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  • Jocelyn  On August 19, 2009 at 2:42 am

    hi Craig, I make a point of thanking you for all l’ information that you place at our disposal, I have been a user for one year, I have the protéus and the procyon and your councils m’ helped much!

    Sorry for my english i am a french Canadian of québec!

  • craigtavs  On August 19, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Hi Jocelyn,

    Thank you so much for your comments. Your English is just fine! My wife is a Canadian of the West Coast variety, with a good dose of French Canadian on one side of the family tree.

    Hope your mind machines continue to give you much pleasure.


  • Marisa  On September 5, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hi Craig,

    I just wanted to say – great job on the blogging. You are definitely an asset to this business and science!

    • craigtavs  On September 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

      Hi Marisa,
      Thank you so much! You’ve been a wonderful help and inspiration along the way.

    • Luckie  On May 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Very true! Makes a change to see sooemne spell it out like that. 🙂

  • Margo  On September 13, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Hi Craig, I have just purchased and starting using NP2. I have the synergizer and goggles as well. I am not good at the computer, just get threw. So am struggling a bit with understanding everything. I have been into the community at transparentcorp but not left a message yet. I noticed that you reply to a lot of people and wondered if I could email you for some help. I am in Christchurch New Zealand. So far after doing the wizard I have been doing the sessions. The healing, wake up, ADD, sleep induction.
    Think I am confusing myself and because this is all new to me I am not sure which way to go. I used Holysync – the first cd for 4 months then found Transparentcorp. Personally I got annoyed with the amount of information being sent to me every week from Holysync pushing me to buy the whole prorame. Plus even though I enjoyed numbing out with the mediation I was not moving forward.
    So, I don’t want to be a nuisance, but if you didn’t mind me emailing for help then I could tell you what is going on for me and what to work on first.
    Don’t need you to ba my counsellor, just need quidance with NP2.
    Have enjoyed reading through your Blog.

    • craigtavs  On September 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

      Hi Margo,
      Great to hear from a kiwi!
      Congratulations on you acquisitions – it sounds as though you’re on the right track, following the session wizard suggestions for a start.
      I haven’t used Holosync, but from what I know of it, the independence and flexibility of NP2 and Mind Workstation is much more in keeping with my personality.
      I prefer discussion to be here in the comments or on the forums so that others can contribute and benefit, but you’re welcome to email with anything you’d prefer to keep private.

  • Margo  On September 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you Craig
    I just wrote a whole note and then pressed something and everything disappeared.
    I will go into the forum and write it there, as you say others may want to contribute.

  • Margo  On September 17, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Hi Craig
    I forgot to say in my last email, great to hear from a Kiwi also.
    I have been procrastinating after both attempts to write here or in the transparent corp forum.
    Reason for purchasing NP2 was to create my own motivation cd to change the negative thoughts that go on both in my conscious and subconscious mind. I also liked the idea of sound and light being mixed together.
    I am not sure what to say so will just say where I am at. It all may come out slightly confused as I want to keep it short.
    I am 49 obese and really need to loose weight. The only times I have successfully done this is when I have either been at home when younger or flatting with other people.
    Over the years of not understanding myself and that I have a learning difficulty – I find reading to study very difficult like so many others, i find it hard to concentrate. Not really sure if this is due to ADD or my upbringing. Lack of attention and feeling secure did not lead me down the eduction track, I went the other way.
    I know I have the intelligence it just doesn’t always find its way out.
    Unfortunately I also a person who says outrageous things at the wrong time. Not putting any labels on me just trying to figure me out.
    Have thought of Aspergeous but not that far into it.

    I have joined a 24 hour gym and also been to the private trainer who is going to work with me.
    No the problem begins – do I procrastinate or – once I have something I loose attention and then go onto the next what ever.
    All my life I have believed that there is something wrong with me, that I don’t fit in etc etc. All the rage and hatred and bitterness inside me and also my siblings finally came to a head last year – we all had this inside of us – in the end it was all directed at me and I no longer have anything to do with my family. It is not so much that I can’t stand them as much as it I get confused in my brain when around them, confused emotionally and the trust is not there.
    I am not doing a good job explaining myself.
    For a number of years I was diagnosed with Depression, analyzed and told i had severe depression, then Bi Polar then back to severe depression and ADD. For 10 years I was on anti depressants even Lithium and Ritalin
    3 1/2 years ago I finally managed to get to a sleep clinic and found out I had sleep Apnea and have been drug free since then.
    The problem is, that my brain still does not function properly at times.
    Now the ADD means something to me.
    I can see where I have lost attention and moved on then moved on again.
    Even now with NP2 I am feeling pressure from within to just walk away, Mainly because I don’t understand how it works and instead of sitting and reading the instructions I try to search my brain – the information is not there so I give up and feel useless and then all the inner negativity starts up, I don’t want to walk away because I know it can help me, plus I love it.
    I found my way to a website the other day and did a quiz – I am right brain more than left brain.
    During that 10 years of share hell, i lost my home, due to not thinking that I could take my insurance policy on my mortgage to my lawyer and have him read it.
    Any signs of trouble I close off.
    I have done so much sitting in a depressed state, watched mindless junk on the TV eating ridiculous amounts of cards and sugar going further and further into dept.
    I have friends but not the kind that are around all the time.
    They have their place in my life.
    My family did not help me during this time, in fact would not even know how much of a state I was in.

    And during all of this I have been running my own business for the last 3 years and doing well in it – it is hands on with hardly any paper work, and when I have had to study I have gone around in circles and then had to ask for help. My brain just doesn’t like focusing on anything to do with study or huge amounts of any paper work. I do have a chuckle about it now, now that I am understanding that it is not that I am dump or stupid or Procrastinate too much. I actually have a problem in my brain.

    I can work, I can go into being another person but when I come home I just have me to contend with. My world has become very small and limited. I am scared of me and don’t like me and am marking time for when I can get off this planet.
    One of my deepest core believes is that I don’t want to live. So instead of doing the dead – which I wouldn’t – I live in a semi state of something.

    But I do not want this to continue.

    I am not sure which progam the wizard has chosen for me to use, or for how many days or weeks to use it for.
    At night I use the sleep induction with the blue light goggles. I have used the wake up session in the morning or the ADD/ADHD with the colored light goggles or yesterday morning i was up very early and used the pre exercise session.
    I have used the healing growth session a number of times.
    And have used a number of suggestions.
    I have a number of suggestions written out, just don’t know how to put them in. Eventually I will get around to reading the instructions and then asking a friend to help who understands computers.

