Consciousness Presentation - May 31, 2014
First and Second Person Subjective Qualitative Approaches to Achieving Whole Brain Synchrony for Peak Experience and Peak Performance
Whole brain synchrony is a well-known and sought after state which has the capacity to beneficially shift consciousness to states of “flow” whereby right and left cerebral hemispheres and prefrontal and brain stem regions work in harmonious union, e.g. brainwave patterns are synchronous or “in phase.”
The benefits of entering whole brain synchronous states are numerous including a sharpening of mental clarity, enhanced ability to problem solve, and resultant measurable subtle increases in creativity, intuition, and insight.
Importantly, whole brain synchronization induces a Relaxation Response that automatically reduces pain, stress, and anxiety in the body through the secretion of helpful homeostatic neurochemicals such as oxytocin, dopamine, endogenous morphine, and cyclic nitric oxide.
Dr. Wright’s presentation will explore and make a case for the scholarly community to re-consider the historical “normal” science bias against first and second person subjective methods for inquiry especially the requirement that a researcher’s own experience be bracketed out in a quest for “objectivity.”
Consciousness Society: Validation of First and Second Person Methods for Inquiry.
First and Second Person Subjective Qualitative
Approaches to Achieving Whole Brain Synchrony for
Peak Experience and Peak Performance
Robert Wright, Jr., PhD, COFT (TSD, '13)
San Francisco, May 31, 2014
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Upper Left Quadrant 1
Interior - “I”
Question: What is my
experience (feeling) of my
stress, anxiety, physical pain
Upper Right Quadrant 2
Exterior- “you” (it) – thinking
Adapted from Wilber (1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004).
Question: What is the
experience (essence) of my
stress, anxiety, physical pain
Lower Left Quadrant
Interior – “We”
Question: What is the
experience (essence) of our
stress, anxiety, physical pain
Lower Right Quadrant
Exterior – “Them” (it)
Question: What is the
(systemic) experience of
societal stress, anxiety,
physical pain and/or grief?
What is heart-breaking about the paradigm-shifting process
is that people tend to believe that the values they hear
expounded about by the new worldview...can simply be
incorporated into the Newtonian worldview. This would be
like putting four-dimensional vision into an animal that has
only three-dimensional faculties. A paradigm shift is not a
matter of fine tuning what we already use, or even seeing it
in greater detail. Instead, an entirely new dimension(s)
emerges to show us that the world is very different from
what we had previously envisioned.
--Miller, 1996, p. 31
Statebound Experience: Comparison of Ergotropic and Tropotropic Pathways
Routine Activity Ordinary Waking
Deep Trance or
Adapted from Fisher (1971, 1973, 1975); Momen (1984).
Humans were never meant to see the world through a lens of
chronic fear or other negative emotions. We were meant to
experience the world directly as it is. We were meant to form
deep connections to other human beings. With attention
training…we can open our hearts to experience the fullness of
our senses, and reconnect with forgotten parts of ourselves.
We can experience moments of unity and transcendence and
find the world has been reenchanted. It will be a watershed
moment in human evolution when we are able to pay
attention to how we pay attention, control our attention, and
take personal responsibility for the creation of our own
---Fehmi and Robbins 2007, p. 8
Example of Richness of Data Collection with MMooddiiffiieedd HHSSSSII MMeetthhoodd
Sense of Unity
Yes No Yes No No No No No
Stress Yes No Yes No No No No No
Healing No Yes Yes Yes Yes Possible Possible Possible
No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Possible
No Yes Depends Yes Yes Yes Yes Possible
No Yes Depends Yes Yes Possible Possible Possible
Pain Yes No Yes No No No No No
Fear/Anxiety Yes No Yes No No No No No
Unknown Unknown Depends Yes Depends Unknown Unknown Unknown
Elements of Peak Performance
State where an individual performs to the maximum
of her ability.
Enhanced levels of self awareness.
High levels of confidence and focused concentration
upon task or goal completion.
Accomplishment is seemingly effortless.
Individual experiences a “flow” state of being “in
the zone of excellence.”
Elements of Peak Experience
Transpersonal and ecstatic state.
Sense of Unity, Oneness and Awe.
Sense of interconnectedness.
Time perception may be altered to witness time
elongation, time quickening and/or timelessness.
Altered State of Consciousness (ASC).
Therapeutic increases in creativity, compassion for self
and others, and personal locus of control (stress
Self actualization state or individuation (Maslow Level 5).
Personal growth, intrinsic meaning and purpose.
Stress-Anxiety-Physical Pain Scale
Rate your current state on a scale from “0” to “10”
“0” you feel great, have no pain, have no distress
“10” you have unbearable pain and are in distress
Category Stress Anxiety Physical
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First and Second Person Subjective Qualitative
Approaches to Achieving Whole Brain Synchrony
for Peak Experience and Peak Performance
Whole brain synchrony is a well-known and sought
after state which has the capacity to beneficially
shift consciousness to states of “flow” whereby
right and left cerebral hemispheres and prefrontal
and brain stem regions work in harmonious union,
e.g. brainwave patterns are synchronous or “in
The benefits of entering whole brain synchronous
states are numerous including a sharpening of
mental clarity, enhanced ability to problem solve,
and resultant measurable subtle increases in
creativity, intuition, and insight.
Importantly, whole brain synchronization induces a
Relaxation Response that automatically reduces
pain, stress, and anxiety in the body through the
secretion of helpful homeostatic neurochemicals
such as oxytocin, dopamine, endogenous morphine,
and cyclic nitric oxide.
Dr. Wright’s presentation will explore and make a
case for the scholarly community to re-consider the
historical “normal” science bias against first and
second person subjective methods for inquiry
especially the requirement that a researcher’s own
experience be bracketed out in a quest for
Attendees will experience a demonstration of
Open Focus and the Brain Pattern Interrupt
technique as a way of showing experientially how
conscious attention can be shifted such that
attendees can “know” [ontologically] and feel via
bodily feltsense both Wilber Quadrant 1 & 2
phenomena in order to validate the potential rigor
of self reporting as researcher(s).
Robert Wright, Jr., Ph.D., COFT (TSD, '13) is an
author, speaker, and Stress Management Wellness
Coach. His passionate goal is translating the
significance and implications of scholarly stress and
nitric oxide spiking research into language and
practical techniques which can improve the healthy
well-being of the general public. Dr. Wright's most
recent eBook is entitled Orgasmic Relaxation:
Unleash The Power Of Your Mind To Relax Using The
Tension Relieving Technique, and he is the author of
the forthcoming book entitled Orgasmic Relaxation:
Finding Your Sweet Spot Using The Brain Plasticity