Kasina / Laxman – Light and Sound Machine Program

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share with you this program for the Kasina and the Laxman light and sound machines.
It’s one of the best programs I’ve used on my Kasina. It provides a very solid non-physical focus in order to project with.

Give it a shot and let me know how you like it!

If you have a Kasina, I like to use the Biomarkers program first… then jump into this one. Leaves me in such a great state!

You can download it from the device appropriate links below.

Kasina versions:
L3_BB_Converted.kbs <-- This one has Binaural Beats L3_Converted.kbs <-- This one is isochronic L3_NoSound.kbs <-- This one is just the lights Laxman version: L3.lax

The Kasina AVS from MindPlace – Review

The great people at MindPlace (http://www.mindplace.com) have been very kind to provide me with a Kasina Mind Media System in order to review it.
With that said, I’m going to put it through its paces over the next little while and provide you all with a blow by blow rundown of it!
To start, I’ll mention that this is my first light and sound machine that I’ve ever used. The cost of this particular AVS system is $350 directly from their website, or you can also order it on other sites including Amazon. That makes this machine really easy to attain.


This is everything that’s included in the box.  There’s the Kasina itself, in the middle.  The glasses above it (very stylish!).  The earbuds, which I have found to be very good as they fit nicely into the ear to provide such a seal that it’s almost like noise cancellation (but isn’t, just thought I’d point that out).  It comes with an 8gb card, pre-loaded with A LOT of programs for you to use right out of the box, and you’re able to download more or write your own with software they provide.  The rest constitutes the quick start up guide (very handy!), and all equipment you need to charge and run the device and a sweet little pouch to hold it all in when you’re not using it or when travelling!  Very nice.


This image makes up the bulk of the actual machine itself.  It’s very similar to an iPod/iPhone in size and scope, but it’s about double as thick.  It’s very light with a very strong, plastic construction, but it’s completely solid and I’d be very confident using this as a straight up MP3 player on the road or working out with.
The software and controls make it very easy to navigate through the menus to find the program you want to run. The operating system/software which runs on the Kasina is very well programmed. The menus are very intuitive and are really easy to navigate.

After running the unit through an initial charge for a few hours (I had to fight my urge to jump right in, as I wanted a nice full charge to work with), I’ll run quickly over my first use of it, which was earlier during the first day I had it:
The first program I decided upon after running through the lists quickly was called “Forest and River”, which has a run time of 16 minutes.  I sat down on my trusty recliner couch, made myself comfortable and loaded’er up!

The “Forest and River” program started… the light combinations, the pulsing and how everything mixes together was truly astounding.  After not even a minute into the program I was being whisked away to a beautiful forest, where all the rivers/trees/animals/etc were there, in my mind… and when I say “whisked away”, I mean it figuratively AND literally.  It started off with a fast pulsing of blues and greens, then slowed down bringing me even more deeply into the scene which was being generated in front of me.  I even briefly had images of trees pop in front of me (the literal part!)… meaning that, for brief seconds, I actually was “there”, in the forest.  In projection practices, we call these hypnogogic images.  Then as the program was wrapping up, it would speed up the pulsing and bring you ‘back’ to normal, waking consciousness, kind of like the gateway tracks do.  I kind of wished that one was longer.

The value of this machine to meditation practices is really amazing and I’m really looking forward to delving deeper into what it offers, but I can truly see the value of this machine as an aid to Projecting.  Using this before bed, or even first thing in the morning, can really put the mind in the correct mindset to have many projections.

Anyway, that’s my initial impression of the Kasina.  It’s a high quality machine, no doubt about that.  I’m extremely impressed so far.  I’ll be adding to this thread as I experiment more with it.  I plan on making this a regular part of my meditation/projection practices in the future.

Later in the week, I experimented with another track. It’s listed on the Mind Place website as:

“Session 20: 25 min Deep Tranquility
Try this session first if you are really sensitive or just start-ing out on the machine. This is one of the most gentle sessions in the unit. Just sit back and allow yourself to gently flow.”
It was suggested to me by Lionheart, a moderator over on the Astral Pulse forum.

