Self Mastery Technology FAQ's
WHAT is the ZenFrames Light & Sound Device?
ZenFrames is an extraordinary new technology that delivers gentle pulses of light through special glasses. These lights synchronize with tones known as binaural beats to produce deep and profound relaxation. While research has proven that both flickering light and synchronized tones can produce relaxed states, combining the two takes the body to a more profound level of relaxation; it is a state of tranquility that is optimum for healing, focus, and accelerated learning. And, because a twenty-minute session simulates a sleep cycle, it can be the equivalent of four hours of sleep. If you want to get more done in less time, ZenFrames are a must-have.
The ZenFrames is also considered a portable achievement device. It uses SMT (Self Mastery Technology) sessions that are encoded with ZenSync technology to gently guide the user from the wide-awake state into the optimum learning state.
Each ZenFrames system has a mini computer called the "ZenSync Decoder," which converts the ZenSync encoded signal embedded within each SMT session. The user is guided through the brainwave entrainment process designed specifically for that session.
Your ZenFrames system will work with whatever device you normally use to listen to music as long as it has an audio output. Any iPod®, iPad® MP3 Player, Smartphone that plays MP3s, or your home computer or laptop will work with the ZenFrames.
What is SMT and Brainwave Entrainment?
Simply put, Self Mastery Technology (SMT) is the process of reaching deep levels of relaxation and then using guided visualization to form mental images. Visualization it is the primary component of the imagination and is at the core of the human ability to create, innovate and dream.
Many of history's inventors and artists attribute their success to an exceptional ability to visualize. Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Henry Ford and the great composer, Chopin, all reported using Self Mastery to spark their imaginations. Additionally, Albert Einstein once said that he came up with the theory of relativity by imagining what would happen if he could travel through space on the tip of a light beam. Self Mastery can transport you out of a state of stress or fear, and into a new space of inner calm, peace and tranquility. A natural byproduct of Self Mastery occurs when the body goes loose and limp, thereby creating the relaxation response - the perfect state for learning, healing, or focusing on goals.
What Are Brainwave Frequencies?
In order to overcome the brutal effects of stress, you need to get out of the fight-or-flight response and into the relaxation response. The relaxation response can't happen as long as you generate high beta brainwave activity. Your brainwave activity must dip into alpha, the intuitive mind, or theta, the inventive mind.
Many believe that theta is the optimum state for creativity and that it's the only mode in which one can make a quantum leap in consciousness. Unfortunately, theta mode is difficult to maintain. This is where the frequency following response comes in; it keeps your brain engaged. By using the ZenFrames, your brain is being trained to generate more alpha and theta waves and fewer beta waves.
Four Brainwave Frequencies
BETA 13-30 Hz: This is the wide-awake alert state where you spend most of your waking life. Beta is your reactionary mind. It is the level of your mind where fears, frustrations and negative emotions are processed. This is also where your strongest filtering system operates. It is called the critical factor. The key purpose in using the ZenFrames is to train your mind to get out of this state where stress is dominant.
ALPHA 8-13 Hz: This is the frequency most associated with creativity, imagination and flow. Alpha is the intuitive mind. It is also the brain state associated with relaxation, tranquility and daydreaming. Flow thinking, or a state of "inward awareness," takes place in alpha. It is also known as a super-learning state.
THETA 4-8 Hz: This is the breakthrough state where you can reinvent your life. Theta is the inventive mind. It borders on sleep and is a meditative state with access to the other-than-conscious mind where you have higher levels of creativity, learning, and inspiration. It is also the state in which the ZenFrames help you to visualize and realize your goals.
DELTA 1-4 Hz: This is deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the unconscious mind. The ZenFrames is designed to keep you from falling into this state of sleep. This is why the light and sound patterns of the ZenFrames system continue to change throughout the session.
What are the benefits of using the ZenFrames?
Self Mastery and stimulation of brainwave activity are among the most studied areas of psychiatry and psychology. The following results have been demonstrated through numerous documented studies and in Dr. Porter's experience with hundreds of thousands of clients:
- The right and left hemispheres of the brain become more balanced.
- Blood flow to the brain increases, resulting in clearer thinking, better
concentration, improved memory, and enhanced creativity.
- Serotonin levels increase by up to twenty-one percent, which calms the mind
and body and creates an overall sense of wellbeing.
- Endorphin levels increase by up to twenty-five percent. These are the
hormones that flow through the body when we feel happy. Endorphins provide the
brain with alertness, are a natural anti-depressant, provide relief from pain,
and create pleasurable and loving feelings.
The majority of users report stress relief through deep relaxation, better sleep, improved memory, improved learning skills such as concentration and recall of information, emotional stability, a sense of calm, increased focus, lucid dreaming, and increased physical energy. We are always researching these benefits with our users and partners in the field. Please be aware that while SMT and ZenFrames are designed to help you reach your full potential, we cannot guarantee your results. Please understand that results will vary from person to person.
