You sure can. Try not to have any expectations. Simply just listen to N.O.W.–it does the heavy lifting for you! In the beginning you’ll notice that you sometime pay attention to the N.O.W. tones and then at other times you are aware you are thinking about something. This is natural. But really quite special–when you realize you are not really listening, but thinking about something, this is an awakening …
… look at this–the “you” that notices “you” are thinking (not listening) is pure, awakened, consciousness!
And there is a huge world of positive change that is going to happen when you experience this, and return to experience this.
Yes! But you should know that the volume of N.O.W. is somewhat quiet–it was designed as a “sit close, lean in, listen up” experience.
So for group work we suggest 10 – 12 people should sit in a circle with N.O.W. in the center. This way folks will be only a few feet away from N.O.W. and the volume will be perfectly adequate, especially if the Vol+ button is pushed twice.
Group work can be a really amazing experience as folks become still, together, and feel that Oneness. Enjoy!
No, N.O.W. is dual, asynchronous monaural. The two speakers are completely independent of each other.
Each N.O.W. speaker plays a different tone sequence every time it is used. When the two N.O.W. speakers are used together (as is intended) a completely “new now moment” is created from the interplay of the two tone sequences–as you listen.
This makes the sound quality of present moment always new, alluring and different. With regular use, your focus is increasingly shifted from thinking … to listening … to pure awareness of being–consciousness awakened from the dream of form identification.
Only if you prefer this (many people do) and like to feel the pleasing vibrations of the tone sequences. In addition to being held in the hands, N.O.W. can be placed on a tabletop or on desk just a few inches away from you. Or N.O.W. can be placed across the room. The pure sine wave tones created by each N.O.W. speaker actually interact with each other, the room boundaries and with listeners. No matter how it is used, N.O.W. always creates an absolutely unique auditory experience for each person in the room, each time it is used.
The way that is right for you. Seriously. You can listen by yourself, with a partner or with a group. You can listen in your quiet meditation room or on bench waiting for the bus. All we ask is that you power on both speakers and be sure you’re hearing both speakers produce the New Origin Waveform tones.
N.O.W. is an asynchronous, dual-mono, auditory experience. Each N.O.W. speaker produce a completely new tone sequence each time it is turned on, and this creates an near-infinite variety of tone sequences when you use N.O.W. as intended—with both speakers playing at the same time. We call this experience a New N.O.W. Moment®.
If you’re indoors, just press and release the power button. There will be a 3 second gap before the tones start. This is a good time to take a deep centering breath. The initial power on volume level is set to be ideal for quiet indoor rooms. N.O.W. is a “lean in / listen up” experience. It is like have a good, intimate conversation with a friend who speaks quietly.
If you’re outdoors, or if you’re listening with a group, you may want to press and release “Power” then press and release “VOL” one or twice. A third press of “VOL” brings the volume back to the initial power on level.
Just listen. That’s it. Just have the intention to listen attentively. If thoughts enter your mind you can either “blink them away” or simply note them, and then return your attention to listening. We know this—it simply is not possible to be listening attentively AND be thinking at the same time. Impossible. Try it for yourself. When ever you bring intentional attention to listening your thinking stops and you become aware of being aware. You become aware of your essential self—consciousness.
For those with stamina, this is a LONG answer about the SHORT duration of the N.O.W. tones.
The three-minute duration of N.O.W. Why not longer, and/or why not different settings for listening length?
I recently responded in length to this question in an email. I’ll use my answer for that here.
Sometimes this question has come from a non-meditator who is surprised by how they feel when experiencing the tones and they want it to continue, and many times from long-term practitioners of meditation who would like to use the tones for longer sitting sessions.
We are open to what this might mean in the future, and are keeping these requests in mind for an eventual product that would be of a different nature, but for the N.O.W. System we made a very conscious–and I believe inspired–choice to keep to the 3-minute length. I’ll explain, using some of Michael’s words from a blog post as well as my own understandings and feelings of how we arrived at this.
Like many aspects of this project, N.O.W. directed us in its shaping; we had many ideas about how great it might be to offer differing lengths for tone sessions, but again and again we’d arrive back at 3 minutes as the only correct answer.
