Will Holosync make you enlightened?
Many of you have asked that I write about Holosync, so beginning with this post, your wish is granted. There’s so much I could say about Holosync that it’s difficult to know where to start.
Here are just a few of the topics we could touch on:
- How Holosync affects the brain, and how those changes in the brain create changes in awareness and consciousness…
- The various brain wave patterns and what happens when your brain makes each of them…
- How Holosync affects what Eastern meditation schools call the subtle body..
- How Holosync affects dysfunctional feelings and behaviors…
- How Holosync affects your ability to think more clearly and effectively…
- How Holosync affects such things as ADD, hyperactivity, autism, addictions, and other such problems…
- What neurochemical and hormonal changes are created when you use Holosync, and how those changes affect how you feel and function…
- How Holosync affects awareness, what awareness actually is, and how increased awareness affects your life…
- The difference between Holosync meditation and traditional meditation…
- Why we provide progressively deeper levels of Holosync–and the huge benefit of continuing through those levels…
- An overview of what happens when you use Holosync, why it happens, and what to do about it…
- How Holosync raises your threshold for what you can handle from life…
- How Holosync improves physical health, longevity, and resistance to disease…
- Why some people have trouble using Holosync, and what they can do about it…
- How Holosync affects the developmental process I’ve written so much about, and…
- How Holosync affects enlightenment or awakening.
Whew! How do I write about all of that? A fair amount of this is addressed in the Support Letters I’ve written for Awakening Prologue and Awakening Level 1 (those for Awakening Level 1 are new, and just starting to go out to people), and in my other writings. I’ve found, though, that most people read this stuff once (if I’m lucky), and don’t absorb a lot of it.
Why does this happen? Because if I describe something that happens as you use Holosync, but it hasn’t happened for you, YET, you probably won’t remember having read about it when, later, it does happen. It just wasn’t of concern when you read it, so your brain deleted it, disregarded it. Then, when you do have the experience, you probably won’t remember my reference to it.
For that reason, I highly suggest that you go back and reread the Support Letters and Special Reports I’ve sent you. You’ll find yourself having all kinds of ah-ha’s if you do, because what I’ve said will mean much more to you now–and you’ll much better understand what you’re experiencing, and where all of this is heading.
I realize that doing this takes time. I’ve written a ton about Holosync over the years, and that you have other things to do besides use Holosync and read what I’ve said about it. On the other hand, when you use Holosync you’re exposing your nervous system to a very potent stimulus that creates some rather amazing changes in the way you see and experience yourself, your world, and other people. If I were you, I’d want to know what I was feeding into my brain and how it works.
Since we’ve been talking about enlightenment in this blog, and because several of you have specifically asked about this, let’s talk about Holosync and enlightenment. So, are you going to become enlightened if you use Holosync?
First, perhaps we’d better decide what we mean by enlightenment.
I realize that in posing this question I’m opening Pandora’s Box. Defining enlightenment isn’t easy, partly because the whole subject is ineffable, which means it resists description. We’re trying to describe something non-dualistic with language, the whole premise of which is dualistic (i.e., that certain separate things do something to other things).
Another potential problem is that every reader will interpret what I say from his or her own individual perspective (his or her current developmental level) which by definition (excuse me for saying this, but it’s true) is incomplete, making what I say only partially understandable. Nearly everyone’s perspective on enlightenment is a collection of IDEAS, not something they know from experience.
Whatever. Let’s give it a try, and see what happens.
You could say that enlightenment is waking up to the truth about reality, or the truth about who you really are. So, then, what is the truth about reality? And who are you, really? Again, we have a problem, because you can’t really say what reality is. Being ineffable, it’s beyond description. We are part of a multidimensional reality that cannot be described with linear and dualistic language.
For this reason reality is generally described by saying what it ISN’T. (In theology this is called the apophatic approach. Another approach is to describe what reality is like, which is called the cataphatic approach–the approach of poetry or metaphor, as when we say, for instance, that God is love, or God is like a father and we are his children.)
