, similar to an airline music system.  The patient can control both volume and channel desired.

We first had Metamusic programmed onto one channel and regular music programmed onto the other three channels.  We found that patients preferred the music they were familiar with, and did not use the Metamusic tape, even when we mentioned that that channel had music which may help them to relax. We then had a tape made with Metamusic on all four channels, and told patients that we were trying a new type of tape with music that we hoped would help them to relax.  We asked for their comments and feedback.

It is interesting to note that the tape system also has an option to play whatever tape is in the player out loud, throughout the entire treatment area.  At the time we were first experimenting with the tape, we happened to have it on for everyone to hear just before a staff meeting.  A new associate, who was not familiar with our experiment, was in the back. She came to the front and asked what kind of music was playing.  She said that she felt very irritated by the music for about fifteen minutes and was about to find someone to turn it off, when all of a sudden, she felt completely relaxed.  We explained to her what we hoped to achieve by using the Metamusic, and she now uses it with certain patients.

Each channel was programmed with Metamusic in varied sequences. Patients could listen to the sequence on a channel, or switch to any of the three other channels if they preferred a different mood.

We have now used the system for a little over a year, and will continue to do so. We offer it to the majority of our patients who are having long appointments, and both Dr. Paradise and the technical assistants feel it helps to relax the patients.  Patient comments range from “I can’t believe I fell asleep in the dental chair,” (this from a physician and an interior designer) to “I feel more relaxed, but I can still hear the drill.”  Most patients comment on the “New Age” music format.  Since relaxation and pain control are difficult to measure, we can assess our results only by our “sense” of a patient’s response and by their subjective feedback.  In some cases, they feel more relaxed than we assess, and in others, we feel they are more relaxed than they feel.

We will continue to use Hemi-Sync in our dental office since it is our conclusion that both relaxation and pain control are benefited by the music.  We thank The Monroe Institute for sharing this system with our office.

Peggy Paradise is the Office Coordinator for Complete Dentistry of Tacoma, Washington, Donald C. Paradise, DDS, PS

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1988 by The Monroe Institute


Dolphin Energy Club

On February 1, 1993, Bob's wife June phoned to request energy to assist his healing (they are Dolphin Energy Club members). For over two months this man had suffered from pervasive neuralgia with painful, inflamed joints--shoulders, hands, knees, and ankles. The symptoms began after an influenza immunization, but doctors also suspected post-polio syndrome. Ten fellow DEC members were requested to direct energy to Bob from February 6th through February 20th.

Bob writes: "On Friday, February 5th, I had hit bottom with the aches and pains that had wracked my body for two and a half months and the doctors were very concerned that I had some severe nerve muscle disease which was destroying my muscle structure and they could not identify the problem. I had reached the point where I could not use my left leg going upstairs and both legs and left arm had lost all range and strength, similar to when I had polio in 1954.

"When I hit bottom on the 5th I'm sure that my heart rather than my head finally opened up to all the energy coming my way and I started getting a little rest on the ensuing nights. My healing took place on the night of February 9th, as I awoke at 5:00 a.m. on the 10th and all the aches and pains had disappeared and I could use my left leg going up and down stairs. I had been under the care of four different specialists at the UCLA Medical Center and they were completely mystified with my dramatic turnaround to the point that they were commenting that my case should be written up in their medical journals.

"My muscles have atrophied over the past two and one half months, but I am starting physical therapy and should be as good as new in six weeks. I gratefully give thanks to all of those members of DEC who participated in the sending of the healing energy which helped in my dramatic healing."

DEC members varied in their perception of the root cause of Bob's condition. However, all made accurate comments on his physical and emotional status. A woman envisioned him "at the top of marble stairs of a big house, hand on left hip, looks weak, staggers" and saw that the emotional body map was "often painful." She experienced a headache while working and said the "dolphin acted like a suction cleaner to eliminate diseased cells." For one "there was a storm of emotions going on within Bob's emotional body." He felt that "gremlin-like" creatures were dislodged from this area. Another had grown up in the same location and was pleased with that connection. She felt "great joy and love for him, in him, with him" and ended by picturing "him walking on the Strand by the beach, happier and more peaceful." All different approaches to the same goal: activation of the inherent healing potential we all share.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc., dba Monroe Products
© 1992 by The Monroe Institute

Maati Rose-Innes is a Professional Member of The Monroe Institute and a partner, with Cedric van Heerden, in Creative Processes Ltd. of Cape Town, South Africa. A deep interest in healing led Maati to join the Dolphin Energy Club at the end of 1992. Because she had been involved in healing groups of various persuasions in the past, it was natural to gather a number of her previous colleagues around her. Thus, the first DEC group was formed. Here is the story (through 1993) of how the group chose to organize themselves and their unique experiences with DEC energy work.

Some acronyms were chosen to make discussion within the group easier:

  • DEC--the dolphin image that focuses healing energy;
  • ODEC--the partner/owner of a DEC;
  • DECMATE--the recipient of DEC energy, DEC's playmate, the healee;
  • DECPOD--ODECS who meet together for DEC work.

The initial DECPOD consisted of about eight members. All of them had completed the first two Waves of the Gateway Experience and were thus familiar with the concepts of Focus 10, the Rebal, the Energy Conversion Box, the Energy Bar Tool, and the Living Body Map. The group then used two sessions for processing the Dolphin Energy Club PREP tape. For DECPOD sessions, a headphone harness connected everyone to the tape player. The ODECS usually lay on foam mattresses with a light blanket, according to the temperature. One person was designated as operator to start the tape, control the volume, and switch off.

At the start, we took it in turns to be the DECMATE. It seemed wise not to go out and just try the DEC energy on a stranger before experiencing it ourselves. This proved to be quite enlightening. Group members suddenly realized that they were actually the DECMATE. They were about to expose themselves, and their inner secrets, to the highly gifted and perceptive people around them in the room. It was only the Body Map that the ODECS were going to go into. Despite some apprehension, they went along with it.

After the DEC tape ended, the ODECS reported what they saw, heard, or felt. Then the DECMATE reported what he or she experienced. It was useful to make written notes immediately after coming out of the tape. That practice insured against forgetting information while listening to others report. A small, portable recorder was passed around for each to use in turn. Recollections differed widely, but there was a consensus: yes, there was something going on, and certainly there was a sense of well-being afterward. Also, the DEC energy seemed to work more prominently on the emotional body. Some DECMATES were overwhelmed and tears were common. Many felt a decided increase in body temperature which faded soon afterward. Early in the group's existence, participants felt rather disconnected at the end of the tape and took some minutes to "come back." It was important to have drinking water within reach, since everyone was also fairly thirsty afterward.

As they progressed together, each ODEC found his or her DEC developing individual characteristics. Some DECS acquired names. Mine is Tom, and he does what he wants to do, not what I tell him to do. DECS grow larger or smaller according to the circumstances. All of them snuggle up to their ODECS after a job. DECS have developed specialties: Tom works best with the physical body map, Jenny's DEC with the emotional map, etc. Cedric's DEC often refuses to go and do his bit and instead gives us a four- or five-scene movie as encouragement for the DECMATE.

DECMATES--other than DECPOD members--who come to sessions are connected up to the headphone network. They listen to the whole Dolphin Energy Club application tape with the rest of the group and are briefed beforehand about what is going to happen. They are urged to just relax and flow with it, without expecting to see/hear/feel anything. After the tape, the usual reporting routine is observed. Then the guest DECMATE is asked to comment. Usually they say that they did not feel much as they went to sleep until near the end, but they now feel good and comfortable.

Only positive information is offered to the DECMATE in the DECPOD setting, and then circumspectly. Any other diagnoses or impressions are communicated afterward to me and shared later in private if this seems warranted. When the DECMATE is not present, the ODEC reports can be freer. However, only positive comments are passed on to the DECMATE.

The one rule of the Dolphin Energy Club is that the prospective DECMATE must "ask for help." This has not been so easy to explain, but it is insurance against any tendency of "healers" to want to go out and "save the whole world with their power." This basic principle that the DECMATES, in their conscious awareness, have to ask and do their bit by reporting progress is carefully observed.

The first attempt to find a DECMATE who was not in the room was rather difficult. Most ODECS were not sure whether they had managed to find the DECMATE at all. The following process was developed and found to be effective: one ODEC in the group is designated the leader to locate the DECMATE. This individual may have a photo of the DECMATE, know them personally, or know their location. When it is time to go to the DECMATE during the tape exercise, all the ODECS visualize their DECS swimming around the room for a short while. Then they follow the DEC who knows the "address" of the DECMATE. To strengthen the imagery, when the DECS leave the room they dive through an "S"-shaped stream of rainbow light--first up, then down the curved slope and into the ether following the leading DEC to the designated recipient. The procedure is reversed on the return trip with one exception: all the DECS remember to wriggle, wash, and cleanse themselves in the rainbow energy before snuggling back with their ODEC. On first hearing, this process may seem a bit silly, but it works just fine in practice. The DECS seem to have great fun with it, and the "S" slope really gives the feeling of shooting up and out to the DECMATE. We've been informed that etheric energy seems to move in wave form rather than in a straight line.

During the months of working with the DECPOD, the most difficult aspects have been the interrelationship between the ODECS themselves and the inclination to consider oneself "a healer" and rather a special person as a result. This can introduce dissension and jealousy. The concept of sending one's DEC to do the work, rather than using personal energy, only partially circumvents this tendency. Intergroup gossip may arise and lead to simmering conflicts which even the most skillful handling cannot balance. One DECPOD was quietly discontinued as a result. This aspect is unlikely to be an issue in individual work. It is mentioned here as a caution to others considering group activity. We have grown from this, and all of our experiences, and appreciate the insights DEC service continues to give us.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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Thank you so very much for getting the DEC energy coming. The speed of my healing was almost unbelievable. I have been off the chemotherapy ointment for eight days now and except for the pinkness of the new skin and a few light scabs, my face is back to its healthy smiling self!

The past seven days were an incredible transformation--from Saturday, May 4, which was spent in excruciating pain and frustration, barely able to stay in my skin--to Saturday, May 11, full of life and laughter and out working in my springtime garden (protected by a wide-brimmed hat of course). Throughout the week several people each day commented on the rapidity of my healing and asked what I was doing. It was truly amazing to get up each morning looking forward to witnessing the remarkable changes reflected in the mirror.

One very basic realization came through on May 4, when I was most down in every way. I had really set myself up by thinking it would be okay--on this first day without the chemo--to lavish myself in healing treatments that would bring much-needed soothing and pain relief. Unfortunately, it was not okay. Everything seemed to just make matters worse. The cucumber treatment burned like hell--the best part was taking it off. Although aloe vera did eventually help, staying present long enough to let it settle in was extremely challenging. That afternoon during a tape I realized that all the healing energies and attention in the world wouldn't help if I didn't bring them down into my body, i.e., breathe! It dawned on me that too much of this healing energy had been kept in the mental realms, instead of being brought into the physical body. Rather than breathing into my face and focusing my attention on the actual sensations, I was simply visualizing white or golden lights on my face. This turned out to be a real catch-22. I didn't want to feel the pain, but breathing into and feeling the source of the pain proved to be the quickest way of bringing in the healing presence. How much life I feel in my body when I actually inhabit it! This may sound fundamental, but actually experiencing it was a revelation. And once again, this awareness of breathing into the source of the pain has correlations in so many areas. It is fascinating to witness the range and depth this process has taken me through.

Another little trick was useful for the most distressing moments. Slipping into a Focus-level state, I'd see the healed future me sending healing back to the hurting me. This was a variation on a past life healing technique that I do all the time to comfort the child me or reclaim soul parts, but it was interesting to reach forward instead of back for the support. Time took on a very liquid nature!

Now I'm thrilled to say that all is well. Other than what looks like a mild sunburn, my skin is completely back to normal. There were most definitely times when I felt healing energies from fellow DEC members coming my way. This whole process really put me in much closer touch with my body and helped to fine-tune my awareness and attention. The sequential photos show how quickly healing progressed.

One more thing: while down in the city at work my Walkman® went on the blink, forcing me to do my DEC healing without the tape. Not only that, my daughter in Southern California was home from school with pneumonia and I was intent on doing DEC for her as well. Once again, this hitch turned out to be good by allowing me to detach from the tape--kind of like taking the training wheels off my dolphin!

Professional Member Debra Jean Hawley has been on the road of self-discovery and healing through many seasons of darkness and light. This personal knowledge informs her work with abuse survivors, substance abusers, and grieving children and adults. Debra has recently founded The Inside Edge. She conducts workshops using Hemi-Sync® and other complementary modalities to help others open to the possibility of healing. A mishap following topical chemotherapy led her to call for Dolphin Energy Club assistance and exponentially increased her empathy.

For consultations and workshops, contact Debra at hawley@well.com  or The Inside Edge, P.O. Box 602, Middletown, CA 95461.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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(July 5)

A dear friend, James, in Singapore, has two new localized tumors on the left side of his brain and cancer in his lungs. Because of the brain tumor, he is suffering a condition like a stroke in the lower part of the body. He has severe backache, and he has been hospitalized at Singapore General Hospital for one week.

(July 7)

I have news that James's system has given up and he is now under an oxygen mask. He is alert and still has hopes of getting through this because they kept the final diagnosis results (known yesterday) from him. So he didn't know that the cancer has spread to his stomach as well--almost everywhere. [DEC started on July 8 and ran through July 29 with the usual ten members, plus one accessible by e-mail.]

(July 9)

James is in a great deal of pain. The doctors have been administering morphine at regular intervals, but when the effects wear off they cannot administer more until the scheduled time. The situation is so urgent that I flew down instead of sending Hemi-Sync tapes by courier. When I arrived last night, he was on continuous morphine drips. He was "gone"--not awake, and even when he was, he wasn't really there. I explained to Wendy (his wife) about the Hemi-Sync tape Pain Control, which could help James relax deeply, help to regulate internal bodily functions, and also help to ease the pain. In this way, perhaps the doctors could (although I wasn't sure for such cancer cases) reduce the morphine. The pain would be relieved while he remained more alert. Wendy was agreeable, since right then she seemed to have lost him. She planned to speak to the doctor the next morning.

(July 10)

This morning, when my sister Ching and I reached the hospital, Wendy happily told us that the night before she had asked her husband if he would like to hear Pain Control. James agreed. And soon after listening, he fell into a deep sleep with rhythmic abdominal breathing. She switched the tape off later. This morning he asked to listen to it again. I told her to keep the tape playing as long as he wanted to hear it and left Energy Walk for some variety. Seeing his deep breathing, which was absent last night, made me very pleased. On top of that, whenever James awoke he was certainly more alert than the previous day. He understood my brief explanation that I have also requested The Monroe Institute's DEC group to do distance healing for him. It was great to see some improvement.

(July 12)

Yesterday Wendy called me from a public phone booth at the hospital to say (she sounded so happy!) that James was even more alert. He had asked the doctor to remove the morphine drips. I cautioned her that he would still need them due to the severity of his cancer and perhaps they could just reduce the quantity. Wendy said they'd monitor. James is using Energy Walk now. I suggested the Recovery tape for a change of pace.

I'm a bit apprehensive because, during my Tuesday visit, Wendy told me the doctor's opinion: when a person's internal systems have broken down, he will go at any time, usually two days to a week. My thanks to everyone for the DEC for James. Perhaps miracles can happen since he is a very positive person and he is still unaware of his serious state. I had a funny personal experience while DECing James. My dolphin was extremely huge, as wide as James's body width! It just plunged straight through his chest and disappeared. I assume it was swimming there, filling up all of his body! Gosh!

(July 21)

James passed away peacefully this morning. Please thank the DEC members again for their help.

(August 21)

Wendy is now using the Energy Walk tape to relax herself. She's very happy with the benefits of the tape and has been telling her office colleagues about it.

TMI Sustaining Member, Dolphin Energy Club member and Dealer/Distributor Tania Teh presents workshops to business groups in Malaysia. Early in July she e-mailed a DEC request for her friend James. Tania wrote to tell us how DEC, tapes from the Surgical Support Series and a "pod" of friends and family created a special resonance, enhancing James's final days and easing his transition.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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This March, the Institute's Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) received a request to provide healing support to a fifty-five-year-old woman with sarcoidosis (scarring of the lungs). The condition was responsive to steroids; however, it worsened with stress. Two members of her ten-person DEC team made pertinent observations. One noted darkness around the lungs and adrenals and an immune system depleted by stress, while another saw "a casing like an eggshell around [her] field" that blocked her ability to give and receive love fully. This same DEC member added, "It looks like she's maybe on the verge of creating something harmonious and wonderful." The recipient's own comments show that both were "on the mark."

Physical Observations

The changes in my physical condition were actually in the negative--higher fatigue, lessened intellectual capacity, deeper emotional highs and lows. These, however, can be directly related to the massive increase in my medication level (steroids) at the same time that your <a href="/dolphin_energy_club/">Dolphin Energy Club</a> began its work with me. These conditions are concurrent with steroid treatment, the only known therapy for the disease I have. I have received good news just today that my disease has not hit my heart. What a blessing that is. My chest x rays have shown no change, but my physicians are conjecturing about possible implications, both good and bad, about that. That could still be good news. Only time will tell.

Attitude Observations

This piece is where the magic begins! There was quite a breakthrough in this realm for not only myself but also my husband. Let me explain.

For about the last year, I have wrestled with a decision that ultimately I knew I had to make--should I leave my job. First, you need to know that my husband is the pastor of our community church and I am, of course, much involved in that ministry. Second, my faith is, and has always been, very strong and is a driving force in my life. About a year ago, I attended a retreat and was faced with a question that had been unstated but felt for quite a while.

I had been unhappy with my job in many ways and it certainly traced the footprint of my disease. The question I faced was, "Am I doing the work that God wanted me to do?" For an entire year, I knew the answer was, "NO." I was not doing what He wanted me to do. But I was very fearful to let go of a job in which I could work three days a week, earn a decent living, do some of the work that I really enjoyed, and have some great coworkers and support. Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? But there was one problem. It was sucking EVERYTHING out of me and I was not getting refilled. I constantly bargained with God in this way: "I'll let go if you show me your plan first!!" Well, we all know that God doesn't take to bargaining, but being human, I guess I haven't lived long enough yet to have learned that. DUH! This went on for one year.

My husband all through this has quietly loved, supported, and cared for me physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. He has watched me struggle with the effects of the steroids, particularly the highest dosages I have ever been on. He has never pushed, only helped me come to terms with whatever I was dealing with. During the weeks of April 5 and 13 [near the end of DEC service], both of us had an emotional breakthrough. BOTH of us, independently but within about two days of each other, came to the same conclusion. Regardless of the financial impact of my quitting my job, that is what I need to do. And believe me, when I say financial impact, I mean FINANCIAL IMPACT!

My husband said he couldn't stand to watch how the job was draining me of what was barely left from the steroids. He loved me too much to let that go on, not to mention the effort needed to maintain his own balance. He said that he had absolute confidence that God would provide whatever safety net we needed as He always has in the past. Twenty years of experience has taught him that!! I, too, had come to the same conclusion. I knew that I could no longer go on. I had to let go and step out in faith that God would be there for us and provide for us . . . as He has always done in the past. Our shared and mutual decision is that I will be out of the job by the end of three months. When we shared our thoughts with each other, it was almost amusing how we both had come to the same conclusion at the same time. Are we connected, or what? Have always been! We are both sure that our way will be shown to us, whatever that is.

I still feel pretty awful because of the steroid effects, but spiritually and emotionally, this decision has brought wonderful peace. Scared? Of course we are. But then we remember that God has promised us (and followed through always) that He will provide whatever we need to do His service. That's all we need to remember. We also know that your Dolphin Energy Club's efforts were a powerful boost to our energy and helped lead us to this breakthrough. Thank your for your efforts. I hope you have other successes such as ours.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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have to say that this is the happiest day in our lives since August 8, 1996. Let me explain before I tell you the results. The cancer I was diagnosed with, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, causes the affected lymphocytes to produce an excessive amount of an antibody known as IgM. The abnormal antibody production can make blood literally too thick to flow properly, along with many other symptoms.

Medical science has only two ways to bring IgM levels down: plasmapheresis (a temporary fix by filtering the blood) or chemotherapy. Here's a quick rundown of my IgM counts for the last two and a half years. A normal count would be in the 40-230 mg/dl range.

* August 8, 1996--5,700 (my diagnosis day).
* September 1996--7,100 (down to 5,000 after a plasmapheresis).
* October 1996--7,400 (back down to 5,000 after a plasmapheresis).
* November 1996--5,500 (started chemotherapy).
* February 1997--2,400 (after chemotherapy).
* March through December 1997--2,600, 2,800, 3,000 (steady increase).
* March 1998--3,400.
* September/October 1998-3,850.
* November 1998--Gateway Voyage.
* December 1998/January 1999--Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) tape, DEC members sending me energy, visits to the Focus 27 Healing and Regeneration Center, and no changes in the foods or herbs I've been taking.

Of course, I wanted to be completely cured but--as I was driving to get the results today--I hoped for at least a 100 or 200 mg/dl drop, just a little change to show that at least something was working. January 19, 1999--1,457. That's a 2,400 difference! The lowest since I was diagnosed! In the medical world this does not happen without chemotherapy. IgMs just don't decrease by themselves. In my case, even the chemo couldn't get it down that far. All my other tests--CBC, other counts, and viscosity--are normal. I can live with 1,457, but we will work on getting the IgMs to normal. The doctors and nurses in Charlotte, North Carolina, are in shock right now. It is completely unheard of for counts to drop 2,400 points without chemotherapy!

Jennifer, David (my son), and I are also in shock. Lots of happy tears have been flowing. I am so elated, I'm in a daze. I don't know what to say. I knew something was happening but I really was not expecting this. I am so happy. I feel so free. It's like this door has been opened for us. I feel like we have been given brand new lives.

I want to thank you all and all the DEC members. Thanks to everyone for their love, caring, and taking the time to send us energy. I guess the biggest shock is that this is what my guide told me was going to happen when he sent me to The Monroe Institute. He said it would happen, and now that it has, it's awesome. I am also glad because this will give hope to others by showing that the TMI residential courses, the tapes, the concepts, DEC, and my own energy dolphin do work!

In 1996, Dan Bailey was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of malignant lymphoma. Neither standard treatments nor holistic interventions had a major, lasting impact on the disease's progress. Then Dan and his wife, Jennifer, followed intuitive guidance and attended a Gateway Voyage in 1998. Dan continued to use Hemi-Sync intensively following the Voyage and also requested healing support from the Institute's Dolphin Energy Club. On January 19, 1999, he shared the outcome in this e-mail message.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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Richard Lewis heard about The Monroe Institute during a remote viewing class. He went home, checked out our website, and immediately ordered Waves I-III of the Gateway Experience. When he heard that Andy, the son of friends, had been in a coma since a car accident in November, 1997, Richard remembered reading about the Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) on the Web. He obtained parental permission and e-mailed a DEC request for Andy on January 7, 1998. Richard said, "This family is really desperate and traditional medicine has done all it can do." He followed up on suggestions for appropriate Hemi-Sync tapes by purchasing H-Plus Brain: Repairs & Maintenance.

Andy received Dolphin Energy Club support from January 8 through 27. On January 27, Andy's mother, Marie, completed and returned the DEC receiver's report. She wrote, "Andy is in a coma and cannot respond on his own. He continues to improve a little each day. He got the trach [tracheostomy tube] out on Tuesday, January 13. We have seen more movement since then. He is still not consistent in his responses but he is more alert. He is on a minimal amount of medication at this time. He is definitely lighter in the coma. With the support of family and friends we know he will keep getting better. The power of prayer really does work. Thank you for continuing to send positive healing thoughts to Andy." DEC members received this encouraging news in their April, 1998, update letter.

Then, in September, Richard sent a newspaper photo of a smiling Andy in a rehabilitation center pool and the following letter. "I wanted to take a moment to send this picture to you to share with those in the dolphin group who participated in the healing event this past year of Andy. He was the last surviving child of two colleagues of mine, following the loss of their teenage girl in an auto accident last year. If you recall, I contacted you following Andy's solo car accident last November, and the doctors told the parents his chance of survival was slim and if he were to survive that it would most likely be in a vegetative state. When I contacted you, Andy was in a coma. It was shortly after you began your healing work that Andy seemed to make major strides in his health. Today he is still struggling with some things that we all seem to take for granted. He is, however, out of the coma and no longer confined to a wheelchair. All remarkable strides for a person whom the doctors had written off not too many months ago. Thank you for your work. I believe you had a very real hand in the healing that has taken place in Andy."

The rehabilitation center ad accompanying the photo corroborated the extent of Andy's healing. It stated: "Andy sustained head trauma . . . which left him in a non-responsive coma for eight weeks. After a four-month hospital stay, Andy came home with his supportive family. Andy and his family chose to go to Canterbury Rehabilitation Hospital's Out-Patient Therapy Center, which started a new phase in his recovery. Prior to his accident, Andy was a chemistry major at college. He was a competitive athlete, excelling in football, hockey, and golf. With the help of his physical, occupational, and speech therapists at Canterbury, he is excelling in his rehabilitation toward his return to the physically active lifestyle [to which] he has been accustomed."

On June 10, 1998, Peter J. Van Der Schaar, MD, PhD, a member of the TMI Professional Division, faxed a request to recommend and ship tapes for a teenage boy who was in a coma following a traffic accident. METAMUSIC® Remembrance, Einstein's Dream, and Baroque Garden, which promote alert mental focus, and METAMUSIC Sleeping Through the Rain, which moves the listener in and out of the normal stages of sleep, were air mailed to the Netherlands on June 11. At that time, the youngster was "on a respirator and stable." Dr. Van Der Schaar said, "His family wants to pursue anything that could help. They were very interested in Hemi-Sync.

"June 30, he was discharged from the ICU. Although still unconscious, he could breathe spontaneously through a tracheostomy. Gradually he regained consciousness and was eventually moved to a rehabilitation center when he could understand 'yes' and 'no' and respond by gestures. In this center the staff was also convinced that the tapes, with almost immediate effect, were helpful for restoring emotional balance and improving sleep. His speech improved fast. At this time Jadus is allowed to come home on weekends, but he always insists on carrying the tapes along with him. He has not been able to walk yet.

On July 13, Dr. Van Der Schaar reported by fax that "the tapes for the comatose boy are being used intensively. From almost zero reflexes, at three weeks post-accident, he can now breathe spontaneously, has pain reflexes, and also, sometimes, clenches his brother's hand as a response to questions. It would be very interesting to ask him, in due time, if he can remember the tapes."

Dr. Van Der Schaar's September 22 update was even more exciting. "A quick update on the boy for whom I used the tapes that you recommended for coma. He is doing very well. He is out of coma but still has partial paralysis. He likes the tapes so much that he takes them along with him from the clinic when he visits home or the rehabilitation center. Good result, isn't it?"

A final report on October 16 gave complete details. "On June 6, 1998, sixteen-year-old Jadus hit a car head-on with his scooter and was catapulted over the bonnet against the windshield. He landed several meters beyond on the road shoulder. He was admitted to the ICU of a university hospital with brain and brain stem concussions, which were confirmed by MRI scanning and EEG. He needed artificial ventilation because the brain damage had also affected the respiratory center. Multiple fractures in his left hip were later detected. At that time, his chances for survival were estimated to be poor.

"Jadus was in a coma for approximately six weeks, but recently he seemed to remember some events of the last period of his coma. The tapes for alertness were administered randomly throughout the day, and Sleeping through the Rain at 11:00 p.m. Whenever he became restless at night, the tape quieted him down, 'as if a switch was thrown.' The other tapes remarkably changed his behavior during the day, with the change being perceptible a few minutes after application.

"Of course, it is difficult to scientifically prove that the tapes were instrumental in his progress. But it is undeniable that within minutes—at least—they improved unconscious erratic behavior. Also remarkable is his apparent attachment to the tapes, as if he is aware that they have contributed substantially to his progress."

The families were advised to inform the medical caregivers before using Hemi-Sync and to use caution if patients had had seizures. The names of the patients and their relatives have been changed to preserve confidentiality.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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© 1999 by The Monroe Institute

I love riding bicycles, especially the endorphin high of bicycle racing. I race in the Master 45+ category-fast, mature riders. The three-day Enchanted Mountain stage held in Olean, New York, is one of the best-organized races in the state, and I was riding in it on July 18-20, 1997.