    Can you see where the ADD is kicking in. I go all over the place.

    last year I paid a considerable amount to do an exercise program with the Dore foundation, which consisted of brain exercises every day. I did well to begin with and then struggled with keeping focused when loosing attention. I realized that I was loosing focus because 3 times a week a friend was coming over to watch me and it meant that my day was interrupted right in the middle of the day. Silly thing to get worked up about considering my friend was putting herself out for me and was going to do so for 18 months.
    But that is what has happened time and time again. I have been to various people tried various things only to come down in a screaming heap and then run home to shut the doors and curtains and remain alone.

    Recently I have managed to stop myself from going into any more self help seminars where I spend lots of money and then walk away. Plus not buying into some of the get rich schemes or scams. So something is starting to happen.

    Yes I was going to keep it short, not sure if all that I have said is the right thing to put in here.

    Craig can you or someone else help me with advice.


  • Margo  On September 17, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Hi agian
    after putting all that into words I feel a bit embarrassed, I don’t blog, nor have I been into forums before, the odd occasion I have gone into a forum but found it difficult to know what to do so couldn’t be bothered.

    There is one thing I would like to do next year – I want to learn to fly.
    So you see I have a lot to live for, a lot I still want to do.

    • craigtavs  On September 17, 2009 at 8:06 am

      Hi Margo,
      I can understand how difficult it must have been to get all that out. We have a lot in common and, of course, our own special challenges.
      One thing I really understand is the pressure for change – the need to have something happen for the better right now. For me that came when I stopped trying to change who I thought I was and to work out who I really am and then work with that.
      The biggest obstacle I encountered was in accepting that the obvious “problems” were not me, but symptoms of an unworkable world view. I don’t know what your experience with antidepressants has been, but they have allowed me to establish an acceptable baseline from which to build a better way of living.
      When I say a “better way”, I’m not talking about what I do, but how I think. Initially I used depression and anxiety sessions on a regular basis and this hugely enhanced the antidepressant action. More importantly, I found that during alpha sessions I could think properly, I could look at past events and past behaviours in a reasonably objective manner, and see how I had misread situations, made assumptions that weren’t valid, and taken actions that really didn’t make sense under the circumstances. The key thing that has come out of these AVS assisted contemplations is that I’ve certainly got ‘head problems’, but when clearly recognised and understood, they can be worked around.
      Wake-up sessions in the morning and sleep induction at night are good – even if you don’t need them, they’re a nice way to start and end the day. I would suggest regular depression reduction and SMR sessions, maybe in the early evening, to allow you to review your day in an “up” light. You may find that these sessions induce some feelings of anxiety. If so, trying preceeding them with a short alpha relaxation.
      Anxiety and stress reduction sessions can be used “as required” – their action is often immediate, and, when things look to be going downhill, it’s worth stopping what you’re doing and taking an AVS break.
      Don’t get too hung up on the theory. AVS is a wonderful focus for intent, and what you want out of a session has almost as much influence on its outcomes as the session design itself. If you go into a session with the calm expectation that you will be uplifted, there is a good chance that you will be. All AVS use exercises the brain, leading to increased bloodflow and new connections. In conjunction with realistic expectations and an acceptance that you don’t necessarily know what will be best for you, you can allow the future to unfold, embracing change, and getting to know the you that exists beneath the “problems”.
      There’s quite a few things about myself that I was unhappy with, but I have now accepted as being my nature – neither good nor bad, just the way it is. My tendency to have relatively little contact with family and friends would be a good example – there’s a lot of pressure these days to be waist deep in people, but that isn’t right for everyone, and it does no good to berate yourself because you don’t have the same values and needs as others.
      I gather you’ve done the therapist thing along the line and have probably decided, as I have, that it’s pretty much a dead loss. Now that I’m feeling reasonably comfortable with myself, not looking for someone to fix things up, I can see that I was pretty selective in what I gave these people to work with – I obviously wasn’t ready to benefit from their assistance. Anyway, I now keep an open mind about the possibility that there will be things that are more than I can do alone. I’ve become a lot more open.
      There’s a heap of things I still do that are less than ideal, but they can be tackled one at a time when the inclination and resources permit. I know about them, I can see that change is desirable, but I accept that there’s no point in going over them again and again if I’m not going to do the things that would change them.
      The greatest therapeutic value I found in AVS was the incentive to take decent chunks of time out in a constructive environment. As time passed, and surprisingly quickly, all the hopelessly entangled threads of my disatisfaction have been teased out so that they can be dealt with individually. I’m a much simpler person than I realised – my “issues” are nowhere near as daunting when they’re not met as a pack.
      Go gently and just enjoy the AVS. Pick sessions according to how you are feeling at any given moment. You will come to know what you need by feeling what works. Take advantage of the quiet time to challenge your beliefs about yourself and the world around you. Wile some behaviours may have to change, perception needs to change first – it’s really hard to do things unless you can rally see and feel the benefit to doing them. There’s things we do because we think we should, because of some sense of duty – in the past I have tended to grumble and resent my way through these things – now I realise that some my responsibility as a human being, and others are just millstones I’ve created based on obsolete understanding and survival skills.
      Anyway, Margo, try to take the urgency out of your situation. You can only do one thing at a time, so prioritise – do one thing well, then move onto the next thing. Try not to creat impossible missions for yourself. And allow yourself to just enjoy.
      I truly feel for you. We’re much the same age, and it’s only in the last few years that I have really begun to feel like a human being. A late developer, maybe, but certainly not too late. There’s plenty of good life to be had.
      Take care,

  • Margo  On September 17, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Thank you Craig, after reading your reply I feel quite normal.
    Have taken note of the sessions you suggested and will go find them.
    when I was on anti depressants, I was still all over the place, have thought recently about going back on them to get some balance back.
    Plus I have thought about going out flatting with people.
    I have a problem with that, when I did I thought the people only wanted the money not me the person.
    Yes I would have to agree with you, that when I look back I can see some of my part I played in the problems I thought I had with people.
    I do close off a lot.
    This will be short as I am now going to shower and go to work.
    I really appreciate your reply, I see a lot of me in your reply.
    Wil let you know how I go.

    My white light goggles arrived yesterday, the lights are fine but the manufacturing are not up to the standard of the blue, Transparent corp gave me the website address and have contacted the company.
    They have an amazing system as well.
    And yes my ADD or whatever clicked in and I thought, I”LL BUY IT,’this could be the answer.
    No I have not purchased, just stopping the merry go round.
    I am amazed at how much is out there.
    I will rain myself in and concentrate on what I have. I feel renewed and hopeful now after reading your reply.

