As a part of our series about cutting edge technological breakthroughs, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tarun Raj.
Tarun Raj is an artist, inventor, spiritual scientist and consciousness explorer. He is the founder of Reality Mgmt Technologies and Reality Center which is based in Santa Monica, California.
Merging science, art and spirituality, Tarun has championed the advance of wellness technology and alternative healing for over a decade. After getting a masters in motion graphics in 2010, Tarun started a boutique marketing agency focused on experiential marketing and personalized mobile content. The focus pivoted to encompass commercial production and product design which allowed him to work alongside legendary collaborators like the Mandela family, Tony Robbins and Rüfüs Du Sol, amongst others.
Tarun’s insatiable desire for knowledge and progress created an intense lifestyle, which was only balanced by meditation and energy healing modalities like reiki and qigong. After more than a decade of study and practice, Tarun found his true calling through bridging technology and consciousness to catalyze profound and rapid healing to the world.
This is the purpose of Reality Mgmt Technologies and Reality Center. At Reality Center, Tarun and his team are pioneering the world of technodelics, which is the synchronization of light, sound and vibration to provide the healing benefits of an altered state without the need for drugs. Like Eintstein and Tesla, he believes that frequency is the future of healing and providing open access is his mission.
Tarun currently holds two patents on contextually aware augmented reality, which he hopes will allow people to find harmony in smart cities of the future. When he’s not in the lab, you can find him teaching and tinkering at Reality Center, or outside searching for intelligent life in and around our planet.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
About 10 years ago I had just moved back to Los Angeles after finishing my MA at Savannah College of Art and Design. I was in my “always be pitching” mindset so I was going to different networking and investing events trying to find someone who would put money into our marketing automation startup. At one of these events, one guy really stood out amongst all the suits. He wore more of a martial arts outfit and was so charismatic that I was immediately intrigued. We got to chatting and had a lot of the same thoughts about service and community so we exchanged information.
A few weeks later, he called me and said he needed a favor. Considering our conversations about technology and innovation, I assumed it was something along those lines. I was wrong. He needed a taco truck. He had somehow been given the keys to a 10,000 square foot warehouse in South Central LA and was having a birthday party there. Needless to say, my years in the entertainment industry paid off and with the help of my friend Phil Fraser, I found the truck and a number of other things which made the party one to remember. That led to three years running this arts and education space, providing everything from community permaculture events to hosting some of the most famous musical acts in the city. We always had some really interesting activations during the events, one of which changed my life.
During one of the parties, a group was tucked inside a small room with a TV and a reclining chair. I heard these mesmerizing vibrations emanating from this space so I peeked inside. The person sitting was chanting and the words were converted into vibrations we could see on the screen, hear on the speakers, and to my surprise, feel through the vibrating chair! I watched as everyone was just transfixed and suddenly I was too. This is the first time I experienced the direct biofeedback technology of industry pioneer Don Estes, who became a dear friend, mentor and business partner.
I realized that technology can do so much more as a tool and has the potential to bring a great deal of healing to the world. I have devoted my life to this ever since.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
Fifteen years ago my brother and Reality Center’s lead engineer, Pranab, showed me that I could generate energy between my hands by rubbing them together rapidly. It blew my mind and opened up a whole new understanding of the world. Just by intending it, the electromagnetic energy would flow through our water based bodies and channel between my palms. This flow has many names; qi, reiki, prana, spirit, etc. Either way, the mere possibility was enough to change my direction in life.
Can you tell us about the cutting edge technological breakthroughs that you are working on? How do you think that will help people?
In addition to our frequency therapy platform, one the most exciting things we are working on is our vocal analysis technology. Since your voice is a combination of how you’re thinking and feeling at any given moment, we found it to be the best biometric for real-time biofeedback.
Everything we speak about has a frequency we can measure. What most people don’t know is that when sound is sped up many times over, it becomes light. In this way, your vocal frequencies can be correlated to sounds and colors as well. This correlation allows us to use our synchronized therapy to play back specific music, colors and frequencies which are completely harmonic with your words and amplify the feeling you get when you say them.
Algorithms instantly create a therapy experience from your voice, controlling everything from these devices now, to your smart home in the future. Imagine your whole house changes temperature, what’s on tv, the patterns of the lights and the vibrations of your massage chair just based on the tone of your voice. The API will allow you to connect a whole ecosystem of devices with ease, all evolving with the energy of the environment. That is what we are working on now. In the future, on a macro level, we foresee that entire cities will adapt to their citizens instead of relying on emotionless computing to nurture society.
How do you think this might change the world?
The world has experienced an unprecedented level of trauma in the last few years and it only seems to be escalating. These conditions are having a devastating impact on the health of humanity. Drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health conditions and suicide rates have sadly skyrocketed. The simple fact is that people need help and healing. We help take a person out of “fight or flight” through a combination of synchronized light, sound and vibration. When the body is in a rest and recovery state instead, it dramatically reduces the need for pharmaceuticals and any other substance. Our frequency therapy devices are a personal and public health solution.
