|The magnetic fields
get stronger and weaker, mimicking patterns that appear in EEG traces.
Although they're still magnetic fields, they are also 'magnetic
signals', and that's what we'll be calling them.
|It works by switching the magnetic fields between
two sets of magnetic coils connected to the left and right channels
of your sound card. This brings the areas within the magnetic fields
to greater activity than stationary fields could every achieve.
|Each side of the head has two pairs of coils.
When one of these pairs is producing the signals, the area under
it becomes active, and it becomes quiet again when the other pair
of coils is producing the signals. This alternation helps the brain
to become active enough to produce a phenomenal experience - one
that most people would call spiritual. The temporal lobes of the
brain (as shown above) are the area most likely to produce spiritual
experiences from this kind of stimulation, though the 8 Coil Shakti
can be applied to several areas of the brain. To have such experiences
using the 8 Coil Shakti, you will need to do your sessions during
sensory deprivation (especially silence). Interestingly, laboratory
studies have found that the effects are most pronounced during times
of geomagnetic quiet. (Click HERE
to see the current levels)
|This technology can enhance your meditation,
Yoga, or other spiritual practice when Shakti sessions are done
an so that they end about an hour before your spiritual practice
begins. For this kind of Shakti session, you don't need sensory
|There is more to say about the 8 Coil Shakti,
but the best way to fully understand what it can do is to read the
rest of this page, and check out the online
demo for the software, which is packed with information about
how to use it, and what kind of effects each signal can produce,
as well as how to set up your audio, where to put the coils and
more. There are 'quick start' sessions as well as basic and advanced
Shakti uses audio files to play the signals.
The 'sounds' have the same shape as an EEG signal - one whose appearance
shows the activation of a particular structure (brain part). The
magnetic coils are plugged into the sound card, just like a pair
of speakers. When the audio file is played, the coils produce magnetic
fields whose shape matches the shape of the original EEG trace.
The structure the signal 'belongs' to is activated.
("Brain Wave") traces are the source for most Shakti
is a single EEG trace.
is a sound file (in stereo) derived from the EEG trace. The shape
is slightly flattened to squeeze both stereo signals into one
When the signals are played and the coils are in
place, the coils put out magnetic fields that match the original EEG
To use the 8 Coil Shakti effectively, you need to
understand something about the brain. Each signal has it's own information
page, but let's look at the source for three of the signals - the amygdala,
the hippocampus, the caudate nucleus, and the septum. There are other
signals based on different principles, included in Shakti For Windows.
These include the whole range of common frequencies (using the Function
Generator included in the software), as well as some based on lab experiences
and discoveries that don't 'target' only one brain part
You have two of each, one on each side.
||The AMYGDALA is an emotional structure.
On one side, it supports a broad range of positive emotions, such
as elation (along with many other functions). It also functions
to infuse our experiences with a sense of meaningfulness.
On the other side, it supports a broad range of negative emotions,
most importantly fear (along with many other functions). It can
color our experiences with a sense of meaninglessness.
(Based on previous work with the amygdala using it's signal.)
||The HIPPOCAMPUS is a cognitive, or
On the one side, it supports silent, non-verbal ways of thinking,
positive thoughts and expectations, spatial perceptions, and several
kinds of inner imaging, including imagination, visualization, and
pictorial memories (along with many other functions).
On the other side, it supports verbal skills, negative thoughts
and expectations, and logical thought (along with many other functions).
Based on previous work with the hippocampus using it's signal.
||The CAUDATE NUCLEUS is a somatic or
On one side, it seems to support arousal (including anger, excitement,
sexual desire, and a sense of anticipation).
One the other, it supports relaxation, calm, and even lethargy.
Based on preliminary reports from a few people using this signal.
||The SEPTUM is the brain's "Pleasure
Center". It's one of the few brain parts most people have actually
It supports the experience of pleasure, with a special emphasis
on sexual pleasure (including Orgasm)
Preliminary reports from a few people are consistent with it's known
role in mediating sexual enjoyment.
Each of these structures has a signal
that belongs only to it. The two signals appear on an EEG (An electroencephalograph.
The signals that come out of these are also called 'brain waves'.)
An EEG signal is a record of an electrical
signal. Shakti begins when these EEG signals are converted into audio
files that are 'played' into magnetic coils. The coils turn the audio
output into magnetic signals.
The magnetic signals are applied to the
head at very low strength (close to what comes out of a telephone receiver
when you're holding it next to your ear). Many of the signals are short
bursts, followed by intervals of silence. The low strength is used because
experiemnts have shown that these are the levels that work best for
this kind of neural technology.
