by Staff | January 13, 2016Self-Help Intelligence
People often engage in meditation as a means to improving emotional state, self-awareness, and dream incubation. However, there are many other reasons why one should engage in the practice of meditation.
Research has shown that regular meditation can contribute to a great deal of life benefits:
But did you know that there is a type of meditation that is specially intended to sharpen mental acuity and increase intelligence quotient (IQ) called brainwave entrainment?
What is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave entrainment is the process of stimulating the brain to enter into a specific ideal state by using light, pulsing sound, and electromagnetic field – allowing you to perform at your optimum peak for the task at hand.
It is also a powerful tool to strengthen and condition your brain like a muscle by creating new neural pathways through daily usage, like going to the gym for your mind.
If you’ve used brainwave entrainment before, then you should know that its effectiveness at exploring that half-awake condition (the Alpha state) from where clear visions of perfect happiness and thoughtful ideas can arise from.
On the other hand, if you haven’t experienced brainwave entrainment before, it is difficult to say exactly what it is like, but words such as “calm,” “quiet,” “relaxed,” “floating,” “cognitive,” and “soothing” would suffice.
Then again, the experience will be quite different for each individual. That is because meditation is influenced by personal beliefs and feelings.
Brainwave entrainment creates some trippy effects such as these:
Really, the way brainwave entrainment works is by causing or inducing a meditative state to your subconscious, which is an important stepping stone to higher consciousness.
As a result, this will boost the chances of having a clear vision and improved understanding immediately or later after the brainwave entrainment session.
The Research Behind Brainwaves
Hans Berger discovered “brain waves” and used a device called electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure the electrical impulses in the brain and to confirm the existence of brain waves. In fact, he conducted the first experiment to determine their function.
Many scientific studies have proven that it is possible to use a variety of stimuli, light, and sound to consciously change brainwave patterns. Dempsey and Morison conducted one such research and discovered that touched-based stimulation has the capacity to induce changes that are capable of increasing brainwave activities.
Now for better understanding on the science of brainwave entrainment, the technology has been around for decades and has been used in various clinical studies.
Consequently, brainwave entrainment has produced tangible results in behavioral issues – relieving stress, pain, and headaches as well as improving cognitive function.
Types of Brainwave Frequencies
The human brain gradually steps on a variety of frequencies on a daily basis, and each frequency shows current level of awareness.
– Gamma Waves
Gamma waves fall into one group of frequency. Like any other brainwaves, their appearance is directly linked to what a person is doing, feeling, and thinking. They are the highest frequency type of waves and known to be popularly connected to memory, information processing, attention, and cognition.
The frequency ranges from 27 to 100 hertz. They show wide cognitive enhancement and focused concentration.
– Beta Waves
Generally, most people are in beta-waves state during the day. Beta-waves activity is very important to mental functioning, and inadequate beta activity can lead to mental or emotional disorders such as insomnia, depression, etc.
Beta waves are directly connected to alertness, attentiveness, problem-solving, profound focus, concentrations, and excited emotions. The frequency ranges from 12 to 27 hertz.
– Alpha Waves
The frequency range for alpha waves is between 8 and 12 hertz. They show relaxed alertness as well as creativity. Also, photic stimulation can induce the alpha-waves activities.
– Theta Waves
Theta waves, which range from 3 to 8 hertz, have been linked to different activities in the brain. Research on various subjects such as emotion, sleep, meditation, etc., have direct links with theta activity.
– Delta Waves
Delta waves are the level of deep sleep as well as unconsciousness, and they are the slowest of all brainwaves. Their frequency range is from 0.2 to 3 hertz.
How to Use Brainwave Entrainment
The most common and resourceful brainwave entrainment is the use of audio recordings together with headphones. You will often hear a wide variety of sounds like singing bowls, rainfall, forest streams, and even ambient music when you listen to brainwave-entrainment audio sounds.
However, brainwave entrainment is not created by these sounds you hear. Rather it is created by inaudible frequency tones and pulses buried in these sounds. The calming sounds you hear mask the frequency covering the actual tones and pulses.
