Thresholds of the Mind by Bill Harris
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Spiritual growth just by listening to music
If you follow my blog, you know I’m a huge proponent of meditation. I’ve been doing it since 2014 and the benefits are simply wild.
It also seems more and more like mainstream western culture is catching on to this. You hear about corporate mediation retreats, or schools putting it into their curriculum. I love it.
But meditation is undoubtedly slow. Just like you won’t look like Ronnie Coleman because you decided to do some Pilates on Thursday night, you’re not going to be able to chill out like a Zen monk because you did some Mindfulness for 10 minutes.
But what if there was a way to supercharge your meditation? What if you could put the process on steroids?
These meditation hacks do exist. And as technology advances, we’re going to see more and more of them.
In this book, Thresholds of the Mind, Bill Harris breaksdown what could be the most significant meditation hack there is.
Reader, meet Holosync.
Holosync is an audio program created by Bill Harris and his team to aid you in your meditation. It’s designed to speed up the results of your meditation practice by forcing the brain to restructure itself.
I want to make it clear that I will not be pitching Holosync in this post, nor am I suggesting that you should even try it. There are no affiliate links here.
But remember that Aurum Reviews is a treasure hunt. We’re going deep to find the most lethally effective tools / concepts that exist of there for personal growth.
From that perspective, Holosync is worth talking about. They’ve been producing consistent, measurable results for over 20 years now and has been endorsed by many people.
So rather than just going out and buying Holosync, if this post intrigues you, go and do your own research. Buy this book and read it. Then, if by your own judgment you feel Holosync is worth testing, go do it.
Okay, end of mandatory disclaimer. Let’s get to the good stuff.
Why it’s Awesome
There’s been a serious blending of science and non-duality in recent years. People like Sam Harris, Andrew Newberg, Robert Monroe, Michael Talbot, Stanislav Grof, Rupert Sheldrake, David Bohm, Tom Campbell and Gary Weber just to name a few. Highly encourage you to research all those people.
Bill Harris is part of this recent wave as well. His work revolves around something called binaural beats, which is extensive but not without controversy.
I’m not a scientist so I’m going to be letting Harris do a lot of the talking in this review. But the general idea is this: Holosync seeks to synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This brings balance, open mindedness and a sense of peace.
Let’s have Harris take it away:
The brain, divided into right and left hemispheres, mirrors the dual structure thought by mystics to be a central characteristic of the universe.
This innate duality of the brain is made more acute by the fact that in virtually all people, the two hemispheres are unbalanced, a state called brain lateralization.
Because the brain filters and interprets reality in a split-brained way, we tend to see things as separate and opposed, rather than as connected and part of the oneness spoken of by the great spiritual teachers (and, in the last few decades, by quantum mechanical physicists).
Whatever the cause, it’s a very real phenomena and needs to be addressed for anyone seriously looking to grow.
Back to Harris:
The greater the lateralization in the brain, the greater the feelings of separation—and the greater the feelings of separation, the greater the fear, stress, anxiety, and isolation.
In its extreme form, a lateralized, unbalanced brain results in behavior commonly described as “dysfunctional” or “addictive,” with all the painful feelings that accompany those states.
In traditional meditation, the meditator seeks to eliminate the effects of brain lateralization through some form of focusing, such as repeating a prayer or mantra, keeping the attention on the flow of the breath, staring at a candle flame, or one of several other techniques.
Whatever the technique, the effect on the brain is substantially the same: synchronization of the two brain hemispheres— and after much practice, an experience of connection with the rest of the universe, accompanied by profound inner peace and happiness.
So meditation, very measurably, synchronizes the brain hemispheres.
As the meditator accesses these more relaxed meditative brain wave states, there is an increase in communication (and therefore balance) between the two sides of the brain, and a reduction in feelings of stress and separation.
At first, this more balanced and less stressed state is temporary, lingering for only a short time after meditation.
But changes in the brain over time, including the creation of new neural connections between the two brain hemispheres, gradually lead to an ability to enter these states at will, even when not meditating, and remain in them for longer and longer periods.
One way to look at this might be to say that as the brain balances, the meditator’s threshold for what he can handle coming at him from his environment gradually moves higher and higher, making him increasingly immune to stress-related problems and ailments.
So meditation also produces certain brain waves and neural connections.
Great. So what about Holosync?
Because Holosync creates these same brain wave patterns—precisely, consistently, and without effort—it allows the Holosync meditator to skip the long and tedious process of perfecting meditation skills and get right to the business of creating positive change.
The process is further accelerated because Holosync actually creates even deeper meditative states than are possible through traditional techniques.
So this is the key right here.
