Binaural Beats, also called brainwave entrainment, are audios designed to entrain our brainwaves to reach powerful frequencies of the human mind – they are able to influence the way our brain vibrates. It sounds like a high-tech sounding explanation for a very natural phenomenon; if you have ever been mesmerized by the sound of the ocean or a crackling fire, you have experienced brainwave entrainment. The concept of binaural beats was first discovered by physicist, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, back in 1839, but it wasn’t until 1973 that Dr. Gerald Oster brought it into the mainstream. Essentially binaural beats are a brainwave entrainment technology designed to put your brain into the same activity state as when you are meditating using traditional methods.
The first thing you need to start the binaural beats process is two ears and a pair of headphones; the word binaural literally means “having or relating to two ears.” Then it works like this: each ear receives a slightly different frequency at the same time, and the brain creates a third, imaginary “binaural tone” based on the mathematical difference between the two frequencies. The brain then syncs the brainwaves up to that specific frequency. To achieve a desired state of mind, you simply need to get your brain to imagine that it is hearing the frequency associated with the state you want to be in. There are 5 categories of brainwaves (alpha, beta, theta, delta, gamma) and each serves a different purpose, so before you start, it is important to know which brain frequency is best suited for your needs.
To better understand this, let’s take an example. Pick something you would like to improve – what about your memory? The proven frequency for improved memory is around 10Hz, called the alpha brainwave. With those headphones, you would listen to a base tone of 200Hz in your left ear, and a tone of 200Hz in your right ear. You won’t feel a thing, but your brain will then create a perceived third tone of 10Hz, which it will begin to resonate to, after hearing it for a few minutes. The belief here is that listening to this frequency over a period of time, your memory retention will improve. And this method can be applied to anything you want to achieve, like quitting smoking, losing weight or helping you sleep better.
As we know, meditation is one of the best things you can do for your health, mental well-being and even your longevity. Masters of meditation have dedicated themselves to it for many, many years. But for the average person, mastering meditation is hard, frustrating and time consuming. People find it hard to focus, shut out the world, and to get the desired results can take a long time. This is where using brainwave entrainment is advantageous; all you need to do is put on a set of headphones, relax and listen. By having consistent exposure to binaural beats that send you into deep meditation, the two hemispheres of the brain become more balanced – called brain synchronization – and what you experience are the effects of traditional meditation, but in far less time.
While there is a huge range of programs dedicated to brainwave entrainment, it’s important to do some homework to find out which one suits us best. Once we choose one, we need to approach it with the right attitude. Nothing comes easy and there are no miracle cures. When those headphones go on our head, we can relax and listen, but we also need to engage in the meditation and do the work – that is what will make all the difference.
1.) Binaural Beats are:
A. Audios that can influence the way our brain resonates
B. Musical notes that teach us rhythm
C. Audio recordings that give us the ability to communicate with our minds
D. Are also called Brainwave Entrainment
E. Both A and D
2.) How many categories of brainwaves are there?
3.) Binaural Beats were originally discovered by:
A. George Lucas
B. Heinrich Wilhelm Dove
C. Albert Einstein
D. Dr. Gerald Oster
E. Thomas Edison
4.) The word Binaural means:
A. Having or relating to two eyes
B. Ability to speak two languages
C. The power to read people’s minds
D. Having or relating to two ears
E. None of the above
5.) What do you experience with Binaural Beats?
A. Traditional meditation in a lot more time
B. An out of body experience
C. Weight loss
D. A lesson on how to learn to read musical notes
E. Traditional meditation in less time