“Neurofeedback is considered the most significant advance toward positive transformation since the discovery of meditation.”
Mattieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk, Author, Interpreter for the Dalai Lama
Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery, Nepal
“... with neurotherapy (neurofeedback) we are compressing time, and, in less than 2 months, achieving results that adepts such as yogis experience only after many years of meditating.”
Nancy White, PhD, LPC, LMFT, AAC, BCN Fellow, QEEG-D
Pioneer in field of applied neuroscience
“Alpha Theta neurofeedback is more like Zen than Yoga meditation and shares many if not all basic dimensions of traditional mystical experience”.
James V. Hardt, PhD
Many of the pioneers of neurofeedback became interested in this approach when studies of meditators and yogis showed that they were able to achieve transcendent, or deep spiritual states of consciousness marked by characteristic patterns in EEG recordings. The EEG revealed the brain activity underlying these states and by using EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback, one could train the brain to create the deep states of accomplished meditators in an accelerated fashion.
Elmer and Alyce Green of the Menninger Foundation, pioneers in the science of consciousness, wrote of their work on this idea: "Theta training is a form of accelerated meditation -- and the benefits to its users are incalculable. They range from better physical functioning, to improved emotional balance, to sharpened intellect, to true creativity -- to the solution of "insoluble" problems in unpredictable ways, coming into mind as from another dimension."
Alpha Theta training and a brief history of it is described under its own heading in our site, outlining the many uses and advantages it provides, but here the emphasis is on its use as a means of accelerated learning as an aid to meditation. Using this protocol, the brain is guided to meditative states through direct feedback, an advantage that beginning meditators don’t have, and guidance that even experienced meditators can appreciate. Experiencing these states, the meditator can then learn to create them without neurofeedback. While Alpah Theta training has traditionally been used for meditators in our field, other approaches that achieve a variety of meditative states have also been developed.
If you are interested in Alpha Theta neurofeedback, we suggest that you look at Elmer Green’s article in our Research and Reading section and then call to discuss your interest and any questions you might have. We suggest a 24 session course of treatment as that has been established through research to be a very good foundation, yet there are individual differences and shorter courses might apply.