We have had incredible success treating a wide variety of people, ranging from Olympic athletes to special operations soldiers. The big question is, what if this was covered by insurance? What if a struggling, single mom in an inner-city could jump on one of our devices for 20 minutes, unwind and get a comparable amount of rest to good night’s sleep naturally? Our families would be closer, we could see significant decreases in domestic abuse and substance abuse. That’s how big this is. That’s why we are so committed to this mission.
Making frequency therapy accessible to everyone will change the world, so we are proud to be leading in that way.
Keeping “Black Mirror” in mind, can you see any potential drawbacks about this technology that people should think more deeply about?
At this point, it’s no big secret that frequency can be harmful. The military has been using various implementations of this for decades. Science has already tested so many different ways to manipulate the human consciousness by inducing various brainwave states. It is similar to how psychedelics were used in mind control experiments before their popularity grew as a recreational substance. We are doing the opposite by freeing the mind through amplifying what is already good and positive while in these induced states of deep meditation.
The most important opportunity is to teach people how their mindset and their words affect their reality. By showing them the literal waves which are emitted into the world by their actions, perhaps more folks will take responsibility for their lives and use our tools to help reframe their mindset. The power of positivity may be a cliché, but we are developing an exciting science to show how these effects can be amplified through the intersection of science and consciousness. There is nothing to fear when you can control your thoughts and feelings.
Was there a “tipping point” that led you to this breakthrough? Can you tell us that story?
Rather than a tipping point, I would say there is an ongoing series of events which continually inspire me and my team to innovate. A lot of it has come in my own personal breakthroughs using the technologies to manifest the life and opportunities I want. More importantly, I get to see people’s lives transformed on a daily basis through this practice. Each experience is so unique that we have been able to find a common thread in all of the success. That is when a person is able to step into the belief that their dreams can come true in any given moment, it gives them the freedom to let go of the damaging narratives that are holding them back from achieving their best life, whether that means healing their mind, body or soul.
What do you need to lead this technology to widespread adoption?
In order to grow and actuate widespread adoption, we need Impact investors who are interested in helping humanity and motivated by contributing to paramount technology that is vital to the burgeoning wellness sector. We built the machine. Now it just needs fuel.
What have you been doing to publicize this idea? Have you been using any innovative marketing strategies?
We have some exciting partnerships in the works which allow us to have a footprint in some major locations around the world. Our relationship with Den Meditation is bringing some amazing sensory experiences to Los Angeles. Thanks to our partner, Jonathan Chia, we have had significant treatment success with combat veterans. We hope that their sessions will be covered by the VA and grants in the very near future.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I definitely owe my gratitude to my family first. They have been supportive in my life in a way only family can. Regardless of the ups and downs we experienced, they have always been a powerful anchor. Pranab, my brother, is one of them. He works with us now and is one of the most brilliant people I know. My business partners have also been critical in every aspect of my life. They are like family. I mentioned Don before as an incredible mentor. He is a living legend and we are lucky to be working from his decades of experience. The other partners, Jonathan Chia and Benji Tucker are both friends and family as well. We have experienced every challenge possible during our years working together but still found success in the midst of it. They have sacrificed a great deal to live a life of service. Jordan Quaglietta is also someone who has always been a steadfast friend and business partner. Last and definitely not least, all the wives and girlfriends who keep us balanced and wise.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
That’s my goal at this point.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why.
- Relax. This happens again tomorrow.
- Laugh. You need the reminder.
- Sleep. Your future self thanks you.
- Love yourself. Otherwise no one else will.
- Be grateful. We are only here for a moment.
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I want to inspire a movement that brings everyone together in celebration and peace.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” — Mahatma Gandhi
This simple justification for peace has been a guiding principle for me.
Some very well known VCs read this column. If you had 60 seconds to make a pitch to a VC, what would you say? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)
What if you could get the recharge of a full night’s sleep in just 20 minutes? We can do that for you at Reality Center.
We combine the most popular biohacking therapies into one connected experience that you can get anywhere else. Using a unique blend of relaxing light pulses, vibration and sound frequencies, we induce the optimum brainwave states for your body to recover from stress and trauma. This proven method takes your body out of “fight or flight” mode and optimizes recovery. Our technology reduces dependency on drugs and can improve the quality of life of any person who needs to rest, heal from trauma or enhance their focus. When a balanced nervous system is accessible to everyone, we can truly change the world.
Frequency therapy has been a performance secret of athletes, soldiers and people of all ages for over three decades. We know that it works because we are achieving and tracking incredible results at our facility in Santa Monica, California.
Health and wellness is a rapidly growing trillion dollar industry and we are at the helm of it.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Find me on Instagram at @tarun.ig @realitycenter
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational.