Virtuosity uses the cutting edge technology to train the self-regulation
of mental states. Electroencephalograph (EEG) biofeedback is used, more
currently called neurofeedback. Clients sit comfortably as saline sensors
are placed on the scalp to pick up the electrical activity of the neurons
of the brain. This process is completely safe and noninvasive.
In the first session we begin with a basic introduction to various brainwave
categories and their relationship to state of mind. Using the Awakened
Mind protocol we will do an assessment of your brainwaves. You will
have an opportunity to see your brainwaves and explore techniques for
reducing the fastest wave activity (beta) and accessing the slower activity
of alpha and theta waves. As you explore deeper states you may gain insight
about the issue that brought you here. We will complete with a discussion
of your personal needs and goals.
In next session we will do the OPEN FOCUS™ and
Neural Synchrony protocol. The client will begin attention exercises
and explore the relationship of their personal goals to the habits of
mind that will facilitate their progress. We will look at “ANTS” – automatic
negative thoughts – and use “ant-eater” techniques
to deal with them. Negative thinking directly affects the state of mind
and the quality of our lives.
As the process continues, we work from the state of mind and content
perspective to attain the goals of the client. Once a more flexible attention
style is developed, the client has more awareness and insight about what
is next in the process. One of the benefits of the Brainwave Virtuosity
program is that it is a lead/follow process that unfolds session by session.
Integration on multiple levels is happening simultaneously.
Dr. Vazquez has many tools to draw from to extend the awareness of the
state of mind training into daily life including yoga and breath work,
improvisation, music, and flow state training.
Clients are asked to commit to a minimum of three individual sessions
so they have the opportunity to do both the OPEN FOCUS™ with
the synchrony neurofeedback and the Awakened Mind bio-monitoring protocol,
with follow up guidance on personal goals. The stabilization of beneficial
changes in brainwave patterns occurs over time. The average length of
weekly brainwave training sessions is 3-6 months. There are materials
for home practice that will contribute to the client’s overall
progress. There will be opportunities to complement individual sessions
with 4-6 week classes. (Check
the events page.)
Awakened Mind Pattern – Peak Creativity, Insight
animated image is an example of the Awakened Mind pattern produced by
the Mind Mirror, which is a type of EEG. Ms. Wise has observed the creative
states of hundreds of clients in states of peak creativity and meditation.
She has found that the brainwave pattern underlying creativity is a combination
of all of the categories of brainwaves - (lower frequency) beta, alpha,
theta, and delta. This pattern is called the "Awakened Mind" and
was first observed by her teacher, biophysicist and Zen master, Maxwell
Cade, as the waking state of expert meditators. Ms. Wise built on Cade's
work and found that this is also the fluid state that underlies creativity.
Here one experiences the concentration and focus of the beta, the calm,
detached awareness of the alpha, the expressive, emotive qualities present
in the subconscious theta, and the expansive radar sense of the delta.
A basic step in accessing the Awakened Mind pattern is to learn how to
access the Meditation pattern.
Dimensions of Attention and OPEN FOCUS™
Too often, the brain is stuck in an attention pattern that elevates
stress rather than allowing the open, relaxed awareness pattern that
leads to lasting success in life. On the most basic level the brain needs
to diffuse stress and refresh itself. Our society often fosters a type
of narrow objective attention that causes chronic stress - our brains
did not evolve to be able to deal with stress that goes on for hours,
days and even years. We are so accustomed to the many physical and psychological
effects of stress that most of us think they are normal. Much of what
we think of as the aging process is the effect of this narrow focus attention
and the fight or flight response we have acclimated to. Attention is
our interface with the external and internal world, effecting our mental
state and physiology. As we learn how to self-regulate and open the focus
of attention, our relationship to the world shifts - life becomes much
richer, more joyful, and we discover a wealth of inner resources.
You can understand the dimensions of attention more easily by using
the painting by Paul Vazquez as an example. When you are in narrow
focus you identify a subject in the painting and focus there, letting
everything else take a supporting role. Artists assist us in seeing beyond
a narrow focus that judges the importance of things and puts them in
specific relationships. Where would your eye go for the foreground and
background in this painting? When you experience yourself as separate
from the subject of this painting, you would be in narrow objective attention.
When you soften your eyes and sense peripheral space and the space between
you and this image, you will begin to perceive the merging of the foreground
and background in this painting, dimensions may shift – this is
diffuse attention. As you begin to bring more of yourself into the sensory
experience of this painting, you are moving into immersed attention.
The artists’ vision ignites the imagination - not only with shifting
dimensions and perceptions, but also with images that flow from the
deeper mind and communicate the timeless, infinite human spark.