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"map of the mind" in coast-to-coast meditation
and consciousness workshops
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How It Works
Awakened Mind Workshops
The Healing History of EEG
The Awakened Mind
The Evolved Mind
Brain Waves and Behavior
Brain Waves and the Body
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biofeedback, or neurofeedback, is a revolutionary
breakthrough in the exploration of meditation and
consciousness, and is reportedly the single fastest-growing
field in health care today. Since the 1950s, practitioners
have used biofeedback to reverse brain anomalies
like epilepsy, panic disorder, anxiety, depression,
and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
One type of neurofeedback is brain wave (EEG)
biofeedback meditation, a psychospiritual tool
for consciousness development that awakens and
connects the frequencies of the brain/mind and
consequently enhances brain function, intelligence,
sensitivity and awareness, intuition and overall
In terms of mind expansion, EEG biofeedback has
no equal. Brainwave mastery enables meditators
to deepen into profound meditation states for
self-discovery, healing and transformation, and
as a result of this inner work, to steadily expand
awareness into the distinctive frequencies of
the Awakened and Evolved Mind patterns (images
Brain wave biofeedback has produced a remarkable
body of research on human
psychophysiology and consciousness. It confirms
without a doubt that the body and mind are so
closely linked as to be one and the same: heal
the body, heal the mind, and vice-versa.
biofeedback meditation is the scientific way to
deepen your meditations, awaken your mind, and
evolve into the best that you can be. Invented
in London during the 1970s by the late C. Maxwell
Cade and further developed by humanistic psychologist
Anna Wise, this technology enhances mental clarity,
creativity, insight, intuition, and spiritual
awareness, thus producing what is known as the
awakened mind of the masters. The Awakened Mind
expands into its fullest potential, heals its
body and soul, and typically embarks on an adventurous
life journey of personal mastery and spiritual
Judith Pennington, certified by Wise as an EEG
consciousness trainer, is one of only 15 to 20
practitioners in the world using biofeedback meditation
to help people master their brain waves and awaken
their minds. The founder of Eagle Life Communications,
Judith teaches meditation and mind expansion across
America; produces guided meditations; and offers
private sessions of meditation and awakened mind
In her own practice, and while assisting Anna
Wise at her five-day seminars at Esalen Institute,
the leading growth center in the United States,
Judith has watched the brain waves of hundreds
of people steadily progress into awakened mind
patterns and, in many cases, an even more advanced
state: the Evolved Mind pattern. The expansion
of consciousness into higher states is consistent,
tangible, and lasting. Over time, self-awareness
and regular meditation continue to stabilize the
awakened mind pattern until it becomes a way of
Judith points out that this is how the masters
attain the self-discipline and spiritual intuition
that lead to enlightenment.
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How It Works
Mind Mirror invented by Cade is a spectrum analyzer
that receives the electrical current generated
by thought and splits these brain waves into frequencies
showing up on a computer screen as moving horizontal
bands. The moving bands comprise patterns of consciousness.
The biofeedback therapist, while observing these
brain wave patterns, is able to guide the client
into a deep, profound meditation geared to self-discovery,
healing or transformation, in accordance with
the client’s stated needs. The meditator
usually experiences an expansion of creativity,
insight and healing in the course of a 90-minute
session, some 30 minutes of which are the guided
meditation. Fifteen minutes are dedicated to hooking
up the client to the Mind Mirror; the remainder,
to processing what the client experienced and
recommending a plan of action for further mind
At the close of the session, the consciousness
trainer shows the client a series of brain wave
drawings made at different stages during the meditation
and may refer to the real-time patterns stored
in a computer record of the session. The therapist
also reports on the stages of physical arousal
or relaxation measured by an Electrical Skin Response
(ESR) meter manufactured in England as a complement
to the Mind Mirror. These measurements of
the body and mind, and the client’s reported
states of consciousness, almost always agree and
clearly indicate what brain wave categories, if
any, need development. The therapist suggests
ways to do this.
At home and work, the client uses landmarks (words
or images) created during the session to enter
meditation quicker and more easily, and to recreate
peaceful, expanded states of mind. Regular meditation
practice using these brain wave mastery techniques
conditions the awakened mind pattern of clarity,
creativity, insight, intuition, and spiritual
The “aha” understanding of the Awakened
Mind comes from an open, flowing state of consciousness
that is self-aware and connected to its spirit,
others, and the world. The awakened mind creatively
solves problems with the infinite wisdom of its
subconscious and unconscious, and steadily shifts
its locus of control from outer to inner authority.
Each session of biofeedback meditation yields
profound, life-changing insights that steadily
evolve the mind, heart, body and soul.
The Healing History of
revolutionary technology dates back to the 1950s,
when University of Chicago psychology professor
Joe Kamiya hooked up graduate student Richard
Bach to see what the brain waves of introspection
looked like. Kamiya discovered that introspection
and dreaming produce different brain wave frequencies.
More importantly, he learned that the relaxed
awareness of the alpha bandwidth of frequencies
(8-14 hertz) were "felt" by Bach as
a specific state and could be reproduced by him
In the 1960s biomedical pioneer Barry Sterman
(now professor emeritus of neurobiology and psychiatry
at UCLA) used brain wave biofeedback to successfully
treat epilepsy. Sterman’s remarkable successes
began with his discovery that producing beta frequencies
(12-15 hertz) over the sensorimotor cortex of
a cat’s brain created a rhythm that enabled
the cat to sleep better. Then Sterman taught more
than a dozen cats to produce these beta frequencies
in return for a shot of broth and milk.
The cats trained by Sterman in 12-15 hertz sensorimotor
response (SMR) were inadvertently used in a U.S.
Defense Department study designed to decrease
the effects of a dangerously toxic rocket fuel
on military pilots. Sterman found that the brains
of the SMR-trained cats had been strengthened,
which lowered their susceptibility threshold to
the rocket fuel and induced specific, measurable
physiological changes in their bodies: shifts
in neural circuitry (that is, the electrical pathways
of thought) and deeper levels of relaxation which
reduced heart rate, respiration, reflex time and
demonstrated a clear connection
between mind and physiology.
Other studies followed and in subsequent decades
brain wave training proved successful in resolving
a wide array of mental, emotional and physical
Closed head injuries
Post-traumatic stress syndrome
Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Immune system dysfunction
Unresolved emotional and physical trauma
While Sterman’s SMR and other site-specific
brain wave training methods are direct and physiological
in approach, the alpha, theta and delta ("deep
state" meditation) training methods are
a generalized approach that more closely resembles
the psychotherapeutic model.
Essentially, the physiological and psychotherapeutic
approaches to healing treat the same problems,
only from different perspectives.
was applied to consciousness research in the 1950s
with Joe Kamiya in the United States and with
C. Maxwell Cade in 1960s England. Cade, an electronics
wizard and Zen meditation master, invented a unique
EEG biofeedback device, the Mind Mirror, and took
a more unrestrained approach to consciousness
research than did Kamiya.
Cade wanted to trace the development of consciousness,
so he measured the brain waves of spiritually
advanced yogis in meditation and ordinary waking
states. He discovered a common brain wave pattern
and the key characteristics of the Awakened Mind:
heightened mental clarity, creativity, insight,
intuition and spiritual connection. Cade found
that people with an Awakened Mind enjoy an open,
flowing and highly creative state that is the
hallmark of success in business and in everyday
In 1973, humanistic psychologist Anna Wise began
to work with Cade in London. Over the next 30
years Wise conducted people into meditative states
while they were hooked up to the Mind Mirror.
Her discoveries profoundly advanced our understanding
of consciousness, how it works and its direct
influence on the body-mind.
