I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to undertake a review of the Kasina, with Mindplace supplying me with a refurbished machine free to explore..
Priced at $349 U.S., the Kasina system consists of a pair of “Ganzframe” (ganzfeld effect frames) glasses and an MP3 device with headphones . Wikipedia notes that ‘A flickering ganzfeld causes geometrical patterns and colors to appear, and this is the working principle for mind machines …The ganzfeld effect can also elicit hallucinatory percepts in many people, in addition to an altered state of consciousness’. Thomas Budzynski (1991) notes that ‘Mind machines can induce deep states of relaxation concentration, and in some cases altered states of consciousness, which have been compared to those obtained from meditation and shamanic exploration.’ The glasses have six colored LEDs per eye (3 blue, 2 green and 1 red LED per eye), which are activated by coding in the mp3 music installed on the micro-SD memory card that comes with the system. The mp3 player has a pre-installed rechargeable battery which can be charged via a mini-usb cable ( included) or directly from mains power.
Mindplace claim the Kasina is the most capable AudioStrobe decoder on the market due to its 16 different color mapping presets. AudioStrobe is a method of encoding light control signals to the Ganzframes within an audio file.
There are 46 sound and light sessions pre-installed on the micro-SD card in six categories: ‘Accelerate’, Meditate, ‘MindArt’, Night Voyage’, Rejuvenate’, and ‘Trance’. The patterns from the Ganzfield’ glasses are seen with the eyes closed. Some are amazing and elaborate sound and light performances, while others have simple binaural or isochronic sound pulsing and associated light effects. Most sessions are around 30 minutes long.
I found particularly that the ‘cheer-up’ session did in fact cheer me up in a very relaxed and cheerful kind of way, and others just spaced me out!
Many of the visual patterns created by the LED glasses can result in your mind creating its own exciting visual experiences from the patterns created.
Mindplace also include software on the micro-SD card you can download to your PC to create your own sight and light sessions.
I am finding the Kasina a great little machine. Easily portable( although I do worry about the fragility of the glasses) and great for lying on the sofa of an evening, just relaxing completely with eyes closed immersed into the various sound and light sessions.
Being able to completely shut out the world; both visually and audibly, in itself can be a relaxing place to be, and the Kasina makes that experience an exciting journey!
For the price of about 60 cups of coffee you can have some long term relaxation, fun, altered consciousness and exhilaration!