We think 50,000 thoughts per day and up to 70% of those are believed to be negative. Negative thoughts can cause chronic stress, which will change the function and structure of your brain. In fact, every thought you have will change neural pathways and the output of brain chemicals, creating a cascade of effects (good or bad) on health and emotional well-being.
Regular meditation can reduce stress, stimulate new brain cell formation, and slow down the rate of brain cell aging. But meditation can take years to master, but don’t worry I’ve found a short-cut!
In the past 50 years, audio technologies have developed sounds that can induce the same brainwave state as meditation, by listening to certain tones. One of the most popular forms of sound technology used for this purpose is known as binaural beats.
Scientist Melinda Maxfield, PhD, researched ancient tribal drum beats the drum beats used during rituals noticed that their drum beats held a steady rate of 4.5 beats per second. This consistent beat induces a trance-like state for the tribe, due to the brain shifting into a low Theta brainwave state.
Binaural literally means “having or relating to 2 ears” so if you have 2 working ears then you are good to go. Binaural beats are created by playing two different tones at slightly different pitches (or frequencies) separately into each ear.
The tones are played in a consistent, rhythmic manner and have powerful healing and spiritual benefits. The effect of a third frequency is produced within your brain itself.
These sounds waves give you the power to manipulate your brain waves by using any of these binaural beats. Each brainwave frequency is associated with a particular state of consciousness
So… do you want to try it? Sure you do! Here is a raw, binaural beat. Listen to it with headphones.
- When you have both earphones in (or on) your ears, play the YouTube and notice that the tones make a single pulsating sound. Now, remove one earphone (left or right, it doesn’t matter).
- You will now hear that the pulsation disappears completely when the earphone is removed, and comes back immediately when you put the other headphone back on.
- When you wear both earphones, you will hear a pulsation from the 2 tones intermingling together, the brain perceives a 3rd tone from its interpretation of the left and right tones (a binaural beat).
Congratulations! You have just entrained your brain with a binaural beat!
Binaural beats cause the brain to synchronize, or entrain, itself with the beat frequency. Although, the sounds you hear do not create the brain entrainment. The entrainment is created by inaudible frequency tones or pulses that are embedded in the sounds. The soothing sounds that you hear mask the actual carrier tones or pulses. These carrier tones and pulses are called binaural beats and/or isochronic tones. They cause the brain to shift frequencies to match the tones.
Below are the flavors of binaural beats from the high energy, “Getting Shit Done Gamma waves” to the sleep inducing Delta tones. You’ll have to listen for at least a few minutes of the video to start feeling the effects. So how do you want to feel today? Click play on the associated video.
Gamma Brain Waves (32 and above Hz) the highest frequency brain waves and are great for cognitive enhancement and energy.
Beta Brain Waves (16 – 31 Hz) are for focused attention and heightened alertness.
Alpha Brain Waves (8 – 15 Hz) for relaxed focus, accelerated learning and getting into “flow”. Your brain enters the alpha brainwave state almost immediately everytime you close your eyes. Many brainwave meditations seek to induce this state since it’s the alpha state that’s believed to facilitate a bridge between conscious thought and the unconscious mind. Alpha waves are associated with relaxed wakefulness and can occur during light meditation.
Theta Brain Waves (4 – 7Hz) for inducing deep relaxation and meditation.
Delta Brain Waves (below 4 Hz) To sleep deeper, access subconscious, healing and pain relief.
Try those videos out and I’d love to hear how it went. Enjoy!