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Some more "inspiration" for The Marian NL Project...

NOTE: These are my personal "subjective" reactions to the listed NL Brain Skills Compositions. My attempt is NOT to describe the Light/Sound phenomena themselves but rather my subjective Mind/Body STATES that simultaneously accompany the Light/Sound. The fun task is to find words to describe your "feelings".

The Mind/Body States that emerge during the Light/Sound and then can extend into the many hours after the Light /Sound are the real fruit of the NL Experience - they are the reflections of the actual integration (aka Learning) that can seed and grow as lasting Neuroplastic change in the brain. Otherwise, they evaporate like mist in a dream.

Calm Clear – sustained, lovely, relaxing, meditative
Relax Deep – strong, sensual, somatic, trance

Clear Logic – like opening new windows, let in the fresh air
Creativity Stimulation – like drawing up fresh water from a deep well
Easy Learning #1 – confident, stabilizing, good “base” composition
Easy Learning #2 – deeply soothing, relaxing, lots of exhales
Fresh Learning – elevated, sustained, shifting
Higher Intelligence – pulsing, rhythmic, colorful, kaleidoscopic
Mind Energy Stimulation – upbeat, uplifting, quick mind, colorful
More Attention – charming, intriguing, enchanting, alien elves & fairies
Open Receptivity – spacious, floating, safe, coaxing play
Positive Thinking – secret rooms in the mind, incantation, reflection
Solving Problem – once & twice removed, curious, perspectives

Confused Mind – smooth, comfortable, mental “car wash”
Ease Worry – a blue angel descends, loving, relieving, forgiving
Lift Mood – letting go, like learning to float on your back in water
Motivation Stimulation – enlivening, rhythmic, mental bubbles rising
Reduce Performance Anxiety – gentle whispers, calming, relieving, breathe
Relieve Sadness – buoyant, bubbling, sweet, kind
Shift Attitude – crystalline dawn, irresistible, promise, let it go
Shift Behavior – open arms, deep roots, strength, possible, confident
Soften Anger – slow down, breathe, let go, forgive, forget
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Powerful article (thanks Jeff N. for posting).

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Paul Brumwell shared Midnight Pulp's Patti Smith and David Lynch to the group: The Neuro Light. ... See MoreSee Less

screw formal interviews...we just want to watch interesting people hangout Stream Strange ---> bit.ly/mdnghtp

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Had the pleasure of another informative and inspiring talk with Garnet Dupuis creator of the neuro light if you are interested in neurolight and Neuroplasticity and or if you don't have any idea what these things mean but want to learn email me at [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less

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NL Learning Lesson #16.1: This Funny Thing called TIME

Jeff Nelson is a new voice in the international NL community. Yesterday, he asked if I could comment on the NL experience in which there seems to be a distortion of time, not only during the Light/Sound NL Itself but also extending to a period following the session. Here goes...

1. you may note that I frequently use the term "NL Experience". Please do not be mistaken and think that the NL Experience is limited to the time "under the Light" itself. An NL Experience (generally speaking) has three interrelated phases: 1) the phase as you prepare for the light/sound - your intention, attitude, set and setting all influence the process; 2) the light/sound phase itself - be open and attentive without any specific task; 3) the phase following the light/sound during which integration takes place - the most sensitive potential exists for a period of about 2 hours following the light/sound and extends for 12 to 24 hours following the circadian clock rhythms.

2. Now about the "time thing"...in recent NL FB posts I have revealed some of my NL Composition "secret sauce". (Please refer back to the posts if you like). The "secret" is the fact that an NL Brain Skills Composition (along with MANY other design features) utilizes a fundamental brain dynamic to guide the composition structure.

3. The dynamic is based on integrating both the "stable" and "unstable" characteristics of brain function. The "stable" functions are critical as they allow sensible actions to be performed repeatedly and reliably (driving your car, having a conversation, reading, remembering, sleeping, etc, etc). Without these prolonged "stable" states we cannot exist. We either end up crazy or dead. (BTW - Alzheimer's is an example of a growing degree of "instability" in the brain).

4. The "unstable" states can come and go within the secure matrix of the "stable" states. The best example of a recurring "unstable" state is R.E.M. Sleep and the experience we call "dreaming". In "unstable" states, the sense of self (the "me" feeling) as well as many other elements of Stimulation can vary dramatically.

5. Too much "instability" or too little "instability" is not healthy. A majority of stable states is very good with some amount of "unstable" makes for a harmonious experience.

6. The value of a temporary "unstable" Brain state is that it MAY allow for new perspectives and new information to enter into the generally "stable" brain functions. The critical element in introducing new information into the "stable" Brain is that the information must be integrated into a skill. If not, the new information quickly "evaporates" (hence the famously slippery act of trying to remember a dream).

7. So......... in the NL Brain Skills Compositions, I purposely introduce certain light/sound signal sets that temporarily "destabilize" the Brain. This allows for a "refreshed" potential for introducing new information into the skill set. I then rapidly follow this destabilized state with a "prime Attractor" (in Complex Systems Theory, sometimes called a Strange Attractor) which drives the new information into a resonance with the core information of the desired Brain Skill.

8. Finally to the "time thing" (and Jeff's question).... one of the subjective qualities of a destabilized brain state is a distortion of Time (and frequently Space). This is often evident during the actual Light/Sound phase of the general NL Experience. Yet, because of the duration of integration (12 to 24 hours with the first 2 hours as having most potential) the sense of "time distortion" can be felt for some hours after the Light/Sound phase of the NL Experience.
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Hi Everyone,

Please check out this walk/talk in the forest with Jeff Nelson, an important new voice in the growing NL international community.

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NL Learning Lesson #16.1: The Prisoner's Cinema - All about NL Visual Experience

NOTE: I consider this an important post for anyone wanting deeper understandings. It is a bit long but an essential advanced reference.
An important factor in the NL Light/Sound Experience is the visual display that accompanies every composition. This posting explores some of the key characteristics of the visual display as well as some history in related research.

The generally accepted term for this visual phenomenon is "phosphene".

Phosphene (from the Greek phos, light, and phainein, to show) is the visual display seen "in the mind's eye" meaning there is no actual external image.

Research over the past 50 years has repeatedly validated the relationship of fundamental electrical Brain frequencies with reliable states of mind/brain consciousness. So we have some good expectation as to what frequencies relate to what mind/brain states of consciousness.

Furthermore, with the advent of reliable and accurate stroboscopic light sources, we also have a fundamental appreciation of what phosphene colors and geometric patterns are associated with what ranges of induced frequencies. The colors generally range from higher frequencies to lower frequencies following the well know VIBGYOR sequence of the rainbow. Additionally, the geometric patterns cluster mostly in the mid ranges of brain frequencies with a progression from radial/spider webs to checker boards/honeycombs to tunnels/funnels to spirals.

The NL visual displays can be totally captivating and alluring. In my opinion, it is important to consider the following perspective:

1. The visual displays do not cause the shift in mind/brain state of consciousness.

2. Basically, it is the other way around.

3. The shift in the mind/brain state of consciousness is induced by the NL light source signals.

4. The mind/brain state of consciousness combined with the NL light source signals then manifest as visual displays.

5. Seeing the visual displays is like seeing the physiology of your mind/brain state of consciousness in a mental mirror.

6. As an analogy, consider that a hallucinogen causes shifts in mind/brain states of consciousness that typically result in visual displays - the visual displays are not the cause of the shift in mind/body consciousness - they accompany the shift as a reflection of the physiological mind/brain state.

7. One may note that Sound based frequency signals also shift mind/brain states of consciousness but generally do not directly produce phosphenes in a manner typical of Light based frequency signals.

OK....now for background research and a bit of history about phosphenes.

According to Oster (1970:83) 'Seeing Stars' is seeing phosphenes, an experience that can be induced by a blow on the head or by other mechanical means. A less violent procedure is to apply pressure to the eyeballs with the fingers. If, with the eyes closed, one gently touches the lid with the tip of a finger, a phosphene appears: a glowing circle or part of a circle, apparently about a quarter of an inch in diameter. The phosphene's location in the visual field is opposite the point the finger touches: at the outer edge of the field when the eyelid is touched near the nose, low in the field when the centre of the upper lid is touched. This is discussed in more detail by Walker (1981:142) when he describes all the methods by which phosphenes can be generated by pressure alone.

Increasing the pressure on the eyeball produces more dramatic phosphenes. One procedure is to apply the index fingers at the inner edge of the eyeballs and press in and toward the temples. The visual field lights up and then, as pressure is maintained for a few seconds, a scintillating design appears - a kind of checkerboard or shifting field of glowing dots, sometimes with elaborate substructures arrayed around a luminous centre. When the pressure is released, the checkerboard fades away, sometimes leaving the central luminosity. If the pressure is then renewed, a pattern of bright, irregular lines appears that resembles a system of blood vessels. When the pressure is again released, a fine filigree image appears and remains for some time. The checkerboard design is probably some manifestation of the orderliness of the neural network of the retina; it shifts in the visual field as the gaze is shifted. The filigree, on the other hand, may be generated farther along the visual pathway, since it remains stationary regardless of where one looks. However, there is a degree of individual sensitivity; some people can make phosphenes occur regularly with little provocation and after-images which last a long time, others cannot (Oster 1970:83-4; Brindley 1963).

The earliest account of phosphenes is that of the Bohemian physiologist Johannes Purkinje in 1819. He was the first to publish a detailed account of phosphenes. One way of producing phosphenes for experimental purposes is to induce them electrically. In an early account, Johannes Purkinje"applied one electrode to his forehead and the other to his mouth, and by rapidly making and breaking the current with a string of metal beads he was able to induce stabilised phosphene images".

In 1845, a Frenchman named Jacques Moreau used hashish to induce an hallucinatory condition, but was still able to report his experiences. Eight years later, in 1853, his fellow countryman Brierre de Boismont stated that hallucinations were all characterised by excitation and the production of images from memory and their imagination whilst in states of insanity, delirium tremens, drug intoxication, nervous disorders, nightmares, dreams, ecstasies and fevers.

In 1926, at the University of Chicago, Heinrich Klüver began a series of investigations. These were not dissimilar to those methods employed by Moreau eighty years earlier. Hashish had been replaced by mescaline, an hallucinogenic alkaloid derived from the peyote cactus Lophophora williamsii, and remarkable for the visual hallucinations it produced. His core work and discoveries are still used in current times and are r ferried to as Klüver's Form Constants.

In 1928, a German neurosurgeon, Otfrid Foerster, noticed that when he electrically stimulated the surface of the occipital lobe at the back of the brain, the patient experienced the sensation of light.

However, it was Max Knoll and his colleagues in 1956 at the Technische Hochschule in Munich, who carried out the most extensive investigation of electrically induced phosphenes. "He found that pulses in the same frequency range as brain waves (from 5 cycles per second to about 40) were most effective in producing phosphenes. He tested more than 1000 people and found that all of them, after becoming dark-adapted, saw at least a flickering light; by concentrating carefully about half of the subjects also a saw geometric figures". "As Knoll varied the frequency of the pulses the patterns changed, and by altering the frequency Knoll's group identified 15 classes of figures and a number of variations within each class. For each person tested the spectrum of phosphenes (the kind of pattern at each frequency) was repeatable, even after six months". (You can see Knoll's 15 patterns in the accompanying photo.)

Siegal (1977 - UCLA, neuroscience research) listed thirteen conditions in which phosphenes including the Klüver form constants have been reported:

- falling asleep and waking up, dizziness, insulin hypoglycemia, the delirium of fever, epilepsy, psychotic episodes, advanced syphilis, sensory deprivation, photo/light stimulation, electrical stimulation, crystal gazing, migraine headaches,drug/hallucinogen intoxications (and more recently, transcranial magnetic stimulation).

The occurrence of phosphenes can be spontaneous, and they can be provoked in a number of ways. They appear spontaneously only when visual stimuli are lacking and especially when the viewer is subjected to prolonged visual deprivation.

According to Oster (1970:83), phosphenes may account for the 'illuminations', the visions or the experience of 'seeing the light' reported by religious mystics meditating in the dark; they are the 'prisoner's cinema' experienced by people in dark dungeons; they may well occasion reports of phantoms and ghosts.

