Thanks are due to the late Dr. Michael Persinger for his extensive help.
The God Helmet ®, part of the Shiva Neural Stimulation System.
Set And Setting (environment) for God Helmet Sessions
The God Helmet sessions that created religious visions in the lab were done in sensory deprivation, and the most important part is silence, not just quiet. A large portion of the temporal lobe’s normal, ongoing activity is dedicated to monitoring ambient sound. In order to maximize your chances for a successful session, you should do your sessions in the greatest quiet you can manage. Complete (acoustic) silence is not so easy to create, but it’s worth the effort to try to create the most complete silence you can for your sessions. If you are looking to try to repeat The God Helmet experiments, then total silence is crucial. It was a part of the original experiments, and if its neglected then you can’t say that you’ve fully repeated or replicated the procedure.
It’s important to avoid falling asleep during the session. In principle, it might lead to intense dreams, and perhaps even lucid dreaming, but there is always the chance that you may not recall the dream after you wake up, and you would have the mistaken impression that the session had no effect. The best thing to do with your mind during the session is to relax as much as possible, but not to fall asleep.
In one of the God Helmet experiments, the subjects waited in two different waiting rooms. One of them was decorated with religious images, and the other room was decorated with images of space and of aliens. The subjects who sat in the first waiting room found their sessions had religious images from within, and the ones who waited in the second room had images of aliens appear in their mind’s eye. If you know that the “set and setting” can influence the outcome of your session, the environment in which you do your session will not play as large a role, but it can still have an effect on what you experience. It’s a good idea to pay attention to your surroundings, and ask whether the mood of the place matches the phenomenon you hope to experience in your sessions. God Helmet technology does not rely on suggestibility, but suggestion can influence the exact content of its sessions.
Most of the God Helmet experiments were done under blind or double-blind conditions. The subjects were told that they would be participating in a relaxation experiment. Double-blind conditions helped to satisfy some of the requirements of experimental procedure, but with the Shiva God Helmet, “informed consent” is more important. So, the formal deception, required by experimental protocols, must be dispensed with, along with its ability to prevent expectations from appearing.
God Helmet stimulation is focused on the temporal lobes, which are specialized for memory, along with its many other functions. In contrast, the frontal lobes are specialized for apprehending the future, including things like expectation, anticipation, and “wondering what’s about to happen”. If you are focused on the outcome of a God helmet session while you’re actually doing one, you activate the frontal lobes which will make it harder for the temporal lobes to dominate your experiences. The best thing to do, while remaining relaxed (but not falling asleep), is to “let go” and allow what happens to happen.
For some sessions, it can be a good idea to have someone help you by staying at the computer while you receive the session. Some sessions carry a risk of negative effects during their first phase (all God Helmet sessions have two-phases). If these occur, and become too much, you don’t stop the session. Instead, you move on to the second phase of the session. This can be difficult to do if you’re doing your sessions and sensory deprivation because it involves being at your computer and clicking on a button that will let you move to the second phase. If one person is receiving the session while another person is at the computer, then the person getting the session needs only to call out the one at the computer, and ask them to move on to the second phase. Otherwise, you’d break the session’s integrity by coming out of sensory deprivation in order to move on to the second phase. This won’t prevent the sessions from having any effect, but it can put limits on them.
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The God Helmet Experiments (Book)
Gaia.com article on the God Helmet.
Review article by Dr. Michael Persinger:
Experimental simulation of the God Experience using the God Helmet