Significant Factor

For a couple of years before I set off on my six-month odyssey, I had used AVS, often audio only, for a couple of hours nearly every night. A lot was experimenting with overnight sessions to facilitate lucid dreaming, and theta to work with shamanic dreaming.

In the last nine months of that time I was creating commercial sessions. These sessions covered every range and many had specific intent. To create these I had to listen to them many times, often opposing the intent of the session so as to maintain correct observation of the structure of the session. As with most people, there are particular altered states that I prefer over others. I’m an alpha/theta type. Beta nearly always irritates me, delta has only been useful for sleep/dream experiments. Nevertheless, I had to listen to them all many times. Six, seven, eight hours of various AVS content each day.

I was aware of the change over many months. It was very tiring. My brain became adept at hopping ranges, using the most appropriate for the thought-type, ignoring opposing stimuli. Having a strong delta stimulus and observing from beta, for example, takes a lot more effort than to contemplate an alpha track from alpha.

The most potent use of AVS strategy to enhance usability of the brain is to exercise it across all ranges. Decide at the beginning of each session whether you’re going to analyse the session or allow the rhythm to facilitate a desired state. Consider the role of neurotransmitters in the formation of the sense of mood. AVS can affect serotonin recreationally and therapeutically. Other “feelings” can be elicited, as is the case with music.

Different mind machines render AudioStrobe differently, have a variety of differentiating features, and each has its own flavour of inbuilt session. Variety is good – it keeps the experience fresh and the mind responsive.

Use your brain as much as possible, in and out of session… tidy up – reconcile obsolete patterns and correlations… learn – follow correlations, form diverse “hooks” into memory… create – find a medium whereby you can express your most private self. Creating AVS content for others and for just myself was valuable to me.


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  • Peter Auer  On September 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

    So did mind machines facilitate lucid dreaming for you?

    • CraigT  On September 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Hi Peter,

      Probably not a direct causal relationship in that I have had lucid dreams for longer than I’ve had AVS equipment, Prior to AVS I had been working with sound, light, ritual and other techniques for a good many years.

      Lucid dreams can be induced and AVS may the only tool needed – it is certainly sufficient for me to “get in the zone” these days.


      • Peter Auer  On September 3, 2012 at 6:37 am

        Hi Craig,

        I’ve been a lucid dreamer for about 20 years, not due to natural ability but to the usual practices. The most effective of which for me has always been getting up in the second part of the night, meditating and then going back to bed. (I’m sure you know it anyway).

        The meditation at that time, however, doesn’t always work so well for me and it takes quite some time (up to an hour), so I was wondering if a mind machine could not take over that part.

        I’m experimenting right now with programs in the beta range, and it would be great to find someone who’s taken a similar approach and could share their experiences.

        Did you ever try anything along those lines?


      • CraigT  On September 3, 2012 at 7:06 am

        Hi Peter,

        Lots of ways to use alpha, SMR and beta to mess up sleep. And that’s very much the objective of any lucid dreaming aid.

        If you were to put together an 8-hour session starting with a full length sleep induction and then staying around 1-2Hz through the night, with several second bursts of alpha/SMR/beta (all or any) every half hour or so through the night you will have a good chance of picking up on a dream.

        I’ve also found SMR sessions about an hour before bedtime helps.


      • Peter Auer  On September 4, 2012 at 5:26 am

        Hi, Craig,

        Thanks for the suggestions. Actually, have you ever tried the NovaDreamer? I have one, but never use it, because I can’t fall asleep on my back.


      • CraigT  On September 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Hi Peter,

        No, I haven’t used the NovaDreamer or suchlike. I have found that you can use the Pendant EEG to detect eye movement (EMG) but, like you, if find sleeping on my back difficult and generally dislike anything attached to me while attempting to sleep.


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