by John Ruskan
Using sound to alter consciousness and induce healing has been an
important part of spiritual work for centuries. It has been noted,
for example, that the Native American Shaman's drum beat often centered
about 4 cycles per second, in the Theta range, a prime brainwave rhythm
for natural healing. As technology has advanced, it has presented
us with more sophisticated means for using sound to heal; that is
what is presented on this CD.
Possibly you are already familiar with my work, with its emphasis
on emotional release. However, the programs on this disc will stimulate
brainwave chemistry into deeply relaxed states that will automatically
facilitate under the unconscious guidance of our higher intelligence
whatever is most needed, whether physical/ psychological healing,
energetic recharging, or consciousness exploration as well as emotional
Brainwaves are measured by applying the electrodes of an electroencephalograph
(EEG) to the surface of the scalp. In normal waking consciousness,
brainwaves are found to lie mainly in what is called the beta range
of 13 to 30 cycles per second (cps). The alpha range is from 7 to
13 cps; and the theta range is 3 to 7. Alpha and theta are both healing
states and are the states that experienced meditators evoke. It has
been long recognized that healing occurs more easily when these states
are established; that the body/mind's natural capacity for healing
is activated. As consciousness shifts deeper into theta, relaxation
takes on a different significance, and altered states can result.
The programs on this disc are composed of various frequencies in the
alpha and theta ranges. The lower the frequency, the "deeper"
the consciousness. As you become familiar with the programs, you will
know what you need at any moment in your process. If you feel the
need for a lighter relaxation, use a higher frequency; for a deeper
experience, a lower frequency.
The underlying theory behind the use of external stimulation to influence
brainwaves is called entrainment. As a pulsating source is applied,
it resonates with the brain, and tends to bring the brain into alignment
with the stimulation. It can therefore help accelerate the same healing
states that meditation can bring about, and may be useful for beginning
meditators as well as those experienced.
Entrainment is usually effected through sound or light. Either or
both together pulsating at the desired range will entrain the brain.
However, in use, I have found sound alone to be completely effective,
and light pulsations to be irritating, especially when going into
deep, long, altered states. Moreover, using sound alone provides a
single focus point that I find continually opens into a deeper trance
In addition to simply providing exposure to a pulsating sound, the
tones on this disc are created with binaural technology. To construct
a binaural tone, the two speakers of a stereo system must be used.
Two slightly different tones are played in each speaker. As the tones
sonically interfere with each other, they produce the resultant beat
frequency that is perceived. For example if a tone at 440 cps is played
in one speaker, and a tone at 444 cps is played in the other speaker,
the resultant interference produces a beat frequency that is the simple
difference of the two tones, or 4 cps, which is perceived as a pulsation
of 4 beats per second, and which will entrain the brain to that frequency.
In constructing these programs, I have used pure sine waves, which
are recognized to be the most effective for binaural tones, and I
have carefully controlled and measured the frequencies on sophisticated
synthesizer and computer equipment. You will notice that all the tones
are accompanied by a white noise effect. It has become established
in the industry that this is the best way to present binaural tones.
The white noise makes it easier to be with the pulsation, and in no
way diminishes the effectiveness. The noise also provides an interesting
washing effect into which auditory projections may occur. For example,
you may start to hear things in the churn of the noise. This is nothing
to be afraid of - it's simply the mind playing. Allow yourself to
The binaural programs on this disc contain primarily tones and white
noise. This simplicity is what I was unable to find in brainwave tapes
that were on the market, and why I was encouraged to produce my own.
Most commercially available entrainment programs seem to contain music
or spoken guided imagery or something else which to me just got in
the way of the experience. I found that I wanted to provide my own
imagery from the spontaneous creation of my subconscious.
The most objectionable of these types of tapes to me are those that
try to recondition the subconscious mind with suggestion, either audible
or subliminal. In emotional clearing work, we do not try to change
anything with suggestion, especially feelings; we are moving continually
into deeper and deeper acceptance of what is, on the emotional level.
