Brainwave Entrainment Music uses an audio technology known as “binaural beats”. These binaural beats are embedded in the music in such a way that they bring about desirable changes in brainwave activity, thereby encouraging various states of relaxation, deep meditation or sleep. When played with headphones, you may be able to hear the binaural beats as a subtle pulsing sound beneath the music.
Binaural Beats or “binaural tones” are an auditory effect that is created in the brain when two tones of slightly different frequencies are played separately into each ear. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and is now commonly used with great effect to create audio technology that enhances relaxation. Binaural beats cause the brain of the listener to adjust its dominant frequency to match the frequency of the binaural beat. This is what is known as the “frequency following response”.
Please note that music containing binaural beats are most effective when experienced through headphones. If played on an open stereo system, the music may sound a little different and will not be as effective.
Do binaural beats work?
Absolutely. Binaural beats were first discovered over 150 years ago, and their use in brainwave entrainment audio has been the subject of a great deal of scientific exploration over the last 35 years in particular. Millions of people use brainwave entrainment music to enhance their quality of life and to experience deep relaxation. In fact, brainwave entrainment technology is now used for more than just meditation. It is also used by a variety of practitioners and private users for improving self-confidence, stress relief, pain management, relaxation, improving and concentration and improving the quality of one’s sleep. If you would like to read an objective third party report on binaural beats, please refer to this Wikipedia article.
What frequencies are used in our brainwave entrainment music?
Unless otherwise specified, the royalty free brainwave entrainment music on this site is produced with three optional binaural beat frequencies:
1. Alpha. Contains a primary binaural beat of 9 – 10 Hertz.
2. Theta. Contains a primary binaural beat of 5 – 6 Hertz.
3. Delta. Contains a primary binaural beat of 1 – 2 Hertz.
I use Theta frequencies in my meditations tracks
This is probably the most popular choice of frequency. The theta state is a state of tremendous stress relief. The benefits associated with theta level relaxation include improved concentration, reduced hyperactivity and improved memory. While in a state of theta relaxation, one’s blood pressure, breathing and heart rate all slow to a much more restful and healthy level that promotes natural healing. During theta relaxation one may also experience vivid flashes of mental imagery as the mind opens to memories or subconscious information that is not available to the conscious mind during the normal waking state. The theta state is a very deep state of relaxation that is excellent for deep hypnosis and mental programming.
How effective is brainwave entrainment music, REALLY?
We live in a world that’s so full of marketing hype around brainwave entrainment audio that it can sometimes be difficult to get a realistic perspective on what it can do to help and how much difference it will make to your work.
Brainwave entrainment audio is a great technology for anyone who is interested in encouraging altered states of consciousness and it certainly can help people to reach deeper states of relaxation than they might normally have access to, but I would like to assure you that the quality of your recordings will not suffer without it. Here’s why…
When someone is listening to a guided meditation or hypnosis recording, the most powerful influence on their state of mind will be the atmosphere imparted by the background music you choose and the sound of your guiding words. The addition of brainwave entrainment frequencies will simply add “a little extra wind in your sails” so to speak.
I am a big believer in the power of music. We all know how affecting music can be. It can make you cry, it can make your hairs stand on end, it can make every cell in your body light up and lift you to your feet in ecstatic joy. It can also relax you to your core.
Brainwave entrainment frequencies – by themselves – cannot do all these things (at least, not with anywhere near the same level of efficacy).
The fact is, a great music composition can have a profoundly relaxing effect even without the use of brainwave entrainment frequencies. The point I’m trying to make here is that the quality and feel of the music you choose is more important than whether or not the music contains brainwave entrainment frequencies.
Brainwave entrainment frequencies certainly do have a positive effect on the listener. There’s no doubt about that. I myself will often listen to brainwave entrainment music in order to enhance my practice of meditation.
But let’s keep a balanced perspective, put all the marketing hype to one side for a moment and acknowledge that there is no brainwave entrainment technology in this world that can make you meditate like a Zen monk “at the touch of a button”, despite what some might like you to believe. The mind is NOT a machine. It moves through various states of consciousness in an organic way and at a natural pace. We certainly can guide that process with the use of brainwave entrainment audio, but we cannot control it with the same sort of specificity and immediacy as you might control the speed of the car you drive.
It’s also worth mentioning that human responses to brainwave entrainment audio vary from person to person. Some people are very sensitive to it and will find it to have a very potent effect on their state of mind. Others may notice very little effect.
Precautions and Disclaimer
Those who should not use brainwave entrainment music
• Those who are wear a pacemaker
• People who have had or are prone to seizures
• People who are photosensitive
• Those who are epileptic, whether knowingly or not.
NEVER LISTEN TO BRAIN ENTRAINMENT TRACKS WHILE DRIVING OR OPERATING MACHINERY.