So what I’m about to say will be partly what reality is like, partly what it is not, and partly what it is–even though anything you can say about it really isn’t it.
So, on one hand, we have the common sense notion that reality is composed of separate things and events–and that you are one of those separate things. The awakened person would see that this chopping of reality into separate bits is an illusion created by the mind, and that in actuality everything goes together and exists in relation to everything else. It’s all one continuous thing and one continuous event. For the awakened person this isn’t a way of thinking about the world, a theory, but rather an experience of the way things are.
As I’ve said in previous posts, this also includes the realization that all pairs of seeming opposites are really one, that they arise together and depend upon each other, and that the supposed conflict between opposites is also an illusion created by the mind. This is what I’ve referred to as the Game of Black and White–the idea that life, for instance, must (or could) win over death, that good must win over evil, that having must win over not having, or in general that what you want must (or could) win over what you don’t want.
Further, the very nature of who you are–and the nature of every other “thing-event” in the relative world–is emptiness. In Buddhism they say, “Emptiness is form, form is emptiness.” This “emptiness” is called Śūnyatā in Buddhism, and signifies that everything one encounters in life is empty of any absolute identity, permanence, or any sort of in-dwelling ‘self’.
This is because everything is interrelated and mutually dependent, as I said above, which means that nothing has any independent existence (when they use the term emptiness Buddhists don’t mean that everything is NOTHING–emptiness is their way of describing this lack of independent nature). All things are in a state of constant flux where energy and information are continuously and forever flowing throughout the natural world giving rise to, and themselves undergoing, major transformations with the passage of time.
In other words, everything is impermanent. What seem to be substantial and discrete things come into being and pass away, endlessly. This misperception that there are solid and separate things with some sort of independent existence (including the idea that there is a separate you with an independent existence) is caused by the psychological tendency to grasp at all objects of perception as if they really existed as independent entities.
Some think that this is a result of our resistance to impermanence, particularly death. This resistance causes ordinary (unawakened) beings to believe that separate and stable objects exist ‘out there’ as they appear to perception. (Ironically, when you stop resisting impermanence, and embrace it, you are free.)
This delusion that there are stable things out there is like seeing a whirlpool in a river and thinking that it is a solid, permanent thing, when in really it is a constantly changing flow that just looks like a stable and constant “thing.”
Here is what the Dalai Lama said about the Buddhist idea of emptiness in his book The Universe in a Single Atom (and yes, I will get back to Holosync):
One of the most important philosophical insights in Buddhism comes from what is known as the theory of emptiness. At its heart is the deep recognition that there is a fundamental disparity between the way we perceive the world, including our own experience in it, and the way things actually are.
In our day-to-day experience, we tend to relate to the world and to ourselves as if these entities possessed self-enclosed, definable, discrete and enduring reality. For instance, if we examine our own conception of selfhood, we will find that we tend to believe in the presence of an essential core to our being, which characterises our individuality and identity as a discrete ego, independent of the physical and mental elements that constitute our existence.
The philosophy of emptiness reveals that this is not only a fundamental error but also the basis for attachment, clinging and the development of our numerous prejudices. According to the theory of emptiness, any belief in an objective reality grounded in the assumption of intrinsic, independent existence is simply untenable. All things and events, whether ‘material’, mental or even abstract concepts like time, are devoid of objective, independent existence. To intrinsically possess such independent existence would imply that all things and events are somehow complete unto themselves and are therefore entirely self-contained. This would mean that nothing has the capacity to interact with or exert influence on any other phenomena.
But we know that there is cause and effect – turn a key in a car, the starter motor turns the engine over, spark plugs ignite and fuel begins to burn… Yet in a universe of self-contained, inherently existing things, these events could never occur!
So effectively, the notion of intrinsic existence is incompatible with causation; this is because causation implies contingency and dependence, while anything that inherently existed would be immutable and self-enclosed. In the theory of emptiness, everything is argued as merely being composed of dependently related events; of continuously interacting phenomena with no fixed, immutable essence, which are themselves in dynamic and constantly changing relations. Thus, things and events are ’empty’ in that they can never possess any immutable essence, intrinsic reality or absolute ‘being’ that affords independence.