In 1981, recognizing the ability of biofeedback
meditation to awaken and evolve the mind and body,
Wise returned to the United States and expanded
beyond Cade’s focus on spirituality and
consciousness. Over the next 20-odd years she
measured the brain waves of artists, composers,
dancers, inventors, mathematicians, scientists,
CEOs and presidents of corporations.
She saw what Cade saw and more: People with the
awakened, high-performance mind were high achievers
often at the top of their professions. They are
excited, enthusiastic and successful people enjoying
an "aha" experience of life. No matter
what their spiritual orientation, they know how
to quiet the mind, go within and master their
brain waves for insight, healing, creativity and
a happy, satisfying life.
These awakened Westerners possessed the same qualities
of mastery as the yogis and swamis measured by
The Qualities of Mastery
As Wise explains in her books, people enjoying
the qualities of mastery are compassionate, empathetic
and helpful. They are warm, kind, peaceful and
balanced people who are perceptive, insightful
and do not criticize, judge or blame others. Nor
does the awakened person attempt to control the
thoughts or actions of other people. A person
with an awakened mind is naturally devoted to
love and service arising from a deep, heartfelt
devotion to humanity and God, or divine consciousness.
Over the past 30 years, Wise has used biofeedback
meditation training to research and develop in
people this advanced state of consciousness. Her
work and the Awakened Mind are more fully explained
below and in The High-Performance Mind,
the title of Wise’s ground-breaking book
published by Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam in 1995. Its
experiential followup, Awakening the Mind,
was published by Tarcher in 2002.
Rather than develop a "one-size-fits-all"
protocol for Awakened Mind training, Wise pioneered
relaxation and mind-expansion techniques that
enable people to experience biofeedback’s
"felt sense of state" to recreate the
state of consciousness that is optimal for the
The Awakened Mind
Connecting with the deeper self induces in us feelings
of peace and a free-flowing connection to all that
we are and can be. When our minds are awakened we
know and better understand our needs, see and resolve
challenges in creative, positive ways, and are clear
about what we want in life and how to get itat
every step on the path to mastery. For most people,
this self-directed approach to life is deeply fulfilling
and translates into a sense of unbounded freedom
||If you wish to sharpen
your mental acuity, creativity, insight and
intuition to benefit your life and work, then
biofeedback meditation will help you access
and amplify the brain waves of the Awakened
MindTM. This mental state opens
to the deeper, core self and its instinctual
development of our peak potential.
This is the life of evolutionary self-healing, creative
problem-solving, heightened intuition, inventive
leadership and interpersonal success.
The Evolved Mind
||The Awakened Mind, while
doing the work of inner transformation, naturally
expands its brain waves into the transcendence
of the Evolved Mind: a state of cosmic consciousness
involving self-realization, spiritual connection,
and psychic awareness. This is the enlightened
master who heals and transforms the world.
People who reach the Evolved Mind during biofeedback
meditation describe it as “light-filled
bliss and oneness.”
On the Mind Mirror the Evolved state shows up
as a circle of very high-amplitude brain waves.
This is experienced as oneness with the Quantum
Field of universal energy. The Evolved Mind typically
produces the joyful sensations of spiritual ecstasy.
While in past decades the Evolved Mind showed
up on the Mind Mirror only once in awhile, it
appears far more often today. Wise reports—and
Judith also has observed—that increasing
numbers of people are reaching this enlightened
state in meditation and wish to train themselves
to bring it out to the world.
As Wise points out, the Evolved Mind is an act
of grace, a gift of consciousness. Nevertheless,
Judith has developed techniques that tend to induce
the Evolved Mind experience in seasoned meditators
and, on occasion, in non-meditators involved in
the healing arts. This expanded state of intuitive
awareness can only be stimulated by someone who
is awake, aware, and in touch with the light of
higher consciousness. Once the mind awakens and
begins to self-evolve, it draws closer to this
transcendent state until it is perpetual.
