It has been five years since I left my day job to focus on a life of creativity and happiness rather then money, fame and self-righteousness. I have been fortunate enough to have patrons who appreciate my ability to assist them with healing using nutrition, spirituality, computer aided techniques and good old fashioned love and logic.
When I think of one thing that has allowed me to exist outside the mainstream and develop into a Neurohacker it has been the pharmaceutical companies. If it was not for Big Pharma and lemmingesque doctors, I would not have a business.
When I tell people that my business has been getting people off of medication and teaching them how to live healthy and happy lives, I am often scoffed at.
People seem to desire an easy way out of suffering. A brain-trainee of mine was sitting down for a Neurofeedback/ Eye Movement reprocessing session. As I clicked away at the keyboard, entering the proper parameters for her session she asked me if I could just zap her brain and make it go away.
I stopped what I was doing, folded my hands and sat back. “Would you really want me to do that if I could? Because the day of the spotless mind is coming.”
She thought a moment before answering. “No, I do not think I would want you to do that. My mistakes have allowed me to learn and makes me who I am.”
“That is what I thought,” I nodded slowly and went back to programming her session.
It seems that people clamor for quick fixes on the surface of things, but would rather learn from their mistakes instead of erasing them. Maybe there is something to Karma after all?
This brings me to a troubling issue. My beloved field, Brain Imaging/ Neurofeedback is heading for a schism. I see it coming and hereby make this prediction. This is going to be bigger them the Alpha/Theta vs SMR feuds of the 70’s that set the stage for some of the professional infighting amongst the older (uh-hum) Neurogeezers who are still holding grudges over old arguments regarding which is better: integrated circuits or cathode tubes. Hello?
There are some of us Neurohackers who believe that energy should be put into the head in order to change the brain, and there are those of us who think Neurofeedback should be purely patient driven and based on pure operant conditioning.
Tis an interesting conundrum, to add quanta or not to add quanta.
Many Neurohackers claim the results are faster with low level DC current put through the scalp. They are forgetting the lessons of medication, shock therapy and lobotomies. Thus heading down the same slippery slope as psychiatry.
The brain is not going to learn to adapt on its own if it is receiving low level input such as in the LENS System and the new Mindfield Biosystem. I would urge caution when employing one of these systems.
Yes, patients may end up feeling better in the short term; they may end up getting results quicker. However, the subconscious message they are getting is still the same as medication. “You need external help and cannot get better on your own.”
The beauty and simplicity of NFB is that the patient is directing the healing. They are working on changing their lives at the pace they can handle. The amount of destabilization to a person’s life that comes with achieving a healthy brain takes time to reach a new state of equilibrium. Learning should be a continuum and a process, not something you get bestowed in one session.
Why would the field even need to fix something that is not broken? Neurofeedback is in its infancy. Clinicians are just beginning to understand the power of this treatment in treating a myriad of disorders in psychiatry, neurology, and general medicine as well as improving performance.
I do hope that the astute clinicians in this emerging field take note from the lessons of psychiatry and detour from these Low Energy Neurofeedback systems.
Since I am off trekking in the jungle for the next several months, I hope to be filling your brains and hearts with wholesome honest information. My plans are to visit some Shaman, learn some new plant-spirit medicine, and complete another 10 day silent meditation retreat. There will be much to discuss.
Upcoming blogs will include a discussion of childhood DNA methylation and adult behavior, how schizophrenia might be an STD, more incredible neurofeedback results and about 10 more topics I have on tap.
So smoke em if you got em, grab a coldie and hold on to your Dunce Caps. I am just getting started.