Suffering happens when we cling to these phantom “things” and “events”–and in particular, to the most significant phantom of all, “me.”
When a person awakens, they see through all of this–or, you might say, “there is a seeing-through of all of this,” since part of the waking up is the realization that there is no separate person there to actually see anything. (This is why it’s so hard to describe this with language, which implies the very separate things and events we’re saying aren’t real.)
This realization isn’t a theoretical understanding, or a belief. It’s an experience, and at first a quite stunning experience. And along with that experience is a complete freedom from clinging to the idea of “me,” or to the world being any certain way. All the conflicts that seem so real in the Game of Black and White are seen through, and in seeing through all of this, there is complete freedom.
Geez, I just wanted to talk about Holosync, and here I’ve been sucked into explaining one of the deepest philosophical questions ever raised. So let’s just say that the above describes the awakened experience, even though such an experience can’t be described. And, if this doesn’t make sense to you, let that be okay. Before you start to actually see/feel/experience the truth of the above, it can just seem to be theoretical mumbo-jumbo. Once you have the experience, though, the above just seems like a description (though incomplete) of what is obvious.
So how does Holosync tune you in to this experience and awaken you to the illusion of separate things and events and the futility of resisting the universe the way it is?
It actually makes more sense to look at this question the other way around–to ask how in the world a human being can come under the illusion that there are separate things and events, and that there is a separate doer who can move them around through some sort of power that is separate from the whole.
Here’s the typical explanation. The mind, by its very nature, chops the universe into separate things and events, something I’ve discussed at length in other posts. This chopping is called maya in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Maya comes from the same root word as measurement, and it’s the idea that we take an essentially wiggly world and try to “straighten it out,” to explain it (ex-plane it, flatten it out), to “square things away,” to “iron things out,” and so on.
If humans were in charge of clouds, for instance, they would all probably have regular geometrical shapes. The natural wiggly world is too complex for our simple minds, so we try to simplify it by dividing it into this and that, separate things and events, and create simple representations of the exceedingly complex (actually, infinitely complex) multi-dimensional goings-on of the natural world.
For instance, if you tried to describe what happened to you during the last five minutes whatever you said would be a tiny fraction of what really happened, because what happened actually included all your sensory impressions, attended to or not, all your relationships with everything else (ultimately) in the universe, all the cells that divided in your body, all the heartbeats that happened, all the muscle movements, and a whole lot more–and that just can’t be described. It would take an infinite amount of time to explain all of this, since it’s all happening all at once. We live in a multi-dimensional universe that just cannot be grabbed hold of, physically or mentally! (It’s been said about Reality, the Tao, that “You can’t grab hold of it, and you can’t get rid of it.”)
So the way out of this fragmented way of living and seeing the world (a way of seeing that is the root cause of the suffering in the world) is to stop mistaking this chopped-up way of looking at the universe, through the filter of the mind, for the real thing. And, to do this, you first have to get out of the mind entirely (though once you “get it” you can go back to using the mind, but this time without being fooled that what it creates is more than just a representation of reality).
Holosync (as well as traditional meditation, for that matter) creates connections in the brain that gradually allows you to see more and more how everything really does go together, to see how everything is really one big “thing-event”, and how separate things and events (especially the separate “me”) are illusory.
This, of course, is the end-of-the-line ultimate realization. As you know if you’re using Holosync, this isn’t what happens during the first week. As you use Holosync, though, you gradually see how things go together and, as this happens, you relax. Things that bothered you before (aspects of life around which you were playing the Game of Black and White) don’t seem to bug you as much. Seeing the world as a conglomeration of separate things and events (that aren’t you, and are potentially dangerous) creates anxiety, because it makes it SEEM as if you are separate from the rest of the universe–and, as a separate self, that you are in danger, or at least potentially in danger.
