About 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 testing Holosync® with a small circle of friends (which eventually grew to about 150 people in North America and Europe).
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.
Harris and Wait were also familiar with research done at the world-famous Minninger Clinic and by the Transcendental Meditation movement establishing a relationship between specific brain wave patterns and a variety of states including those of meditation, superlearning, increased focus and concentration, enhanced creativity, and others.
Creating a Structured Method
Between 1985 and 1989 Harris, Wait (and, eventually, approximately 150 others in North America and Europe) informally used a forerunner of today’s Holosync® and shared their experiences with each other. This early research group experienced what could only be described as profound mental, emotional, and even spiritual changes.
Eventually those in the research group encouraged Harris and Wait to create a structured method for using Holosync®. They did so and in 1989 began marketing Holosync® to the general public.
Silent Messaging Technology
The initial idea was to re-create, with modern high-tech methods, the ability to meditate as deeply as those few who are willing to devote many hours each day to meditation, over several decades. Then, to allow faster changing of unconscious mental programming, 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, based on research done at the Medical College of Virginia on methods of communicating with the profoundly deaf.
The results were spectacular and participant feedback extremely positive. Users of Holosync® and Autofonix® not only reported dramatically better results from their meditation practice, they also reported profound positive changes in physical and mental health, mental clarity, happiness, and inner peace.
To help Holosync® users deal with the rapid mental, emotional, and spiritual changes they were experiencing, Follow Up Support Letters were added, along with the ability to speak by phone (and later using email) with Bill Harris (in the early years), and later to a staff of highly trained coaches. This “high-touch” support has become a hallmark of Centerpointe’s customer care.
Today’s support includes video, audio, and written information, periodic Special Reports about new discoveries in brain science, webinars, as well as other ways of communicating with and supporting Holosync® users.
In the beginning Centerpointe was, literally, a “kitchen table” operation, with borrowed recording equipment set up on Bill Harris‘s kitchen table, and with participants’ names kept on file cards in a small recipe box. The banks of computers and massive racks of recording equipment and server rooms full of 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, East-West, 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.
Adapting the Work of Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine
Between 1990 and 1993, Bill Harris became aware of the work of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Ilya Prigogine. Prigogine’s work about how complex, non-linear systems evolve and grow provided an elegant explanation of why (and how) Holosync® creates such profound changes in the brain, leading to life-changing mental and emotional changes. This new paradigm was subsequently incorporated into the Centerpointe support material, greatly increasing its value and usefulness to participants.
Inspired by Prigogine’s work, in 1992 Bill Harris wrote the first edition of his book, Managing Evolutionary Growth, a gift to all participants as they begin the second level of the Centerpointe program. Managing Evolutionary Growth expands on the information in the Support Letters, and serves as a reference book for Holosync® users as they continue the program.
In 1994, Centerpointe introduced three new soundtracks as part of the deeper levels of the program (those following Awakening PrologueTM), Immersion 1.5, Immersion 0.5, and Immersion 0.3. These soundtracks expanded the power of each Holosync® deeper level by taking listeners into the deepest levels of the delta brain wave pattern where, according to our experience with close to two million Holosync® users 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 twice-annual retreats were held for the next twelve years, 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 stereo recordings when listened to with headphones (which are required for Holosync®).
At this point Centerpointe for the most part ceased their national magazine ad campaigns and 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 (co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), bestselling authors Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, Gateways Mind Tools, and many others. Today Centerpointe is endorsed and promoted by hundreds of other personal and spiritual growth teachers, as well as by therapists (including those at Veterans Hospitals), several Zen masters and Zen teachers, a number of prominent doctors (including Daniel Amen, M.D., Mark Hyman, M.D., Sara Gottfried, M.D., and many others.)
The World Stage
In 1997, in an effort to meet the needs of its growing international participant base, Centerpointe launched its first web site and is now one of the most popular personal growth sites in the world.
