I-Doser’s a Dozer

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, I-Doser is an app that purports to mimic various mental states, from those induced by drugs like ayahuasca and peyote to deep meditation and near-death experiences. All via mp3. Seriously. You can grab this for your smart phone or visit their website (which I’m not going to link, because . . . well, you’ll see). The people at I-Dose refer to these recordings as “digital drugs.”

I have been interested in the usesRobert Monroe of sound for consciousness manipulation since the early days of Robert Monroe and the Monroe Institute. Monroe’s books inspired me during my high school and college years. His research into binaural beats and their ability to influence brain waves was so groundbreaking that the Army used the technology to train its psychic spies – or should I say uses, because, in spite of what official sources say, the program continues.

In any event, the Monroe Institute has a variety of on-site training programs for the general public, as well as an extensive line of recordings one can buy to assist with meditation, relaxation, productivity, etc. They are a fine outfit, and I heartily recommend them. However, as with any technology that shows promise, a number of slap-dash imitators have jumped on the bandwagon. It is my opinion that I-Dose is one of those imitators.

Go to YouTube and you will be able to find middle-schoolers freaking themselves out listening to “Gates of Hades,” “Cocaine,” “Hand of God,” etc. So, curious me, I decided to get the app and give a couple ofgodhand things a try. Hmmm, Hand of God looked good. After all, I’m a spiritual kind of guy, so off I went to meet the Creator, headphones in hand. All I can say is that this recording was a pathetic attempt to induce a state of awe and holiness. I almost laughed several times during the experience – not out of bliss, but because it was actually comical. It was exactly what a middle-schooler would produce if trying to get a feel for what it was like to meet God. Just poorly done. The dose called Absinthe was just as lame, not taking me anywhere. I was more bored than anything else, wondering when the damn thing would be over. In fact, I found no use in any of the several offerings I tried. I believe that almost all of the reactions displayed in the YouTube videos are expectancy or placebo based performances. Thank goodness I didn’t shoot lots of cash on this experiment

There’s a way around all this, gentle reader. Some true personal exploration via a meditation practice will get you all the consciousness expansion you need. However, I won’t start preaching here about actual drug use. I have no problem with those adults who wish to use drugs, while doing no harm to themselves or others. It’s your business. But if you want to find God? Meditate, and take the effects you experience and apply them to your everyday life. Want to escape what you see as your meaningless existence? Meditate and find purpose. It’s more long-lasting than drugs too.

Remember, poor imitators of legitimate technologies aim only to separate the unwary from their money. Beware I-Dose and others like them.

By the way, let me tell you this. I have truly seen/encountered the Creator in meditation, and the impact is life-changing. I would recommend that over wasting time and money on things like I-Doser.

As the old song goes: Ain’t nothing like the real thing, Baby. (Thank you, Marvin and Tammi)

A word of caution. Binaural beats can indeed influence consciousness and are not recommended for anyone with a seizure disorder or severe psychological problems including, but not limited to, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression or anxiety. If you have any of these conditions, check with your healthcare provider before you try binaural beats.

3 thoughts on “I-Doser’s a Dozer”

  1. Michael,

    The Monroe Institute (TMI) was a fine outfit, but over the past year, there has been much turmoil there, with allegations of dishonesty and misgovernance by a former chair of the board; arbitrary and underhanded personnel decisions; and the release of flawed spatial angle modulation (SAM) products without adequate testing. In particular, I’d advise your readers to steer clear of SAM products until they have a proven track record of efficacy and safety over a long period. The original release of SAM caused headaches in a significant portion of people, and even now, its disclaimer differs from that of Hemi-Sync in that it warns against use of SAM by people with certain auditory disorders. Last December, Nancy McMoneagle took charge at TMI once again, and I hope she can right the ship. But I’m no longer supporting TMI, at least not until there are signs that things are improving there.

    In the meantime, there are other reputable sources for binaural beat products. Monroe Products (www.hemi-sync.com), the for-profit spin-off, sells Hemi-Sync–in fact, TMI licenses their Hemi-Sync products. Sacred Acoustics (www.sacredacoustics.com) is a new company doing some interesting work; they’ve partnered with Dr. Eben Alexander, the author of Proof of Heaven. Steven Halpern (www.innerpeacemusic.com) has many good binaural beat products. And my friend Byron Metcalf (www.byronmetcalf.com/music/) also has some groovy tunes, some with binaural beats, and some that rely just on shamanic music.


    1. Thank you, Karl, for your insights into happenings at TMI and other places in the binaural beat world. I know you that you know whereof you speak. To all my readers, take Karl’s recommendations and look into the sites that he recommends. Hemi-Sync has a long, reputable track record, for sure. I’m sorry to hear about the SAM products. Let’s hope TMI can get their act together again. Nancy McMoneagle is an honorable person, and she comes from a family that has worked well with TMI for some time. I’m going to check out Sacred Acoustics myself. Thanks for the tip, Karl.

  2. The guy I would consider the go-to guy for brainwave entrainment products is J.S. Epperson (or Jay) at http://www.higher-music.com Jay is very knowledgeable about binaural beats, and monaural beats and isochronic pulses and all other brainwave entrainment tech. He has many good products of his own, some Hemi-Sync tracks with Monroe Products, and some of his own. He’s approachable, generally, and I respect his opinion.


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