Bill is a graduate of Portland State University with three years of graduate study in music, working with world-famous Czech composer Tomas Svoboda and Spanish Composer Salvador Brotons.
He’s trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis and is certified as a trainer of Nero Linguistic Programming. Bill is a long time student of contemporary psychology, the physical sciences, Eastern philosophy, chaos theory and a wide range of neurotechnologies and their impact on human change, evolution and healing. He’s known for being able to explain difficult topics in an easy-to-understand way.
Bill has been a frequent speaker at transformational and scientific forums and conferences around the world and has taught a wide range of workshops and seminars over the years. He has shared the stage with many of the world’s top business and human-potential leaders including the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Bill started Centerpointe Research Institue in 1989 with only borrowed recording equipment set up on his kitchen counter. Today, over a million people in nearly 200 countries have used Centrepointe programs to improve their lives. Bill Harris has become one of the best-known personal growth teachers in the world.
Ric Thompson: … Bill, in your introduction here I used the phrase transformational techniques. What does that mean? What does that imply for people who are listening to us and have never met you before and your business? It’s a whole new type of thing for them.
Bill Harris: Well, that’s an interesting question. The surface answer is as you know, the main thing that I have done for the last 20 plus years has been to spread Holosync. This meditation, this audio technology that when you listen to the stereo with head phones, it creates really super deep meditation instantly and people have very dramatic mental, emotional, and even physical and spiritual changes happen to them. And there’s a certain body of knowledge that goes along with that that I’ve been teaching for a long time. But why I thought that was an interesting question is that the whole idea of transformational techniques sort of implies the fact that people aren’t happy the way they are and they want to transform themselves into something else, which I think can be a good thing and it also can be sort of a trap too, where people can never be satisfied and they can’t be happy the way they are and all that sort of things.
So for that reason it’s an interesting question. I got to a point in my own journey where I kind of quit trying to transform myself. In a way people that go far enough on this kind of a path, finally get back to the point that like Zen says where there’s nothing to achieve, but you can’t just tell someone that. You have to sort of find yourself. We’re sort of going off a cliff here in a different direction that I know you want to go, so what else do you want to know, Ric? Let’s get this going in a more practical direction.
Ric Thompson: Well, I think you’ve covered everything, right, give everybody kind of a broad overview and then get into it because you have been doing this for over 35 years in a variety of different means and ways. For those folks who don’t know Holosync is about, you really been able to produce some great steps forward for people – people who have let things get in their way, people who have not achieved what they think they should have achieved. People let things block them and part of what you do is help people kind of get past that to get more out of what they’re already doing. So I guess in that regard, talk to me about what you do about transformational techniques and maybe some background of Holosync so people can kind of get to know them.
Bill Harris: Well, sure. Let me explain Holosync a little bit in more detail. I learned to meditate when I was 19, when I was freshman in college. And I was a very disciplined traditional meditator for 16 years and studied with several different teachers and was very into it. Sixteen years later, I happened to run into a couple of lines of research that sent me in to a little bit different direction.
Part of the reason I wanted to meditate because I was actually very unhappy. I was very angry, I was depressed a lot, I was kind of a belligerent person. I was difficult to get along with, I kind of kept people at a distance. I would reject them before they could reject me, I guess you might say, and I was not very happy. At any rate, in the 70’s the TM movement and also the Menninger Clinic did a research on meditators and one of the things they discovered was what the electrical brain wave patterns were being created when these people meditated. So in the 70’s, then they knew a lot about some of these things about meditation including the brain wave patterns.
Then another piece of research I ran across, which in a way had nothing to do with meditation, it was an article by a researcher named Dr. Gerald Oster who was from Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He wrote this article in 1973 which was in Scientific American, the October Issue called Auditory Beats in the Brain. What he was describing was how if you put a pure sign wave tone of a certain exact frequency into the left ear, like using head phones, and another tone that was slightly different into the right ear that two parts of the brain would interact in a way that would try to reconcile these two tones and it would set up this what they call a beat pattern in the brain.
It sounds like when you’re listening to this, sounds like, woe woe woe. It’s the same sound that you would hear if you heard two clarinet players in the symphony trying to get in tune with each other and they’re both playing an A but one of them is out of tune a little bit. You hear that same sort of beat pattern as the two wave patterns that the clarinets are making are interacting in the air. The difference is what Gerald Oster was describing is that none of this is sound in the air it’s just happening inside your head, in your brain and it turns out that this beat pattern that’s created alters your brain wave patterns, that your brain wave patterns aligned with it are entrained by it.
So by adjusting these tones, you could put someone in any brain wave pattern some are a little harder to put people into the others because people are a little more resistant to going in it. But you can put people into the brain wave patterns of creativity, of learning and meditation. So when I kind of put these two pieces of research together, I asked myself, could we really create meditation using these? Will that really work, would we really have same benefits of meditation? …
Ric Thompson: … I think we’re kind of getting into this. But obviously, you’ve kind of married the ancient practice of meditation with modern science, you get fantastic results, it has been, like you said, a phenomenon around the world. And at the end of the day, from myself I’m thinking: Okay, what does that really mean to me? How do I apply this? What does this mean? I’m a small business owner or I’ve got certain issue I’m focused on right now, what does it do for me? What can meditation really help me out with here?
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