Darkness is not a requirement; only the absence of external visual stimuli is needed. Phosphenes are a hazard to the long-haul truck driver peering for hours into a snowstorm. Aeroplane pilots often experience phosphenes, especially when they are flying alone at high altitudes, where the sky is cloudless and empty of the usual depth cues.

As Oster (1970:86) mentions, phosphenes seem to originate at different points along the visual pathway (the basis of a method employed in the study of blindness to locate the actual region of the visual system which is damaged). The visual areas of the brain can be stimulated directly to produce phosphenes. This has been demonstrated by a number of investigators, usually in the course of brain operations during which the patient is conscious under local anaesthesia.

"The technique of electrical stimulation of the surface of the brain (the cerebral cortex) has been highly developed in recent years by Wilder Penfield and his colleagues at the Montreal Neurological Institute. They apply an alternating current to two closely spaced electrodes in contact with various areas on the surface of the brain. Stimulating the visual cortex at the extreme rear of the brain interrupts the patient's normal vision and causes him to see specks of light. When electrodes are moved to the adjacent region, the visual associative area, the patient reports seeing phosphenes of geometric design. When the electrodes are moved father forward, the patient frequently reports a visual scene of some past experience that is so vivid as to be current (Oster 1970:86).
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As noted in a previous post, some of us "Neuro Pioneers" want to begin anecdotally collecting our experiences with the various NL settings as an unofficial study to share our conclusions. We will be starting by methodically trying the various settings as set out in the "Monster Reference" Garnet Dupuis has so thoughtfully compiled for us. If you need a copy please contact him.

Everyone who has a Neuro Light is welcome and indeed encouraged to join in this fascinating endeavor. Every Saturday I will list the setting for the week and I ask you all to try it out as many times as you wish and post in comment section your findings. It will be interesting to see if our experiences are in common. 🤔 LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER!


PEACE ZONE: (Foundation Level – F)
< Peace F Less Stress>
This session is appropriate just about any time you are tense, tight and feeling stress. As a Foundation level session, it works well for any one of us with a lower level of Neuroplastic Capacity.
Introvert/Extrovert Scale: 50/50

<3 Ann-Marie Mandile Chirag Shah Debby Perkins Toni Waller Pabitra Das Satbir Singh Gma Nerul-mumbai <3
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I just want to Thank Doctor Guy Harriman and Doctor Garnet Dupuis Dupuis for their brilliance in creating both the Ajna Lights and The NeuroLights. I call them Doctors because I feel they are both deserving of this Honorary Title. I have personally benefited immensely from both the Ajna Lights and The Neurolights and have watched, listened and seen many hundreds of people enjoy and benefit from sessions of both Lights. I also want to thank Barnaby Maichael Andersun for his role in creating Our Beautiful affiliate website with such generous commissions offered to all that now makes 'Sharing The Light' so easy and convenient. Blessings and Thank You all and 'The Pioneers of Light Workers' that have so generously given from your Hearts of yourselves and your time for these gifts to help our world 'See The Light'. Blessings, RichHeart 💜 ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling out for a cairns,oz light operator (there isn't one on the list provided in the Facebook group)
I have a very good referral for you. Lady and her husband who has Parkinson's. They used to be travel buddies and now they can't travel I have recommended they enjoy a new chapter and experience of travelling together with the light and they are keen to try. Experienced operator would be beneficial as these two are not new to their spiritual journey and will need the space to be held for them. Thanks in advance x
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Marian (and others)...here is my first contribution to the NL "Marion" Project to explore each of the NL Brain Skills Compositions from the "subjective" experience perspective.

Neuro Light Brain Skills – Garnet Subjective Descriptions

The NL Brain Skills Compositions are all ranked by degree of Neuroplastic Demand (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced) as well as categorized into five general “Zones” (Peace, Cognition, Mood, Dependency, Exploration). In the NL User Interface screen, the “session bar” can display a more objective description of the Brain Skills Composition (click the “show….” feature to the right of the “session bar”).

The name assigned for each Brain Skills Composition as well as the “objective” descriptions are derived from the knowledge of the technical elements and specific composition designs. Without any of this knowledge and if a person has no idea of what the design intention is of a composition, their personal “subjective” experience will be immediate and unique.

The following is a list of all of the Brain Skills Compositions with a short description of the “subjective” experience associated with the direct Light/Sound Composition experience – at least according to the views of Garnet.

What about you? How would you describe the subjective experience of any one of the NL Brain Skills compositions in real time during your Light/Sound experience?

NOTE: The terms “good ‘base’ composition” means this composition may often serve well as the first of other NL Brain Skills Compositions to create a “vector’ or purposeful goal. Starting more general with a “base” composition is an easy yet effective way of “moving a vector”.

Basic Balance – sweet, mellow, calm, good “base” composition
Less Anxiety – gentle solar plexus release, smooth breathing, fluid
Less Stress – uplifting, enlivening, moving forward
Mind Deep – deep into the ocean, solitude, mystery
Mind Tranquil – good shift, peaceful, soothing, relieving

Better Concentration – airy, mental crystals, being here
Brain Harmony – strong, state change, subtle visuals, good “base” composition
Day Cycle Synchronization – rich, stable, good “base” composition
Easy Focus – sustained, deep
Hypothalamus Pineal Synch – beautiful, flowing, good “base” composition
Memory Support – flowing, smooth, beauty, good “base” composition
More Alert – fresh, upbeat, perky
Thalamus Cortex Synch - very satisfying, good “base” composition
Whole Brain Synch – intense, very enlivening, orgasmic, visual
(should be Intermediate if not Advanced)

Decrease Anxiety – low profile, entraining, calming
Less Anger – slow pulsing, hypnotic
Less Fear – completely zoned
Lift Depression – gently uplifting, relieving, peaceful
Mood Lift – enlivening, buoyant, promising
Reduce Restlessness – give it up, let it go, let it be, just breathe
Shift Deep Depression – forgiving, supportive, understanding

After Trauma – loving kindness, soothing balm
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The Phosphenic Deer Cave and the Prisoners Cinema

Prolonged periods in darkness (such as dungeons and caves) reliably results on the experiences of archetypal phosphenes (colors and geometric patterns seen in the "mind's eye).

Here are a few Cave wall images from an ancient people reflecting their personal experiences of phosphenes while dwelling long nights in darkness. I have also included the 15 classic phosphene patterns isolated in the masterful 1956 Research of Max Knoll. You will see the continuity of our human experience.

Lastly, is the Summary from the anthropological book entitled The Phosphenic Deer Cave. BTW - any use of the words "psychedelic" or "hallucinogenic" here is in reference to the nature of the experience within sustained darkness and not a hallucinogenic drug.

The author' SUMMARY:

The cave. A dark, intricate universe full of spirits, energies, devils, ancestors, deities. A space swarming with invisible lives that have always been in touch with special people and acolytes.

The Deer Cave corresponds to these parameters through which it might have been used as a liminal world, door to the supernatural. Its sacredness should have been of the shamanic kind and paradoxically, the difficult paintings reveal forgotten though never waned attitudes that shorten the neurological gap of centuries between yesterday and today.

These psychological aspects produced a kind of graphics inextricably intertwined with the meaning of the dark place. At this stage it comes natural to believe that the art of the Deer Cave comes from chaotic, unrestrained emotional states and that it is the response of incoherent associations.

Admittedly, this argument does at first seem convincing, but a careful reading will show otherwise. The Deer Cave art was regulated by the universal principles of prehistoric ideographic syntax; in fact, artists approached figures following a millenary simplifying deductive method, very effective and capable of recording the complex visionary experience.

Thanks to this structure we have been able to detect the basic elements of the graphic language: the role of some images, the existence of psychedelia and the power of abstract phosphenic signs, the presence of energies and fluids, the psychosomatic metamorphosis and above all the movements of the figures.

It must be said that the metamorphosis are the same as the ones perceived by today’s psychonauts during certain Altered States of Consciousness, therefore they have been similarly experienced by the artists of the cave. Undoubtedly, they themselves hunted for the visions miming the metaphoric hunt and experiencing the transfer in the hunter or in the painted characters.

Of course, the development of all this was much more complex and articulated, but it can be reconstructed in the paintings. It would be appropriate to point out that visions coming from Altered States of Consciousness are influenced by different factors: the cultural background, the psycho-physical state and the habitat where the hallucinogenic experience took place.

These elements had an impact on the neurological standards. During the imaginary journey the artist went across different stages of the experience, in the first ones, he could see mainly phosphenic shapes, but later images closer and closer to his cultural experience added and mixed to the former ones.

That is the reason why abstraction and realism coexist in the graphic art of Badisco. However artists exalted phosphenes to a greater extent, i.e. the neurological aspects of the first stage. It follows that these shapes had a fundamental value in the mythic-religious imagination of the time insofar as their entoptic and metaphysical nature guaranteed the existence of an important universe parallel to the normal one.
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Are there any neuro light Practitioner in the UK? I live nr chichester but work nr chester so can travel along that route so anywhere nr m27, a34, m40, m6, m56 . ... See MoreSee Less

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The "secret sauce" in the Neuro Light Brain Skills Compositions is the integration of Normal and Novel Brain states.

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
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My wife is the head admin nurse in the Maternity Dept at a local hospital near where we live in Thailand. She loves The Neuro Light and after a busy day in her duties relaxes at home - Brain Skills, Level - Intermediate, Zone - Peace, Session. - 'Relax Deep' + Brain Food. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Neuroplasticity in action folks - never too old to learn, never too old to be physically active and move to the groove. Keep your brain active and you will be happy - yeh, love it 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

The Timeless Torches, a dance squad for the WNBA's New York Liberty, lets those over 40 — many in their 60s — shake their booty on center court.

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I have been finding lately when having my Neuro Light sessions that answers to questions long since forgotten, appear instantly without any conscious thought to the question. And even answers to situations I did not consciously create - such clarity 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Garnet Dupuis
For people who had Stroke and
Paralysed on one side, what protocol do you suggest to use neuro light?
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NL Learning Lesson #15.1: A BIG Little List

For a quick reference in your Total Brain Wellness:

1. Thalamus = sensory filter
2. Amygdala = fear and survival
3. Hypothalamus = homeostasis regulator
4. Hippocampus = memory and learning
5. Neocortex = sensory and logic processing
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Just a peek into an important part of my life. I am at the Royal Project at which I constructed and manage a Long Life Gibbon Sanctuary. Here you see Oscar (big black male that I rehabbed with a paralyzed left hand/arm) and his young female partner Muffin (an orphan). They just enjoyed a delicious durian treat sent by my wife, JiJi. ... See MoreSee Less

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NL Learning Lesson #14.1: Brain Exercise - Methods

(Hi Folks - I am creating a NL Practical Guide for Beginners which will be posted in the NL website when it is completed. In the meanwhile I will post draft sections of it here for all to see - please excuse all the weird formatting effects that happen in FB - the actual manual layout is clear and obvious but gets screwed up in FB - paragraphs get funny placement and things like bold, underline and font sizes disappear.)

Lots more to come. We need it and it's in the works:-)


You will recall from the Basic Concepts section that it is important to have sufficient Neuroplastic Capacity to match Neuroplastic Demand when working with Neuroplastic Change in the brain. These NL Brain Exercise Methods work to build the Neuroplastic Capacity.

In simple terms, you may think of the Neuroplastic Capacity as being very similar to the general “vitality” of the person. Do not make it complicated for yourself by trying to make deep assessments of the brain. Essentially, for our purposes, the body is the brain – the brain is the body. All of us humans have the inborn ability to quickly (and usually, unconsciously) “read” a person in a glance.

To make an “assessment” of Neuroplastic Capacity, use common sense impressions.
Does the person seem “light and bouncy” with energy or “heavy and slow”?
Do they seem “tired”?
Listen to the tone and volume of their voice.
Watch how they enter the room and get in and out of a chair.