Brain Waves and Behavior
pivotal study conducted by Eugene Peniston, PhD.
and psychologist, showed that the alpha-theta
brain waves produced in Awakened Mind training
promote healing states used to treat many things:
from alcoholism and drug addiction to depression
and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Using techniques learned at the Menninger Clinic,
home to the earliest alpha-theta "deep-states"
research, Peniston did brain wave training with
chronic alcoholics at the Fort Lyon, Colorado,
Veterans Hospital. His patients steadily grew
more relaxed and became less depressed, their
endorphin levels stabilized, and their MMPI personality
profiles shifted in more desirable directions.
They also quit drinking and three years later
were still alcohol free.
A wealth of physiological research on alpha-theta
(meditation) training confirms that brainwave
mastery is the key to healing the body and mind.
In a subsequent Peniston study, deep-states alpha-theta
training with veterans suffering post-traumatic
panic attacks, anxiety, depression, phobias, nightmares
and flashbacks cured 12 of the 15 men trained
over the course of a month. Thirty months later,
they were living normal lives, while all 14 in
the control group had relapsed.
The explanation is simple: Biofeedback meditation
accesses deep states in which the brain shifts
its chemistry and neural pathways. The brain and
central nervous system heal themselves and then
begin to heal the consciousness flowing through
every cell of the body-mind.
Change your mind, change
Healing brain waves
Who does not need a frequency tune-up? According
to the latest research in psychology, only those
people who grew up in a consistently safe, secure
and nurturing family environment and have since
led relatively stress- and trauma-free lives.
Or people who did not have perfect families, but
have since healed their wounds by pursuing self-healing
paths such as Alcoholics Anonymous, yoga, meditation,
psychotherapy and spiritual or religious studies.
Researchers say that a great many childrenthe
majority of us, in factdevelop “attachment
disorders” from parenting that was 1) inconsistent
in significant ways; 2) cold and uncaring; or
3) cruelly punishing and abusive. These situations
create in us:
The need to be right
Co-dependency with abusers
Addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, sex and fame
Dissociation from the body
The inability to
form happy, healthy relationships
People with attachment disorder are literally
unable to make real connection with themselves
and others. Right-brain feelings (emotions) are
disconnected from left-brain thinking (reason),
which impairs the human ability to regulate emotions
and self-soothe. The result is pain, personal
problems and potentially ill health.
People who do not normalize the personality’s
damaged neural networks by instinctively self-healing
with awareness programs and/or direct connection
with a higher power attempt to self-medicate with
drugs and alcohol, prostitution, suicide and crime.
Sadly, it is now known that the majority of people
in mental hospitals and jails were abused and
neglected in childhood.
This writer and many researchers believe that
brain wave training speeds up the self-healing
process by conducting people into meditative alpha-theta
Balance left-brain thinking
with right-brain emotion
Reconnect us with the core self and
Awaken us to the love, trust, faith and light-filled
hope within us
and our higher power
This body-mind awakening works so well because
a capable practitioner is able to objectively
facilitate the healing process by watching brain
wave changes on the EEG monitor. The EEG is an
electronic map that guides people back to health.
Peniston’s research proved this definitively,
as have dozens of similar studies repeated over
the past few decades.
Brain waves and violence
Brain wave training done with violent criminals
provides yet stronger proof and illustrates the
extraordinary ability of consciousness development
to heal the human brain and nervous system.
Postmortem work and MRI studies have shown that
some people who are cruelly abused and neglected
as infants and children develop 20 percent fewer
neurons in the prefrontal cortex of the brain,
where rational thought is processed; as a result,
they are unable to make reasoned decisions or
grasp the consequences of their actions.