At the end of the individual time trial, which took place during a spectacular thunderstorm, I had the fastest time. After the officials reviewed the videotapes and time strips I dropped to second place: still a great position. Following the hilly road race, I was in fourth place. With only seconds between me and third place, I was psyched up to win.

In the criterium (twenty-five laps in downtown Olean on an .8 mile loop with eight turns), I picked up a one-second time bonus in a sprint. I felt good, was recovering fast, and had every expectation of doing well in the next time sprint and at the finish. I had a hunch that two of the strongest “crit” racers were setting up for a breakaway. Through the next two corners, I was moving up to be in on that break. Then, as I was passing on the right between two other riders and the curb, with two generous handlebar-widths of room, the middle rider looked left and drifted right. His handlebars came under my elbow and hooked my thigh. I stayed relaxed, waiting for him to untangle himself, so I could chase down the leaders. Instead, he panicked, gave up, and went down. His wheels hit my spokes broadside and turned my wheels into wavy potato chips. When the warp in the chips hit my brake calipers, the bicycle stopped dead. I was launched over the handlebars at more than twenty-five miles per hour.

I tucked, rolled, felt the impact of my right deltoid, and thought, “This is going to hurt later.” Luckily, the other twenty riders navigated around us. But the stab of pain in my shoulder as I picked up my bicycle meant that I was out of the race. I hiked over to tell the race officials, then headed to the medics. The medic gave me a visual once-over and said, “So?” The drill started as soon as they realized I’d crashed. In that state of post-trauma numbness, my race jersey peeled off without too much discomfort. Later, at the hospital, the nurse had to cut my insulating base layer to remove it.

Sitting in the emergency room with an ice pack on my shoulder, I called on my own dolphin team, used Color Breathing, and did micro-motion exercises from Meir Schneider’s Handbook for Self-Healing, which had been reviewed in the DEC newsletter. I wanted to increase blood flow and oxygen to the injured area and flush out fluid buildup. Moving the shoulder for x-rays was not fun.

The orthopedic surgeon arrived and informed me that I had a shoulder separation.
I asked, “Is it a category 1, 2, or . . .”
He looked at me and stated that it was a full-blown cat 3 separation with a broken shoulder blade--typical of high-impact accidents. Ah, like hitting the pavement at twenty-five miles per hour. Yes, I would say so.
Next question. How long does this take to get better?
His response: four to six.
Quick calculation, I’ll be back on the bike by the weekend.
He elaborated: weeks.
WEEKS! Doctor, do you know where I am supposed to be in two weeks?
Boulder, Colorado.
Oh, that is nice.
Doctor, have you heard of Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney?
But, I’m going out to Boulder to ride with them.
He smiled and said, not with that shoulder.
Then I described my exercises. Surprised by my proactive attitude, he agreed that the exercises would help and showed me several more for later.

The following Monday I called and placed myself on the DEC list. By Wednesday evening during my quiet time, I sensed that other energy sources had joined my dolphins. An intense influx of energy awakened me late that night. To keep from struggling against it, I rolled out of bed, went to my sitting place, and did conscious breathing. I sighed gratefully and went back to bed once the energy had been modulated and incorporated.

That first week I slept propped up in bed, wore both a shoulder harness and a sling day and night, and needed help to get into a shirt. My own dolphins distributed the energy being directed to me while I concentrated on smooth flow and increasing vitality, plus continuing the micro-motion exercises. I could feel the shoulder blade knitting back together! I went to the bike camp in Boulder without my bike. Hey, I had paid for it, and you can learn a lot just being around world-class athletes. Experts from many fields made presentations. Andy Pruitt, sports medicine specialist, and Kari DeBenedetti, athletic trainer, checked my shoulder.

Andy’s comment: yes, cat 3 separation; you never completely heal from one of those.
Not what I really wanted to hear.

I occasionally “checked in” at my New York apartment and found energy gifts waiting there. I also signed up for four one-hour massage sessions, which included assisted/passive motion therapy, with Nancy Schierholt. Each succeeding day, the increased range of motion, reduction in bruising and swelling, and speed of my recovery surprised Nancy. At our last session, she said it was hard to believe that I’d had major trauma just a week and a half earlier. Near the end of the week, I could sleep flat on my back and used the sling only when my arm and shoulder started to tire. Small gains felt like such big accomplishments. On my way home, I stopped in East Texas for a family gathering. My brother and sister-in-law are doctors; they introduced me to area physical therapists who taught me new motion and strength exercises. I enjoyed doing them while floating in the lake.

Because I had forgotten to make withdrawals from my DEC account while in Texas, I returned home to a huge store of energy. Several of the energy “signatures” were familiar, including that of the individual who had awakened me two weeks before. Multiple quiet-time sessions over several days integrated the energy very nicely. I started to wonder if DEC goes to the person or to the location? I can now vouch that receiving DEC energy assists in physical and emotional recovery from trauma. My thanks to everyone--DEC members and health practitioners--who supported my healing. Seeing DEC from the other side has increased my sensitivity and, hopefully, my effectiveness. Andy was correct. My shoulder “pops” at times as tiny displacements move back into alignment. But I have full range of motion, and my love of biking is undiminished. You’ll still find me training and racing from May through September, the cycling season in upstate New York.

Although Madison Lee has never attended a TMI residential program, he got his first taste of progressive relaxation techniques in 1969. Then he touched on meditation and energy work as a student of Washin Ryu Karate. By 1989, Madison had discovered Far Journeys. Shortly thereafter, he purchased Human Plus, Volume I, and Wave I of the Gateway Experience and added Hemi-Sync to his eclectic repertoire. He joined the Dolphin Energy Club in 1991--its first year of existence--and felt pretty familiar with the process. Then a personal injury took him to a new level of understanding.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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Doubting is part of being an explorer. I’ve had many doubts during my explorations into the vast, unknown reaches of consciousness. On a Saturday in September 1999 I left most of them behind. It all started with breaking one of my own rules. Years of doing hazardous work have taught me to insist on two points of safety (a safety line and a backup). Well, this time I forgot.

My house was built around 1938. The roof of the slightly older garage had a problem with dry rot and carpenter ants. Tearing off part of the roof revealed far more water damage than expected and a strange arrangement of lumber underneath. I had removed about two-thirds of the roof and the carpenter ant-riddled header beam by the time my dad arrived to help. We worked for about another hour. Then I tried to pull the left end of the main beam free--no go. So I gripped the very end of it firmly with my left hand and was tearing out the section to the right, when I over-centered slightly and weighted my left hand. The previously immovable section gave like cardboard, and the ladder and I fell eight to ten feet onto the concrete driveway. I landed on my right side with my leg caught in a cockeyed position and my right arm curled under my ribs. After lying there for a while, it was obvious that I couldn’t get into my dad’s pickup. We called 911, and the fire guys gave me a very bumpy ride to the emergency room.

We arrived at the hospital about 3:00 p.m. Since I wasn’t screaming they were slow to give me painkillers. I was wheeled into x ray and back. The emergency room doctor came in with the x ray and commented that the pain from the fracture must be pretty bad. When I agreed, they finally gave me a shot of morphine. Then the surgeon came in to discuss the x ray. I asked about my options, and he said that there was really only one. There was a clean fracture across the neck of the femur about a half-inch below the head. They would put in three or four screws, and I would be on crutches for six weeks. I gave the go-ahead and by 4:00 p.m. they were wheeling me into surgery. Everything after meeting the anesthesiologist and nurse was a blank until I awakened in recovery about 6:30 p.m.

I had a funny telephone conversation that night with a healer friend (a natural adept) in San Diego. Before I could tell her what had happened, she told me. She said that I had gone out-of-body just before I hit, that my leg had fractured, and that many parts of me had scurried off for protection. She immediately began working to help me put myself back together. On the way into surgery, I had asked my dad to get my Surgical Support Series tapes and DEC tape. I began using the Recovery tape as well as my Free Flow 27 tape postoperatively. Although I’ve learned to go to any level at will the tapes provided nice support, and I used them for most of the following week.

They gave me Percocet® for a day and a half after surgery. The nurses were a little weirded out because every time they came in I was wide awake and in very good spirits. Their rounds matched my hour and a half sleep cycle. They were also amazed that my blood pressure and temperature stayed down for my entire hospitalization. Just before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday they had me up on crutches and walking down the hall. Slightly before noon on Monday I was up on crutches again. At noon sharp my dad picked me up and we were on the way to my folks’ house. The nurses were stunned! They said nobody gets out in less than four to five days after hip surgery. However, my healer friend commented that her clients typically cut their hospital stays in half.

The following Sunday my dad and I returned to my place, and he finished repairing the garage roof. It seems that it had leaked from the beginning and had three separate roofs and nine layers of roofing . . . all incorrectly applied! That same week I requested healing from the Dolphin Energy Club and from a Guidelines group. Both jumped right in, along with several other friends and healers. I could identify some energies, but having so many people coming and going was a bit like a roving massage party from fifty pairs of hands.

Surgical souvenirs included a ten-inch scar down my right hip and three stainless steel screws. I quickly developed enough strength in my left leg to do one-legged deep knee bends in order to get out of chairs and bed. My empathy increased for older people who break fragile bones. It was hard enough being forty-four and healthy. Four days postaccident my aching ribs reminded me that I had fallen on my whole right side. My high pain threshold from enduring chronic arthritis (which went into full remission overnight at Guidelines) and my TMI training enabled me to stop taking painkillers early on Wednesday after surgery. By the tenth day postsurgery I had resumed telecommuting full time from home.

Getting moving early broke up the adhesions quickly. Range of motion in the injured leg was normal at five weeks. The surgeon had said there was a 15 percent chance the bone would not knit and another 15 percent chance that inadequate blood flow to the femoral head would cause it to die. Based on what he saw during surgery, he did not expect either problem. A week and a half after surgery they took out the staples. The three screws looked odd on the x rays, but the fracture line wasn’t even visible. My surgeon and staff were impressed by how well I was moving around and asked how I was able to do that. I just smiled.

So I healed quickly and felt very blessed by the concern, kind wishes, and energy work of my family, my extended family of friends, and my coworkers. In the weeks following the accident, I clearly sensed the energy of people coming and going. Some were familiar; others were not. Some radiated power; others were gentle as summer rain. All came in love. I now understand the caution not to send people energy or help without their request and foreknowledge. Many of those who “stopped in” startled me by arriving at rather odd hours by Pacific Time. By the end of the fifth week, the crutches were almost history. On Tuesday of the sixth week I attended a public meeting that lasted until 11:00 p.m. My friends got tired just watching me do acrobatics on the crutches. I used one crutch or a cane for two days to build up weak muscles. Six weeks to the day from the accident I used crutches for the last time. By the following Saturday I could walk up and down stairs unsupported and without doing the two-step.

When I saw the doctor at six weeks, my x rays stunned him. He said, “It’s healed!” I said, “Yeah.” He continued, “This looks REALLY good. You’re healing like a teenager.” I said, “How is that?” He replied, “Well, see here--the screws are backing out of the bone.” I asked, “And what does that mean?” “Mostly it means we’ll need to have you come back in the spring for another surgery to take the screws out, or they will drive you crazy. I am really happy with this.” Very cool indeed. I’m not thrilled about another surgery, but that’s the way it goes. Now I have a manly scar and a tall tale to tell. Next spring I get the souvenirs to prove it.

The tools I acquired at TMI played a large part in my healing. Trust comes easily now. Those last nagging doubts are gone.

Postscript: In a March 17th E-mail, Dirk wrote, “Well, I got my screws out today. It went incredibly well. I went in at 7:30 p.m. and was conscious just after 9:00 P.M. Five minutes later, I was up and walking. There is no pain, and all appears to be perfect. I can walk up and down stairs freely, although I have to be careful of the staples. They sting a bit when I forget.”

Despite attending the Gateway Voyage, Guidelines (twice), Lifeline (twice), Heartline, and Exploration 27, Dirk Dunning still sometimes wondered if his experiences in the far reaches of consciousness could be trusted. In the aftermath of a serious accident, he reaffirmed a Different Overview of anomalous healing and the powers of the mind.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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As a Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) member, I never considered that I would request DEC healing for myself. On Tuesday, February 22, I was driving my one-hour commute to work at the Emergency Department at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York, for the 9 p.m.-6 a.m. shift. At 8:15 p.m. I began to have chest pain. By 8:45 p.m., it was unbearable. The pressure in my chest was enormous, and I was sweating profusely. I contemplated pulling over and requesting an ambulance, but it was only an eight-minute drive to the hospital. I called the hospital on my cell phone and said I was coming in. To say they rolled out the red carpet would be the understatement of the year. They whisked me into a cubicle, started intravenous lines, gave me sublingual nitroglycerine, intravenous morphine, oxygen, and aspirin, attached the cardiac monitor, and did an electrocardiogram. The first readout showed “ischemia in the anterolateral leads.” Uh, oh! At forty-five years old, I was too young to be having angina or a heart attack. Thank God I was on my way to work and not in some out-of-the-way place--synchronicity strikes again. I thanked my guides for their timing. They said, “You are welcome.”

My beloved wife, Margie, showed up. I asked her to contact Shirley and request DEC assistance. She had already thought of it and put in a request the first thing the following morning. I had terrific doctors (one of the perks of working at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is you know in advance who you would or wouldn’t want). My cardiologist, Dr. Ed Arozoza, asked me the next morning if I had any allergies. I told him, “only to cardiac catheterizations.” “What?” “Nothing.” He went over risk factors. “You are diabetic, age forty-five, male, and have elevated cholesterol. Do you exercise?” “Right!” I majored in couch potato before getting a PhD in it. He strongly recommended a cardiac catheterization. They hoped to find that a single coronary vessel was involved so they could do an angioplasty or stent during the angiogram. If two or more vessels were involved, it meant a coronary artery bypass graft. Great. Don’t get me wrong-I’ve done Lifeline and Exploration27 - I know there is an afterlife. I just wasn’t in a hurry to get there yet!

They told me my cardiac cath had been moved up several hours, so I kicked back for the remaining one and a half hours and meditated. I immediately sensed a calming presence I knew to be my guides. Were they ever welcome! Then huge numbers of dolphins surrounded me. Some of them I just knew had to be DEC members, and I sensed Shirley there as well. I was blissed out. I “knew” this cath would go well. Dr. Tom Stuver, the interventional cardiologist, was puzzled. The cath was normal. Entirely normal. “I don’t believe this, a forty-five-year-old diabetic with markedly elevated cholesterol should have some plaque in his arteries. You don’t have anything. I can’t explain it.” I can explain it with three letters: DEC. I haven’t had any chest pain since. My thanks to all of the DEC members. You really make a difference.

Dr. Brian Dailey supports The Monroe Institute’s work through his memberships in our Professional Division and the Dolphin Energy Club remote healing group. Early this year, a personal health crisis gave us an opportunity to return the favor.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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I promised to write this letter a month or two ago, and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to get to it earlier. The holidays were characteristically hectic. As you’ll hear, however, it was actually a good thing that I waited. The news keeps getting better.

Last Labor Day, I got a distressing call from my dad in Plattsburgh, New York. It seems that Mom had been experiencing some lower gastrointestinal distress and had gone to the doctor on Saturday of the holiday weekend to see what was the matter. The doc gave her a strong laxative and told her if she had no relief by Sunday afternoon to go to the hospital and admit herself, since his office would be closed. No relief came, and she was admitted to the hospital, believing she had a blockage or obstruction of some sort in her colon. They tried to treat her medically, but still no luck, so they decided to operate on Tuesday. Instead of an obstruction, they found that a large tumor had strangled her colon. Stage IV ovarian cancer had metastasized throughout the peritoneal cavity. I was floored. Never in her seventy-three years has Mom had more than a cold--literally!

Jim and I immediately jumped on a plane to go see her. She looked awful lying there in the hospital, tubes poking in and out of her everywhere. The most vibrant woman I know looked ashen and was in great pain. But Mom’s a fighter, and she decided that she wanted to beat the cancer, despite the doctor’s caution that life expectancy for this particular type was only eighteen months. The family--meaning Dad, my sister (a postdoc medical researcher, luckily), my brother, and me--immediately set about gathering all the information we could on courses of treatment. But Mom decided that she did not want to delay starting the traditional modality. She was scheduled for her first chemotherapy treatment on September 19, barely a week after her post-op discharge.

Because of our many experiences with healing energy, Jim and I took it upon ourselves to explore alternative treatments, ancillary therapies, and nontraditional healing resources. Of course, one of the first resources we turned to was TMI, and with Shirley Bliley’s help, the Dolphin Energy Club was enlisted a few weeks later to send Mom healing energy from all around the world. I believe the DEC request went out around the end of September or the first of October. Mom was most appreciative, if a bit skeptical. We also brought her a copy of the Positive Immunity Program with a Walkman® as a gift. She had never had headphones on in her life, but she started listening to the tapes at that same time. Jim’s sister, Shirley, organized novenas for Mom in several of the Catholic dioceses and convents around the Northeast in that time frame.

Right after the first of October, Mom’s first post-chemo blood test was a disappointment to everyone, especially her doctor. Her CA-125 marker had been 5l5 and was reduced to only 430 following the first round of chemotherapy. She had her second treatment a couple of days later, but our spirits were sagging. The doctor had told us that he wanted the marker down to 35 or so before performing the all-important "de-bulking" surgery, which would hopefully include a hysterectomy and reversal of her colostomy. With such a long way to go, it looked like the surgery would be months off--reducing the probability of remission and reducing the possibility that the colostomy could be reversed. Mom hated that colostomy bag.

But three weeks after the second treatment, the cancer marker had fallen to 65. The doctor was in disbelief--so much so that he ordered the test repeated to make sure there was no mistake. This man is one of the preeminent ovarian oncologists in the world, and such a drop was a first in his vast experience. Second test, exact same result. Our spirits soared. The doctor immediately scheduled the surgery for the Monday after Thanksgiving (actually ahead of the original schedule), and it was totally successful--colostomy reversal included. Although Mom was scheduled to be hospitalized for fifteen days, she was released in eleven. She has two more "clean-up" chemo treatments to go, and by mid-February it should be over. Her recovery has been so remarkable that her doctor told Dad on the way out of the hospital that he now believes Mom is as likely to die of anything else as she is of cancer.

Shortly after the news of the dramatic cancer marker drop in November, I wrote this to my sister, the scientist: "Been thinking about the CA-125 marker progress. The first drop from around 515 to 430 seemed a disappointment, and the second from 430 down to 65 seemed remarkable (bordering on inexplicable). There is some head-nodding and smiling going on down here, because it was coincidentally right around the time of the end of the first marking period that Mom’s name went out to Dolphin Energy Club members from The Monroe Institute as a person in need of healing energy. Chalk up another ‘anecdote’ in favor of supplementing medical care with all the other available resources at your disposal.

"A great doctor, a great attitude, and a great support system. How wonderful that Mom has all three, and that her support system extends beyond family. I imagine that as a scientist it must be hard for you to consider esoteric factors in evaluating phenomena. But we’ve seen the unexplainable happen so many times that it’s equally hard for us to use terms like 'coincidence' and 'anecdotal evidence.'"

Her response: "As a scientist, I can’t prove the validity of esoteric factors in Mom’s progress, but I can’t disprove them either. When it comes down to good results, however, does it really matter where they come from? In any event, I’m thankful for all your efforts, and those of the many people who have sent their 'healing energy. And I’m very happy you’ve all been able to make a contribution to the inexplicable." I think we’ve softened up the old girl. Thanks, Laurie, Shirley, and all of the Dolphin Energy Club members. We know.

Please visit our web site for information on the Dolphin Energy Club. To submit a DEC request, e-mail Ann Vaughan at dec [@] monroeinstitute.org.

Stuart Mills attended the Gateway Voyage in 1994. Stu’s partner, James Greene, is a graduate of several residential courses and, while a member of TMI’s Professional Division, his vision was instrumental in creating the Positive Immunity Program . Stu and Jim live in Nellysford, Virginia, where they own and operate Bistro 151, home of the "best pizza in the Northeast" according to Pizza Today magazine. When Stu’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, requesting Dolphin Energy Club support came naturally.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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This March, the Institute's Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) received a request to provide healing support to a fifty-five-year-old woman with sarcoidosis (scarring of the lungs). The condition was responsive to steroids; however, it worsened with stress. Two members of her ten-person DEC team made pertinent observations. One noted darkness around the lungs and adrenals and an immune system depleted by stress, while another saw "a casing like an eggshell around [her] field" that blocked her ability to give and receive love fully. This same DEC member added, "It looks like she's maybe on the verge of creating something harmonious and wonderful." The recipient's own comments show that both were "on the mark."

Physical Observations

The changes in my physical condition were actually in the negative--higher fatigue, lessened intellectual capacity, deeper emotional highs and lows. These, however, can be directly related to the massive increase in my medication level (steroids) at the same time that your Dolphin Energy Club began its work with me. These conditions are concurrent with steroid treatment, the only known therapy for the disease I have. I have received good news just today that my disease has not hit my heart. What a blessing that is. My chest x rays have shown no change, but my physicians are conjecturing about possible implications, both good and bad, about that. That could still be good news. Only time will tell.

Attitude Observations

This piece is where the magic begins! There was quite a breakthrough in this realm for not only myself but also my husband. Let me explain.

For about the last year, I have wrestled with a decision that ultimately I knew I had to make--should I leave my job. First, you need to know that my husband is the pastor of our community church and I am, of course, much involved in that ministry. Second, my faith is, and has always been, very strong and is a driving force in my life. About a year ago, I attended a retreat and was faced with a question that had been unstated but felt for quite a while.

I had been unhappy with my job in many ways and it certainly traced the footprint of my disease. The question I faced was, "Am I doing the work that God wanted me to do?" For an entire year, I knew the answer was, "NO." I was not doing what He wanted me to do. But I was very fearful to let go of a job in which I could work three days a week, earn a decent living, do some of the work that I really enjoyed, and have some great coworkers and support. Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? But there was one problem. It was sucking EVERYTHING out of me and I was not getting refilled. I constantly bargained with God in this way: "I'll let go if you show me your plan first!!" Well, we all know that God doesn't take to bargaining, but being human, I guess I haven't lived long enough yet to have learned that. DUH! This went on for one year.

My husband all through this has quietly loved, supported, and cared for me physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. He has watched me struggle with the effects of the steroids, particularly the highest dosages I have ever been on. He has never pushed, only helped me come to terms with whatever I was dealing with. During the weeks of April 5 and 13 [near the end of DEC service], both of us had an emotional breakthrough. BOTH of us, independently but within about two days of each other, came to the same conclusion. Regardless of the financial impact of my quitting my job, that is what I need to do. And believe me, when I say financial impact, I mean FINANCIAL IMPACT!

My husband said he couldn't stand to watch how the job was draining me of what was barely left from the steroids. He loved me too much to let that go on, not to mention the effort needed to maintain his own balance. He said that he had absolute confidence that God would provide whatever safety net we needed as He always has in the past. Twenty years of experience has taught him that!! I, too, had come to the same conclusion. I knew that I could no longer go on. I had to let go and step out in faith that God would be there for us and provide for us . . . as He has always done in the past. Our shared and mutual decision is that I will be out of the job by the end of three months. When we shared our thoughts with each other, it was almost amusing how we both had come to the same conclusion at the same time. Are we connected, or what? Have always been! We are both sure that our way will be shown to us, whatever that is.

I still feel pretty awful because of the steroid effects, but spiritually and emotionally, this decision has brought wonderful peace. Scared? Of course we are. But then we remember that God has promised us (and followed through always) that He will provide whatever we need to do His service. That's all we need to remember. We also know that your Dolphin Energy Club's efforts were a powerful boost to our energy and helped lead us to this breakthrough. Thank your for your efforts. I hope you have other successes such as ours.

To learn more about Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan, at dec@monroeinstitute.org.

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Massage Therapy

Bodyworkers frequently comment on the extra dimension Hemi-Sync® adds by enhancing relaxation and facilitating connection on a subtle level between themselves and the client. John Cahill offers an overview of these benefits in his personal practice.

I've used Hemi-Sync in my work for about a year now with some interesting successes. The kinds of bodywork I do involve people who are trying to reduce their level of stress, people who are seeking personal transformation, and people who are trying to effect emotional release. To achieve emotional release, a bridge must be created between the physical body and the information stored there. Results vary with each of these groups and different tapes work better with particular applications. Differences in performance seem to depend on how well the text or music matches a specific bodywork application.

The tapes are especially helpful to those receiving deep tissue work in an attempt to get in touch with emotional trauma stored in their bodies, especially if they have had difficulty doing so in the past. Hemi-Sync also supports Swedish massage as a medium to reach a transcendent or altered state to do personal work or just to be more with oneself. The experience seems to become deeper and more rewarding. For stressed-out corporate types (such as the personnel manager of a large company laying off significant numbers of employees) Hemi-Sync promotes calm during the bodywork session. However, they can rapidly ramp themselves back up afterward, and a sustained relaxed state is difficult to achieve.

Many individuals approach deep work as a means of emotional release. During the process, the therapist works in conjunction with the client on intuitive and energetic levels, as well as on the physical level. As stored information is accessed, the therapist encourages either experiencing the trauma fully, and modifying the perception of it, or simply releasing it, depending on what is most appropriate. Hemi-Sync makes a difference when there is trouble accessing feelings due to fear around the original trauma or because the person is just uncomfortable with that part of themselves. The Metamusic Artist Series selection Sleeping Through the Rain works nicely in this situation.

Specific examples follow: one woman with a very painful childhood had a significant amount of body armor (actual thickening of tissues). This related to fear of experiencing emotion and to maintaining personal boundaries. During several sessions, points of stored trauma were located, but she could not access them. Without the emotional connection, release could not be effected, and the process felt frustrating to both of us. Including Hemi-Sync in the sessions over a two-week period allowed her to ease into different ways of being with her trauma. With assistance, she slowly developed a bridge, a safe place, and a method for communicating with pain without the necessity of retreating from it. Faster and faster and more complete releases occurred week after week; I attribute this, more than anything else, to the addition of Hemi-Sync. It supported increased abilities for the client and allowed us to interact at a more intuitive, and effective, level.

Another woman grew up in a corporate family where very little emotion was expressed or mirrored for her. She was largely unaware of her emotions and felt great discomfort at being in an emotional state, let alone staying with it and unraveling it. This caused difficulty in getting in touch with information stored in the body. Hemi-Sync, again, seemed either to increase her capacity or in some way to add ability, leading to increased confidence. She was able to make connections and do work, though largely at a low awareness level, but such that life-changing events occurred around relationships and emotions. These changes have been dramatic over the course of this year.

Working with Swedish massage (superficial penetration, that is more pleasurable and relaxing than the deep work) has produced some notable reactions in combination with the Hemi-Sync tape Super Sleep. It was possible to induce a very deep state, in which the person was just "not there" whatsoever, and experienced intense dreaming and processing. Clients were completely unaware of this later, with the exception of a vague sense that it had occurred. There was no recall of details. So this tended to be a healing experience, but with limited use due to the lack of recall.

Journey Through the Immune System was specifically produced for the Positive Immunity Pilot Program and contains imagery and suggestions to encourage health. It is played as background during the massage, and the person just works with it internally. This tape is quite good for giving clients who are weak or unwell a sense of physical and emotional well-being.

[John says his experiences have inspired a desire to develop a transformational music tape with Hemi-Sync for use during a relaxing massage. The massage itself would be crafted to interact with and support the various energies of the music.]

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Neurolinguistic Programming

The date was January 25, 2004. I woke up in the middle of the night certain that I was dying—I couldn’t move and felt this strong “vibrato” all through my body—there were also purple lights. In a panic, I managed to move my arms and got out of that weird “dream.” It took less than thirty seconds, but I was sure I had gone to a place I had never (consciously) gone to before. I couldn’t label it, since it was quite unlike any dream I’d ever had. Although I’ve been a Jungian psychotherapist for nine years, there were no parallels in my previous experience. In my years of tai chi and yoga practice no mentor had ever mentioned anything resembling this. Okay, maybe there was Chuang Tzu’s butterfly dream:

“Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly. I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself, but I did not know that I was Tzu. Suddenly I awoke, and there was I, visibly Tzu. I do not know whether it was Tzu dreaming that he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming that he was Tzu. Between Tzu and the butterfly there must be some distinction. [But one may be the other.] This is called the transformation of things.”