This was a 25 minute session, which really shows the basics of what the device can do. It takes you through several shifts, auditory and visual. The sound it uses is an isochronic beat, which generally don’t do well for me, but this mixed with the light really makes a difference!

The strobe-effect creates an extremely vivid sense of movment down a tunnel being taken in various directions! They speed you up, slow you down, and toss a variety of colours into the mix to get your senses. In projection practice, the sense of movement really helps trigger the projection-reflex. So this kind of program will really assist with that.

The next day I found I had 20 minutes to spare so I tried the “before learning” program, which is a 12 minute program. I don’t know about the stated effect of making you more receptive to learning, but I did find it very relaxing anyway. It made me very receptive to dropping off into a non-physical lucid awareness experience.

I’m finding that I like the programs that provide a sense of movement then rapidly changes that sense to a new direction. Really focuses my mind. I also need to further check their support forum for downloadable programs.

A couple days later I had a lot more time so I downloaded a program which Lionheart used on his Laxman. It’s one that neuroasis (one of the MindPlace customer service reps, REALLY nice and REALLY helpful people) was kind enough to convert to the Kasina.

As a side note, it’s REALLY easy to download programs and load them on the device. It works exactly like a USB Flash Drive. You just open the downloaded zip, and place the files within in either it’s own folder or another folder on the device. So simple! Love it!

I loaded up the 30 minute L#3 program, kicked the recliner couch back and enjoyed the binaurals and lightshow! It’s very similar to the binarual I made a couple years back, with some differences. But where the program really kicked in was with the lights. The Binaurals are one thing that really help with your focus, but the lights bring a whole new layer of focus and kinds of melts your attention into the patterns you’re seeing. It also kind of feels like your eyes are still open too, since you’re ‘seeing’ so much. Another nice benefit which I’m noticing from this machine is that while using it, my eyes seem to be locked shut. Once those colours start firing my eyes are locked, can’t open them until it’s over.

One thing I would like to see, and I’m not sure if the options in the device can be set for this, is for the lights at the end of a program to slowly dim down until they’re off. The quick shut off is rather abrupt. Other than that, this machine has been a pleasure to use.

I’m seeing now that the LED lights bring a whole new layer to the mix of mind entrainment. It’s kind of like the 3D Blackness, yet it begins from the very get go and provides plenty to visually focus on. It’s like binaurals for the eyes! The more you focus on what you’re seeing, the further within and the deeper you’ll go into the non-physical.

Next, I plan on trying my hand at using the Basic Editor software which comes with the Kasina to make my own program!

I used the Kasina Basic Editor to create a short 10 minute program which kind of mimics a binaural beat I made a while ago using a different program. I was also playing with all the settings and seeing what everything did. Pretty good basic program. It doesn’t go too indepth, but it’s enough for a beginner to jump right in with a low learning curve in order to make something effective.

I installed the more advanced free ones as well, just to take a look into them… but wow, they were waaaaaaaaaaaay over my head. I think they’re more geared to the musically inclined, so I shall not try too much with them. It’d be nice to have a way in the basic editor to control each individual light, but I think that might be too far ahead for a “basic” editor. LoL

I plan on trying my 10 minute program shorly. It basically takes you QUICKLY down from an awake state over a couple minutes, then the last couple minutes you can just stew there for until it stops. Looking forward to it. If it works great I’ll need to extend the times, which thankfully because the editor is so easy to use, will be easy to do! hehe

I used the 10 minute program which I mentioned above. I found that I don’t really need the lead-up to the lower frequency and I would just get more out of it by just starting at the lower frequency to begin with, so I adjusted my program to do just that and added another 5 minutes so it. Kind of make it a relaxing power-nap meditation. It worked wonders, so extremely relaxing. I LOVE the low frequencies… lights and sound. Mixing the low frequency with the blue lights as well was a nice extra added touch to the program.

