Well, Kasina is out and there’s a lucky bunch of people who will be receiving their’s any time now. It’s been a great adventure and I wish MindPlace every success. The Kasina is an outstanding device – the ultimate for the no-bounds explorer.
In the meantime, however, I decided to rearrange my “studio”. In the process on silly little irritation finally demanded attention. My old iPod has been in and out of the box-of-shame several times in its life with me. I mostly find such devices pretty much useless. At the moment the iPod is justifying its existence by being a bedside clock (my “studio” and my bed are very closely intertwined). Lying on its back, pick it up in a daze, find the little round button. I’ve had an iLightz (type 1) for ages now, reviewed it here somewhere, probably the device with which I was least impressed at the time. My main point with it was that if you weren’t much into iPod then it didn’t really have much going for it. It has an iPod connector and it provides charging and audio output for the iPod. That’s all I really required, but I had to have a quick look at the iLightz sessions. There’s some great stuff, and one huge benefit is that everything is accessible via a proper alphanumeric display. The ColorMatrix glasses provide crisp, bright visuals in a range of preset color combinations.
So, what devices are within arms reach today – Kasina, Procyon, MBM and iLightz1. David PAL CES and MindLights are the next two devices I am most likely to use (MindLights works incredibly well with MuLab, using 7.1 channel audio to drive sound + 2xRGB lights).
The bottom line is that there isn’t an AVS device that I have used that doesn’t have some meaningful points of difference. Even a device that had little appeal at one time can acquire new value at a later time.
For me the entire point of all of this is to explore my mind and, where appropriate, make such adjustments as can be made. After giving the mainstream theory of AVS/BWE a good go, and trying many therapeutic protocols on myself and others (with results that could be interpreted in various ways), I have come to see the greater value of AVS as not being in its therapeutic or formal self-help applications, but in the opportunities for independent exploration of the one realm in which we have total freedom – our minds. I have a lot of my best ideas during sessions that have no particular beat function.
I just love AVS for its own sake and every thing that beeps and flashes has the potential to unlock another sphere of knowing. I know how a whole bunch of it works, I’ve got a pretty good grip on the theory and applications, but, ya’ know what? I almost completely don’t care. Chances are that AVS won’t directly do the thing you think you want it for – sound justification of the purchase demands that you have a “purpose”. Chances are you only think you want or need the technique/therapy you’re intending. These “chances” lead to the distinct possibility of disappointment – and another AVS device consigned to the pit. Approached with an open mind (not mindlessly accepting) AVS will bring about changes, maybe not what you had in mind, maybe not at the pace you had hoped for, but almost certainly for the better.
Whatever hardware and/or software you may be using it’s worth investing a good deal of time in exposing your brain to complex stimuli – without regard for purpose.