Then I purchased on eBay an inexpensive but comprehensive book on lucid dreaming, The Ultimate Lucid Dreaming Manual, by Marc Vandekeere. In it, to my astonishment, I found for the very first time a reference to “strong vibrations as a first stage in the out-of-body experience”; I was flummoxed. The authors also mentioned The Monroe Institute as a beacon for transpersonal psychology.

Unable to deny my own experience, I started reading Robert Monroe’s Journeys Out of the Body. Insight followed insight. My whole world (or my belief about what that world meant) went crashing into a tailspin. The last piece of the puzzle was supplied by studying the life of a Christian mystic called Daskalos. His story is told by Kyriacos C. Markides in The Magus of Strovolos. Daskalos may be one of the few mystics to blend out-of-body experiences, Christianity, karma, and reincarnation principles in his teachings. For more information on Daskalos go to www.researchers-of-truth.org.

The concept I had had of the universe was more theoretical than practical. From the age of eighteen, I was being introduced to the concepts of reincarnation, evolution of the spirit, ki energy, and such. But I couldn’t really feel these things. In Bob’s terms, it was more of a belief than a Knowing. It is like the character Neo in The Matrix. One day he awakens to the possibility that he may be more than his physical body and starts seeing the matrix, seeing the code. The first Matrix movie was a blockbuster to me as I watched how people unconsciously got semi-entranced by multiple realities.

My entire psychotherapy practice changed as well, not so much directly, but in how I saw what I was doing. I purchased and began to work with the GATEWAY EXPERIENCE® up to Wave IV. My intuition was unfolding in amazing ways. I started feeling the energy of my clients, and my tactile sensitivity increased enormously, even though my fear of seeing spirits—a fear I’ve carried since childhood—had been blocking most visual Rotes.

This new sensitivity greatly affected my practice. Sometimes I would put my hand over a client who was lying down for relaxation and feel pain in a certain part of my body. That was a sign to me that there was something the matter with an organ in that area of my client’s body. I felt the energy fields of my clients more accurately and any heaviness they were feeling at the time—such as anger, sadness, or simply fatigue.

Obviously I could not share these new developments with many colleagues. Even though Brazil is the home of Allan Kardec’s Spiritism and Umbanda (an Afro-Brazilian Macumba sect where participants drink distilled alcohol to aid channeling), transpersonal psychology is not yet recognized officially. The scientific community is still too attached to its scientism, as noted by Dr. Charles Tart.

Meanwhile, I was being trained in deep relaxation by José Torrado Lima, a Spaniard who immigrated to Brazil in the ‘60s looking for closer contact with the then-labeled “parapsychologicalphenomena,” which Brazil has in abundance. In Europe at that time, he would have been ostracized and figuratively burned at the stake for trying to study such phenomena. During his mentoring, he emphasized that a “tool” should be used to accelerate the process of deep relaxation for subjects. Mr. Lima makes use of a vibrational couch to assist in achieving deep relaxation. Since I had already ordered Wave I of the GATEWAY EXPERIENCE, I decided to employ Hemi-Sync to facilitate the process of direct access to the unconscious.

One of the first clinical cases where I used Hemi-Sync was that of a twenty-eight-year-old woman who was suffering from chronic depression. Listening to Free Flow 10 and slipping quickly into relaxation, the client started seeing the image of a smiling woman. Then she started to feel strong hatred. In the next session the same woman showed up again, but now she was in a field. A group of horsemen appeared, and the woman was shot in the heart with an arrow. In this instant I reminded my client to use the dissociation technique and see the image as if in a cinema in her mind. She suddenly felt strong pain in her heart region. I made use of Reiki while we worked through the images and helped her reframe the event and let go of the hatred toward those men. It was as if a part of her Self was still in anguish, desperately wanting some explanation for that murder. I am really not concerned about whether this was a “past life” or a figment of her imagination. What concerns me is the improvement of the patient. And indeed, in the following week she became more active—she even got a job and started feeling much better.

I use Hemi-Sync primarily to insure that my client is deeply relaxed before using neurolinguistic programming (NLP) techniques such as anchoring, metaphors, and reframing. [See sidebar.] A focused mind relaxed by Hemi-Sync is more open to absorbing the new resources generated by NLP. Many claim that NLP is often used by unethical professionalsto manipulate people, especially in sales and marketing. And they are right. NLP can be misused. I use NLP to improve the belief system of my patients. NLP is a tool that can be employed for better or for worse, depending on each user’s consciousness.

A female client in her midforties sought my assistance due to a “performance anxiety” problem.Whenever she took a test, her anxiety prevented her from getting good grades. She had actually failed the test she’d be retaking within a week on three separate occasions. The test was a requirement for receiving her master of arts degree.

Lacking the time to try conventional therapy, I lent the client my METAMUSIC® Into the Deep tape, which is nonverbal, because she was not fluent in English. The client was instructed to listen to it every night that week before going to sleep. Then I used the Free Flow 10 tape to induce a light trance/relaxation. This was followed by NLP anchoring to help the client visualize her prior successes while associating that feeling with the future event of taking the test.

One week later the client came to my office to thank me. Her sleep habits had improved and she had felt calm throughout the test. Later on when she got her score she learned that she was approved in the final test. I am not claiming here that Hemi-Sync and NLP “cured” the woman of performance anxiety for good. This was simply an emergency procedure, and the performance anxiety might return, especially if its roots are deeper within the client’s psyche. But Hemi-Sync was a powerful tool that brought results quickly and efficiently in that instance.

A male in his midthirties came seeking help for “trouble with relationships.” In psychotherapy it is common to assume that the symptom is just the facade for what is behind the scenes, the unconscious mind. In NLP this is called the difference between surface structure and deep structure. If one asks a client the cause of a problem, he will not have an answer—the answer is buried in his subconscious or unconscious mind. And that is why he is looking for help in the first place! He can’t become conscious of the problem’s source on his own, due to the famous Freudian resistance.

So to assist the conscious mind to relax and let fragments from his unconscious mind float up, I once again used Free Flow 10 to induce a light trance.When physiological changes indicated that he had entered a relaxed state, I started some mental visualization exercises.With this client in particular, I asked him to see a mirror in front of him with his mind’s eye. Once he could picture it, I suggested that he describe whom he was seeing. He started to talk about this man (yes, in the third person!) who he knew was very intelligent. People made fun of him frequently in childhood, and he felt like an outcast. Using reframing techniques, I asked him whether those kids might not have been envious of his mental skills. The purpose of reframing is to change one’s perspective on a certain event, thus balancing a negative outlook with a positive “frame” that is also true. In the following session my client told me that the relaxation/visualization exercise had been “a trip,” for he had said things he did not remember very well and felt different about himself afterward.

Another variation is the use of metaphors. The unconscious minds of my clients are more open to positive suggestions and learning possibilities. When using metaphors, the idea is to avoid a direct reference to the conscious problem, even though the metaphor is a bridge from the problem to a better frame. The more indirect your approach (the Milton Erickson hypnotherapy model in NLP), the better the results will be. The more the conscious mind is brought into play—like trying to “teach” the person a lesson—the smaller the effect, because there can be resistance from the ego.

The other day I had a client who claimed he was “emotionally blocked” and said that he lived repressed by a wall that “prevented him from feeling.” He said he had been waging war against this wall for a long time, and it was his duty to bring it down. Of course, in the deep structure, that wall represented a part of himself that was a shield against suffering. He had suffered a great deal in the past from feelings of rejection by his parents. This client, who had already tried suicide after rejection by a girl, was a very clever individual, and as often as not, very clever individuals have strong resistance to change. So I put him into a state of light relaxation with Free Flow 10, and he started telling me about his wall. Immediately I thought of The Shawshank Redemption, because it is a beautiful movie where Tim Robbins’s character (Dufresne) is trying to find life inside the walls of a prison. I asked the client if he had ever seen a movie about prison life and to my astonishment he replied, “Oh, yes! The Shawshank Redemption!” Then we started to debate how the main characters related to the image of a prison wall—how Dufresne had patience with the wall, digging a hole slowly but effectively, while trying to find life inside the walls as best he could.

The point of the metaphor was to create a positive outlook in my client’s dealings with the wall. If he broke through too fast, he could easily end up like the character Brooks, who had become institutionalized and could not live outside the walls. Also, by trying to “destroy” the wall, he was in a constant tension within himself, trying to force a part of his nature to be something else. The wall was a part of him with the good intention of protecting his fragile heart. It is an NLP principle that every part has a good intention. This man had to be patient in his process of breaking through the wall. This constant fight within one’s self is also depicted as a shadow archetype in Jungian psychology, and the idea is to come to terms with all our parts (complexes), instead of battling our own nature. “Only what we accept as part of us can be changed,” said Jung.

Now I can offer my clients a tool that relates to their energy fields. I always wanted them to start taking yoga or tai chi classes so there would be an energetic aspect to their therapy. Of course now I know that in the therapeutic arena there is an exchange of energy as well. But when people are so depressed they can barely leave their homes, it is hard for them to start practicing anything with the limited amount of healthy energy they generate. So Hemi-Sync comes in handy. All they have to do is lie down and enjoy the ride. It is, of course, not enough to be dependent on tapes to experience relaxation, but they are at least a guidepost to what a relaxed mind can be. And with this jump start clients can even start changing their unhealthy habits into more positive ones!

There is no longer a distinction between the importance of what I learned with Hemi-Sync in my professional and personal life. Only the future will tell what other uses and discoveries Hemi-Sync will bring to psychotherapy and consciousness development. I am grateful to have this amazing tool to share with my clients.

Neurolinguistic programming terminology from the The Coaching International Institute NLP Practitioner Manual


“Human beliefs are also determined in terms of words. Fixing one’s words closes off a number of other possibilities. This leads to an experience of ‘no choice.’ This, however, is only one of many possible framings. A frame of reference is the set of views, concepts, presuppositions, values, and habits that form an outline of a cognitive system to perceive and evaluate data. A frame of reference determines from what standpoint a person perceives data, such as sensory input, and experiences a given situation. A frame assigns meaning to experience. “These powerful one word Reframes are just different perspectives on the same event, which are also true:
Spontaneous – Unpredictable
Funny – Childish
Confident – Arrogant
Imaginative – Undisciplined
Generous – Spendthrift
Outgoing – Show off.”

The power of Reframing/Surface Structure/Deep Structure is best demonstrated with an example from practice. A young engineer came to see me, mostly because of pressure from his family. He said that he did not need “therapy” but his family was very concerned about his health. He presented his problem: once every six months, at night, he experienced physical spasms. He did not wake up, but his mother would witness his body becoming rigid as if in great inner tension, and the next morning he felt pain all over. Neurological exams found nothing wrong, so he was referred to me for his emotional trouble.

He began a thirty-minute rant about how could a guy as normal as him have a problem. He had been so successful in high school, he was popular at university, he was good looking, etc. After listening, I asked him, “Have you ever calculated what percent of your life is ‘sick’ and what percent is ‘healthy’?” He whipped out a calculator and punched in some numbers. He was a “sick” man 6 percent of the time. Then I asked him, “So, are you gonna spend 94 percent of your life worrying about the other 6 percent?” He went silent for a moment and blushed. He got a far-off look in his eyes and did not talk much for the rest of the session.

The following week he showed up for his session and said, “Man, you turned my life around 180 degrees!” He did not want to talk about his spasms anymore. He said he simply felt “redemption,” paid double my usual fee, and left. In his Surface Structure, he had a problem because he had spasms. In the Deep Structure, the real root of dissatisfaction was his fear of not being normal.

The Milton Model and Metaphors

The Milton model is a structure of language named after Milton Erickson, who is often cited as the father of modern hypnotherapy. The Milton model is vague and lacking in any specific content. Its structure is based on the way we process our subjective experience, so that questions seem vague, yet are highly meaningful to the client. The questions are usually directed at the unconscious mind. I believe that a more correct term for what NLP calls “metaphor” would be “parable.” The original NLP group learned about the power of metaphor or parable by observing Milton Erickson, who would often tell the client some long, involved, apparently irrelevant story rather than overtly discuss the problem. In NLP, it is usually taught that metaphors address the unconscious mind rather than the conscious mind, and in fact, the client is usually not intended to consciously figure them out. (Rather than “mulling them over,” the intention is for the client to not even consciously think of the metaphors at all.) As indicated above, the effect of the metaphor generally manifests over time, which makes it different from most NLP techniques. Anchoring is an application of mind conditioning using the principle of Pavlov’s Reflex, a conditioned reflex first explored and described by the Nobel prize–winning Russian physiologist Ivan P. Pavlov.Anchoring is the process by which a memory, a feeling, or some other response is associated with (anchored to) something else. It is a natural process that usually occurs without our awareness.When you were young, you undoubtedly participated in family activities that gave you great pleasure. The pleasure was associated with the activity itself, so when you think of the activity or are reminded of it, you tend to reexperience some pleasurable feeling. In this way anchors are reactivated, or triggered. They can be naturally occurring or set up deliberately in a therapeutic context.

[For more information on how to apply Hemi-Sync and NLP techniques, contact info@coachinginternational.org]

Gustavo S. Strobel is a psychologist in private practice in Curitiba, Brazil, S.A. In his practice, relaxation techniques, Jungian psychology, and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) are used. Gus is a consultant for The Coaching International Institute, which provides training in NLP, and he also has an interest in out-of-body experiences in early Christian Gnosticism.He joined the TMI Professional Division in August 2004. This paper describes how he is using Hemi-Sync® to aid NLP techniques and help clients achieve direct access to the unconscious.

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© 2005 by The Monroe Institute


Rehabilitative Medicine

In July 1993, Sue Tirotta entered the paddock of her quarter horse stallion, Sandalwood Star, to pull weeds growing too close to the fence to be mowed. A brief rain the night before made the task easy. Star, who had been bred, nurtured, and trained by Sue for his entire life, occasionally walked up to investigate and to be stroked and scratched. After working for about an hour, she was bent at the waist, grasping a clump of weeds with thoughts of lunch uppermost in her mind.

Then . . . "I heard the great thundering rush of hooves, and suddenly I was on my back on the ground looking up as four hooves and the huge underbelly of a horse flew in slow motion and incredible detail over my head." Stunned, Sue was horrified and embarrassed to realize that she was the person she heard screaming. "I grabbed my knees with my left hand and pulled them up to my chest in a defensive fetal position." Listening to the stallion's racing hoofbeats, she "couldn't seem to see anything but black clouds." In the meantime Sue's husband, Arthur, ran into the paddock and got between her and Star. "Then the pain hit. Reflexively, I began chanting "55515" like mad, trying to slow down my breathing and remain conscious." Arthur reached her side and began to half carry, half drag her toward the house. She says, "My entire right side from the waist up felt like it was on fire, and my right arm hung limply from the shoulder."

Rejecting an agonizing ten-mile drive to the hospital emergency room, Sue opted to place her confidence in her own ability to heal, aided by Hemi-Sync. She continues, "I gasped my instructions to Arthur: strip off my shirt, prop me on my left side between pillows on the bed, start the H-PLUS Emergency: Injury tape and put the headphones on me, start packing my back and shoulder in ice, and give me two aspirin." Arthur's exclamations of "Oh, my God" as he peeled off the sweatshirt did not inspire confidence. Nevertheless, Sue settled in and "listened alternately to Emergency: Injury and Pain Control for about six hours. The extreme pain, as I expected, retreated to a manageable distance, and I was able to remain in a floating state of consciousness and observe what was happening in my body, which largely seemed to be chaos."

By late afternoon, Sue realized that fear of how the wound looked was impeding healing. When Arthur supported her in front of a mirror, it showed that "The contusion was huge, covering almost half my back. A swollen, black patch about ten inches by eight inches covered the point of my shoulder blade where the stallion's teeth had struck most deeply, and a much larger area of deep blue surrounded this. There was a lot of pooling of blood in a giant hematoma under the unbroken part of the skin. Blood and clear fluid seeped from the patches where the skin was breached." Most interesting, however, "was that at the very edges of the damage, the skin had already begun shading to yellow, red, and brown, which indicated the healing of the bruise was proceeding." Reassured that "the tapes were already doing their thing," Sue returned to the bed and her tape player. Now what she needed to heal was clearly in mind.

It was impossible to raise her right arm, but feeling was returning to the fingers and wrist. Also the joints all seemed to flex properly. The shoulder blade felt somewhat unhinged, perhaps due to ligament damage. Luckily, summer leave from her job at a nearby university allowed large blocks of time to be devoted to self-healing. Sue describes "day after day in "suspended animation," listening to tapes and healing myself by the hour. I reviewed the contours of the wound in the mirror repeatedly, imaging the area whole and well and healed. The bleeding and seepage ceased almost immediately, and there was noticeable improvement after each three-hour session. The Circulation tape helped a lot with diminishing the deep bruising and reabsorbing the hematoma."

Of course, plans for end-of-summer horseback riding evaporated. Now, in January 1994, the only remaining evidence of this massive injury is "an almost unnoticeable shadow of discoloration over the point of my right shoulder blade." Along with even more confidence in the healing ability of her body/mind in Hemi-Sync consciousness states, there was another quite remarkable benefit. Sue's right shoulder, which was always slightly higher than the left, is now perfectly aligned. This gives her the excellent posture on horseback she had always craved. The right shoulder also seems stronger and more flexible.

Sue surmises that the young stallion felt crowded into a corner as she worked down the fence line. Star's subsequent attack was instinctual behavior in defense of his domain. "In retrospect, being hit at thirty-five miles per hour by a 1,200-pound horse could have been much worse." She has resolved to take the incident as "a gentle warning to keep [her] wits about [her] . . . in the future."

If you're inspired by this first-person account of Hemi-Sync and healing, consider membership in the Dolphin Energy Club. Club members use a special tape with frequency patterns based on brainmap studies of talented healers to promote health for themselves and others. Contact Ann Vaughan at dec@monroeinstitute.org. The annual fee also covers the DEC Hemi-Sync exercise, coordination of specific healing requests, and quarterly reports on DEC activity.

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© 1994 by The Monroe Institute

I've taught in an alternative high school program here in New York City for the past eight years. I teach students who, for one reason or another, have not succeeded in either mainstream schools or other alternative settings. This is the end of the road in the part of town where only outlaws and fools travel by foot. A dozen graduates in a year is good. A graduate who goes on to college is phenomenal. Things are getting worse. Last year I had three graduates. Year by year the students get harder, meaner, more lost. No one cooks for these kids, no one seems to raise them. So they make up their own rules and codes for survival. It's not a jungle because there aren't enough trees. It's a landscape of bones stripped of meat and cartilage. Kids kill each other over minor insults. The hottest career choice is to become an undertaker.

When I grew up here in Brooklyn, you might get whacked with a bat, stomped, punched, your ass kicked. But you survived; you had a chance to retaliate or find another way to mend your battered ego. Not anymore. Now, each decision can become your last. It's a deadly game requiring a sharp mind, quick reflexes, heightened senses, and swift, decisive action. If you survive childhood, you're a combat veteran. My goal is to help someone out of the battle. But the diploma is more like separation papers than a testament of academic achievement.

Last year started like any other year. My classroom is a basement room in a building in a housing project. And there are the students: restless, disturbed, fatigued, undernourished, fearful, and on edge. So I bought a boom box with detachable speakers, spread the speakers out along the back of the room, and began one day by playing Hemi-Sync. The tape was Remembrance. I expected nothing. One particular kid, who normally survives each day by emulating the behavior of a monkey on a pogo stick, took a seat up front and quietly completed each assignment efficiently and timely. Most of the class thought he was absent! Still, I doubted whether the tape alone had helped him achieve this state of contentment.

But the same thing happened the next day, and every day thereafter as long as Remembrance was spinning in the boom box. I finally had to accept that the tape was actually performing as advertised. Even the kid knew this: he'd pass me with a wink and say, "Hey Pete, you're trying to calm me down with that brain music, right?" And so I ordered a variety of Metamusic tapes and played them all day long. The kids thought the music was weird and joked a lot about it. They couldn't understand why there were no vocal accompaniments, and they were pretty sure it was either Indian or Arabic in origin. They'd roll their eyes and shake their heads, but if I forgot to play a tape they'd pipe up with, "Hey Pete, what happened to the brain music?"

They liked it even if they didn't readily admit it. I started handing out tapes to play in their portable tape players. I'd catch a few secretly listening to something else with a lot of bass and volume. But the majority just sat there listening to Metamusic, quietly performing various tasks. It became a ritual. A kid would come up to me and ask for a "brain tape," then return to his seat and do the assignment. The first time I played Concentration for the group you'd swear--if you didn't know where you were--that the class was a prep school for serious students totally focused on some scholarly pursuit. I just sat and observed. When the tape ended, they all began to move and talk and drop pencils--which is their usual approach to scholarship.

I have looked out on the room as a Metamusic tape played and seen a kid's face so open, so pure and innocent, so peaceful he could have passed for a cherub. And I like to think the "brain tapes" helped get him there, if only for a short time. Because with my low voltage technology, I don't know if the tapes can effect permanent change. How much does an hour or two of Metamusic a day alleviate the stress and anxiety these kids live with all the time? But it works well enough for a few to leave some of that stress and anxiety outside the door when they come to school.

A supervisor of mine even tried it once. She was curious. So I gave her a tape player and Remembrance to listen to. She played it, thought it nice, and left. She returned the following morning to ask me where she could get a tape like that. It seems her deep-blue, funky mood had mysteriously lifted after listening to Remembrance that afternoon. Now she wanted something more permanent; something safer than Prozac®. I gave her a catalog. At the end of the school year, she came up and gave me a big hug. She was thoroughly pleased and grateful. Of course, the New York City Board of Education is a bureaucratic nightmare. They spend sixty million dollars for a six-week summer reading program and get minimal results. Some teachers have expressed interest in the "brain tapes." But the administrators seem less interested in buying them for students than they are in procuring personal notebook computers and cellular phones.

Metamusic works here, even if it only knocks back the demons for a few hours a day. What these kids could use is something intensive, something away from the city--like a trip to the Institute for a Gateway Voyage. They need a solid introduction to their higher selves, like the one I got during my own recent Voyage. Was that really my consciousness expanding to the size of my CHEC unit? Why did I awake one night on all fours, staring into a flow with my mind like a tunnel all around me? And what was that experience on my first trip to Focus 21, when I became almost infinitely large and infinitesimally small at the same time and seemed to possess the cosmos within me? Did I transcend or descend? Did I travel out or dive within? I don't know. But the mystery of who I am got a whole lot more mysterious.

The truth is, I try to get the kids in my classes out of the educational system the quickest way possible. The school system here doesn't nurture anybody. We need a new paradigm. And I think Hemi-Sync should become part of that new paradigm in the future and should immediately be incorporated into the present curriculum everywhere. Instead of marching kids up to a stage to listen to someone sing "I can fly," they need to take their own trips into the ether. Damn, this stuff works!

Peter Spiro is a playwright and poet. His plays have been produced in New York City and Los Angeles; his poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Pete has appeared on the PBS special "The United States of Poetry" and MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, and he recently gave a reading/interview on National Public Radio. While he was attending the August 16 Gateway Voyage, a trainer suggested that he write to us about his experiences with Hemi-Sync and the "thugs" he teaches. This is his response.

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© 1997 by The Monroe Institute

Richard Lewis heard about The Monroe Institute during a remote viewing class. He went home, checked out our website, and immediately ordered Waves I-III of the Gateway Experience. When he heard that Andy, the son of friends, had been in a coma since a car accident in November, 1997, Richard remembered reading about the Dolphin Energy Club (DEC) on the Web. He obtained parental permission and e-mailed a DEC request for Andy on January 7, 1998. Richard said, "This family is really desperate and traditional medicine has done all it can do." He followed up on suggestions for appropriate Hemi-Sync tapes by purchasing H-Plus Brain: Repairs & Maintenance.

Andy received Dolphin Energy Club support from January 8 through 27. On January 27, Andy's mother, Marie, completed and returned the DEC receiver's report. She wrote, "Andy is in a coma and cannot respond on his own. He continues to improve a little each day. He got the trach [tracheostomy tube] out on Tuesday, January 13. We have seen more movement since then. He is still not consistent in his responses but he is more alert. He is on a minimal amount of medication at this time. He is definitely lighter in the coma. With the support of family and friends we know he will keep getting better. The power of prayer really does work. Thank you for continuing to send positive healing thoughts to Andy." DEC members received this encouraging news in their April, 1998, update letter.

Then, in September, Richard sent a newspaper photo of a smiling Andy in a rehabilitation center pool and the following letter. "I wanted to take a moment to send this picture to you to share with those in the dolphin group who participated in the healing event this past year of Andy. He was the last surviving child of two colleagues of mine, following the loss of their teenage girl in an auto accident last year. If you recall, I contacted you following Andy's solo car accident last November, and the doctors told the parents his chance of survival was slim and if he were to survive that it would most likely be in a vegetative state. When I contacted you, Andy was in a coma. It was shortly after you began your healing work that Andy seemed to make major strides in his health. Today he is still struggling with some things that we all seem to take for granted. He is, however, out of the coma and no longer confined to a wheelchair. All remarkable strides for a person whom the doctors had written off not too many months ago. Thank you for your work. I believe you had a very real hand in the healing that has taken place in Andy."

The rehabilitation center ad accompanying the photo corroborated the extent of Andy's healing. It stated: "Andy sustained head trauma . . . which left him in a non-responsive coma for eight weeks. After a four-month hospital stay, Andy came home with his supportive family. Andy and his family chose to go to Canterbury Rehabilitation Hospital's Out-Patient Therapy Center, which started a new phase in his recovery. Prior to his accident, Andy was a chemistry major at college. He was a competitive athlete, excelling in football, hockey, and golf. With the help of his physical, occupational, and speech therapists at Canterbury, he is excelling in his rehabilitation toward his return to the physically active lifestyle [to which] he has been accustomed."

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On June 10, 1998, Peter J. Van Der Schaar, MD, PhD, a member of the TMI Professional Division, faxed a request to recommend and ship tapes for a teenage boy who was in a coma following a traffic accident. METAMUSIC® Remembrance, Einstein's Dream, and Baroque Garden, which promote alert mental focus, and METAMUSIC Sleeping Through the Rain, which moves the listener in and out of the normal stages of sleep, were air mailed to the Netherlands on June 11. At that time, the youngster was "on a respirator and stable." Dr. Van Der Schaar said, "His family wants to pursue anything that could help. They were very interested in Hemi-Sync.

"June 30, he was discharged from the ICU. Although still unconscious, he could breathe spontaneously through a tracheostomy. Gradually he regained consciousness and was eventually moved to a rehabilitation center when he could understand 'yes' and 'no' and respond by gestures. In this center the staff was also convinced that the tapes, with almost immediate effect, were helpful for restoring emotional balance and improving sleep. His speech improved fast. At this time Jadus is allowed to come home on weekends, but he always insists on carrying the tapes along with him. He has not been able to walk yet.

On July 13, Dr. Van Der Schaar reported by fax that "the tapes for the comatose boy are being used intensively. From almost zero reflexes, at three weeks post-accident, he can now breathe spontaneously, has pain reflexes, and also, sometimes, clenches his brother's hand as a response to questions. It would be very interesting to ask him, in due time, if he can remember the tapes."

Dr. Van Der Schaar's September 22 update was even more exciting. "A quick update on the boy for whom I used the tapes that you recommended for coma. He is doing very well. He is out of coma but still has partial paralysis. He likes the tapes so much that he takes them along with him from the clinic when he visits home or the rehabilitation center. Good result, isn't it?"

A final report on October 16 gave complete details. "On June 6, 1998, sixteen-year-old Jadus hit a car head-on with his scooter and was catapulted over the bonnet against the windshield. He landed several meters beyond on the road shoulder. He was admitted to the ICU of a university hospital with brain and brain stem concussions, which were confirmed by MRI scanning and EEG. He needed artificial ventilation because the brain damage had also affected the respiratory center. Multiple fractures in his left hip were later detected. At that time, his chances for survival were estimated to be poor.

"Jadus was in a coma for approximately six weeks, but recently he seemed to remember some events of the last period of his coma. The tapes for alertness were administered randomly throughout the day, and Sleeping through the Rain at 11:00 p.m. Whenever he became restless at night, the tape quieted him down, 'as if a switch was thrown.' The other tapes remarkably changed his behavior during the day, with the change being perceptible a few minutes after application.

"Of course, it is difficult to scientifically prove that the tapes were instrumental in his progress. But it is undeniable that within minutes—at least—they improved unconscious erratic behavior. Also remarkable is his apparent attachment to the tapes, as if he is aware that they have contributed substantially to his progress."

