So many personal development programs promise instant results, effortless changes, and huge personal shifts as a result of using their programs. Our culture, as a whole, tends to value the "quick fix" - even in industries as "evolved" as the spiritual or personal development space. A big part of it is likely linked to an almost instinctual need for instant gratification; it feels so comforting and relieving.

In my experience using various self-help programs, the results often do come but rarely as quickly as promised, and rarely in the form I had originally hoped for. I think a big part of this challenge of trying to change (but having the results come slower than we hope), is due to the fact that many people put all their emphasis on changing the personality rather than evolving their spirit. The irony, of course, is that the changes that do occur on the level of the personality are temporary at best and often unfulfilling.

The changes that occur on the deeper level of spirit, that of our soul, come about more subtly and are often overlooked, yet are everlasting and much more fulfilling. The wisest of personal development "gurus" out there have figured out how to sell us on the level of the personality, yet deliver on the level of the spirit - where the real changes take place. One such example is Bill Harris' Holosync Solution.

Bill Harris, who was featured in the film The Secret, stumbled upon a certain audio technology, several decades ago, that enabled him to synchronize both hemispheres of the brain... automatically. You may be wondering, "What exactly does that accomplish?"

Well, as you know, we have both a left and a right hemisphere in our brain. In right-handed people, the left side is the logical, analytical, time-oriented thinking part of the brain while the right side is the creative, in-the-now, feeling part of the brain (in left handed people the sides are the opposite). For the vast majority of people, in any given moment, one side is dominant over the other. In fact, to the degree that one side is dominating the other, we will experience stress, anxiety, anger or any other negative emotions.

In those rarer moments when we are able to achieve left and right hemisphere synchronization, we experience peace, relaxation, clarity and other positive feelings. Traditionally, this type of brain hemisphere synchronization has been available in those moments of "flow" or "being in the zone" in which we focus intently on the task at hand; a task in which our capacity meets our challenge resulting in our full engagement in that activity.

This can be seen in sports, performances, meditation and other similar activities. People usually describe this experience by saying "the personal me disappeared and I was absorbed in the moment" or "I had no thoughts, everything just happened on its own." To even taste this experience once, a person can be inspired to devote their entire life to a sport, career, or practice in the hopes of reconnecting with this state; this source of mind-less-ness.

So when someone like Bill Harris comes along and says that, not only can you access this type of state at will through technology, but that doing so will actually clear out all kinds of mental, emotional, and even physical junk from within, it seems to warrant a deeper look.

The way Holosync technology accomplishes brain hemisphere synchronization is through the use of specific audio tones going through stereo headphones. As a soundtrack plays relaxing music and nature sounds, inaudible tones are simultaneously being played in the background. Each ear receives a tone of a slightly different frequency. The brain, in an effort to balance these two frequencies, synchronizes the left and the right hemispheres.

Whereas, without this technology, a person could only achieve this type of synchronization through intense focus (and years of training). In fact, this technology can instantly entrain the brain to the same degree (or better) than a monk who has spent over 10 years practicing meditation (according to the brain scanning tests they have performed at Centerpointe Research Center).

One of the nice side effects of achieving this hemisphere synchronization is that the brain begins to release a whole flood of good-feeling biochemicals such as endorphins and serotonin, while simultaneously reducing the release of harmful ones like adrenaline and cortisol (which are useful to us only in situations of extreme danger).

Many of us live in a constant state of stress - with all the work we have to do, all the bad news that we are bombarded with, and all the inner personal challenges, it's very easy to get caught in a negative cycle of fight or flight in which our good hormones are depleted and our energy is totally drained. Holosync actually re-trains your body's nervous system to be stronger when faced with the "stresses" of modern life.

The other nice (and powerful) side effect of Holosync is it's ability to go into the depths of our psyche and bring to the surface all the issues and emotions that we have avoided, repressed, or ignored. This is why Bill says that everyone's experience using Holosync will be entirely unique to that person - because what comes to the surface after using it depends on what is within you.

When Bill first discovered this technology, by his own account, he went a little overboard; listening to the audio 6-8 hours a day or more. At first, he was literally "blissed out" all day, high as a kite off his own natural biochemicals...that is, until the next week when all the inner issues came flooding to the surface. He started getting bad diarrhea, vomiting, feeling on edge, having old memories and emotions arise, and more.

