Science & MES

Science in support of Mind Enhancement Systems (MES)

AudioStrobe® light-sound synchronisation technology (audio-visual entrainment) is utilised in all Mind Enhancement Systems (MES) recordings to create a powerful effect and enhance the experience. The MES programs include specially recorded relaxation music with voice narration that is integrated with with brain entrainment technologies to cultivate the specific brainwave frequencies in each of the MES recordings.

The following information will give you a better understanding (in simple terms) of the technology utilised within our MES programs. It should be noted that the the MES MP3s can be played on all types of music players (including phones and computers) and they will still be effective at producing the results that are described for each of the MES products, even without the use of an AVE (mind machine).

Audio-visual entrainment (AVE) is brainwave entrainment that uses lights, sound, pulses, and tones to guide the brain into various states of brainwave activity. AVE devices have also been referred to as light and sound machines or even mind machines.  When brainwave activity is altered it is believed to aid the treatment of psychological and physiological disorders.

Evidence of Sensory Effects of Audiostrobe AVE

We had used the concept of the audio-visual stimulation (AVS) known from the “Mind Machines” and we found these stimuli to be very powerful but somehow too monotonous.

The question was how to create a form of audio-visual stimulation being not only effective but also fascinating as a piece of art and at the same time easy to use?

In the early 1990’s Tamas Lab began to synchronize music with visual impulses and to combined them in a high-quality sound medium. This triggered the development of the AudioStrobe® System which not only stores music on an ordinary CD/DVD/MP3 but also the corresponding optical signals.
These signals are transferred to the light glasses (when used with the Mind enhancer decoder or other decoders with inbuilt AudioStrobe technology) using light emitting diodes via the AudioStrobe® Decoder; a handy device that can be connected to any CD/MP3 player, PC, laptop, tablet or phone.
The light signals can be modulated very subtly, reacting to the finest of nuances; an audio-visual art is created. In this video Deepak Chopra talks in more detail about the Dream Weaver, which utilises AudioStrobe technology:

What are Brainwaves?

Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), measuring electricity levels over areas of the scalp.

The combination of electrical activity of the brain is commonly called a Brain Wave pattern, because of its cyclic, “wave-like” nature.
Below is one of the first recordings of brain activity:

First Brainwaves Audiostrobe

Brain research took a big step forward when “brain waves” were discovered in 1929 by the German doctor Hans Berger. Brain waves are measured via an electroenzephalogram (EEG) at the scalp. Each of the countless electrochemical discharges of the nerve cells inside the brain produce a minute electromagnetic field with a frequency between 1 and 30 hz (oscillations per second). The sum of these electrical activities results in so-called brain waves.

Here is a more modern EEG recording:

ECG Recording Audiostrobe

Brainwave Frequencies

With the discovery of brainwaves came the discovery that electrical activity in the brain will change depending on what the person is doing. For instance, the brainwaves of a sleeping person are vastly different than the brainwaves of someone wide awake. Over the years, more sensitive equipment has brought us closer to figuring out exactly what brainwaves represent and with that, what they mean about a person’s health and state of mind.

Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other? The combination of millions of neurons sending signals all at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as EEG), measuring electricity levels over areas of the scalp. The combination of this electrical activity of the brain is commonly called a Brain Wave pattern, because of its cyclic, “wave-like” nature.

Brain research took a big step forward when “brain waves” were discovered in 1929 by the German doctor Hans Berger. The discovery of brainwaves showed that electrical activity in the brain changes, depending on what the person is doing. More sophisticated and sensitive equipment has brought us closer to understanding exactly what brainwaves represent and subsequently what they tell us about a person’s health and state of mind.

Why is this Important to Know?

Different brain waves may occur in different brain areas simultaneously, thus changing the wave pattern second by second.

Here is a list showing the known brainwave types and their associated mental states:

Brain Waves Audiostrobe

Beta (30-12 Hz)
Attentive and alert state of mind. A high concentration of Beta waves is related to an increased production of stress hormones. Attention is focused outwardly. In extreme cases they mark anxiety, worry and sudden fear.

Many people lack sufficient Beta activity, which can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression, ADD and insomnia. Stimulating Beta activity can improve emotional stability, energy levels, attentiveness and concentration.

Alpha (12-8 Hz)
These waves are dominant during relaxation, quietly flowing thoughts, a positive attitude (Alpha state). It is the preferred state for “Superlearning”.

