IS SHAKTI THE SAME FOR EVERYONE?
Each brain is different, and with those differences come a wide range
Using a headset with coils held in in place (The Shakti helmet), driven
by a stereo CD, some people have had truly visionary experiences, some people have had enhancements in dreaming
practices, a few have had Out-Of-Body Experiences. The range of response runs from 'dud' to dramatic.
The first generation of this technology, developed within the Laurentian
University (LU) Behavioral Neurosciences program, with movable coils, driven by a digital-to-analog converter output
device, also saw a wide range of responses.
These included 'dud' sessions.
Several approaches to overcoming them were tried, including ones based
on lab work, and some suggested by reports.
Eventually, a pattern appeared, though it still needs serious study.
The people who overcame 'dud' sessions had all repeated their sessions
even though they did not get any results. After finishing at least one series of six sessions, and beginning another,
they changed their signals.
That's when the results began for them. It's not possible to say whether
this pattern of response will work for everyone, but it's a solid start. Hopefully, reports following the release
of Shakti For Windows will answer this question.
ARE THERE RISKS?
No. Safety studies have found no evidence of adverse effects. View
How can I make sure I don't have unpleasant sessions?
Many of the brain parts we work with have two sides. One in the left
hemisphere, and one in the right hemisphere. If one on one side is pleasant, the one on the other side will be
unpleasant. To make Shakti safe FOR YOU, you will have to be sure you're not 'left-handed' with regard to either
of these structures.
To do this test, you apply each wave form to both sides of the head,
one at a time. You do 10 minutes with ONE wave form on one side, and then the same wave form on the other side.
Then, one chooses the more pleasant side, and run a session on that side for about 20 minutes. If you decide to
obtain Shakti For Windows, you should do these tests. People who have one structure 'reversed' usually find out
at this point.
What are the most consistent effects?
The most consistant themes in the reports from Shakti users is that
of subtle effects that appear between sessions. One person said that nothing at all happened during his sessions,
but that he had insights into himself and the world around him during the year he used it (once a week) almost
constantly. Although many people have obtained it wanting to have dramatic experiences, even though they last a
few minutes at most, more people have succeeded in enriching their lives in quieter ways. For example, several
people have done Shakti sessions while just watching a video, giving up all chances for anything striking during
a 30-minute session, but about an hour later, they went further. They either did meditation, made love, or used
another mind technology. They reported that their experiences after the Shakti session were enhanced. One report
was of lucid dreaming during a nap about an hour after a (stereo) session. Not all session designs will enhance
all practices. In principle, Yoga should find better support using a signal derived from a somatic (bodily) brain
part. Prayer and devotional practices should be likely to benefit from a signal derived from an emotional structure.
Meditation is more likely to benefit from a 'cognitive' signal. This hasn't been tested in practice.
What about the dramatic effects?
Dramatic effects, including Out-of-body experiences, remote viewing,
lucid dreaming, and brief visions, have happened with Shakti, but these require longer sessions, done less often.
They also require complete sensory deprivation. A large part of your brain's temporal lobes are busy just monitoring
ambient noise. In the lab, these experiences are studied using an acoustic chamber, and total darkness. It's also
important to just 'let go'. The sense of anticipation can activate the Frontal lobes, which can interfere with
dramatic experiences, most often based in the Temporal Lobes. Something similar seems to happen in meditation,
where students are taught to 'just be', and not to grasp for 'special' experiences. Nevertheless, Shakti For Windows
has information about the best session designs for trying to have certain experiences. Even if they don't occur
(true silence is hard to create), series of sessions may contribute to the exercises spiritual teachers offer to
have them. Shakti sessions for OBEs can contribute to the effects of OBE methods given by OBE teachers.
Which Brain structures does Shakti work with?
Shakti's best-tested wave forms are specific to the amygdala and the
hippocampus, two limbic structures. There are also less-well tested signals for the caudate nucleus and the thalamus.
We apply the amygdaloid wave form to the dominant hemisphere (that usually means the left side), and the hippocampal
wave form to the non-dominant side (usually the right side). Getting Shakti to work for you will require you to
test yourself in a couple of ways. The amygdala is an emotional structure, and its positive emotions have to do
with its activity on the left side. The hippocampus is a cognitive structure, and its positive ways of thinking
have to do with activity on the right side. These statements are based on previous work with these structures using
the signals derived from them, including published and unpublished laboratory studies, reports from participants
in the Shakti project, and the author's personal experience. Some studies, especially concerning the amygdala,
offer different conclusions, but it's important to understand that these studies do not reflect the effects of
this kind of stimulation, and are often based on animal studies. The amygdala of animals are quite different from
the human amygdala. The feline amygdala has 7 nuclei, while in humans, it has 21.
UPDATE: The caudade nucleus signal has generated some very positive reports when
applied over the left temporal-frontal area.
ARE THERE SIDE-EFFECTS?
Not in the normal sense of the word, but the process can have some
ups and downs for some people. These downs, called 'metabolic
snapback' (also called Compensatory overshoot) can happen with
weekly sessions, but haven't been reported with sessions done every three days.