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The families were advised to inform the medical caregivers before using Hemi-Sync and to use caution if patients had had seizures. The names of the patients and their relatives have been changed to preserve confidentiality. For information about participating in the Dolphin Energy Club, contact Ann Vaughan at dec@monroeinstitute.org

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© 1999 by The Monroe Institute

My sixty-three-year-old friend Joyce dreaded the prospect of major surgery. In fall 2002, an orthopedic surgeon had told her that the cartilage in both knees had completely deteriorated. Every step was extremely painful. She had begun to stand and walk tilted forward by almost forty-five degrees and listing to one side, a posture that also caused major pain in her back and hips.

Still, she was reluctant to go under the knife for the two total knee replacements that she needed. Joyce had been badly frightened as a child by hallucinogenic effects from anesthesia, which also made her nauseous and caused hours of vomiting in the recovery room. So, she stalled, but by late fall 2002, she admitted defeat. The first knee surgery was scheduled for late December or early January.

I had a huge personal awakening at the GATEWAY VOYAGE® in August 2002. The experience was so powerful, I signed up for the REMOTE VIEWING PRACTICUM in December 2003. As a result of my experiences with Hemi-Sync®, I became convinced that the SURGICAL SUPPORT SERIES tapes could help Joyce with her concerns about surgery and bought the tapes for her at the December program.

When I got home, I found that Joyce had suffered a full-blown heart attack. While I was learning to remote view, she had been having an angioplasty. Her cardiologist put knee surgery on hold until she'd fully recovered. Nevertheless, I gave her the SURGICAL SUPPORT tapes, a portable tape recorder, and headphones for Christmas with the hope she'd use them to recover from the angioplasty. I told her about the double-blind studies that verified their efficacy. I gave her a packet of TMI articles and papers that explained how they had helped others and a second packet for her orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately, Joyce was a true skeptic. She somehow never got around to using the tapes. Nor did she ever give the information to her doctor.

Joyce was now teetering around with a cane. Simply stepping up or down at a curb was scary. She never knew when her knee would freeze or give out completely. I repeatedly urged her to try Energy Walk and Pain Control. She repeatedly "forgot" to do so.

In April, her cardiologist agreed she could think about rescheduling the knee replacement. Then she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; her blood sugar levels were well over 300! Joyce stuck to her diet and normalized her blood sugar in less than two months. At that point, a fistula in her colon required immediate outpatient attention. The knee replacement was postponed again. She again "forgot" to use the tapes for the fistula procedure, and I learned she'd had a disastrous experiment with a Ouija board years earlier. It was reinforcing her fear of the anesthesia-triggered hallucinations. Joyce was convinced that any foray into altered states was fraught with danger.

By midsummer of 2003, she could no longer walk any distance, even with her cane. To live any semblance of a normal life, she had to regain some mobility. So she submitted to the stress tests, fought the insurance company for final approval, and surgery was scheduled for August 19, 2003.

Meanwhile, I had attended GUIDELINES™ and the Trainer Development and Assessment Program (TDAP) to begin the process of becoming an OUTREACH Facilitator. I returned the Friday before Joyce's surgery determined to convince her to actually use those tapes gathering dust on her shelf.

Then she developed a nasty cough and could not undergo anesthesia. At her pre-operation check-in appointment, surgery was rescheduled for September 2. She had two weeks to get rid of that cough. Disaster struck a few days later. Hobbling over an unobstructed, smooth floor in her condo, Joyce felt both knees literally "snap." Suddenly, she became a virtual prisoner in her own home. The only way she could go out was in the wheelchair. The knee replacement was an absolute necessity, despite her fears. She turned her determination to forcing that cough to go away-and it did.

She was still badly frightened of the operation. The SURGICAL SUPPORT tapes could calm some of those fears, I knew, but she'd refused to use them for eight months. I had to do something, so I asked her to be my "guinea pig" over Labor Day weekend and let me practice my TDAP OUTREACH training by being my "workshop attendee." She agreed. On that Saturday and Sunday, I used what I'd learned at TDAP to take her through a specially constructed workshop. Comfortably settled in her own bed, she learned how to go into Focus™ 10 and Focus 12. I carefully explained the protection afforded by the preparatory process. She learned she could control entering and leaving those states-and that they were subject to her decisions, no one else's. And she loved the experience. Suddenly she "got" why I'd been spending my vacation time at TMI programs.

Throughout the day before surgery, Joyce used the Pre-Op, Energy Walk, and Pain Control tapes repeatedly. Ridiculously early on Tuesday morning, I took her to the hospital. Total knee replacement is major surgery. Her surgeon said that she could expect to be in the hospital for four or five days after surgery if all went well. Then she'd be transferred to rehabilitation for one to two weeks. About three weeks after surgery she would be ready to go home. They were going to replace her right knee first. If she healed quickly, perhaps the left knee could be done in three months instead of six. Maybe.

Joyce awoke from the anesthesia alert and chipper-and with absolutely no nausea. That was the first indication that things might go differently. She was having comfortable conversations with the recovery room nurses less than an hour after leaving the operating room. And the first two things she asked for after the numbness wore off were a morphine drip and her SURGICAL SUPPORT tapes!

She listened to the tapes whenever time permitted. Only forty-eight hours after surgery, her doctor proclaimed her ready to go to the rehabilitation wing. By one week after surgery, on September 9, a formal assessment panel of her rehabilitation therapists concluded that, based solely on mobility, she was ready to go home that very day-an astounding level of progress. Some inflammation in the knee joint, however, meant she had to stay until the last dose of intravenous antibiotics on Friday morning.

She spent that Tuesday afternoon outside in the hospital patio, helping volunteers tend the flowers. The nurses and therapists were amazed. Joyce herself started to tell everyone who would listen about the SURGICAL SUPPORT tapes and how they were helping her. She occasionally complained that the constant flow of activities and visitors in rehab interfered with using the tapes.

One of those interruptions was especially enlightening. Joyce suffers from hypertension, and during her hospital and rehab stay, her blood pressure typically measured around 165/85 or 170/90. But on one occasion, the nurse came in to take her blood pressure while she was in the middle of a tape. Joyce turned it off while her blood pressure was taken then resumed the exercise. Her blood pressure on that occasion measured 122/49-a forty-point drop each in the diastolic and systolic readings!

The hospital's healing-hands practitioner also stopped by Joyce's room in the middle of a tape. As she later explained to Joyce, the nurse looked at her face and decided that anything that brought such incredible peace and serenity should not be interrupted. The nurse left quietly and returned later.

Joyce went home exactly ten days after surgery-about half the time she expected to be hospitalized. In the ten days or so since she's been home, Joyce has continued to improve rapidly. At the time of discharge, she could bend her knee to an angle of sixty-seven degrees. Six days later she had ninety degrees of flexion. At her first follow-up visit with her surgeon, both the office nurses and the doctor were surprised and delighted at her ease in walking and general progress. There is still some pain and swelling, but it's clear she's making an astounding recovery.

Joyce remains a devoted advocate of the SURGICAL SUPPORT tapes and their efficacy in easing the trauma of surgery. In her case, the impact has been dramatic: no nausea from the anesthesia, extremely rapid healing, and measurable, verifiable drops in blood pressure.

Maureen Caudill is a personal coach and founder of the Center for Human Enrichment in San Diego, California. Maureen provides Hemi-Sync®-based workshops and applications for groups and individuals with the goal of enriching each person's individual human experience.

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© 2003 by The Monroe Institute

Here’s a postscript to my account of being attacked by my stallion. When I wrote you in January, there was still a triangular shadow of slight discoloration over my shoulder blade and half a dozen extremely deep, small nodules (like marbles) over the bony processes of the shoulder blade on the side nearest the spine. Progress seemed to have slowed in reducing both the remaining skin discoloration and those little nuggets of scar tissue. I couldn’t reach the area myself to work it physically. Then, as is so often the case, serendipity reared its lovely head and I was introduced to a masseuse whose specialty is sports injuries. She was also beginning to work with the human energy field and was metaphysically oriented. So I eagerly began weekly deep-tissue massage. The conservative massage books insist that massage can do little to alleviate deep scar tissue and bone damage.

My masseuse evaluated the scar “marbles” and seemed to think that tissue had been separated from the bone by the injury and then reknit in a bulky, awkward fashion. The nodular sites were sensitive to direct pressure and difficult to palpate deeply. Therefore, I went to Focus 10 to attain moderate relaxation and used the “55515” command to distance myself enough from the discomfort to allow the area to be worked in a controlled manner. Of course, it’s important to remain sensitive to and not override the body’s self-protective pain mechanism. We were careful (with me guiding verbally) to work the area at a level beyond what I would normally be able to endure but not to the point of causing further trauma. The massage was augmented with concurrent aromatherapy to further aid in releasing layers of fear and pain surrounding the injury experience and still trapped in the tissues.

During the second massage, Sleeping through the Rain played on a stereo tape player near my head to help me attain a deeper state of muscle relaxation and to allow the injured area to be worked more deeply. The tape also seemed to center the masseuse’s energies. The remaining discoloration disappeared after the second massage. By the third massage, the masseuse was able to work at the level of the bone and gently manipulate the scar nodules directly. They shrank and flattened very quickly, the entire shoulder girdle became more flexible, and the level of relaxation in my neck and scalp was (for me) quite unusual. I meditated with MIND FOOD® Energy Walk or H-PLUS® Tune-Up at home after each session to more firmly integrate the work we had done. After seven weekly sessions, the scar tissue nodules were virtually indiscernible.

It feels like layer after layer of fear and pain have been progressively released, and my overall energy level has measurably increased. Not for the first time, the Hemi-Sync technology has uniquely supported and speeded my healing! I’m encouraging my masseuse to play METAMUSIC® for her clients. Perhaps they can attain both greater muscle relaxation and less post-bodywork discomfort. There must be great potential for Hemi-Sync in physical therapy and sports massage.

The spring 1992 TMI FOCUS® featured the story of Sue Tirotta’s dramatic, Hemi-Sync®-aided recovery from injuries inflicted by her young stallion. Although improvement was steady and progressive, there were some residual effects. Sue tells how she continued to use Hemi-Sync to heal the remaining physical trauma and release any vestiges of associated fear and pain.

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© 1994 by The Monroe Institute

I was very interested to read “Brain Injury Recovery With Hemi-Sync” by JoHanna Hawthorne, in the Summer I990 HEMI-SYNC® JOURNAL. In October I975, when I was twenty years old and in college, I fainted as the result of an undiagnosed bleeding duodenal ulcer and fell, hitting my head severely on the corner of a sharp, marble table top. When I awoke I struggled to find help by climbing to the second floor of the building. Halfway up the stairs, I fainted again, fell to the bottom of the stairs and remained unconscious. I was found sometime later by other college students, who summoned an ambulance. The college clinic examined my injury and decided it was too severe for them to treat.

They sent me via ambulance to a large medical center twelve miles away. In the ambulance I experienced my first vivid out-of-body experience. As I looked down on the ambulance attendant from above, I heard him say clearly to the driver, “We’re losing her—you’d better step on it!” He administered some type of injection to me, and I returned immediately to my unconscious body.

After arriving at the medical center emergency room, I experienced several disjointed OBEs. At one time I was diagnosed as having entered a coma. Two surgeons shaved my head and clamped my scalp together with big, metal clips.

Several hours later I regained consciousness and was told that I had suffered a brain contusion and severe concussion. I was terrified to remain in the huge, impersonal medical center, so after I promised to go directly to the college medical clinic and check myself in, the medical center discharged me. But instead of going to the college clinic, I went to my dormitory room and fell asleep. I awoke with a splitting headache and my pillow and bedding soaked in blood. It was then that I first realized that something was very wrong with me.

A friend very kindly drove me to my parents’ home fifty miles away to recuperate. I was disoriented and weak as a kitten. I would fall into a sudden, deep sleep while people were talking to me. I found it difficult to carry on a coherent conversation and would forget in the middle of a sentence what I had begun to say. I forgot how to read and write! I could not walk more than fifty feet without sitting down to rest. I would suddenly begin crying for no apparent reason. Things people said to me didn’t make sense. I felt out of touch with my thoughts, my emotions, and my body. I had blinding headaches and my vision periodically blurred. I felt as if I must be having a nervous breakdown or going crazy. I tend to divide my life now into “before the accident” and “after the accident.”

Before the accident I was a gifted student. The last WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) test I took about one year before the accident showed my IQ to be in the range of I42-I45. I graduated at the top of my high school class, was very popular and well-liked, and belonged to numerous clubs and athletic teams. I was an avid skier, tennis player, and equestrienne; had been accepted on scholarship to a leading university in pre-veterinary medicine; had an active, fulfilling social life and a loving, supportive family. I had a competitive, “type-A” personality and could be classified as an “overachiever” in many ways—thus the duodenal ulcer.

After the accident I was physically weak, emotionally demoralized, out of balance, and mentally insecure. My ability to read and write returned slowly as my brain began to heal itself. My family physician noted when he removed the metal clamps from my scalp that if my injury had been a half inch to either side I would probably have been blinded or killed. But the doctors who saw me knew little about “closed head trauma,” and they did not recommend a neurologist or physical therapist. I felt that my mind was betraying me, and I didn’t know how to fix it.

I had become involved with Hatha Yoga two years before, and I now turned to it in earnest. I branched out with Raja Yoga, then into Mantra Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. The OBEs I had experienced with my injury sparked a deep interest in the metaphysical and spiritual.

My body and mind strengthened enough for me to return to college after a few months, but I was a shadow of my former self. The splitting headaches continued for about three years after the accident. No matter how much I worked through meditation and self-discipline, I lacked confidence in my mental abilities and my emotional reactions. Nevertheless, I graduated from college, began working for a living, and eventually married. My eyesight gradually worsened, and I began wearing glasses all the time instead of just to read. Although apparently no one else could see it, I felt “damaged.” Often I would have to stop in mid-sentence and try to express my thoughts a different way. I lost much of my prior vocabulary. Although I continued to meditate daily, both alone and in groups, and to explore my spiritual path, there were parts of my brain that I became resigned would never heal.

Then, six months ago, through a strange and serendipitous route, Hemi-Sync® came into my life. Although I read Robert Monroe’s book on OBEs years ago, I didn’t recall anything about The Monroe Institute or Hemi-Sync. But suddenly, here was this intriguing possibility. Brain: Repairs & Maintenance was the first tape I ordered. I listened to the tape about four times before I began to notice results. They were very subtle but concrete. In addition to raising and showing horses, I am an administrative assistant at a university, and I must compose a lot of correspondence and reports. The more I used the Function Command “Plus-Flow Better,” the easier it became to express myself both orally and in writing. I began to look forward again to expressing myself and talking with other people. After three months of using the command on what I imagine to be the damaged vision center of my brain, one day I realized I had gone almost all day without ever picking up my eyeglasses from my bedside table!

I use the Function Command several times each day, beginning in the shower each morning and ending as I go to sleep at night. As I use it, I feel as if a veil is being slowly but gently lifted from my mind. I also use the Command in conjunction with various meditations on mantras, chakras, color, and light. I have also begun using H-PLUS® Synchronizing and Circulation along with Brain: Repairs & Maintenance, as well as Resonant Tuning from the MIND FOOD® tapes. They seem to have a cumulative effect.

Although I have studied metaphysics and esoteric disciplines for many years, it is definitely the Hemi-Sync tapes which have given me back the key to my mind. I still have deficiencies in memory, emotion, and intellect that I must work continually to correct, but I feel strongly now that I can recover much, if not everything, I “lost” fifteen years ago.

It is too bad that I do not have medical documentation of my story. The family doctors who examined me before and after my accident are dead. I never had a neurological profile done, but I am convinced that I suffered significant brain damage which would generally be considered irreversible, especially in light of the passage of so much time.

Despite all the hardships I went through with my brain injury, in retrospect I am able to see the larger picture and how my life has been changed for the better by it all. I’m not sorry about my years of suffering, but I’m happy to see now how I can heal myself. I hope others with similar problems will be led to your Hemi-Sync tapes when they require them and are ready to use them to most advantage.

Sue Tirotta lives and raises quarter horses on a ranch near Ellensburg, Washington. The following account describes how Brain: Repairs & Maintenance, and other Hemi-Sync® exercises, contributed to her recovery from a severe head injury.

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© 1992 by The Monroe Institute

I have been using METAMUSIC tapes with my patients for four months.  The patients are all medical or psychological referrals, with a variety of conditions including stroke recovery, Parkinson's, arthritis, post-operative and post-accident stress, asthma and neurological states.   My findings are based on experience with twenty of these patients (15 women, 5 men) who come for treatment regularly, weekly or fortnightly.  Since treatments last for 1 1/2 hours, I use an auto-reverse tape player so that I don't need to stop treatment to reverse the tape.

Nineteen patients accepted the playing of the tapes without question, finding them non-intrusive.   The single objector preferred the "Surf" tape, which I used during his treatment.   "Midsummer Night" and "Modem" are the most popular.   Four patients have been introduced to Focus 3 (DISCOVERY #1, "Orientation"), Focus 10 (DISCOVERY #2, "Intro Focus 10"), and the "Sound Sleeper" tape.

With the tapes, all patients relaxed more easily and quickly.   There was a very marked reduction in the more obvious types of stress, chatter quickly stopped, and the tranquil, relaxed state enabled a deeper, spiritual level to emerge.   Many patients opened up as they had not done before, and I had some very remarkable personal stories recounted to me.   The most highly-stressed patient, a young musician of professional standard, has obtained exceptional benefit, both in relaxation and in putting him more in touch with himself - even though he is not enthusiastic about the METAMUSIC.

Three of my patients who have used the tapes quite extensively, for themselves or in their own professions, gave me the following comments:

A) "I have had a lot of problems with sleeping, including getting off to sleep.   I have found the sleep tape invaluable; it almost always sends me to sleep about halfway through, and though I awaken when it ends and I remove the headphones, I always get back to sleep almost immediately.   I find Bob's voice comforting, a familiar voice like a friend and I have a very real sense that he is there.   I have also been very depressed and have found DISCOVERY #2 extremely helpful for relaxing and obtaining peace of mind."

B) "I am an art therapist in a school for children with severe learning disabilities and have been using "Modem" for about three weeks.   The children come to me singly for up to 45 minutes and can choose what they do in that time.   Mostly they work contentedly and don't comment on the music.   One very articulate teenage girl, however, suddenly said, 'Turn off that stupid music, it's like Tchaikovsky!   I like pop music!'   A contrasting response came from Danny (age 11, autistic) who at first sat with his hand in front of his face - then his hand gradually came down and he became attentive, with lots of eye contact (more than usual).   After 30 minutes, he didn't want to leave and pointed at the tape player.  There was also Carol (15, little speech, very handicapped, possible brain damage) who listened for a few minutes, then said, 'What's that?'   I turned off the tape player.   She said, 'More,' and I turned it on and she sat quietly and painted for 15 minutes (a long time for her).   I shall continue to investigate."

C) "The first, almost immediate effect - relaxation of body.   Then a quieting of the mind that leads to inner stillness.   So the overall effect becomes a general serenity.   They are a great aid to massage from the patient's point of view, giving a greater sense of relaxation and well-being.   For me the tapes are still more effective, relaxing and beneficial through headphones.   I find the DISCOVERY tapes relieve inner tension and bring a great feeling of relaxation, but I have not listened to them often enough to be specific.   I feel a concentrated listening must open the mind's capacity, especially compared to other tapes.   I will be better able to comment after more extensive listening.   I made these comments while listening to 'Sam &amp; George' which I find the least appealing of the tapes. Nevertheless, I feel that I have been able to collect my thoughts and state them with greater clarity than I would have been able to without listening to the METAMUSIC.   It certainly focuses the mind."

From time to time, I work at the Yoga for Health Centre in Bedfordshire where I use METAMUSIC with patients and in the sitting room.   I hope to be able to report on this after further experience.   The chaplains at Addenbrookc's Hospital are showing interest and the possibility of playing the tapes through the hospital's own broadcasting system is being investigated.   A doctor involved in research at a leading London hospital has begun working with the tapes and again I hope to report progress later on.

Jill Russell is a remedial therapist in private practice in Cambridge, England,   She is also a voluntary worker attached to the Chaplaincy at Addenbrooke's Hospital, a major teaching hospital with 1,000 beds.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc.
© 1987 by The Monroe Institute


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually requires lifelong support and therapy. Loss of memory and poor concentration reduce the ability to live a normal life. Patients often suffer from psychological and emotional effects and treatment is expensive, generally including both drugs and cognitive therapy. Four decades of reports by users of the Hemi-Sync binaural-beat sound technology indicate that Hemi-Sync may elicit changes in states of consciousness and result in improvements in physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. The technology could provide a noninvasive, inexpensive, easy-to-use, patient-controlled therapy for TBI.

This small study documents the results of Hemi-Sync use in a single case of old TBI. Over eight months, the subject listened to a variety of Hemi-Sync CDs every day, some musical and some with verbal guidance. She self-monitored general well-being and mental and physical aspects, and she periodically tested herself using the University of Amsterdam National Memory Test online. The memory test showed some encouraging results. The subject reported a definite positive effect on general well-being. She felt less tired and more relaxed and effective on her own, concluding that Hemi-Sync had helped her. To date, there are no clinical studies on Hemi-Sync and brain trauma. It is hoped that this positive result may stimulate more formal research.

Key Words: Hemi-Sync, binaural beats, frequencies, traumatic brain injury, brain waves, memory, well-being


This case study was inspired by a pilot study on TBI conducted by Professional Member Signe Klepp, OT. 1

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a growing health problem, due to traffic accidents and war injuries. Rehabilitation is a costly and lengthy process that rarely results in full recovery. Patients often require lifelong therapy and suffer from psychological and emotional aftereffects. They lack confidence and have difficulty in leading independent lives. There is a need for effective, noninvasive, patient-controlled therapies to assist them to adjust and to enhance quality of life and well-being.

Robert Monroe, the founder of The Monroe Institute® (TMI), developed Hemi-Sync®, a binaural-beat technology he embedded in music and verbally guided exercises. Over four decades of research and anecdotal evidence show that Hemi-Sync may heighten awareness, enhance memory and concentration, induce deep relaxation, and alter states of consciousness.2

At my EXCURSION workshop held in Cyprus in November 2007, one participant—a fluent English-speaking female Dutch national, born in 1967—presented with a history of severe brain trauma from a car accident in April 1996. The two-day <em>EXCURSION</em> course introduces Hemi-Sync sound technology, which facilitates synchronizing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, enabling listeners to accomplish goals by achieving a focused, productive, coherent mind-brain state. Participants experience firsthand beneficial deep relaxation and greater levels of creativity and self-awareness. They explore various states of heightened and expanded consciousness and also learn techniques for overcoming fears and solving problems, as well as how to use these practical tools in daily life.

The subject experienced some dramatic effects during the course. She suddenly recalled/glimpsed life events before the accident that she had forgotten and felt strong physical sensations in her brain. She was intrigued and eager to continue with Hemi-Sync. She is able to express herself eloquently and is very diligent and well organized in recording her experiences, making her an ideal subject. She holds a master's degree in applied social psychology (Tilburg University in the Netherlands). Before the accident, she worked as a psychologist with health organizations and had experience in the design and methodology of research projects.

Patient's Condition and Earlier Treatment

She has not been able to work since the accident in 1996 and receives disability payments from the Dutch government. Her official diagnosis is: "Cerebral contusion with organic psycho syndrome, cognitive function disability and anamnesis. Skull-fracture front-temporal left and orbita left; EEG dated 10 May 1996: mild to moderate diffuse aspecific anomalies and subcortical disturbances. Also, a small left-rostally localised dysfunction" (translated from the Dutch). She was in a coma for six days and had post-traumatic amnesia of three weeks, which is indicative for severe brain trauma.

The participant has extensive medical documentation of her severe brain trauma, due to periodic testing by Dutch health institutions. Medical reports by neurologists in 1998 and 1999, and by a doctor of the medical insurance company in 2005 with respect to the labor disability judgment, all confirm that her brain injuries persist and that she is in the 80-100 percent disability category for work.

Current Symptoms

She still suffers memory loss from the time of the accident and has problems with recall of her life in general. The subject exhibits short-term memory loss, impaired concentration/attention, slower thinking, difficulties with multitasking, quick fatigue, impaired left-side reflexes, limited hearing in the left ear with occasional balance problems, and double vision when fatigued. Depth perception is decreased and speech articulation is poor. Despite these difficulties, she has an active life—studying Greek and astrology, meditating with a group, posing as a nude life model for artists, traveling, and attending concerts and exhibitions.


The author met seven times with the subject over the duration of the study to provide advice on Hemi-Sync use and to discuss reactions. It was emphasized at the outset that an attitude of "no expectations" of any particular results and an openness to the technology would facilitate the process. The subject listened to various CDs almost daily over an eight-month period from December 2007 to July 2008, sometimes five or six times per day, with most of the listening taking place in her home in Cyprus. Generally, she used the CDs a minimum of five times per week, with a maximum of up to thirty times per week. The only exception was one week when she listened once to MIND FOOD Catnapper when she was traveling.

Eighteen different CDs were supplied for the project. The exercises fell into three categories: MIND FOOD, HUMAN PLUS®, and METAMUSIC®. MIND FOOD provides the experience or benefit while listening. HUMAN PLUS contains verbal guidance and Function Command cues to allow the listener to re-create the effect whenever she chooses. METAMUSIC contains specially blended binaural-beat frequencies embedded beneath the music to guide the listener into beneficial states of consciousness. Many titles feature blends of alpha, delta, and theta frequencies to support relaxation. Some selections use predominantly beta frequencies for focus and concentration or delta frequencies for sleep enhancement.

METAMUSIC selections used to enhance concentration were Remembrance, Baroque Garden, Einstein's Dream, Seasons at Roberts Mountain, Indigo, and Lightfall. MIND FOOD Concentration, which has a pink-noise background, was also employed.

METAMUSIC Sleeping through the Rain was used for sleep support, along with MIND FOOD Catnapper for short naps. MIND FOOD Surf and METAMUSIC Mystic Realms provided opportunities for relaxation, inner reflection, creativity, and inspiration.

The subject leveraged an array of HUMAN PLUS exercises: Attention, Brain Support and Maintenance, Imprint, and Think Fast to enhance concentration, develop memory skills, and support mental clarity. H-PLUS Let Go was helpful for releasing emotional reactions and patterns. MIND FOOD Retain-Recall-Release was added for its easy technique to enhance memory.

One series, SUPPORT FOR STROKE RECOVERY, is designed to enable listeners to participate actively in their body's own healing process. The series utilizes relaxation, affirmations, and specific imagery to assist in rediscovering the body's innate healing abilities and for restoring balance.

Results were monitored by self-reporting and by a series of standard memory tests taken several times over the course of the study.


The subject wrote fifty pages of meticulous, detailed notes during the thirty-three-week project. Her journals documented the circumstances and results of each session, noting the date, the CD, her experience while listening, her experiences during the rest of the day, and whether she was sitting or lying down. She self-monitored general well-being, mental and physical aspects, and improvements in memory and concentration. Physical aspects included sensations she experienced during sessions—particularly the location in the brain where she felt changes—as well as energy level, sleepiness, fatigue, balance, and visual acuity. The speed of information processing, focus, impulse control, and degree of quietness of mind were also noted.

University of Amsterdam National Memory Test3

The subject tested herself periodically with the online National Memory Test developed by the Psychology Department of the University of Amsterdam. Test results are used for research on memory—including Alzheimer's disease and how human beings store information. It takes about an hour to perform the test. The subject took the test on five separate occasions: December 24, 2007; January 30, 2008; March 9, 2008; June 3, 2008; and July 17, 2008.

The National Memory Test comprises nine individual tests:

Corsi's blocks test. Nine blocks are shown and change color in succession. The purpose is to recall the blocks' sequence of lighting up, then click the blocks in the proper sequence. The sequence becomes longer when more blocks are recalled in the proper order.

Pattern memory. Half the squares on a board change color. A short time is allowed to memorize which squares have changed. Board size increases with correct answers.

Ten-words test. Ten words are offered and are visible for a few seconds. The purpose is to recall as many words as possible. Another task is offered in between, after which one has to type the recalled words. The list is repeated three times.

Digit span test. Numbers are shown in succession. The order of the offered numbers has to be recalled, followed by clicking the successive numbers in their proper order.

Words list. Twelve words are offered every time with each word being visible for 1.5 seconds. At the end, all words that are recalled are typed in. There are four different lists in total.