The 3 minute solution is a direct empirical result of Michael creating and listening to tone sequences. One of the easiest, most surface but also most powerful aspects to the short length: it will allow just about everyone to use it, and to use it regularly. This regularity of listening—in particular for people who have either hit plateaus in their practices or who have never practiced at all—will grow the effectiveness, and the effectiveness will help to grow one’s still-mind abilities to be a more regular life feature. At any longer length, there is the possibility of putting off a listening session until later, when one thinks there will be more time. And we also know that, if a user has the choice of longer or shorter sessions, the comparison mind will start to work against them—if you know you could be doing 20 minutes but you’re only opting for 3, then maybe you aren’t being as “good” as you could be, that maybe you’re not going to achieve all that you could.
Our belief is firm that, when a person has the opportunity to release thought and step out of the world’s time-based mind structures, even if it’s only a few seconds, those few seconds share in the same timeless eternity that minutes or hours share in. And to that end, time means nothing.
N.O.W. will add to any other modality you use in the day, because N.O.W. will have given you a bit more of yourself, and more connection to life in general. And this will be cumulative, just as any bit of mindfulness, practiced regularly, is cumulative. The real miracle is of using this system is not how you feel at the time, but what happens as a result of bringing yourself to stillness, regularly. It’s like the part of you who sits outside of the worry and thought gets a chance to put the pieces together for you, to increase the ability to find answers. The big word for me, when this starts to really take off, is synchronicity. What is blocked can become unblocked, leading to a flow of possibility that wasn’t there before. Regular doses of stillness are just that good.
Still, I get the wish that sessions could be longer. Many people have told us they begin and/or end a meditation with their tones, and a few others turn it on repeatedly. I think if at first you allow yourself to get to know how it works for you at the 3 minute length, used regularly for a week or so, you’ll know how to more creatively start to use it in your own life. And we PROMISE to keep a longer version of some sort in mind as solu moves forward.
I like to think that the N.O.W. is more of an adjunct to any life, whether that life is lived already in a more deeply mindful manner, or by someone who has never managed to release their thought-driven mind’s activities. N.O.W. is going to prove to be a personalized type of vitamin for any individual—made for them, in their own way of using, bringing about results that are as varied as the individuals themselves. Already we have weird and wonderful feedback to this effect, and as more people use N.O.W., it is just going to continue.
As the creator of the tone sequences, Michael has wanted to embed stillness into each session. He sustains 3 minutes of non-thinking activity while engaged in the process of creating and recording tone sequences by hand, in real time. He has deleted any recorded session, immediately, if he feels thoughts had crept in or any type of manipulation of the tones on his part. As a result there is just no imprint of our own objectives in the material, which is rare if not non-existent in recorded work. I think of it as one more level of the clean purity to the tonal experience when listening.
M: “There is, as I call it, a ‘declination time to stillness.’ This is the time it takes for normal higher frequency brainwave activity to be reduced in amplitude and lower frequency brainwave activity to increase in amplitude – the sort of brainwave frequency activity that correlates closely with meditative, open-awareness.
“3 minute tone sequences give ample time for even a novice to descend from high frequency self-talk chatter to low frequency stillness and a relaxation response. Once one has arrived at the lower frequency brainwave state the next most significant benefit occurs when one exits the tone sequence and brings a heightened awareness to their surrounding reality.
“The 3 minute duration teaches several things: stillness is possible quickly, new insights are possible quickly, and the ‘awareness of awareness’ is portable and can be taken away from the tone sequence product.”
But at its most basic, three minutes is easy, it’s powerfully effective, and is also an amount of time that everyone can find. We believe you can trust N.O.W. to be exactly as it is supposed to be, as much as we trust N.O.W.
N.O.W. stands for New Origin Waveform—the heart of our our patent-pending aural neuromodulation process. Each time N.O.W. is used it creates an entirely new audible waveform sequence. The novelty of each new waveform sequence gently pulls your attention to the present moment—the only moment you’re alive and the only possible origin of your future.
So while N.O.W. contains some powerful neuromodulation technology, it simply helps you be moe increasingly aware of … being aware. And that feels calm, spacious and often—joyous. This is your natural state of wholeness, and something you may have not truly experience since you were 4 years old and spinning around like a top!
N.O.W. is a set of two, palm-sized loudspeakers that play pure tone sequences that help you relieve stress, increase focus and achieve greater peace of mind.