A Swiss Researcher using the Shiva Neural System found that his subjects were having “enlightenment” experiences. The website talks about psychic perception and spiritual growth, not enlightenment and a few people have asked why this difference.
The Shiva Neural Stimulation System is based on Persinger’s “Octopus” device, which he developed several years after his more famous “God Helmet“. They use the same hardware, but arranged differently.
The Swiss group consisted of meditators, “energy workers”, and other people with careers in non-traditional spirituality. The emphasis on psychic perceptions on the website (telepathy and remote viewing) reflects the fact that the most rigorous tests, done with laboratory precision (including EEG monitoring) had results that confirmed two forms of telepathic perception (I prefer the phrase brain-to-brain communication). One of them demonstrated “cognitive influence at a distance“. Another showed it in action as two subjects had “Correlated cerebral events between physically and sensory isolated pairs of subjects exposed to yoked circumcerebral magnetic fields“, meaning that one of the pairs of subject’s EEGs showed a response when the others (in another, darkened, room) saw a flashing light. This was telepathy, but in a laboratory.
These have received more attention, especially after Dr. Persinger’s interview with skeptico.com. The Swiss group’s results, which referred to Electronic Enlightenment, is limited to a preliminary and somewhat informal report, and hasn’t been published in full.
One difference between the Swiss group’s work and Dr. Persinger’s is that the Swiss averaged 4 sessions per subject, while Persinger’s experiments in telepathy were done with only one session per subject. Effects that appear after several sessions could not have appeared in Persinger’s scientific papers.
It may be that circumcerebral neural stimulation (which includes the Shiva Neural System) will one day go well beyond its well-known effects and yield a way for at least some people to become “enlightened”, “illuminated’, “realized” – or something like that. In fact, very few people even know the difference between these experiences. They may all be the same in the end.
The Swiss group broke new ground in their efforts. They found that the mental fatigue that can come from too much spiritual work can be addressed running the system “backwards” – using clockwise rotation around the head instead of the usual counterclockwise configuration. Of course, this is a breakthrough because it offers a new kind of evidence, and it does so in an independent replication. What did the Swiss (led by Dr. Rolf Bosch) discover? First, that much more can come from this kind of stimulation than psychic perception, and that running it “backwards” can elicit a range of yet undiscovered effects. Second, that effects appear over time that don’t come up with just one session.
One Shiva neural System user found that the light he experienced from his yoga (Kriya Yoga) was stronger when he ran his sessions clockwise than when he used its usual counterclockwise setup, which created a deep sense of space and darkness. This is only one case, but it does make the point clearly.
I suspect that running “Shiva” “backwards” may enhance left-hemispheric spiritual practices (like those that rely on prayer and work towards joy and light) while running it “forwards” may enhance right-hemispheric spiritual practices (like those that rely on meditation and work towards tranquility and insight). Dr. Persinger has already seen the latter effect. For the rest, time will tell. Thanks are due to Dr. Bosch, and the Swiss Deep Focus Institute.
Interestingly, others have found that higher field strengths (up to 92% of the total) with the standard (counterclockwise) setup have helped with eliciting dream effects.
Some users have had very good responses from the “Consciousness Signal” in the “Simple Signals” section (actually it’s a phase-modulated 40Hz signal, so it’s not a very “simple” signal). These reports have emphasized bliss and joy, not psychic skills.
One online review can be seen here.