    Have a great day

    • craigtavs  On September 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

      Great stuff, Margo!
      I assume it’s the Hastens Mindspa you encountered on the AVStim site. I haven’t met one in person, but it has quite a lot in common with the Laxman that I do have. Beautiful machines, but no more effective than what you already have. ALthough I’ve gone rather overboard on the AVS gear I’ve accumulated, another huge improvement in my behaviour has been in not expecting anything to be “the thing that will make the difference”. “Stuff” is to enhance my life, not be a major reason for it.
      There’s a quote that has meant a great deal to me is “Pure will, unassuaged of purpose, is every way perfect.” (Aleister Crowley). Doing every thing because I have decided to do it, to be done because it is to be done, making the most of whatever outcome – it’s taken a lot of pressure off.

  • George Moffett  On September 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hello, Craig,

    I just wanted to say I’ve found this website, and your comments on entrainment forums very helpful. I’ve been struggling with anxiety since January this year. It has been really tough, as it usually is for so many. I never had mental illness this way before; I’m only 24 as well, and have the fear that if I’m like this at this age, how will I be able to survive a couple of decades later with bigger problems (demanding job, aging, etc.). The worst I’ve experienced before was isolation in high school, and a hard breakup. I felt a bit dizzy, obsessive and sad after that breakup for a few months… but it never got to how I’ve been feeling this year, due to a sad (imagined, go figure, I just misinterpreted something in a really bad way) traumatic event. So it’s just now that I’m seeing the big (discouraging, for me) picture of mental illness.
    To make things short, I have bought a Laxman machine, and a CES device to experiment (they already arrived here and I’ll be collecting them soon; customs here is quite bothersome) and see how they can help me, and I also plan on seeing a therapist, something I haven’t done so far. I’ve been trying different herbs now for some months but they fail to make things manageable… for I’m not trying to be cured so fast, just to get to a standard of living: perhaps at least three to four days in a row without wanting to just stay in bed some day in between. Besides perhaps boring you with this story (I guess you’ve heard many others… and I’m sorry if I have made this tedious), I can assure you you have been a great aid for me in gathering information on brain wave entrainment, mind machines, therapeutic value while sharing your own story, many things. I’m sure you are helping a lot of people as well. I truly hope that with my current herb regime, the Laxman with meditation tracks blended to it (I plan on meditating on Green Tara, a Buddhist protector figure who dispels fear, perhaps on delta), the CES and therapy, I can go back to a somewhat stable life again. I have a lot of faith in many things, especially the mind, and perhaps in a number of months I’ll write some poetry again… my life used to feel so dreamy, I was very creative; now that I know more about the brain, I can tell you it was rather easy for me to fall into theta, and “see” many things I then wrote about. Music and poetry wrapped me up in incredible ways. I felt so elated and excited while writing poetry or reading it… It was so blissful at times. So maybe I’ll be able to pull through this with these machines and some individual discipline, and it will truly have been thanks to you, partly.
    All the best, and may you have many blessings.

    • craigtavs  On September 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm

      Hi George,
      Thank you for taking the time to share so generously.
      I was about your age when the world really started closing in on me, and a certain stubborn, arrogant streak in me ensured that I avoided the things that would help for much longer than necessary. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and I can see how easily I could have changed things for the better, but that’s irrelevant – it all played out just as it did, and that’s the raw material I have to work with.
      Hopefully you’ll see the choices more clearly than I did and you’ll be able to find the life you desire much sooner.
      I don’t know if you’ve tried, or considered, medication. I was incredibly reluctant to go down that track, and initially I found everything wrong with it that I could. When I finally did give up and accept that I was much better with a little bit of Prozac in me, thing improved enormously. Those little capsules give me enough distance from my emotional over-reactiveness to step back and avoid making bad situations worse. Learning how to “do life” better has made life itself look so much better and less scary.
      A sideline on the Laxman – do be gentle with the goggles – there seems to be a bit of a weak spot in the wiring between frames.
      Anyway, do let us know how you get on, and if there’s anything you’d particularly like to know about anything I might know, just ask.
      Take care,

  • Margo  On September 19, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Hi George
    I am new at all of this as well, cannot offer any advice on the technical side.
    Just wanted to agree with Craig, hang in there, there is a reason for everything.

    If you ever get the chance to listen to “The Abraham’s” do so. I brought some of the cd’s. They are Jerry and Hester Hicks.
    I found some useful information when I had a big family split last year.
    All my life I had put up with someone due to fear, of what they might do or say. I just tolerated the person. Through listening to the Abraham teachings I realized that through hanging on and tolerating the person I was not growing nor was I allowing the other person to grow. Possibly irrelevant to your situation George, but maybe there is something there for you. The library has some of their DVD’s.

    Craig, you have a way with words, I enjoy the clarity I get from the way you describe your life and the parallels to mine.
    Looking back maybe I was arrogant too, I had many ways in which to heal and change but chose the path of destruction.

    Take this morning, yesterday I had a bum deal from the personal trainer I have just started with. So I ate McDonald’s – not a good thing for me.
    My mind told me on the way – you are only going to hurt yourself, not him.
    Did I listen, no.
    So I paid for it this morning by waking up lethargic and feeling hungover. Then I remembered something you said Craig (go back to your first reply to me, the second paragraph). I thought who am I, what can I do right now to help myself – not change myself – but help myself.
    So I got up and did an SMR session. Drank some water and then went into a pre exercise session.
    Am not sure if that is the right thing to do. But I did feel better afterward and managed to do 3 successful lessons with my students.

    How is your wife Craig. There was no date on your first message above, unless I do not know where to look. Knew a lady who contracted Heb C from a blood transfusion after an accident, went on to live for another 30 years and died in her 80’s of a heart attack.
    Not sure of the medication she was on, she had to have check ups every so many years.

    Going to do a sleep induction and go to bed.
    Goodnight guys.

    • craigtavs  On September 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

      Hi Margo,

      So pleased that you’re seeing some new ways of seeing things, and I certainly appreciate your positive feedback.
      SMR, followed by pre-exercise sounds like a great way to get going! SMR sessions are a fabulous”cure-all” range – not quite as edgy as beta, and not quite as chill as alpha – perfect for quietly getting on with things.
      As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I spent quite a while participating on a mood disorder site. On that site there were forums for each of the mood disorders, plus a couple of other disorders, and a special forum for Self Injury. It was quite common for people to share about their problems with alcohol, drugs, food and so on in the mood forums, yet it was a breakthrough to me to realise that engaging in addictive behaviour is just as much self-injury as cutting or any of the obvious forms. You have recognised it yourself – who suffers?… certainly not those who we believe have wronged us.
      Lori continues to do far better than we could have hoped – it will be a few months before we know whether the treatment is effective, but in the meantime we’re just happy that the side effects are far from debilitating. It’s great to hear about a successful outcome – trouble with the internet is that more often it’s people having a rough time that post, so the outlook tends to be a little biased.
      And I agree with your comments about living alone – it’s my nature to need a lot of solitude, but too much isolation and I soon start gnawing my own foot off.
      Have a great day!

