Hemi-Sync® is a sound technology which may have broad applicability for treatment of common psychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and distractibility. Clinical application of Hemi-Sync™ intrigues me, as it may qualify as an effective, natural, health enhancing alternative to psychiatric medications, which often have very unwelcome and distressing side effects.
Robert Monroe, a successful radio broadcasting executive in the 1950′s, founded The Monroe Institute in 1974 and was the originator of the Hemi-Sync™ technology. Initially his research was directed towards investigation of the possibility of learning while sleeping. This interest was eventually transformed into an exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Bob Monroe observed that certain sounds create a Frequency Following Response in the electrical activity of the brain. Specific sounds could be blended and sequenced to gently induce the brain into various states, ranging from deep relaxation or sleep, to expanded states of awareness and other “extraordinary” states. This discovery became the foundation for the Hemi-Synch™ technology.
“The audio-guidance process works through the generation of complex, multilayered audio signals, which act together to create a resonance that is reflected in unique brain wave forms characteristic of specific states of consciousness. The result is a focused, whole-brain state known as hemispheric synchronization, or Hemi-Sync, where the left and right hemispheres are working together in a state of coherence. Different Hemi-Sync signals are used to facilitate deep relaxation, focused attention or other desired states. Hemi-Sync is said to produce a focused, coherent mind.”
“Depending on the intended goals, music, verbal guidance or subtle sound effects are combined with Hemi-Sync to strengthen its effectiveness. Users remain in total control as these recordings do not contain subliminal messages. Hemispheric synchronization does occur naturally in daily life, but typically only for random, brief periods of time. Hemi-Sync can assist individuals in achieving and sustaining this highly productive, coherent, brain wave state.”
I experienced deeper more profound states of relaxation with Hemi-synch than with any other guided meditation/visualization I have previously tried. The head of a Buddhist monastery remarked upon trying Hemi-Sync, that his monks achieve the state induced by the Hemi-Sync technology only after twenty years of meditating.
A number of patients in my practice are making use of guided meditations and visualizations with Hemi-Sync® embedded in it, and over time we will determine if it is useful to treat common psychiatric symptoms.