As you increasingly see how things go together your anxiety diminishes, along with depression, anger, fear, and other “negative” emotions (the emotions of separation). At the same time, your various coping methods for dealing with what seems like the danger of existence also calm down–addictions, eating problems, withdrawal, projection, behavioral acting out, and so on.
Most people don’t, at first, see these changes as being a result of seeing how everything goes together, because that isn’t apparent in the beginning–at least to most people. But just a little bit, even if you aren’t yet consciously aware of it, is enough to change your experience of life. The ah-ha, where you see that, yes, everything is connected, and you are not separate, comes later.
Another way to approach this is to realize that the mind, in chopping the universe up into separate bits, creates an illusion. As the mind calms down, this illusion loses power. Holosync quiets the mind, at least over time, and as this happens you become calmer, you feel more connected to everything, and the emotions and behaviors characteristic of separation diminish.
On the other hand, as many of you know, you can experience upheaval as you use Holosync. With any kind of meditation, the mind, the ego, will fight back. All those areas of life where you’re playing the Game of Black and White (trying to resist or get rid of something) will eventually surface, and the upheaval you experience is really just your own resistance to what is.
In other words, all the areas of life where you think things should be THIS way and not THAT way, will come up, and you might have strong resistance around each of them. Of course, you don’t have to resist. You could surrender to what is and let the world be the way that it is, but most people fight for their IDEAS about how this should win over that. This fighting, of course, creates upheaval and suffering. This is what I’m referring to when I tell people as they use Holosync to let whatever happens be okay. Most people, at first, have a hard time taking this advice. Still, I give it.
(By the way, I am not saying that you can’t do something to create change in your life. As long as you do so without resistance, create all the change you want.)
The more you’ve been traumatized in your life, the more likely you’ll fight for your version of the Game of Black and White. This happens because the trauma you’ve suffered gives you a strong belief that the world is a dangerous place, and that you MUST protect yourself from that danger. What you think of as danger is Black in the Game of Black and White, and you can’t let it win, so you play a HARD version of the game in an attempt to defeat it. The Game of Black and White, though, is an unwinnable game. This is because in reality Black and White go together and are really one thing. Having one side “win” and eliminating the other would be like having up win over down. What’s more, ultimately, Black and White are just ideas, not realities. Desirable and undesirable are not qualaties that are intrinsic to anything. They are ADDED by the mind, from the outside.
So, if your experience is intense from time to time as you use Holosync, you have to realize that you are doing it, by (unconsciously) playing the Game of Black and White–which means clinging to your idea of how things should be, in other words, resisting what is. Again, this is why I suggest that you let whatever happens be okay, at least emotionally, and just watch with curiosity. And, I’ll admit that at first this isn’t easy to do, so you might have to go through a bit of upheaval from time to time. I sure did.
So, will you become enlightened? This, of course, is a trick question. The truth is that there is no “you” that could become enlightened. The “you” you’re hoping will become enlightened is the ego, and since enlightenment is an ending of unconscious identification with the ego, your IDEA of who you are, “you” can’t become enlightened. Trying to become enlightened ultimately bumps up against the fact that the trying is just a strengthening the very thing that stands in the way of it happening.
Well, shit, you say. Bummer. Maybe I’ll go to someone who’ll be more encouraging. But what I’ve just said isn’t bad news. The reason you can’t become enlightened is that you don’t exist, and that realization IS enlightenment (or at least one stage of it). The truth is that enlightenment can HAPPEN, but “you” can’t do anything to make it happen because you don’t exist!
As Ken Wilber says, enlightenment is an accident, but meditation makes you more accident prone. Enlightenment happens, but there is no separate self that it happens to. I will say that since meditation makes you more accident prone, and Holosync meditation is undeniably faster and more potent than traditional meditation, using Holosync makes you REALLY accident prone. And, even if enlightenment doesn’t “happen,” “you” will, over time, at the very least drop a lot of your emotional bullshit, gain a tremendous clarity of mind, and dramatically reduce the amount of suffering you experience.