Almost every person over 60 years old, will benefit from fortifying Neuroplastic Capacity. That should come as no surprise. Also persons who have experienced challenges to their wellbeing earlier in life will often show excellent improvements in their wellness with some amount of Neuroplastic Capacity fortification. Actually, you can never go wrong by offering any person some degree of Neuroplastic Capacity fortification – it’s a lot like general body exercise – it’s good for all of us.

For Coordination – are they agile or clumsy?
For Flexibility – are they lithe or stiff?
For Endurance – do they exhibit stamina or fatigue easily
For Strength – are they bold or ?

Basic 12 Session Protocol for Building Neuroplastic Capacity

For persons with sustained Low Neuroplastic Capacity/Vitality, this 12 Session protocol may be repeated in its entirety. If sessions were performed every day in a row, give a 3 to 5 day break in between protocols however, if possible do the Brain Food/Nasal Light every day in any case.

In general, use lower Light Intensity (around 5%) settings (slide bar on your User Interface screen). Consider the level of ambient light in the room. If the room is bright, you may use a slightly higher Light Intensity. If a darker room or at night, use a lower Light Intensity.

To support this protocol, encourage the person to engage in regular modest exercise such as a 30 minute daily walk as well as periods of deep relaxation including early to bed for adequate sleep.

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Coordination (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Repeat this session 3 times before changing
ii. If available, do this session each
iii. If less available, do this session once or twice a week
iv. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Flexibility (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Cognitive Control Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Repeat this session 3 times before changing the format
ii. If available, do this session each day in a row
iii. If less available, do this session once or twice a week
If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Endurance (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Repeat this session 3 times before changing the format
ii. If available, do this session each day in a row
iii. If less available, do this session once or twice
iv. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Strength (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Cognitive Control Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Repeat this session 3 times before changing the format
ii. If available, do this session each day in a row
iii. If less available, do this session once or twice a week
iv. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Short 4 Session Protocol for Building Neuroplastic Capacity

For persons unable to commit to the Basic 12 Session Protocol, this approach can be modified to fit the circumstances. You may repeat the Short 4 Session Protocol as many times as possible or as circumstances permit.

To support this protocol, encourage the person to engage in regular modest exercise such as a 30 minute daily walk as well as periods of deep relaxation including early to bed for adequate sleep.

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Coordination (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Flexibility (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Cognitive Control Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Endurance (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Low Neuroplastic Capacity (Low Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Foundation Strength (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Cognitive Control Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Progressive Short 4 Session Protocol for Building Neuroplastic Capacity

For persons showing increasing levels of Neuroplastic Capacity/Vitality, this rotating 4 Session protocol may be applied. At this progressing level of Neuroplastic Capacity/Vitality, it is also possible to begin to conservatively introduce Brain Skills Compositions. For example, in every other session, you may substitute one of the Brain Network Reinforcements (step “d”) for a Foundation level Brain Skills Composition (search in Peace, Cognition, Mood, Dependency – no choices in Exploration because of their Advanced levels of Neuroplastic Demand)

To support this protocol, encourage the person to engage in regular modest exercise such as a 30 minute daily walk as well as periods of deep relaxation including early to bed for adequate sleep.

Moderate Neuroplastic Capacity (Moderate Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Intermediate Coordination (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Moderate Neuroplastic Capacity (Moderate Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Intermediate Flexibility (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Cognitive Control Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Moderate Neuroplastic Capacity (Moderate Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Intermediate Endurance (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Limbic Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime

Moderate Neuroplastic Capacity (Moderate Vitality) - 30 minute session
Brain Food/Nasal Light – medium power (30 minutes)
Brain Gym: Trainings - Intermediate Strength (11 minutes)
Pause 3 minutes – rest with eyes closed
Brain Gym: Default Mode Network (11 minutes)
Pause 3 - 5 minutes – rest with eyes closed
i. Do this session each day in a row or skip just one day
ii. If available, use Brain Food/Nasal Light every day
30 minutes in first half of day
30 minutes in second half or at bedtime
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There are a few Basic Concepts or Principles that are important to appreciate when beginning to use the Neuro Light. They are not only helpful at the start but will also guide you into much deeper creativity and understandings as you mature in your Neuro Light Experience.


The Neuro Light (NL) is the way it is because the brain is the way it is. The NL design reflects the functional nature of the brain. Our brain is constantly changing in an attempt to successfully adapt to its experiences both internal and external. This ability to constantly change and adapt is known as Neuroplasticity.

Capacity & Demand:

The ability to change and adapt is not constant at all times. Sometimes it is easier and sometimes it is harder. The degree of difficulty in the changing adaption is called the Neuroplastic Demand. How ready, willing and able your brain is to match this Neuroplastic Demand is known as your Neuroplastic Capacity. If the Demand is greater than your Capacity, you will have a low probability of integrating the Demand information.

Think of it in this analogy – you go to a Yoga Center and find that the classes are divided into Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Demand in the Advanced classes is going to be greater than in the Intermediate and certainly much greater than in the Beginners class. You must assess your Capacity to match the Demand when choosing a class level.

The fact of Capacity related to Demand is not only true for the body in general but also specific for the brain.

Brain Gym, Brain Food & Brain Skills:

The NL has three components. Both the Brain Gym and the Brain Skills are contained within the main assembly of the Golden Pyramid Lamp and Golden Box with the User Interface controlled by whatever WiFi enabled computer, tablet or smartphone you choose to use. The Brain Food aspect is offered as a separate device known as the Nasal Light.

The Brain Gym and the Brain Food have the important role of building and maintaining good levels of Neuroplastic Capacity (the “fitness” levels of your brain). The Brain Food stimulates and upregulates the mitochondrial ATP source of energy for the brain (as well as offering a long list of other Wellness benefits). The Brain Gym provides targeted “exercises” and network “reinforcements” that specifically engage and enhance the brain’s ability to match the Demands of continued brain adaption and “learning”.

The Brain Skills are complex signal Compositions that instruct the brain in important “learning” tasks. These NL Compositions all present a certain amount of Demand that encourage the brain to “learn” to do certain tasks based on its own innate Capacity.

In short:
Brain Gym + Brain Food = Neuroplastic Capacity “exercise” and “energy”.
Brain Skills = Neuroplastic Demand of new “learning”.

Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced:

In both the Brain Gym and the Brain Skills, you will notice the NL Compositions are ranked by degree of Neuroplastic Demand. These are NOT hard rules but rather are considered general guidelines. Think again of the Yoga Center with its Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level classes.

Because every NL Composition is an assembly of Light and Sound signals, the mix and degree of Coordination, Flexibility, Endurance and Strength characteristics in the Composition will vary, sometimes significantly. The brain will attempt to “harmonize” with the NL Light/Sound Composition signals. You may think of it as the brain wanting to “dance” along with the NL Composition. The “dance” of a Foundation level Composition is relatively simple. An Intermediate Composition is a bit more demanding while an Advanced Composition has a more complex “dance step”.

The Vector Concept:

The brain is always trying to find the “signal” in the “noise”. It works to convert “meaningless” into “meaningful. “Nonsense” into “sense”. The NL Light/Sound Compositions are precisely designed with these tasks in mind.

Every NL Composition is built upon years if not decades of validated neurological research into brain function. Now combined with the startling discoveries and advances in Neuroplasticity and the deepening understandings in how to use “compositional” signals to message the mind, there has never been a better time to “talk & listen” with the brain using technology.

Simply put, a “vector” is a movement in a certain direction. In this way, every NL Composition has a goal and a pathway to that goal. The combination of the “goal” or purpose with the “pathway” or process is much of what makes a NL Composition so unique and effective.

Each NL Composition has its own “vector” which is recognized in its name or title as well as further discussed in the accompanying “description” which is easily referenced by clicking on the “show…..” feature to the right side of the session title bar on the User Interface. Full NL Composition descriptions can also be found in the Learning Section of theneurolight.com website.

NL Light/Sound Compositions:

In the NL, the Light signals and the Sound signals are harmoniously integrated into one seamless Composition. Think (as an analogy) of the Sound signals as being like the drummer and bass players in a rock band and the Light signals as being the lead guitar and the vocalist. They are not providing the exact same signals. As a matter of fact, if you listened to each of them separately, you may not even recognize that they are playing the same song. However, when combined or integrated as a composition, the result is a “whole greater than the sum of its parts”.

A NL Composition is a significant advancement when compared to conventional Brain Entrainment. Classic Brain Entrainment contributes perhaps 10 to 15 % of the NL Composition approach to brain signaling and “learning”. NL Compositions are designed to either “tell a story” or “explore a feeling” (and often will blend the two for effect).

To be clear, the Sound aspect of a NL Composition is NOT “music” per se. It has no relationship to just playing any musical choice you may desire to “go along” with the Light signals. The Sound of a NL Composition often uses short looping segments with a musical nature but never a full “song”. These looping segments are used to achieve a “Mood Framing” without driving the main signal message. Actually, every Sound element in a NL Composition is a union of 4 to 6 layers of embedded brain signaling that is then related to the complex Light signaling to result in a harmonious “vector driven” experience in the brain.

Brain Exercise, Help Right Now & Brain Shaping:

Although the NL is very flexible as a Neuroplastic instrument, it is possible to reduce its applications down to three related approaches:
Brain Exercise
Help Right Now
Brain Shaping

Brain Exercise uses the Brain Gym and Brain Food to increase the Neuroplastic Capacity in persons having low vitality because of wellness challenges and/or old age.

Help Right Now primarily uses the Brain Skills for short term improvement or alleviation from uncomfortable states of mind and experience.

Brain Shaping typically uses all three (Brain Gym, Brain Food, Brain Skills) for long term changes and adaptation processes in the committed individual.

Brain Exercise:

This approach to the NL is simple and satisfying for the person with low vitality/Neuroplastic Capacity. Typically, the individual will experience a progressive and impressive general improvement in mood, sleep patterns, energy and attitude. If possible, the individual should have their own Brain Food/Nasal Light for regular daily use.

As parallel to general body exercise, a proper 11 minute + 11 minute (total 22 minutes) 4 or 5 times a week will generate best results. If NL sessions are not easily available, then one or two NL sessions per week combined with some related gentle exercise and regular deep relaxation processes will still be effective. The Brain Food/Nasal Light is critical.

Help Right Now:

This approach to the NL is a great area for new NL users to begin to explore the various dynamics of the NL. The purpose, as seen in the name, is to act to create beneficial changes in a current state of mind and mood. The effects normally begin to manifest during or shortly after the NL Light/Sound Experience and reach a peak within a two hour period. The benefits will then plateau and gently decrease over a period of 12 to 24 hours. It is fair to call this approach a “short term” solution to a current issue.

There are basically two types of Help Right Now conditions. The first is when an uncomfortable state arises from current but transient challenges. In this case, one to three Help Right Now sessions often resolve the uncomfortable state.

The second type is when the uncomfortable state is an aggravation of an element in a chronic challenge. The Help Right Now is still capable of reducing the uncomfortable state which is greatly welcomed at the time however it is reasonable to expect that the issue may still linger at some level until and unless the chronic challenge is resolved.
In Help Right Now, benefits may be successfully extended by including various appropriate Neuroplastic Reinforcements that the individual may perform in the hours and days following the NL session(s).

Brain Shaping:

This use of the NL is more demanding of insight and experience as it acts to modify brain neuroplasticity over a longer period of time and often focuses on more complex behaviors and habits. Some NL users will be drawn to this type of profound wellness support which builds on relationship and commitment. Think of it as being (somewhat) similar to an exercise trainer guiding an individual through an evolving fitness program aimed at a significant change in fitness and ability.

This long term approach to neuroplastic Brain Shaping is actually not too complicated if you progress in stages. The progress of the individual will act as a constant reference as to what choices and new learning to institute in their program. It is expected that the individual wanting Brain Shaping will be motivated to actually begin to modify their general life-style to support the Brain Shaping since many of the challenges are actually embedded in their daily habits.

Like Eating a Meal:

I frequently use this analogy to help explain the dynamics of a NL Light/Sound Experience. Think of it like eating a meal. The NL Light/Sound Experience itself can be compared to eating a meal in which you savor the tastes and textures. You may really enjoy some items on the plate and perhaps for the others simply appreciate their value to your health.

