Working in a group
NeuraSonic is best practiced in a group. This is not true for everyone. If you are a natural hermit, try to find a practitioner who is willing to work one on one with you.
This community may take any form: your family, friends, colleagues, students, clients. A consistent commitment to the group will enhance the experience for all.
People in community stimulate, support, and evoke each other. In their diverse reactions, they prime a diverse set of responses on the part of all. Groups also help to eradicate the tyranny of the dominant individual’s perception - reflected in such smug statements as “If this is good enough for me, it is good enough for you”, or “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”, or “Outside the Church there is no truth.” I do not deny the importance of consensus and commonalities, but I am suggesting that our differences are enriching. Thank God I need not be limited to my own experience but may share in yours! As we recognize the enormous variety and richness of the realm of the sacred in others, we are more able to drop simplistic judgements and stand in awe before the abundance and variety of style.
By practicing NeuraSonic in a group, you also bypass one of the greatest and most insidious human potentials - the potential for sloth.
Self-discipline and good intentions have a way of evaporating without some consistent external commitment to and challenge by other members of our species. Why do people go to exercise classes when they can more easily and cheaply watch a YouTube video? To avoid the formidable foe of entropy! The practice of NeuraSonic, which challenges well-entrenched habit patterns of the mind, psyche, and body, requires allies. Resistance to change is natural, maybe even healthy, but the only way I know to overcome it is through regular participation in the loving, celebrating company of co-journeyers.
In forming a group, try to involve people who, in their faith in the future of humanity and the planet are willing to work together with constancy and caring to develop and extend the sacred in daily life. Narcissists, psychic exhibitionists, and “poor me’s” may offer more challenges and distraction the you need.
The role of the guide
The role of the guide is critical. This role may be held by one person or shared among members of the community. Although you will discover what works best as you go along, remember that the guide needs to be
- thoroughly familiar with NeuraSonic
- Committed to NeuraSonic
- Attentive to the timing of the group
- Respectful of the experience of everyone.
The guide is not to interpret the experience of others, but rather to trust the process and the enormous individual variations that are possible.
In group work it is important that you do not take the role of therapist and that you caution anyone involved against doing so.
Each person is perfectly capable of interpreting his or her own experience and can invite the comments of others if desired. If a person should consistently want more response from the group than is appropriate, encourage her or him to setup an outside appointment with one or more group members.
Deepening and integrating your practice of NeuraSonic
After the listening session is completed, you may take some private time to reflect upon and record your experience. Your understanding of how NeuraSonic allows integration will deepen as you take a journal, upon annotating your recollections with drawings, musings, quotes, questions and whatever else asks to be written down. This kind of expression will engage you in the most fascinating kind of conversation there is - the conversation with the inhabitants of your own inner crew.
In a group, the experience may be shared with one or two others, or, if the group is small enough, with the group as a whole. While some may feel reluctant to share in this way, I have found that the process of verbal sharing deepens the experience for all concerned, and a situation that allows for maximum expression and participation should be encouraged.
This personal sharing is often enhanced by your journal work. If a group works together for a number of sessions, it can be valuable for everyone if each person occasionally chooses an insightful passage or drawing from his or her journal to read aloud to the entire group.
Reasons for going through a NeuraSonic training
An expanded and deepened perception may lead you to experience what previously appeared ordinary and routine as extraordinary and novel. When you have extended your imaginal sensorium, your physical sensorium may be refreshed and move away from automatic, allowing you to experience the sensory world more enthusiastically.
What People like to do during sessions
Because the retraining happens first through listening, people usually think that they need to pay conscious attention to the therapy, for the therapy to be effective. It is actually not true, we can say that it might even be the opposite, as adults especially, get easily in internal mind struggles with the therapy, the device, the music, the therapist or themselves!
For kids, the therapy has often been decided by their parents, sometimes against their will, and fighting the therapy is a way to show their independent mind.
This is normal and is part of the process: the brain changes at its own pace and changes have to be accepted before they can successfully be implemented. That acceptation process is the key to the success of the therapy: slow or fast, everybody goes through it at their own time.
The NeuraSonic process takes it into account, and is tailored to each person’s particular need for time, space and change.
NeuraSonic sparks in us the desire first to listen and then to communicate, as it immerses the patient in a sound environment that allows us to get in touch with feelings or simply sensations that we experienced sometime very long ago, and that are still affecting our daily behavior.
The music is processed in such a way that the brain slowly awakens to the sound experience as it starts paying full attention to the music. That process also charges the brain, and teaches it how to recharge from all the various sounds that we are exposed to. It teaches the person to become their own therapist, as it encourages self-listening, listening to the outside and eventually true dialogue between the world and us.
Because those feelings are primal, they can be extremely powerful, either positive or negative: it is why we only offer NeuraSonic under the supervision of a trained therapist who can answer questions and help the patient through discomfort, anxiety, anger, or even momentary despair. We also offer activities that allow the mind to unroll, as they keep the conscious mind focused on specific tasks, while letting unconscious processes surface and slowly bubble into the open mind.
Most of the art and craft are wonderful: Play dough, Legos, figure role playing, drawing or painting are among the activities that children love to do. They also love playing with wool threads, buttons, pearls. Doll making, Laniards are great too.
Some of the kids will roll in blankets, search for their stuffed animals, or get into balancing patterns.
Adults love to get into puzzles, either solitary or with other patients. Some of them enjoy knitting, needlework, Sudoku or crosswords.
Some simply decide to take a nap, or to enjoy the music as a meditation.
Some others feel compelled into drawing, painting or writing their feelings in sketchbooks.
Others prefer to get into games such as monopoly, risk, chess or checkers. A therapist or a listening specialist is always on site and is always happy to participate in activities with kids or adults, or suggest other helpful activities.
Older kids and adults should not read during the sessions. But reading can be enjoyed any other time during the day. We warn about using electronics during session but would not fully forbid them. For a lot of people, technology has become their main way of trying to balance their anxiety, and until they have gone through a few sessions, anxiety can still be very high.
For all participants, outdoors play, physical activity or walkabouts between daily sessions are encouraged, as the body needs grounding. For some, sounds are taking another dimension, and might be overwhelming: this is totally transitory and is part of the healing process.
Many participants notice a change in their perception of the world during NeuraSonic:
Birds chirps seem brighter, familiar sounds take another color, breeze or clothes against the skin feel more sensual, vibration through the chest or the arms (which is an important part of the way human beings experience sound) are sometimes felt for the first time: all that makes them feel the intimate connection they share with the world around them.