Staying safe with Shakti
SHAKTI IS A SAFE
First of all, Shakti does not use
"electromagnetic" stimulation. It uses magnetic fields
that become stronger and weaker, millisecond to millisecond, to
mimic the patterns that appear in specific EEG traces. The electromagnetic
radiation that cause concern with cell phones, power lines, and
nuclear technology have nothing to do with Shakti. Shakti produces
magnetic fields using simple magnetic coils. the actual output
from Shakti is no different from common magnets, except that Shakti's
magnetic fields change their strength constantly. Holding a magnet
to your head is safe, and so is Shakti. Shakti does not put electricity
into your head, although there are neural stimulation devices
A simple point of physics can help to illustrate
why the concerns about EM emissions do not apply to Shakti. Electromagnetic
radiation consists of photons; individual packets of energy. Electricity
consists of electrons, which are also individual units of energy.
Fields, like gravitational fields or magnetic fields, are not
made of individual units of energy. In fact, they are not energies
at all. They can create energy through their interaction with
other systems, but they themselves do not have individual "parts".
Rather, they are homogenous regions that create the potential
for energy, which is not the same thing at all.
The concern that brain stimulation can lead
to brain damage is a piece of 'media hype'. Several movies have
been made showing brain stimulation with bad consequences, but
none have been made showing it's benefits. Complex (weak) magnetic
stimulation, stimulation with MRI, infrared light, TMS, and even
electricity have all been found to have worthwhile benefits. Not
all of these have been limited to clinical and medical settings.
The fear that Shakti might not be safe is not based on any real
evidence. The developer of the first generation of this class
of technology has issued an open letter about Shakti, attesting
to it's safety, which you can see here.
Shakti is an example of 'complex magnetic
signal' neural stimulation, which has been studied in the laboratory.
Click here to see some of the research
done with this class of technology using the amygdala ("burst-firing")
signal. The study done with the hippocampal signal is here. Another study, with both signals,
Shakti is a
powerful technology, and a few simple rules should be observed
when using it
1) Keep to the schedule for doing sessions.
Sessions are done every 72 hours or once a week. Do not create
your own variations on sessions designs (switching back and forth
between signals over the same place, moving coils during sessions
unless suggested, or using Shakti signals with electrodes instead
of the coils).
2) Do not combine Shakti with other mind machines in real-time.
Light and sound devices (that use binaural beats or flashing lights),
CES (Cerebral Electircal Stimulation), TENS (transcutaneous [through
the skin] electrical nerve stimulation) devices adapted for neural
use, common magnets held in place with a headband, and crystals
driven by electricity of any kind are only some of the many 'mind
machines'. Negative effects have been reported from the simultaneous
use of Shakti with other mind machines. However, there is also
good news for the users of other mind machines. When they are
used about two hours AFTER a Shakti session, their effects can
Related point - Meditation
during Shakti sessions has been reported to be more difficult,
but has also been reported to be more effective when done about
two hours after a Shakti session.
3) Be careful about doing too many mind techniques.
Traditional spiritual practice can be deepened by adding more
practices (such as yoga, prayer and meditation) to your spiritual
life. This is supported by many spiritual traditions. Some kinds
of monastic lineages will actually fill the entire day with spiritual
practices. However, the same does not apply to mind machines.
There is a limit to the number of mind machines of any kind that
can be combined without ill-effects. Too many, and you can give
your mind conflicting instructions. This applies to all mind machines,
not just Shakti. Negative effects have occurred in this way. The
limit seems to be from three to five devices, depending on the
individual. Further study, which may take some time to appear,
4) Galvanic devices, which rely on creating
a flow of electricity through the body, should be avoided when
doing Shakti sessions, either as a series of sessions, or as individual
sessions. One such example is the " Rods
of Ra ". These use copper and zinc rods, filled with
several different materials, and held with wet hands, to create
a current much like the ones produced by common batteries. When
used according to insrtructions, these (and other similar technologies)
will feed current into one side of the body (and with it, the
brain). For the "Rods of Ra", this is the right side,
which is the side of the brain where fear and sadness (as well
as trance, meditation, meaningful inner imagery and a wide range
of other spiritual experiences) appear. Unwanted effects, dominated
by right-hemispheric phenomena, may appear.
The Rods of Ra are claimed to be a re-discovered
ancient Egyptian technology, while the archeological finds on
which the Rods of Ra are based are made of stone. It's possible
the the Rods of Ra have a stronger output than their ancient precursors.