That brings me to my next point… being able to control the lights that fire by using the audiostrobe colour presets while the programs are running is really nice. It really changes the entire program, which means that you not only get an entire host of programs on the 8gb card that comes with the machine (except the spectrastrobe stuff, because I believe it already is programmed to use the different LEDs separately), but you also get several variations through each of the presets which you can use with each program. This includes the programs you create using the basic editor. So you can make something and also have several variations on it as well. Very versatile.

All in all, after using the Kasina for a week and a bit so far I’m really impressed with it. Some people have suggested elsewhere that it’s a mere entertainment machine… I can’t help but disagree with that completely. It’s built for the serious adventurer. If you’re honestly interested in giving your meditations a huge boost and if you’re seriously interested in giving your Astral Projections a kick in the rear, then I have absolutely no doubt that this machine will give you the non-physical focus you’re looking for. ESPECIALLY if you’re not interested or can’t spend a lot of money on a more expensive AVS machine. At $350 I don’t think you’ll find better quality or better value anywhere else.

I will continue to provide updates on the different programs I use and the Kasina in general as I progress through it and get much deeper into the machine.
You can follow the progress here: http://www.unlimitedboundaries.ca/forums/kasina-light-and-sound-machine-review-t495.html
See you there!

Relax Melodies – Android App

I was checking out the Amazon App store the other day, because it JUST became available in Canada.
I came across this little app called Relax Melodies. Essentially, it’s a white noise generator. It provides you with a selection of many different kind of “sounds” which you can then mix and combine to create the perfect white noise for you. I’ve been messing with it today and it’s a great little app.

You can also find it on the Google Play appstore.
The free version here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ipnossoft.rma.free
The premium version here (provides more sounds): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ipnossoft.rma.premium

And from the Amazon Appstore, if you prefer that.
Free version: http://www.amazon.com/Relax-Melodies-white-ambience-meditation/dp/B008IJTFYW
Premium version: http://www.amazon.com/Relax-Melodies-Premium-Ambience-Meditation/dp/B008IJT0CE

Dream Journal!

I’ve opened a section of my forum specifically for people who wish to keep a dream journal.

This doesn’t have to be limited to just writing about your Dreams. Although, you can actually increase your chances of having a projection if you began journaling the experiences you have at night, this does include dreams.

Feel free to write down your thoughts and ideas you have regarding meditation or even your meditation experiences. Perhaps you want to journal your Spiritual journey.

http://www.unlimitedboundaries.ca/forums/viewforum.php?f=33

Please feel free to create an account and start your Journal. Others can even give you advice on it, or, at your request, I can lock the thread for only you to write in.

Recommended Hemi-Sync Binaural Beats for Astral Projection and Meditation

Everyone is always asking me what Hemi-Sync Products I’ve used and suggest to people.
Below is a list of some of the Hemi-Sync CD’s I’ve used and I highly suggest. I’ve been using these for a couple years now.

The last one there, the Gateway Series. I’ve linked only the Gateway Wave 1 set, because it’s really, in my opinion, the most valuable out of the entire series. It’s a little on the pricey side too. You can find download links for them elsewhere, however, if you do use them a lot, like I do, I highly suggest you support them and purchase the one above. You’ll be helping them to create even more great sound technology for us to use in the future.

You’ll also be able to find the first three on the side panel to the right.

astral-projection-framework

Conceptual Model of Consciousness by Contenteo!

Contenteo (Astral Pulse Profile), a member of the Astral Pulse created this excellent Conceptual Drawing of Consciousness and, with his permission, I wish to share it here.

Conceptual Drawing of Consciousness
Astral Projection Contenteo Lucid Dream Framework
As you can see, it goes from the bottom up and incorporates all of the different concepts into showing how they’re all connected and how they’re all just varying levels of awareness.

Great job by Contenteo! If you wish to contact him you can leave a comment here, or through his Astral Pulse profile (link is above) or at rcarbone@stetson.edu.

Chanting MP3

I found this link on the Astral Pulse one day, I can’t seem to find the original posting of it anymore though… I’m glad that I bookmarked it.

