Best Procyon Sessions

Another frequent search term.

The best way to choose a Procyon session is to look at the session names and ask yourself, “Is that what I want to do?” Do I want to relax before a high pressure event (exams)? Do I have an hour in which I want to meditate? Do I want a night voyage into dreamland?

Listening to sessions and noting how you feel afterwards will reveal patterns unique to you. It’s important not to obsess about anything during the session – any real-time analysis is going to oppose any session.

There’s a PDF downloadable from the MindPlace forums that adds a general reference to the dominant bands of each session. That’s really all you need to know to begin to understand what you need and how you respond to it.

You’ll see that sessions will have different effects/benefits at different times of day. Others will excel when you’re in certain moods or dealing with different things.

It’s only if you want to develop your own sessions that you need to know anything beyond the frameworks, the dominant frequency bands of a session to make informed choices and develop effective regimes. Then you can download all the Procyon sessions and examine them in the Procyon Editor – everything you want to know about a session laid out as clearly as that amount of information reasonably can be. You can then experiment to find out exactly which frequency in the alpha range elicits the most desirable states for you, what colours, what types of sound.

All the sessions are named completely appropriately for the anticipated response to the frequencies and patterns used. They’re based on as much research as currently exists on the matter, which is by no means extensive or definitive.

The forums are a great place to find out how other people respond to different sessions, but, in the absence of any robust professional diagnosis, you’re the best judge of what’s needed, why, and most importantly, what will need to change for you to believe the technique has worked.

Ah. Yes. Technique. You will find that your demeanor during a session is the greatest single influence over its effectiveness and consistency over time. AVS is best when that is all you’re doing.  It is unlikely to be effective if you have not thoroughly cleared the time for the session duration. Being on half-alert for something you may have to deal with is seriously counterproductive. Get yourself settled, safe and secure and then relax. As the session begins, form a clear statement of intent for the session. When that statement is fully formed, clearly visualise what has to take place to fulfill that intent. Fully form the requirements as questions and whisper them aloud. Disengage as completely as you can, knowing that you’ll get better at it with practice. Find little mental games to play to keep your conscious thought off the subjects of the session. If you can meditate, use whatever technique works for you. Reciting well-known literature, silently or aloud, is a great way of amusing a wandering mind. Beyond the implications of the words, the primary function of any prayer or mantra is to occupy consciousness.

The sound and light will evoke rhythms in parts of the brain, notably the sensory area. This, and a multitude of other processes, encourage the brain to function over greater areas at frequencies conducive to certain mental processes or states. It is sufficient to understand what “engaged alert” (beta), “relaxed aware” (alpha), “detached dreamy” (theta) and “deeply immersed or drifting in and out of sleep” (delta) mean to you. These are broadly the states that AVS will facilitate and support. For me, beta is useful for maintaining focus on a single task and for increasing motivation when I’m feeling disinterested. Alpha is great for any practical creative thought – it opens up the multi-dimensional world of the imagination for testing machines or decisions or symbols/associations, full mindpower detached from the detail of the surrounds, able to return quickly and smoothly. Theta opens the lockers of deep memory – pure creativity or anything that will benefit from access to information from all periods of the past, from new associations between events, people, places or things, will benefit from theta. Delta is good for sifting, co-relating and consolidating memories. This is generally best done by sleep, but AVS makes it possible, to a limited but useful degree, to manipulate the level of consciousness so that material from the sleep/near-sleep states can be recalled. Lucid dreaming is a variation on this theme. Delta demands your total attention. It’s not easy to entrain delta frequencies. It is, however, easy to just let go as if you are prepared to sleep but perfectly happy if you don’t. Stop looking. Stop listening. Just let the sound and light be.

Any question that includes “best” is compromised by the subjective nature of best. The best session is the one that allows you to use the time you’re committing in a manner satisfying to yourself. A familiarity with the sessions and what they do for you provides a library of patterns that have shown themselves useful to you. There’s very few problems that won’t benefit from a well structured gap in a sequence of actions.

And it doesn’t have to be at all as complicated as that. AVS is fundamentally safe – any discomfort will be transient, ceasing shortly after stopping the session. Every session provides a unique sound and light experience – just becoming absorbed in the swirling patterns of light and sound is a great break from mundane concerns, and with the exception of the markedly depressed maybe becoming more so with low alpha and theta bands, the direct effects of the session are unlikely to be of major impact – it will be easy enough to snap out of whatever and get on with the next thing. AVS is good to support things you want, but relatively ineffective for imposing a change in thought or action that is not particularly desired.

I could go on and on. I’ll be kind and stop.

Cheers,
Craig

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