However, it is after the actual eating experience that the processes of digestion begin that are, over time, followed by assimilation and finally reach the endpoint of physiological utilization – which (other than the entertainment value of eating the meal) is the actual reason and benefit of eating in the first place.

So, following the “eating the meal” analogy, do not place primary importance on the actual NL Light/Sound Composition Experience. Although it is typically fascinating and moving, the actual deep benefits BEGIN when the Light/Sound ends. It is the commencement of the all- important integration of the information that will activate the learning itself.

So please, don’t eat and run!

Neuroplastic Reinforcements:

There are basically three ways to create Neuroplastic Changes in the brain: 1) Movement, 2) Mental and 3) Sensory. The NL specializes in the Sensory approach and utilizes integrated Light and Sound signaling.

It is possible to use only the NL as a “Light Coach” working in Total Brain Wellness. The effects will be very good and often even impressive. If you would like to extend and expand the benefits of the NL Experience, offering various Neuroplastic Reinforcements in the Movement and Mental categories can make a de
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NL Learning Lesson #13.1: Why in the Brain Gym, Coordination is so Important

Here is a (somewhat technical) quote from psychophysiology research which explains why I repeatedly say that, in the NL Brain Gym, of the four brain exercises (Coordination, Flexibility, Endurance, Strength) that Coordination is the primary exercise to build in the brain.....the quote:

"Modular coherence is the first operating property of a conscious system; precise timing between all areas is necessary for multisensory integration. Without coherence the modular sub-functions of consciousness lose interoperability and destabilize".
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A quote from a brilliant psychophysiology researcher..."Content generation without behavioral integration is essentially meaningless, so the true testament of any mind stimulating power is not the ability to produce visions, but the ability to imprint new information and transform belief". ... See MoreSee Less

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Recently at a Neuro Light class given by Garnet Dupuis in LA, several of us discussed the idea of trying the different settings methodically using the "NL Monster Reference" list as a guideline and sharing anecdotally the results of our individual experiences. Possibly picking one setting a week from top of the list eventually progressing to the bottom. One student took our contact info to organize this but I never heard back from her.

So wondering if I should attempt to organize a group of us Neuro pioneers and take on this project. How many of you are interested? This is open to any and all suggestions as I intend this to be a consensus. Shall we start a separate FB group page, once a week post the new setting to explore and then we add our findings to the comment section of that post?

I for one find this all so fascinating and as we are on the ground floor, our shared experiences could be an invaluable help to further comprehending the implications and applications of this cutting edge technology.

So who's game to take this on?
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NL Learning Lesson #9.1: about NL Brain Food/Nasal Light

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a modulation of laser irradiation or monochromatic light (LI) on biosystems, which stimulates or inhibits biological functions but does not result in irreducible damage [. The LI used in PBM is always low-intensity LI (LIL), ~10 mW/cm2, which includes the LI used in the so-called ultralow level laser therapy [2]. From 1989 on, many Russian groups have studied the therapeutic effects of intranasal LIL on the local inflammation in vasomotor rhinitis [3, 4] and acute and chronic maxillary sinusitis [5]. In the mainland of China, intranasal LIL has been studied to treat internal diseases and the special treatment was called intranasal low intensity laser therapy (ILILT) since 1998 [6, 7]. ILILT has been applied to treat hyperlipidemia, the blood-stasis syndrome of coronary heart disease (CHD), myocardial infarction, and brain diseases such as insomnia, intractable headache, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, poststroke depression, ache in head or face, migraine, cerebral thrombosis, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, cerebral infarction (CI), acute ischemic cerebrovascular disease, brain lesion, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy, and mild cognitive impairment [6, 7]. The studies indicated that serum amyloid protein, malformation rate of erythrocytes, plasma cholecystokinin-octapeptide, the level of viscosity at lower shear rate (3/s), hematocrit (HCT), and serum lipid decreased, respectively, and melatonin production,red cell deformability, superoxidase dismutase activity, and β endorphin increased, respectively; blood circulation was improved, and immunity was regulated after ILILT [6, 7].
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NL Learning Lesson #11.1: Chains, Mosaics and Classes of Information

The concept of "information" can be an elusive one to nail down. Bypassing the dense mathematics of Cybernetics and Communication Theory (yikes), my best lessons in "what is Information?" came in two short "bumper stickers" from the brilliant and eclectic systems thinker, Gregory Bateson.

He said "Information is a difference that makes a difference" and (my favorite) "Information is news of change".

The NL is designed to generate "a difference that makes a difference" and chart the oceans of Neuroplasticity seeking "news of change". It does so by blending "telling stories/Chains" and "exploring feelings/Mosaics". Embedded in these experiences is the guiding principle we call "information".

In Nature, things that work are never thrown away. They will find a hidden home in the organism even throughout dynamic evolutionary change. It is "information" that conducts the extraordinary Self-regulation and adaption in Complex Adaptive systems (such as our brain). Hence it is possible to (generally) categorize inherent information factors in the human being.

Biological Information basic to life and survival is available to all organisms including humans. It is ancient and profound, very high in value, utterly simple and enduring.

Species Information focuses on the relevant needs of the peculiar features of that species and its activities. This evolves slowly and changes very slowly if at all and remains high in value.

Cultural Information serves the needs, desires and beliefs of a particular group within the species. It has a only a medium value and may not endure for significant periods of time.

Personal Information serves only the particular individual and endures no more than a single lifetime. It is highly fluid with a short duration and generally a low value overall.

In the NL more linear/chain/organized/ telling a story compositions, the Biological and Species Information types have a potent role in Neuroplastic adaptation. It is the "walking, talking, thinking, doing world" of every day life without which we could not function or even exist.

In the NL more non-linear/ mosaic/disorganized/exploring a feeling Compositions, the Biological and Species Information will overlap with the Cultural and Personal Information types. Here highly inventive interpretations of experience can generate novel perspectives and intuitive insights. It is the world of "dreaming, psychosis and hallucinations" that has always accompanied humans throughout time.
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I just returned from a 3 week USA Neuro Light tour and catching up on some sleep. In Austin, Texas I did a 2 Day NL Practicum Training in a superb medical facility. I will be posting the video of the full training soon in theneurolight.com website in the Learning Section, Level One.

It will be VERY helpful for all NL users. Learning is always best when shared.
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NL Learning Lesson #10: NL Compositions - Chains and Mosaics

I have often tried to offer some deeper insights into the nature and design of the NL Compositions. Sometimes the explanations are simple using analogies. Other times, they are bit more technical or scientific.

I guess the main point is that I hope you can begin to appreciate the significant design difference that separates NL Light/Sound signaling from other conventional types. This difference allows the signals to the brain to message the mind. The design of the NL Composition is the way it is because the brain is the way it is. I call it Design by Nature or Biophilic Design (biophilic = "life" bio and "loving" philic).

There are two ways to consider the NL Compositions: 1) telling a story and 2) exploring a feeling. One is similar to prose and the other to poetry. Both of these composition styles emerge directly from the functional nature of the brain....which is why they can be so powerful in such a short period of time. Your brain "gets it".

There are other ways of characterizing the dual composition approach:
1. tell a story = a chain made of sequential links = linear = organized
2. explore a feeling = a mosaic of overlapping patterns = nonlinear = disorganized.

In the NL, some of the compositions are more "tell a story" while others are more "explore a feeling". Some are an artful mix of the two yet each one has the dual factor employed.

"Chain" Compositions are more closely related to conventional and functional states of consciousness that are extremely valuable in experiencing the myriad of critical common tasks such as thinking, walking, talking, etc. Without them, we cannot live a normal life. They are characterized by sustained levels of organization and typically exist one at a time without overlapping states.

"Mosaic"Compositions are more closely related to highly creative, intuitive, uncommon novel states of consciousness that provide unique, insightful, non-ordinary experiences. They are characterized by varying degrees of fluid disorganization and can seemingly overlap in consciousness causing elaborate and unpredictable interpretation of experience.

Regardless of whether the particular NL Composition is predominantly "telling a story/chain" or "exploring a feeling/mosaic".... every single composition has a fundamental principle that blends and incorporates both perspectives.

The Brain has a completely integrated Right/Left Hemisphere in which one is not better than the other. They make us whole...a Whole which is certainly greater than the sum of its parts.
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I will be travelling with an Ajna and Neuro Light back to the UK & France for a few weeks in August/September.

In the UK, I will mainly be based in Buckinghamshire, London, Bournemouth and surrounds.

In France I will be in Provence and Languedoc regions.

If anyone in the group would like to arrange a session to try the light, please PM me so I can organise my time accordingly. If you're not in these areas, you can still ask and I will try to accommodate as many people as possible.
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NL Learning Lesson #7.1: Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.

We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists have long understood that our memories rely on connections being built between neurons in our brains, it's not been clear how sleep actually helps to consolidate that information.
Now, two new studies have found biological evidence that expains the age-old wisdom that if we want to remember, we need to sleep to forget.

It's natural that we're curious about why we fall unconscious for up to 16 hours every day. One recent hypothesis suggested that sleep flushes out potentially toxic proteins which build up in the brain during the day.

And recent studies have found that if we don't get enough sleep, we increase our risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, not to mention neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Now, a pair of studies from the University of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins University have provided evidence for another benefit to sleeping, suggesting that it allows us to 'prune' our memories and fine-tune the lessons we've learned while awake.
The so-called synaptic homeostasis hypothesis isn't new - researchers from the University of Wisconsin developed the idea over a decade ago, proposing that sleep allows our brains to cut back the connections we develop between our neurons while we're awake in order to make our memories clearer.

As we experience new things, our brains build or en connections called synapses that link our nerve cells. The behaviours and memories we develop are encoded in these interconnected webs of neurons, which rely on the size and strength of the synapse to communicate messages effectively.

The biologists responsible for the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis argue that the process of building such networks is a little too enthusiastic during our waking hours. Sleep provides a quiet opportunity for the brain to selectively downscale the networks we build while we're conscious.

There's plenty of evidence that neurons can cut back synapses, in some cases through cells that patrol the brain looking for synapses to swallow up. Comparisons of synapses following periods of sleep and sleep deprival might also be indirect evidence of the brain reshaping synapses as you snooze.

The team from the University of Wisconsin has now added more even evidence to back up their hypothesis.

Over the past four years, the biologists analysed thin brain shavings from a handful of mice which had slept, another few which had been kept awake and entertained with toys, and a few more which were kept awake but unstimulated.

The scientists then measured the size and shape of some 6,920 synapses across hundreds of brain sections. Slices taken from the sleeping mice contained synapses which were 18 percent smaller than the synapses in those which were awake.
Tellingly, those synapses with a reduced connection were significantly limited to nerves with smaller dendritic spines – protrusions which take information from a synapse to the nerve's axon. In other words, established learning was being spared the chop.

In 2014, team member Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin's Centre for Sleep and Consciousness explained,
"During wake, learning strengthens the synaptic connections throughout the brain, increasing the need for energy and saturating the brain with new information. Sleep allows the brain to reset, helping integrate, newly learned material with consolidated memories, so the brain can begin anew the next day."

A second team of biologists from Johns Hopkins University attacked the question from a different angle.
They tagged proteins on the synapses of living mice with a fluorescent marker, and then literally watched the mouse brains as they slept. As one would expect if the synapses were shrinking in size, the markers decreased. Further analysis revealed a 20 percent drop in the receptor AMPA.

Next, the researchers genetically engineered mice without a type of protein called Homer1A, a chemical known to trigger the removal of receptors in synapses. These mice slept just like their non-engineered cousins.

But unlike the Homer1A-intact mice, their synapses held onto their receptors.
In order to study the effects this would have on memory, mice were run through a box with an electrified floor panel. That night, some of the mice were treated with a chemical which prevented Homer1A from entering the dendritic spines.

When run through the same box the next day, all of the mice froze in fear. Placed into a different box, however, those mice with reduced synapses bravely checked them out. Mice which had been treated with Homer1A blockers, however, froze up again.
Though hard to tell what's going through their tiny rodent minds, the researchers concluded these mice were confused by similarities between the boxes. Rather than having a sharp recall of the previous day's experience, the mice found it hard to distinguish what was important.