Color memory. Color and spatial memory are tested. The goal is to find all color pairs with as few clicks as possible. The test is repeated three times; color pairs are invariant.

Word list recognition test. The "words list" test was performed earlier. In this recognition test, seven words are offered with the goal of recognizing and choosing those words that appeared in the previous "words list" test.

Story test. Ten sentences are offered within a short story framework. Each sentence is offered for five seconds. This is followed by a nonrelated task, after which different sentences are offered. The purpose is to indicate whether these sentences are <em>literally</em> the same as the ones offered previously.

Visual span test. A sequence of pictures is shown that have to be recalled. Then, the pictures must be clicked in the original sequence that they were offered.

The first two sessions covered six tests. The last three sessions included additional memory test segments.

Test results from National Memory Test of University of Amsterdam

Data Summary of  University of Amsterdam Memory Test

Test results were variable, with some indicating improvement, others showing a decline, some having constant results, and others showing strong improvement. Positive effects are reflected in better scores in the story test, words list test, pattern memory test, and visual span test on June 3 and July 17, 2008. Generally, the results were positive and encouraging, although further testing is needed before drawing any firm conclusions.

Results of Self-Reporting

The subject reported a definite impact on general well-being. She felt less tired, more relaxed, and more effective on her own. She asserted that the "relaxation effect is absolutely significant."

She felt a clear relation between listening to Hemi-Sync (especially Concentration) in the evening and getting up earlier and refreshed the next morning. The quality of her sleep improved and she required less sleep. She became more active and did not feel so tired later in the day. Problems with balance and vision were reduced a little.

The subject felt more relaxed about planning and setting priorities for the day. While she could work more coherently at home, she was still distracted by outside sounds while in the company of others and found it difficult to quickly digest a lot of information.

Although a small setback occurred when the subject had a car accident, she reported that listening to Hemi-Sync was a great help in coping with the event.

Since her first visit to TMI in 1994 for the GATEWAY VOYAGE®, Linda Leblanc has returned regularly and has attended at least ten residential programs. She is a professional member and a residential and OUTREACH trainer, facilitating workshops in Cyprus since her accreditation in 2000. With her husband, John Knowles, in 1999 she established a not-for-profit organization, Psychognosia, to disseminate information on parapsychology and consciousness research. She also coauthored with John the Reincarnation Cards  and the companion book, Awakening Far Memory, in 2007. The cards were beautifully illustrated by TMI trainer Patricia Peters (now, Patty Ray Avalon). Linda made history in December 2006 as the first foreigner elected to Cypriot public office and as the first female councillor in Peyia, Cyprus. Moving into a new, high-profile area of influence has provided Linda with even more opportunities to spread the word about Hemi-Sync®.

Hemi-Sync® is a registered trademark of Interstate Industries, Inc.
© 2010 by The Monroe Institute


Patients suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) lose the ability to structure their own life. Rehabilitation is expensive in time, money, and effort. A noninvasive, patient-controlled method, binaural-beat auditory stimulation, may elicit changes in states of consciousness and mood. This study assesses the feasibility and efficacy of using this method to improve self-esteem, quality of life, and function of daily living for persons suffering from old TBI.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in the need for lifelong rehabilitation because of loss of memory, reduced ability to concentrate, reduced ability to organize and plan, and lack of initiative. The interventions we have today are helping patients to structure their lives and to rehabilitate themselves cognitively. These methods are expensive in time, money, and effort.

This investigator has worked with TBI in post-acute recovery and long-term rehabilitation since 1995, experiencing fully the challenges of cognitive rehabilitation and the expenses related to effort, time, and cost. This work has identified a need for noninvasive adjunctive interventions that are less expensive, controlled by the client, and perceived as helpful by the client.

The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia, has developed a technology with binaural auditory beats embedded in music that research suggests may elicit changes in states of consciousness and mood. [1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6] There are no known rigorous scientific projects in the field of traumatic brain injury, but anecdotal evidence exists. [7, 8]

Using sound for healing dates from man’s earliest records. Available today are specially created music tapes and CDs (Hemi-Sync) that have binaural beats embedded to produce an auditory brain-stem response. The binaural beats are generated when two tones of slightly different frequencies are presented simultaneously, one in each ear, preferably through headphones. It is hypothesized that the brain integrates the two signals to produce a third sound referred to as a binaural beat.

Using sound for healing dates from man’s earliest records. Available today are specially created music tapes and CDs (Hemi-Sync) that have binaural beats embedded to produce an auditory brain-stem response. The binaural beats are generated when two tones of slightly different frequencies are presented simultaneously, one in each ear, preferably through headphones. It is hypothesized that the brain integrates the two signals to produce a third sound referred to as a binaural beat.

Anecdotal Evidence

Case A: In the autumn of 2000, a Hemi-Sync MIND FOOD® Concentration CD was given to a young man, age twenty, in the rehabilitation ward of the hospital. He listened to it daily for a period. He suffered from TBI after a traffic accident. After being released from the hospital several months later, he completed his studies (basic computer science) according to schedule, within seven months after hospitalization he got through the exam, and he has now entered new studies. He is the only person the investigator knows who has completed school and continued to study after a serious TBI.The going was rough, but he made it and is still making it.

Case B: A male pensioner, age seventy-six, suffered a fall and eventually moved home to his wife after being hospitalized. He was unable to take any initiative and needed instructions to carry out most tasks of daily living. Even making coffee was a challenge for many months. He was released from the hospital in the summer, and during the winter his wife administered daily listening to METAMUSIC® Baroque Garden for a period of three months. During and after this listening period he started to read history books again (he remembered nothing, but he still enjoyed reading). He started solving simple crossword puzzles again, he was able to be on his own for a few hours, and he could go shopping for a few items on his own. This recovery might have happened without Hemi-Sync; we do not know.

Materials and Methods

This is a qualitative study. Because of the small number of participants the results will not be used statistically. Only prepost measures are compared for each individual respectively.


The following instruments were used:

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
This is a performance evaluation of functioning in activities of daily living (ADL). AMPS[9] is used to determine how the client’s ADL motor and ADL process (organizational/adaptive) capabilities affect the ability to perform functional daily living tasks safely, efficiently, and independently. The AMPS Graphic Report provides an ADL motor and ADL process ability measure, which monitors ability changes in the client. The cutoff value equals the function of a normal, self-sufficient adult. Values under cutoff on motor skills mean increased effort. Values under cutoff on process skills mean decreased efficiency, safety, and/or independence. The computer-generated AMPS Graphic Report is interpreted as follows:

Improvements of at least 0.5 logits [a measurement specific to the AMPS instrument] between Test 1 and Test 2 on either AMPS motor or process skill scale indicate that the client’s ADL motor or ADL process ability has changed to a degree that has clinical and statistical meaning (i.e., improved occupational performance).

Improvements of 0.3 or 0.4 logits between Test 1 and Test 2 may not be statistically significant, but may still be clinically meaningful in terms of improved occupational performance. Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36)

This is a health-related quality-of-life measure. SF-36[10] is a generic health-status measure providing information for nine different aspects of health status: Physical Functioning, Role Physical, Bodily Pain, General Health, Vitality, Social Functioning, Role Emotional, Mental Health, and Reported Health Transition. Higher scores indicate a better health state.

Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS)
PANAS[11] is a self-evaluation scale and provides reliable and largely independent measures of Positive Affect (PA) and Negative Affect (NA), regardless of the subject population studied or the time frame and response format used. PA—but not NA—is related to social activity, exercise, and satisfaction and to the frequency of pleasant events and is related to diurnal variation. NA—but not PA—is related to self-reported stress, (poor) coping, and frequency of unpleasant events. Low PA and high NA are major distinguishing features of depression and anxiety, respectively. NA is largely unrelated to actual health status. Health complaints are as strongly related to intra-individual fluctuation in PA as in NA.


The subjects had to be over the age of eighteen and diagnosed with TBI. The injury had to be older than two years, and the subjects had all been admitted to the Department for rehabilitation at the hospital. Inclusion criteria were: diagnosed cognitive problems following TBI, and cognitive functioning agreeable with the use of the chosen instruments. The exclusion criteria were: deteriorating cognitive conditions, diagnosed epilepsy or other seizure disorders, psychiatric conditions, substance abuse (drugs and alcohol), or lack of the ability to speak.


The study used a within-subjects, repeated-measures design to assess the effects of binaural beats during the test period. Assessments were carried out before and after listening to Hemi-Sync products for a minimum of five times a week over a period of three months. The assessments were administered in the participants’ homes. Participants were given five CDs each, four for improved attention and concentration (METAMUSIC Remembrance, Einstein’s Dream, Baroque Garden, and also Concentration) and one for relaxation/falling asleep (METAMUSIC Sleeping through the Rain). They were free to choose any of the five selections they were given, and they listened through stereo headphones. They all wrote a daily “listening log” with information about what CDs they listened to, what time of the day they listened, activity during listening, and any other comments.


This project was approved by the Regional Office for Ethical Advice, Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics, Health Region South.


Of the six participants, two showed few or no changes on any of the measures. Also, they had no comments on the experience that indicated noticeable changes in their lives. They are therefore omitted from the case descriptions. They were the two oldest male participants, ages fifty-two and seventy-five. They did listen to their CDs the agreed-on number of times.

The four participants whose cases are described below all listened to their CDs more than the agreed-on times during the study.

Case 1: A young man, age twenty-five, was injured as a child in a traffic accident. He used the CDs mainly to rest/sleep.

Findings: The AMPS showed an increase of 0.2 logits on motor skills from just under cutoff to just above cutoff. The process skills had an increase of 1.3 logits from 0.2 under cutoff to 1.1 above cutoff. This last increase is statistically and clinically significant. The PANAS showed an increase of 7 on the positive scale and a decrease of 7 in the negative scale. This should indicate a more satisfactory social life and less self-reported stress. The SF-36 showed an increase in five measures: Mental Health (+3), Vitality (+5), Pain (+1), General Health (+3), and Social Functioning (+4). Physical Functioning was reduced (-1), probably because he had a back problem the last month of the project. Role Physical, Role Emotional, and Health Transition were unchanged.

In summary of the findings, we see a significant increase on AMPS process skills and some increase on AMPS motor skills. Both measures on the PANAS are positive and SF-36 shows an increase on five of the measures, while four remain unchanged.

Case 2: A young woman, age eighteen, had a bicycle accident three years ago. She used the CDs to fall asleep.

Findings: The AMPS showed small changes; motor skills went down 0.1 logits from 0.4 to 0.5 under cutoff and process skills went up 0.3 logits from just under cutoff to just above cutoff. Neither of these figures is statistically significant. The PANAS scales showed an increase of 22 on PA, indicating an improved social situation. The NA increased 3 points, indicating a small increase in self-reported stress. The SF-36 showed an increase on five of nine measures: Mental Health (+3), Vitality (+2), Pain (+1.6), General Health (+6.4), and Role Physical (+1). The other functions, Social Functioning, Physical Functioning, Role Emotional, and Health Transition, remained unchanged.

In summary of the findings, we see a slight improvement in AMPS process, a big improvement on PA, and an increase in five measures on the SF-36. Also AMPS motor skills were slightly reduced and NA went up slightly. Four measures on the SF-36 remained unchanged.

Case 3: A woman, age forty-five with a husband and three children, was in a car accident eight years ago. It was several years before she was diagnosed with TBI. She had no particular listening pattern.

Findings: The AMPS did not show any changes. She scored well over cutoff on both tests.

The PANAS scale showed an increase on PA of +7, indicating improved social life and an increase in frequency of pleasant events. NA was reduced with -7 points, indicating less self-reported stress and a decrease of unpleasant events. The SF-36 showed an increase in six of nine areas: Mental Health (+1), Vitality (+10), Pain (+2.1), Physical Functioning (+3), Role Physical (+2), and Health Transition (+39). The other functions, General Health, Social Functioning, and Role Emotional, remained unchanged.

In summary of the findings, we see a positive increase on both measures on PANAS and an increase on six of the SF-36 measures. The AMPS and three of the measures on the SF-36 remained unchanged.

Case 4: A woman, age forty, lived with her husband and daughter. Seven years ago her heart stopped and she suffered a TBI as a result. She had no particular listening pattern.

Findings: The AMPS showed an increase of 0.6 logits on Motor Skills from 1.7 to 1.1 under cutoff. This is statistically and clinically significant.Process Skills showed an increase of 0.2 logits under cutoff. This is not statistically or clinically significant. The PANAS showed a decrease of -11 on PA, indicating reduced satisfaction with social life and a decrease in frequency of pleasant events. Her NA showed a decrease of -6, indicating less self-reported stress and a decrease in frequency of unpleasant events. The SF-36 showed an increase in four of nine measures: Vitality (+1), Pain (+1.9), General Health (+2), and Social Functioning (+3). Mental Health decreased (-1), as did Health Transition (-16). Measures of Physical Functioning, Role Physical Role, and Role Emotional remained unchanged.

In summary of the findings, we see a significant improvement on AMPS motor skills and a slight improvement on AMPS process skills. The patient had reduced NA, and SF-36 improved on four measures. She had negative reduction on PA and reduction on two measures on SF-36, while three measures on the SF-36 remained unchanged.


Owing to an increase in traffic accidents, brain injuries are a growing health problem. Recovery and rehabilitation are often lifelong and expensive in time, effort, and money. In this rehabilitation process there is a lack of suitable noninvasive methods that can be administered by the patient him- or herself.

Hemispheric synchronization by binaural-beat auditory stimulation (Hemi-Sync) is designed to alter arousal levels and heighten awareness and performance while creating a relaxed state. Hemi-Sync has been used for about thirty years in connection with many different diagnostic groups, as well as with healthy persons.

The object of this project was to assess—for the first time— the feasibility and efficacy of using binaural auditory beats in a sample of individuals who have suffered TBI, with the goal of improving self-esteem, quality of life, and function in daily living. According to the data from the instruments used and the feedback from the participants and their families, the results are promising.

After three months of regular listening, four of six patients reported improved social functioning. The two young respondents reported improved sleep and the two older women reported increased vitality and energy. For all four their whole life situation seems to have changed for the better.

Case 1 reported after the project that he now sleeps better, he is less restless, feels calmer, has an improved social life, and manages a steady 50 percent employment. Improved sleep may be a key factor in the overall improvement in his life.

Case 2 was preparing for an exam during the project, as well as planning her further school career and planning to move away from home. She completed her exam successfully and is now pursuing her career. She is now living on her own. Improved sleep may be an important factor in her improved functioning.

Case 3 has a husband who did not want to give the CDs back to the investigator. He thought his wife had more energy, had more of a temper, and reacted more strongly and quickly during the project. The woman herself says that she did not notice these changes. What she did notice was an increase in energy and feeling more alert and present.

Case 4 experienced stress during the project, as she was worried about her work rehabilitation. Work rehabilitation agreements were made shortly before the project finished, and after that she showed unexpected improvements both in her ADL and her work performance. In spring 2002 she was estimated to need two hours additional municipal homeservice per week. After the project (autumn 2002) her need for additional help was reduced to thirty minutes. In the work rehabilitation she is now evaluated to be able to qualify for paid work within a couple of years. During her previous years of rehabilitation, paid work was never mentioned as a realistic goal.

More studies with binaural auditory beats should be done in patients with old TBI and perhaps also in the post-acute recovery after TBI. Prospective controlled trials are necessary to predict efficacy.


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Signe Klepp is an occupational therapy specialist in Kristiansand, Norway, with ten years of experience in rehabilitating people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is also a trained communicologist and runs her own firm, giving specialized health education. Communicology correlates vast amounts of information, knowledge, and concepts with the goal of identifying “master keys,” the active ingredients in communication and change. In this paper, Signe examines whether Hemi-Sync® can make a difference in the long-term rehabilitation of people with old TBI.

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The following article is excerpted from a book in progress by JoHanna Hawthorne and Susan Anton-Johnson. Permission has been granted by the authors to publish this material. It is with deep appreciation that we offer this account of Ms. Hawthorne's struggle with the effects of "closed head trauma" and her courageous path to recovery.

In January 1984, I was involved in an automobile accident. Although the car was "totalled," I was released from the hospital after only a quick examination. There were no broken bones, lacerations, or loss of consciousness. My symptoms of concussion were dismissed.

Within seven months I was fired from my job due to unacceptable performance. I dropped out of school because I couldn't do the work. Friends disappeared and my relationship of over a year ended. What happened?

I didn't know. I cried often and uncontrollably. For no reason, the tears just flowed. And I just sat. It was impossible to concentrate or remember anything I read, even newspapers or magazines. Television was incomprehensible. During my conversations, other people got glazed looks in their eyes and made fast exits. Watching all this happen, I was unable to understand what was wrong. It was like a movie of someone else's life. Getting lost going to the store, being angry a lot, and forgetting how to cook, shop, or wash clothes was commonplace. I was in a fog. I knew there was a world out there and that there was a problem, but I had no idea that I could or needed to fix anything.

After a year of this, I finally saw a neurologist. He ran three days of painful tests and, when the results were in, carefully explained the findings. My brain had been organically bruised and damaged from slamming around inside my skull as a result of the severe jolts it had received in the accident. He called my injury "closed head trauma" and prescribed medication to stabilize the mood swings and to help me think more clearly.

I fought taking the medication but could not operate without it. With its help, I began to see that the world was crumbling around me. My confusion began to clear. I realized that something was wrong. I needed to change it and put my life back together.

The reason people left my life was now clear. I looked okay, but no longer made sense. In conversation, the words in my head were not the same words that came out of my mouth. I hadn't realized that.

I discovered something else, too. The accident had left me operating with the social graces, and at the emotional level, of a four-year-old. Thus, the mood swings: happy one minute, sad or angry the next. I also had a short attention span and was extremely selfcentered. A consulting psychiatrist diagnosed a permanent impairment of 42%, with 30% to my intelligence. However, like a stubborn four-year-old, I refused to accept it and vowed to get better. I accepted that I was brain injured, but refused to allow that injury to determine the way I lived the rest of my life.

My search began for tools that would help me to make positive changes. Once I opened to the possibility of doing more, and began to talk about some of my problems, people offered suggestions of resources, tapes, and readings that might help. It was as though, once I agreed to be healthy, opportunities arose to make it happen.

That's how I discovered the Hemi-Sync® tapes. Someone had seen an ad for Hemi-Sync tapes in a New Age magazine and brought me the information. I immediately ordered some tapes.

Six years after my accident, I started using Hemi-Sync tapes from the Human Plus series. Friends from my support group began noticing changes. They said, "In the last two or three weeks, you've been so much brighter. You've had more energy. You've been so much quicker. Why, you're making jokes left and right." When I told a joke at work one day, a coworker said, "Don't tell me you're brain damaged if you can make a remark that fast." Back at my desk, I realized that I'd been using the H-Plus tape Brain: Repairs & Maintenance, and obviously it was working. At that point, I contacted The Monroe Institute to tell them how effective their tapes were in my healing process.

The people who noticed the difference in me didn't know about the tapes. They were remarking on my brightness and quickness. Until others noticed the changes, I hadn't realized that I was improving. When it was brought to my attention, I asked myself, "What's different?" The only difference was listening to the tape every night. I was sleeping better, things were going more smoothly, and I experienced various breakthroughs. At times I'd think, "Oh, I handled this much better now. I'm doing this easier now." It wasn't a case of listening to the tape one day and the next day saying, "Oh, I listened to the tape last night and now look how good I am." It was an ongoing process rather than a dramatic, overnight change.

With the help of new study methods, I've returned to school and earned my masters degree in Learning and Human Development Technology. A friend encouraged me to study NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) training, so I am now a certified NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist.

Part of knowing our capabilities is to do something that normally seems out of our scope of possibility. At the end of the NLP training, I was given an 11" x 12" x 3/4" thick board and told to break it with my hand. Methods of concentrating and focusing to see my hand beyond the board were demonstrated. Previous study of Tai Chi also helped me to concentrate. In a single swipe, I broke the board. And didn't hurt my hand at all! I experienced an unparalleled sense of power and assurance never before felt. I knew then that, as I had broken the board, I could do anything I set my mind to--and succeed.

The Hemi-Sync tapes have helped in retraining my brain and recovering lost abilities to concentrate and think clearly. By practicing intensely, I've recovered my gift of music, lost at the time of the accident. Today, through words and song, I share my story at every opportunity with churches, businesses, clubs, schools, and PTAs, whenever I am asked to speak. My Higher Power has provided the opportunity to put my energy into healing and talking about my recovery. Like others in recovery, I work on healing each day, one day at a time.

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© 1990 by The Monroe Institute

Experiences during Richard’s formative years made him more than usually receptive to interventions such as Hemi-Sync. He comments, “There has always been a struggle between left- and right-brain perceptions within me.” As a child in San Antonio, Texas, he was exposed to rich Hispanic culture and lore about how fevers and pains were relieved by mothers and grandmothers skilled in folk healing. His own grandmother wielded such knowledge and skill; the Staudt family recognized her unusual intuitive ability. Richard’s open mind allowed him to perceive the unseen gifts that surrounded him. A hunger to know how living and non-living things worked became Richard’s passion. For a while, he turned from intuition and instinctual learning to the sciences. Laws, theorems, and paradigms filled his left brain and the medical model was the new boundary of his reality.

After working with a population of adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, he began to yearn for more than textbook interventions, which usually brought only limited success. Richard’s heart and senses were opened by a new treatment of the whole person, which satisfied his inner conflict. The John Barnes Myofascial Release approach with craniosacral therapy used music to stimulate the right brain while manually releasing soft tissue restrictions of the body. Recipients entered altered states of consciousness and sometimes re-experienced old childhood traumas or delved into emotional past-life episodes. Richard felt they were making “connections” between their bodies and minds that led to a “thawing” of their conscious perceptions. Myofascial Release sensitized him to the possibilities of hemispheric synchronization with occupational therapy interventions.

Richard found that long-term care residents with physical disabilities benefited from a combination of approaches. However, South Mountain Restoration Center offered heightened challenges. The South Mountain Restoration Center has a 100-year-old history of evolving service to the community. It is the last remaining state long-term care facility in Pennsylvania. The median age range for residents is sixty-five, and they are unique. Along with age-related illness requiring nursing care, they also have underlying psychiatric illness. Many are on psychotropic medication. Functional levels range from minimal assistance to total assistance.

Judy McKee says, “I’m an occupational therapy assistant, Richard’s assistant. I’ve only known him for two years, and he has positively changed my life. I was doing the traditional things that occupational therapy school teaches you, and Richard has broadened my horizons.” Judy has twenty-plus years of service at South Mountain and a simple yet profound philosophy of occupational therapy. She feels that a resident cannot benefit from whole-person therapy unless his/her mind instinctually accepts and assimilates what it is receiving without fear or coercion and regardless of cognitive capacity. This is the goal Richard and Judy set for themselves, using Hemi-Sync® as the facilitator.

First, Richard and Judy met with the Medical Health Services Board of in-house physicians. After playing Hemi-Sync, Richard explained, “This is just to help relax.” The next step was to screen the residents. Those who were yelling out, who were considered difficult, were the ones they wanted. “We got our first referral from the behavioral health expert and started with a small Phillips CD player, with about eight or ten inches between the speakers, in the therapy clinic. The stereo was on a table, and the residents sat in front of it, probably four to six feet away. We finally got funds and purchased a CD stereo with detachable speakers, which can be placed at opposite sides of the room. Residents have small stereos by the bed in their rooms. Sleeping Through the Rain, Inner Journey, Remembrance, Midnight, Nostalgia, Surf, and Cloudscapes are the most frequently used Metamusic selections. Judy says, Cloudscapes, Sleeping Through the Rain, and Inner Journey are my three mainstays.”

The occupational therapists also created a Multisensory Room, much like what every sixteen- year-old wanted in the ’60s. Black lights, glow-in-the-dark mobiles, hand-held fiber optic toys, and Hemi-Sync are presented at various “stations.” A dark background was chosen because it’s much easier for residents to perceive the contrast of light on dark. Judy tries one thing at a time, and whatever the person resonates with becomes the facilitation.

The following four case studies illustrate the dramatic effectiveness of Hemi-Sync within the challenging environment at South Mountain Restoration Center.

Case #1
N.W. is a ninety-four-year-old female with undifferentiated schizophrenia, which began at eleven years of age. She was institutionalized at the age of nineteen. No history of physical or sexual abuse was noted. N.W. was referred to Occupational Therapy because she would constantly pound and slap her face everyday until it was beet red. She had indentations on her skull from all the years of pounding. During self-care, she would cry out and could not tolerate touch. We hoped to see a reduction of self-abuse and acceptance of care. Once in therapy, she would not accept any tactile stimulation. Initial treatment consisted of behavioral modification, neuromuscular re-education, and traditional soft music approximately three times a week. Tactile defensiveness was reduced by 50 percent after implementing craniosacral techniques to the parietal and temporal bones. After approximately eight visits, with METAMUSIC® incorporated into the sessions, head striking ceased for thirty to sixty minutes of a one-hour session. This dramatic change was difficult for staff to believe. After about another eight sessions, N.W. made eye contact. After the third or fourth month, she actually started reaching out to her environment, extended her right hand to greet us, and would reach out and hold the hand of her caregiver. She eventually tolerated grooming and skin management without self-injurious behavior. A learned response also appeared to have developed. She would automatically cease or reduce her abusive behavior and become more relaxed when brought to the Occupational Therapy Department. To optimize carry-over, a portable stereo was placed in her room with her favorite Metamusic selections.

After seeing these dramatic results, we felt obligated to try Hemi-Sync with R.Y. This resident possessed a long history of self-abusive behavior and a habit of screaming so loudly that she could be heard in the parking lot from the sixth floor!

Case #2
R.Y. is a seventy-three-year-old female, severely retarded since birth. Her mother cared for her until she was thirty-six; then she was institutionalized. R.Y.’s diagnoses are dementia and behavioral problems that include screaming, pulling her hair, and scratching herself to the point of self-mutilation. She would rub her face, eyes, and lips repeatedly, until they were raw. She did not communicate and was considered to be legally blind. We brought her to the Multisensory Room, and played Sleeping through the Rain two times a week. One of R.Y.’s eyes seemed to have some sight, and she responded to the overhead mobiles. Following the first month, she spontaneously said, “You’re red,” to Judy. Three months into occupational therapy, she accepted and would lift her foot for massage. R.Y. usually resisted touch by hitting, kicking, or bouncing in her chair. Soon, her compulsive self-injurious pattern was reduced to occasional light stroking that didn’t cause irritation. Yelling out was reduced to one or two times per one-hour session, and eye contact was maintained during conversation with staff. Within approximately five months of sessions including Hemi-Sync, R.Y. was calm and quiet for up to forty minutes of each one-hour session. She also made a complete, relevant statement regarding the softness of a plush stuffed rabbit given to her by the activity worker—an unprecedented event. A portable CD player with Hemi-Sync, overhead mobiles, and colorful banners were placed in her room for their calming effect.

We monitored residents who could not express themselves verbally by their body language, frequency of vocalization, and intensity of any movements. We had to look for really subtle changes, and hoped for an opportunity to learn from someone who could verbalize their thoughts about Hemi-Sync.

Case #3
Our wish was answered when the secured unit received a new admission. This eighty-one-year-old woman had a diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia with psychosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and anorexia. Recurrent major depression and self-reported auditory hallucinations were also recorded. M.A. was referred to occupational therapy because she would walk out without finishing meals and sometimes remained in her room for entire shifts. She could express herself verbally but unemotionally. She would also strike out at staff and other residents. She was initially wary of the Multisensory Room, so we started Hemi-Sync in the open clinic during simple cognitive tasks. Developing trust allowed Judy to start sessions in the Multisensory Room using the Remembrance CD, which markedly decreased M.A.’s anxiety. After a month of sessions three times weekly, M.A. would seat herself in a beanbag chair without hesitation and remain there for craniosacral techniques. During one session, the Inner Journey CD was being played when she let out a loud scream and exclaimed, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!” She refused to elaborate on her statement; however, since that “release” she has been more relaxed both on and off the unit. She recognized Judy off the OT floor and requested to attend sessions at scheduled times.

