Andy Dolph [acdolph]
What is your specialty? How do you help people find harmony?
I am the creator of a new type of guided meditation audio which I call Binaural Journeys. (http://binauraljourneys.com)
These audios combine three technologies to help people go deep inside themselves and discover and heal themselves at the deepest levels.
These technologies are:
-- binaural beats which invite the brain to synchronize to a specific pattern of brain waves which we experience in deep trance.
-- binaural drumming which uses the ancient technique of drumming and modern audio technology to invite your heart rate and breathing the slow and help you to go into that wonderfully deep state of relaxation.
-- having me as your guide, so that your conscious mind can really let go and just listen to the sound of my voice, so there's never a sense of wondering what you need to do next. You just follow my voice, and the sounds through your own amazing journeys.
Download the free Journey of Relaxation at http://binauraljourneys.com
Can you provide a link to a web site or blog where we can learn more about you?
My blog, The Journey Of Story is at http://andydolph.com
My Binaural Journeys audio programs are at http://binauraljourneys.com
What were the circumstances that led you to choose the professional path you have chosen?
Since I was a little kid, I've always been fascinated by how things work, particularly the human mind and also the technology of theater. When my parents would take me to a children's show as a kid, I was always the one looking at the soundboard at the back of the room and looking at the lights trying to figure out what they did.
This led me to a degree in Sound for Live Audiences, and a career in theatrical design and special event production.
At the same time, for about the last 15 years I've been a spiritual seeker, studying meditation, energy healing, Reiki, hypnosis, shamanic practice, and much more.
When the inspiration to create the Binaural Journeys audio was hit me (like a clue -- by -- four) I realized that this was what I had been looking for, something that would combine my spiritual work and my work as a sound engineer and musician. To me it's the perfect blending of my talents and interests, to create an incredibly powerful product that people can use to make real, significant, changes in themselves.
What is happiness, and the main obstacle to reaching it?
To me, happiness is a natural outgrowth of being tuned into, and congruent with who you really are. When you are able to do that, happiness is the natural outgrowth.
I would say that the main obstacle to reaching it is the programming that we absorb unconsciously from the world around us, this governs most of our perceptions of who we are, rather than actually looking inside to discover our true selves.
Do we think too much? Why is it so difficult to feel here and now?
Definitely possible to think too much, but to me that's not as big a problem as focusing on the wrong thing. When we're really tuned in to ourselves, we are led to think about things and discover things which will be useful to our continued growth. It's thinking and feeling as a single act.
Are meditation and prayer cultural variants of the same thing?
And the answer this in two ways which I believe are both true though contradictory.
The first way:
No, both meditation and prayer are deeply dependent on personal experience, and style of practice, so while there may be some overlap, they are not the same thing for many practitioners. And that in general people experience meditation as an inward focused practice, while they experience prayer as a deity focus outward practice. However this is deeply dependent on the individual.
The second way:
I think that if we were to look at what's going on in the brain of a person who is praying deeply or meditating deeply, or for that matter in deep hypnosis, with an EEG machine, their brain waves would show us that they are in a deep trance state of Theta brainwave patterns, and so from a physiological perspective these practices are at least very similar if not the same.
Is faith necessary for spirituality to work?
No, I don't think faith is generally necessary, and I think that often fears about inadequacy of faith can be a major obstacle.
I think what's important is openness, a genuine belief that there is a possibility that this could work. That openness provides all that is necessary to begin the journey.
Is it necessary to have a teacher to find the way?
First of all, I don't believe that there is one way. It's a matter of finding your way, the way you are called to. I think there are definitely times when having the right teacher can be helpful, and sometimes the right teacher is you. And sometimes what you really need may be not to have a teacher at all.