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Free Meditation Course: Do You Meditate?

Photo by Timothy Vogel https://www.flickr.com/photos/vogelium/5830692551/

Do You Meditate is a free, one week course by Jeremy Peters that promises a no-nonsense meditation program free from religious dogma and new-age-nonsense.

SIGN UP. OR NOT.

One of the things I like about this course is that you can pretty much start right away. Either sign up for the course with your email and receive daily lessons or just click through the days at your own pace: the emphasis here is practicing meditation. I signed up for the email course because I like a daily reminder, and I found that his prompts are timely and concise, his list seems well managed, and he comes across as conscientious and respectful.

THE PROGRAM

Each exercise is approximately seven to twelve minutes, with the meditations getting progressively longer with each day. While each daily lesson is informative, I never feel like the program is didactic: I appreciate the concise nature of each lesson.

Each meditation is accompanied by an excerpt of Surf Series, a special audio program featuring the sound of gentle ocean surf enhanced with binaural beats, an audio brainwave technology that can help you achieve deeper and more relaxing states of meditation.

Day 1 – Getting Started
Day 2 – Physical Sensations
Day 3 – Thoughts and Posture
Day 4 – Emotions
Day 5 – Distracting Thoughts
Day 6 – The Sea
Day 7 – The Present

Meditation is not difficult: the important thing is practice, and this is where Do You Meditate shines: it is an excellent introduction to the basics of meditation and is perfectly structured for the first time meditator. If you are intimidated by the process of meditation or you are concerned that you cannot find the time to do it, then Do You Meditate is for you: it is a great way to become comfortable with the discipline of meditation.


Photo Credit: Meditate by Timothy Vogel

WARNING: The music featured on Do You Meditate is from Surf Series and contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Announcing “Savasana Escape”

I had the pleasure of contributing a meditative binaural beat matrix to Savasana Escape by multi-instrumentalist Tommy Gravino. This is a beautifully relaxing album available exclusively from SamVit Wellness, an organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and caregivers on how to integrate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional care with the intention of optimizing health, vitality, and quality of life.

Savasana Escape is available exclusively from SamVit Wellness.

Get to know more about Tommy on Facebook or visit his homepage.


WARNING: This music contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Announcing “Regenerate”

Regenerate is a regenerative healing field tuned to encourage the health and well being of the mind, body, and spirit.

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An Academic Researcher in the field of Longevity and Consciousness asked me to create a regenerative healing field tuned to encourage the health and well being of the mind, body, and spirit. The resulting work is Regenerate, the foundation of which is the Abrahams Universal Healing Rate, a 1.5Hz binaural beat frequency said to alleviate physical, mental, and spiritual pain. Another key frequency used in Regenerate is a 7.83Hz binaural tone to stimulate the pituitary gland encouraging the release of human growth hormone, which has a number of rejuvenation effects including improved injury recovery. A number of other frequencies, specifically 6.3Hz and 10.5Hz are frequencies associated with physical and emotional healing. Finally, there is a combination of a 22.027Hz Rife frequency associated with Serotonin production and 38Hz Endorphin release.


WARNING: This music contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Cover photo by DownTownApocalypse via Public Domain Dedication License

Announcing “Rise and Shine”

I’ve recently had the pleasure of producing a number of meditation projects with SamVit Wellness, an organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and caregivers how to integrate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional care with the intention of optimizing health, vitality, and quality of life.

Rise and ShineRise and Shine is a morning meditation for creating your perfect day.

The music of Rise and Shine creates a sense of momentum that can help you efficiently start your day. Contained within the music of Rise and Shine are several bands of binaural beat frequencies that gently roll up from a quiet to an alert state in the low-beta range, frequencies that are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning.

This meditation, guided by Allyn Evans, is available exclusively from SamVit Wellness.


WARNING: This music contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Why music boosts your exercise sessions

Thanks to Mark Saltveit’s article Why Music Boosts Your Exercise Sessions, I am now OBSESSED with the “Chicken Fat Song”. Also, I’m quoted in the article so you know it’s solid.

Aggressive workout music can engage the fight-or-flight instinct, which makes a lot of sense if you’re running. But you wouldn’t listen to Nine Inch Nails while you meditate… ~ J.S. Epperson, Fruitguys Magazine

Here is some workout music mixed with Beta Binaural Beats that will help keep you focused and inspired.

