The following are notes from a talk I gave at a National Guild of Hypnotists Conference. I was demonstrating and talking about how Mind Electronics can be used to support hypnosis, or to hypnotize an individual or a group, all on their own.
“FOLLOW RESPONSE” -- The simplest form of mind electronics is a follow response-- a clicking sound slowing down from mid-Beta to deep Alpha. I use 850 BPM (beats-per-minute) to 145 BPM. The clicking is slowed down over eight minutes. Your mind latches onto the slowing sound and is pulled right along with it down into an altered state.
This technique could be projected subliminally, so an individual or a whole group of people could be hypnotized without realizing it. This would be a misuse of hypnosis and very bad karma, but hypnotists should be aware of it. I was once in the Los Angeles Forum (one of LA’s largest sports and concert venues) attending an event by a would-be guru, when I realized I was going into trance. Others in our field were attending with me, and they too became aware of the situation. I figured the follow-response or a vibrational wave was being piped into the center under the guise of the air-conditioning system.
“THE ZAPPER” -- I channeled this one. First I dreamed it, then afterwards I would hear it in my head on occasion. Later I attempted to recreate the sound with my son Steven in his Hollywood recording studio. We used a Theta Wave combined with a diminishing Delta Pulse and it turned out to be our most successful mind-electronic creation. This electronic combination literally pulls the listener down into trance. The first time I demonstrated the Zapper in public was at a hypnosis conference. Afterward hypnotists were coming up to me saying things like, “My eyes started to rem about ten seconds after you put that on.”
“MIND CONVERTER” -- This is the “Zapper” concept with the addition of a human heartbeat. The heartbeat seems to mellow it out and most people prefer it to the Zapper, although a small percentage feel “there is way too much going on.”
PROJECTING A VOICE THROUGH A THETA WAVE: This one scares me, because the government, or advertisers, or anyone else could be using it and I don’t know how anyone could tell. I demonstrate it in the workshop. It’s simply a matter of projecting a voice through an alpha or theta sound wave ... and although the voice sounds the same, it actually becomes an alpha or theta wave.
To make sure everyone is with me, I need to provide some basic background information. First, understand that an altered state of consciousness is also a way of saying hypnosis or deep meditation. No matter what you call an Alpha or Theta mind state, it amounts to the same thing -- slowing down the cycle-per-second-activity of your brain. You can do this naturally with meditation or self-hypnosis.
As a writer, when uninterrupted at my keyboard, I naturally go into an eyes-open altered state. But I don't go nearly as deep as when I'm using an electronic program or doing self-hypnosis. Long-distance runners usually go into an altered state after running about one mile. Artists go into an altered state while working. So do many of you reading this. If you experience an activity that allows you to totally focus and time seems to disappear, you're naturally altering consciousness in the process.
A medical research report showed that while watching TV, two-thirds of the time you're in an eyes-open, light-level altered state. You may have had the experience of someone talking to you while you were watching TV and you didn't hear them. You probably figured that you were just engrossed in the program. But an altered state so totally focuses your attention upon one thing that you tune everything else out.
The "feel-good" result of an altered state is the natural release of brain/mind opiates called endorphins. William Glasser, M.D. calls running a "positive addiction," because of this release and the mellow mental state that results. Because if feels so good, you want more -- thus the concept of an addiction. Of course, TV can be equally addicting for the same reasons, without the health-enhancing results.
When you go to sleep at night, your mind slows down and you drift from Beta, down into Alpha, then Theta and eventually Delta. In the morning, as you awaken you come up through these states to return to Beta. Although, most people don't make it all the way back to Beta until they've finished their first cup of coffee. And if you, like me, spend a great deal of your day in alpha, you probably never fully return to Beta. This may or may not work for you. If you hold down a high-pressure job that requires assertiveness and knife-edge quick thinking, you may want to rethink purposely inducing an altered state for extended periods of time. For me, I like viewing life through mellow filters.
THE MECHANICS: Brainwave activity is divided into four levels of cycle-per-second activity:
BETA: Full consciousness
ALPHA: Falling asleep at night
Awakening in the morning
A relaxed and highly-focused awakened state
Hypnosis / meditation
THETA: Early stages of sleep
Deep hypnosis /meditation
DELTA: Full sleep to deepest sleep.