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Technologies for Deep Relaxation, Healing and Spiritual Development - A Brief Overview

Over recent years, new technologies have emerged that allow the brain to “interface” with electronic media that use  pulses of sound or light in programmed rhythms to induce deep levels of meditation and relaxation. 

Such technologies are available as CDs or tapes, while others are specialized machines that have human “interfaces” like goggles and earphones. Some of these “entrain” the brain to move from the everyday stress-levels we face to a deep level of peace.  Other programs use guided imagery and music to take listeners inside themselves, where they can find healing, enhanced learning and creativity, overcome grief, control pain, improve sleep and develop ways to increase their potential.  Some programs are short and can be used in the work setting with a CD player and earphones during a 15 minute break, while others may be at least an hour long. 

In the same way that gym or spa equipment offer a physical workout to strengthen the body, these new brain technologies enhance the mind and psyche, bringing peace and a sense of wellbeing.  With time, these approaches help develop our ability to attain these states without requiring their use in relaxation and meditation.

Some recommended sources of this technology are:

Brain Sync: 1-800-444-SYNC, for a catalogue, or order online at www.brainsync.com (Reasonably priced tapes and CDs run in the $12 to $14 range.)

Health Journeys:  1-800-800-8661, or order online at www.healthjourneys.com (Guided Imagery with Belleruth Naparstek, MA, LISW - Tapes and CDs in the $13 to $20 range)

The Monroe Institute: www.hemi-sync.com for tapes and CDs – both guided and unguided ($16 to $20 range)

Tools For Wellness: 1-800-456-9887, www.toolsforwellness.com to check out mind machines (light & sound) and biofeedback (variable pricing, depending on the product – typically in the range of home theater/stereo products)

Online, you can go to the Brain Wave Generator site at http://www.bwgen.com/ and download a software application to use with your computer and a good pair of headphones.

The effectiveness of these technologies is supported by research.  The small investment of money and daily use of one or more of these programs can be a powerful and cost-effective contribution to your personal health and well-being.

Ó 2004 by Granville Angell.  Permission is granted to copy and distribute this essay, except for commercial purposes, if done with credit in the document's entirety, without modification.   angell@transitions-counseling.com

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