In this way, emotional release, and corresponding outward change and
manifestation, occur spontaneously. With the most simple of formats
- just tones and noise - I was able to go deepest. I hope you will
find the same.
Also available commercially are the so-called "mind machines,"
which produce the same kind of pulsations as this disc. These are
often expensive, however, and while they may offer more flexibility
in terms of programming tones, I have found that complex programming
is unnecessary. To me, what's important is just a steady tone at the
Left and Right Brain
Binaural tones may be perceived and benefit will be experienced when
played over a stereo system in a room. However, additional benefit
is realized when earphones are used. With earphones, each ear receives
only a single pure tone, and the interference of sound waves and construction
of the resultant binaural beat occurs within the brain, not in the
environment. As each ear is exposed to individual tones, left and
right brain are stimulated to function together to produce the beat
frequency. A general awakening and integration of left and right brain
capacity occurs that aids tremendously in our work.
I recommend therefore, that you use earphones whenever possible. At
the same time, if you need development in synchronizing left and right
brain, you may not at first be able to distinguish the pulsation with
earphones, even though you can hear it through speakers in the room.
If so, do not be discouraged, but keep practicing. You will be providing
a vital training for yourself that will eventually result in synchronization
of both sides of the brain, and your being able to distinguish the
It is best if you use the disc as part of an overall personal consciousness
practice. When including emotional release work as a part of this
practice, you would devote significant time to opening to feelings
as they appear. Accepting and inwardly experiencing feelings, as they
are, with no thought of changing them, witnessing them, is the key
to their release.
The tones may be used in various ways, and after becoming familiar
with them, you may safely incorporate them in your practice as you
see fit. However, in general, when using the disc you should be giving
your full attention to it. After gaining familiarity with them, you
may decide whether it is helpful to use tones during yoga or breathwork,
for example, or whether you should reserve their use for dedicated
meditation. I do not recommend that you play the disc as background
(except for Track 2 surf) while engaged in some other unrelated activity
- it's impact on you will become diluted. Reserve the disc for that
special, even reverent time in your practice when you want to go deeper,
to encounter your truth, which in emotional work means your real feelings
as they are.
You may start your session with yoga, breathwork, or other loosening
up, with or without tones. If you decide to use tones at this point,
you may opt for playing them over speakers, in the room. Then, settle
down to serious meditative processing with earphones, either sitting
or lying. Both positions are valid. Generally, when I am working with
specific feelings, or in a more directive manner, I will sit. If I
want to open to deep altered states, I will lie. You may also want
to experiment with placing speakers around the body, adjacent to any
chakra on which you wish to focus, so that the tones directly affect
the etheric body, where the chakras are located. Focus on the chakra,
breathe into it, and feel what is there.
As you are meditating with the sound of a tone, use the pulsation
as the focus point for your attention. Keep your attention on the
pulsation. As your attention drifts, keep returning to the pulsation.
Cultivate a sense of non-expectation. If you are grasping and try
too hard to accomplish anything, even resolve certain feelings, you
get in the way of the experience. Stop all analytical activity. Just
relax, let go, and allow yourself to open to the experience - to be
supported and even nurtured by it.
As the tones act on you, you may feel the effect as a subtle shifting
of consciousness. There may occur a gentle but deep relaxation in
the body, accompanied by the experience of witnessing - observing
thoughts and feelings from a detached viewpoint. Witnessing is the
key spiritual stance to adopt while using the tones. It is identical
to the healing state that we wish to encourage. As we witness, with
no thought of changing, with complete acceptance, negativity will
become balanced under the guidance of the higher self unconscious
It is likely that deep relaxation will encourage suppressed negative
feelings to release into consciousness. Allow feelings to emerge spontaneously.
