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I purchased my first light and sound unit in 1985. Five years later, light and sound became my profession. It has been an incredible journey. When you read "Mind States" you will be learning what I have seen. Having graduated from college as a cultural anthropologist, my main interest has always been one of participant-observation. Getting involved, then stepping back and watching what happens. This is how I approached light and sound, why I have volunteered hundreds of hours and donated dozens of instruments. I have sponsored programs that have benefited teachers and students, doctors and patients, law enforcement and the military, businesses and athletes. Everyday people. "Mind States" is a little book that has been updated since it’s first publication. It will show you how to use a light and sound mind machine. Very simple and very basic. It will tell you all you need to get started and where to go to learn more. I have been a light and sound manufaturer, distributor, session designer and retailer who works with professionals that did not use light and sound instrumentation until we met. It has been very enjoyable introducing professionals to a new technology. Watching skepticism turn into excitement. Seeing new applications net positive results. What we have observed has sometimes been completely different to what many of the leaders in this field have led us to believe will occur. It is not my intention to upset anyone, certainly not the leaders behind light and sound technology, but facts are facts. You, the user of light and sound equipment, deserve to know these facts. Why these differences have occurred is very simple. No two people think exactly alike. The mental, emotional and physical sensations that one individual experiences from a light and sound session will be similar, but not the same as the next individual. After all, how can we expect the response to light and sound from an individual who is terminally ill to be the same as, for example, those experienced by an emotionally upset police officer? In the first section you will learn what a light and sound (and sound only) instrument is. You will also learn the general characteristics of each brainwave state and how, by utilizing light and sound frequency stimulation, these different brainwave states can be accessed. Also, you will gain an understanding of how frequencies and brainwaves are associated and whether or not this technology is safe for you to use. I began sponsoring learning / relaxation programs in 1991. Working with professionals in the medical, educational, business and law enforcement communities, we utilized light and sound frequencies in an effort to determine their impact upon targeted brainwave states. How did we use light and sound? Were the sessions we used effective? Did these
sessions elicit positive results? In the second section, I will share the answers with you. How professionals use light and sound stimulation to access beta, alpha, theta and delta brainwave states can be your guide as you begin your journey towards consciousness exploration and personal relaxation. How do you choose a light and sound (or sound only) instrument? What type of system would best suit your needs? Section three will help you in answering these questions. Is the system easy to use? Durable? What about lightframes and headphones? What types of light and sound generation are these instruments capable of producing? And how does tactile (physical vibrations) stimulation effect a light and sound experience? These are very important questions you need to answer when you purchase a light and sound system. This section will help you make the right decision. The next section will show you how simple it is to use light and sound (and sound only) minmachines and why you have no reason to be overwhelmed by this technology. Quick starting your unit, along with helpful hints, will enable you to begin your light and sound experience immediately. You will see what adding music or spoken word can do. You will learn what built-in and downloadable sessions are and how, if these sessions do not meet a specific need, you can design your own light and sound session to meet that need. Section five will lay the foundation for your journey into light and sound technology. There is a 30 day program that will start you in the right direction. It is a flexible guide that can easily fit into anyone's busy schedule. And there is a daily journal for you to write down your session experiences and sensations. This personal daily journal will allow you in one month to look back and compare the mental, emotional and physical sensations that you will be experiencing with how you are feeling today. Use it! You will be glad you did. This book ends with some thoughts I wish to share with you and my clients. Light and sound technology has grown immensely since I began my journey, but roadblocks to general acceptance still remain. I will leave you with some questions and illustrate their importance. It is my hope that you share your light and sound experience with others, so these roadblocks will gradually come down. To be replaced with an understanding that this technology is indeed effective, and that it is extremely beneficial. A suggested reading list is included for assisting you in the areas that you would like to learn more about and also a glossary for all those new words you are about to come across. My goal for writing this book is to provide you with a basic understanding of how to use your light and sound (and sound only) instrument safely and effectively, what you should expect from light and sound frequency stimulation and how you can maximize your session experiences. "Mind States" is copyrighted by Michael Landgraf (ISBN: 09662596-0-2).