  • Margo  On September 20, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Good morning
    George one bit of advice, don’t live alone. Find someone to flat with if you are living alone, even a family member.
    If I could change anything it would be that. I have spent too much time living on my own and when my depression got bad I had too much time with my own head. Having to do everything for yourself, housework – cooking and eating on your own – can at times be just too hard.

  • Margo  On September 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Craig
    I am just so excited, I have managed to work out how to put recordings in by microphone. I am just listening to one while writing.
    This has to be the most amazing moment in my life. A few weeks ago when a friend came in to help me download the cd, we couldn’t work out much after that.
    I am thinking the sessions that I have been doing daily has shifted something in my brain.
    Now I need to work out how to go into the forum for Transparentcorp. Have been in but not spent much time there and have no idea how to reply to a message.
    But it will happen.
    Now I have to go and make a few phone calls then I can do some more motivating messages to myself.

    • craigtavs  On September 21, 2009 at 7:15 am

      Hi Margo,
      I must say, aside from any direct therapeutic benefits, the sheer pleasure of using AVS, and the sense of control over my own wellbeing, has been a huge part in moving on from the grey old days.
      Keep enjoying AVS, and I suspect you’ll find the good feelings spilling over into other areas of your life.

  • George  On September 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you very much for your kind responses.
    Today I claimed my Laxman at the post office, and used it some sessions, especially theta. I found it quite relaxing. You see, when I meditated, which I did for many years, I would often be amazed at how my hands felt like they had “gone to sleep” after my meditation session was over. I thought it was magical. But today, the same thing happened when I enjoyed the theta sessions, and even with an alpha session. I guess this is a good sign. It’s quite exciting to feel that again, it’s like my body starts to shift into some kind of sweet harmony.
    Margo, all of your advice means a lot to me. Actually I have few friends. I have a beautiful, caring girlfriend, who I adore and have been with for over three years now, but I don’t relate to many other people. I care for Buddhism quite a lot, so I’m going to mix some guided meditation tracks with some pulse sessions, on theta or delta range. I hope I can have some success with that. And, surprisingly, you guessed my current situation: I do live alone. Actually, I live at a hostel right now (and am looking for a cheap one bedroom apartment to rent next to the beach here). My mom has gone to stay with my cousin in the US for some months, and I’m left back here, just with myself and my girlfriend.
    Craig, regarding medication, I did take escitalopram (Lexapro) for a few days just a few weeks after my “breakdown”, but got pretty scared of it due to the side effect profile, which I read on the information printout. I was also prescribed a beta blocker for my palpitations. I quit them both because I got scared of the side effects (isn’t that typical?)… A few months later, I was prescribed Inderal (beta blocker) and clonazepam (Rivotril, Klonopin). I took very low doses of them for a couple of weeks, and felt really bad. Especially with the Inderal… it made me feel depressed. Currently (and after much research for it to happen), my heart rate is wonderfully under control because of taking hawthorn, a herb for palpitations; I also take St. John’s wort and a stress product by New Chapter, an American herbal company. Most of my symptoms have abated by now, but I’m still trying to rid myself of the anxious feeling I get up until now. Seems that the physical symptoms are easier to get rid of, and I guess it makes sense, since the core issue is indeed emotional. One thing I have learned is that herbs (gladly) do work: I have less mood swings, no headaches, no rapid heart beat, and much less body aches thanks to them, amidst a few other things (and I do know about the placebo effect). But I’m still not “stable”… These days, I’m waiting for the SJ’s wort to kick in; it’s been only a week since I started it, and I’ve felt a little more stable, just a little, and a little tired too, thanks to it, but I hope it will get better. I’ve thought about other herbal antidepressants, but if things continue like this for a few more months, maybe I will consider going to see a psychiatrist again. This is definitely quite hard; you want to heal yourself, but you’re told to stay calm, and all the while this seems almost something not human to do, since humans react to their situation. Plus I have obsessive thinking… So that’s my situation right now. My life is active; but I feel things a bit “chaotic”.
    Craig, I wanted to ask you something, I hope it’s not bothersome for you. Today about 15 minutes after using the Laxman for the last time, I felt a little nausea, can you share something about this with me? I’ve read it can happen; as well as experiencing dizziness. When using the machine, it was all quite fine actually. I just felt some nausea a bit later. Very rarely have I had nausea with my anxiety before, it’s just something I’m not used to. So I got worried when I felt it… But oh well, it passed in about a half hour. Lastly, I experienced four sessions in the Laxman, so perhaps it was a little excessive. I’d be very thankful if you could share any information about this. Some people say it may be positive, so I don’t know. And maybe it’s even the SJW… But anyway, it’s a strange coincidence.
    OK, I’ll stop now, I hope I’m not making anyone dizzy with this!
    Thanks again.

    • craigtavs  On September 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

      Hi George,
      Great to hear you’re clocking up some quality Laxman time!
      I tried St John’s Wort for a while – quite effective, but with funded prescription medication here in NZ, choosing the herbal approach soon becomes very expensive. The first SSRI I was prescribed plain old citalopram, not bad, but by the time I got to a dose that made me feel like a human being, the side effects were beginning to become unacceptable. The rather unusual combo of 20mg fluoxetine + 10mg doxepin is my magic formula – low dose, low tech, no side effects. Lori, on the other hand, has responded superbly to 20mg citalopram, but her anxiety/depression is more situational than endogenous (and with some of the recent situations, she’s really earned her depression!) I’m pragmatic about the whole thing – my depression was potentially fatal, medication risks are acceptable.
      The thing to keep in mind with the Laxman or any other AVS is that it is fundamentally safe. Very few people are subject to an unquantified risk. Any adverse effect you experience will likely be incidental to the AVS, or brought to your attention through self-focus during the session. Dizziness, headaches, nausea and disrupted sleep have all been cited often, and I have had all but the nausea. In all case the discomfort passed within half an hour, and I can usually identify something else I’d eaten or otherwise consumed that had made me particularly fragile. Getting up too quickly after a session can be a bad idea too. Headaches often follow if I spend too long with too bright a session – I’ve definitely found that a bit less brightness is better for long sessions. The Laxman’s contrast control also provides some quite beautiful flicker effects instead of hard-out flashing.
      Anyway, let your body be your guide. Experiment and find the right balance of session types and durations for you. Think in terms of what type of brainwave activity you feel might be happening, and decide what you think it should be for the time of day and what you’re wanting to do, and choose sessions accordingly. Most of all, have fun!

