# Refresh Rates 101

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Refresh!
Your Refresh Rate is a Filter for Seeing Life
Further manipulation to exploring 30Hz or 70Hz allows you
Refresh Rates 101
A refresh rate is defined as the number of times in one second that display hardware
updates its buffer. In plain English, it means the number of times in one second that an
image is updated for display on a screen. While images on the TV appear to be fluid,
they are actually still images that are updated sequentially at a very high rate, creating
the appearance of fluid motion. Changing how often an image updates makes the
fluidity of the motion of a movie poor (low refresh rate like 60Hz) or very high quality
(high refresh rate like 120hz or higher).
Refresh rates are defined as cycles per second (cycle s-1) or Hertz (Hz). 1Hz = 1 cycle
per second. When you have a cycle of 60 Hz, you see more pictures, but you see each
picture for 1/60 of a second. If you cycle at 40 Hz, you see fewer pictures per second,
but you see each one for a little bit longer (1/40 of a second) allowing you explore the
image for a little more time, seeing more detail about that image before it refreshes.
The ‘normal’, non-meditating human operates at a refresh rate of 60Hz. He/she sees
60 refreshes per second on their visual screen. The meditating human has a slower
refresh rate, cycling at 40Hz. This may explain the sense of expansion where a the
opportunity to see fewer images per second, but seeing them for longer periods affords
seeing more of that image more completely before it is refreshed – an expanded view.
This figure gives a comparison of
different refresh rates. On the left,
a slower cycle (4Hz), but longer
exposure to the image. On the
right a faster refresh rate (14Hz),
but less time to see the image
before it refreshes.
The concept of refresh rates is an important tool for personal
growth and interpretation of what is actually going on around us.
The article is about understanding what refresh rates really are
and how to use them.
In This Issue
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Refresh Rates 101
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Refresh Rates 201
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Refresh Rates vs. Focus
Levels
Page 3
Getting Started and
Knowing what to Expect
Page 4
Refresh Rates are a Gold
Mine of Meditative
Opportunity
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Concluding Remarks
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Refresh Rates 201
The concept of a refresh rate can be confusing. In order to help you understand the idea of refresh
rates, I am going to walk you through what my favourite UM Physical Chemistry professor called
a Gedankenexperiment (from German) or, a thought experiment in English. Thanks Dr. B.
Let’s pretend that you have a flip-book [Fig. 1] that animates a series of pictures and as you flip
through the book, it looks like an animated cartoon [Fig. 2]. In fact, that is how cartoons were
Fig. 1 shows a series of “O”s going down
the page. This is the flip-book principle or
refresh rate. Fig. 2 shows an example of
the type of content that is being refreshed.
Fig 1. Flip Book
Fig. 2. Flip-book animation
For this to make more sense let’s use something more complicated like we see in Fig. 2.
OK, here goes. Lets assume this book of animation has 100 pages…
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If you flip though the book so that you can go through 4 pages in one second, you will see
the smooth transition of the dog running.
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If you flip through the book so that you can go through 7 pages in one second you will see
fast-moving pictures that make the dig run faster but you cannot see the details.
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If you reduce your speed to 3 pages per second, you will see the dog’s image in more detail
and will be able to tell more about each image in more detail. You will know the dog better,
but there is a disjointedness in how the dog appears to be running.
This is simplistic, but it is to explain refresh rates. Refresh rate means how quickly you see a new
image. Speeding up refreshing shows you images more quickly, but slowing down gives more
details about the images you see.
Refresh Rates Alter
Things You See
How fast or slow you refresh governs how you
see your life. On TV screen a fast refresh rate
shows you fluid movement and a crisper
image, while a slow refresh rate shows slow
and disjointed movement.
The image above shows slow refresh rates on
the right (60Hz) and is disjointed between
frames, while the image on the left (144Hz) is
more fluid.
In your own life a slow refresh rate does not
give you as much information since your
vision is more disjointed. You cannot see that
because you can only see what you can see. If
you increased your refresh rate you would see
a more complete picture of what is around
you. If you slow your refresh rate, you will see
fewer images per second, but you will see each
one more completely before it changes again.
Refresh Rates vs. Focus Levels
Focus Levels
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Ask a question (Q) as you meditate in
various focus levels. Ask the same
question as you meditate in different
refresh rates! See how the information
you receive in these different ways
compares!
When we speak of focus levels during meditations or while
we are living life, we speak of seeing from a different location
in the sense that we are observing from different vantage
points, like the distance from the moon (F21) to your heart or
from Pluto (F49) to your heart.
When we consider refresh rates, are observing not from a
where or how far away perspective, but frequency of how many
times can I see something per second perspective, while that thing
itself changes second by second.