Case #4
N. was essentially immobile and suffered from contractures. She cried and moaned almost constantly. She received Tylenol® for pain. She was brought to the Multisensory Room and put under the space mobile with glow-in-the-dark stars, just on the chance she could see them. Judy kept talking to her and touching her. If N. was doing a lot of moaning and crying and was really restless, after fifteen to twenty minutes with Hemi-Sync, there was no more moaning and crying. Now she responds with “baby coos.” Working on her arms has loosened one of them up, and she can move one finger. Many times now she’s not making a sound when she comes down for therapy, and the moaning and crying isn’t as frequent on the floor. There’s been some weight gain, although her meal regimen hasn’t changed. We’d like to pursue research and documentation in situations like N.’s. In individuals who have long-term or short-term contractures, joint mobility and range of motion would be measured. Then, after incorporating Hemi-Sync with the neuromuscular manual therapies, we’d check to see if there was a difference. Presently, we check the chart for decreases in medication each time a resident improves. Most of the time there’s no decrease, but we’re heartened that usually there’s no increase in quantity or dosage.

These cases are pioneers in the integration of complementary and traditional interventions at South Mountain Restoration Center. The Occupational Therapy Department, encouraged by these successes, plans to investigate the utilization of Hemi-Sync in the dining areas. The dining rooms are sort of like middle school cafeterias. The residents get supplements, protein powders, and everything they need. They just do not want to eat because of the disruptive atmosphere. Responses could be measured through weight gain, number of different foods accepted, relaxation, and focus of attention. We also envision Hemi-Sync relaxation rooms on each unit. The rooms would be a sanctuary away from the hustle-and-bustle on the floor—somewhere residents could go on their own or be taken by a staff member if they are agitated. There’s a lot of wonderful cultivation waiting to be done at our facility and others.

Richard Staudt earned concurrent Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and psychology from Texas Lutheran University in 1989. He then attended Texas Women’s University, Houston campus, for a Master’s of Occupational Therapy in 1992. He and his wife, Katie, pursued travel therapy positions in long-term care settings across the United States. After settling in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Richard attended massage therapy school and passed the examination for national certification and licensure. Richard is also a full instructor of the John Barnes Myofascial Release approach. He is currently the occupational therapy supervisor at South Mountain Restoration Center near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. South Mountain is the sole remaining state-owned, long-term care facility in Pennsylvania.

Judy McKee currently holds the position of certified occupational therapy assistant at South Mountain Restoration Center. Initially employed as a restorative aide, Judy graduated from Penn State Mount Alto and returned to become an integral part of the occupational therapy department. During her twenty-one years in healthcare, Judy has also acted as a therapeutic activities service worker.

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© 2002 by The Monroe Institute


As a child, I was never particularly grounded in “earth-time.” My family’s ranch was located on land that included an Indian burial ground. The spirits of those indigenous people were very real to my brothers and me. During elementary school, we regularly biked along the dirt and gravel roads that wound through the nearby Zamora Hills. Only the occasional sheepherder, his flock and his dog, and the foxes, golden eagles, coyotes, pheasants, and songbirds shared our isolation. One of my brothers called the place a “hole in the universe.”

Perhaps I should have been better socialized after summer camp with city kids and attendance at a 2,000-student high school. However, my siblings and our friends from neighboring ranches had always communicated telepathically. Our behavior never seemed unusual until a visiting college friend stated, “At the Mast’s, you can go an entire weekend without saying a word!” A roommate once came home from shopping puzzled about why she had purchased an item I’d been thinking we needed. She accused me of “thinking too loud.” I tried to use words as my primary medium of information exchange after that.

A number of other events contributed to disowning my paranormal sensitivities. Shortly after beginning my career in physical therapy, I angrily thought, “I hope he hurts himself,” after repeatedly telling a little boy not to run. It frightened me when he fell. In a Tarot class I was unable to “walk through the card” as instructed. Instead, I slid down the rainbow on the card to its edge and found myself 3,000 miles away in my beloved Zamora Hills. The blank looks in the eyes of my teacher and fellow students as I described the out-of-body experience discouraged further sharing. A Tarot reading seemed to foreshadow my cousin’s suicide, so I stopped using the cards. I continued out-of-body travels, however, until my daughter’s birth, and then shut them down completely. What if I couldn’t get back to her?

By the time my children were old enough to be independent, I’d forgotten how to go out-of-body and I’d lost my talent for telepathy. Hemi-Sync reminded me and reopened closed doors. OOBEs to my parents’ ranch fed my spirit and renewed my confidence. I tentatively began to give myself permission to communicate nonverbally with the preverbal children in my care.

Now I am once again becoming less and less grounded in earth-time. I work with infants and young children physically, but intuitive insights also comprise a large part of my therapeutic approach. Babies cannot complain in words; infants and young children do not always recognize pain if it is chronic. I often pick up subtle cues that have been missed by numerous physicians. Sorting out what is going on with the child is frequently a long process that requires much mental processing on my part. While trying to figure out exactly what I’ve seen, felt, and touched, it is often hard to process routine daily information without feeling greatly distracted. Frequently, things will sort themselves out during sleep, and I’ll suddenly awaken with an “Aha!” Listening to Hemi-Sync, particularly Concentration, speeds up my processing time considerably.

The Philosophy of My Practice

My clinical practice in physical therapy includes infants and young children who are “outside the norm” in terms of health, development, or body structure. I chose to work with infants because they are so clear. Babies have not learned social/emotional behavior that masks the truth of who this spirit is that has come to visit the Earth. The pure energy of babies is a lovely experience. While working with their physical bodies, it is natural to connect intuitively and/or telepathically. Infants and children have their own unique, individual developmental patterns and pace. Even so, normal milestones occur in a slightly variable but predictable sequence. When a baby’s developmental process is out of the ordinary or out of sync, caregivers generally get a gut feeling that something is not right. These are the children I see in my practice.

It is devastating for parents to learn that their baby is critically ill, has physical abnormalities, or is developmentally delayed. Parents grieve for their less-than-perfect child and for the perfect child they’d anticipated and expected to raise. Parental depression adds another challenge to the growing baby’s difficulties. Parents seek me out because I’ve found ways to help them recognize the joy and wonder in their child and his or her capabilities. I help parents feel good about their lovely little person and about their own competence in loving caregiving.

Case Studies

Case 1 - I first used Hemi-Sync as an adjunct to physical therapy while helping a boy with attention deficit and hyperactivity prepare for kindergarten. He was unable to perceive details and visually track information on paper. To lay the groundwork for reading, I tried board games and mazes. There was little change until I played the Concentration tape as we did the activities. His inattention to details immediately changed. He followed a maze with his pencil without once being distracted. I really knew it was working when the tape clicked off and he began to make the rhythmic “shh, shh, shh” sound of the tape. The boy had no trouble learning to read.

Case 2 - A newly adopted girl from China was referred to me by her pediatrician, who said, “I think she’s deaf. I want you to do a developmental evaluation. We don’t know how old she is but we think she’s about eighteen months.” The child was neither walking nor crawling. It was clear to me on the first visit that she was not deaf, just shutdown. The most fascinating thing about her was her accompanying retinue-a roomful of ancestors! I could see and feel them looking down on us with worry. Assuming they would think I was crazy, I did not mention the ancestors to her adoptive parents. I worked with the little girl for a few months until she was walking and beginning to talk. She developed into a typical child. As her senses slowly opened to become comfortable in our world, the ancestors gradually receded. During their final visit to my clinic, her adoptive mother offhandedly remarked, “At least the ancestors are gone. They must trust us to take good care of her.”

Case 3 - A two-year-old with autism flitted from one place to another in the clinic, staying with an activity for no more than a few seconds before moving on. I would follow her around until she engaged in an activity, then set a timer, hold her where she was (e.g., on a rocking horse), and tell her to stay until the timer went “beep, beep.” This method was not very effective for getting her to pay attention to and actively engage in the activity. She focused on the timer instead, saying “beep, beep” every so often until it went off and she was allowed to escape. One regular activity was sitting in a cone to work on balance while I simultaneously attempted to distract her by blowing bubbles. Preparation involved getting a towel for each of us, moving the cone from its storage place to the center of the room, and getting the bubbles from the shelf. I would generally lose her to something else before everything was assembled. The sessions were exhausting because she required constant vigilance.

One day, in the midst of the session, I put on the Hemi-Sync Cloudscapes tape. She stopped, looked up at the tape deck, and stood still. The alteration in her attention span was immediate. She would begin an activity, and I’d set the timer. But now, not only did she frequently stay with the activity long past the “beep, beep,” she actually began to interact with the equipment or with me. As an experiment, I waited until halfway through the next session to turn on Cloudscapes. The session began with the usual flitting from place to place. As soon as the tape started playing, she maintained focus on the activity she had chosen. Later in the session she looked up at the shelf and said, “bubbles.” She had never said anything other than “mom, bye, bye,” and “beep, beep,” and those words were uttered immediately after I had used them in a sentence. The little girl then proceeded to fetch two towels, one of which she handed to me. She walked over to the cone and attempted to drag it from its storage space. I was astonished! From that session on, if I did not turn on the tape, she would look up at the tape deck and announce, “music!” Her overall ability to engage productively continually improved, and an obvious “inner-settling” occurred with Cloudscapes. It appeared to provide an integrating mechanism for her senses.

Case 4 - A thirteen-month-old boy with minimal visual impairment was referred to me because he was not yet crawling. He was very unhappy and would cry for entire sessions. His crying frustrated me because it was a barrier to interpersonal interaction and prevented him from making any developmental progress. One day, his mother mentioned that he liked music at home. So, I let him play with bells, a xylophone, and other sound-producing toys. There was little difference. At my wit’s end, I finally put on the Hemi-Sync tape Inner Journey. His crying ceased within minutes. From that point on, I played Inner Journey or Cloudscapes for every therapy session. Although the boy still cried occasionally, he was generally interactive with me. He frequently cocked his head with an ear toward the tape. Motor development improved, and he eventually walked.

Case 5 - A child who had a terminal illness characterized by normal early development, then slow deterioration, came to my clinic for four years. When she was two years old, her enormous energy filled the entire clinic. Her parents and I, as well as others who knew her, sensed that she had been a powerful but benevolent monarch in a past life. As time passed, her energy, eyesight, hearing, and motor abilities waned. She changed from an active little girl who kept me busy the entire session to one who preferred to ride in the swing or sit by her father. On one of our last days together, we sat quietly and made direct eye contact. I was transported--with and by her--to somewhere far away. I recognized Focus 10 as we passed through. She took me to a place far beyond anywhere I’d traveled out-of-body. While we were in that peaceful place, she let me know that this place was where she now spent most of her time. She also let me know that although she no longer needed me, it was okay. With startling speed, I was suddenly back in my clinic. Before I could react, her father matter-of-factly stated, “She does that to me all the time now.” Perhaps the experience we shared is best characterized by a quote from Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder. “They have felt themselves wrenched out of Time and have experienced the world ‘from the perspective of eternity. ’”


Hemi-Sync has enriched my life and my clinical physical therapy practice in a two-fold manner: by serving as a catalyst to reawaken my intuitive abilities and by helping my young patients to be calm and to focus. My intuition indicates that Hemi-Sync modulates a child’s sensory processing (and mine, as well) in ways that enable us to work together more effectively.

Jacqueline Mast is a pediatric physical therapist providing developmental evaluation and physical therapy to infants and young children at Mast Clinic, Inc., Portland, Maine. Jacqueline has published numerous articles in professional journals. She is currently writing/editing a textbook, Pediatrics for Physical Therapist Assistants (Prentice Hall), with an expected publication date of June 2002. She lectures internationally. Professional honors include: a fellowship in American Academy of Pediatrics and Developmental Medicine, Public Service Announcement Award from the California Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, and Best Practices in Pediatrics from the Maine Handicapped Children’s Early Childhood Programs. Jacqueline uses her intuitive abilities to determine when Hemi-Sync is appropriate in therapy sessions and to choose the best selections for each case.

An interest in exploring consciousness long predated my psychiatry career and was partially responsible for my choice of profession. I decided on an eclectic training program at Yale University and subspecialized in consultation-liaison psychiatry--sometimes known as medical psychiatry. In that subspecialty one consults with patients under treatment for various medical problems about their coexisting psychological problems and psychiatric disorders. During my tenure as program director of consultation-liaison psychiatry at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York, I joined the Professional Division of The Monroe Institute and started to integrate Hemi-Sync into my psychiatry practice.

When shrinking funding resulted in toxic organizational politics, I left the Veterans Administration and affiliated with two private practice groups. This allowed me to specialize in outpatient medical psychiatry and conduct a general psychiatric outpatient practice as well. I hoped to combine standard psychiatry techniques, e.g., psychopharmacology and generic psychotherapy, with less traditional therapies: Hemi-Sync, EMDR, TFT, peripheral and EEG biofeedback, subtle energy treatments, psychospirituality, and transpersonal psychiatry. After about one and a half years of private practice, a local hospital offered me an inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry position, which opened up two somewhat different arenas of play.

In my consultation work I can be called in to evaluate any patient admitted to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. These patients may be under the care of any internal medicine subspecialty: surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, hospice, or the substance abuse detoxification unit. Since there is no inpatient psychiatry unit in the hospital, all patients requiring concomitant medical and psychiatric care must be treated on one of the medical units. Once their medical conditions are stabilized, they are transferred to psychiatric hospitals if inpatient psychiatric treatment is indicated. Patients requiring, or to be more accurate, accepting of or eligible for residential substance abuse rehabilitation programs are transferred elsewhere. The patient’s personal physician, also termed the “attending,” is the primary initiator of psychiatry consults. Prompting by the nursing or social work staff often plays a part in the physician’s decision. Occasionally, patients will request consultation themselves. Thus urgent, if not dire, psychiatric conditions or perceptions of a problem that would benefit from psychiatric care determine which cases I will see.

In almost every instance involving agitation, anxiety, or depression, I offer Hemi-Sync tapes. My two standbys are Surf and Cloudscapes. Surf is the only Hemi-Sync audiotape with nature sounds. Incidentally, the Stream Songs relaxation video is wonderful, as is the rainstorm on the Lucid Dreaming album. Cloudscapes offers a gentle, neutral background that is comparable to nature sounds. A few people request tapes with verbal guidance. In such cases, Guide to Serenity and Deep 10 Relaxation have been very useful. Pain Control obviously has good hospital applicability. Administration of the tapes is an important technical consideration. Some patients have their own Walkman®. Sometimes a loan can be made from a hospital source, usually in the form of a boombox. The hospice unit is excellent in this regard because each room has one. Most commonly, however, a friend or relative is asked to bring a tape player. In a day or two it finally arrives--hopefully before the patient goes home! The hospital reimburses me for the tapes and presumably passes the charge along to the patients or their insurance.

Turnaround time in hospitals is generally quick nowadays. However, the readmission rate is climbing rapidly. Speedy turnover means limited feedback. This scenario is particularly true in the detoxification unit. Unless patients manifest severe withdrawal, they are often discharged within twenty-three hours. The more seriously incapacitated are usually discharged shortly after they become clear enough to process what I’m saying. In those circumstances I’m launching my assistance out into the void--a twenty-first century version of casting bread upon the waters. Despite the suboptimal conditions, I still try to discuss psychospirituality with most of my detoxification consults and offer Hemi-Sync tapes, where and when they are likely to be accepted. My negotiations with the substance abuse treatment department have focused on expanding the availability of Hemi-Sync and other complementary modalities.

On rare occasions, I receive feedback from hospital units with rapid turnaround. This clinical case is a good example.

Case 1: Surgery and Gastrointestinal (GI)

An eighteen-year-old woman with a family history of cholelithiasis (gallstones) presented at her college infirmary with acute upper abdominal pain and fever. She was examined, sent home, and received further diagnostic studies. She was diagnosed with cholelithiasis and an endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (e.r.c.p.) was performed to remove the stones. A cholecystectomy was planned but was postponed because the e.r.c.p. had induced pancreatitis. I gave her the Pain Control and Surf tapes with directions for using them, plus some positive imagery exercises. In addition, I performed subtle energy healing (combining techniques from Reiki, therapeutic touch, Barbara Brennan, and the Dolphin Energy Club). The patient and her mother were also instructed in a simple Huna-based healing exercise. The patient was discharged the next day and the cholecystectomy was scheduled for the following week. She later wrote me a letter saying that the techniques were effective for both the pancreatitis and the subsequent surgery and recovery.

Two settings maximize my chances for more extended interaction and better feedback: the medical rehabilitation unit and the hospice unit. Both units screen referrals from the rest of the hospital and from outside sources and are technically separate from other inpatient treatments. Stays in the rehabilitation unit tend to be shorter than in the hospice unit. Rehabilitation receives orthopedic patients, cardiac and cardiac surgery patients, and some neurological patients dealing with conditions like poststroke, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Case 2: Rehabilitation Medicine

Mrs. A., a seventy-year-old widow, was first hospitalized after an overdose of sleeping medication in December 1999. I performed her psychiatric evaluation in the Intensive Care Unit. Upon stabilization, she was transferred to a nearby psychiatric hospital. In addition to depression and suicide attempts, Mrs. A. had abused pain medication for some time, which had resulted in a chronic organic brain syndrome (o.b.s.). After being weaned from the analgesics and antianxiety medications and cleared from her o.b.s., she had spinal surgery and then was transferred to rehabilitation. Depression, anxiety, and persistent GI symptoms complicated her recovery. Antidepressants helped Mrs. A.’s depression, but her anxiety persisted. There was a suspicion that the GI symptoms were psychosomatic. The detrimental effect of past substance abuse on her cognition ruled out conventional antianxiety medication. I prescribed Surf and Guide to Serenity. The patient played the tapes for several hours at a time and reported feeling much calmer while listening. She had some return of anxiety afterward. With repeated playing of the tapes, her general anxiety level improved markedly from her pretreatment state. Her physical and occupational therapy performance also improved. The GI symptoms did not change in response to the tapes, indicating the strong possibility of a nonpsychosomatic component. The patient was discharged to home after a week and a half.

The Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s inpatient hospice setting, has been the most receptive to complementary interventions. It is also the inpatient unit with the longest stays.

Case 3: Hospice

An eighty-year-old widow, Mrs. G., had lost her husband to cancer seven months before admission. She had multiple medical problems, and an occult malignancy was suspected. She had been hospitalized due to acute shortness of breath and was found to have a pleural effusion. As her condition worsened, a pulmonary embolism was feared. Mrs. G. was anxious and depressed. After an extensive interview, I mentioned the possibility of using Hemi-Sync tapes for relaxation, as well as the Going Home series. We talked about her fear of dying and her uncertain beliefs about death and the afterlife. As I described Going Home, the collaboration with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and related topics like near-death experiences (NDEs), she remembered a crucial bit of information. Many decades earlier, complications during labor and the delivery of her second child had caused cardiac arrest. Mrs. G. then had an NDE that included an out-of-body component and a visit “in the light.” Listening to her story gave me an opportunity to support that memory and suggest that she return in her mind to the sensations of the NDE while listening to Cloudscapes. I promised to bring the Going Home tapes later. However, Mrs. G. died peacefully the next day.

Case 4: Hospice

Mrs. K., a fifty-four-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer, was also admitted to the Inn from the home hospice program. She had completed a significant number of life tasks and repeatedly told hospice staff that she was ready to go. She soon lapsed into a light coma but had persisted for several weeks in more or less the same state. Two visitors were present as we reviewed her case in a team meeting. One of them was a freelance writer doing an article on hospice for a local newspaper; the other was a representative of the hospital’s public relations department. I raised the question of unfinished business and the possibility that she was being held back by some fear-based belief. The public relations representative wondered why I wanted to rush her if she wasn’t suffering. I replied that I had no preference about her timing, but what if she was suffering quietly from fear? After a brief explanation of Going Home, the freelance writer volunteered that her grandmother had had an NDE. The nursing coordinator requested suggestions, and I offered one of the latter Going Home tapes. The nurse coordinator called me later that same day to say that she had played Homecoming for the patient. Mrs. K.’s breathing had quieted and, by the end of the tape, she had peacefully expired.

Case 5: Hospice

Mrs. L., a fifty-eight-year-old mother with grown children, had a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer when she was transferred from home hospice. She was in considerable pain and had been admitted in order to optimize pain management. It was soon clear that Mrs. L. and her family would need the Hospice Inn for an extended period. Mrs. L. was a practicing Catholic and a former nurse. She was also terrified of losing control. Several weeks elapsed before her family permitted the hospice team to request a psychiatric consult. On interviewing Mrs. L. and the other family members, it became clear that she had clinical depression and intermittent delirium with paranoia. I suggested a mild antidepressant and a small amount of antipsychotic medication. The latter is fast acting and was particularly helpful. The success of that intervention led the patient, the family, and the personal physician to become more accepting of my involvement.

Mrs. L. had a complex and ambivalent attitude toward complementary therapy and spiritual issues. On the one hand she accepted Reiki and therapeutic touch from friends and caregivers; on the other hand, she focused on medication as the key to her treatment. She described herself as religious. Yet, when I asked her about her afterlife beliefs, she admitted to being very unsure and scared. I played several of the latter Going Home tapes and performed a mixture of subtle energy techniques as she listened. During that process, I perceived an internal component of the self in the process of clearing and readying for transition. However, residual parts and energies were still entangled. I left the Going Home tapes with Mrs. L.’s family, who eagerly welcomed them. Her husband feared that she was holding on for the anniversary of her diagnosis, a date that was more than a month away, and thus faced the prospect of much additional suffering. The day after the healing session, the patient remained unconscious while the tapes played. The next day (a Saturday) Mrs. L. had some periods of wakefulness and anxiety, but she passed away early that evening--with her family in attendance.

These and other successes inspire me to work and hope for more complete integration of psychiatric and psychological services into the hospital system. I am negotiating with the various services to make Hemi-Sync more readily available. Hospital television already has a relaxation channel. Current offerings could be expanded to include Hemi-Sync presentations and instruction in using a variety of Hemi-Sync tapes, as well as consciousness expansion methods. Both patients and their caregivers stand to benefit from a partnership between standard interventions and complementary resources.

Jonathan H. Holt, MD, graduated from Yale University in 1980 and received Yale’s Lidz Prize in psychiatry. Dr. Holt also did his residency at Yale and completed a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry (medical psychiatry) at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is on the clinical faculty at Albany Medical College and is on staff as consultation-liaison psychiatrist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. Jon is a third-level Reiki practitioner and a practitioner of therapeutic touch and other subtle energy methods. He also utilizes eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), thought field therapy (TFT), and EEG and peripheral biofeedback. He has been a member of The Monroe Institute Professional Division since 1996.

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The Challenge

Children with oral feeding disorders create a subgroup of infants and young children with developmental disabilities due to cerebral palsy and other sensory motor disorders Morris 1985b. Many of these youngsters present a complex picture of poor coordination of sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Others experience severe defensive reactions to the sensory input of food, with major difficulties transitioning from breast or formula feedings to solid foods. Negative experiences related to gastrointestinal discomfort, force feedings, and silent aspiration may further complicate the picture, resulting in feeding resistance. Many children are nutritionally supported by feeding tubes as they make the slow transition to oral feedings. Others move slowly through the developmental progressions of feeding.

As a group, these children provide a major challenge to parents and therapists. We live in a culture that highly values the ability to eat. A mother's feelings of nurturing and parental adequacy are connected to her child's eating. Family stress increases when the child is unable to eat orally or has major feeding difficulties. Parents feel pressure when they need to get a calorically and nutritionally adequate diet into a child who eats slowly or is a picky eater because of sensory processing problems. This increases the anxiety level of both parents and children.

Therapy addresses the underlying problems with postural tone and movement of the body that influence coordination of the oral-motor and respiratory systems. Issues with oral defensiveness are viewed as part of a larger problem of sensory processing and integration. Approaches to reduce anxiety and increase self- confidence and trust enable both parent and child to learn the skills needed to become a competent and efficient feeder. Although specific strategies or techniques are introduced to facilitate this process, the underlying journey is one of empowering the child as a learner and self-healer.


In the early 1980s Robert Monroe began to incorporate many of the Hemi-Sync sound patterns developed for the guided tapes into a music background, which he called METAMUSIC®. METAMUSIC® tapes opened the door for children to benefit from Hemi-Sync sound patterns, since the verbal content of the original tapes was inappropriate. It allowed listeners of all ages to enjoy Hemi-Sync as an open, nondirected background for activities such as reading, studying, sleep, and self-generated imagery.

Three distinctive Hemi-Sync sound patterns may be blended with the music component of METAMUSIC®. Since there is a correlation between the predominant frequency of brain- wave patterns and states of conscious awareness, different subjective states will be observed as listeners are introduced to different binaural beat combinations.

Relaxed-focus tapes are based on Hemi-Sync sound patterns that facilitate lower frequency brain wave patterns in a predominantly theta (4-7 Hz) range. This hypnagogic state has been associated with greater openness for learning (Budzynski 1981). Most listeners experience the unique combination of increased physical relaxation with a high level of mental alertness, and a wide or open focus of attention.

Concentration tapes incorporate higher frequency Hemi-Sync patterns in the alpha (8-12 Hz) and beta (13-26 Hz) ranges. Subjective reports include high-level alertness combined with the increased narrow focus of attention used in task-oriented activities.

Sleep tapes create the pattern of binaural beats that gradually move the listener into the very slow delta state (1-3 Hz) associated with deep sleep.

METAMUSIC® and the Child with Developmental Disabilities

Formal Observation

Between 1981 and 1985 I completed a pilot study of twenty developmentally disabled children. The children in this group were enrolled in a therapy program to remediate their oral feeding problems. An initial baseline period of four to six sessions observed the child's response to therapy without music. This was followed by a second period of two to four therapy sessions with a music background which did not contain Hemi-Sync sounds. These two segments of the program created a clinical observation profile for each child in a non-Hemi-Sync environment. A third period of observation introduced Hemi-Sync signals in the theta range (i.e. relaxed-focus tapes) into the same music that was used in the second phase of the study. Informal written and videotaped data were recorded to document the child's progress in therapy under each condition. Many children received therapy with a METAMUSIC® background for one to two years.

Two of the children (10%) responded negatively to the music containing Hemi-Sync, and its use was discontinued. Three children (15%) showed minimal or inconsistent changes in the Hemi-Sync METAMUSIC® environment. Fifteen (75% of the total) of the remaining eighteen children who continued to receive the music containing Hemi-Sync showed positive changes in the behaviors being worked on in treatment. Changes that were observed included improved focus of attention, reduction in tactile defensiveness and overall improvement in sensory organization, increased physical relaxation, improved motor coordination, and reduction in fearfulness. All of the children exhibited a greater openness and enthusiasm for learning. Changes were not evident until Hemi-Sync was introduced. In several instances behavioral changes were noted with the calming music background; however, the degree of change and permanence of change were more pronounced when Hemi-Sync was combined with the music.

Varney (1988) completed a study of six boys between the ages of fifteen and twenty-nine months who were enrolled in a home-based early intervention program. Diagnoses included Down syndrome, neurological disorder, and developmental delay. Varney used a modified single- subject design to compare the responses of three children who listened to METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync (relaxed-focus tapes) during weekly one-hour intervention sessions for a period of four to five weeks to the responses of three matched children who listened to the same music without the Hemi-Sync signals. Five of the six children in the study demonstrated improvements during intervention. The three children who listened to METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync during intervention demonstrated greater improvement than the children who listened to the same music without Hemi- Sync. She concluded that playing METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync during intervention appeared to improve the imitation of gestures, facial expressions, two-word phrases, and spontaneous use of two- word phrases. Significant increases in attending behaviors and child-initiated interactions also were observed.

During intervention with METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync, changes in behavior occurred more quickly than would be expected. All three of the children who listened to the METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync demonstrated steeper slopes of change during intervention. For example, one child increased recorded behaviors from 0% to 100% between the first and second intervention sessions. The other two children made increases of 42-45% between two or more intervention sessions. These changes also occurred earlier in the intervention program than did the changes observed in the three children listening to the music alone. Seizures did not increase for the child with a neurological disorder and history of a seizure disorder during the period in which the Hemi-Sync signals were included in the intervention. This is also in agreement with the findings of Morris (1985a,b). Varney concludes that the study "...offer[s] evidence supporting the use of METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync as an effective adjunct to a communication program which is appropriate to the needs of young children with developmental disabilities. . . . Although the usefulness and effectiveness of METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync requires additional empirical evidence, interventionists may find that playing METAMUSIC® with Hemi-Sync during intervention with young children with developmental disabilities will improve attention behaviors, social interactions and communication."