By using something called Binaural beats, Holosync is able to get the brain to produce certain brain waves that has the same effect as incredibly deep states of meditation – and beyond.
Let me quote Dr. Suzanne Morris to give you an idea of what Binaural beats are:
Research supports the theory that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones . . . create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears.
Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain.
For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz. Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres
There’s ton more research in this area if you’re a scientifically minded person and what it check it out for yourself. But that’s the basic gist.
To wrap up, Holosync is like exercise for your brain. By producing the tones that forces your brain to synchronize, you are proactively triggering real, measurable change.
As Harris explains, change is not always fun. Often people who try Holosync will experience temporary periods of discomfort as their brain literally rewires for the better.
But this is nothing new. You want to put on muscle? It’s going to hurt. You want to go outside your comfort zone? It’s going to hurt.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that Holosync comes with its own emotional challenges. In fact, by a weird way it almost validates that it’s probably doing something significant.
A quick note on my philosophy around personal growth. My belief is that if you’re not growing, you’re dying. Stagnation is a myth. So even if growth is painful, it’s far superior to decay.
I don’t see personal development and investing in yourself as an “option”. You’re either proactively deciding what kind of person you’re going to be or the law of entropy will.
So for me, I don’t care when I see warnings that growth is going to be painful. I say “good”. That means progress is happening. I look for that.
Harris is also quick to mention that some people don’t experience emotional challenges by going through Holosync. So don’t be some kind of masochist that needs to go through pain. That’s just silly.
The ultimate point of this work is peace and happiness. There’s no other reason to do it.
It isn’t just a theory that change is caused by temporary periods of upheaval either. As Harris explains, it’s a very real phenomena in nature modeled by the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
This leads to the concepts of thresholds. Here is Harris again:
Open systems maintain (or even increase) their orderliness instead of breaking down because they have the ability to get rid of entropy.
But here is a key point: although open systems are extremely plastic and can handle all kinds of fluctuation and variation in input from their environment, each system has an upper limit of how much randomness—how much entropy—it can dissipate to its environment.
This limit is based on the system’s structure and its degree of complexity: the greater the complexity of the system, the greater the amount of entropy it can dissipate.
Because each system is really an ongoing flow of energy, the limit of how much entropy can be dissipated also puts a limit on how much input the system can handle.
This limit is the system’s threshold. As long as the input level does not exceed the ability to dissipate the resulting entropy—in other words, as long as the input does not exceed the system’s threshold—everything is fine and the system remains stable.
But once this limit is exceeded, the system will be unable to dissipate some of the entropy. As a result, chaos begins to build, and order breaks down.
Your body / psychology is what is also considered an open system. Which means that everyone has a threshold of stress at which they break down.
Holosync pushes you to that threshold and proactively forces your system to reorganize stronger. It might not be pretty, but if the testimonials of Holosync users are accurate, it gets the job done.
I realize that what I’m arguing for is tough to push in a mainstream context. You could imagine that there could be all sorts of real, negative consequences of someone who is pushed to their threshold.
I acknowledge these risks are real. And even though I’d never wish suffering on other people, it’s more important to me to share tools that have real potential than something “perfectly safe” (fantasy) that won’t get you where you want to go.
That’s what I wanted growing up. That’s what I still look for. So I’m writing for people like me who are serious about this.
Most people will not take these ideas seriously. They’ll dismiss it outright or assume they know better even though they haven’t looked into it.
And that’s fine. Everyone is free to do what they want.
But if you want real results, you’ve got to be able to take some punches. I just don’t know any other way.
Let me be clear, nothing I’m sharing with you is something I wouldn’t do myself. I’ve already creeping up on investing 1,000 hours in meditation and I feel like I’m just getting started.
So that’s my rant about personal growth. There’s more value in this book but this post has already gone on really long. Let’s move on.
Who Will Love It
-Serious students of personal development / meditation
Why Does It Suck
Look, let’s not forget that Bill Harris is selling a product here. Do I think he has malevolent motivations? No, but business is still business. And Harris is a great businessman
So be sure to do your own research. What are some other sources saying about Holosync.
There are of course people who claim that Holosync did not nothing for them or even damaged them. Being open minded means not just swallowing Harris’s whole presentation because he used some scientific data.
The amount of negative reviews definitely gives pause for concern. But for me, Holosync still makes a lot of sense.
You come to your own conclusion.
Who Will Hate It
Those who dismiss non-duality as fantasy
The Wrap Up
Amazing book on personal development and where the spiritual journey leads. Even if you decide to ignore Holosync, there’s still a lot of amazing information in this book about non-duality and how your mind works.