Sleep is an incredibly complex behaviour that's associated with a whole bunch of biological functions, from our immunity to our digestion. So it's hard to point the finger at any one 'reason' for why we sleep.

But given the impact of modern technology on our sleep cycles, it's important that we pay attention to the multitude of benefits of getting a full night's snooze.

Both papers were published in Science. And a special "thank you" to Julissa for calling my attention to this article.
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The following is an example of a Disclaimer form commonly used in Wellness related service practices. I do NOT recommend that you use this exact form without having it reviewed and possibly amended to conform to the regulations of the state and/or country in which you live as legal requirements do vary from place to place. You may use this example as a starting point for your final version.


The Neuro Light

I understand and agree to the following:

The Neuro Light is an instrument designed to promote a variety of Wellness states related to the Brain by providing Sensory signal based Stimulation for brain exercise, energy and learning. As such, it may be considered as a source of education, exploration and entertainment.

The Neuro Light may be considered an Advanced form of conventional Light and Sound Brain Entrainment which has been broadly available for more than 40 years to the public. Such devices may be purchased from public consumer sources and used appropriately by any person.

The Neuro Light as a Wellness tool should not be mistaken as a medical device.

The statements regarding the Neuro Light have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Neuro Light is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on the Web site, social media sites, video/audio recordings or in emails is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or care.

You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your medical practitioner. Your results may vary.

Persons with epilepsy or prone to seizures are not advised to use devices that incorporate flashing light sources. Pregnant women are advised to consult with their medical practitioner on the use of this and any device.

Use of alcohol or drugs of any kind is not advised when using this device. If using prescribed medications it is advised to consult first with your medical practitioner before using the device. The purpose of the device is to provide wellness related exercise and learning. There is no purpose or intention to provide treatments or therapies of any type for any purpose.

Persons with appropriate training, credential and/or licensing may use the Neuro Light according to or within the legal scope of their practice.

Print name: _______________________________. Date:______________________

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For anyone interested in deeper research about the Nasal Light/Brain Food, just google "photobiomodulation nasal". There are many many inspiring and informative articles.

One focusing on the vascular aspects is:

International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 489713, 5 pages
Research Article
Randomized, Double-Blind, and Placebo-Controlled Clinic Report of Intranasal Low-Intensity Laser Therapy on Vascular Diseases
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Neuro Light & Ajna Light are now available in México City
Please message me for appointments, inquiries & else : )

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Music is the way it is because the brain is the way it is. Check out a 93 year old man with severe dementia play piano again after 35 years apart from his old band mates. This is fundamentally why the Neuro Light light/sound signaling is constructed as compositions.

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A 93-year-old jazz pianist suffering from dementia and depression was given a new lease of life when his care home discovered his talent.

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For all new NL FB members, don't forget to request a copy of the NL Monster Reference documents. Just ask for one at [email protected]

It is a wealth of highly useful information (some of which is also founding the theneurolight.com website) there is MUCH more there waiting for you - all FREE.
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NL Learning Lesson #6.1: Your Four Brains

The NL byline is "Total Brain Wellness". There are actually two ways to interpret this:
1. Total Wellness of the Brain;
2. Wellness of the Total Brain.
What do I mean by "Total Brain"?

Nature never throws away something that works, especially if it works well. "Good things" are nestled into the hierarchy of evolutionary growth.

This is also true of "the brain". Our human brain has grown or developed from the "bottom up" and not from the "top down".

Basically this means there are creatures that have "no brains" and yet, in their own way, do quite well. Their Central Nervous System consists of only a "spinal cord" of sorts. You have guessed it, our long ago ancestor is a worm.

The full scientific story (although fascinating) is much too long (and a bit too technical) for a FB post - so here is the short version.

There are creatures on earth right now that took the "worm thing" and extended it in a unique and clever way. They kept the information gathering process in their "skin" and localized in their extremities (of which they have 8) - yes, we are talking about the weird and wonderful octopus.

Soft with no vertebra (or bones), 2/3 of their "brain" is in their extremities and skin. They are very intelligent problem solvers with a superb memory and often times unique personality - with almost no brain in their head.

So back to the "Total Brain" and the NL. We tend to think of our Brain as being in our head - which is true but only partially true.

Starting from the most recent evolutionary success (so going backwards in time) we have:

1. The Cranial Brain (the one in the head);

2. The Heart Brain (the heart sends more signals to the Cranial Brain than the Cranial Brain sends to the Heart);

3. The Gut Brain (like the Heart Brain, the Gut Brain sends more signals to the Cranial Brain than the other way around)

4. The Skin Brain (as exemplified in our old, old octopod "cousin" ancestor which has more "Brains" in its outreaching extremities than anywhere else)

It is this #4 "Skin/Extremities Brain" that forms the functional foundation for meridians and acupuncture. Certain advanced forms of acupuncture (that are ancient) use only points on the forearm and lower leg to effect all functions in the body.

So when working with the NL and Total Brain Wellness, appreciate the depth of the effects. Don't get caught up in structure oriented "reductionistic" thinking. Use a "wholistic" functional view and know that our evolutionary history has not been left behind us but instead is carried within us....as "us".

Here is a quote from a fascinating article in WIRED magazine:

"That’s the deeper suggestion behind the mind of the octopus—that it’s time to get out of our own heads. To really expand and accelerate our understanding of intelligence, we need a model that is sophisticated but so utterly alien that it will keep us reexamining our ways of studying—and thinking about—the brain. The mind-bending model of the mind that octopuses offer us right here on Earth forces us to look beyond the standard lines of study we have set up around ourselves. We need the octopus. Even if it’s a challenging, mystifying, and occasionally saucy subject. Or perhaps precisely because it is."

Lastly - a big thank you to James Bandy, a very bright colleague who expanded my insights into the "Total Brain". He lives in LA and is incorporating the NL into his excellent functional bodywork practice. He describes his long experience of working on the "soma" as being a way of working in the "brain". Wisdom.
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NL Learning Lesson #5.1: Calling All Psychonauts

The NL has 80 Brain Skills Function Specific Trainings. These compositions of Light/Sound are derived from decades of scientific research from multiple sources. The Brain Skills are subdivided into five Zones: Peace, Cognition, Mood, Dependency, Exploration.

The Exploration Zone is intended for persons seeking experiences of discovery in the uncommon or "non-ordinary consciousness states" (NOCS). Remember the Light/Sound integrated "composition" approach actually coaches or instructs the brain in a learning process so that the brain, with repetition and reinforcement, knows how to do this "skill" on its own. This is a VERY different concept than just inducing a temporary state that occurs only during the Stimulation stage but has little chance of being integrated as a "skill". Such short comings were well recognized long ago beginning in classic Brain Entrainment experiments that still persist today in certain processes easily found in media vehicles such as YouTube for example.

In the NL Trainings, I repeatedly use the analogy of eating food. Having the NL composition experience is like "eating food". Enjoy it for all its pleasures and delights however the real effects and eventual benefits begin when the "meal" ends. Following the analogy, after eating, the digestion begins, then assimilation and finally utilization...which other than the entertainment value of eating the food/experiencing the light and sound, is the reason why we eat in the first place. The sustained effects of an NL Experience peak at 2 hours and plateau and then subside over the next 12 to 24 hours. This cycle allows for effective Neuroplastic reinforcements and a deepening integration of the new learning.

So for all you Psychonauts, should you have a yearning for consciousness exploration, adventure but most importantly, Learning....check out one or more of these NL Compositions:

(A word of wisdom - these compositions do have a higher level of Neuroplastic Demand so please fortify your Neuroplastic Capacity if necessary....you can always "take the edge of the higher demand by decreasing your common levels of Light Intensity found on the NL User Interface)

- Mind Lucid
- Mind Transcend
- Mind Wide Open
- Between Worlds
- Seeing Beyond
- Astral Shift
- Psychedelic
- Euphoria
- Fantasy
- Climb the Mountain Up/Down

Happy Trails!
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Questions (derived from progressive parenting techniques) - very useful in NL pre-session interviews as well a base for Neuroplastic Reinforcements.

What made you smile today?
What did you do that was creative?
What was the best thing that happened today?
Did you help anyone today?
Did you thank anyone today?
What made you laugh today?
Did you learn something today?
Who inspired you today?
What was the peak of today?
What was something you heard that surprised you?
Who did you connect with today?
What was an experience that made you think?
What is something that challenged you?
Rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10?
What were the two top experiences today?
What are looking forward to tomorrow?
If you could change one thing that happened today what would it be?
What made you feel happy?
What made you feel proud?
What made you feel loved?
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Does NL help bipolar symptom?
If yes, could you share your experience and how you use the light to support or help your friends/yourselves?
Btw, I have both lights. Thanks with love!🙏🏻❤
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NL Learning Lesson #4.1: Why Beta is Not Bad

So often I notice the higher brain waves getting a bad rap. Things like over thinking people get stuck in beta etc etc.

Some the earliest researchers in brain wave studies exploring the subjective consciousness states associated with various recorded brain waves devised a "scale" where the lower slower brain waves corresponded (notice I didn't say "caused") with more quiescent states of mind (they used the term "samadhi" - heh, it was the early 1970's) and the higher faster brain waves with bliss or ecstasy. In their simple diagrams both directions looped around to meet each other. Seems they were mostly correct.

Current neuroscience in the fields of psycho-physiology and Neuro-theology recognize that (for example) a movement in a subjective state of quiescence can develop towards (what is called) "hyper-quiescence" which if continued along the same vector in consciousness will then suddenly (at some "tipping point") flip into a profound ecstatic state.

Along the same lines, an ecstatic state can find a vector into "hyper-ecstasy" and (you guessed it) at a tipping point, flip into a profound quiescent state.

So brain movements (and inducements) that shift "downwards" pointing to slower quiescent states and those "upwards" pointing towards faster ecstatic states are not simply "good" or "bad".

We must be very careful to not interpret limited concepts in over-simplified ways.
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Been feeling a bit sluggish n down lately.
So yesterday tried the Neuro Light setting for stimulating motivation. Skeptic I've always been but woke up today energetically ready to tackle a number of projects. Just spent the last few hours enthusiastically weeding my garden which has been sorely neglected during my recovery.
I am continually impressed with the results I'm getting from these lights! ✨😀✨
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Neuro Light – Neuroplastic Reinforcements

Using various Movement, Mental and Sensory based Neuroplastic Reinforcements in relation to actual Neuro Light sessions offers a tremendous benefit. Choosing specific Neuroplastic Reinforcements that target the Neuroplastic goals of the person can seem challenging at first. With more experience, it becomes easier.

Here a few Neuroplastic Reinforcements that are extremely useful and effective…and can be applied to almost any Neuroplastic goal.

The full explanations and details can be found in the NL Monster Reference document – just search the Index for the article and page.

1- The Simple Four

a. ASK “what am I GRATEFUL for?’ No answers? Doesn’t matter. Even just searching changes the brain to a more positive state.
b. LABEL those negative thoughts. Give it a name and your brain is not so bothered by it.
c. DECIDE. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision on Earth”.
d. TOUCH. Hugs and any other “safe touch”.

2- The Surprising Seven


3- The Dynamic Six

a. Gently LET GO into a relaxed state – no effort
b. Feel and follow your natural smooth BREATH
c. Begin to MOVE your body in pleasant manner
d. Sing, chant or mentally repeat a MEANINGFUL WORD or PHRASE
e. Practice at least 12 MINUTES per day regularly
f. Most important – maintain a clear sense of ATTENTION of your Neuroplastic GOAL
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I am a Holistic Health Practitioner and have been practicing about 15 years and have a fairly extensive background in healing in traditional and non-traditional modalities. I have had a meditation practice as well for more than 20 years and have used many tools including sound, vibration etc. for my own healing as well as for my clients. So, when I stumbled across the Ajna and Neuro light devices I naturally became excited and interested in what they can do.