Guilfoyle and Carbone (1997) reported the results of a preliminary study of twenty developmentally disabled adults with mental retardation. Subjects were matched on the basis of IQ and were divided into experimental and control groups. Each group listened to music on stereo speakers while watching nature videos without sound tracks. Hemi-Sync signals in the alpha-beta range for focused attention/concentration were present in the music presented to the experimental group. The control group listened to the identical music without Hemi-Sync. Subjects were tested (pre-test and post-test) for short- term auditory memory and sustained focus of attention before and after the video and music. In addition to the formal testing, each subject was rated on six scaled measurements of attentiveness and associated behaviors. Each subject attended fifteen thirtyªminute training sessions. Differences between the pre-test and post-test scores were compared for the experimental and control groups.

The group listening to the music containing Hemi-Sync signals (i.e., METAMUSIC®) showed statistically higher scores on the digit symbol test, and significantly higher ratings on resistance to distraction, attention to speech, level of alertness, and level of irritability. The control group, listening to music only, did not show similar changes.

Case Study: A Child with Autism

A two-year-old boy with autism showed severe disorganization of his response to sensory input and sensory overload. He had limited eye contact, and engaged in stereotypic behaviors such as rocking and flapping his hands. He was fussy and irritable, or withdrawn into his internal world. He disliked touch to his upper body, hands, face, and mouth. When he reached a state of sensory overload, he released the stress through gagging and vomiting. Although he liked children's music tapes and quiet classical music, these types of music had no effect on his sensory behaviors. In some instances they appeared to increase his difficulty with his environment. He drank formula from a bottle and seemed more organized with the rhythmical sucking pattern that it required. He ate three small meals of pureed food per day: however, the random sensory input from the spoon, food tastes, and texture created maximum stress. He pushed back in the chair, clamped his mouth closed, pushed his mother's hand and the spoon away, and cried. He was able to cope with the situation by focusing his attention hypnotically on a child's music videotape to cut out interaction and other sensory input.

After an initial thirty-minute session with a relaxed-focus METAMUSIC® tape, he accepted touch to his hands and chest, initiated eye contact and smiling, and appeared to be calm and peaceful. METAMUSIC® tapes were incorporated into a sensory-based treatment program for the next week. He was seen for five hours of intervention per day, with METAMUSIC® used approximately 50% of the time. He continued to show increased interaction and eye contact, began to explore toys, imitated his body movements and facial expression in a mirror, and was able to regulate his response to sensory input more efficiently. Gagging and vomiting ceased. During mealtimes he was more open to changes in his physical position in the chair and presentation of the food. Although he still needed his videotape at mealtimes, he was more interactive with his mother and began to come forward to initiate a bite from the spoon when a METAMUSIC® tape was played thirty minutes prior to the meal. He no longer cried and pushed the food away.

During the next six months of home-programming, his parents felt that he was less alert and tended to become sleepy when a relaxed-focus METAMUSIC® tape was played. When a concentration METAMUSIC® tape was substituted, he was more focused, and no longer became sleepy. Within ten months, he was taking a wide variety of foods, and had progressed to chewing mashed and chopped textured foods.

Case Study: A Child with Cerebral Palsy

A three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy received most of his meals through a gastrostomy feeding tube because of severe disorganization of swallowing and breathing. He had recently shown an interest in eating, and his parents gave him small oral feedings each day. During these meals, his breathing was noisy and labored, and he showed frequent choking and coughing. He had great difficulty moving his body volitionally because of high muscle tone and strong tonic reflex movement patterns. He frequently arched into hyperextension of his body and head. He drooled profusely. The base of his tongue was pulled back into a slightly retracted pattern, intermittently occluding the airway. This pattern contributed to his difficulty with breathing coordination during eating and drinking. Although it was possible to use gentle manual traction under the chin to draw the base of the tongue forward, he consistently resisted this treatment strategy. His sleeping patterns were stressed. As he fell asleep, his body went into strong spasms that were accompanied by tongue retraction and severe obstruction of the airway. These episodes of obstructive sleep apnea were terrifying because of their sudden onset and his inability to breathe. His panic and increased tension resulted in stronger reflexive retraction of the tongue and long periods of apnea. He resisted going to sleep, and it often took three to four hours for him to calm down and sleep. When a sleep medication (such as chloral hydrate) was given, he was groggy and unalert the following morning. His parents preferred to help him learn to go to sleep while they were up. They gave lesser amounts of the medication in the late evening when they went to bed. Without this medication, the sleep-wake-apnea episodes continued throughout the night, and the whole family experienced sleep deprivation.

A relaxed-focus METAMUSIC® tape was used initially during quiet, on-the-lap activities such as listening to a story. This enabled the therapist to feel any changes in muscle tone and movement coordination that were related to Hemi-Sync. During these sessions, his postural tone reduced, and he could interact with a storybook as his hand was guided to different pictures. He accepted the therapist's hand under his chin to facilitate a more forward position of the tongue. He was interested in the contrast between his noisy and quiet breathing patterns, and began to maintain the quiet pattern independently for longer periods.

Oral feeding sessions were held with the child supported on his mother's lap. Physical assistance was given to keep the tongue out of the pharyngeal airway. Sucking and swallowing movements became more regular and rhythmical, and were well coordinated with breathing. There was no coughing or choking. A modified barium swallow study several months later showed an efficient swallow with no aspiration. A relaxed-focus METAMUSIC® tape was used at each meal, and intermittently throughout the day. The child learned to use a more forward head position and keep the base of the tongue out of the airway. At the end of the five-day intensive treatment program, he used a quiet breathing pattern more than 75% of the time, and was spontaneously swallowing his saliva. Drooling was minimal.

Evening therapy sessions were held at bedtime. A METAMUSIC® sleep tape was introduced to help him relax and fall asleep with less physical and emotional stress. The therapist used the positive suggestions that he could sleep peacefully and breathe quietly. Intervention to inhibit his tonic reflex patterns and keep the tongue in a more forward position was used at the first sign of the spasm. Over a four-day period he was able to fall asleep within a thirty-minute period. He had one or two small spasms during the initial sleep period, but was free from apnea episodes. An adult remained with him for physical and emotional support during this period, repeating the positive suggestions for easy sleep, and helping him maintain a forward tongue position. Three weeks after the program began, his parents weaned him from the sleep medication, and he slept through the night.


METAMUSIC® tapes containing the binaural beat patterns of Hemi-Sync open the door to learning for many children with developmental disabilities. Children with oral feeding difficulties have increased their skills and comfort level more efficiently when METAMUSIC® was included in the learning environment. The sound technology is inexpensive, nonnvasive, and effective. METAMUSIC® makes an important contribution to most rehabilitation programs.


Budzynski, T. 1981. Brain lateralization and rescripting. Somatics, Spring, 3-9.

Bullard, B. 1997. Personal communication.

Bullard, B. 1995. The Road to Remembrance. Hemi-Sync Journal, 13 (1).

Guilfoyle, G. and D. Carbone. 1997. The facilitation of attention utilizing therapeutic sounds. Hemi-Sync Journal, 15 (2).

Morris, S. E. 1991. The facilitation of learning. Chap. 9 in Neurodevelopmental strategies for managing communication disorders in children with severe motor dysfunction, edited by M. Beth Langley and Linda J. Lombardino. Austin, Tex. ProEd, 251-96.

Morris, S. E. 1990. Hemi-Sync and the facilitation of sensory integration. Hemi-Sync Journal, 8 (4).

Morris, S. E. 1985a. Music and Hemi-Sync in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities. Breakthrough, December.

Morris, S. E. 1985b. Developmental implications for the management of feeding problems in neurologically impaired infants. Seminars in Speech and Language, 6 (4): 293-315.

Sornson, R. 1996. Personal communication.

Varney, K. 1988. Metamusic with Hemi-Sync as an adjunct to intervention with developmentally delayed young children. Master's thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, a speech-language pathologist based near Charlottesville, Virginia, is nationally and internationally known for her work with children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Morris maintains a private practice including direct clinical work, continuing education programs, development of clinical materials, and clinical research. She is the director of New Visions, which sponsors innovative professional workshops and provides family-centered clinical services. She is also a member of The Monroe Institute Board of Advisors, a Gateway Outreach Trainer, and has been a Professional Member since 1983. This article is excerpted from Dr. Morris's presentation at the First International Conference on Music in Human Adaptation held November 15-17, 1997, in Roanoke, Virginia. A copy of the complete paper with all references is available on request.

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Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a natural healing method which works through laying on of hands in a prescribed pattern. The Japanese word means universal life force or universal energy. It has been used since ancient times and is natural to all human beings. The ability to use it can be learned through the system outlined by Dr. Usui, who rediscovered the possibility of teaching healing in the mid-1800s. Dr. Usui was dean of a small Christian college in Japan. His graduating students asked him why he didn't know how to heal, since Christ had said that we would "be able to do everything that he had done and even greater things." Their question inspired the dean to resign and seek the answer.

He studied old texts in the monasteries of Japan, earned a doctor of theology degree at the University of Chicago, and talked to many religious leaders in the United States. Then Dr. Usui learned Sanskrit and continued his search in India and Tibet, where he found a description of healing in ancient Buddhist traditions. Still, he could not do healing. Back in Japan, during a twenty-day fast and meditation, he received a vision containing the same symbols he had seen in Sanskrit documents and the inspiration of how to use them. Later that day he performed what he considered miracles by healing three different conditions. Dr. Usui worked in the beggars' district for seven years before beginning to teach Reiki throughout Japan.

Mr. Hayashi (Dr. Usui's successor) cured and taught Mrs. Takata, an American woman from Hawaii. She returned to Hawaii to practice and teach Reiki, thereby bringing it to the Western world. At her death in 1978 there were twenty-one masters. Now there are several thousand masters and millions of practitioners all over the world, as well as Reiki associations. In Spain, we have formed Reiki International with the intention of reinstating Reiki as a service to humankind.

There are several Reiki levels. The first level teaches how to work on the physical body. The second level addresses emotional healing and healing at a distance. The resemblance to The Monroe Institute's Dolphin Energy Club method is strong. The third degree, or master, involves working on spiritual levels and teaching Reiki. Since Reiki provides a channel for universal energy, doing Reiki is actually energizing. The practitioner receives healing at the same time and can easily use Reiki skills for her/himself.

A complete Reiki treatment is usually given with the recipient lying down and takes approximately forty-five minutes to an hour. A peaceful atmosphere with soft music is best. So, in our Reiki Center, METAMUSIC® is always playing. Reiki effectively reduces stress and is a useful complement to other kinds of treatments. People receiving chemotherapy often get an extra boost that helps them adjust to and minimize the mental and physical side effects. Recovery from really strong treatments may take just a few hours instead of days, possibly because Reiki energy stimulates the body's elimination of excess toxins. Patients are encouraged to work closely with their doctors because Reiki may accelerate the healing process and reduce the need for medication, especially painkillers. Post-surgical healing may also be quicker.

I first encountered Reiki at The Monroe Institute. After watching a brief demonstration, I dismissed the whole idea. Back home in Spain, a friend persuaded me to attend a course by an English Reiki master. I went on to take the second degree. My initiation to the master level, by TMI trainer and Reiki master Susan Cord, occurred at the Institute. Since then, I've worked with Reiki intensively and have given about forty courses myself.

The Reiki Center in Jerez has one large classroom and five treatment rooms. At first, students only worked with immediate family members. Then, I invited five acquaintances to come in for sessions. Those five were so pleased that they came back with friends and family the following week! Now we are working five days a week, giving twenty-five treatments per day. The fifteen to twenty volunteer practitioners work in teams of three or four. Sessions last about twenty-five minutes. There is no charge for this service; those who can afford it donate $10. Practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe, and all recipients sign a form stating that they understand this is an energy treatment, separate from and complementary to other allopathic or alternative treatments. Both recipients and practitioners come from all walks and styles of life, ranging from a navy admiral to housewives, businessmen, and students. They come by referral rather than advertising, and four more centers are developing in other locations as news of this wonderful opportunity spreads.

METAMUSIC® was introduced during work with an American surgeon who relies on energy healing. Her office was very quiet and some patients were nervous as they waited, so I suggested METAMUSIC®. They commented on how wonderfully relaxed they felt and some didn't want to leave! Next, we gave METAMUSIC® Inner Journey to a stroke victim who improved greatly in only a week. (Using METAMUSIC® resolved the language difficulty.) Her children were so happy with the results that I made METAMUSIC® an integral part of Reiki work. At this time, 180 to 200 patients have received Hemi-Sync at the center and forty to fifty have used it at home. For home therapy Super Sleep, Surf, and Cloudscapes are used because they are all nonverbal. Originally METAMUSIC®</a> Artist Volume 1 (Inner Journey and Sleeping through the Rain) played continuously through speakers in the waiting room and into the healing rooms. Clients claimed they started relaxing on hearing the music. Pillows with speakers were later introduced as an experiment to see if relaxation was enhanced during treatment. The experiment was very successful, especially for assisting people coming for the first time into a receptive state. The most popular tape was Surf, though at times we've used Soft and Still, and some request Cloudscapes. Children respond so well that one woman was concerned about her son--he had never been so relaxed. This mother later purchased several tapes to play at home.

In all Reiki training classes, the CD version of Inner Journey plays during the meditative attunements in which the teacher prepares students to transmit Reiki energy. Cloudscapes plays for practice sessions. As another experiment, practitioners taking part listened to Inner Journey or Sleeping through the Rain on a Walkman® with headphones while working. Several mentioned that it was much easier to stay in a healing mode with METAMUSIC®. Some later stated that they didn't need it anymore. They had learned to go into that space quickly and easily and remain there without difficulty. Others who initially declined due to fear of becoming "hooked" on it, participated after seeing the results. Whether or not other Hemi-Sync® states would be even more beneficial to practitioners and/or recipients for healing purposes remains to be examined.

Recently, people receiving Reiki for stress-related disorders, or chronic degenerative diseases--such as multiple sclerosis--have been given Hemi-Sync tapes as "homework." There are two reasons: to help them to benefit more continuously from the relaxation and healing states induced by the tapes and to engage them more completely in their own health process. Since the 1994 Professional Seminar, new uses of Hemi-Sync have been introduced into the center. Plans are under way for a Reiki retreat. Hemi-Sync tapes will be used to access deeper states of awareness and to achieve the benefits of hemispheric synchronization--for the practice of Reiki and for personal benefit. The Introduction to Hemi-Sync tape will be used to demonstrate the basics. Tape exercises will include Free Flow Focus 10 and 12 as well as Going Home selections. Despite the language barrier, we have experimented with Going Home tapes twice on the Tuesday "practitioner's day" at the Reiki Center. The center planned for Madrid will allow this work to expand, since more people will be comfortable with English.

Among new developments, probably the most important arose from meeting John Garger, co-developer and promoter of the Institute's Positive Immunity Program, at the 1994 Professional Seminar. After John's talk, I asked whether he had ever tried methods such as Reiki with HIV positive persons. He was totally unfamiliar with Reiki, so I gave him a brief demonstration. John felt the energy flow and resolved his initial skepticism in talks with me and Letitia Derieux, a fellow Reiki master in his area. The result: Positive Immunity and Reiki have joined forces in a pilot program in Richmond, Virginia. A group of HIV positive individuals are learning Reiki. They apply it for themselves and their companions as a means of prompting their bodies to respond to the virus and cope with the high stress of AIDS.

There is much more to be studied about Hemi-Sync in conjunction with natural healing methods. My hope is to implement some of these investigations at the Jerez center or with other Reiki practitioners.

[The Monroe Institute is not a medical or therapeutic organization. Hemi-Sync products are intended as a support, not as a replacement for medical diagnosis or treatment.]

Carol Sabick de la Herran, Reiki master and Monroe program graduate, operates a center in Jerez, Spain. Carol combines a background of working with sound through the construction of musical instruments with more technical training as a lawyer and businesswoman. She approaches healing with a special interest in using sound technology and frequencies to assist in personal development and health maintenance. At her center, METAMUSIC® is a constant support for Reiki sessions. Studies are underway on METAMUSIC® enhancement of the healing process for both recipients and practitioners. Other sound modalities in use include Cymatics, voice analysis, and natural music from a special monochord.

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Stress Reduction

ANNWIN Center for Support and Development of Human Potential, a nonprofit educational organization, was established in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, in 1995. Its principal activities are focused on mental and physical health. The main approaches that we use in our work are: process-oriented psychotherapy, as developed by Dr. Arnold Mindell; shamanism, as taught by Michael Harner; and of course Hemi-Sync, which was introduced to us by Jill and Ronald Russell, with whom we stayed while visiting Scotland in August 1995.

The Slovak nonprofit sector, as a part of civic society in a democratic state, was created in 1990 after the “velvet revolution” in the former Czechoslovakia. The economy in Slovakia is in very poor condition, and only a few companies are open to supporting the nonprofit sector. Therefore, many NGOs are financially supported through foreign foundations-such as the Open Society Foundation of George Soros and the Civil Society Development Foundation of the European Union-and through various funds of the U.S., British, and Netherlands embassies.

Since 1996 we have been presenting weekend residential anti-stress courses and evening anti-stress classes based on the Hemi-Sync technology. The residential courses are designed for participants from the whole country, while the evening classes are designed for the local community. In these programs we use the powerful tools that are part of the Gateway Experience® program. Most of our participants who have done various types of meditation appreciate the deep states of relaxation achieved during the Deep Ten Relaxation exercise, which they have not experienced with other methods. The use of the Energy Conversion Box, Resonant Tuning, and Rebal help individuals to cope better with the stressful situations in their daily lives. For strengthening resistance to stress, we use a variety of Human Plus tapes--Let Go and Relax, for example. After each tape, the opportunity to share their experiences helps participants to turn them to better use. We have also organized antistress courses for members of the Syndicate of Journalists (a professional organization of Slovak journalists) and for physicians, including neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other specialists.

Here are two brief accounts of participants in ANNWIN courses. Jana, a sixty-year-old neurologist living in Banska Bystrica is strongly interested in spirituality. She joined the antistress evening class for the first time in 1997. She practices hatha yoga and surprised by her own deep relaxation while listening to Hemi-Sync she invited several of her yoga friends to attend a course. Jana has since repeated the course three or four times.

Helena, a journalist working with the Slovak Press Agency, visited several specialists because of a very poor sleep pattern. She was worried that she would not be able to relax during the tapes; however, I encouraged her to work with the rest of the group. She attended a weekend residential course, and after a day and night of relaxation in the mountain country, with plenty of walking in natural surroundings, she fell asleep during a Focus 12 exercise. She was so happy! She could not believe it had happened. Helena is now using Sleeping through the Rain successfully as a solution to her problem.

In 1998 we started working in the social area, mostly with mentally and physically disabled people, and with the elderly. As part of our work with groups of people caring for the terminally ill and dying, we prepared a project based on the Going Home exercises. Jill and Ronald Russell first presented the prototype in Slovakia in October 1999. Tapes from both the Going Home Support and Subject albums were used. Following that course the participants proposed the idea of establishing informational and experiential exchange, so we set up the Going Home Network Project (GHNP). This project involves doing more Going Home courses, the first of which took place early in 2000. For many participants these courses proved to be the only places where they were able to speak openly for the first time about the death of their loved ones. Belonging to a group where these topics are addressed provides very strong emotional support. GHNP is an educational and experiential base for those who are involved with terminally ill and dying persons. The support of network members will be delivered not only through Hemi-Sync courses but also through hospice and palliative care workshops and courses. ANNWIN will act as a service organization and we plan to offer services for hospice-oriented organizations.

As an example of GHNP outreach, I will give Lucia as an illustration. Lucia is a twenty-three-year-old university student. She attended the GOING HOME course for the first time in March of this year. Three weeks later, she found her mother in bed after a massive stroke further complicated by two heart attacks. Lucia lives with her mother and brother, as her parents divorced three years ago. She alerted the emergency rescue service and managed everything to do with her mother’s stay in the hospital. She was very worried that her mother would die even when her condition had been stabilized. The neurosurgeons could not take action regarding the stroke, as her heart was extremely weak. Lucia and her brother discussed the situation seriously, deciding to go along with her mother’s wishes if she needed to die but also to stay open to help her in her fight for life. Several weeks later Lucia’s mother withstood brain surgery, which proved successful, and is now at home. I loaned her several METAMUSIC® tapes while she was hospitalized, and they helped her to be more relaxed. In those hectic days Lucia was in close contact with us and expressed appreciation for the experiences and knowledge she acquired in the GOING HOME® course.

In my opinion, Hemi-Sync is a valuable supportive technology both for professionals and for individuals who wish to develop themselves. We at ANNWIN greatly appreciate the role that this technology plays in our work. We are grateful to TMI for developing Hemi-Sync, to Monroe Products, to the Russells, and to those individuals who helped us by donating tapes.

Peter and Miroslav Simkovic and Peter’s wife, Vierka, serve the expanding self-development movement in Slovakia through their ANNWIN Center. This article demonstrates that Hemi-Sync fosters personal growth in every environment. Even Patrik, Peter and Vierka’s young son, has peacefully slept through workshops!

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The use of Robert Monroe's DISCOVERY tapes in a Pain/Stress Reduction Clinic provides a gentle self-governing method for the release of the dark side or shadow. Set in a community hospital (Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph, MI), clients are self and physician referred for a wide variety of stress related disorders, ranging from headaches to cancer.

When I opened this biofeedback program seven years ago, I was warned not to mention yoga or meditation. I kept one volume of DISCOVERY on my book shelf for four years until I introduced it to my clients. Now I have 25 volumes in use and am pleased to report on its value as a facilitator of transformation -- particularly as it relates to the shadow.

My model of the shadow has its roots in C.G. Jung and Ken Wilber. The ego level is on an upward evolutionary path, half-way between the primal Garden of Eden and the Omega point or self-realization. The ego is the persona or mask we wear in ordinary consciousness. The shadow is the opposite polarity of the ego --the text we secretly write, a text whose authority we refuse to admit. On the horizontal dimension are the opposite polarities of holding on and releasing. Disconnection from the shadow as is typical in our culture results in two-dimensional figures --bland on the one extreme and horrific on the other. The DISCOVERY tapes for those psychologically ready facilitates access to those secret texts and undeveloped creativities, providing an option to consciously choose one's behavior and values.

The horizontal dimension of holding on and releasing is facilitated by DISCOVERY tape #4, "Release and Recharge," where much of the conscious fears and conflicts are dealt with -- clearing the way for movement to a higher level of organization, of increased complexity, propelled by the reconnection with one's opposite polarity.

Integrating these shadow contents may involve a variety of techniques, from imaging to role play and affirmations. Sometimes a person will become stuck while listening to a tape and be unable to continue... by walking through that tape with the client while listening to speakers (vs. earphones) and picking up the images and feelings at the block, a reconnection with the shadow is usually made. Biofeedback monitoring adds a unique dimension of marking that point as well as measuring the resolution.

(A)   A 32-year-old woman with panic attacks for 3 years was blocking on tape #2 of DISCOVERY ("Intro Focus 10"). By active imagining, she apparently regressed to the Mt. Vesuvius eruption where she suffocated to death. The next session she reacted to Bob's countdown and would panic at "10"...she was "floating," and the fear was of leaving her body. Four months later (10/85) she experienced another "peeling away of the onion." Preset by competition in her aerobics class, exacerbated by the rock/disco beat, a panic attack was triggered by entering the expressway ramp on her way home. Asked when she felt that way before, she remembered driving with her mother when her mother suffered a similar attack with some heart involvement. Continuing with the image recall, she spoke of being born two months premature, and her C-section birth with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

(B)   A 56-year-old man with a failed double bypass and severe chest pains was the first client introduced to DISCOVERY (10/82). We've gone through considerations of homosexuality to violent dreams (which no longer have "deadly twists towards the end"). He's been inactive with the tapes for awhile. Now, after some encouragement, he is ready to move on to the second album, THRESHOLD.

(C)   A 51-year-old man with tension headaches backed off DISCOVERY. Apparently, it was taking him deeper than he wanted to go at the present. He was an eye witness to the killing of over 100 people by a buzz bomb in WWII London. At age 27, he underwent electro-shock therapy. I switched him to the Free Flow tapes. The shadow that emerged for him was his silent resentment of "friends" who were smoking in his house. His "nice guy" image which had brought him millions in industry was not working for him at home where he had lost control.

DISCOVERY is a powerful tool in healing the split between mind and body, between ego and shadow. It's not for everyone -- but when used with gentleness, humor and thought, it can accelerate the healing process.

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Objectives: Test a brief, non-sectarian program of meditation training for effects on perceived stress and negative emotion. Determine effects of practice frequency and test the moderating effects of neuroticism (emotional lability) on treatment outcome.

Design and Setting: The study used a single-group, open-label, pre-test post-test design conducted in the setting of a university medical center.

Participants: Healthy adults (N = 200) interested in learning meditation for stress-reduction were enrolled. One hundred thirty-three (76% females) completed at least 1 follow-up visit and were included in data analyses. Intervention: Participants learned a simple mantra-based meditation technique in 4, 1-hour small-group meetings, with instructions to practice for 15-20 minutes twice daily. Instruction was based on a psychophysiological model of meditation practice and its expected effects on stress.

Outcome Measures: Baseline and monthly follow-up measures of: Profile of Mood States; Perceived Stress Scale; State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; and Brief Symptom Inventory. Practice frequency was indexed by monthly retrospective ratings. Neuroticism (NEO PI-R) was evaluated as a potential moderator of treatment effects.

Results: All four outcome measures improved significantly after instruction, with reductions from baseline that ranged from 14% (STAI-S) to 36% (BSI). More frequent practice was associated with better outcome. Higher baseline neuroticism scores were associated with greater improvement.

Conclusions: Preliminary evidence suggests that even brief instruction in a simple meditation technique can improve negative mood and perceived stress in healthy adults, which could yield long-term health benefits. Frequency of practice does affect outcome. Those most likely to experience negative emotions may benefit the most from the intervention.

Meditation training has become a popular intervention for the prevention and treatment of stress-related diseases and for the management of stress that often accompanies serious medical conditions. Published research studies describe the application of meditation training as primary or adjunctive treatment for high blood pressure and other coronary disease risk factors,1-3 chronic pain,4-6 and cancer,7-11 as well as for stress management in high stress occupations.12-15 In the research literature, the two most commonly studied meditation training programs are Transcendental Meditation  (TM ) and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, North Worcester, Massachusetts. These two proprietary programs have been distributed widely and are available in many locations throughout this and other countries. However, the TM and MBSR programs share several characteristics that may limit their use in the general population.

Both programs are based on traditional practices of Asian religions. The TM technique has its origins in the religious practices of India and includes a formal initiation conducted in Sanskrit. Initiates receive secret Sanskrit mantras, traditionally used to invoke Hindu deities, to use as the focus of meditation practice. MBSR is based on traditional Buddhist meditation practices and incorporates concepts and material from Buddhist philosophical writings in the class presentations.16 Such religious foundations may make these programs unacceptable to individuals who practice other religions or no religion and may prevent their adoption by publicly funded programs and public schools. In addition, both TM and MBSR programs require considerable commitments of time and money to complete training. The TM program requires 10 hours of lectures and instruction in 7 separate steps.17 The standard MBSR program requires about 30 hours to complete, with 8 weekly classes and a full-day retreat. These programs typically charge several hundred to several thousand dollars for initial training. Clearly, the time requirements and expense would be barriers for many individuals, and the high cost itself could limit their use in many situations.

These limitations can be overcome. Meditation training programs have been developed without specific religious associations. Furthermore, there is no empirical evidence that lengthy instruction is necessary for effective meditation training. Indeed, several individuals have suggested that non-sectarian forms of meditation can be taught in 1 or a few brief meetings, or can even be learned from a book.18 20 These simpler programs have been shown to be effective treatments for stress and stress-related disease.18-19

The authors (JDL and JES) developed a simple, brief, non-sectarian meditation training program for use in a clinical trial of meditation and relaxation as non-pharmacological treatments for high blood pressure. This development effort sought to create a "generic" alternative to the popular proprietary systems, one which had the potential for time-efficient and cost-effective instruction. During enrollment for this hypertension treatment study, a second sample of 200 non-hypertensive adults was enrolled in an "open-label" study of meditation training for stress reduction. This study, called the "Calm Your Stress Study," was designed to provide preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of the training program for the reduction of subjective stress and negative emotion, in a general population of self-referred adults who were interested in learning meditation for stress management. The study had 3 objectives: to evaluate the potential changes in measures of perceived stress and negative emotion after individuals began to practice this generic meditation technique; to determine whether the frequency of meditation practice affected outcome during follow-up; and to test whether an individual's initial level neuroticism could explain variability in outcome following meditation training. The latter 2 objectives were intended to open new lines of meditation research. Current recommendations for practice frequency and duration have little or no evidence base, without empirical data linking practice to outcome. The current literature offers no explanation for why meditation training yields different outcomes among individuals, although the identification of characteristics related to treatment success could be used to target the individuals most likely to benefit from instruction. The results of this pre-experimental study were intended to inform the design of additional controlled trials, if they were warranted by initial results.