With this knowledge, acoustic engineers have created different audio recordings to guide your brain to different level of awareness via increasing/decreasing frequencies:
Binaural Beats: They work by playing two different frequencies against each other. The brain balances the difference in frequencies heard in both ears, synchronizing the internal frequency.
Isochronic Tones: They are regular beats of a single tone built into a narrow frequency of the music itself. Isochronic tones are considered the most resourceful form of brainwave entrainment where you enjoy the most pleasant listening experience.
These binaural beats and isochronic tones have been thoroughly researched and tested over the years.
Nowadays, the brainwave entrainment technologies are scientifically proven to be result-oriented, having a powerful influence on mental, emotional, and physical well-being on a person.
How Does Brain Entrainment Work
Brainwave entrainment is so fruitful because it creates an automatic response – you need not do anything special to experience it; the only requirement is to lay down quietly with your eyes closed.
The sounds you will hear will always be disguised by other sound effects such as that of flowing streams or rainfall. Yet, poor quality audios do not disguise these sounds in the right manner.
If you want to trigger or experience the right brainwave entrainment for a particular activity, such as increasing creativity for an artwork or deep meditation for innovative solution, you can achieve that by stimulating the alpha waves (which fall in the ranges of 7-13hertz and 4-7hertz, respectively); hence, listen to alpha-waves binaural beats.
Do you want to know why?
The reason is not far-fetched. A low dose of electric current of 10-hertz frequency can increase creativity by 7.4% in healthy adults according to the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina. The 10-hertz frequency falls within the alpha-wave range.
When binaural beats and isochronic tones interact with each other, they synchronize. This synchronization harnesses both sides of the brain to activate, experience, and produce optimum performance.
You can listen to examples of these brainwave entrainment audios via the following links:
The Brainwave Meditation
The way people respond to brainwave meditation differs, and the most essential factor in feeling the effect is your level of relaxation and how attuned you allow yourself to become. In other words, your willingness plays a great role.
There are common features to be aware of when immersing yourself into the meditative domain of brainwave entrainment.
1. In the first few minutes – You will start to feel relaxed mentally. This can be tough to achieve through a quiet breathing meditation unless you practice often.
2. Typically around 10 minutes – You will be induced into a deeper condition of physical and mental relaxation, characterized by hypnagogic imagery.
3. Going deeper – As you go deeper, you will be able to generate more physical sensations with your mind which are not real. If you maintain the consciousness with your body in bed, you may feel your arms and legs in a new position leading to out-of-body feeling.
4. At the end of the audio – Just remain in the meditation quietly. Or simply fall asleep. The result is that your dream body may be running or walking through a wide view of dreams.
Remember your goal is to use brainwave entrainment to habitually enter these dream-like altered states of awareness from an alert-waking condition in order to improve your mental abilities.
Retrain Your Brain
Presented here is how to go about brain entrainment to retrain your brain for success.
STEP 1: Listen in the early morning.
The early morning is when your body is just ripe for lucid dream, after about 6 hours of sleep. Alternatively, you can also listen before or during a night sleep. Remember that the primary aim here is to wind down and meditate.
STEP 2: Relax your body.
Get comfortable by laying flat on your back, take some deep breaths, and direct your mind on the soothing sounds. Imagine your entire body becoming weightless and invisible. Any thought of fear should settle within a two-minutes time.
STEP 3: Practice visualization.
To induce your mind into meditation, create a visual (imagined) scene that matches the sounds you are hearing. Be as real as you want. For example, you can watch the rain pour down around you and enjoy the feeling of being far away from reality.
When visualization arises, you can go with that. You can create any level of desired dream environment when the meditation is however deep enough.
Keep the principles of brainwave entrainment in mind as you practice all these exercises. You shouldn’t forget that these exercises have been designed to help you step into the deep meditative, sleeping, dreaming, and thinking realms which are a stepping stone to improve your intelligence.
Thus, with this effective brainwave entrainment technology, it is now possible to bring about a significant change in a gauged and controlled natural manner.