Each signal speaks a language that only
one brain structure understands.
So only the one brain part responds.
It communicates with other parts, of course, and they, in turn, also
You have two of each of these structures
- one on each side of the brain.
Shakti is applied using the structures
own signal, but only over the side of the head where it supports something
positive, or over both sodes equally.
For the amygdala, it's almost always
on the left, and for the hippocampus, it's almost always on the right.
For the septum and the caudate nucleus,
it's matter of personal preference which side is best.
When these structures respond, they put
the person in a positive altered state of consciousness.
Like Shakti (Irregular Bursts)
||The wave forms used
in the 8 Coil Shakti are irregular. Their shapes can't be expressed
with a frequency.
Not like Shakti (frequencies)
Even though we can apply the wave forms "symmetrically"
(over both sides at the same time), your brain probably doesn't work
symmetrically. For example, if you have low self-esteem, you probably
use your right side more. If you're prone to irritability, you might
be more active on the left side. If you're very emotional, your amygdala's
activity might offset your hippocampal activity a bit. If you think
in pictures, you might have a busy right hippocampus. If you think in
words, you might have a busier left hippocampus.
This means that some session designs may not be
as effective as others for you.
The things that affect the way individual brains
respond to Shakti often elate to long standing, even lifetime, personality
traits. If targeted structure has a history of low activity, the 8 Coil
Shakti might produce quite a marked experience for that person.
In addition to these signals, there are a few newer
ones, including one that alters the "binding factor" for human consciousness,
based on years of lab work. This signal has produced some profound experiences.
There is also the recent addition of a signal derived
from the Septum, the Brain's "Pleasure center". Initial reports
indicate that it's effects are consistent with the Septum's function
- the capacity for pleasure, especially sexual pleasure.(more)
you experience depends on who you are and how you choose to use Shakti.
you want to try to have intense
experiences, you do one-hour sessions, no more than one
every three weeks. These sessions need sensory deprivation,
including silence and darkness.
can do sessions every three days for 18 days
(six sessions) and then stop for three weeks. Most people choose
this way of using Shakti. More info
WHY ALTERNATE THE SIGNALS? To make
the signals move and elicit more activity than stationary signals ever
Each pair of coils has two poles. One positive and
When the coils are actually producing the signals, the area between
the coils are stimulated. Activity outside these areas is reduced. With
the alternating signals, this happens too quickly for one of the two
strips to finish deactivating before the other begins to activate.
activity created by one pair of coils is pulled into the area
between the second pair of coils. This process, called 'intrusion',
shunts the activity back and forth between the two strips of brain
between the coils. As the two interact, the overall activity becomes
much more intense than could ever be produced by stationary fields.
Alternating signals over the temporal lobes are the ones that
were used in most of the reports made famous through TV documentaries.
Conversations with Persinger confirmed that alternating signals
are equivalent to rotating coils in most important respects.
top and bottom signals shown here represent the left and
right stereo channels. The signal alternates between the
two, activating two sets of magnetic coils. Coils from each
channel are placed over both sides of the head.
are some two-phase sessions that use one channel for the
first phase, and the other channel for the second phase.
|From a BBC report:
Dr. Persinger induce artificially religious experiences in his
has designed a helmet that produces a very weak rotating magnetic
field of between ten nanotesla and one microtesla over the temporal
lobes of the brain. This is placed on the subject's head and they
are placed in a quiet chamber while blindfolded. So that there
is no risk of 'suggestion', the only information that the subjects
are given is that they are going in for a relaxation experiment.
Neither the subject nor the experimenter carrying out the test
has any idea of the true purpose of the experiment. In addition
to this, the experiment is also run with the field switched both
off and on. This procedure Dr. Persinger claims will induce an
experience in over 80% of test subjects."
years, Persinger has been using a technique ... to induce all
sorts of surreal experiences in ordinary people (New Scientist,
19 November 1994, p 29). Through trial and error and a bit of
educated guesswork, he's found that a weak magnetic field--1 microtesla,
which is roughly that generated by a computer monitor-- rotating
anticlockwise in a complex pattern about the temporal lobes will
cause four out of five people to feel a spectral presence in the
room with them."
|The power of
moving magnetic signals is illustrated in one study where
3 volunteers were given LSD and were given sessions with the Koren
Helmet. When the coils were moving, the subjects saw "blobs
of white, purplish, or greenish-yellow lights ". When the
magnets (ordinary horseshoe magnets, not the coils or signals
used in Shakti For Windows) weren't moving, the subjects didn't
see these lights.
those were common magnets, not much different from the
kind you might have on your refrigerator.
are embedded in the software