Study Design

The Calm Your Stress Study used a single-group, pretest-posttest design21 that included a pre-intervention baseline assessment and 3 follow-up assessments at monthly intervals following the start of meditation practice. Although this pre-experimental design lacked controls for indirect effects of participation, the open-label approach simulated the effects of training in naturalistic settings in a large and varied population. The planned assessments of the effects of practice frequency and tests of specific hypotheses related to the moderation of outcome effects by personality and affect variables served to strengthen the overall design. To control subject-experimenter artifacts and biases, instruction and data collection were conducted by different individuals, in different locations, and at different times.


A sample of 200 adult men and women was recruited from among employees, students, patients, and visitors of Duke University and Duke University Medical Center through campus newsletters, brochures, and handbills. Advertisements sought volunteers who were interested in learning a simple meditation technique for the purposes of stress reduction. Lenient eligibility criteria were used to encourage a heterogeneous sample. Participants were required to be at least 18 years of age and able to speak, understand, read, and write English, which was necessary for understanding instruction and completing assessments. Potential volunteers who had active psychiatric disease or used psychoactive medications, who were currently participating in other formal stress management programs, or who planned to move from the study area or travel extensively during the course of participation were excluded from the study. Participants who completed the study received $40 as compensation for the time required for study assessments.


Four different instruments assessed subjective stress and negative mood before and after training. Although the domains of these instruments were expected to overlap, each provided a different perspective on the concept of subjective stress. When instruments contained multiple scales, the overall summary score was used for hypothesis testing, to control the type 1 error that could arise from multiple independent tests.

General negative mood was assessed using the brief version of the Profile of Mood States (POMS; Multi-Health Systems, Inc, North Tonowanda, NY), which contains 30 adjectives that describe feelings (eg, friendly, tense, grouchy, angry). Participants rated each item on a 5-point scale to describe their moods during the past week, including the current day. Scores were calculated for 6 different moods or affective states: Tension-Anxiety, Depression-Dejection, Anger-Hostility, Vigor-Activity, Fatigue-Inertia, and Confusion-Bewilderment. Total Mood Disturbance (TMD), the sum of these scales (with Vigor-Activity subtracted), was used as the summary score for general negative mood. The POMS has good internal consistency and reliability and has been widely used in research.22

The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) was used to provide a global measure of perceived stress in daily life. The PSS is a 14-item instrument designed to measure the degree to which common situations are appraised as stressful.23 The items ask about feelings and thoughts during the past month and how often the respondent felt a certain way in a specific situation. Responses range from "never" to "very often" on a 5-point scale. The PSS has adequate reliability and validity.23

Anxiety was measured with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI; CCP, Inc, Mountain View, Calif), a widely used measure with well-established validity and reliability.24 The state version STAI-S was used to assess changes in general anxiety over time. This instrument consists of 20 items containing words descriptive of anxiety that are rated on a 4-point scale and asks participants to rate their feelings at that moment.

The Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI; National Computer Systems, Inc, Minneapolis, Minn)25 derived from the SCL-90-R,26 assessed symptoms of psychological distress. The BSI is a 53-item scale of self-reported psychological symptoms experienced during the previous 7 days. Nine symptom dimensions are measured using items rated on a 5-point scale from "not at all" to "extremely." The General Severity Index (GSI) is a weighted score based on all items that combines information on the number of symptoms experienced and their severity. The reliability and validity of the BSI are well-documented.27

Study participants completed retrospective assessments of meditation practice frequency at each follow-up visit. Frequency of practice was reported using a 7-point category scale that included the following choices: "twice a day every day"; "twice a day most days"; "at least once a day every day"; "once a day every day"; "once a day most days"; "several times a week"; and "never."

Neuroticism was assessed using the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R; Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc, Lutz, Fla),28 a personality inventory that operationalizes the 5-factor model of normal personality. The NEO PI-R contains 240 descriptive statements that are completed by self-ratings on a 5-point scale and typically takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Validity and reliability have been established. The neuroticism domain (N) contrasts emotional stability versus lability. Scores reflect the general tendency to experience negative emotions such as "fear, sadness, embarrassment, anger, guilt, and disgust." (28, p. 14) The N domain includes sub-scores or facets for specific emotions comprising anxiety, angry hostility, depression, self-consciousness, impulsiveness, and vulnerability to stress, which were examined in exploratory analyses.


The meditation technique was similar to techniques described by Benson,18 Carrington,19 and Wilson.20 Participants selected for themselves a sound, word, or brief phrase ("mantra") to be used as the focus of meditation. They sat with eyes closed and began practice with a brief (less than 1 minute) period of relaxed abdominal respiration, then repeated their mantra silently and continuously for 15 to 20 minutes. Mantra repetition was not linked to the breath. Participants were instructed to allow the mantra to repeat at its own natural pace and simply to return to the mantra repetition whenever they noticed that other thoughts, sensations, or feelings had come into consciousness and distracted attention from the repetition of the mantra. Each practice ended with 1 to 2 minutes of quiet rest before other activities were resumed. The emphasis of the instruction was effortless repetition of the mantra and recognition and control of intrusive thoughts. Participants were instructed that twice-daily practice for the 3 months of the study would provide them with a full experience of the potential of the technique (cf Wilson20).

Participants learned the meditation technique in the first of 4, 1-hour meetings and began twice-daily practice the following day. The remaining classes served to reinforce the instructions and provide information and guidance to support the development of a regular practice regimen. Questions were answered, and common problems were presented and discussed. Meditation was presented as a cognitive exercise that enhanced the experience of the quiet mind and taught recognition and control of intrusive thoughts. Participants were also given a psychophysiological rationale for the stress-reducing effects of meditation. At the final meeting, the instructor addressed common problems that arise during independent practice and discussed the benefits and experiences that have been reported by others who continued regular meditation practice.

After the final meeting, study participants continued to practice on their own. They were told to contact instructors if they had questions or concerns about the technique or their practice. No further formal contact was maintained during follow-up, however.


Interested volunteers made initial contact and completed preliminary screening by telephone, then scheduled an appointment for completion of informed consent procedures. Participants provided detailed background and medical history information, and completed the NEO PI-R questionnaire.

The outcome instruments (POMS, PSS, STAI State, and BSI) were completed at a baseline visit prior to training, and participants were then scheduled for meditation training. Participants were taught in small groups. The 4, 1-hour group meetings were held at lunchtime or after work on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule over 2 weeks. When participants missed a meeting, a make-up session was scheduled, if possible. Those participants who attended at least 3 of the 4 meetings were considered to have completed training.

Follow-up visits were scheduled 4, 8, and 12 weeks after the date of the first class. Participants returned to the laboratory and completed the 4 outcome instruments. Although participants were encouraged to call investigators with questions or concerns about practice, such contacts were rare. Study personnel did not contact participants except to schedule the follow-up visits. Study participants were encouraged to complete the follow-up visits, even if they had stopped meditating. Repeated e-mail and telephone contacts were attempted as necessary to complete follow-up. Those individuals who refused to reply to repeated contacts or who asked not to be contacted again were considered "dropouts" from the study. The study concluded with the 12-week follow-up visit.

Data Analysis

Standard scoring procedures were used for all self-report instruments. Summary scores were used for hypothesis testing, when instruments contained sub-scales, to reduce the number of statistical tests and control type 1 error; however, sub-scale scores were used for exploratory purposes. Hypothesis tests were conducted using procedures for mixed-models analysis of variance or covariance to accommodate the repeated measurements over time. Mixed models (Proc MIXED, SAS v. 8; SAS Institute, Inc, Cary, NC) allowed the inclusion of all available data and did not delete participants with incomplete data. Mixed models also permitted inclusion of time-varying covariates and between-subject variables when appropriate. Given the single-group design, hypothesis tests focused on the main effects of time (baseline and follow-up) and interactions of the time factor with between-subjects factors. When main effects and interactions were significant, contrasts of baseline and each of the 3 follow-up visits were conducted to locate changes temporally. Comparisons among follow-up time points were also conducted to explore the stability of changes over time. The criterion P< .05 was used to declare statistical significance for all tests.


Participant Disposition and Characteristics

Two hundred people expressed interest in participating in the study and scheduled appointments for orientation, informed consent, and baseline data collection. The disposition of these participants is shown in detail in Figure 1.

FIGURE 1 Disposition of Study Participants

Baseline data were available for 192, because 4 participants failed to meet study inclusion criteria and 4 withdrew requesting removal of their study data. Thirty participants who completed baseline never arranged to take the classes despite repeated contacts. Of the 144 participants who completed training, 133 completed at least one follow-up visit. The average age (± SD) of this sample was 38.0 ± 13.5 years. The group was 76% female. Seventy-four percent of participants were white, 17% were African-American, and the remainder were Asian, Hispanic, or Native American. Most (73%) were currently employed, 9% were retired, and the remainder included unemployed individuals and students. Half of the group had 12 to 16 years of education, and the other half had more than 16 years.

Effects of Meditation Training

Meditation training led to highly significant reductions (P < .0001) in all four measures of stress and negative emotion (Table 1). Improvements were noted at the first follow-up visit 4 weeks after participants began meditation practice and remained stable until the final follow-up at 12 weeks. The planned contrasts of baseline vs each follow-up visit demonstrated significant reductions for all four outcome measures at all 3 visits (all P < .0001). Post-hoc comparisons found no differences among the 3 follow-up visits for any measure, indicating stability over time. Post-treatment reductions were 30% of baseline levels for POMS total mood disturbance, 23% for the PSS, 14% for STAI, and 36% for the GSI on the BSI.

Table 1. Changes in perceived stress and negative mood following meditation training.

Effects of Practice on Outcome

The relationship between practice frequency and outcome was tested using retrospective self-reports of the frequency of meditation practice collected at follow-up visits. Inspection of the 364 completed reports revealed a bimodal distribution of responses on the 7-point categorical scale, with an extreme low point at category 4 ("once a day, every day," 1.4% of responses). Given the shape of the distribution, the 7 categories were dichotomized into high (once a day or more frequently) and low (less than once a day) practice frequency categories. This division had face validity, representing low practice frequency as less than daily practice. In addition, this division yielded similar proportions for the two categories, 48% high vs 52% low.

Because practice frequency could vary over time during follow-up, practice category was included as a time-varying covariate in a re-analysis of treatment outcome data. Outcome values during follow-up were converted to change scores by subtracting baseline values, a necessary step because practice frequency data were not available at baseline. The hypothesized effects of practice frequency on outcome change were evaluated by tests of the main effect of practice category and the interaction of practice category with visit, which would indicate a changing influence of practice frequency during follow-up.

Table 2. Average Changes in Outcome Measures From Baseline to Follow-up for the Dichotomous Categories of Reported Daily Meditation Practice.

None of the practice-category by visit interaction effects was significant (all P> .3), but the main effect of practice frequency was significant for POMS total mood disturbance, PSS, and STAI (Table 2). Practice frequency did not affect BSI GSI change scores significantly (P> .25). More frequent practice was consistently associated with greater reductions in scores for perceived stress and negative emotion and an overall better outcome. Improvements in these 3 measures were more than 50% greater when a participant practiced at least once a day, compared to less frequent practice.

Neuroticism as a Moderator of Meditation Effects

In order to test the moderating effects of initial level of neuroticism on responses to training, N scores from the NEO PI-R were included as a fixed covariate in re-analyses of outcome data. Moderation was assessed by the test of the interaction of N and visit, which revealed whether the trait affected the changes in stress or mood score over time.

NEO PI-R N scores were distributed normally in the study sample. The mean score (± SD) was 89.2 ± 23.8 and the median was 87 with an interquartile range of 33. This mean corresponds roughly to the 70th percentile on adult norms for men and women.28 N scores did not differ significantly between the sexes by /-test (P> .30). The N by visit interactions were significant for all 4 outcome measures (all P< .0001). These interactions were graphed using parameters of the regression models to calculate estimates over time for N-scores at the 90th, 50th, and 10th percentiles of the sample distribution (Figure 2). The graphs indicate that higher neuroticism scores were associated with higher baseline scores for each of the mood and stress measures and with greater reductions in negative mood and stress after training in all 4 measures.


Meditation practices such as TM and MBSR have been employed for stress reduction in a variety of settings, although the length and cost of training and the association of these programs with Eastern religions may limit their broad acceptance. The results of this open-label study demonstrate that even brief training in a simple non-sectarian meditation practice can be associated with improvements in subjective stress and negative emotions in a general sample of adults interested in learning meditation as a stress-reduction technique. The group demonstrated highly significant reductions in all 4 outcome measures of perceived stress and negative emotion. For 3 of the 4 outcome measures, reductions of 20% to 40% from baseline scores were observed. These beneficial changes were apparent at the initial follow-up 1 month after training began and were maintained until the end of the study at 3 months.

The observed effects cover a broad range of negative moods and perceptions. TMD from the POMS is a summary score comprised by anger, confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension, with vigor scores subtracted. Post-hoc examination of these separate scales revealed significant improvements in all 6, although changes were larger for the 4 negative mood scales than the 2 scales that assess the physical symptoms of fatigue and vigor (data not reported). PSS scores include both the number of common stressors experienced in everyday life and the negative impact that these stressors have. Items on the STAI assess the level of anxiety at the moment of administration. The GSI of the BSI combines 9 separate symptom dimensions: somatization, obsessive-compulsive, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, hostility, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism. Post-hoc exploration of these dimensions found that all were significantly reduced after treatment, with all but one (somatization) dropping by about 40% from baseline levels. Thus, improvements following meditation training appear to be widespread in the domain of stress and negative emotion.

The importance of regular meditation practice has often been asserted, despite the lack of empirical evidence. Our results confirm that more frequent meditation practice is associated with better outcome. Differences between "at least once a day" practice and "less than once a day" practice were statistically significant in 3 of 4 outcome measures (POMS, PSS, and STAI), with a similar trend in the fourth (BSI). The beneficial effects of more frequent practice persisted through the 3 months of follow-up. Similar practice effects have been reported in several recent studies of MBSR for stress reduction,10, 12, 29 although the majority of meditation studies have neglected to test the effects of practice frequency. The covariations of practice frequency and treatment outcome reported here do not establish a "dose response" effect for practice or determine a minimal level of practice that provides useful results, because individual levels of practice were self-selected; however, these results are consistent with a causal effect of practice frequency on outcome and should stimulate further research on the dose-response question. Certainly, we need to understand how practice frequency affects outcome if we want to develop effective and efficient training programs for the general public. Traditional guidelines for the frequency and duration of meditation practice will be strengthened by empirical evidence to support them.

Finally, this study demonstrated that individual characteristics may affect the outcome of a meditation intervention. In these data, participants who scored higher on the NEO PI-R domain of neuroticism demonstrated greater improvements following meditation training. Graphs of the interactions suggest that the higher-N participants reported higher initial levels of negative emotion and perceived stress prior to training and subsequently converged towards the lower-N participants. These results complement those of a recent study that found that initial trait anxiety scores were correlated with increased autonomic relaxation indexed by heart rate variability when participants learned Zen meditation.30 It may not seem surprising that participants who start with higher stress scores show greater improvement; however it is reassuring that these individuals are not resistant to the potential benefits of meditation practice, especially when they appear to have the most to gain. Future investigations may clarify the characteristics of responsive individuals so that treatments could be targeted more effectively.

These results are preliminary, given the open-label nature of the study and the lack of experimental controls for possible indirect effects associated with participation in the training program. But the results do suggest that simple, brief, non-sectarian programs of meditation training may offer benefits to adults in the general population interested in stress reduction. Such programs may have advantages over more established programs in many situations, especially where the length and cost of training or ties to Eastern religions are barriers to participation. Simpler programs could be made available at lower cost, which could be a further advantage in publicly funded settings such as schools or community programs. Although the established programs have offered the opportunity for many individuals to learn meditation and receive the benefits of regular practice, there may be significant value in the exploration of less intensive, non-sectarian meditation training programs that can bring these results to a larger population.


The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Tara P. Clayton and Melissa Hurdle in the collection and management of study data. This study was supported in part by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute awarded to the first authors.


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Several intensive experiences in Army military training programs have demonstrated positive results using the Hemi-Sync technology. The instructional and therapeutic examples discussed are perhaps limited, yet give some notion of how Hemi-Sync can be adapted to enhance competent instruction and treatment. Training studies mentioned here were conducted under U.S. Army sanctions.

Audio-Guided Stress Reduction

The Hemi-Sync technology was identified to help support training during early 1982 by creating a relaxed yet attentive state. A plan was developed to evaluate the potential of the technology for stress reduction and the acceleration or enhancement of training performance.

The basic broadcasters course (BBC) for lower-ranked enlisted personnel of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Harrison was selected as a plausible test unit. The broadcasters training involves conditions of time pressure and high skill requirements. Test students generally displayed a number of positive differences in stress reactions and performance responses over the stress control group and the course-performance control group.

Further study and use of Hemi-Sync were recommended in the area of accelerated training, although the 1982 evaluation was not wholly conclusive. Based on the evaluated student acceptance and DINFOS faculty observation, enlisted students can expect accelerated learning experiences through the awareness of relaxation, favorable changes in actual performance, or enhanced motivation. A more successful application of Hemi-Sync in a properly designed instruction program can occur if the evaluated tapes and performance measures are precisely adapted to support given training objectives. The training effectiveness of the technology, as evaluated, suggested that where enlisted student performance met or exceeded standards the technology can serve to induce relaxation and lessen the degree of task stress, i.e., less effort and more efficient work.

In adapting Hemi-Sync to the broadcasting course requirements, students and faculty suggested it as an alternative counseling strategy for rapid acquisition training when it cannot fully be incorporated into the regular schedule. If several students per class were retained with the help of this technology during one year, a tangible cost reduction would result.

Additional interest in Hemi-Sync applications was expressed in A U.S. Army Science Board Report (July 1983) dealing with future applications of training technology. Another application was reported earlier through Army military intelligence channels (March 1983).

BBC Student Counseling Activities

After the preceding work with the DINFOS BBC, several faculty members and administrative heads recognized the potential of Hemi-Sync-based materials as counseling support. Though the use of Hemi-Sync tapes was accepted in the school program, it was understood that each course could not have Hemi-Sync materials specifically prepared. Several tapes were seen to be useful in more than one academic setting, while others were restricted to the BBC coursework.

Students using Hemi-Sync in the BBC course followed directed tape use, while students seeking counseling were given minimal verbal direction. Most of the students were “recycles,” or those repeating some part of the course, so did not need lengthy orientation. The counseled students readily acknowledged the tapes helped them sleep, study, prepare for class more efficiently, control nervousness, organize activities better, and retain more information.

Excepting the Audio-Guided Stress Reduction study, in which a relatively small number of students were observed, the counseling of a few students per class across eight years (1983 to 1990) has amounted to a sizable sample. Conservatively, the students benefiting from counseling number at least 180, probably closer to 200. Given the number of students advised by faculty and counseled to fulfill course requirements, the contribution of Hemi-Sync appears to have helped the students, both academically and emotionally, and protected the school’s financial investment by graduating these 200 students during the last eight years.

A Language Training Venture

A language training program was introduced at a western U.S. Army site using an inventive blend of Hemi-Sync and the Georgi Lozanov language teaching method. Two female teachers began a language training program designed to bring refresher material to specially trained combat-oriented male soldiers. Classes were designed to move the students quickly from their own language capabilities to a higher, but common, level of group proficiency in the conversational use of the chosen language(s). Both teachers were excellent language instructors who used some appropriate text materials and unobtrusively presented the Hemi-Sync and music as a minor innovation.

Hoping to attain at least expected language proficiency, and to enhance the learning environment with the added sounds, the teachers observed that learning was changed in a subtle, but noticeable, way. As the students followed directions, the teachers became aware that the atmosphere was relaxing and the students were more spontaneous in their responses. Enthusiasm was evidenced as class schedules were met and assignments were quickly accomplished. The Hemi-Sync and music seemed to be creating an environment where the students could unconsciously concentrate better and with less tension. Students having completed the language training did not later report any operational difficulties during their many foreign and highly stressful assignments. In fact, they consider their language training as one of their most rewarding military experiences.

Auditory Guidance in Officer-Level Training

Another test unit was selected for analysis and evaluation. A Public Affairs Officer Course (PAOC) requiring complex behaviors was selected at the Defense Information School (DINFOS). The public affairs officers’ training and job involve various pressures and skill demands across military community relations, public affairs communication and media, and broadcasting, and could be affected favorably by technology that reduces stress and enhances learning. This test was considered feasible by DINFOS in view of the uncomplicated technology, lack of class schedule disruptions, and test objectives. Three objectives were evaluated using the Hemi-Sync Progressive Accelerated Learning (PAL) cassette album.

Positive behaviors associated with tape use were revealed in improved responses for instructional areas and task performances (which affected training exercise results) and performance reactions. Twenty-five percent of the students reported that they experienced unusual mental and/or physical changes during tape use. Although a statistically significant number did not report such experiences, it is significant that some students can experience unusual changes that are personally inspiring.

Throughout the study, numerous student discussions and comments were exchanged, suggesting a largely positive behavioral experience with Hemi-Sync. Students individually reported that they sensed the tapes gave them the ability to do more in less time, and to organize assignments more efficiently. No mention was ever made of tapes adding to the course’s learning difficulty, but improved study effort and relaxation did seem to result. Because of the course and time demands, most of the students did not use all six tapes. Several tapes were largely rated as “not at all” helpful or “not at all” assisting study improvement. This may not indicate tapes were ineffective, rather, that the tapes were not used enough to evaluate them accurately, or that they did not help performance already at a superior level. Generally, attention and readiness to perform assigned tasks were described as more focused. Where a few students reported negative reactions, they were counteracted by revised tape use and alleviating personal psychophysical symptoms.

Where the tapes were satisfactorily applied with a range of success, those students with stated interest or need appeared to benefit most. Those who volunteered to resolve some curiosity may have profited only by an accidental foray into some aspect of altered consciousness. It is recommended that, when feasible, the tapes be used in a training context with added emphasis on counseling or self-development coaching to make individual and course training objectives fully complementary.

Ray Waldkoetter is a personnel management analyst performing developmental studies focusing on organizational efficiency and performance enhancement techniques for U.S. Army combat needs. He is also a private practice psychologist with an avocation in counseling and consulting in which psychic processes and intuitive guidance are used. In this presentation, Dr. Waldkoetter reviewed uses and investigations of Hemi-Sync by the Army since 1978.

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The term "stress" relates to pressures of life that place strain on people. Medicine sees the results of this strain as social, psychological, and physiological damage. In essence, this is an outgrowth of deviating to a significant degree from an ideal, dynamic state of equilibrium known as homeostasis (Greek for "staying the same"). Significant, prolonged deviations can weaken our ability to resist pathology. Almost everyone is aware that stress is an inevitable part of the living process. Unfortunately, Western culture has considered it a disruptive force which can only be reacted to after it occurs. This resembles Western medical belief that disease can only be treated after the fact. The concept that enhanced human knowledge can limit vulnerability to disease is gaining greater acceptance. There has been no comparable view of human learning to cope effectively with the inevitable stresses of life. Stress management subsequent to the manifestation of extensive pathology was the norm. In recent years the concept of developing hardiness relative to stress has appeared.

While stress cannot be avoided, skills can be learned to cope as effectively as possible with disruptive forces. The modern mental health field has established techniques for this purpose. Two parallel approaches have been created: systematic desensitization for present life stress and stress inoculation to prepare for anticipated stress which is certain to occur. These terms deliberately resemble medical concepts of vaccination or inoculation to develop resistance prior to exposure to a pathogen. The goal of programs teaching stress hardiness is not the impossible avoidance of stress, but rather to respond to it in the most positive manner and minimize its negative effects. People come to view this as skills acquisition which empowers them with optimal self-control in the areas of cognition (thinking), feeling, and behaving. Homeostatic disruption and psychophysiological complications become negligible.

Until a few years ago, only this self-help empowerment seemed important. Today, a self-help system that can be executed by patients at the time and location of choice has the crucial added benefit of saving time and decreasing the involvement of mental health professionals. Patients can improve significantly with less expense in managed mental health care insurance benefits, which are currently being severely reduced. The stress hardiness programs considered here use natural phenomena of behavior: making one's thinking as realistically positive as possible, learning to really relax (the body loves relaxation and returns easily to homeostasis), and employing guided visual imagery suggestions to mentally practice coping in actual life situations.

Modern cognitive theory and psychotherapy state that our conscious thoughts about stressors—such as negative events, situations, or persons—determine the intensity of our emotional and behavioral reaction. People very seldom have the wrong emotional reaction, but they may overreact. Instead of viewing something as a problem, they may see it as a disaster, a catastrophe. Learning not to react with "catastrophizing" or "awfulizing" is a prerequisite to becoming more resistant to stress. The closer one is to the basic state of homeostasis, the looser and more relaxed one becomes. This imparts positive mental and physical attributes conducive to learning and practicing stress coping behavior. Since the beginning of human existence, relaxation—simply listening to sounds of ocean surf, wind blowing through foliage, babbling brooks, or waterfalls (and later, more formalized meditative relaxation)—has been a natural pathway back toward homeostasis and personal harmony. Our ability to cope with present and future stress is facilitated. The brain functions more effectively in controlling the body's performance. In the last decade, it has been discovered that the ultimate relaxed state (alpha or theta brain-wave levels) enhances control of the brain/body. When this true relaxed state is achieved, the less dominant brain hemisphere (which in 90 percent of the world's population is the right hemisphere) is activated and equals the functioning of the left, computer-like, portion of the brain. This kind of functioning is promoted by The Monroe Institute's Hemi-Sync tapes which synchronize both hemispheres. The most important advantage of this synchronization from the viewpoint of stress hardiness relates to the right hemisphere's increased ability to produce and accept imaginative imagery as genuine and meaningful.

We do most of our thinking in mental images or pictures produced by the mind's eye of the right hemisphere. Symbolically, the brain is like a VCR and will believe and react to whatever tape is inserted and played. The advantage is that humans can learn what mental pictures (guided visual imagery) are preferable and result in positive rather than negative reactions. This is comparable to choosing a sad or a happy movie depending on the emotions we wish to evoke.

Many humans, especially Americans, view stressors as insurmountable disasters and catastrophes. Thus, it falsely seems appropriate to visualize ourselves as helpless victims of overwhelming life processes. Stress inoculation for genuinely likely future stress, or systematic desensitization for current stress, reverses this scenario. We mentally see ourselves as strong enough to cope to a significant degree. A mental imagery scenario can be created to depict the most successful defense or coping mechanism. Repeatedly running this mental "tape" (facilitated by a binaural beat audiotape) convinces the brain that the person is coping rather than succumbing. When the actual stressor must be faced, the brain reacts confidently with, "I've been handling this problem successfully for some time. This is no different. I'll cope!" This preparatory training resembles military maneuvers, combat course exercises, or civilian fire drills.

Achieving the invaluable relaxed alpha or theta brain-wave state is fundamental to the process. In the past, the various training techniques required extensive time and concentration and included cultural-religious connotations which were blocks to acceptance and implementation. Therefore, the ability to quickly and easily achieve the required relaxed state has been resolved by Monroe Institute research and audio products. The receptive ready-state for stress inoculation can be attained via an electronically facilitated sound process. I have been using this sequence of procedures for stress and chronic pain management for the past five years. It has proven so effective that it will be used exclusively for my remaining time in clinical practice.

Arthur D. Haggerty is a health psychologist with a private practice in stress and chronic pain management and an adjunct faculty member of The Center for Health Studies at Palm Beach Community College. He has a special interest in stress as a factor in Alzheimer's disease and has developed preliminary protocols for Hemi-Sync® application in this area. Dr. Haggerty combines Hemi-Sync tapes with client-specific guided imagery in a variety of therapeutic situations. In this paper he discusses Hemi-Sync as a key element in a program designed to develop stress hardiness.

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