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As our species evolves into higher forms of consciousness are there ways technology can enhance and even evolve this process? Some social media scientists have gone as far to say “ambient awareness” is evolving us into beings constantly connected with one another in social cultures and tribes through Facebook and Twitter. This is a macrocosmic study, looking at larger societal factors, but what about the individual in the microcosmic universe? The self. Often in our qigong, tai chi, kung fu, or yoga practices we find ourselves in a community of practitioners and feel the connection with one another- the ambient awareness becomes direct. But what about the individual, the self, the microcosmic universe? At its most elemental form this is the solitary qigong practice or the private meditation.

Binaural Beats – Technology integration with individual meditation

Binaural BeatsBinaural Beats, sometimes called binaural tones, need stereo headphones with different frequencies coming in each ear. The effect is a “beat” created by the brain reacting to the different frequencies. This was first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilheim Dove and through the course of the 20th century seekers discovered these binaural beats can induce relaxation and even altered states of consciousness. More can be learned from thewikipedia entry and at the binaural beat page at  Auditory Neuroscience.

Third Eye DevelopmentOur course for Opening The Third Eye uses binaural beats to aid in relaxation and even astral projection.

There are also apps from places like I-doser where you can download various binaural beats, not to mention the wealth of CDs and podcasts out there. Whatever you do, make sure you are in a safe and calm environment, not driving or using heavy machinery. The quality of the headphones you use also make a huge difference. I was using $15 Skullcandy headphones, the kind that go inside your ear and then upgraded to the AKG Acoustics K-240 Semi Open Studio Headphones. What a huge difference. The headphones opened up a whole new layer of textures and dimensions in the music. It was like hearing in 3D. With Binaural beats the experience is so much richer and for lack of a better word…. trippier.

SpotifyFinally, the inspiration and motivation for this post to share with readers. Spotify. If you’ve never heard about it, now you have, and if you’ve heard but not signed up, go there. Spotify is a European based music social network (notice the ambient awareness again) like Pandora or However, they’ve figured out the balance between advertising and the choice of music listening. Unlike Pandora or you can select entire albums or individual songs, create playlists, and then listen to them over and over in the cloud. Once I figured out what was going on I thought, why would I buy music ever again on a cd or even an mp3?

The Binaural Beat & Guided Meditation Spotify Tip

Once I got past all the artists and genres I listen to and set up playlists on Spotify I experimented with a search “binaural beats”.  Whoa. There is a huge list of choices for binaural beats. All free. The paid versions of Spotify will drop all commercials but as some of these tracks are over 50 minutes and commercials are sprinkled in gracefully, I haven’t found them obnoxious. I’ve found some great binaural beats this way, particularly J.S. Epperson. A whole universe opened up to me.

And that concludes with the final tip. Search for “guided meditation” on Spotify. See where it takes you. Happy travels.

Technology does seem to be taking a role in all this doesn’t it?

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Future City Media Workshops

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Offering FREE 22 week workshops in:
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The Future City Media Workshops are 22 week trainings for Detroiters interested in building a community media economy and an awesome future for Detroit. The workshops will offer advanced training in audio, video, graphics, and web design skills. They will also offer training in digital media education and entrepreneurship. Participants will graduate with the unique skill sets necessary to train other Detroiters in digital media, create their own jobs, foster cooperative forms of community wealth creation, and support media-based community organizing for a better Detroit!

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. We are securing that right through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of: access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.


  • have some experience in creating digital media.
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  • are between the ages of 18-80.
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Podcast 19 – Jason Huvaere – Part 3

In this installment of the Hogpath interview with Jason Huvaere he discusses the changes in electronic music over the years. He elucidates how the changes in technology have affected the delivery and social dynamics of the music in clubs and into headphones. It illustrates how technology has completely opened things like genres and categories, almost making those things mute.

High Resolution Media – Podcast 19 – Jason Huvaere – Part 3

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The Zeitgeist MovmentIf you know, you know. If you don’t, you need to.

Scholars and activists, personally through Detroit City of Hope, have made me aware that what is transpiring right now in the world is more than a recession or something contrived like globalization. It is a transition and an evolution. As a species we are asking ourselves the simple question what it means to be human. Think about your 7th grade socials studies class when you learned about hunting and gathering, agriculture, and then industrialization. Right now we are in the transition into something new, something unknown. Right now we may call it “post” industrialization but intuition manifests that it may be something else. Detroit is a focal point of this “something else”. Detroit is offering alternatives.

The Zeitgeist Movement leads us up to this point. Right now it is two documentary movies. Some alternatives are offered for humanity’s future, especially The Venus Project, but the crux of the Zeitgeist Movement is to exmaine how the powers that be (whether subconsciously or intentionally) have controlled and corrupted our human evolution. Quite literally on the surface it looks to be money and power but it goes deeper than that…it is the control of how people relate to the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Make a point to look up at the sky.

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