These feelings are usually behind any illness or adverse condition,
and must be addressed for healing to occur. When negative feelings
come up, do not be discouraged or think that you are having a "bad"
meditation. Instead, recognize that these feelings are emerging from
their suppressed place in the subconscious for clearing, even if they
seem to be triggered by a thought of some current issue or by an apparently
unrelated event in your environment. Welcome the negative feelings,
whatever they are, whether anger, loneliness, fear, grief, or any
other feeling. Shift your sense of self from the feelings to the witness,
so that you welcome the feelings but do not identify with them. Find
peace in the witness, not by needing to change your feelings. Process
the feelings - take responsibility for them, accept them, move into
direct experience of them, witness them. Allow yourself to revisit
painful experiences, and open to those feelings. As you continue with
the process over a period of time, deeper levels of the suppressed
subconscious will be revealed. Please refer to Emotional Clearing
for a complete discussion of the subtleties regarding in-depth work
As you practice, you will develop the ability for altered states beyond
emotional processing. These generally coincide with a continual deepening
of what it means, and feels like, to let go. You may develop a heightened
sensitivity to the energy currents in your body - just feel these
and let them find their own balance. Don't be afraid to explore all
these states - you will always come back to normal consciousness.
Some people even report leaving the body, and the early developers
of this technology originally used it for this specific purpose.
When listening to the programs, it is not necessary for the volume
to be high. Moderate or low volume is completely effective. Try to
use earphones when possible. Sit or lie in a private, quiet room,
possibly darkened or consider using a mask to block light from the
There are eleven programs on the disc. The beat frequencies are all
in the alpha - theta range, the optimal range for the deep work that
we wish to do. The frequencies run from 10 down to 2 cps. I recommend
that you use all of them, at different times, rather than get stuck
on a favorite. This is important to avoid overexposure to any one
entraining frequency, which may cause lopsided development if used
over a long period.
IMPORTANT: The disc is not designed to be played continuously, all
the way though, from start to finish without stopping, although this
is not harmful, and will provide benefit. Rather, choose a program
that you want to work with, and experience only that one program for
your current session by placing the CD player on repeat. In this way,
you may choose how long you want to experience any session. For example,
you may play Track 3 (alpha 8), for fifteen minutes while you are
lying down. Or, you may play Track 2 (surf) for a thirty minute bodywork
session. However, don't think you must repeat a track to get benefit.
You may find that simply playing a track for five minutes only at
the start of your meditation is all you need to evoke the alpha state
and get your meditation off and running.
After you are familiar with the tracks, you may want to become more
creative by sequencing programs. For example, you may start with Track
1 (tibetan bowls), which are good for breaking up crystallized negativity,
then go to Track 5 (chakra tune-up), then Track 8 (theta 4) for a
fifteen-minute deep trance, then Track 11 (beta 16) to bring you back
to alertness. Or, you might start with five minutes of Track 6 (theta
5), followed by twenty minutes of silence, then Track 2 (surf) to
ease out of your meditation. You may create these programs by copying
from the CD to a stereo cassette, so you don't have to be fiddling
with the CD player during your meditation. Follow your intuition in
making up your sequences.
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It has been found that a small percentage of individuals who are susceptible
to epilepsy may react with seizures to pulsation stimulation, such
as contained in this disc and on any brainwave product. On rare occasions,
this condition may be undiagnosed and a seizure may be stimulated
by the programs. Individuals using pacemakers, or suffering from any
form of cardiovascular problems or heart disorders may also be adversely
affected. If you have any of these disorders, or any other major health
disorder, or are on heavy medication, or have a history of severe
mental or central nervous system neurosomatic disorder, you may not
be able to use this product and must consult with a physician before
use. If you begin to use this product and experience disorientation,
nausea, or increase of symptoms, immediately discontinue use. This
product alone is not intended to provide healing or replace medical
care, but is designed to bring about states of relaxation to encourage
the body/mind's natural healing. The producer and manufacturer make
no claims for healing and assume no responsibility for your experience.