I am currently looking into the Ajna/Neuro bundle to possibly add to my practice, and to gather more applicable information to me I have a few questions for any light practitioners that may work with a variety of clientele in therapeutic situations:

1. What types of issues do you specifically work with most in your practice in regard to the Ajna/Neuro light therapy? (ex: Anxiety/Depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic pain, Cancers, etc)
2. Are there any conditions that the light therapies have been most successful in treating? (including slight improvements and complete recoveries)
3. I realize these cannot be used on persons with epileptic issues, however has either of these devices caused any unforeseen issues in otherwise healthy people?
4. How long does it take to get ‘up to speed’ on these devices? What is the learning curve (in general)
5. As far as the equipment itself, is it durable? How long should the hardware last before needing and replacement parts etc. Are there a limited number of hours that they can be used before they give out – or is this known yet?

If any of this is covered in the literature then I apologize for being redundant. I have been trying to be thorough in going through the informatin however I have not come across these specifics yet. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks in advance
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For all new members (and a reminder for the old), if you want an organized and indexed copy of my Neuro Light FB posts (up to April 13, 2017 - 103 posts big and small - 180 pages long - plus some special extracted posts for Quick reference), please send a request to [email protected], and I will send you a copy. This material along with the Learning section in theneurolight.com website provides you with a wealth of NL and Neuroplasticity training information - all FREE. It may take a day or two to get to you. ... See MoreSee Less

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I HIGHLY recommend that anyone wanting to better understand Neuroplasticity (and therefore the Neuro Light instrument) to please read the two books by Norman Doidge, a fabulous medical researcher. Basically he takes real life case studies and turns them into very readable and engaging short stories.

You will be inspired, informed and empowered - no doubt
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NL Learning Lesson #4.1: Vagal Tone & Depression

If you are looking for a Neuroplastic Reinforcement to fortify NL sessions related to relieving Depression...try this one.

Vagal Tone is the Shift in heart rate between inhale (heart rate speeds up) and exhale (heart rate slows down). Persons with depression have low Vagal Tone (meaning the difference is not very much). If one can increase Vagal Tone, depression decreases.

One way to increase Vagal Tone is to practice long slow relaxed breathing. And make the exhale longer than the inhale. In a short while of this regular practice, the degree of Vagal Tone will get greater. You can do it sitting up or laying down.

PS - the photo of this magnificent orangutan is simply for your wonder and appreciation:-)))
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In the USA right now and introducing the Neuro Light to many new eager minds. Great people doing great things. This photo is from the Topanga Canyon home of Scott Vineberg, an extraordinary visionary organizer. The day was an Earth Day celebration on a big land site attended by many of Southern California's most active leaders in Conscious Change. I did about 20 full Neuro Light sessions received with enthusiasm and gratitude. Great day. ... See MoreSee Less

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About the MONSTER NL REFERENCE document....it is DONE:-))

I will begin sending it out as a (dual) PDF to all of you that sent in a request at any point. There are many requests so give me just a little time to catch up.

There are two documents: 1) the Main Document of 103 postings - some a paragraph or two and some many pages long and 2) the title INDEX page references (BTW - some of these can also be found in the Learning section of theneurolight.com website)

The items are in four categories: 1) Neuro Light Theory, 2) Neuro Light Practical, 3) Neuroplasticity, 4) Related Research.
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This link is filled with profound yet practical Neuroplastic advice. Do check it out. BTW the orangutan photo is just for fun:-)))
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Anatomia do Cerebro dissecada. Espetacular!

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I need to understand the scientific reason for my experience with NL . Every time I go under light with a question and I able to get the answer . I am able to predict the incident before hand which is exciting. No matter what setting I put myself . Even in brain gym I see visions and I am able to get the answers. Sometimes I tried not to go with any questions just relax and enjoy the session . But I am forced to think for people around me and solve the issues. Garnet Dupuis please explain 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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This 17-year-old made a huge discovery that could change the way we deal with brain injury

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Supposedly, Just a few hours ago, the natural frequency of our Earth, or the Schumann Resonance, hit it's highest recorded value, ever. This is the natural heartbeat of our planet that all biological life entrains to.

Normally this frequency has hovered around 7-8Hz since it was discovered in 1953. Over the past couple years, it has been increasing. In 2014, it would start spiking to 14-16Hz on certain days. Last year, we would see it hit 30-40Hz.

Today it shot up to 90Hz. "Yuuuge spike!"

Does anyone know if this is true?
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Dear all, as you know we have the first 'Lanna Light gathering' here in Chiang Mai, Thailand on the 3-5th November this year. We are down to the final list of those confirmed in coming. By the end of this week we will be letting all know the final Hotel room/meal costs.
To date we have 23 confirmed attending...if you have NOT registered already and would like to attend this wonderful gathering, please PM me here within the next 48 hours.. 🙂
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NL BEGINNERS Guide #1.0: The Basic NL Structure, Function, Application


Brain Food + Brain Gym = "Exercise" to build the Capacity for positive change
Brain Skills = "Learning" to engage the Demand for positive change


"Help Right Now" for positive Short Term change
"Shaping Brain Change" for positive Long Term Change


For "Help Right Now" (Short Term positive change), using just the Brain Skills "Learning" compositions may be all you need.

For "Shaping Brain Change" (Long Term positive change), usually combining Brain Food/Brain Gym "exercise" with Brain Skills "learning" is better.
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The BEGINNERS Practical Guide to the EASY Use of the Neuro Light:
All the "What to Do's" with (almost) "No Explanations Why"

There is a long list of obvious reasons why I need to create this NL Guide Book so this is my plan. I expect to develop each and every step one by one and....post them here in the Neuro Light FB page. We will accumulate them over time and not have to wait until they are all finished to have access to them.

When we feel like we have "done it", I will pull them all together and offer them to you (just like the recent NL MONSTER Reference document). That way the "newbies" that weren't around for the ride (or, curses to you FB algorithms, didn't get exposed to the regular NL FB postings) will still have them. I will also place the completed BEGINNERS Practical Guide in the Learning section of theneurolight.com website.

So here is what YOU CAN DO (instead of just sitting on your behind....because Learning is always best when shared). Post any and all kinds of questions from a BEGINNERS point of view relating to PRACTICAL NL applications. I will NOT go into theory or advanced levels of application (much of which you can find already in the NL MONSTER Reference document).

Not that I much like the terms "Idiots Guide" or "Guide for Dummies"....but something like that is reasonable.

I will NOT NOT NOT be including technical set up stuff or advice on shut down procedures or clearing you browser cache so.....don't look for that. There are plenty of existing sources for that stuff plus your Ambassador should help you with that stuff anyway...that's why they get money for doing that...and if they don't help you, complain:-)

OK, so that's the deal. I will be traveling very soon for three weeks into a few cities in the USA so the timeline might be a bit wobbly in the beginning.

Let's have some fun while creating something extremely beneficial. What do you think?

Bye bye for now....it's bedtime here in Thailand and Oscar is giving me "the look":-)
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NL Learning Lesson #4.1: Alzheimer's Deaths - A Statistic

These numbers should be a wake up call for anyone interested in Total Brain Wellness. The data is not super current but still makes the point. It is from a survey ranging from 2000 to 2010. Current values are assumed to be very similar.

The survey examined the Number Deaths from various causes and whether medical science was being successful in reducing deaths in particular areas. So the more DECREASE IN DEATH, the better. These were the results:

Breast Cancer - decrease by 2% (not much progress)
Prostate Cancer - decrease by 8% (a little better)
Heart Disease - decrease by 16% (that's pretty good)
Stroke - decrease by 23% (that is actually impressive)
HIV - decrease by 42% (that is a real game changer)
Alzheimer's - INCREASE by 68% (THAT is a horror story considering our aging population)

As I have been saying....if you really screw up your heart, there is always the last ditch efforts of bypass surgery.....but there is no bypass surgery for your brain.

Total Brain Wellness....NOW....and you can't say no one ever told you....because I just did.
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NL Learning Lesson #3.1: About the Alzheimer's Mice & 40 Hz Study

Because there have been repeated questions and requests, below is a well written L A Times article about the Flickering Light 40 Hz Alzheimer's Mice study. And BTW (without any claims:-)), in the NL the Thalamus Cortex Synchronization (Foundation Cognition) Brain Skills composition is built upon the core 40Hz signal - I love this composition). OK, here's the LA Times article....

New research demonstrates that, in mice whose brains are under attack by Alzheimer’s dementia exposure to lights that flicker at a precise frequency can right the brain’s faulty signaling and energize its immune cells to fight off the disease.

Light therapy for Alzheimer’s is miles from being ready to treat patients — even those with the earliest signs of the disease. But the new research has already prompted creation of a start-up company — Cognito Therapeutics Inc. — to approach the Food and Drug Administration about clinical trials, and to explore ways to deliver precisely calibrated flickers of light to human research subjects.

Even if the new research does not yield a treatment for Alzheimer’s, it is expected to deepen understanding of a key player in the disease — the brain’s dedicated immune system — and point to ways it can be used to fight the disease. In 2016, 5.4 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer’s, which causes progressive loss of memory and cognitive function.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, neuroscientists demonstrated that microglia — immune cells that are a key part of the brain’s cleanup crew — can be activated by inducing rhythmic electrical impulses in the brain called gamma oscillations.

In the region of the brain that processes sight, at least, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed they could induce cells to fire in synchronous gamma oscillation without so much as a needle stick: When they set mice in a box illuminated by LED lights flickering precisely at 40 Hz, the neurons of each animal’s visual cortex began humming along at the same frequency.
The effect was dramatic in mice bred to develop the sticky brain plaques and tangles that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. After only an hour in front of the lights, the scientists found reduced levels of amyloid protein in the visual cortices of the animals. They detected a noticeable uptick in the size and activity of microglia, suggesting that these immune cells were vacuuming up more amyloid protein and stepping up their trash-disposal efforts.

Noting that this effect lasted less than a full day, the scientists then gave some of the mice a week of daily sessions in the flickering light. Compared to mice who did not get the weeklong light therapy, those that did had 67% fewer amyloid plaques — the clumps of amyloid protein that appear to gum up the function of a brain in the grips of Alzheimer’s. And the plaques that they had were, on average, 64% smaller.
In mice, these effects were limited to the visual cortex. In humans with Alzheimer’s, that’s not one of the brain regions that gets gummed up early or significantly by amyloid plaques. But the authors of the new research held out hope that the light therapy might induce gamma oscillations, or their immune-boosting effect, more broadly in human brains, or that some change in delivery of the light might extend its effects to brain regions, such as the hippocampus, that are profoundly affected by Alzheimer’s.

It’s not hard to induce gamma oscillations naturally: Our neurons achieve such synchrony when we are learning, paying attention or engaging our short-term memory. But getting populations of neurons to fire in such resonance is hard even for the healthy to sustain for very long, and with the onset of many brain diseases, it becomes harder.

The new findings are a welcome victory for an approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease that has fallen on hard times. Just two weeks ago, Eli Lilly & Co. researchers acknowledged disappointing clinical trial results for solanezumab, an experimental therapy that also aimed to prevent or slow Alzheimer’s by blocking the formation of amyloid plaques.

Some scientists have grown discouraged with treatment efforts that focus on such “biomarkers” of the disease in the brain. Others, including the authors of the new paper, suggest instead that scientists aren’t using such therapies early enough, or that they just haven’t found the best way to prevent the protein clumping and the cascade of cell death that follows.

“I think we have something very fundamentally different” from previous attempts to develop an anti-amyloid treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, said Li-Huei Tsai, a senior author of the new paper.

The light therapy “doesn’t involve any chemicals or small molecules that have to be delivered directly into your body,” said Tsai, who directs MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. While its effects still must be tested in humans, she said that inducing gamma waves with flickering light gets around some of the problems that have doomed so many experimental Alzheimer’s medications. Among those problems have been unintended drug effects and the inability of some drugs to reach the brain from the bloodstream.

“We just directly recruit other neurons and other cell types in the brain to sort of enable the brain’s inner ability to repair itself,” Tsai said. She described the flickering light that kick-starts the process as “very low intensity, very ambient, very soft light.”
“You can hardly see the flicker itself, actually,” she added.

The researchers focused on gamma oscillations in the brain partly because these synchronized brain rhythms are severely reduced in the hippocampus and other regions acutely affected by Alzheimer’s. To establish that increasing gamma oscillations would energize microglial cells in structures such as the hippocampus, the team first used optogenetics, a technique in which lights implanted into the brain are used to turn specially tagged brain cells off and on.

