As a meditation practitioner of 40 years, I immediately recognized the mind states produced by Low Energy Neurofeedback as very similar to what happens after a long silent retreat: people get clear, present in the moment, contented, aware of bodily sensations, confident, and resilient through the ups and downs of life. They start making wiser choices. I was so excited about the improvements LENS made to my own stamina, productivity, and organizational skills that I used it with all my psychotherapy clients. They all got better quickly and graduated from therapy.
I now use Low Energy Neurofeedback with all of my clients, because real changes happen in months not years. LENS seems to disrupt repeating thought patterns created by past traumas not relevant to today. The new spaciousness of mind opens an opportunity for change–it’s like getting three wishes from the genie of the lamp. We spend the most time together envisioning what is the best you could wish for, and noticing what it feels like when it happens. My training in traditional Jungian archetypes and Buddhist practice techniques provides structure for these discussions.
After working at Alta Mira Recovery Center, a residential treatment program in Sausalito, CA, I conferenced with colleague Judith Miller, PhD on the Colorado Protocol. We modified the protocol based on our experience into the Echo Rock Protocol, integrating mindfulness, nutraceuticals, and daily LENS to quickly bring back clarity and contentment after overuse of alcohol, prescription medications, or street drugs. In one study, the success rate of addiction treatment went from 20% to 80% after LENS neurofeedback was added to the program.
I’m a founding member and practice guide at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and can draw on my own experience to point out the direct path to letting go. In thousands of LENS sessions, I have noticed my clients’ patterns of changes parallel the subjective experiences described in early Buddhist texts. Today, fMRIs are confirming what careful observation revealed 2600 years ago: there is a path to happiness that works. I am keeping careful notes and working on a book about how we notice changes happening.
As an early member of San Francisco Transformative Technology Meet-Up, I am leading a team to develop devices that deliver practical, transformative feedback and make meditation much easier.
I feel grateful to have lived a creative life so far, curious about many different people and disciplines. I have started several businesses, conducted an orchestra and chorus, married a good woman, and raised children who are loyal to their friends. Exposure to many worlds has helped me notice a glimmer of what is universal and mysterious in each person, and enabled me to believe in their destiny.
My interests in initiation and friendship led me to participate at the start of the men’s movement, and I have led men’s groups on and off since 1976. Stories from our elders, long gone, have marked the path where they stumbled, that we might pass by safely on our journey. Thinking on the old stories has taught me to converse in metaphor, the language of our inner helpers. If they like, people bring in their dreams to monitor the progress of their inner story after neurofeedback.
My intention is to also pass on some of the wisdom, humor and warm kindness my elders have shown me. Brain science has proven how mirror neurons exchange kindness and information between people.
I am grateful to the many teachers who helped me learn about the old ways: Buddhism at Dhamma Sukha, mindfulness meditation, Jungian dream work at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the joy and discipline of music practice at Tanglewood, the satisfaction of learning at Yale University, the ecstasy of dance and song, the daily steadiness of family love, the necessity of community and beauty.
Grant Rudolph has directed Echo Rock Therapy Center since 1986. He has taught at California Institute of Integral Studies, College of the Redwoods, and JFK University.