Awake but relaxed and not processing much information. When you get up in the morning and just before sleep, you are naturally in this state. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more Alpha waves. Alpha is usually the goal of experienced meditators, but to enter it using AVS is incredibly easy. Since Alpha is a very receptive, absorbent mental state, you can also use it for effective self-hypnosis, mental re-programming and more.

Theta (8-4 Hz)
These waves occur during sleep and deep meditation. They mark the ability for vivid visual imagination, sudden creativity, as well as an increased ability to learn and memorize.Theta can also be used for hypnosis and self-programming using pre-recorded suggestions.

Delta (0.2-4 Hz)
They accompany a deep sleep. These waves are of great importance for the healing process and the functioning of the immune system.

The Theta brainwave range is the one in which the body and mind’s natural self healing processes are activated and optimised.

The Power of Theta Brainwaves

Theta brainwaves are present during deep relaxation, dreaming, meditation and hypnosis. Theta is an important wave, not only because it facilitates the ideal mental/physiological state for healing but it also enables us to access the power and wisdom of our unconscious mind, which is normally inaccessible in more alert states.

Theta brainwaves can be a source of creativity, intuition, increased memory and enhanced concentration. When theta brainwaves are induced by certain mental practices and specialised brain entrainment products like the Healing Trance-Formations recording, they lower stress and anxiety levels, as well as facilitate healing and growth.

Benefits of stimulating our brain with theta brainwaves:

Mind and Body Healing

During theta brainwave activity, both the body and mind experience enhanced rejuvenation, growth, and healing. Due to the deep levels of relaxation that theta brainwaves facilitate, the body and mind are easily able to restore themselves during and after illness, as well as after mental burnout and physical exertion.

Boosted Immune System

Increasing your theta brainwaves helps to optimise your immune system’s function due to the fact that theta brainwaves are associated with vitality and the elimination of stress. Stress and anxiety can do harm to the immune system by releasing a surplus of  harmful chemicals such as adrenaline, including the hormone cortisol, which in oversupply are damaging to the immune system. Theta brainwaves activate the release of pleasant chemicals and neurotransmitters to help keep your immune system at its peak.

Deep levels of Relaxation

Theta brainwaves are most common during sleep, deep meditation, self hypnosis and amongst young children. Through entraining your brain to theta rhythm, you can access pleasantly relaxed states that are rare amongst adults during daily routines.

Stress and Anxiety Reduction

Theta brainwave entrainment causes deep mental and physical relaxation, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety levels.

Intuition Increase

Through accessing theta brainwaves, your intuition will increase as well as your ability to identify “gut” feelings. In other words, your ability to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ outside the borders of the physical senses expands, and therefore your perception of reality expands too. Through training your brain with meditation, self hypnosis or brain entrainment, you awaken your deeper intelligence, also known as the ‘inner genius’.

Sub-conscious Connection

Theta brainwaves allow you to connect deeply with your unconscious mind (subconscious). Your unconscious mind is the collective intelligence of all cells in your body. It regulates all your autonomic body functions. It houses your emotions, imagination, memory, habits, intuition, and is your personal pathway to even more subtle levels of consciousness.

Reprogram Your Sub-conscious Mind

Meaningful personal transformation results from a shift in the unconscious mind. The only way to reach and change major set beliefs and emotional responses of the unconscious mind is through hypnosis or theta brainwave entrainment.

Through self hypnosis or Theta brain entrainment, you can access the unconscious mind for the purpose of facilitating core self-healing and change. Theta brainwave entrainment is a great resource for both Hypnotherapists as well as those using self-hypnosis.

The use of affirmations, mental imagery and hypnotic suggestion is far more effective when your brain is in Theta rhythm because in this state you bypass your conscious mind that often acts as a “filter” and prevents you from changing your unwanted thought and behaviour patterns. Through being deeply relaxed, your unconscious mind accepts any healing related statements or mental pictures that you give it, without question – and begins to act on it immediately. Therefore it’s easier to clear any thought and behaviour patterns that you may want to change, and to install new, desirable thinking and attitudes as part of your personal development and growth.

We have Theta music tracks (without voice audio) available in our “products”, which are ideal for Hypnotherapist’s to use in their sessions or for individuals to use.

High levels of Creativity

Theta brainwave dominance is often found in highly creative individuals. Many talented musicians, inventors, and artists are found to have extremely higher than average amounts of theta brainwaves. Through entraining theta brainwaves your creativity will be enhanced.

