Through the explorations of investigators such as Carlos Castenada and Lynn Andrews, the paradigms of shamanism are being recovered and made accessible to modern man. What they reveal is a previously unsuspected sophistication with regard to their intent, their technology, and their ontology. As modern psychology has begun to focus more intently on states of consciousness and their neurological correlates, surprising parallels have emerged between ancient and modern systems of thought. Such convergences are noted by Elmer Green between his work and that of Patanjali. Many ancient systems provide maps to consciousness and tools for transformation that we are only beginning to be able to interpret and impliment. These include the use of trance states, visualization, guided meditation, and psycho-acoustics. Also of importance are symbolism and dream interpretations as well as how these phenomena relate to synchronicity. In this workshop Barbara and Richard Soutar will explore the relationship between modern theories of psychological disorder and their neurological underpinnings and relate them to traditional theories involving chakra systems, the four directions, and energy balancing. Neurofeedback and biofeedback in conjunction with AVS will be discussed as tools for balancing the energies of the human nervous system from a shamanistic perspective with a special focus on alpha and theta training. There will also be considerable discussion of the rationale for this approach based on neuropysiological considerations for those who wish to brush up on brain anatomy as it relates to neurofeedback.
-Participants will learn how to effectively interpret traditional and religious perspectives from a modern psychological perspective and identifiy how they can compromise or facilitate neurofeedback processes as they relate to human transformation paradigms.
-Participants will learn specific visualization exercises and techniques for integration of traditional modalities of intervention with modern neurofeedback protocols.
-Participants will learn new methods for interpreting hypnogogic imagery and abreactions resulting from neurofeedback interventions.
-Participants will learn what the traditional tools of intervention are and how they can be used in conjunction with neurofeedback training.
A pioneer in the field of neurofeedback, Dr. Soutar has published three books on the topic of neurofeedback and conducted workshops on the various aspects of neurofeedback at conferences and clinics in the U.S and Europe. As a former professor of psychology and sociology, he has had extensive experience in teaching and training at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. He has also been working continuously over the years as a clinician, director and business administrator of various clinics around the country as well. He developed the first fully certified internet training course for neurofeedback. He has worked successfully with professional atheletes and businessmen on peak performance as well as a wide spectrum of individuals with the traditionally labeled psychological and medical disorders. He has also pioneered a wide range of clinical screening and assessment tools for neurofeedback including, the MiniQ, The MagnitudeAnalysis System, The Interactive Self Inventory, and The NPC Symptoms Checklist. He has also consulted with a variety of equipment manufacturers on the development of The MiniQ, Distance Training and Training Screen Formats as well as the protable mini neurofeedback trainer, the Bioscan ABT. Presently he is consulting on a variety of grants and research projects for the development of cybernetic interface for ALS patients, Spinal Chord Injury, PTSD programs for the U.S Military, and Industrial Design and Marketing.
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