Through this experience, and through the testing of thousands of Holosync users over the next 10 years or so, he was able to create a schedule of how long a person should use each level of Holosync so that this process of personal evolution would be as smooth as possible. This way, you can enjoy the nice feeling emotions while minimizing the stress from releasing all the inner "junk".

I have to admit, when I first heard about this program, I wasn't that impressed. I mean, I've heard about this "brain technology" stuff before and have even tried a few out without much in terms of results. I noticed they offered a free demo, so I figured "what the heck, might as well give it a try."

When I finally did try out that demo with the Holosync going behind the sound of relaxing rain and clanging tibetin singing bowls, man, within 20 minutes I was knocked out of this world and into another state of consciousness. I really felt like this was something to take a deeper look at. After a couple months of going back and forth on it, (since it's a bit pricey), I finally gave in and bought it back in January of this year.

Within a few weeks of using it, I was so blown away with how deep of a state it kept putting me in, I started my whole family on it. As I began using it, I felt clearer than I have in years. I would take walks where I would have this sense of deep awareness and a feeling of being "high on life", almost as if I was on a drug.

Also, during this time my dreams became crazy and very intense, as if I was releasing some deep psychological stuff (this actually continues to happen as I keep using it). Of course, within a couple months I did have a few episodes where it felt as though my nervous system was completely fried from the power of this thing.

Holosync actually stresses the nervous system in much the same way that lifting weights stresses the muscles. After our body is pushed just slightly beyond its limit, it breaks down and then builds up again but stronger. So each time I reached a new threshold, I felt psychologically stressed, but I knew that my nervous system was rebuilding itself stronger than before.

During those times when I was releasing, I had to take it easy with myself, do less work, and reduce my interaction with others for a few days, then it was back to the normal routine of feeling good for most of the day. So far, I can definitely say that it's contributed to a higher quality of life and it's another one of my tools for empowerment alongside the others mentioned on this site.

The Holosync Solution is actually divided up into over a dozen or so levels, each one taking between 6 months and 2 years, (of listening to it everyday), to complete. I think it will take something like 13 years to finish the whole thing, which actually many people end up doing because they like it so much.

Looking back, the introductory "Awakening Prologue" program is a pretty good value at $179 or so because Bill throws in a bunch of added bonuses during the first 6 months of using it. To start, there is the main program which consists of 2 tracks (called the Dive and Immersion) which total an hour in length. These two tracks you listen to once a day to bring about all the changes we talked about.

Included with that are 2 bonus tracks, one for creativity and problem solving (called Oasis), and another that will help you focus when you are doing some activity like reading (called Quietude). Then there are a couple other soundtracks, one that using silent affirmations to program your mind for longevity and health (called Super Longevity), and another one that helps you let go of resistance and inner stress (called Making Change Easy, which comes later).

Also included (but sent to you later) is the book Thresholds of the Mind by Bill Harris, which covers the various principles of personal evolution, as well as the concepts of how the ego is constructed (he calls it your internal map of reality) and how Holosync systematically breaks it down through the brain hemisphere synchronization process. Lastly, he sends (within a month or so) you a full 6 cd copy of one of his retreat seminars in which he fields lots of questions from users of Holosync and also goes more in depth into the 9 principles of growth that he introduced in his book.

This program, even by itself, is quite useful for understanding the spiritual path since it lays out how to accelerate your progress by training your mind to be more allowing, rather than resisting, of the new changes that come about. Overall, I would say that this is definitely the most powerful and consistent ways to speed up your own personal and spiritual growth since the actual "what to do" work is done for you by the audio technology. The important part that is up to you is, "how are you going to handle it when you start to change rapidly?" That is the key where your own willingness and spiritual power comes into play.

Energetically speaking, it feels like this program is altering your brain in such a way that more energy or "chi" starts to flow into you, thereby accelerating the changes that were already happening for you (so whatever you are working on will manifest faster including the challenges that you have to go through).

Bill describes this process as more energy going through your "nadis" or "meridians" which in turn clears out all kinds of "karmic goop", and also that because this process of releasing is stressful (in a good way) to the body, the brain releases all those good feeling biochemicals so that you feel good going through it.

Bottom line is, if you have the money, I would recommend getting it and seeing for yourself how it works for you. I have been thoroughly impressed with Centerpointe as a company also.

At the very least, I would give the free demo a try and see how it feels and if it resonates with you. Visit http://www.EntrainTheBrain.com for more info.

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