Is it safe?
Absolutely. The only known side effects are improved memory, better sleep, focus, concentration, and reduced stress. However, flashing lights have been known to cause problems in people who suffer from serious medical conditions like epilepsy, seizure disorders, brain injury, or photosensitivity. If you have any of these concerns, you should ask your medical professional if light and sound technology is right for you..
Who Can Benefit from ZenFrames and SMT Technology?
Anyone who is not sensitive to flashing light can benefit from ZenFrames technology. The ZenFrames, used in combination with Self Mastery Technology (SMT), creates a potent tool for creating laser-like focus and enhanced performance.
The light intensity on the ZenFrames is adjustable, so those who have minor light sensitivity can almost always find a setting that's right for them. Those diagnosed with light sensitivity seizures should not use flashing lights, but can experience the profound benefits of the SMT processes and binaural tones.
What Happens During a ZenFrames/SMT Session?
With the ZenFrames glasses (that resemble sunglasses) over your closed eyes and headphones over your ears, you are immersed in a perfect mixture of light and sound frequencies. Your eyes will be treated to a beautiful light show while you listen to specially designed music and the guided mastery process. This all combines to enhance your experience and invite a higher degree of alpha/theta brainwave activity.
Some people may experience colorful geometric patterns while others may lose track of the lights completely. The light and sound pulse rate shifts from wide- awake beta to a dreamy drowsy state of theta as the session progresses. Using the science of frequency following response (FFR), your brainwave activity will follow the pulse rate of the ZenSync system. At the same time, your conscious mind rehearses the changes or improvements you desire for your life.
What is Frequency Following Response?
The frequency following response (FFR) is the effect created through synchronized light and sound. It's how the brain "syncs" to the strobe lights and binaural beats. While your brain follows the frequencies, you experience less inner chatter and improved concentration. After a few weeks of regular use, most people gain a sense of balance and inner calm. Users report feeling serene, focused, and alert even when faced with high-pressure situations.
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats are two separate tones of a slightly different pitch. One tone is presented to the left ear and the other to the right ear. Your brain combines the two tones to make a single new tone. The single tone pulses to match relaxed brainwave frequencies. Your brain follows the pattern and creates a relaxed state that is optimal for learning, problem solving, and self-motivation.
How Important is the Music and Sound?
The best brainwave entrainment is auditory as well as visual. Environmental sounds and music have been used for centuries in almost all cultures to create an altered state of consciousness. For example, native tribes used drums, chants, and environmental sounds like wind and rain to provide strong mental pictures and associations. There is a reason we find it relaxing to sit by the ocean and listen to waves crashing to shore or the sound of a stream as it trickles over rocks. These pleasant sounds tend to naturally generate alpha brainwave activity.
In today's frenetic culture, though, we rarely get to enjoy nature's relaxing effects. For this reason, Dr. Porter has personally encoded each session so that on a daily basis you can get a perfectly synchronized experience similar to that which nature provides. Plus, because the program is encoded into the digital MP3 file, you can use any of today's high quality music players, such as the iPod or iPad, to ensure the best possible experience.
The music you hear on every Self Mastery Technology process was composed specifically to complement the alpha/theta brainwave entrainment. The music is designed to create a full 360-degree experience that floods your mind with beautiful images and peaceful thoughts.
Why are Green, Blue or White LEDs Used Instead of Incandescent Lights?
Light emitting diodes, also called LEDs, are solid-state devices that convert small amounts of safe electrical energy into light. They can be switched on and off much faster than incandescent lights, producing the crisp strobe-like pulses most effective at inducing the frequency following response needed to guide the user through the brainwave states. The blue, green or white LEDs were chosen for their pure cool color. Our operational research showed that users prefer the blue, green or white effect through closed eyes more than any other LEDs available. It is important to note that a person who is prone to seizures should not use the light portion of the ZenFrames system and just use the SMT sessions with their favorite MP3 Player.
Is SMT Effective Without the ZenFrames?
Self Mastery and guided imagery have been around for decades. These are scientifically proven modalities for behavior modification, pain relief, and self-improvement. Now they are made even more effective with the added benefit of brainwave entrainment through the ZenFrames technology. While there is a wide assortment of relaxation training systems, such has autogenic (self-produced) training, progressive relaxation, meditation, and biofeedback to name a few, most of these take conscious effort. With the breakthrough of the ZenFrames, you don't have to "believe in" or "do" anything. You are immersed in the experience and don't have to create it.
What is it Like to Experience SMT?
One of the best definitions of SMT came to Dr. Porter from a satisfied client, who said, "SMT feels like my body fell asleep, but my mind stayed awake." SMT is a natural state, very much like sleep. In SMT, you are provided information that you want to apply when you are awake. This is called anchoring your vision to your timeline. It works like writing yourself a sticky note and posting it somewhere to remind you later.
