| Balancing the Brain
Balance is at the very heart of what the Alphalearning Institute teaches its clients.
We are building on a very solid foundation. The goal of religious, martial arts and healers for at least the past 5,400 years has been to balance the brain. The belief was that the brain, body, mind and emotion were all interconnected and by balancing any one all the others would also become more balanced.
Various techniques (some books claim over 100) have been developed and taught over the years. Tai Chi is a classic example of concentrating on balancing the body to achieve physical and mental harmony.
Aikido is another example of blending physical skills with mental intent. The primary goal here too is balance, initially physical; leading to mental and emotional stability.
Other techniques include mantras (repetition of a sound – or a color blend – as in a mandala, stationary or moving). Variations of these basic techniques are utilized worldwide, usually with local religious customs and beliefs.
Over the centuries thousands of “new ideas” have been tried – with highly variable levels of success. One Indian book lists 108 ways. The Wisconsin Nuns used 10 – 15 variations. With such a variety from which to choose anyone can select the technique(s) of preference. From the strenuous (and highly efficient) Aikido or Tai Chi to the passive mantra meditations, they all work. All will guide the brain/body connection towards balance and stability. Therefore, for thousands of years, the benefits of brain balancing exercises have been evident.
The questions were, however,
How did the techniques work?
Why did the techniques work?
What was the theory?
What was really happening?
And most importantly of all – how can we learn to balance our brains FASTER?
No one knew.
In 1992 the Alphalearning Institute began experiments using a new type of EEG, tens of thousands of times more sensitive than un-amplified waves. The system was able to test the balance (degree of cooperation) between the left and right brains while the individual was performing various mental and physical tasks.
One experiment with the Brainwave, involving 147 senior corporate executives was designed to reveal what, if any, difference there was in their EEG functions. These were people of proven success, holding the most senior positions, carrying the most responsibility, enjoying the highest levels of staff loyalty.
What was there secret? What separated these high flyers from the other people we had been testing?
The results were astonishing: every executive exhibited incredibly balanced brains. That is to say, their brainwave patterns on the left and right side of their brain were in synchrony. In the general population, this sort of balance and control is extremely rare. In 1976 Prof. Mintzberg at Harvard, having observed disbalance in action in the business world, proposed the theory that some people can be smart and dull at the same time if one side of the brain was dominant over the other.
The EEGs gave incontrovertable evidence that Mintzberg was right: The lawyer/accountants really are “left-brained” and the research directors really are “right-brained”. But the C.E.Os, the heads of marketing and sales, are more of both.
Next, the Alphalearning Institute tested the EEG on athletes; beginners, mid-level and professional. Same thing, the more balance (brain and body) while performing the task, the better the performance.
So when people say “he is really out of balance”, or “there is a balanced guy”, they are more correct than they realise.
if you want to learn faster, your brain has to be balanced.
Further evidence came in 1994 when Scientific American published the first photos in color of the activity of the brain. It was now evident where in the brain thought was occurring. Top researchers in the field now believe Western science could use Eastern introspection, or meditative techniques, to deepen its understanding of how the brain works and to provide practical help to people in distress. In a host of fields, Tibetan practices have subsequently proven valid when science finally developed technology sophisticated enough to test them.”
The Alphalearning Institute finally developed and tested the ancient systems and found them effective, yet very slow. Many years – even decades to master balance. A faster way was needed. The corporate executives did not want to sit on a hard rock and chant for 15 – 20 years, much less do 3 – 4 hours a week of sweaty and smelly Aikido for 3 – 4 years.
They wanted an electronic high-speed solution. Five million US dollars and 3 years later, the Alphalearning Institute delivered the system – the Brainwave I. A combination EEG and optical-acoustical conditioning system to train brain balance in 30 – 35 hours.
The client also receives as a fringe benefit, Alpha and Theta wave control, increased reading and memory skills, etc., however, the objective is brain balance. That is now possible in days rather than years. No difference in the result, only in the time required to achieve the result.