The Zen Study

Precision Balance Through Contemporary High-Tech Meditation

After years of research into the brain-wave patterns of regular practitioners of Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation, we have developed the following study comparing the effects of Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation with traditional meditative systems:

A Comparison Study of Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditators With Zen Monk Meditators

Introduction


One of the principal differences between Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation and traditional, orthodox (low-tech) systems of meditation is the speed with which measurable changes occur in one's state of awareness. This has been confirmed by measurement of the brain-wave patterns produced by regular users of Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation over a seven-year period. These were then compared to the measurements produced by those using traditional meditative systems.

There are a number of documented cases where groups of meditators using classical methods of meditation were measured. The most notable are the measurements made on the Dalai Lama's attendants (roughly twenty monks), during the early seventies, and, more recently, those reported by Tomio Hirai, in the book "Zen Meditation and Psychotherapy" , in which forty Zen monks were studied and measured.

It should be noted that these studies represent the very best results that can be expected from the classical meditative disciplines, as these individuals were totally immersed in the contemplative lifestyle. Even those who are resident at the Synchronicity Sanctuary do not have the fully structured, meditative lifestyle of cloistered monks. Further, most participants in the Synchronicity Recognitions Program (the at-home correspondence course which utilizes Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation on a daily basis), live everyday lives in cities, working normal jobs, raising families, and enduring the distractions which those experiences engender... not at all what one would define as a contemplative lifestyle.

The results of the two studies of classical meditators were basically the same. Novices (their term), were considered to be those who had five years or less meditative experience. These individuals consistently produced mid to high-frequency alpha waves (10 to 12 Hz.). Moderately experienced meditators (ten to twenty years experience) continually produced low frequency alpha (7 to 9 Hz.), the actual frequency being lower as experience increased. Very experienced meditators, those with twenty to forty years experience, consistently produced theta frequencies in the 5 to 6 Hz. Range. An interesting aside is that the experimenters made no mention of the other bands of frequencies. Delta (0.5 to 3.5 Hz.), has long been considered to be the most notable sign of an expanded state of holistic awareness typical of enlightening beings. Alpha (7 to 13 Hz.) is considered necessary for attentive focus, and beta (14 to 25 Hz.) is necessary to retain conscious awareness. In the absence of beta and alpha, the presence of delta indicates Stage One sleep.

The reason the other frequencies are not mentioned in these studies is probably due to the fact that the researchers used traditional electroencephalographs (EEG's) for their measurements. The wave forms from EEGs are characterized by being mostly alpha, or primarily theta, or REM, or sleep spindles, etc. This is because the data from EEGs are complex super-impositions of frequencies which are difficult to decompose into more fundamental constituents. Thus, they cannot say much about specific frequencies, other than the dominant ones.

Similar research by C.M. Cade and N. Coxhead (The Awakened Mind. Element Books Ltd, Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Eng., 1989) involved an instrument called the mind mirror, which used analog filters to transform the data to the frequency domain so that brain-wave frequencies could be observed instead of the trains of composite amplitudes characteristic of the EEG. One of the results of their measurements was a delineation of the profile of frequencies present for various states of awareness. Their state V, which they call the "Awakened Mind," reflecting the state of enlightening awareness, is comprised of beta (typically from 15 to 17 Hz.), along with a noticeable peak in alpha (in the 7-8 Hz. Region), a theta bulge (in the 5-6 Hz. Area), and expanding delta (i.e. increasing in amplitude as the frequency approaches zero.) Many Synchronicity Recognitions Program meditators exhibit this state V response on the Brain Monitor, which also displays data in the frequency amplitude domain.

Results


Our extensive research has shown that as they begin the Recognitions Program, most people produce alpha at 11 or 12 Hz. This is consistent with patterns demonstrated by novice Buddhist monks. As individuals move through the Recognitions Program, however, their brain-wave patterns shift, the alpha peaks becoming lower in frequency, larger in amplitude, and more persistent in time. As they acquire more experience, we see more theta and developing delta. Symmetry improves throughout, although left to right coherence, which we call synchrony factor, often varies as a function of the moment. It reflects the bliss as well as the clearing often experienced by a meditator and is a measure of the equilibration experienced at the time of the measurement.

