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An Investigation into Repeated Exposure to Hemi-Sync® Technology in Controlled Workshop Environments
Apr 16, 2009 at 2:02 AM EST | C. Danielson

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Cam Danielson

ABSTRACT

The Monroe Institute (TMI), through its patented sound technology, has demonstrated changes in focused states of consciousness for thousands of individuals over the last 30 years. While ongoing research at the Institute on the nature of different states of consciousness is yielding rich insights into human development, a continuing challenge for the leadership of TMI is to understand how repeated exposure to Hemi-Sync® technology in controlled workshop environments affects the quality of individual lives. Does repeated exposure to TMI programs increase the capacity of the participants to deal with the demands of their lives in terms of doing meaningful work, developing and supporting mutually rewarding relationships, and in acquiring skills and attitudes that provoke continual growth and development?

Analysis of responses from more than 700 TMI program participants to demographic, psychographic (including personality typology), and program effect items demonstrated statistically significant differences in self-efficacy and life satisfaction between those having only attended the initial program – Gateway Voyage – and those attending 3 or more programs.

The findings indicate that individuals choosing to attend TMI have a predilection for transformational growth – the radical, vertical leaps in being as opposed to the less risky, more pragmatic, horizontal extensions of being. A challenge of this orientation is finding effective means for managing the tension between what is and what could be. To look too closely for too long at the limitations in “the way things are”, particularly when tolerance is low to begin with based on personality typology, can create bruised sensitivities, alienation, and despair. In effect, why would people with this orientation find much to be happy about?

Based on the statistical analysis which clearly indicates respondents who have attended multiple programs have a higher degree of self-efficacy and life satisfaction, the answer to the question of happiness could be a state of ego development beyond self-authoring; a movement towards what Robert Kegan calls self-transforming. The results of this study indicates a group of individuals who recognize the limitations in any perspective and more willingly engage others for the challenge it poses to their worldview as the means for growing more expansive in their experiences – to consciously grow beyond where they are rather than merely having it happen to them as a function of circumstances.

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