THE SAME FOR EVERYONE?
Each brain is different,
and with those differences come a wide range of responses.
Using a headset with coils
held in in place (The Shakti helmet), driven by a stereo CD,
some people have had truly visionary experiences, some people
have had enhancements in dreaming practices, a few have had
Out-Of-Body Experiences. The range of response runs from 'dud'
The first generation of this
technology, developed within the Laurentian University (LU)
Behavioral Neurosciences program, with movable coils, driven
by a digital-to-analog converter output device, also saw a wide
range of responses.
These included 'dud' sessions.
Several approaches to overcoming
them were tried, including ones based on lab work, and some
suggested by reports.
Eventually, a pattern appeared,
though it still needs serious study.
The people who overcame 'dud'
sessions had all repeated their sessions even though they did
not get any results. After finishing at least one series of
six sessions, and beginning another, they changed their signals.
That's when the results began
for them. It's not possible to say whether this pattern of response
will work for everyone, but it's a solid start. Hopefully, reports
following the release of Shakti For Windows will answer this
No. Safety studies have
found no evidence of adverse effects. View report HERE
How can I
make sure I don't have unpleasant sessions?
Many of the brain parts we
work with have two sides. One in the left hemisphere, and one
in the right hemisphere. If one on one side is pleasant, the
one on the other side will be unpleasant. To make Shakti safe
FOR YOU, you will have to be sure you're not 'left-handed' with
regard to either of these structures.
To do this test, you apply
each wave form to both sides of the head, one at a time. You
do 10 minutes with ONE wave form on one side, and then the same
wave form on the other side. Then, one chooses the more pleasant
side, and run a session on that side for about 20 minutes. If
you decide to obtain Shakti For Windows, you should do these
tests. People who have one structure 'reversed' usually find
out at this point.
the most consistent effects?
The most consistant themes
in the reports from Shakti users is that of subtle effects that
appear between sessions. One person said that nothing at all
happened during his sessions, but that he had insights into
himself and the world around him during the year he used it
(once a week) almost constantly. Although many people have obtained
it wanting to have dramatic experiences, even though they last
a few minutes at most, more people have succeeded in enriching
their lives in quieter ways. For example, several people have
done Shakti sessions while just watching a video, giving up
all chances for anything striking during a 30-minute session,
but about an hour later, they went further. They either did
meditation, made love, or used another mind technology. They
reported that their experiences after the Shakti session were
enhanced. One report was of lucid dreaming during a nap about
an hour after a (stereo) session. Not all session designs will
enhance all practices. In principle, Yoga should find better
support using a signal derived from a somatic (bodily) brain
part. Prayer and devotional practices should be likely to benefit
from a signal derived from an emotional structure. Meditation
is more likely to benefit from a 'cognitive' signal. This hasn't
been tested in practice.
the dramatic effects?
Dramatic effects, including
Out-of-body experiences, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, and
brief visions, have happened with Shakti, but these require
longer sessions, done less often. They also require complete
sensory deprivation. A large part of your brain's temporal lobes
are busy just monitoring ambient noise. In the lab, these experiences
are studied using an acoustic chamber, and total darkness. It's
also important to just 'let go'. The sense of anticipation can
activate the Frontal lobes, which can interfere with dramatic
experiences, most often based in the Temporal Lobes. Something
similar seems to happen in meditation, where students are taught
to 'just be', and not to grasp for 'special' experiences. Nevertheless,
Shakti For Windows has information about the best session designs
for trying to have certain experiences. Even if they don't occur
(true silence is hard to create), series of sessions may contribute
to the exercises spiritual teachers offer to have them. Shakti
sessions for OBEs can contribute to the effects of OBE methods
given by OBE teachers.
structures does Shakti work with?
Shakti's best-tested wave
forms are specific to the amygdala and the hippocampus, two
limbic structures. There are also less-well tested signals for
the caudate nucleus and the thalamus. We apply the amygdaloid
wave form to the dominant hemisphere (that usually means the
left side), and the hippocampal wave form to the non-dominant
side (usually the right side). Getting Shakti to work for you
will require you to test yourself in a couple of ways. The amygdala
is an emotional structure, and its positive emotions have to
do with its activity on the left side. The hippocampus is a
cognitive structure, and its positive ways of thinking have
to do with activity on the right side. These statements are
based on previous work with these structures using the signals
derived from them, including published and unpublished laboratory
studies, reports from participants in the Shakti project, and
the author's personal experience. Some studies, especially concerning
the amygdala, offer different conclusions, but it's important
to understand that these studies do not reflect the effects
of this kind of stimulation, and are often based on animal studies.
The amygdala of animals are quite different from the human amygdala.
The feline amygdala has 7 nuclei, while in humans, it has 21.
UPDATE: The caudade nucleus signal has generated
some very positive reports when applied over the left temporal-frontal
Not in the normal sense
of the word, but the process can have some ups and downs for
some people. These downs, called 'metabolic
snapback' (also called Compensatory overshoot)
can happen with weekly sessions, but haven't been reported with
sessions done every three days.