Most people who want to make a change in their lives have the best intentions in the world, but the reality is, we get what we rehearse in life, not necessarily what
we intend. Through SMT you rehearse the new behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs you want and create in your mind a timeline for success.
During your SMT sessions, you visualize new responses to old behavioral triggers. Then, when you encounter the old triggers, you'll simply "forget to remember by remembering to forget." As your new responses take hold, you'll be convinced that you can be tobacco-free, or lose weight, or change any negative behavior.
It's that easy!
Can Everyone Use SMT and the ZenFrames?
Generally speaking, any person can achieve alpha/theta brainwave states and can benefit from SMT. However, the sessions are recommended for persons with an I.Q. of 70 or above. Persons with severe mental disorders should not use the ZenFrames. Flashing lights have been known to trigger seizures in certain cases. While this disorder is rare, people who have a seizure disorder of any kind should not use the lights. These people can still benefit from SMT without the lights. If you are unsure, ask your doctor before proceeding.
How Will I Know I've Reached Alpha or Theta?
Everyone's experience is unique. No two people experience the same feelings or sensations while using the ZenFrames system. You might experience lightness, heaviness, or a tingling sensation. You might even feel your eyelids flutter. Sometimes, as you release tension, your body might jerk or twitch. All of these are indicators that you are experiencing the alpha/theta state the ZenFrames is designed to create.
How Does SMT Produce Such Amazing Results?
The SMT system is designed to program behaviors so they become natural, unconscious, and automatic. You know how to drink water. You know which foods are more natural for your body. You know what exercise is. You already have these abilities. Our focus is not to give you these abilities but rather to give you a response to those abilities, creating responsibility. This is the purpose of SMT; it gives you the skills for responding to your own abilities. SMT provides the motivation, the determination, and the drive to succeed. It's a common experience that what the mind thinks about the mind brings about. The ZenFrames help you to get into that powerful state where you can impress upon your mind the results you want in life.
What if I'm Afraid of Losing Control?
Our culture teaches us to strive for control in our lives. However, what we think is control can quickly shift into stress, fear and anxiety. You are actually in more control while you are in the alpha/theta states because you gain discretionary access to your other-than-conscious mind, allowing you to tune into your thoughts, feelings, and emotions on a deeper level. With the help of the ZenFrames and the SMT programs you choose, you will gain focus while creating positive habits and behaviors, which means you finally gain the kind of control you really want.
Is it Safe for Me to Drive After a SMT Session or After Using the
Yes, it is safe for you to drive after a SMT session or after using the ZenFrames. You will likely feel refreshed because you have been on a mental vacation. When you come out of the relaxation state, you will feel positive and recharged, as if your entire being has changed. If you feel a little groggy at first, simply have a refreshing drink of water and take a couple of deep breaths. Most people feel the same as awakening from a nap.
Can Children Use the ZenFrames or SMT?
As long as the child can sit still in a chair for 10 or 20 minutes, the
"Enlightened Childrens Series
" can be of benefit. We have children as young as five years old listening to these CVR sessions before bed and getting great results. The "Accelerated Learning Series" can be used by teens and adults alike.
How Soon Will I Notice Results?
Over 90 percent of those trying the ZenFrames for the first time report feeling refreshed and energized right after the first process. While individual results will vary, smokers who want to quit often do so after listening to just one of Dr. Porter's Smoking Cessation
processes. Of course, Dr. Porter encourages everyone to listen to the full series to make sure their results are permanent. Those using the Weight Loss Series
often notice habit changes, such as a reduction in cravings or a desire for water, right after listening to the first process. Golfers regularly report feeling more relaxed and confident the first time out on the course after listening to Dr. Porter's Mental Coaching for Golf processes.
Can the ZenFrames/SMT System be used in My Business?
The ZenFrames/SMT system is for personal use only and cannot be used for profit in a business setting. Some professionals may be able to purchase a "location license" in certain circumstances. It allows the purchaser to use the ZenFrames System in professional offices to help clients. There are over 400 different sessions available.
Why Can't I Use the ZenFrames in My Business?
The ZenFrames is a personal system and is intended for personal use only. All content used in the Self Mastery Technology system is protected under International Copyright Law and is owned by the respective content provider. Only those who purchase a Self Mastery Technology business location license can you use these copyrighted works for profit in business.
What is the ZenFrames Guarantee?
Self Mastery Technology offers a 30-Day Return Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your ZenFrames product for any reason during the 30-day period following the original shipment date, please contact the distributor who sold you the system or
our Customer Service Department at (925) 461-3300. Customer support is available during regular business hours (pacific standard time) to make sure you have every opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the ZenFrames. Each return is subject to a restocking fee in the amount of 10% of the original sale. This amount will be subtracted from the original purchase price before a refund is given. Please note that only products in the original packaging with all materials and in new or as-new condition are eligible for the 30-Day refund. Shipping costs, if any, will not be refunded under any circumstances..
What is the Self Mastery Technology Warranty on the ZenFrames?
Click here to download information on the ZenFrames Warranty.