Ganzframes & the Brain Machine
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Ganzframes & the Brain Machine

If you're a fan of Planet Weird's Hellier, you may have seen Greg & Dana Newkirk employ the Ganzfeld method. Our Ganzframes take the same principle and apply strobing lights! This is called The Mind Machine. So, What is it? How can you replicate it? And how do we use it?

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wearing the Kasina Mind Machine Ganzframes.

What is it?

As much as I like to avoid using Wikipedia as a source for the occult and supernatural, this will give us a solid foundation:

A mind machine (aka brain machine or light and sound machine) uses pulsing rhythmic sound, flashing light, or a combination of these, to alter the frequency of the user's brainwaves. Mind machines can induce deep states of relaxation,[2] concentration,[3] and in some cases altered states of consciousness[4] which have been compared to those obtained from meditation and shamanic exploration.[

In other words, we're working with a device that uses a combination of rhythmic lights and sounds to induce altered brainstates. But how? And why?

To answer those questions, let's look at the specs of the device I've been toying with: the MindPlace Kasina DeepVision Bundle. According to Kasina's DeepVision Amazon page:

  • Meditation aid - access deeply tranquil states quickly.
  • Clears the mind of extraneous thoughts - silences the "Monkey Mind"
  • Focus and attention trainer
  • Break undesirable states - like anger
  • Facilitate accelerated learning Mood shifter - change your mind!
  • Access altered states of consciousness
  • Stunning audio - visual experience - wow factor!

Background on the Ganzfeld effect

Before we dive into what Ganzframes or the Mind Machine is, we need to talk about the roots or principal idea at work. According to an article by Healthline,

The ganzfeld effect happens when your brain is starved of visual stimulation and fills in the blanks on its own. This changes your perception and causes unusual visual and auditory patterns. It can even lead to hallucinations.

As for the name, Ganzfeld is a German term that means "complete field" or "whole field". Coined in the 1930s by Psychologist Wolfgang Metzger, it means that a subject is exposed to a uniform field of stimulation aka a solid color of light into their eyes via filtered, comfortable methods. Basically, you have a participant with half-cut ping pong balls over their eyes sit in front of a red light.

The first time I tried the Ganzfeld experiment was after watching the Newkirks perform a session via The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult. I remember being terrified to try it at home. Not only was I about to try an experiment for the first time that involved covering my eyes and ears, but I had also heard from hyperbolic Discovery Channel/History Channel shows over the years that the Ganzfeld was a way of "finding God or the Devil". I specifically remember seeing participants over their eyes and sit under the red light only to say they felt something sinister and demonic watching them.

Yikes...Not only did I not experience anything spooky or demonic that night, but I fell asleep wearing half-cut ping pong balls in front of a red Hue light. It would seem those shows were just fear-mongering after all.

Back to Healthline to finish off our understanding of the Ganzfeld effect

If you can see, your brain uses visual input to make sense of the world. To create the ganzfeld effect, you have to deprive your brain of the information it needs to perform this task.

With no incoming signals, your perception of brightness slowly decreases. This is called the fade out.

As retinal cells become more active, you might start to see the blood vessels in your eyes. In a few minutes, things may turn gray. Then you might see zigzag lines, dots, or a blob of color. The full effect usually takes 5 to 7 minutes.

Longer exposure may produce stranger results. Your brain is frantically seeking outside stimuli. Finding none, the higher visual cortex starts amplifying available information, generating visual and auditory hallucinations.

This is where I sadly have had limited success with the Ganzfeld alone. I fail to reach the "Fade Out" stage mentioned above, and it's one of the reasons I'm so fascinated by "Ganzframes".

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How do we use it?

After talking about the setup of the Ganzfeld experiment (solid red light show via filtered light) we can see some immediate differences compared to the Mind Machine using stroboscopic movement coupled with binaural beats..

Final Thoughts

After a solid month with the device using it every other day, I can say it really does help me get into a deep meditative state.

I can't say for sure that the programs I have tried "quiet the Monkey Mind" as my brain goes all kinds of different exploratory paths in meditation. It does help to focus your attention through various pre-installed sessions.

These sessions can be created by users in the community, but it's something that's outside of my comfort zone. I have however downloaded and used community creations to great effect.

TL;DR

Now that we know what we're working with: glasses featuring strobing lights coupled with binaural beats or other audio affects, we can test it.

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