  • George  On September 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Thanks again for your wonderful support, Craig, you seem like a very nice person! 🙂
    I feel better overall today than these past few days, perhaps it has something to do with the Laxman. Anyway, I used it some more today and truly feel something shifting in my whole perception, so perhaps I’m onto something good here. Oh, and I haven’t feel the nausea again! Plus I did get up quite quickly after my last session yesterday… I was too excited and wanted to go tell my girlfriend! I guess I have to relax a bit.
    Margo, I forgot to congratulate you on your success! It may just be a sign that things will truly be improving for you! I hope it’s the same for me (and, truly, everyone who needs some progress in their lives). This AVS technology really seems to be useful.
    I had freezing feet constantly for the past three or four days I think, and now I feel just cozy and warm! I’ll try no to exaggerate but this definitely did not have to do with the weather, so it’s quite a relief.
    Best wishes!


    • craigtavs  On September 24, 2009 at 10:42 am

      Hi George,
      You’re most welcome – very pleased to hear you’re settling into the sessions a bit better.
      You may be interested to look at biofeedback at some stage. Peripheral temperature training is quite popular – improving bloodflow.
      Stick with it, be creative, and I’m sure you’ll find that AVS ‘grows with you’.

    • Ziarre  On May 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Plsnieag to find someone who can think like that

  • Margo  On September 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Craig
    I received my new headphones from Transparent a couple of days ago. Made a lot of difference to my sessions. I got confused at Dick Smiths as to which ones were best so just got them from America.
    They sent me a NP2 cd – exactly the same one that I purchased in the beginning. I wrote and asked why, and what was I to do with it, and was I allowed to give it to a friend.

    Here’s a splash of negativity for you – Why send me a free product of what I already have, blows my mind really.

    How are you going George, I haven’t had cold get yet, but I sure can get hot – start peeling the layers off.


  • craigtavs  On September 25, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hi Margo,
    I know what you mean about headphones. I’ve collected quite an array – in-ear, on-ear, over-ear, sound blocking, open air – all good under different circumstances. Mostly I like ones that I’m able to forget I’m wearing.
    I think having a real NP2 CD is quite special – with downloadable software I rarely see any tangible proof of my acquisitions.

  • George  On September 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Hello again,

    I wanted to share something quite unusual which happened to me last night, using the Laxman. I was experiencing the Underwater [relax] session (goggles on me), which is an ambient one, with the volume fully turned up and I started to feel that “hands asleep” feeling again. Actually, I’ve felt it repeatedly these days, sometimes less, or more, while using the machine. Well, the thing is, when I felt that familiar feeling in my hands, I thought “why don’t I repeat the Medicine Buddha mantra in my head?” This is a mantra I love, and a Buddha I love; plus this Buddha’s color is blue, so it also went with the color pattern I was watching. So I did; and after a short while, the sensation in my hands spread also towards my arms, and my chest, and a little while later I even felt it in my legs. Actually, I felt it in my whole body; I was sort of softly “electrified”, from head to toe. It was extremely pleasant, and after a while my heart started beating really fast, due to the sheer emotion I felt. I thought I was going to exit my body or something of that sort (because of what you read here and there), but the feeling just persisted, it didn’t change much once it had peaked around my whole body. I have tension in my legs, so when both my legs became really light with this feeling, it was very very nice for me. I’ts a bit hard to explain it fully, but it was a little tingling, plus a release sensation, and also some of this “goosebumps” feeling of getting excited, like when you do about something that’s really great. This lasted around seven minutes, until the session was over: it was not a passing feeling. It was almost like floating!
    This whole thing was so bewildering to me that I called my girlfriend, (waking her up) and told her about it. Of course, she was not too happy about me waking her up but I was just too excited; I see I was silly to do that… and that this was not so beneficial, since the whole point of using the Laxman is relaxing, not getting so caught up in your own experiences. I know this since when I started meditating. But hey, you get anxiety, and next thing you feel really happy and like you’re floating all of a sudden… it’s hard not to get excited. But I’ll try to control myself, indeed, since that’s the whole point of this training. This feeling I’ve described faded after I got up from the bed. I tried another session afterwards, and I couldn’t get that experience again. So, who really knows why it happened; I guess I was more relaxed the first time and that helped trigger it.
    I never felt such lightness from my past meditation experience. I’ve felt a lot of concentration, some lightness, a lot of pleasure too (sort of orgasmic sometimes), but not what I felt last night using this machine. And one must bear in mind I’m not exactly “peak performance” now, because of my anxiety (which is diminishing more and more each day, by the way).
    So I hope all this sounds encouraging, regarding the whole subject of brain wave entrainment.
    I believe this is most definitely working, for me.
    Best regards,


    • craigtavs  On September 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      Hi George,
      Sounds wonderful!
      There is a state referred to as “mind awake/body asleep” which corresponds to deep delta, when the brain has truly accepted that you’re going to sleep, but the conscious, being still in use, remains awake. The overall effect is not disimilar to lucid dreaming, except that the content of consciousness is uninterrupted from wakefulness. I love it when this happens!
      It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying effects that tell us that AVS is working for you. It’s a good sign!

  • George  On September 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Yes, Craig, I’m really happy. Thank you for shedding some light as to what neurological state it was that I experienced. I thought it was maybe that “mind awake/body asleep” one, but wasn’t sure about it. It’s quite amazing what the mind can do, and especially after only a few sessions with sound and light entrainment. I now remember the old days, when I was younger and didn’t know much about brain waves or anything like that, but enjoyed lovely states in meditation. How I chanted alone in my room when I was 18, cross-legged, and felt my body almost blissful, and everything truly felt perfect. And then I would just lie in bed, contemplating myself and pretty much everything.
    It’s been great today, and I hope things progress even more. I’m loving life more as time passes. I see some sessions on the Laxman I’m really curious to try, like the Chanting one. I’ve ordered some meditation CD’s from the web, and I’m pretty excited as to what I can achieve with those; if only using light and sound caused that experience last night, hearing also some beloved prayers and mantras could definitely enhance things for me, I believe.
    Just in case anyone else reads this in the future, the Underwater session on the Laxman, is based in theta frequency.
    I hope I achieve constant success, and if so I’ll post on the web to let others know, and encourage them on their own paths.
    All the best,


