The Mereon Sound Meditation Study Report
January 11, 2019
By Lynnclaire Dennis with Peter McNair and Jytte Brender McNair
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. —Plato
Humans have been making music for over 30,000 years, using bones, stones and wood as instruments to create sounds that would induce a natural state of harmony. It is medically well known how sound impacts us physically, emotionally, and mentally, improving or eroding the sense of well-being. These facts were the catalyst for our 30-day investigation with 100 individuals from 12 countries participating. Anecdotal data found a significant effect in this meditational study.
An announcement was made via email and on social media in October 2018, inviting individuals to participate in the Mereon Sound Meditation study, a Phase I and Phase II experiments using a pure sine wave, a specific frequency, derived from the Mereon Matrix. Our previous research showed the patterning generated by this frequency was identical to the symmetry and patterning found when we cymatically imaged the stethoscopic sounds of the human heart, shown in images a) - f) to the right; and the sonification of an electroencephalogram, images g) - l).
Our 30-day investigation sought to advance our understanding about how sound is implicit in the words technology, yoke, yoga, sutra, curve, religion and knot. All reference weaving diverse elements into a coherent whole. Using scientific method we daily monitored their experiences and the impact they perceived on their physical, emotional, mental, intuitive, temporal and spiritual senses. The only exclusion criteria was age. Participants were required to be at least 17-years old.
Goals & Objectives
Our goal was 100 international participants. We received 107 emails expressing an interest in taking part. A total of 106 (75 women and 31 men) registered, completing the initial questionnaire. Twenty-six (19 women and 7 men) dropped out without filling out the first report. In week 2, we contacted them via email, asking them to share why they had not participated. Those who responded offered a number of explanations, including: our email went into their spam folder; they forgot; were too busy; or didn’t have enough time. One person reported their first experience didn’t meet their expectations, and another was finally able to contact us after losing her home in the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California.
The 80 committed individuals, 56 women ages 22 to 78; and 24 men, ages 23 to 72, fulfilled our cross-cultural goal, participants living in Canada; Denmark; France: Italy; Ireland; Lithuania; Spain; U.K.; the Bahamas; Mexico; New Zealand; and the USA.
Participants listened to an 11-minute sound track, and then documented their experience in an online questionnaire, ten (10) questions posed in English requiring minimal English as second language skills. Responses were gathered relative to our understanding of how sound naturally and sequentially weaves diverse elements into a coherent whole. Those fulfilling their commitment were promised early access and a complimentary 90-day subscription to the Sound app; and freemium reMembership to My REQUEST, a online series that includes the Sound Current as part of intentionally and naturally improving their quality of life.
Technological requirements were minimal: access to the Internet via a smart phone, iPad, tablet or computer; and the best quality headset available (noise-cancelling strongly recommended).
Responses received were scanned between 09.00 GMT+1 and 22.00 GMT+1 throughout the study. Questionnaires (and email) were read to 1) capture potential negative side effects; and to 2) provide technical and emotional support when requested or deemed essential.
A total of 886 reports were submitted. Each offered a choice of 26 words to help participants express their experience, and on average 7 words were chosen.
The words most frequently chosen were:
Comfort 59%, and
The words least chosen:
Glee 3%, and
Participants consistently reported:
An increase in their ability to focus;
An improvement in rest and sleep; and
A noticeable increase in their ability to remember their dreams.
Participants were encouraged to experiment with the volume of the sound file and most listened at maximum amplitude without any reports of adverse side effects. From this we concluded that the Mereon Pure Sine Wave is safe for listening.
Post Study Survey
In a survey taken after the study period, 23 participants were asked to listen to three sound tracks: 1) the Mereon Pure Sine Wave; 2) the Mereon Pure Sine Wave + a musical meditation track by Padma Prakasha, a participant in the study; and 3) the Mereon Pure Sine Wave + the rhythmic sound of waves breaking on the shore.
17% preferred the Mereon Pure Sine Wave
83% indicated their preference of a harmonic overlay.
Asked which of two harmonic versions they preferred
52% chose MPSW + oceans waves, with
48% preferring the acoustic meditational sound track.
Preference was often expressed as dependent upon their mood at the time of listening.
In a world where depression and high stress are epidemic, it is important to note that a significant majority of the participants in the study reported that their sleep patterns had improved. The study indicates the Mereon Pure Sine wave and a synchro-acoustic composition (SynchroSymphony) shift one towards a more harmonious physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual state.
Final Questionnaire Analysis
Only 46 of 80 participants completed the final questionnaire. Part I was dedicated to personal affects and Part II to study-related issues (greyed). The distribution of responses is presented below in Table 1.
The Null Hypothesis of this test is that the number of agreements (i.e. ‘strongly agree’ plus ‘agree’) equals the number of disagreements (‘strongly disagree’ plus ‘disagree’). The column on the far right shows the statistical probability of an indifferent distribution of answers with no indication of neither agreement nor disagreement (corresponding to randomness). Apart from “I usually did more than one session per day”, which shows Disagreement, all questions indicate Agreements with the statement.
The ten questions related to personal changes overall show statistically highly significant positive effects from listening to the Mereon Pure Sine Wave. The weakest effect was seen for the sleep patterns, where 2/3rds of the participants reports improvements.
Analysis showed that only one participant reported ‘strong agreement’ for all categories; 6 participants reported either ‘strong agreement’ or ‘agree’ to all categories; all remaining participants have a broader selection of answers. In this we interpret the quality of the study as being ‘reasonably unbiased’.