The History of Centerpointe Research Institute
Centerpointe Research Institute had its modest beginnings in the fall of 1989. Bill Harris and Wes Wait, both with a long-term interest in meditation and personal growth, had spent the previous four years with a small circle of friends researching and personally experiencing the effects of what later evolved into Centerpointe Research Institute's Holosync® audio technology.
The idea of using precise sounds to alter a listener's state of mind came from a 1973 article in Scientific American by researcher Dr. Gerald Oster of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. In this article, "Auditory Beats in the Brain," Oster describes a characteristic of the brain wherein electrical brain wave patterns resonate to certain precise frequencies when presented with audio tones of certain frequencies.
As long-time practitioners of Transcendental Meditation, Harris and Wait were familiar with research done in the 1970s establishing a relationship between specific brain wave patterns and a variety of states including those of meditation, superlearning, increased focus and concentration, and enhanced creativity.
After their four years of personal experimentation, during which those in the research group experienced what could only be described as profound mental, emotional and spiritual changes, Harris and Wait decided to create a structured method for using Holosync, and in 1989 they began marketing this program to the general public. With electronic tone generators and frequency counters borrowed from a local university, the master soundtracks were recorded for a series of 13 program levels, each more powerful than the last.
The initial idea was to re-create, with modern high-tech methods, the meditation experience usually reserved to those dedicated few willing to meditate many hours each day for many years. To recreate the second ingredient of the meditation process—the "rescripting" that takes place as meditators reach an altered, meditative state and then reprogram their unconscious mind through mantras, affirmations, or prayers—they added, beginning with the second level of the program, silent affirmations chosen by the participant and recorded in his or her own voice, and delivered using Centerpointe’s proprietary Autofonix® silent messaging technology..
The results were spectacular and participant feedback extremely positive. Participants reported a dramatic acceleration of positive results in their meditation practice, often reporting more change in a single year of the Centerpointe program than in ten or fifteen years of traditional meditation.
To help participants through the many experiences and challenges of such rapid mental, emotional, and spiritual change and evolution, a series of Follow-Up Support letters were written, drawing both from ancient meditation knowledge, modern psychological methods, and the practical experience of the early research group. These letters described common experiences and effects of Holosync use and how to deal with these experiences in a way that accelerates and smooths out the process of rapid change. These letters were (and still are) mailed to participants every two weeks for the first six months of the program. Over the years, several Special Reports on various subjects have been added.
In the beginning, the company was a true "kitchen table" operation, with borrowed recording equipment set up in Bill Harris's kitchen and with participant's names kept in a small recipe box. The banks of computers and massive racks of recording equipment were to come later, as the company expanded.
In 1990, Centerpointe Research Institute was formally incorporated in the State of Oregon, and shortly thereafter, Wait sold his interest in the company to Bill Harris and left the company to pursue other interests. Soon, Centerpointe began running full page ads in a number of national magazines including New Age Journal, Psychology Today, Yoga Journal, and Omni Magazine, and Centerpointe began to grow. Over the first four years, sales revenues grew at a rate of 400% per year as people from over 30 countries on six continents joined the program.
Between 1990 and 1993, Bill Harris adapted the work of Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine relating to the evolution of complex systems to higher, more complex levels of organization to the observed effects of Holosync. Prigogine's work provided a very elegant explanation of why (and how) Holosync causes such profound changes in those who use it. This new paradigm was subsequently incorporated into the Centerpointe support materials, greatly increasing their value and usefulness to participants.
Inspired by Prigogine's work, in 1992 Bill Harris wrote the first edition of his book, Managing Evolutionary Growth, now given to all participants as they begin the second level of the Centerpointe program. Managing Evolutionary Growth expands on the material contained in the Support Letters, and serves as a reference book for participants as they continue the program.
In 1994, Centerpointe introduced three new soundtracks as part of the program, Immersion 1.5, Immersion 0.5, and Immersion 0.3. These soundtracks expanded the power of each level by taking participants into the deepest levels of the delta brain wave pattern where, according to feedback received from thousands of participants around the world, the greatest evolutionary changes happen. This brought the number of custom made soundtracks in each level to six.
In 1996, Centerpointe held its first retreat. Participants from four continents gathered in Oregon for five days of informative speakers, intense listening to Holosync soundtracks, beautiful scenery, great food, and fellowship. The retreat was such a success that a second retreat was held in 1997, and the annual retreat has now become a Centerpointe institution, drawing people from all over the world.
The next major change in the program occurred in 1997, when Centerpointe began using a proprietary 3D recording process to record the custom levels of the program, causing a reduction in the stress discovered to be a side-effect inherent in listening to sound recorded in normal stereo.
At this point Centerpointe for the most part ceased their ad campaign in national magazines and instead began creating joint venture relationships with other major players in the personal growth field, including Tools for Exploration, Learning Strategies Corporation, Sedona Training Associates, ConsciousOne.com, noted author and philosopher Ken Wilber, Jack Canfield (author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), bestselling authors Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, Gateways Mind Tools, Jalmar Press, Synetic Systems International, and a number of others. We are always looking for joint venture partners who can help us spread this powerful tool around the world (call our office if you are in a position to joint venture with us).
In 1997, in an effort to meet the needs of its growing international participant base, Centerpointe launched its first web site and is now the proud owner of one of the most popular personal growth sites in the world.
Soon after, the Holosync Solution program had become so successful, with many thousands of participants in nearly 60 countries, that it became necessary to move the company to new and larger quarters. A building was purchased and renovated, the staff was doubled, and in October of 1997 the move was made. At the same time, the recording studio capacity was tripled to handle the flood of orders for custom program levels pouring in from all over the world. In 2003, Centerpointe again moved its headquarters to a much larger facility.
Between 1997 and today, Centerpointe has grown to be one of the largest personal growth companies in the world, with program participants in 172 countries. During this time Centerpointe Director Bill Harris published his second book, Thresholds of the Mind, and accepted an increasing number of speaking engagements, including a three-hour address to the United Nations Values Caucus in November of 2004.
It is mind-boggling to us when we look back and see how far Centerpointe has come from its humble "kitchen table" beginnings. For that we must gratefully thank the many Centerpointe program participants all over the world who, as in any successful company, are the ones really responsible for our success.
This is a story without an ending. As new developments in the on-going saga take place, we will add to this history. If you are already a Centerpointe program participant, we thank you for your support. If not, we hope you will become a participant and find out for yourself just how incredible Holosync technology, and the program we have created around it, can be in changing your life. If you have not yet experienced our free demo, we invite you to request one now, or to visit any of the other pages on this site.And please always feel free to contact us by regular mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone. We are here to serve you.