That technique essentially established the link between gamma oscillations and activation of the brain’s immune cells. But the researchers reasoned that optogenetics would ultimately be too intrusive to use in a human treatment. So they began exploring ways to energize those special cells in less invasive ways.

Gamma oscillation and immune system activity also appear to be reduced in other neuropsychiatric conditions, including autism, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Tsai said her lab and others have begun collaborating to explore the possible benefits of light therapy for those diseases as well.

Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimer’s Assn., cautioned that it’s not time yet for those worried about Alzheimer’s to go looking for LED lights that emit electromagnetic radiation in the gamma range. The value of the new research, he said, lies mostly in what it reveals about the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s more like a proof of concept that you can, in various ways, improve brain synchronicity and stimulate the immune system,” said Fargo, who was not involved in the new research. “What’s important here is that you can harness the immune system, whether with a drug or a noninterventional method like this,” to fight Alzheimer’s, he added.

“We’re not all going to go out and get 40-hertz light bulbs for our brains,” he said.
Senior study coauthor Edward S. Boyden, a pioneer in optogenetics, echoed that caution and the hope is that the new research will generate broader insights into the brain’s electrical oscillations and its self-repair mechanisms.

“There may be other ways to engage these circuits,” said Boyden, a professor of bioengineering and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT. “There may be a universal circuit motif that can be found in many regions.”
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NL Learning Lesson #2.1: The Concept of NL Brain Skills Composition

When exploring the Neuro Light, one finds many references to the fact that the NL Light/Sound programs are designed as "compositions". What does that mean?

Early conventional "Brain entrainment" devices used simple pulsing light and/or sound based on the convergence of basic EEG studies that began to discover correspondences between certain brain wave frequencies and reports of related subjective cognitive states. It seemed like a pretty straight line between a single pulsing frequency of light and/or sound and a desired cognitive state.

It wasn't long before modifications evolved in the ways of delivering pulses (including the sexy binaural beat). By the late 1970's, New Age Human Potential Gurus were predicting a revolution in spirituality, conscious studies, health care, education, creativity and performance (go back and read the books from 1975 to 1985 to see what I mean). Conventional Brain Entrainment blossomed at the same time as its New Age twin "Biofeedback" that also promised much of the same revolutionary change.

Oh, if only it were so easy:-). So what happened to the revolution?

Does conventional Brain Entrainment work? Yes. Does it work as well as was hoped? No. (We will leave a discussion about Biofeedback for another time:-))

Turns out "signaling the brain to message the mind" (one of my favorite sayings) is not so simple. Conventional Brain Entrainment reached its pinnacle by the late 1980's with the realization that it was valid but apparently incomplete. The Brain and its conscious states turns out to be much more complicated.

So the next step (because the new digital technology and the first effective personal computers were gaining ground) was to try laying soothing musical tracks over top of the simple pulses. These first attempts at "Mood Framing" made the experience of looking and listening to repetitive pulses much more attractive (because otherwise it was actually quite BORING). The problem was that the music was not integrated into the brain signaling and the two ended up in competition with each other....and the music usually won. Fact is....the music without any pulsing at all works just as well to shift cognitive and conscious states (as anyone really into music will tell you).

So, here we are and a few decades have passed. Because of the birth and growth of the internet (yes, there was a time when no internet existed) and the explosion of social media, a brand new generation of folks not yet born in the mid 1970's, are bumping into things like binaural beats easily found for free in hundreds of YouTube creations....and Brain Entrainment is suddenly sexy again.

Also, the neuroscience of the brain has been TOTALLY reborn because of the principles of Neuroplasticity and the fact that the Brain is not only always changing throughout adulthood (and not just youth) BUT that this change can also be positively "shaped".

And along comes the Neuro Light.....and a chance for me to congregate all the older concepts that worked in a limited way with all the new understandings on how to convert "signals to the Brain" into "messages for the Mind".

I will skip all the technical theory in composition and Complex Adaptive systems (admittedly, I LOVE that stuff). Simply put, there are two basic forms of composition: 1) Tell a Story and 2) Express a Feeling. These are evident in Music throughout time and across cultures as well as in Drama/Movie/Myth.

Some of the NL Brain Skill Compositions are primarily Telling a Story while others are Expressing a Feeling. As you might guess, some are a balanced mix of Story and Feeling. This "compositional" methodology incorporates elements of conventional Brain Entrainment as well as random pattern signaling but places places them into a much larger constructed design template as featured in the Story Telling and Feeling Expression.

In the composition, the Light plays one role as the Sound plays another....like two main characters in the Story, each contributing their unique point of view while still developing a unified plot.
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NL Learning Lesson #1.1: How Nasal Breathing Influences the Brain

Northwestern Medicine scientists were interested in understanding how breathing affects the brain regions responsible for memory and emotional processing. Through a series of experiments, they discovered that nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in coordinating electrical brain signals in the olfactory “smell” cortex—the brain regions that directly receive input from our nose—which then coordinates the amygdala (which processes emotions) and the hippocampus (responsible for both memory and emotions). We know that the “smell” system is closely linked to the limbic brain regions that affect emotion, memory and behaviour, which is why sometimes a particular smell or fragrance can evoke very strong emotional memories. This study shows, additionally, that the act of breathing itself, even in the absence of smells, can influence our emotions and memory.

Initially, the scientists examined the electrical brain signals of 7 epilepsy patients with electrodes in their brains, and found that the ongoing rhythms of natural, spontaneous breathing are in sync with slow electrical rhythms in our brain’s “smell” region. Then, they also found that during nasal inhalation, the fast electrical rhythms in the amygdala and hippocampus became stronger. One way to understand this is to think of the system as an orchestra: our nasal breathing is the grand conductor, setting the tempo for the slow playing of the smell regions of the brain while weaving in the faster rhythms of the emotion and memory regions.

The In-Breath Encodes Memories and Regulates Emotions

To further understand these synchronous effects that nasal breathing has on our brain regions, the scientists then conducted separate experiments on 60 healthy subjects to test the effects of nasal breathing on memory and emotional behavior. Subjects were presented with fearful or surprised faces, and had to make rapid decisions on the emotional expressions of the faces they saw. It turns out that they were able to recognize the fearful faces (but not surprised faces) much faster, when the faces appeared specifically during an in-breath through the nose. This didn’t happen during an out-breath, nor with mouth breathing. The scientists also tested memory (associated with the hippocampus), where the same 60 subjects had to view images and later recall them. They found that memory for these images was much better if they first encountered and encoded these images during an in-breath through the nose.

Our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains, directly affecting electrical signals that communicate with memory and emotional processing centers.

These findings show a system where our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains: by breathing in through our nose we are directly affecting the electrical signals in the “smell” regions, which indirectly controls the electrical signals of our memory and emotional brain centers. In this way, we can control and optimize brain function using our in-breath, to have faster, more accurate emotional discrimination and recognition, as well as gain better memory.

So taking a breath in through our nose can control our brain signals and lead to improved emotional and memory processing, but what about the out-breath? As mentioned earlier, slow, steady breathing activates the calming part of our nervous system, and slows our heart rate, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress. So while the in-breath specifically alters our cognition, the act of slow, deep breathing, whether the inhalation or exhalation, is beneficial for our nervous system when we wish to be more still. In fact, mindful breathing emphasizes not only the breathing component, but also the mental component of paying attention and becoming aware of mind, body and breath together. By observing in a non-judgemental manner, without forcing ourselves to “get to” some special state, we are in fact then able to watch our minds and feel our bodies more clearly. This in turn becomes a path to insight and a practice we can keep working on. Our breath is powerful enough to regulate emotions and help us gain clarity, and to fully do so we must also make the effort to center our minds to the here and now.
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Like a dog with an itch, I just gotta scratch.

I am almost finished a complete organization of all my NL FB posts. I was pleased to be offering it all as is BUT.....was bugged all last night that it was like scrambled eggs for you folks.

So I am putting them into basic theme categories and (more or less) sequencing them in a more logical order. I'll also have an item page index for easier references. A little cross-eyed at the moment from a day of screen focus but I am aiming for a quick (as possible) finish.

I have sometimes been asked to write a book about it all and always pass on the idea. Well, this thing right now is about 180-185 pages. Befuddles me a bit when I look at all the writing....must have had angels come in the night because I don't recall it all - it's a bit dream-like reading it.

Anyway, as soon as it is done, I will send it out in this improved form to everyone who has made a request at any point. Also, I do expect more writing will come so maybe we can look forward at some date to a Volume 2:-))
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Well.......I did it (I think:-))). Jumped into the deep end of the pool and attempted to collect (most) ALL of my FB postings. Probably missed a few and not sure that my numbering system is perfect.

Anyway, there now exists a single Word document that contains (about) 120 NL FB postings (161 pages actually). They are not organized by subject (hint, hint to any motivated person who wants to soak up the learning). I just dove in and pulled them all together as I found them.

This is a MONSTER reference and learning resource for anyone with a sincere interest and motivation. It is the fruit of years of multi-subject learning plus countless hours of focused research.....all targeting the use and application of the Neuro Light as a Total Brain Wellness tool.

If you want it, just ask (send a request to me at [email protected]). It's FREE. The only thing you have to spend is your time and effort to learn.
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As most of you are aware, I have been posting a series of "NL Learning Lessons" (as a well as a few "NL Research Insight"). The number of these is up to around 40 or more.

Depending on when you joined the Neuro Light FB group, you may or may not have encountered all the other NL related posts that I made BEFORE I began labeling them "NL Learning Lessons" although that is essentially what they were.

So, two things....first below you will see the list of the 41 items that were posted in the past. Some are short (and sweet) - maybe just a paragraph. Some are many pages long. Some more "practical" and some more "theoretical".

Secondly.....if you want ALL OF THEM in full and assembled as one super reference document for your personal NL library, SEND ME A REQUEST at [email protected]

I will check this email periodically and send as an email attachment the full contents of the posts.

BTW - this information all in one place is extraordinary and the result of a LOT of research....and you can have it just for the asking....and it's FREE. Combine these with the current collection of NL Learning Lessons....and you have a treasure chest of Learning in your lap.

Here are the titles:

Garnet Dupuis - Neuro Light FB posts

#1: Freud
#2: Psilocybin, Alpha Frequencies and Default Mode Network (DMN)
#3: About (Lucid) Dreaming and the NL
#4: 10 Things about Neuroplasticity
#5: About "Creative Constraint" and the NL
#6: Here are two versions of a NL Experience called Sweet Surrender.
#7: Crystal Concentration - NL Experience Program Design
#8: Just a Peek into Flickering Light Research
#9: For those of You who have a Taste for the Science
#10: STWERTKA, S. A. The stroboscopic patterns as dissipative structure& NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV 17(1) 69-78, 1993.-
#11: About the Guardian Response and the Neuro Light
#12: About Form Constants and the Neuro Light
#13: The impact of binaural beats on creativity
#14: About the Light/Sound NL Experience
#15: About Brain Food via the Nasal Light Stimulation device!
#16: About Mental Movies and the Neuro Light
#17: About Mental Movies - the Sequel
#18: About the Three Amigos and the Neuro Light
#19: About Brain Food and the Neuro Light
#20: SUPER + SIMPLE = Neuro Light
#21: “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”
#22: PRIME Neuro Light Method
#23: Limbic Trauma Loop - A Deeper Understanding
#24: About "WOW" Sessions and the Neuro Light
#25: About BRAIN SKILLS and the Neuro Light
#26: About Brain Training 20 CORE Sessions and the Neuro Light
#27: About Re-thinking the Brain and the Neuro Light
#28: About Neuroplasticity
#29: About Visual Experiences and the Neuro Light
#30: About Eating a Meal and the Neuro Light
#31: About User Insights & the Neuro Light
#32: About Anxiety & the Neuro Light
#33: About Returning to Memories & Neuroplasticity
#34: How does a Limbic Network Trauma Loop get started?
#35: About Brain Networks:
#36: About Avoidance:
#37: A Bit about the Neuro Light (very good Introduction piece
#38: About Sportsmedicine:
#39: Meditation & The Neuro Light
#40: About Mitochondria
#41: SWARM
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NL Learning Lesson # 38: The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

8 habits that stimulate your vagus nerve and keep you calm, cool, and collected.