If my memory serves me correctly, it’s a 50 minute audio session of the Dalai Lama chanting.  Please, someone correct me if I’m wrong.  🙂

http://www.box.net/shared/static/x9cadmtrrh.mp3

I listen to it quite often while I’m just doing my day-to-day work… and it keeps me very nicely relaxed while doing it.  🙂

Enjoy!

EDIT: Oh nice, I think I found the ACTUAL source of it: http://www.word-designs.com/healingmantrasung.htm

The story behind the recording: A beloved friend of the Dalai Lama, another monk, was making his transition from this life to the next. Not, it might be said, as a trauma or a lost cause, but as a joyful journey at the correct time and with understanding of life beyond earth life. The Dalai Lama sat at his friend’s bedside and chanted this chant for hours until the monk,with joy and peace, made his crossing. Those who were present begged the Dalai Lama to record the chant so that it might be shared with the world. He agreed to do so only if it was stated that the recording could never be sold, but only given away. This MP3 is the result. It is not for sale but is meant to be copied and shared.
This is one of the most sacred and powerful mantras used for healing. It has truly wondrous therapeutic power when chanted or listened to regularly. Mrityunjaya mantra will help you to know the divinity within. It is chanted to know eternity. The mrityunjaya mantra is considered one of the maha mantras or great Sanskrit mantras because of its potency to give protection and manifold blessings. Maha mrityunjaya literally means the great victory over death. It is associated with Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance, and the liberator from the cycle of death and rebirth. It is therefore a life giving mantra that not only protects the physical body and gives health, but purifies the mind at a deep level.

Very interesting. Anyway! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

New 4hz Binaural Beat

EDIT2: I’ve added a new page to my website showing some of the Hemi-Sync Binaural Beat products I’ve used over the years. I own them all and highly recommend everything on the list.
Recommended Hemi-Sync Binaural Beats

A couple weeks ago I created a new Binaural Beat using the BrainWave Gen program.

I’ve been using this one since then to great result and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Click the below link, and select “Save Link As…” (Firefox) or “Save Target As…” (Internet Explorer).

4hz-new-meditation-brown-noise.rar

The file itself is a RAR compressed file. You’ll need to download a rar uncompressing program  It’s 400mb compressed, and 600mb in it’s original WAV format.

It’s a 60 minute sound file in the WAV format… the Background Frequency starts at 32hz and works its way down to 4hz over the first 10 minutes… then over the next 40 minutes, it keeps you at that level and then takes you back up to 32hz over another 10 minutes.  The Binaural Frequency is 4hz.  There’s a nice, soft brown noise throughout for outside noise reduction.

As I said, it’s been giving me some great results when I use it in tandem with the Noticing Exercise, but you can freely use it for whatever you want.

Please do enjoy!!  🙂

EDIT:  At the request of someone on the Astral Pulse I’ve uploaded the BWGen file, it’s MUCH smaller (5 kb)… so if you have the BWGen program, you can simply download and import this into it to output your own Audio or to see how it’s created.  It’s a very simply designed Beat.

4hz-test BWGen File

Download, then go into your BWGen program and select FILE, then IMPORT.

EDIT2: I’ve converted the WAV into a 192k MP3. It retains all it’s Binaural awesomeness.

4hz-bb-100hz-background-60minute.mp3

ENJOY!

Inducing Lucid Dreams Using a Timer

So, in the same style as the Salt Cube timer people… I thought I’d try my hand at making and perhaps improving their timer.

I created the following Wave file.
It’s based around a base 3 minute system.  I give you 10 minutes at first, then break into the base 3 time system.

So after 10 minutes, you’ll have alarms at 6 minutes, 3 minutes, 6 minutes, 9 minutes, 12 minutes, 15 minutes, 15 minutes and 6 minutes… total of 81 minutes.
I put a binaural beat in the background, very light, so you can just hear it.  For myself, the spike alarms to wake you at each of the above times didn’t wake me as I’m a heavy sleeper.
But I’m hoping that other “light” sleepers might make better use of this.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XMQB5KUM – download link here.

