States of Consciousness

THE RANGE of STATES of CONSCIOUSNESS, DEPENDENT ON THE AMOUNT of SOUND ENERGY REACHING THE TEMPORAL LOBE of THE LEFT BRAIN

The following description gives you some idea of the graphic, although this blog format does not accommodate an image of the 11″x17″ laminated chart, which is available for purchase from http://www.northernlightbooks.ca

The chart can be read from several different perspectives.

1. The central graph represents the progressively faster levels of integration of the cerebral hemispheres from extremely low in schizophrenia and autism to extremely high in persons who are strongly left-cerebral-dominant and have ready, but controlled, access to the right cerebral hemisphere. Those states of consciousness can be ascertained by observing the behaviour patterns, including speech patterns, such as schizophrenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and dyslexia; and waking, high alertness, sleep, and dreaming.

2.  The range of states of consciousness available to a person could be ascertained through audiological examination, but to the present time only a small part of the spectrum has been calibrated and published, as noted in the column “In Hertz.” The audio deficits for the range of depression and for aggression were identified by Dr. Guy Bérard,[1] the noted French otolaryngologist. I have observed that the range of states of consciousness from schizophrenia through normal are directly related to the functional capacity of the right middle ear’s stapedius muscle, which often may be normalized with high-frequency sound stimulation, i.e., violin music. Bérard refers to those audio-processing deficits in autism and dyslexia as “bilateral distortions.”

3.  The graph also represents the range of states of consciousness experienced by persons with normal stapedius function as that muscle is semi-consciously or unconsciously controlled throughout the 24 hours of the day. When the muscle is relaxed, the person drifts towards sleep, a state of consciousness that becomes more and more like the condition of psychosis but in people with normal ear function is experienced only as dreams. Those states of consciousness are represented in the first small side graph. When the person wakes, the stapedius muscle returns with greater or lesser haste to the condition of full responsiveness, causing left-brain control, and normal behaviour that the lower section of the graph represents. Notice that it is theoretically possible for people to deliberately attain bipolar and schizophrenic states of consciousness and behaviour (actors sometimes reproduce those behaviours), but that in most cases such behaviour is not deliberate but the result of damage to the middle ear muscle. Particular social expectations in a culture may expand the range of normal behaviours for a group into the lower ranges of stapedius function (e.g., more labile behaviour).

4. During the states of consciousness sought by many people under the terms “prayer” and “meditation” a person with left-dominance deliberately relaxes the stapedius muscle but usually not to the point of falling asleep and with some measure—perhaps a very high level—of left-brain awareness. For persons experienced in producing that state of consciousness, it can prevail during light sleep as well. The second small graph represents that subset of prayerful or meditative or mystic states of consciousness.

5. The graph may be read from the Bipolar range of behaviours downward as stages in maturation: the progressive levels of behavioural control taught to children in socialization processes that gives the child increasing (but mainly unconscious) control over the stapedius muscle. About 80% of infants are born with normal ears and with some small degree of left-dominance that becomes self-perpetuating—reinforced through the ear by its own voice and by ambient sound. Unfortunately, some psychiatrists today are misinterpreting those maturational phases natural to childhood as pathologies. At virtually every stage of life the function of the stapedius muscle of the middle ear can be enhanced with modest exposure to high-frequency sound.

6. The concept of left-cerebral-hemisphere dominance entails both losses of dominance and the possibility for enlarging and strengthening that dominance, but dominance depends not only on the content of learning that enters the ear and the eye, as has been generally believed, but also on the health or fitness of the stapedius muscle of the middle ear. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, originally the mentor of Bérard, tried unsuccessfully to convince his Canadian associates that mental illness originates in the ear.[2] However, his failure to understand that cerebral dominance and the strength of lateralization is contingent not on the volitional control over the ear from the left cerebral hemisphere but on the fitness of the muscle of the middle ear kept him from explaining correctly the severe forms of aberrant behaviour, which he nevertheless successfully treated with appropriate frequencies of sound.

7. The chart can be read approximately from a historical point of view, as the trend in the social evolution of homosapiens sapiens appears to be towards expectations of increasing language complexity, rationality, self-control, and rationalization in belief systems.


[1] Guy Bérard, Hearing Equals Behavior (New Canaan, Conn.: Keats, 1993), 45–51, 140-62. Bérard’s and Tomatis’s theorizing about the ear and behaviour reveals their lack of understanding of hemispheric dominance and losses thereof and limits their contextual descriptions of the specific phenomena they observed. Although Bérard’s book title asserts Hearing Equals Behavior, he offers no examples of acute mental illness apart from suicidal depression. His writing draws on more than 8,000 patient profiles. See, also, the research summary at Spot, Centro Terapéutico y de Investigación at: <www.spotcentre.es/investigaciones.html>. (15 Nov. 2010):

Dr. Guy Bérard, at his clinic in France reported in 2005, the following information:

Depression, suicidal—233 cases treated over 235 cases reviewed:

  • 217 healings from the first treatment, i.e., 93%
  • 11 cures after two or three treatments, i.e., 4.7%
  • 4 failures after treatment
  • 1 case of failure to start treatment.

The two cases examined but not treated ended in suicide at 18 months. From the book “Hearing Rehabilitation” by Dr. Guy Bérard.

[2] Alfred A. Tomatis, The Conscious Ear, My Life of Transformation through Listening (Barrytown, NY, and Sound Listening and Learning Center, Phoenix, Ariz.: Station Hill Press, 1991) 200–1.

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