Transdisciplinary Research and Educational Outreach
Like a gentle massage for the brain, LITHICARE® is an unparalleled drug-free tool for resetting a weary mind, enhancing mood and increasing perception at concurrent clinical and traditional meditative levels.
Years of research in Archaeoacoustics have been meshed with new discoveries in Neuroscience to deliver a deeply immersive multi-sensory experience. LITHICARE® uses authentic (non-electronic) sound recorded in an ancient megalithic ritual site which responds acoustically at a frequency clinically shown to affect brain activity.
Music and sounds that give you chills can release Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure. Sound in a particular range of resonance frequency has also been shown to shift brain activity from left to right-sided dominance in the prefrontal cortex and an area thought to be related to emotional processing. It has been confirmed that this resonance frequency occurs naturally in the oldest buildings on earth and triggers reaction from the stone. There is credible evidence that the highly developed society of ancient builders deliberately sought the resulting phenomenon for use in their ritual and ceremonial practices, using sound to soothe the human psyche in a deeply spiritual experience. Whatever the acoustics of the site did to benefit them can work the same way today. LITHICARE® replicates the mechanics of that experience.
How does it work?
A simple kit combines hardware and software to deliver a deeply immersive multi-sensory experience, eclipsing historic religious and political traditions, and acting on many levels. If you know how to meditate, the scene is set. If not, all you need to do is relax and listen. Sound, vibration and your imagination do the rest.
It stretches the mind to its limits to suggest that the megalithic* architecture of antiquity could have anything to offer the 21st Century in the field of therapeutic benefit.
You are asked to suspend skepticism for just a minute.
Looking at ruins that are all that remain after thousands of years, one might not give much thought to what it sounded like inside the world’s earliest built places of ritual and ceremony when they were intact. That’s a mistake.
There exists credible evidence that the first monuments were intentionally created with characteristics that result in acoustics that compel one to listen. It is also likely that by developing what they heard and identifying frequencies that performed the best in the site, early builders hit on something that flooded their brains with Dopamine and endorphins, stirring other neurological impacts that are only now becoming better understood in the latest research in Neuroscience. It is known that certain sound and resonance frequencies are important to the brain. Labs across the world are currently mapping the dynamics of the neural effects of sound and music toward the creation of new non-chemical treatments for various disorders.
One of these ancient devotional places has survived intact. It produces its most impressive resonance at frequencies that have been shown in the lab to impact on mood and emotional processing. Lithicare(R) has been specifically designed to replicate this experience for therapeutic use at both a clinical and a traditional level. Recordings made onsite during archaeoacoustic research capture all the play and complexities of sound waves which are a simple result of physics, whether one can explain them or not. No synthetic electrical signals here — just simple authentic vocals and animal hide drums, with the limestone chambers echoing exactly the same today as they did before the pyramids were made.
Sound is vibration. It’s really as simple as that.
It has no age or expiration date.
Dr. Robert Zatorre
Montreal Neurological Institute:
“…the brain can respond to the abstract stimulation of music with feelings of euphoria and craving; the endogenous release of Dopamine in the peak of arousal during music listening… anticipation of an abstract reward can result in Dopamine release within an anatomical pathway distinct from that associated with the peak pleasure itself. These findings help to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies.”
Dr. David Silbersweig
Harvard Medical School:
“As our understanding of how the biological processes of the brain evolve, so, it seems, will our ability to harness the properties of our evolutionary and instinctual response to music. . . to mitigate collective disease severity and improve wellness across populations.”
Dr. Ian A. Cook
UCLA Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, Pharmacology:
“… It is (also) possible that the development of the Western musical scale could reflect some intrinsic properties of the human brain and mind, and the acoustic properties of Neolithic structures may have been selected to couple into these brain mechanisms, even if the designers of these structures had only an empirical understanding of the phenomenon.”
Prof. Iegor Reznikoff
Art and Music of Antiquity, University of Paris:
“Here, the deep answer of the resonance changes the personal timbre of the voice and seems to be the sound of Mother Earth or coming from the Other World: worship introduces one to deep levels of consciousness closer to the Divine. The relationship between ancient sanctuaries may be based on a common, universal anthropologic need which appeared independently.
The deep primitive sound level is always present in our consciousness (in the corresponding areas of the brain) and because of its primitiveness it remains unaffected even when other, more superficial levels of consciousness are damaged or destroyed, by accident, illness, stressful situations or age.”
Amazing! The sound allowed – somehow — my brain to be clear without thoughts. That is HUGE!
I wish it was longer!
I felt calm, relaxed and connected to the environment. Sort of fixated on the image of the pierced megalith as there being a hidden image there that would be detected if I stared long enough.
I felt centered in a straight zone on through as if the sound were getting me prepared and cleared for the main event. A knot of grief I had been feeling in my chest was lifted and gone. I mean – it’s gone!
It made me feel sleepy, but then it sounded like there was a Godzilla in there! Very cool.
It does something. You really can’t think of too much when the drum is beating and you’re waiting for the next buzz. I felt it flowing in my shoulders and maybe a little in my chest.
It’s an engaging way to have a spiritual experience – no matter what you believe in.
Please, can I do it again?
LITHICARE® and the “Oscillatoire Thérapie Sonique” Archaeoacoustic Vibratory Neurostimulation platform are products of The OTS Foundation for Neolithic Studies, a United States of America not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational foundation engaged in ongoing trans-disciplinary research in Archaeoacoustics.
LITHICARE® captures the many subtle nuances of lithic sound behavior which are part of its clinical efficacy.
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