When was the last time that you had to perform gracefully in a high-pressure situation? How did you handle it? Did you choke or did you have grace under pressure?

Researchers continue to confirm that daily habits of mindset and behavior can create a positive snowball effect through a feedback loop linked to stimulating your vagus nerve. In this entry you will learn 8 habits that stimulate healthy ‘vagal tone’ and allow you to harness the power of your vagus nerve to help you stay calm, cool, and collected in any storm.

Healthy vagal tone is indicated by a slight increase of heart rate when you inhale, and a decrease of heart rate when you exhale. Deep diaphragmatic breathing—with a long, slow exhale—is key to stimulating the vagus nerve and slowing heart rate and blood pressure, especially in times of performance anxiety. A higher vagal tone index is linked to physical and psychological well-being. A low vagal tone index is linked to inflammation, negative moods, loneliness and heart attacks.

Heart disease is the number one killer in America. One way to improve your heart health is to focus on the vagus-friendy lifestyle habits explored below. Well conditioned athletes have higher vagal tone because aerobic breathing creates healthy vagal tone, which results in a lower resting heart rate. Healthy cardiac function is directly linked to stimulating the vagus nerve.

In 1921, a German physiologist named Otto Loewi discovered that stimulating the vagus nerve caused a reduction in heart rate by triggering the release of a substance he coined Vagusstoff (German: “Vagus Substance”). The “vagus substance” was later identified as acetylcholine and became the first neurotransmitter identified by scientists.

Vagusstuff is literally a tranquilizer that you can self-administer simply by taking a few deep breaths with long exhales. You can consciously tap the power of your vagus nerve to create inner-calm on demand. This knowledge alone should be enough to reduce the fear of-fear-itself and give you grace under pressure next time you need it.

What exactly is the vagus nerve?

The word vagus means "wandering" in Latin. The words vagabond, vague, and vagrant come from the same root. The vagus nerve is known as the wandering nerve because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of your abdomen touching your heart and most major organs along the way.

The vagus nerve is constantly sending sensory information about the state of the body's organs "upstream" to your brain. In fact, 80-90% of the nerve fibers in the vagus nerve are dedicated to communicating the state of your viscera up to your brain. When people say “trust your gut” they are in many ways saying, “trust your vagus nerve.” Visceral feelings and gut-instincts are literally emotional intuitions transferred up to your brain via the vagus nerve.

As with any mind-body feedback loop, messages also travel "downstream" from your conscious mind through the vagus nerve signaling your organs to create an inner-calm so you can “rest-and-digest” during times of safety or to prepare your body for “fight-or-flight” in dangerous situations.

Your vagus nerve is the commander-in-chief when it comes to having grace under pressure. The autonomic nervous system is comprised of two polar opposite systems that create a complementary tug-of-war which allows your body to maintain homeostasis (inner-stability).

The sympathetic nervous system is geared to rev you up like the gas pedal in an automobile – it thrives on adrenaline and cortisol and is part of the fight-or-flight response. The parasympathetic nervous system is the polar opposite. The vagus nerve is command central for the function of your parasympathetic nervous system. It is geared to slow you down like the brakes on your car and uses neurotransmitters like acetylcholine and GABA to literally lower heart rate, blood pressure, and help your heart and organs slow down.

Unfortunately, the vagus nerve’s reflexive responses can backfire and turn it from comrade into saboteur. Anytime you psyche yourself out before an important event, feel intimidated, or insecure your vagus nerve interprets that you are in real danger which exacerbates these negative responses.

All of the physical symptoms of performance anxiety—racing heart, sweaty palms, dry mouth, upset stomach, shakiness—are the result of your vagus nerve disengaging. Luckily, you have the power to harness your vagus nerve and keep it engaged to create grace under pressure. By understanding the incredible power of your vagus nerve you can begin practicing ways to flex its inhibitory strength to keep you mellow in times of distress.

8 habits that will stimulate your vagus nerve and give you grace under pressure.

1. Visualize the Vagus Nerve.
Visualizing the vagus nerve as a wellspring of neurobiological ingredients that create mental and physical calmness will create a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is not just the placebo effect in action. Remember, anytime you take a deep breath and exhale you are triggering a biological release of vagusstuff that will lower heart rate and blood pressure.

In addition to visualizing your vagus nerve You can literally talk to it in the third person like it is a separate entity. You can try this too the next time you have the butterflies or are shaky before a big presentation or challenge. You can literally say to your vagus nerve things like, "I thought we were in this together. I need you to work with me here. Come on! Don't let me down." Somehow this helps take your ego out of the situation, puts you at ease, and makes you feel like You have a loyal comrade on deck. Try this trick the next time you need grace under pressure and see if it works for you.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice. In a Psychology Today blog entry called No 1 Reason Practice Makes you Perfect! You can read about the power of your cerebellum to store muscle memory and allow you to perform gracefully under pressure. Without extensive practice we are forced to rely too much on the ‘executive function’ of our prefrontal cortex. Anytime you 'over-think' your performance you are more likely to choke, fumble and drop the ball. Arthur Ashe called this “paralysis by analysis." Once the cerebellum is running the show your vagus nerve engages which helps create fluidity in your thoughts and actions.

3. Create Flow by balancing skill and challenge. The key to being in the ‘zone’ or creating a state of ‘flow’ is to find the sweet spot where your skill level perfectly matches the challenge. Get in the habit of continually nudging against your limits. By increasing the challenge gradually you become more skilled and comfortable with more difficult tasks.

Seek challenges that keep you nestled between anxiety and boredom. The key to peak performance is to have a heightened state of arousal but an inner sense of calm reflected in a perfect dynamic tension within the yin-yang of your autonomic nervous system. Although it is tempting to bite-off-more-than you can chew, your vagus nerve can betray you if it feels you're in uncharted territory.

By consistently increasing your skills you will feel at ease as you take on bigger challenges. That said, if you ever do have the opportunity to leap frog to a high-stakes challenge, use other techniques here to harness the vagus nerve and use it as an ally to get you through.

4. Reframe Priorites and Values. Friends, family, good health, and generosity of spirit matter more than any achievements that requires grace under pressure. In 2006, Geoffrey Cohen, a professor at the Stanford University School of Education conducted a series of experiments designed to reduce test-taking pressures. In the experiment he asked students to write a paragraph about a topic unrelated to the exam such as: “relationships with friends and family,” “religious values,” “athletic ability,” and “being good at art” before being tested. This brief writing assignment significantly improved the grades of students.

Before you face any challenge or test that fills you with performance anxiety get in the habit of reframing the importance of the event by putting it in a broader perspective of other things that you're good at and what matters most to you. Even when the stakes are high, remember that every hurdle is an opportunity to learn. Mastery is a process. Overblown performance anxiety jacks up cortisol and andrenaline levels and makes you less likely to succeed.

5. Use neuroplasticity to re-wire habits of positive thinking. By generating positive emotions and a learned optimism you will ‘fire-and-wire’ together neural networks associated with a mindset that will give you grace under pressure. The vagus nerve picks up on signals coming from the 'top-down' and from the 'bottom-up' and uses these signals to re-wire your mind through neuroplasticity.

On January 28, 2013 researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland announced that they are hoping to help victims of stroke to overcome physical disabilities by helping their brains to 'rewire' themselves using a Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS). Lead researcher Dr Jesse Dawson, a stroke consultant and clinical senior lecturer in medicine, described the vagus nerve by saying, "That nerve is one of the major nerves that goes to the brain. By stimulating the nerves, you can cause upstream changes in the brain without having to go into the brain."

It is hoped that the device will stimulate release of the brain's own chemicals and help the brain form new neural connections which might improve participants' arm mobility. In 2005, the FDA approved the use of VNS for treatment-resistant depression although it’s use remains controversial... VNS is also used to treat epilepsy and tinnitus.

Dr Dawson added: "Evidence from animal studies suggests that vagus nerve stimulation could cause the release of neurotransmitters which help facilitate neural plasticity and help people re-learn how to use their arms after stroke, particularly if stimulation is paired with specific tasks.” The link between vagus nerve stimulation and neuroplasticity is strong. By focusing on creating healthy vagal tone you can trigger similar neuroplastic changes from the bottom-up. Creating a mindset of grace under pressure can be reinforced through the powerful mind-body connection of the vagus nerve.

6. Seek Daily Physicality. Cardio-respiratory activity, strength training and yoga stimulate vagal tone and harmonize hormones and neurotransmitters linked to grace under pressure. Aerobic activity stimulates healthy vagal tone due to the inherent diaphragmatic breathing of rhythmic cardio-respiratory exercise. Strength training with an emphasis on a robust exhale as you push the weight will stimulate vagal tone.

Yoga increases vagal tone, too. In a 2012 article published in Medical Hypotheses, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), New York Medical College (NYMC), and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (CCPS) presented evidence that yoga may be effective in treating patients with stress-related psychological and medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease.

The researchers hypothesize that stress causes an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic under-activity and sympathetic over-activity) as well as under-activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. According to the researchers, low GABA activity occurs in anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain. The hypothesis advanced in this paper could explain why vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) works to decrease both seizure frequency and the symptoms of depression.

"Western and Eastern medicine complement one another. Yoga is known to improve stress-related nervous system imbalances," said Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at BUSM and Boston Medical Center, who is the study's lead author. Streeter believes that "This paper provides a theory, based on neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, to understand how yoga helps patients feel better by relieving symptoms in many common disorders."

7. Anxiety is contagious: Avoid anxious people. Because anxiety is catching, remove yourself from the vicinity of anyone who is negative, cynical or doubtful of your ability to hit-it-out-of-the-park in a high stakes situation. The vagus nerve picks up on people’s vibe. Of course, none of us like to be around high strung people, but it is particularly important when you need to have grace under pressure.

If you are unable to remove yourself from anxious or nervous people (like in a waiting room for an audition or near the starting line of a race) use headphones with music that creates an appropriate mood and blocks the ability of others' anxiety to affect your vagal tone. You can also close your eyes and do mindfulness or meditation maneuvers to distance your vagal nerve from picking up the nervous vibe of people in your vicinity. Obviously, people who emit easy-going, warm, upbeat emotions are much better for your health, longevity, and ability to perform with grace under pressure. Seek these people out!

8. Foster Loving & Kindness. In order to maintain healthy vagal tone it’s important to foster diverse and rewarding social connections. In a 2010 study published in Psychological Science, Barbara Frederickson and Bethany Kok of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused their attention on the vagus nerve.

Their article was titled: How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health: Perceived Positive Social Connections Account for the Upward Spiral Between Positive Emotions and Vagal Tone.They discovered that a high vagal tone index was part of a feedback loop between positive emotions, physical health and positive social connections.

Their research results suggest that positive emotions, positive social connections, and physical health influence one another in a self-sustaining upward spiral dynamic that scientists are just beginning to understand. Kok states that: “We propose here that people’s ability to translate their own positive emotions into positive social connections with others may hold one of the keys to solving this mystery.”

In the experiment Frederickson and Kok used a Loving-Kindness Meditation technique to help participants become better at self-generating positive emotions. However, they also found that simply reflecting on positive social connections and working to improve them also caused improvements in vagal tone.

Conclusion: The Vagus Nerve and Ferocious Equanimity
Equanimity is a core tenet of many ancient philosophies and religions. Equanimity is defined as “Mental calmness, composure and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Equanimity has its biological roots in the vagus nerve and is synonymous with grace under pressure.

Equanimity is not synonymous with passivity. As you strive to push yourself ever higher—and take on bigger challenges—do so with what I call “Ferocious Equanimity”. Use your vagus nerve to stay balanced and calm when the stakes are high. As you push against your limits remember that your vagus nerve is always there to keep you imperturbable and steady on the high-wire act of living your life to its fullest and maximizing your potential.

Hopefully the advice herein will give you some tools to utilize the incredible power of your vagus nerve and give you grace under pressure the next time you need it.

This article appeared in Psychology Today and has been edited and modified.
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