    • craigtavs  On September 26, 2009 at 5:29 pm

      Freedom of imagination is something that seems to get messed up over time. I think one of the effects of AVS that I’ve enjoyed is learning how to imagine again.
      There’s no reason you shouldn’t try any of the sessions – just make sure you match them to the time of day when you should be active in that range – beta in the morning, alpha in the afternoon, delta before sleep, theta any time you have time to imagine.
      I was given an MP3 of the Dalai Lama chanting The Mantra of Compassion – stunning played with a theta or delta track.
      I shall look forward to hearing of your future adventures.
      Take care,

  • Margo  On September 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Hi George and Craig
    Your having a great time George, thinking I should get the Laxman and try it out. I don’t have the experiences you are having.
    When I started using the Holsynz meditation CD, I found myself back in the west coast in the bush, it was raining and I could see the rain – actually see the drops, then I appeared in the bush, everything was silent and still apart from the rain- and then there was a band rotund house, all glass and even though the doors were open it was very warm inside. I was lying on the bed with a man, just lying quiet and soaking in the ambiance of the place -the warmth inside, rain outside. It seemed so peaceful.

    Only happened a couple of times and never again.

    Tonight I had a friends daughters 21st. It was in a bar right in the city where there is not much parking and loads of young people drinking, wandering the streets from bar to bar – you know how it is.

    Well I didn’t want to go, didn’t want to take my car into town, didn’t want to be in a bar with loud noise – I have hearing aids which sometimes have to be taken out to hear the person I am speaking to when there is a lot of back ground noise.

    Well I went, only started nearly 2 hours and come home.

    Have to say how different things are, I have not been out in a bar for a long time – $5.00 for a tonic water that has more ice than tonic water.

    All the young ladies were dressed in gorgeous mini dress’s. They all looked stunning. The guys just looked like guys – jeans and a cotton shirt hung out not tucked in.

    I stayed as long as I had to and then left it to the young ones.

    Not feeling that great today.

    I get so disappointed in myself for not having discipline. Not being able to care for myself better than I do.

    Is depression loneliness or is loneliness depression
    Am I depressed because I am lonely and feel alone, or am I lonely and alone because I am depressed.
    I eat because I feel lonely and alone and then become depressed because of my size and lack of life, so I eat more.

    My friends husband has 2 other brothers married and 1 single brother who came along later. I feel for the younger brother as the parents have ruined his life to the extent that he has no life, and when they die he will be so lonely and alone that I am not sure how he will cope.
    Tonight one reason why I left was because the 3 wives(including my friend) were laughing at him with all the food he was eating.
    Guess i am more sensitive towards him due to my own circumstances and could only think, so this is what my family are like – with all the criticism and laughing behind my back.

    It is worse for him, because the parents are a lot to blame and now he is in such a rut. But I don’t want to help him, maybe one way of helping is to not get involved in the gossiping.

    I come back to what you said in your negativity blog Craig, about the futility of this life.

    I am battling with picking myself up and dusting the cobwebs away and finding something great about my life. Not doing a great job today.
    I did buy foundation and did my hair for tonight. It was nice to make an effort. But here I am back in my little flat, with no private garden to be able to sit outside.
    I love the dark outside, once I use to love walking in the dark, but I don’t now, and I have never gone far in the dark – why – fear that someone is out there and going to hurt me.
    Is that programing from too much TV , too much news and people being kidnapped while hiking in the forest, and also the programs that I chose to watch, or just a natural fear.

    Some how I will make it to the morning and would have slept maybe 4 or 5 hours. Then get up and just do it all over again. Each day the same as the day before. I talk the same things to different students. Life goes on.

    Sorry guys I just had to write tonight, yes I am on a downer and would love to come up. But my ups do not last very long and my downs last longer than they use to.


    • Debrah  On May 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      I’m imrsesped. You’ve really raised the bar with that.

  • Margo  On September 27, 2009 at 12:35 am

    In the NP2 sessions,
    what are the Programming sessions.
    I have tried to find a place in the documentation that would give me a detailed explanation without me having to go and do too much study.
    I click on the “View Info” but sometimes it is too short an explanation.

    Are the programming session more for using the suggestions than the brainwave sessions.

    I wrote out what you first suggested me to do.
    Wake up session in the morning,
    Depression Reduction and SMR early evening to review my day.
    could possibly induce anxiety so follow by short Alpha Relaxation.

    Goodness, just realized, that even though i read the note infrequently I have not really followed it properly. Yes I know they are suggestions.

    This morning, I woke early, but did not want to be awake so did the pre exercise, hoping to get onto my exercise machine, but went straight into SMR.

    I think i am hooked on the numb out feeling that I had with Holsync that I am trying to recreate it. I really wanted to just keep doing session after session and not come out of it. But I didn’t and yes I did go to work.

    Crikey I really is the loneliness that is doing this to me.
    Think i better go see someone medical this week.

    Now I gotta go to bed.

    Have a great day


    • craigtavs  On September 27, 2009 at 9:34 am

      Hi Margo,
      The Brainwave Training sessions are general frequency band sessions with no particular therapeutic goal, no specific intended outcome. They’re ideal for just allowing your brain to spend time in one of the associated states of consciousness. These are the type of sessions I use if I’ve decided that, say, alpha is the right state for the type of thinking I’m wanting to engage in.
      This is in contrast to the Brainwave Training sessions which are based on specific research or trials and have demonstrated some effectiveness in addressing specific issues. They are recognised protocols. I always suggest to people wondering what to listen to that they first look for sessions in this group that are named appropriately to the perceived need. How you respond to these sessions gives some indication of whether or not you need them – whether you’re attempting to resolve the right issue.
      Loneliness is a painful and confusing thing. It seems to make no difference how many people are around when one is in that state of isolation. The way out seems to be learning how to feel comfortable in your own skin. I know that my periods of lonely isolation, as opposed to my preference for solitude, stemmed largely from belief that I had nothing worthwhile to contribute. I’m not into the “self-love preceeds self-worth preceeds happiness” concept, but I know that having an accurate sense of self is essential, and with this comes the ability to adapt to any social environment, contributing appropriately without demanding any particular attention. I am no more or less than I am, and I know that everyone I meet is having difficulties similar to my own in coping and adapting. A term I picked up from an AA sponsor is “terminal uniqueness” – it described me perfectly. Such “uniqueness” can only arise from endless comparison and judgement, identifying with differences, failing to see that just below the surface we’re not so different. When our self-image is “less than” we can develop a special bitterness that leads to self-harm and rejection of and resentment towards others who we think are doing better. My freedom has come through cultivating my mind as a safe place. From there I can foray out into the world on my terms. I will never be a social butterfly, don’t want to be, but I enjoy the relationship of peers that I have been able to develop with the people with whom I do have contact.
      My experience with antidepressants is that they don’t deliver any lift, like recreational substances, but make it harder to dwell on real and imaginary fears. I touched on the need for sustained avoidance of circular negative thinking in my post “Two Weeks to Change”. I believe that our cerebrospinal fluid holds our “general mood”, and that it will continue to darken our view of life for as long as we feed it with depressive thinking. A couple of weeks of constantly correcting irrational negativity and taking special notice of good things will create a new chemical atmosphere in which to process “now”. Perception is everything. Antidepressants are a great basis for establishing a realistic view of day-to-day matters. I’ve said that I have validated my dim view of the big picture, but I have also acknowledged that I cannot let these thoughts be significant in my ordinary life. If I can’t or won’t do something about about it, then I do no-one any good by dwelling on it.
      I’ve realised that I’ve done something oft suggested to help get out of the hole – I’ve got a hobby. AVS started out with a purpose, now it’s expanded into something I just enjoy – both in taking in sessions, and in tinkering with all aspects of the technology. AVS is so wonderfully broad that it has engaged me in so many of my interests. As a hobby for anyone with mood or personality problems, it has to be without match.
      Have a good one!

