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Neurofeedback

Imagine you’ve never upgraded your computer’s operating system (OS).  Your computer may run quite slowly, its programs might not work so well, and it may struggle to perform various tasks.  In a way, the mental constructs of the mind that we absorb in childhood and in the early years of life, as well as the various traumas and stresses we endure, are like an operating system in our brains.  This internal OS determines how we make decisions and choices and is the basis for our belief systems and our approaches to life.  

Just like in a computer, whose OS is running in the background and is invisible to the human eye, our mental constructs are operating unconsciously.  However, in order to upgrade our internal OS, we must begin to see the level of disorder in the mind. This requires us to become much more conscious and aware of how our internal computers are operating in our day-to-day lives.

Since our brains are like computers, processing efficiency and effectiveness are key to reducing stress and increasing joy.  Neurofeedback, or brain wave training, can act as a tool to help us optimize our internal OS by assisting us to be more present, more in the moment, and less caught up in our thoughts.  Because brain waves seem to be dedicated to various brain functions, training them can literally change the structure and function of the brain. Improved brain function can increase creativity and stimulate innovative abilities to solve life problems.  

Neurofeedback is even more effective when combined with spiritual counseling.  As we begin to see more clearly the unconscious operating system, i.e. beliefs, mental constructs, etc., we become less identified with our thoughts/feelings and, therefore, less fearful. When we are less fearful, we can respond with less reactivity and make better choices. Essentially we have increased our bandwidth so that we have a broader range for making choices that reduce disorder in our life.  The effect of this is increased consciousness, allowing us to face life’s challenges with greater ease.

How is neurofeedback done?
We place sensors on the head and ears to measure and record the brain wave activity.  Then high-tech equipment will display the real-time audio and visual feedback on the 4 key frequency bands on the screen.  No electrical current is put into your brain.  From this we produce a brain map which helps guide the clinician as to which areas...
So how does neurofeedback help and what is it doing?
Neurofeedback is a form of “operant conditioning”.  In psychology this is a method that occurs through rewards and punishment of a behavior.  We do this same thing in the brain by either rewarding or discouraging various frequency bands.  The technology translates brain waves into sound forms or visual stimuli.  Listening to those tones/music or watching a video then affect the...
Why have I not heard of Neurofeedback before, if it works for so many things?
Barry Sterman, a professor emeritus of departments of Neurobiology and Psychiatry had the opportunity to receive some funding back in the mid 80’s from the National Institute of Health (NIH) however after receiving the grant it was pulled.  Why? Neurofeedback does not fit the normal model of medical procedures.  Most medical applications involve something being done to the patient such...
Why does neurofeedback work for so many things?
The brain is responsible for everything that we do. Cumulative trauma and stress over time cause brain wave patterns to change.  How that then presents for each person will be different.  What neurofeedback does is help to balance the various brain waves which in turn affect the neuro-pathways of the brain which ultimately affect behavior and function of the brain. ...
Brief History of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback had its birth in the late 1960’s and into the 1970’s.  Elmer Green was one the leading pioneers in the field who used Biofeedback equipment to measure the brain waves of yogis from India. It was discovered that internal states could be controlled through mediation and thought. Another person who had a huge impact on the field was Joe...
What are the Limitations of Neurofeedback?
As with anything in life there are some limitations and Neurofeedback has its own as well.   First lets point out one important fact which is that Neurofeedback works and when it does not work there must be a good reason for it.  Even if you have some of the following items below it is best to have a brain map...