Again, if you’ve suffered a lot of trauma in your past, you’re almost sure to be playing a seriously hard Game of Black and White, in which case your path will probably be much more intense (the more trauma, the harder we play the Game of Black and White). When this happens, the mind, the ego, fights back even harder.
This was the way it was for me. I had HUGE upheaval, tons of cathartic stuff. I made the whole process very difficult for myself. But if I can come out the other side, anyone can. It’s because of the potential for upheaval that I created the support letters and the support hotline. Some people need more support. I didn’t have any support, which meant that I unknowingly made things more difficult than they needed to be. Now the only way you can do that is if you don’t ask for support, or reject it when it’s offered (as many people do–we tell them exactly what they need to do to stop suffering and they get pissed off at us).
To make all of this even more paradoxical, once you’ve realize that you are IT (or, rather, that the center you thought was you is just an idea, and that the real you is the entire going on of it all), once you get that there is no separate you, you have to somehow integrate that realization back into the relative world.
The truth is that humans DO create a world of separate things and events, and you can’t get away from the relative world. Trying to do so is just as much a delusion as failing to see that separate things and events aren’t real. So once you realize that the relative world, the world of separate things and events, is a mentally created illusion–what is commonly referred to as awakening (the Third Rank of Tozan I described in a previous post) you go back into the relative world and learn how to function in it WHILE AT THE SAME TIME knowing who you really are.
This is necessary because of one of the basic laws of reality: everything is in time and eventually passes away. There’s no getting away from this, and it’s for this reason that to be here, as a human, there is going to be SOME suffering. To be here you have to become attached, at least a little bit. You have to play a LIGHT version of the Game of Black and White. There’s no reason to be here unless you do. Genpo Roshi, for instance, is attached to some things, but it’s by choice. He’s attached to his children, his wife, his friends, to Zen, to helping others wake up, and so on. In the same way, I’m attached to certain things. And, because all things come into being and pass away, there is suffering built into all attachment.
The difference between Genpo Roshi (or anyone who has awakened and then goes back into the relative world) and the average person is that the awakened person chooses what to become attached to. Genpo Roshi calls such a person “the one who chooses to be a human being.” Once you “get” the truth that everything is one thing, you could just sit in that place, in Big Mind, but in that place there’s nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to get. In that case, why be here? This relative world is a place where we at least play as if there IS something to get, somewhere to go, something to do. It’s just that the awakened person is choosing those things, while the unawakened person–busy playing an unconscious Game of Black and White–unconsciously stumbles from one type of suffering to the next, without choice.
So the answer to the question of whether or not you will become enlightened if you use Holosync is yes. And, it’s also no. And maybe. I’ll tell you this, though. Enlightenment is about two things: awareness (of what is real and what is illusion, and who you really are), and surrender to what is (in particular, to impermanence). You must see things the way they really are, and awareness is needed if you are to do that. Then, you must accept things the way they are, which means that you stop playing the Game of Black and White, except as a conscious choice. You see the way things are, and also that ultimately there is no escape from the way things are.
Once you do that (again, accepting the fact that, in reality, there’s no “you” to do this, but that’s the limitation of explaining this using language), you are FREE. People think that freedom is winning the Game of Black and White. It isn’t. Freedom is stepping out of the game, then stepping back in, but this time doing so consciously, intentionally, knowing and accepting the consequences.
Whew! This was a long one. I hope this is helpful. See you next time.
Before I go…
1) I just returned from presenting a workshop with Genpo Roshi in New York. Again, it was mind-blowing. Everyone raved about their experience. If you were there, please post something about your experience. I strongly urge you to come to our next workshop, in Las Vegas, on September 20-21. You can sign up at www.centerpointe.com/bigmind.
2) Also, if you haven’t registered for my FREE online course about the work of Eckhart Tolle, please do. Those who are taking this course are raving about how helpful it is. Just go to www.understandingthepowerofnow.com to register.
Please tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW about this course, which features Genpo Roshi, Ken Wilber, Byron Katie, Diane Hamilton, Sally Kempton, Saniel Bonder and Linda Groves-Bonder, and…me!
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