Personalreality also created one using some premade timers, I’m going to be trying this one out tomorrow morning, so I’ll report what comes of those.
You can download his here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=32QLN3LO

I did have a very good dream awareness this morning.  So much so, that I was very surprised after I woke that I didn’t realize I could have brought my Lucid awareness forth.  >_<
But anyway, I’ll see how PR’s works for me tomorrow!

My New Consciousness Designations – “States of Mind”

I was dreaming this morning and I came to a realization after I awoke.  I realized that the term “Conscious awareness” just doesn’t work when using it to describe anything more than your awareness during a dream, or in any case, it makes it more confusing.  I need a phrase or phrases to make it easier for new people to learn the concepts and a catch all “Conscious Awareness” just doesn’t do that, because once you pass into Lucid Dreams and even further, Astral Projections, the term begins to fail.

We dream every night of our lives, yet we don’t remember all of them, why?  We have varying levels of consciousness through these dreams… everything from not remembering that a dream ever happened, to remembering bits and pieces of a dream, to remembering every last detail of the dream.

I was thinking about how we “remember” our dreams… and I realized that the dreams I remember most, are the ones in which I was most consciously aware in.  Not consciously aware in that I knew I was dreaming… but consciously aware that I was experiencing the dream AS it was happening.  I call this “Dream Awareness“.  Basically, I’m living the dream life as if I was awake and not realizing it’s a dream.  I am the actor not realizing he’s in a play.  This tends to give me the best chance to remember after I wake.

The next step up from that would be “Lucid Awareness“.  This is the point where you know you’re dreaming and you know that what is around you is a dreamscape.  You don’t have much more awareness than that though.

After that, I’d call it “Astral Awareness“.  At this point, you are as wide awake and aware as if you were awake in the physical reality… except you’re in the nonphysical.

Also, I believe that the line between Lucid Awareness and Astral Awareness can be very blurred.  Your awareness can float between that range at any one time during the experience.  You’ll start off with Lucid Awareness, then muster up Astral Awareness… after some time, you might lose focus and concentration and drop back down to Lucid Awareness.  You could shift back into Dream Awareness too.

For myself, I start off with Dream Awareness, then I’ll shift into Lucid Awareness… after that I’ll do my conversion to bring forth my Astral Awareness.  Generally what happens after some time in Astral Awareness is that I’ll just wake up.

So yeah, these are my new “States of Mind”.  Hopefully they’ll assist me in helping new members on the Pulse and other forums I frequent.

I guess you could say that this is the first thing I now disagree with Frank on!  🙂

Personalreality, from the Astral Pulse, wrote a nice reply to my post.
You can read it on his own personal blog, Shades of Consciousness.

Isochronic Tones

Someone posted this link on the Astral Pulse and I wanted to share it with everyone here as well.

They’re Isochronic Tones, I apologize for the harsh colour scheme they use… LoL

I don’t fully understand the differences between these and Binaural Beats, but wikipedia has this to say about them:

Isochronic tones are regular beats of a single tone used for brainwave entrainment. Similar to monaural beats, the interference pattern that produces the beat is outside the brain so headphones are not required, but since isochronic tones are more pronounced, the stimuli is even stronger. They differ from monaural beats which are a sine wave pulse rather than entirely separate pulses of a single tone.

That sounds pretty self explanatory.

I plan on downloading some of these and trying them out soon. I’ll keep everyone updated on how well they work.
Just remember that, as with everything else, these will also be an individual thing. They’ll work for some people and not for others.

My First BWGen Binaural Beat Sound File

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FYM6FM77

So, basically, I used the BWGen program (http://www.bwgen.com) it starts you off at 8hz (so as not to hurt your ears) and then over 10 minutes takes you down slowly to 4hz… then keeps you there for 40 minutes.  Afterwards it takes you back up to 8hz over another 10 minutes.  🙂

I had one that started at 15hz, but it was much too ear piercing. LoL
I use this one quite often with good results.  I find that the sensation of my consciousness goes down, down, down as the tone lowers.

Lemme know if it downloads and works okay.