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Neurofeedback and Ayahuasca: A More Effective Program for Personal Growth

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2 - Left temporal and prefrontal lobes: mental calm, improved event sequencing, impulse control.

3 - Right temporal and parietal lobes: physical calm, perception of one's body in space.

14 - Precedent

Evidence that neurofeedback training will be helpful in the Ayahuasca ceremony comes from reports of the use of neurofeedback in other contexts. A neurofeedback protocol known as Alpha-Theta Training [12] is used to induce a sleep-like trance and has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of addition and traumatic disorders. In Alpha-Theta Training the participant is drawn into a hypnogogic or Theta state but, using neurofeedback, is discouraged from sleeping. While one element of the feedback keeps one awake, other elements inhibit tension, over-activity, and the state of "busy mind."

Before drinking Ayahuasca After drinking Ayahuasca

Figure III. Brain maps showing strongly increased alpha and theta activity following the intake of Ayahuasca. From Hoffmann, et. al. 3

People who have undergone Alpha-Theta Training report powerful emotional memories without the anxiety these memories usually engender. This is similar to what has been reported through the use of Ayahuasca. Alpha-Theta and Ayahuasca also show similar profiles in the brain's electrical and vascular states. 3, [13]

In their neurofeedback guidelines the Othmers suggest that Alpha-Theta Training be conducted "after achieving physiological flexibility and stability with the awake-state training." While this has become the standard approach for neurofeedback, such awake-state training has not been used in conjunction with the Ayahuasca ceremony. Indeed, few people involved with Ayahuasca have even heard of neurofeedback.

15 - Being Reasonable

By inclination I mean one's conscious attitude, a combination of reason and preference: actions mediated by intellect. This part of our mind uses language to understand the world, and for this reason language is a primary tool for reconstructing our worldview. Meaningful use of language is central to our program, but we take a broad view and don't limit ourselves to being rational, logical, or even verbal. For example dreams are often reasonable, but are rarely rational, logical, or verbal.

Sometimes people confuse reason with rationality, this is a mistake. Using reason only means you string thoughts together in an intelligible manner suitable for the exchange of ideas. Our society teaches limited reasoning skills whose full scope includes magic and other fantastical languages.

"Now, let go of gravity which is the last component which holds it all together and you will find that everything rises, raises and lifts and becomes stardust - tiny glittering existences of light. Call the stardust to you and into the carrier stone you are holding. Let it stream in until you feel it is fully charged, full up with stardust."
"ö Part of the preparation of a magic potion To Protect The Innocence of a Child. [14]

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My interest is in advancing health, insight, and function on personal and community levels. My training is in clinical neurofeedback with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and experience with computers, shamanism, education, and indigenous cultures. (more...)
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