The Journey to Wild Divine is the first in a series of "Inner Active" multi-media, computer adventures from the Wild Divine Project, offering hours of imaginative entertainment and mind/body mastery. Its available on CD, in both PC and Mac versions. Produced by The Wild Divine Project, based in Boulder, Colorado, this interactive computer journey integrates the power of the spiritual quest with an innovative biofeedback interface and high-end multimedia production.
The Journey to Wild Divine is a computer journey that elevates biofeedback and video games to a higher level. Biofeedback uses electronic equipment to monitor people's internal physiological states and gives feedback that helps the recipient learn how to control these states, to activate balance, release or to recover from them. Usually this also involves a coach, who guides the process, interprets the results, and makes suggestions. In The Journey to Wild Divine, however, the game itself gives you information about whether you're progressing or not. If you're having trouble, you can ask for help from a mentor within the game on how to change your energy.
The Journey's biofeedback component measures a player's galvanic skin response (GSR) and heart rate variability. GSR measures sweat gland activity. Increased perspiration indicates increased autonomic nervous system activation, which is associated with increased energy-both positive, like excitement, and negative, like nervousness.
Moving through the various levels of The Journey is dependent upon a person's regulating their energy or physiological reactions up and down much more than the few games with biofeedback technology on the market today. But the Journey to Wild Divine integrates the power of a healing journey with innovative human-computer technology to help cultivate an enhanced sense of self and soul-awareness. Players hook themselves up to a biofeedback module which measures heart rate and other functions. Following a training session where guides familiarize users with the interface and the types of mind/body exercises they will need to master to navigate, players explore a lush, fantastic world of challenges, adventures and other experiences.
The Wild Divine is both a healing journey and exhilarating adventure. PhD biomedical engineer Kurt Smith and animator/developer Corwin Bell and their development team have created a deeply detailed, lush world that will reward gamers with hours of pleasure. Playing the game also reduces stress, centers the mind and calms the body. Benefits may extend well beyond the playing experience as the game shows promise as a therapeutic tool and a focusing exercise for business people.
"I've always wanted to experience the amazing things that wizards, sages and mystics experience in movies I've seen, books I've read and dreams I've had," says Bell, who met Smith while rock climbing. "In The Journey to Wild Divine, users can actually experience mythological images and states of being; the game is cast in a way that it looks and feels like magic, but it's all working within the psyche."
"The journey that Corwin has developed is very profound," Smith says. "All his life, he's been churning on it and working on it. When you combine his spirituality with graphics capabilities, the artistry is mind-blowing. I've seen people sit down with it and have transforming experiences." In addition to Bell, Smith and the development team, who work in a game studio Smith built in the canyon, other individuals have served as what they call "allies" to the project, including biofeedback specialist Dr. Liana Mattulich, former Buddhist monk Nawang Khechog, one of Tibet's foremost world musicians and composers, Dr. Jean Houston, a world renowned researcher in the development of human capacities and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., best-selling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, Inner Peace for Busy People and other books on health, well-being and spirituality. Smith recorded the music for the game in his own studio, the Crucible, and it features Wild Divine recording artists The Wild Divine Band as well as Chris Berry.
The Journey to Wild Divine, including the biofeedback hardware, starts at an introductory price of $159.95. The Wild Divine Project is a small, privately owned company that produces multimedia experiences that facilitate healing and transformation. It is personally committed to creating and conducting business using cooperative, caring and sustainable practices. For more info, please visit www.wildivine.com or call 1-866-594-WILD.