A dramatic shift in Kris Rossel’s brain from theta to delta, she rapidly relaxed .
After the dramatic shift in Kris Rossel’s brain from theta to delta, she rapidly relaxed – in fact, her whole demeanour changed.
“The computer is the new guru,” Sean Adam
“The computer is the new guru,” Alpha-Learning director Sean Adam is fond of saying. The Lotus-Brainwave system not only shifts the activity of the two brain hemispheres towards greater symmetry, the EEG component shows that this is so. Built in biofeedback software also allows training towards greater conscious brainwave control, power and lower amplitude, thus inducing calmer mental states.
Recorded surface electrical activity of the brain.
Neurologists will argue about how much one can learn merely from the recorded surface electrical activity of the brain. But the Alpha-Learning system is only concerned with left-right and front-back symmetry.
Julia Lowes checks flashing lights to treat a race horse
Julia Lowes checks the computer-controlled flashing gold lights and headphones prior to her treatment of Shirazi. This promising four-year-old flat racer won two races in the 2001 season before losing his appetite and stamina. In addition to more traditional steroid jabs, his owner is also putting faith in this additional therapy for no other reason than that he sees the improvement that it has made.
The Alpha-Learning Institute claims its machine can lead to continual improvement of IQ and the ability to reduce stress
It wins no prizes for style or design, but the Alpha-Learning Institute claims 15 minutes a week on its machine can lead to continual improvement in all manner of measurements, from IQ to the ability to resist stress. Adam, a former world record holder in several speed-reading and memory categories, is an eloquent proponent of his system.
“This is not mysticism, it’s electromagnetism,” said Sean Adam
“This is not mysticism, it’s electromagnetism,” said Sean Adam during his first session with Kris Rossel. However, at times during our observation of sessions and talking to parents, the distinction could seem blurred.
Five minutes into her first 12-minute session, the severely disabled Kris Rossel starts to respond to the impulses.
Five minutes into her first 12-minute session, the severely disabled Kris Rossel starts to respond to the impulses. Sean Adams explains that her goose bumps are from, “from bio-electrical energy discharge.” After a spasm she let out a huge yawn, followed by a smaller spasm. After that she was quiet and a great heat came from the front of her scalp. According to Karin, Kris’ mother, Kris has shown exciting improvements since her introduction to the Lotus-Brainwave system eight years ago.
Kris Rossel, responds heavily on light and sound
Kris Rossel, this time releasing a large yawn, as she settles down from the brief convulsion that passed without any other intervention than the light and sound source.
The program brings Chris down from the theta to the delta brain state, a state of deep relaxation and pain relief.
Sean Adam points out the 10-minute point at which Kris Rossel convulsed out of her chair before relaxing: when the program took her down from the theta to the delta brain state, a state of deep relaxation and pain relief.
Martin Van Der Hoeven returning for a booster session on the Lotus programme
Martin Van Der Hoeven returning for a booster session on Lotus, and to experiment with combining the Lotus software and Rolfing’s physiotherapy technique to further improving a club foot that had begun to move back into place (though some tendons had become shortened).
Lowes , attaches gel-covered EEG electrodes to a racehorse
Julia Lowes (left) attaches conducting gel-covered EEG electrodes to a racehorse having shaved the hide first, while her mother Pippa checks the Brainwave EEG readings on laptop PC.
Gina Adam demonstrates specially filtered glasses to see bio-electrical aura around a person or living thing.
Wife of Sean and an Alpha-Learning trainer herself, Gina Adam demonstrates the specially filtered glasses that enable course attendees to see the bio-electrical aura around a person or living thing. This ability is awakened or heightened in course attendees.
Sean Adam demonstrates one of the sporting applications of the Alpha-Learning system
Sean Adam demonstrates one of the sporting applications of the Alpha-Learning system – improving one’s golf swing. Many course attendees who play, report improved handicaps as a result of a better ability to ‘quieten’ the mind during the swing and when putting.
Jos Van Es works on his brain damage , from a car accident
Jos Van Es took a course with his family in 1994 in an attempt for them all to come to terms with his brain damage, incurred in a car accident. Having lost his senses of taste and smell, frustration at the inability of therapists to tell him what was wrong or to do anything about his symptoms had left him also prone to anger and confusion, with upsetting consequences for home and work life. Here, he’s wired for his first EEG.
Prof. Rainer Dieterich Using a biofeedback device at the Bundeswehr University in Hamburg.
Using a biofeedback device at the Bundeswehr University in Hamburg, Prof. Rainer Dieterich measures various physiological functions related to relaxation.
Light & sound is a common element of many religions
Light (in the form of fire) coupled with sound is a common element of many religions, not just ‘pagan’ rituals.
Watching your mother’s brain activity as she looks at yours – how’s that for bonding?
Watching your mother’s brain activity as she looks at yours – how’s that for bonding? Initially sceptical, Marianne Van Es (top) was warmly enthusiastic at the end of their 1994 course. Nancy (19), at the outset bubbly and outwardly excited, became increasingly troubled by the experience.
Kris Rossel being ‘wired’ for an EEG prior to her first session
Kris Rossel being ‘wired’ for an EEG prior to her first session on the Lotus light and sound machine.
Julia Lowes set her system up in one of the stables .
Julia Lowes bought the Alpha Learning equipment bit-by-bit and set it up in one of the stalls at the stables where she worked. It was the jockeys who pointed out that two of ‘her’ horses seemed unusually relaxed, an observation that led to her successfully using the system on animals – and to finding a new career.
Alpha treatment with stressed animals .
With animals, like humans, touch remains important even in the most technology-centred treatment.
Alpha-Learning experience prompt philosophical or therapeutic questions – the mutability of the self
Inevitably, if you’re conducting a course dealing with the brain, personality issues rise to the surface, giving many private courses – and some professional ones too – a high emotional charge. How much do any of us really want to know about our most personal organ? Aspects of the whole Alpha-Learning experience prompt philosophical and not just technical or therapeutic questions – the mutability of the self, the material basis of personality, our contradictory desire for and fear of change.
Sean Adam studied & practiced several techniques used in religions and martial arts for mastering brain control
Sean Adam has studied many and practiced several of the 120-or-so techniques documented by religions and martial arts for mastering brain control and balancing its hemispheres. His conclusion is that they all work; choosing one technique over the others depends on how much time you can devote, and what your religious preferences happen to be.
The brain altering effects of light and sound in terms of fire and drums is at least 65,000 years old
The brain altering effects of light and sound in terms of fire and drums is at least 65,000 years old. This hit and miss ‘natural’ brain machine has been used ever since by witch doctors and shamans, and still has the power to hypnotise.
Brainwaves emitted using a Mind Mirror machine.
Measuring the type of brainwaves emitted using the Mind Mirror machine.
The Lotus-Brainwave light and sound device performs its 12-minute ‘brain stretch’ .
Kris Rossel is reassured through touch as the Lotus-Brainwave light and sound device performs its 12-minute ‘brain stretch’ on her.
Professor Rainer Dieterich using Alpha learning to speed train German army officers.
Professor Rainer Dieterich at the University of Hamburg is one of few academics who are using the Alpha Learning system. He’s using it to speed train German army officers.
Kris Rossel after her first 12-minute session More relaxed, her drooling has stopped and her breathing is smoother
Kris Rossel shortly after her first 12-minute Lotus session in 1994. More relaxed, her drooling has stopped and her breathing is smoother. She made no effort at any time to remove the glasses or headphones. Her eyes are much also much stiller. Though never freed from the wheelchair, Kris had stayed epilepsy drug-free (between 1994 and 2002) using Lotus to control her convulsions.