The accompanying Brain Monitor results are typical of our findings. These scans include both residents of the Synchronicity Sanctuary and non-resident participants in the Recognitions Program. The major point of interest is that none of these meditators has more than seven years experience with Synchronicity's Holodynamic Vibrational Entrainment Technology (HVET)- most of them less than that - yet they continually demonstrated brain-wave patterns consistent with advanced meditators (twenty years or more experience) in the Buddhist monk studies. These findings empirically validate the assertion first advanced by Master Charles in the Synchronicity Paradigm in 1983, that Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech Meditation represents a four-fold acceleration factor over classical methods of meditation. The following data is presented for purposes of comparison of Synchronicity meditators with the Buddhist monk studies in terms of consistency of measured dominant brain-wave frequencies in relation to years of meditative experience.

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Brain Waves and Meditation


What, specifically, do the terms beta, alpha, theta, and delta mean for the contemporary meditator? What type of changes actually occur in brain-wave frequencies as one progressively experiences a more holistic awareness? Current technology, including the one-of-a-kind "Brain Monitor" developed by Synchronicity Foundation's research team, enables us to answer these questions with precision.

In this section we will consider how Synchronicity's empirical Holodynamic Vibrational Entrainment Technology (HVET) affects the development of hemispheric synchronization and whole-brain function, resulting in a transformational experience which unfolds from alpha through delta, from light relaxation to deep transcendental meditation.

Alpha


When brain-wave activity is focused primarily within the 8-13 Hz. (cycles per second) range, one experiences what is termed an "alpha" state of awareness. Alpha brain-waves are produced in most people when they concentrate or focus the mind, or relax by sitting or reclining with their eyes closed. Alpha brain-waves are very often produced in bursts (trains of waves) or pulses (single waves), but some people, and especially Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech meditators, tend to produce continuous trains of alpha waves. When your brain is producing alpha frequencies, you experience a pleasant, comfortable, mildly relaxed yet wakeful state of awareness. This experience represents a relatively stress-free and euphoric state of being. The general understanding is that the more that alpha is produced in ordinary states of awareness, the easier it is to access deeper meditative states.

Practically speaking, individuals such as artists or photographers, who more often than usual, use the visual and spatial abilities characteristic of the right-brain, seem to produce alpha more easily than linear, left-brain thinkers. In the same way, experienced Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech meditators, who have repetitively patterned and become familiar with alpha brain-wave production, can more easily produce alpha frequencies.

In fact, by looking at an individual's alpha brain-wave production, it is possible to determine not only whether the person is a meditator, but also the length of time the individual has been practicing meditation. Beginning meditators tend to produce alpha in the 10 to12 Hz. Range. As meditative experience deepens, so does the dominant frequency at which alpha is produced. Therefore, we find that meditators with ten plus years of experience consistently produce low frequency alpha in the region of 7 to 9 Hz.

Theta


Theta brain-waves are produced in the frequency range from 3.5-7 Hz., which are more decelerated brain waves than alpha. Like alpha, theta is characterized by a blissful sense of well-being. However, in theta, the experience of holistic awareness increases. Theta represents the synchronized state of awareness in which creativity and imagery predominate. Experienced meditators are accustomed to a wide variety of "inner" images and visions, and these images do indeed seem to correlate with increased theta activity.

Delta


Delta brain waves are traditionally associated with deep sleep and are the slowest of the brain waves, occurring from 0-3.5 Hertz. Usually, only the most advanced meditators can remain wakeful while producing delta brain waves. The experiences typical of subtle dimensional actualization occur in the deepest levels of the delta brain-wave frequencies.

Our research has shown that with regular use of the Recognitions Program, which utilizes Holodynamic Vibrational Entrainment Technology (HVET), in the Delta range, contemporary High-Tech meditators develop constancy in the production of delta brain-waves. Thus, after only a few years of regular usage, Synchronicity Contemporary High-Tech meditators produce brain-wave patterns equal to those individuals who have spent a lifetime of practice using traditional methods.