A useful exercise is to compare information you receive on a
given question at various focus levels (F 12, 15, 21, 34/35, 42,
and 49) and then compare the information you get there with
information you receive at different refresh rates (40, vs. 70 vs.
30 Hz).
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Getting Started and
Knowing What to Expect
This section describes some of the practices that can help
you reach and achieve meditations at altered refresh rages.
This section also describes a bit about what to expect as
you meditate using different refresh rates.
Refresh rate-focused
meditation is a new
power-tool in each of
our toolboxes!
GETTING STARTED
W HAT TO EXPECT
We have used to link Hemi-sync signals with guideposts
such as a castle in F12, a bridge in F21, etc. Using a
guidepost will also prove useful when meditating or
operating in various refresh rates.
70Hz: Alex explained his experience of seeing a book
while being at 70Hz. For him the book looked like it was
on fire. It was not burning, but the energy it gave off was
like fire.
The subject of that book was a ‘hot’ or contentious topic
that may have resulted in a lot of anger and emotional
energy. Perhaps a more peaceful book might have had a
different or more peaceful energy around it.
What ever you experience while at 70Hz seems to drive a
more energetic way of communicating; you will tend to
feel and see that energy. It is very different from what you
might feel at 40Hz.
It is a good idea if you choose a symbol or a colour, or
what ever else works to establish a link between you and
your chosen refresh rate. It helps if it provides you with a
feeling that puts you into that refresh rate. So, if you have
seen a symbol, a colour or a had felt a feeling, use any or
all of those to link you to the refresh rate as a guidepost. If
you did not have any of that type of information surface
for you, try using a symbol, which could be as easy as a
sign that says 70Hz!
30Hz: At 30Hz the refresh rate is closer to more base and
lower chakra messages that are emotionally charged; you
may experience seeing less, but feeling much more.
You may feel extremes of whatever emotions you are
feeling whether they are joyful or sad, even if you are not
fully aware of them. Feelings of anger and frustration are
exacerbated and become very intense. Feelings of real joy
may become much more intense as well!
When you first begin working in refresh rates, spend one
or two (or more) meditations just exploring and perceiving
feelings, colours, and any visuals you may see. Don’t start
with a heavy agenda of questions and answers too quickly.
Start simply by letting yourself get a sense of what a
different refresh rate feels like.
The experiences at 30Hz are very much tied to earthly and
physical ties to the earth that are the domain of the lower
three chakras. This is unlike 70Hz, associated with the
higher chakras and operates at a higher frequency. The
lower chakras and 30Hz can be very much emotional and
experiential and can be extremely intense.
Once comfortable with how refresh rates look and feel,
move forward. You can start looking for answers to
questions and experimenting by exploring differences and
similarities among focus levels and refresh rates.
Once again, explore without bias, but expect a different
experience from what you may be used to in using focus
level-based meditations.
Keep in mind too, that refresh rates are a very different
approach from focus levels; keep an open mind and don’t
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Refresh Rates are a Gold Mine
of Meditative Opportunity
By being able to increase or decrease the rate of our observations, we have
the ability to look into details of our lives in ways we had not previously
been able to do. If moving from the human norm of 60Hz to a meditator’s
norm of 40Hz, we have reduced the refresh rate and extended the time that
we see each frame of our lives, allowing us to see and understand more of
that picture before we see the next picture. Expansion!
By further decreasing our refresh rate to 30Hz, we do not only see these
frames of our lives for a slightly longer duration, but we can now fully
experience them emotionally and feel what they are trying to tell us. We can
turn up the dial on what we see and truly feel what seeing this all means on
a very personal level. This has profound effects. While it is not healthy to
operate for long periods of time at 30Hz, it does tune us up in very quickly
to where we are by highlighting our feelings and our mental and emotional
state; things we need to fix. The picture may be a bit choppy, but you won’t
really notice.
At 70Hz, we are at a place where it is all about seeing or experiencing
vibrational energy of what we are exploring. The picture is smooth, the
changes happen quickly, and we can see the energy that comes from the
experience.
With these variable modalities in refresh rate
we can see things very differently than we
have done in the past with focus levels
alone. This is neither better nor worse as a
meditative modality; it is merely different. It
is a new tool in your fairly large toolbox!
Concluding Remarks
Ok, so here is the most useful advice that can be used as concluding remarks in this newsletter….
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If you understand the idea or even the science of refresh rates as they apply to cathode rays tubes,
and newer television screens, that is great. If not, it really does not matter. You are not here to
learn about cathode rays or refresh rates themselves.
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What you need to do is to simply learn to use refresh rates as a means of learning more about your