By 1997 Centerpointe had grown so much that it became necessary to move the company to new and larger quarters. A building was purchased and renovated, the staff was doubled, and the recording studio capacity was tripled to handle the flood of orders for custom program levels pouring in from all over the world. Later, in 2003, Centerpointe again moved its headquarters to an even larger facility.
In 2003 Bill Harris published his second book, Thresholds of the Mind. With approximately one million copies in print, Thresholds of the Mind is considered by many to be among the best personal development books ever written. Today all Holosync® users receive a free copy with Awakening PrologueTM. Also in November of 2003 Bill Harris gave a three hour address to the United Nations Values Caucus.
In 2004 Bill Harris became a founding member of the Transfomational Leadership Council, started by Chicken Soup for the Soul series co-author Jack Canfield. He was also asked to be an inaugural member of Ken Wilbur’s Integral Institute. Over the years Bill has also become a sought-after speaker and workshop leader, and has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), Richard Branson, Jack Canfield, Zen Master Genpo Roshi, and many other notables.
Today Centerpointe has grown to be one of the largest personal growth companies in the world, with nearly two million Holosync® users in 193 countries. Because of the huge success of Holosync® and Centerpointe, Bill has had the privilege of donating millions of dollars to several charities helping inner city children and other children in need, and has also built two schools in Africa.
It’s 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 real reason for our success.
A Story Without an Ending
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’ve created around it, can be in changing your life. If you haven’t yet experienced our free demo, we invite you to listen 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.
About Bill Harris
Bill Harris has been involved in personal development for nearly 40 years as a seeker, teacher, public speaker, author, musician, composer, therapist, workshop leader, and business owner. He has studied and practiced a wide range of traditional and modern transformational and therapeutic practices with a variety of teachers.
Bill has studied music composition with world-renowned Czech composer Tomas Svoboda and Spanish composer Salvador Brotons, is also a nationally known jazz saxophonist, and has been a private pilot since 1995, flying a Socata TMB 900.
Bill is a long time student of the brain and current brain research, contemporary psychology, the evolution of non-linear systems (chaos theory), and the effects of a wide range of neuro-technologies on human change and evolution. He is a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming and is trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis.
The Founder and CEO of Centerpointe Research Institute, Bill is the creator of Holosync® audio technology, used by well over two million people in 193 countries. Based on research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the world-famous Menninger Clinic, Holosync® calms the brain’s limbic system, enhances the prefrontal cortex, and creates changes in the brain’s electric activity, allowing the creation of meditative states, enhanced creativity, increased focus and concentration, increased willpower and ability to self-regulate behavior, and many other beneficial mental and emotional capabilities.
He is the author of two bestselling books, Thresholds of the Mind and The New Science of Super-Awareness.
Bill is also the creator of The Life Principles Integration Process™, a series of three online courses covering the practical utilization of cognitive psychology, metaphysics, and achievement psychology.
In addition to his own workshops and video courses, Bill is a frequent speaker at scientific and transformational forums, conferences, and podcasts and is known for his ability to explain difficult subjects in an engaging and easy to understand way. He has shared the stage with many top human potential leaders, including The Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield, Dr. Stephen Covey, and Ken Wilber, and in 2003 was invited to address the United Nations Values Caucus.
Bill is a member of the Advisory Board of Self Enhancement, Inc., an organization helping inner-city young people and a major donor to several charities helping underprivileged children; a founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council started by best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jack Canfield; and an Inaugural Member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute.
Helping those in need is important to Centerpointe and Centerpointe Director Bill Harris. For that reason, a portion of profits are donated to charitable initiatives.
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful youth development organizations. 90% of SEI students overcome significant barriers to success (poverty, family substance abuse, gang involvement, absent parents, low academic achievement, etc.) to become positive, contributing citizens. SEI’s motto is “Life has options.”
In 2008, for instance, 100% of high school seniors involved in Self Enhancement’s after school program graduated from high school in an inner city school district where less than 50% of students typically graduate. This is despite the fact that SEI youth are chosen from the most at-risk children.
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris is a member of the SEI Board, and in 2009 was the recipient of SEI’s “Life Has Options” award for his long-standing support (see photo on this page). Past recipients of this award include Nike Founder Phil Knight, U.S. Bank, and the Hedinger Family Foundation. Click here to view SEI pamphlet.
To learn more or to donate, visit http://www.selfenhancement.org
St. Mary’s Home for Boys was founded in 1889 as an orphanage for abandoned and wayward children. Today St. Mary’s offers residential treatment and services to at-risk, emotionally disturbed and behaviorally delinquent boys between the ages of 10 and 17 (including some of the most abused–and often violent–youth offenders in several Western states). The individualized program provides each boy with a structured regimen to ensure his successful transition to public school, the community, and appropriate living environment.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.stmaryshomeforboys.org
Unstoppable Giving Foundation was started by best-selling author Cynthia Kersey (Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women), a good friend of Centerpointe and Centerpointe Director Bill Harris. The main purpose of Unstoppable Giving Foundation is building schools in Uganda, Liberia, and Kenya. Their vision is that every child on the planet deserves access to the life-long gift of education. Centerpointe and Centerpointe program participants collaborated to build a school in Kenya in 2008 and 2009 and again in 2014.
For more information, or to donate, visit http://www.unstoppablefoundation.org
Photo Charity raises funds and creates awareness to save and empower homeless youth in San Diego County & beyond.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.photocharity.com
Big Mind, Inc. is a non-profit public charity devoted to actively raising the consciousness of the world by sharing and teaching the Big Mind Big Heart method, as developed by Genpo Roshi over his long career as a Zen Master. All funds go to support the programs and services offered by Big Mind, Inc., including live teaching events and programs; free live internet TV broadcasts (viewed by more than 100,000 people each year); scholarships enabling qualified students to participate in Big Mind Big Heart trainings designed to empower them as therapists, counselors, coaches, educators, spiritual teachers; and programs offered to high schools and universities, rehab facilities, the juvenile justice system, homeless food and shelter programs, and prisons.
Centerpointe Director Bill Harris serves on the Big Mind Advisory Board.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.bigmind.org
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
World Spark was created in 2002 to apply the experience and skills acquired in developing senior and children’s services in the United States to the needs of children throughout the world. Led by Michael Maslowsky, President of World Spark, a highly respected group of leaders formed World Spark as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. World Spark has since formed World Spark Michoacán, its Mexican affiliate, to operate Niños de Guadalupe, a village for children without families located in Las Trojes, Michoacán.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.worldspark.org/
Virgin Unite was started by billionaire Sir Richard Branson to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Their aim is to help revolutionize the way businesses and the social sector work together – driving business as a force for good. Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of additional donations received, go directly to the frontline where they are needed most. Their work focuses on three areas: 1) Big Ideas: Creating new global leadership models to address conflict, climate change and disease. 2) Entrepreneurial Incubator: Bringing together the business and social sectors to develop entrepreneurial approaches that lead to economic empowerment and healthy communities. 3) Business mobilization and Inspiration: Offering consultancy and practical support to make it simple for businesses to become a force for good.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.virginunite.com
Westside Preparatory School is a private inner city school in Chicago, Illinois started by Marva Collins. Ms. Collins and her school were profiled on “60 Minutes” for the remarkable achievements of its student, which included primary grade children doing high school and college-level work.
One article about Marva Collins stated, “Working with students having the worst of backgrounds, those who were working far below grade level, and even those who had been labeled as ‘unteachable,’ Marva was able to overcome the obstacles. News of third grade students reading at ninth grade level, four-year-olds learning to read in only a few months, outstanding test scores, disappearance of behavioral problems, second-graders studying Shakespeare, and other incredible reports, astounded the public.”
Unfortunately, Westside Preparatory School closed in 2008.