New Guided Meditations with Dr. Theresa Bullard

New stuff, friends! Two guided meditations with Dr. Theresa Bullard, in fact. We had previously collaborated on the guided meditations Quantum Insight and Creative Alchemy. Both of these new guided meditations pertain to “The Gap”, which Bullard describes as “…the space between allowed expressions of matter, or the time lapse between events. By focusing on the Gap between events, thoughts, or expressions we can tap into the vast potential of the Quantum Realm.

Connecting To The GapConnecting To The Gap is a quick, open-eyed guided meditation for connecting to the “Gap” in your environment and tapping into a state of quantum awareness.


Into The GapInto The Gap is a deep guided meditation for accessing a state of quantum awareness and training your entire being to feel what it is like to get into the “Gap”, an area where you can tap into vast potential energy.


Both contain an introductory teaching to the gap as well as some follow-up suggestions and tips.

Instrumental versions are available in the album Liminal.

Continue reading New Guided Meditations with Dr. Theresa Bullard

Hemi-Sync® Albums Reissued

Hemi-Sync CDs by J.S. Epperson

I just spent the week at The Monroe Institute and I thought I’d pop into the gift store to make sure they’re still selling my Hemi-Sync® CDs. They are. And I discovered that they have been reissued using the greenest packaging available, made from 100% post consumer recycled paper and plastic and printed with organic, bio-degradable inks.

Check out my Hemi-Sync® CDs and Downloads at Hemi-Sync.com

DISCOGRAPHY: HEMI-SYNC®
Between 1993 to 2009, I created 9 Hemi-Sync® Metamusic® albums. These links will take you to their respective home pages at Hemi-Sync.com where you can read album descriptions written by professionals and download some fantastic music samples. The albums are available for download and on CD.

Refined with over 50 years of research and development, and supported by numerous independent studies, reports, and articles, the patented Hemi-Sync® technology has been scientifically and clinically proven to be effective.

HEMI-SYNC® FOR FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
My collaboration with The Monroe Institute and producer Barbara Bullard resulted in several projects that pioneered the use of designer music embedded with Beta frequencies to enhance focus and concentration. The music in these recordings was modeled on the Superlearning® musical techniques outlined by Ostrander and Schroeder in their book Superlearning®.

2009 Golden Mind
2005 Hemi-Sync® In Motion
2003 Illumination for Peak Performance
2002 Indigo for Quantum Focus
1995 Einstein’s Dream
1994 Remembrance

HEMI-SYNC® FOR MEDITATION
These include Hemi-Sync® meditation frequencies made famous at The Monroe Institute. Ascension is a much loved best-seller while Higher has become synonymous with the Monroe Institute’s Focus 27.

2008 The Lotus Mind
2004 Ascension
1993 Higher

Creating The Tabernacle

For the last 18 months, I have been working with Meredith Cheshire and Sarah Rimel to develop The Tabernacle, a bible based meditation program. It is a two-day workshop in which participants are immersed in a series of progressively expansive guided meditations.

I was first approached by Meredith in August of 2014. She had been a trainer at The Monroe Institute and was familiar with my work with Hemi-Sync®. I was drawn to the challenge of designing the audio for an entire workshop, a two-day arc allowing participants to more fully explore meditative states through music, NLP anchoring techniques, and audio brainwave entrainment technologies, the synergies of which combine to help listeners dive deeper and deeper into meditative states of consciousness.

In spite of my attraction to the scope of the project, I nevertheless wrestled with whether or not I should actually tackle the thing. I belong to no church, and though I am comfortable describing myself as a moral, even spiritual person, I’ve always drawn the line at calling myself “Christian”. I am leery of self-affirmed Christians, especially the loud ones. And I shake my head every time I hear a “Christian” use the Bible to bully others and legitimize narrow social constructs that limit people who are otherwise trying to live their best lives. While my faith may not be in Christ, I do believe in transformation through kindness, compassion, and acceptance, and I believe that The Tabernacle delivers on that.

Meredith often says that “if prayer is asking God for help, then meditation is listening to God for answers.” Maybe. I don’t expect answers and revelations when I meditate, but during a beautiful weekend on the Oregon Coast and very much away from my normal life, there was no lack of inspiration. Searching for confirmation, I wondered how I should approach The Tabernacle and I randomly opened a hotel bible to the following passage: “And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door”. This passage was from a section of Exodus 39:38 called “Moses Inspects the Tabernacle”. If there was a more clear answer to my question, then I do not know what it might have been: approach the project with reverence.

And I did. And now, eighteen months later, The Tabernacle is done. We have concluded beta testing, we have a growing team of trainers, and I am finished with my contribution to the work.