Advanced Problem Solving Skills

Theta brain waves help you to overcome “mental blocks” and enable you to access the FLOW state. The inability to solve problems is related to your inability to change your mental state. Inducing theta brainwaves changes your mental state and thereby offers new levels of thought and perception that enable you to approach any problem with greater resourcefulness. Theta brainwaves have also been associated with the ability to “hyper focus” which means staying intensely focused and motivated with one idea.

Increased Learning Ability

It has been said that as your brain enters the frequencies of the theta range, you will be able to retain over 300% more information than you can while in your normal daily (beta brainwave) state. Theta brainwaves allow people to learn large amounts of information in a much quicker time than beta brainwave state.

Research has been done on language learning and development, claiming that the reason why children are able to pick up new languages so quickly is because of their increased amount of theta brainwaves. Adults and students of a new foreign language may greatly benefit from shifting their brainwaves to the theta range.

Improve Long-term Memory

As theta brainwaves increase, the ability of the brain to recall and store long-term memories increases. The hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in storing and processing memories, normally has a theta brainwave rhythm. With increasing levels of stress, beta brainwaves ‘disrupt’ the hippocampus. This is why stressed people often have a poor ability to recall long-term memories. One of the reasons why Hypnotherapy is effective is because clients, through having theta brainwaves induced, are able to recall “forgotten memories” as part of certain healing processes.

Emotional Connection

Theta brainwaves are associated with your ability to feel emotions. Blocked or suppressed emotions can be experienced when theta brainwaves are stimulated. In this way you can learn to feel and understand your emotions better.

Bridges the Spiritual Connection

Many consider the peaceful and blissful state associated with theta brainwaves to be the bridge between the physical body and the spiritual realms. In the theta brainwave rhythm people sense a deep spiritual connection. According to some, the theta brainwave range provides enhanced spiritual awareness and profound insight. Many spiritual experiences and phenomena are commonly experienced in the theta brainwave state.

Technically, theta brainwaves are patterns of electrical activity of the brain ranging from 4 to 8 Hz. Here are the typical qualities of the entire theta range:

3 – 8 Hz – Deep relaxation, meditation. Lucid dreaming

3 – 8 Hz – Increased memory, focus, creativity

4.5 Hz – Brings about Shamanic/Tibetan state of consciousness, Tibetan chants.

4 – 7 Hz – Profound inner peace, emotional healing. Lowers mental fatigue

4 – 7 Hz – Deep meditation, near-sleep brainwaves.

4.9 Hz – Induce relaxation and deeper sleep

4.9 Hz – Introspection. Relaxation, meditation

5 Hz – Reduces sleep required. Theta replaces need for extensive dreaming

5.35 Hz – Allows relaxing breathing, free and efficient

5.5 Hz – Inner guidance, intuition

6.5 Hz – Centre of Theta frequency. Activates creative frontal lobe

7.5 Hz – Activates creative thought for art, invention, music. Problem solving

7.5 Hz – Ease of overcoming troublesome issues

7.83 Hz – Schumann earth resonance. Grounding, meditative, Leaves you revitalized

Interestingly, the planet Earth resonates at a Theta frequency of 7.83 Hz, a frequency known as Schumann Resonance.

For example, the Healing Trance-Formations MP3 recording entrains your brainwaves to 7Hz, for almost the full duration of the one hour track, and increases to 12Hz in the final 6 minutes, to leave you in alpha state (relaxed body and alert mind) at the end of the track.

It should be noted that the the MES MP3s can be played on all types of music players (including phones and computers) and they will still be effective at producing the results that are described for each of the MES products, even without the use of an AVE (mind machine).

Important Medical Warning

If you are using a pacemaker, or if you have had or are prone to seizures, or are epileptic, then brain entrainment technologies (included in many of the recordings available on this website), should only be used with permission from your Medical Doctor.

Theta brainwaves are typically more predominant amongst those with ADD, therefore using products that stimulate theta brainwaves is not recommended for people with ADD. If you have been diagnosed with ADD or think that you may have this disposition, please only use our theta brainwave producing recordings* with the permission and care of your Medical Doctor.

The following persons should not use AVS systems:

Epileptics – approximately one quarter of all epileptics suffer from photosensitivity. This means that seizures may be triggered by the rhythmical light impulses.

Persons with psychosis or brain damage or other patients under steady psychological or medical care or, who use prescription medicine on a regular basis. We also advise against its use in combination with drugs of any kind.

During pregnancy – even though there are no definite medical reasons, we advise against its use as a precautionary measure.