Mentally and physically “deadened”
by the lack of love, they are unable to empathize,
trust or attach; process their emotions in the
right prefrontal cortex, the seat of negative
feelings like rage, jealousy, hatred, vengeance
and depression; and become aggressive, antisocial
and cold-blooded criminals "hard-wired"
Deep-states brain wave training reverses these
In research carried out by Douglas Quirk, a Ph.D.
psychologist at the Ontario Correctional Institute
near Toronto, criminals trained to produce the
alpha-theta frequencies of meditation (the threshold
of the Awakened Mind) shifted their brain wave
activity to the more positive left prefrontal
cortex where we experience love, joy, peace and
In another study, Quirk did brain wave training
with 77 convicts using Barry Sterman’s
12-15 hertz SMR protocol and galvanic skin response
(see History) to teach
the offenders to relax. Quirk believed all of
the subjects to be victims of head injury or abuse
that created in them, as in epileptics, an electrical
"seizure" in the drive centers of the
brain. They exhibited sudden rages, violent or
addictive behavior, and uncontrolled acts.
A year and a half after the offenders were released
from prison, Quirk found that those who had received
zero to four sessions of brain wave training had
a 65 percent rate of rearrests for violent offenses,
a figure in keeping with the national recidivism
rate. But those who received thirty-four or more
sessions from Quirk had an astonishingly low 20
percent rate of rearrest.
EEG biofeedback meditation and self-healing programs
connect left-brain reason with right-brain emotion;
amp-up the left prefrontal cortex to shift from
negative to positive emotional processing; increase
blood flow to grow new neurons; and enhance body-mind
awareness as the brain and central nervous system
build and improve their circuitry.
In these studies we see the same trend as in Awakened
Mind training: Once people experience peaceful,
meditative states and expanded perspectives, neural
pathways shift, brain cells grow and the result
is a new start in life.
Brain Waves and the Body
scientists believe that neurofeedback heals epilepsy,
brain injury and other neurological disorders by
flooding the dendrites (thought-impulse receptors)
in the area of the brain being trained. The blood
flow reorganizes and strengthens existing connections
so that cells can self-regulate.
Brain wave training is widely believed to increase
the stability and flexibility of the brain, or its
ability to move between mental states. The healthier
the neurons, the healthier the systems they govern.
While most brain wave research comes out of studies
on epilepsy, ADD and alcoholism, the anecdotal evidence,
stories and data gathered by thousands of well-trained,
intelligent professionals is compelling, according
to Jim Robbins, author of A Symphony in the Brain:
The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback.
Of particular interest is a theory posed by EEG
biofeedback practitioners who believe that the health
of the body derives from the health of the brain
and/or central nervous system. The theory goes like
overaroused nervous system produces physical
and mental stress, anxiety, agitation, impulsivity
and anger. Hyperarousal is thought to be the cause
of nervous system burnout and physical conditions
like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia,
chronically underaroused nervous system
produces some types of depression, lack of motivation
instability produces bipolar disorder,
migraines, PMS, panic attacks, motor and vocal tics,
vertigo, teeth grinding, epilepsy and other problems.
An analogy used to explain brain instability is
an automobile with loose lug nuts and a wobbly front
end. Sometimes the car drives well, but at other
times it veers off in one direction or another and
there is nothing the driver can do.
In the above model nearly all health problems flow
from overarousal, underarousal or instability in
the central nervous system. When any of these conditions
causes too much stress in the brain and body, predisposed
conditions flare up: joint pain, sleeplessness,
migraines, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, attentional
problems and so forth.
This theory could conceivably hold the secret to
the body-mind connection: 1) A stressed central
nervous system "shorts out" and causes
problems. 2) Neurofeedback corrects them by relaxing
the body and rebalancing the brain, which reconnects
and heals the central nervous system; the CNS can
then work to re-coordinate a large number of interconnected
systems within the body and mind.
Every researcher would agree that neurofeedback
is all about restoring the body-mind balance that
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Visit this site to learn more about Anna Wise and
to see the brain wave patterns and frequencies of
the Awakened and Evolved Mind patterns. Also shown
are particulars on the Mind Mirror.
The most informative biofeedback research organization
on the web. Contains information on the annual Winter
Brain even and abstracts by leaders in this field.
(Association of Applied Psychophysiological Biofeedback).
A professional organization for all kinds of biofeedback
research. The largest group within the organization
is that of EEG practitioners.