philosophy, Science, self improvement, Subconscious, Tech

Change Your State of Mind Instantly with Binaural Beats

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.

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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. 

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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!

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Science, self improvement, Subconscious

9 Insane Facts About Your Subconscious

Your subconscious mind has been working every second, since before your birth, to keep you alive. It’s pumping your heart right now. If it ever took a 15 minute break, you would be dead before it came back.

Your subconscious mind runs most of your life itself… and you thought you were running things? It prefers to work in secret, behind the scenes. Many people are not consciously aware of it at all. The Subconscious mind is the area of the mind that hides under the level of conscious perception.

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Allow me to introduce you to your subconscious mind with these 10 amazing (and disturbing) facts.

1. It is always watching you and recording  your life experiences.

When you nod off in front of the TV, your subliminal mind stays active and is still listening and continues to archive everything in your surroundings. It’s quite the dedicated stalker!

2. The subconscious never forgets anything that ever happened to you.

It’s too bad it doesn’t play well with the conscious, otherwise you could recall any moment in your life.  For example, you might come across some random object or place from your past and it will trigger your emotions to freak out. Even if you don’t remember anything about that past situation, the subconscious does.

3. It tries to communicate to you while you are sleeping.

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The subconscious doesn’t know how to directly speak to you, although it can convey images, and metaphors while you’re dreaming. These clues can help you to solve major issues in your life.

Unfortunately, dreams are difficult to remember but you can utilize lucid dreaming techniques to interact with your subconscious to learn information about yourself and to have more power (and fun) during your dreams.

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Because the subconscious communicates with imagery, put some pictures of your dream life in a place that you will see often. Dream boards work because the photos speak to your unconscious psyche.

4. It is 1,000,000 times as powerful as the conscious mind.

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LifeTrainings.com states that “Studies from as far back as the seventies show that our brains begin to prepare for action just over a third of a second before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we ‘think’ we are conscious, it is our unconscious mind which is actually making our decisions for us.”

5. It can’t tell time and it doesn’t recognize negative words.

The subconscious only perceives the present time and positive words. So if you use positive affirmations to re-program your subconscious, speak in a way that it can comprehend. It can’t grasp “no” or negative words like “don’t” or “won’t”. Therefore toss out any affirmations that say those words and rewrite them in a current and positive way. For example, when you say “I won’t eat doughnuts anymore.”, the dim-witted subconscious thinks “DOUGHNUTS??!!? YAY! WHERE!?”. donuts

So if you want to be rich, then say “I am a millionaire.”. Or you could say “I am always confident.” or “I am amazing.”. It must be present tense and positive.

6. It also hogs 90% of your brain

On average, the conscious only uses 10% of the brain. The glutenous subconscious takes a whopping 90% of the brain.

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7.  The subconscious is… kind of an ….idiot savant.

Although the subconscious is powerful, it has the cognitive level of a 2 to 8-year-old child, yet it is also called the “infinite intelligence”.

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8. It takes everything literally.

Your subconscious does not know the difference between a situation you’ve imagined or real life. If you visualize yourself practicing a skill or sport, it will think it absolutely happened and you will improve as if you actually did it. Your subconscious mind is what makes you feel fear while watching a scary movie. It thinks the images on the screen are truly happening. For such an intelligent area of the brain, it is quite foolish and naive.

9. It is not a logical mind like the conscious, it is a feeling mind.

Whenever you think or say “I feel ____.” the feeling originates from your subconscious mind. Don’t believe every emotion you feel, know that it derives from an illogical and irrational mind. If you tell it a phrase enough, it will believe it, no matter how ridiculous it is! What you feel may not be what is really going on.

What will you get your subconscious to believe today?