Understanding brain training
The blog is giving me a 50,000 foot view of what EEG is about. I would like a 10,000 foot view – “EEG for Dummies”, then a 1000 foot view “EEG for the Mad Scientist”, then maybe I will be ready for actual “Practical EEG”.
The blog is intended to bring you in for a landing–starting with the view from 50,000 ft.–pretty quickly. Its focus, as it extends beyond the introduction, will become strictly practical. If you’re looking for a theory course before you can actually start doing anything, you could be disappointed. Practical means practice–learning how to do it, and doing it. I don’t care about what should happen and how to calculate results and key indicators, etc. I’m interested in what is happening in real life.
I deeply want this EEG thing to work for me. But I do not understand it. I do not know what the different types of training do. I do not know what – in detail – the designs do, what the graphs represent / what I should be looking for or what filter adjustments I could be making – if any.
What the different types of training do: It’s different for each client, often each session. I don’t tell the client (even if it’s me) what the training “should” do; I ask them what it did.
What the designs do (in detail): Most of the designs are multi-functional and can do many things. Surely you can drive your car without knowing how the details of the electrical system.
What you should be looking for and adjusting: Nothing in the design, nothing on the screen after you’ve set the session up in the first couple minutes. Focus on getting yourself into the Client mode and paying attention to the feedback.
I am doing my best to avoid pushing thoughts and just running the designs as is. But I do not feel things are as efficient as possible.
Your conscious mind doesn’t control the things you want to change. Train yourself to find a place within yourself where you are calm and confident, positive and energetic. So what you are doing–the doubts and frustration and helplessness you are focusing on it your sessions– is exactly the opposite of the person you want to practice being.
If you can read the training plan, set up the protocol, get good signal and shift between training exercises when it’s time, that pretty much takes care of the technical part of the job. You probably already do it all.
You are training your brain–not your mind. No need to understand. No need to control or critique or suggest.
Like riding a bike–you learn it by doing it. Don’t focus so much on being the “trainer”. The brain-trainer designs calculate and set their own targets. You can set them to pause or end an exercise after a set period. You don’t have to do any of that.
Focus on becoming a client. That’s crucial–and harder
I wish there was a way to understand and appreciate your knowledge and experience. There may not be a another living soul in a position to advance EEG training the way you can. Is it possible to video tape your presentations – no editing just the program start to finish – follow along style?
If you have a reading list please let me know.
It’s taken me 23 years and thousands of mistakes to become such a great expert. The point of the blog so far has been the importance of what the trainee does–not the trainer–in the success of the process.
All you can hope to change or control is yourself–become a better you. So turn your focus on being the client. Start imagining yourself more the way you wish you were. How that person sees things. How he responds and feels. How he thinks and learns and works. How he relates to women and colleagues and friends. Does he have enemies. Begin to connect up that “you within” during a training session–listening to the music, watching fractal zoom videos or Netflix streams. Practice stillness and being present. Be positive. Go through the cycles of exercise sessions, practicing being in that place. All the training blocks point toward it from different points of view.
Begin to look at specific things that you believe will move you toward your life goals. Tell your brain how you’d like to become and visualize yourself that way and practice it.