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Introduction to Brain Balance

 

The goal of religious, martial arts and healers for at least the past 5,400 years has been to balance the brain. The belief was that the brain, body, mind and emotion were all interconnected and by balancing any one all the others would also become more balanced.

Various techniques (some books claim over 100) have been developed and taught over the years. Tai Chi is a classic example of concentrating on balancing the body to achieve physical and mental harmony.

With the use of Brainwave II a new student of Tai Chi can achieve 3 months progress in 3 days. Aikido is another example of blending physical skills with mental intent. The primary goal here too is balance, initially physical; leading to mental and emotional stability.

Other techniques have been developed such as mantras (repetition of a sound - or a color blend – as in a mandala, stationary or moving. Variations of these basic techniques are utilized worldwide, usually with local religious customs and beliefs.

Therefore, the concept of a balanced brain and a balanced body influencing each other is at least over 5,000 years old. Over the centuries thousands of "new ideas" have been tried – with highly variable levels of success. One Indian book lists 108 ways. The Wisconsin Nuns used 10 – 15 variations. With such a variety from which to choose anyone can select the technique(s) of preference. From the strenuous (and highly efficient) Aikido or Tai Chi to the passive mantra meditations, they all work.

All will guide the brain/body connection towards balance and stability. Therefore, for thousands of years, the benefits of brain balancing exercises have been evident.

The questions were, however,

  • How did the techniques work?

  • Why did the techniques work?

  • What was the theory?

  • What was really happening?


No one knew.

In 1992 the Alphalearning began experiments with a new type of EEG, tens of thousands of times more sensitive than un-amplified waves. The system was able to test the balance (degree of cooperation) between the left and right brains while the individual was performing various mental and physical tasks. An experiment was organized to test at least 100 senior corporate executives, people of proven success, to see what, if any, difference there was in their EEG functions. Actual test was 147 executives.

The evidence was absolutely overwhelming, the more balanced the brain, the more successful the executive – in all ways. Higher office, more responsibility, staff loyalty: all signs of success and all had more balanced brains. There had been a theory since 1976 by Prof. Mintzberg at Harvard that the left-right brain difference was valid.

The Alphalearning study proved it beyond discussion. The lawyer/accountants really are "left-brained" and the research directors really are "right-brained". The C.E.Os, marketing, sales, etc. are more of both.

Next, the Alphalearning tested the EEG on athletes; beginners, mid-level and professional. Same thing, the more balance (brain and body) while performing the task, the better the performance.

It is even the normal language, "he is really out of balance", "there is a balanced guy".

The evidence really came in 1994 when Scientific American published the first photos in color of the activity of the brain. It was now evident where in the brain thought was occurring. Top researchers in the field believe Western science could use Eastern introspection, or meditative techniques, to deepen its understanding of how the brain works and to provide practical help to people in distress. In a host of fields, Tibetan practices have subsequently proven valid when science finally developed technology sophisticated enough to test them.

The Alphalearning finally developed and tested the ancient systems and found them effective, yet very slow. Many years – even decades to master balance. A faster way was needed. The corporate executives did not want to sit on a hard rock and chant for 15 – 20 years, much less do 3 – 4 hours a week of sweaty and smelly Aikido for 3 – 4 years.


They wanted an electronic high-speed solution. Five million US dollars and 3 years later, the Alphalearning delivered the system – the Brainwave I. A combination EEG and optical-acoustical conditioning system to train brain balance in 30 – 35 hours.

The client also receives as a fringe benefit, Alpha and Theta wave control, increased reading and memory skills, etc., however, the objective is brain balance. That is now possible in days rather than years. No difference in the result, only in the time required to achieve the result.


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