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Getting rid of brain clutter

It’s not unusual to find puzzled passers-by peering through the window of Brane-Power, local artist E.J. Gold’s newly opened shop on Neal Street in downtown Grass Valley.

Is it a coffee house? An art gallery? What’s up with the weird devices on the tables?

Gold will be happy to explain it all to you, ranging far and wide though time, history and parallel universes.

A long-time ham radio operator and crystal radio enthusiast, Gold said he was building some “homebrew” crystal radios when he noticed they had a surprising effect on the artists working in his studio.

“I stumbled on this,” he said.

Gold, who did a lot of biofeedback work in the 1960s, found the crystal radios had the same effect as biofeedback devices, making people feel more creative and childlike.

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“When you take beta waves down artificially, through meditation, for example, the creative energies become more functional,” Gold said. “You’re keeping the brain chatter down.”

The crystal acts with radio frequencies to facilitate relaxation and meditation, Gold said.

“It’s so exciting, I came out of retirement to open the center,” said Gold, now in his late 60s. Others have plans to open similar centers in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

On a recent Sunday, even though the shop was not officially open, it was standing room only as people tried out the “beacons” and recorded their experiences.

“It’s all word of mouth,” he said. Looking around, he pointed out bodyworkers, artists, lawyers and two storytellers from El Salvador.

George Ramos, visiting from the Tequihua Foundation, described using Gold’s beta blocker as “being in a rocket ship instead of sitting in the sun.”

“E.J. is doing pioneering work in taking material resources and refining the technology,” Ramos said. “What could take years comes together easily with his technology.”

‘Fun without the headache’

“I heard about this crazy stuff E.J. was doing, and it sounded to me like soul retrieval, a form of shamanism that retrieves the lost parts of your self,” said a Salvadoran storyteller who gave his name only as Coyote.

Eric Peterson traveled up from Southern California with Coyote to experiment with the beta blockers.

Peterson described Coyote’s storytelling as “a drug trip without the drugs,” to which Coyote laughingly interjected, “All the headache without the fun.”

“With the (beta-blocking) beacon, he was able to easily take us on a little journey,” Peterson said. “We went through these experiential spaces together. I knew this was something that was very exciting.”

He added that when he saw Gold’s devices, he said, “I intuitively felt this would be great … I want to be able to talk to myself across the universe.

“Philosophers talk about possible worlds all the time,” said Peterson, who holds a doctoral degree in philosophy. “The normal question is, what is the worth? Even if there are no parallel universes, there definitely is value.”

Parallel worlds?

“You can see into parallel worlds in a psychic intuitive state,” Gold said. “People want to be open to other realities – to see beyond the box.”

Smaller models available

The Beta Blockers or beacons available for use at Brane-Power include both desktop models and pendant-style amulets. The desktop beacons consist of a glass-topped wooden box with a transmitter inside that hooks up to two crystals wrapped in copper wiring. The user holds a crystal in each hand and meditates, using an induction CD if desired.

“All you’re doing is making your body a part of the current,” Gold said. “The beacon is a lighthouse or a guidepost. They don’t do anything for you; they just help you find your way.”

If you would like to try out a beta blocker, you can do so at no charge at the Brane-Power Shop, where open meditation sessions using the beta blockers are available from 9 a.m. to noon daily and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An optional free-will donation is requested to defray costs.

Gold’s beacons have gotten some Internet attention – most notably, and negatively, on BoingBoing. But Gold doesn’t worry about skeptics.

“We’re fringey,” Gold said. “We know we’re fringey … this is fringe science.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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