  • George  On September 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm


    Yes, Margo, that experience was nice, though I haven’t had it again. But as each day passes, I further discover the wonders of AVS entrainment. I spent like three hours last night using the Laxman, just flipping from one session to the other. And I feel like doing more things now. Yesterday was a nice, stable day and I even wanted to watch a movie with my girlfriend. Today I’ll probably go to the theater; there’s a Spanish theater company here (I live in Peru), presenting a play by Camus, and I’ve read they were widely praised in their home country, so I’m curious. I love literature (I’m a poet, actually, for seven years now), and philosophy, so maybe it will be entertaining (I have lost some faith in theater since local actors are pretty bad). Something I would like to state besides how AVS can help you out in a really tough time, is that being in deep delta, as Craig explained, happened to me quite out of the blue, so to speak, and I wasn’t particularly in a great mood. So I think it could also happen to you, using the NP2. In fact, I’ve seen great results with the NP2, in the Transparent forum… They lead me to have faith in this technology as well. Last night, I had stiffness in my legs again, and after a couple of sessions of AVS, it gradually faded. Plus, after some more time using it, it lifted my mood. I got up, strolled happily to the minimarket and bought me some chips and some juice, enjoying the entire walk. I find it really hard to start getting sad or hopeless having the Laxman nearby.
    That said, I wanted to stress how I can feel AVS lifting your mood. I tried my first beta session last night, for just a little while (I was a bit scared of beta since I’ve had terrible anxiety), and the red light flickering along with the pulse sound felt really engaging, and nice. All this just sheds wonder after wonder for me. It all seems very effective. I cannot see (for now) how to keep feeling bad after seeing that fantastic light show and listening to those rhythms. It just hits something inside of you, I believe, your mind just responds.
    So be patient, it may take some more time for you, but surely things will get better; you may need to experiment a bit to see what seems the best for you. I love the Underwater session on the Laxman, for example; I did from the beginning. It makes me sort of dream. Mixing pulse and preinstalled mp3’s seems really fun, too (I’m not that into “just pulse” sessions, maybe I will be later). I’ve recently seen there are four more ambient sessions for the Laxman online, so I’m even more excited!
    I cannot even begin to grasp the million possibilities this machine offers. Choosing wave frequencies, color, pulse and/or mp3… I haven’t even tried all the preinstalled sessions yet, and already things are better. It’s an expensive machine but I (personally) think it’s worth it.
    About the issues which brought me to seek out this technology, well, they involve terrible family problems (huge conflicts), incredibly negative thoughts about me, the world and everything, self-doubt, too much cynicism, amongst other things… I try to talk about them without sarcasm, since I’m trying to solve all those things peacefully. My diagnosis stands as generalized anxiety with obsessive thinking and bouts of low mood. I repeatedly asked myself what was the point of just about anything, for the past few months. I’m slowly starting to come out of it. I do believe, like Craig, that circular negative thinking keeps us where we stand. My thought patterns are gradually changing. I attribute this too to the fact that I’m taking St. John’s wort (SC 27) and Stress Advantage, by New Chapter. I take some herbs for sleep too ocasionally, Tranquilnite Plus and some kava. What I’m trying to say is that I no longer seek to dwell on my problems, I’m just looking for a solution for them. If you just concentrate on negativity you know it’s a downward spiral… I think this is the whole point of seeking treatment, especially beyond conventional ways, as in AVS. We need to (somehow) get on a different track. But I think AVS makes it much easier.
    I’m a lonely person as well, I feel few things in common with my generation. I’m much more into reading poetry, philosophy, about religion, etc., considering the scope of the mind, my place in the world, who I am, why am I here, what is my condition, etc., than many of the spiritually lacking activities and thought systems of our modern world. Nonetheless, I fell into generalized anxiety, so I began to really see I was very selfish, self-centered, had a silly ego, etc., amongst other things, which had been creating something very negative inside of me. But reading, meditating, and listening to some lovely music, or just considering the beauty of flowers or some birds passing across the sky were all positive things, and I mean to say they have all helped my loneliness a great deal. I hope I didn’t sound too “poetic”!
    I’ll end this with a quote by the Dalai Lama, if I may:

    “What we often lack is the recognition of the gifts we have already received. Sometimes we remember how good our lives are when we are brushed by tragedy, but then, caught up again in our normal lives, we forget. We are driven away from gratitude and appreciation by dark and negative forces, by habitual dissatisfaction and constant stimulation. When others have more than us, we feel envy, but in a world where so many people have less than us, we often don’t recognize how fortunate we are.

    The teachings often focus on view, meditation, and behavior. What this means is that the way we see determines how we feel and think. And how we feel and think determines how we act. When we look from a dualistic viewpoint, we see an imperfect world and we live as troubled, imperfect beings in that imperfect world. When we see the world in its perfection, just as it is, we are buddhas, living in a pure land, surrounded by other buddhas”.

    So, you may or may not understand the “buddha” concept, but I think this really delivers some wisdom, one way or the other.
    OK, I’ll be going now, hope I can get some tickets!
    All the best,


    • Kris  On May 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      You know what, I’m very much ininelcd to agree.

