As with any technology, a certain area of knowledge is applied toward achieving practical results. Theoretical abstractions are reduced into realizable form. Biocognitive technology is no different. The general separation from other technologies is that biocognitive technology doesn't rely exclusively on devices or material artifacts. It relies on using the body's capacities.
Biocognitive also relates to using one's resources to increasing awareness in general. In this light, mysticisms found in philosophies and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Judaism, and Christianity are cognitive, or consciousness, technologies. They are highly structured systems that promote awareness. When we include biological and/or bioenergetic principles with cognitive ability, we have biocognitive technology. The practice of a mysticism as applied toward healing, of directly changing biological conditions. The biocognitive technology of Taoism, for example, led to the bioenergetic technology of acupuncture.
Relating this to bioenergetic anatomy, we can account for laying-on-of-hands healing, for instance. Specifically, a healer focuses bioenergy toward the healing of another. If the approach also incorporates instructing the patient to become more aware of the cause of disease, laying-on-of-hands healing enters another domain of technology. The practice isn't just bioenergetic, it is biocognitive as it deliberately develops the awareness of the patient as part of the healing. In this instance, material technology isn't required. Often healers use a chakra model to help account for their effectiveness.
An example of biocognitive technology that bridges material technology is Hemi-Sync®, a sound-energy technology that enhances cognition. Hemi-Sync, short for “hemispheric synchronization,” was initially developed by Robert Monroe, a sound engineer and producer of hundreds of radio network programs, as well as a person who gained notoriety by reporting his out-of-body experiences. It is now employed for many uses by The Monroe Institute.61, 62
This technology uses sound to help balance the electrical activity of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This automatically focuses attention, enabling the listener to more fully investigate aspects of consciousness. In recent years, scientific research has led to the popularization of a psychological model of brain functions, which allows us to clarify different modes of perception. In short, the right hemisphere of the brain perceives in a holistic, spatial, intuitive, and symbolically-oriented manner. In contrast, the left hemisphere processes information in a linear, sequential, and analytical fashion.63 The brain hemispheres, control the opposite sides of the physical body, correlate to the first and second energy fields, to the right and left sides of the energy body, with the left hemisphere corresponding to the linear, right side of the energy body and the right hemisphere to the potential and imaginative capacities of the left-side.
The idea is that Hemi-Sync builds on the principle that the brain can follow, or entrain to, brain-wave frequencies—delta (.5-4Hz), theta (4-8Hz), alpha (8-13Hz), beta (13-30Hz), and gamma (30+Hz)—as outlined in chapter three. To establish this frequency following response, slightly different audio frequencies are sent to each hemisphere of the brain, preferably using stereo headphones for increased efficiency. If a 100Hz tone is sent to one ear and a 110Hz tone to the other, the brain mixes these signals and automatically produces the difference between the two signals. In this instance, the brain generates a 10Hz binaural beat. The brain then resonates at 10Hz, thus producing more alpha waves. The person then becomes more relaxed and experiences more mental imagery—a state known to correlate with dominant alpha activity.64
To expand this, imagine simultaneously establishing binaural beats of 4Hz and 16Hz. At 4Hz the brain is resonating near delta, so the listener would gradually experience more perceptions characteristic of deep sleep. But a 16Hz beta wave is also being generated, leading the person to remain awake and alert, and able to consciously perceive what happens during the corresponding sleep state. You are awake within a dream, courtesy of technology. This offers myriad applications from learning to healing. Although The Monroe Institute has yet to scientifically document the effects of Hemi-Sync on brain-wave activity, over the years it has provided benefit to thousands of people.
Another example of a material biocognitive technology is radionics, a controversial technology which is thought to provide diagnostic and healing capability through the application of specific frequencies in order to balance frequencies associated with disease. It is often likened to homeopathy in that it is more gentle and noninvasive than the Rife Beam Ray, a bioenergetic technology. Like X-ray technology, Rife's technology acts by itself on a person. However, the immediate consciousness of the radionics operator is an integral component of the technology. The operator's intent guides the process as his or her mind attunes to the subtle energies of the patient. A radionic feedback device, a box, acts as intermediary by providing the operator sensations that offer feedback regarding the degree of operator-patient attunement and the nature of the remedy. Because of the cognitive aspect, radionics has also been called a "psychotronic" or "psychoenergetic" technology.65
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