Shakti: Frequently Asked Questions
IS THE 8 COIL SHAKTI THE SAME FOR EVERYONE?
Each brain is different, and with those differences come a wide range of responses.
Using a headset with coils held 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 rotating signals, saw a wide range of responses. In sensory deprivation, about 75% experienced something paranormal. These sessions were done in sensory deprivation, which includes silence and not just quiet. However, there are ways of using Shakti that do not depend on sensory deprivation. If you are interested in Shakti for mood enhancement or meditation enhancement, you do not need sensory deprivation at all.
ARE THERE RISKS FROM THE SIGNALS?
No. Safety studies have found no evidence of adverse effects. View the report. To stay safe as you use Shakti, follow the instructions in the software.
How can I make sure I don’t have unpleasant sessions?
One of the simplest ways is to use Shakti treating both sides the same, and you need to follow the instructions. Do not do sessions more often than once every 72 hours under any circumstances. To avoid unpleasant effects, do sessions according to the schedule. If you don’t have a history of psychological disorders, then it’s very unlikely that you will have an unpleasant session. If you do have such a disorder, then you shouldn’t order any of the Shakti Systems.
What operating Systems does Shakti work with?
Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and windows 10.
What about dramatic effects?
For dramatic effects, you need sensory deprivation, including silence, and not just quiet. If you can’t manage silence, make it as quiet as you can. Silence helps these sessions, and a little bit of sound won’t prevent them from being effective. You also need to relax as much as possible, but without falling asleep. For dramatic effects, sessions should be 60 minutes long. These sessions should not be done too often.
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, the septum and the thalamus. We apply the amygdala 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 cat amygdala has 7 nuclei, while in humans, it has 21.
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, (in the second half of the second week), but haven’t been reported with sessions done every three days.
Is the Koren Helmet a better brain stimulation device?
The Koren Helmet is the original laboratory apparatus used in published scientific papers as well as appearing in television documentaries. It is not available to the public. In one study, the Shakti Helmet was compared to the Koren Helmet, and found to elicit comparable EEG activity, except in the Alpha range where Shakti produced more robust effects.
Which is better: The 8 Coil Shakti or the Shakti Helmet?
Reports from the 8 Coil Shakti’s users show that it’s more effective than the Shakti Helmet (now discontinued). I has far more signals, and the coils can be moved, making it a far more versatile instrument. It also costs a bit less than its predecessors. The signals used with the Shakti Helmet are also in the Shakti software, so you can run those sessions if you want to.
Does it come with a manual?
The manual is embedded in the software, and covers hardware setup, which signals you can use, where you can put the coils, and also covers using geomagnetic influences to your advantage, as well as tweaks, tips and tricks. The software is a sophisticated ebook, a format that allows information to be displayed along with the software’s functions.
What about upgrades?
New versions of the software appear from time to time, and are delivered for free by email.
What about support for research projects?
You must send your formal, referenced proposal by email (txt, eml, doc or html formats), along with your institute’s review board approval for your experiments, as well as the name of the university or institution you work with, and the name of your principal investigator. Such research will have to use the available (and free) tech support. Informal research does not qualify.
How close are the Shakti signals to the original laboratory apparatus?
Very close. The Shakti Signal Generator has its own built-in equalizer. The settings are loaded each time you run a session, and are based on a careful comparison with the original laboratory signals. These settings were prepared by Stan Koren, who built the first “God Helmet“.
NOTE: The Four-Coil Shakti is no longer available.
You can see the Eight-Coil Shakti here.