  • George Moffett  On September 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    May I offer some further advice, Margo?
    Just a few things; light some incense, go near the ocean if you can, have a cold shower or finish your showers with a cold splash (it gives you energy, but you may already know that), have hot baths and perhaps use bath salts; walking is good too, as we know it… Exercise is better I guess, but one does what one can…
    Incense is very relaxing, I try to light it as often as I can… You get six sticks here for what’s around US$ 0.30. It can add up to the AVS experience I think. Plus it brings back good memories for me, from my past meditation experience. A good, hot cup of chamomile tea is soothing and warming as well, :). And sometimes if I feel a bit “off”, I wash my face with some cold water. Breathing deeply is also helpful, it calms you down.
    Hope I have helped, at least some. I’m most sympathetic with you :). We need to relax consistently, get occupied, try to be more positive with time, and I guess one day we will just say “Where did that whole problem go?”.

  • George Moffett  On September 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “My friends advance through the stellar plasma”.
    It’s a verse I wrote a few months ago, full of nostalgia.
    We’ve met before, at least I believe that; in a past life. In Buddhism we are taught about the law of retribution: so what I give to you you’ve given to me before.
    We have been friends before.
    I wish you the very best, Craig and Margo, and hopefully I’ll report back in a few months with a story of success. I am full of faith, and I remember now the pythagoreans adoring the coming of dawn in a fair Russian painting; I wish I can do that again sometime.
    May happiness fill your lives!
    With love,


    • craigtavs  On September 28, 2009 at 7:37 am

      Hi George,
      All the best and I shall look forward to hearing from you again.

    • Kourtney  On May 15, 2017 at 1:04 am

      so… america isnt a decrcoamy? because democracy = government is the joint and true will of the people is it not… do you not as an american trot around and say you are a beacon in? the world purely because your government DOES represent the will of the american people think before you speak unless you admit america is socialist

  • Margo  On October 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Craig
    how is life with you.
    We had a gluten free expo here in Christchurch over the weekend.
    Meet an interesting couple. They have been working on a machine for a few years that tests a persons hair to see what foods they are allergic to.
    They believe that a lot of problems stem from food allergies, I have gone ahead to have my hair tested, get the results back next week.
    I believe food has a huge bearing on how I feel. I know how I feel after eating certain foods, just want to go to bed.
    I have started to put my own suggestions into my programs – quite funny hearing my voice, had to practice to modulate it – will have to download one of the other voices from the np2 website – once I find out how.

    Hope all is well with you.


    • craigtavs  On October 6, 2009 at 6:14 am

      Hi Margo,
      Sounds like a fun weekend. There’s no doubt that we are the total sum of many influences, and food is a biggy.
      I’ve been feeling a bit sorry for myself with the cracked ribs and codeine always plays havoc with my mood – it’s quite an effort reminding myself that there’s nothing wrong, that it’s just the medication.
      Although I haven’t done a lot with suggestions, I prefer free thought during sessions, I have found that I respond much better to my own voice than to recordings/text-to-speech.

  • ivabradina  On October 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    the future is back

  • Marion  On November 9, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    All very interesting reading Craig and soooo much information about all kinds of things. Seems your helping many people too, great work!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • CraigT  On November 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

      Thanks, Marion. I try to make it vaguely possible to distinguish information from opinion.

  • Brahmi  On November 10, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Hey craig thanks for the freebies

    • CraigT  On November 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

      You’re welcome!

  • Steve  On January 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Sat here reading this blog with np2 brain storming session on head phones
    thinking if I really am losing my sanity
    some very odd things happening in my ordinary life this last year..

    • CraigT  On January 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

      The universe is a very strange place, but I think substantially less strange than we are often led to believe. I’m sure that time and contemplation will make sense of it all.

  • Steve  On January 2, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Hey ! the clocks out 12 hours );
    tis the 01/01/12:45 in this space I take up @ this time

    • CraigT  On January 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

      I continue to find time zones amusing. And then there’s daylight saving – I lost the manual for the car stereo, and, believe it or not, now I can’t work out how to change the time on the clock – it’s correct every summer.

  • SEO  On October 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Maintain up the great work mate. This website article shows how well you comprehend and know this subject.

  • LoyalSis  On November 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Craig
    Thankfully I found your website today and it has provided the most knowledgeable insight on AVE that I have been able to find. I hope you can give some insight. My sister is in Xanax withdrawals, including debilitating migraines. It was a horrible situation with a bad psychiatrist. We have switched her to a holistic functional doctor that is working to taper her off the Xanax. Funny thing happened last week when my sister went to one of the loudest rock concerts she has ever been to with 3 hours of strobe lights, too…..the subsequent 4 days were absolutely withdrawal symptom free. I started researching and came across the Budzynski study “The Clinical Guide to Sound and Light” where he states that AVE along with CES may reduce and limit the severity of symptoms during gradual withdrawal if individuals can manage daily or at least twice weekly sessions of L/S especially at theta frequencies. So now I am on the hunt to recreate the rock concert environment. I had been on the reading about the David Pal36 with CES when I saw the link to your blog.
    Can you please share any information / experience / knowledge about drug withdrawal and AVE? Can this be done without supervision of a doctor? What settings? Which machine for this situation would you purchase? Is there any danger is doing this?
    I can’t wait to hear back from you. Thanks very much for the great information on your blog. You appear to be helping many people.

    • CraigT  On November 26, 2012 at 7:18 am


      There are several sessions to assist with addictions included with Neuroprogrammer 3, all based around the high theta frequency of 7.83Hz. Audio-only these may help – you can get a free two week trial from TransparentCorp. In conjunction with a device with Audiostrobe decoding, such as the Procyon or MicrobeatMini, NP3 will provide an excellent selection of sound/light sessions applying relevant research, such as Budzynski’s.

      The David machines are excellent with a somewhat more “clinical” character than the Audiostrobe compatible devices – the David doesn’t support Audiostrobe, so the lightshow is only as supplied with the presets or as designed with the optional session editor.

      I have used CES but ended up with no real opinion either way – but then I wasn’t actually attempting to fix a particular problem.

      One of the best things about AVS is that it won’t cause any long term harm. Headaches or disrupted sleep sometimes arise – if so take a break from the sessions. As AVS uses light and sound only via the eyes and ear, normal senses, there is nothing to cause harm. The same can’t quite be said of CES – there is no normal situation in which a person will have clips on their earlobes passing a small electric current across their scalp – but it seems harmless enough.

      Hope this helps and that your sister find swift relief.


  • Dan Nelson  On January 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, have you ever tried Roshi? I’m wondering if it’s any better than any other AVS – should be as it’s at least 4X the cost of any other…

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