I am already amazed by the personal tales of transformation I am hearing from participants. For some, experiencing The Tabernacle has renewed faith. For others, it has provided life-altering shifts in perspective. For me, participating in the development of The Tabernacle was inspiring, rewarding and fulfilling. And I dare say it provided insights into my own faith.

Sandcrane Productions

The vigilant have already noticed that there are a few new albums bearing my name. They are distributed by Sand Crane Productions, Inc. and they live here. Three of them are new: The Tabernacle Experience, The Scroll, and Bedtime Prayers. Two others are extended versions of tracks previously released on my album Solfeggio Suite and I have allowed them to be remastered and renamed as Praising Angels and Quiet Waters.

Discography: Sandcrane Productions
Between 2014 and 2016, I helped create a two-day, Bible based meditation workshop called The Tabernacle. I also produced a few albums which are available exclusively through Sandcrane.

2016 The Tabernacle Experience
2016 The Scroll
2016 Bedtime Prayers
2016 Praising Angels*
2016 Quiet Waters*
2016 Breath Exercise (Free)

*A shorter version of these albums previously appeared as tracks on the album Solfeggio Suite.

Use code “mellow” for a 20% discount on the music at sandcraneproductions.com

I’ve also been involved in the creation of The Tabernacle Workshop, a two-day, bible-based workshop in which participants are immersed in a series of progressively expansive guided meditations. I’ll write more about that soon.

UPDATE
02012016 – I wrote Creating The Tabernacle

The Daily Commercial

“…Sound designer J.S. Epperson, who recently relocated to Fruitland Park from Los Angeles, helped them rehearse, record and stage original compositions for the two-day program.”

Steve Fussell, The Daily Commercial, Monday, January 25, 2016

And by “from Los Angeles” he means “from Seattle”.

18 months of pouring my heart and soul into planning, writing, recording, mixing, beta-testing, and mastering the most ambitious project of my career and all I see are misstatements of fact.

I sat with Steve for 90 minutes and he never took notes: it’s no wonder he got so much wrong. C’est la guerre…

Green Festival Expo

I was at the Green Festival Expo yesterday to see Barbara Bullard speak about Hemi-Sync® and Metamusic®.

Bullard’s presentation was in-line with her Inspired Parenting article about using Hemi-Sync® and music to help young people with ADD and ADHD. According to the information Bullard presented, children with ADD and ADHD are Theta brainwave dominant and lack the Beta brainwave frequencies associated with sustained periods of quiet focus and concentration.

Many of the Hemi-Sync® recordings produced by Bullard include those critical Beta binaural beat frequencies. She specifically mentioned Hemi-Sync® recordings like Remembrance, Einstein’s Dream, Indigo for Quantum Focus and Illumination for Peak Performance, among others.

Of particular interest to me, she talked about the qualities of music best suited for children. While all of the recordings mentioned above include the Beta brainwave frequencies to improve focus and concentration, not all are suited for children, who can have a fear response to music with complex harmonic structures that adults often find comforting. She illustrated her point by describing the qualities of music ideal for children as exemplified by the album Remembrance, while comparing it to meditation music like Ascension that children might perceive as “spooky” and “frightening”.

Bullard also presented some new information on autism and Theta brainwaves that I thought was pretty interesting, though I need a much better understanding of it before I really bring it up.

Hemi-Sync is available at Hemi-Sync.com

Green Remembrance

I was at the Green Festival Expo on Sunday to see Barbara Bullard speak about Hemi-Sync® and Metamusic® when I noticed that several of the Hemi-Sync® recordings now feature incredibly green packaging. The packaging is now made from 100% post consumer recycled paper and plastic and printed with organic, bio-degradable inks.

I was — perhaps excessively — excited about this new packaging, and I’m surprised Hemi-Sync® hasn’t made a bigger deal about this as the move is completely in-line with their brand.

Remembrance is available at Hemi-Sync.com

Coincidence

I shared the article Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing on Facebook an hour or two ago, and received this nice comment from David S.:

You know Jay, I recently began playing your album Solfeggio Suite for my autistic son when he goes to bed at night. The first day after I started playing it for him his teachers and aides at school remarked how much more calm and receptive he was. Coincidence?

Coincidence. Or not. I don’t know.

The Worst

The Worst Things For Sale, a website that purports itself an authority on the Internet’s most horrible items, named my album Remembrance with Hemi-Sync® as the worst thing for sale on the entire internet on the 26th day of April, 2013.

The manufacturer of this CD from 1994 claims that listening to it can help your ADD, dyslexia, or other learning disorders. Unless it’s made of Adderall, I doubt that’s true.

If it’s made of Adderall, please tell me, by the way… no reason.