Q: Please explain what brainwave entrainment meditation downloads are.
A: Brainwave meditation downloads are a type of meditation that uses audio of different frequencies to induce a certain brain state using binaural beats.
Q: Tell me about binaural beats.
A: Our brain states include alpha, theta and delta. The brain cycles through these states throughout the day. We can, however, alter the state that our brain is in through the use of binaural beats. When a tone of one frequency is played in one ear, and another tone of a different frequency is played in the other ear, the brain combines these two. This results in the brain entraining or pulsing to the combined beat. The change in frequency results in improved energy or deep relaxation, depending on the frequency of the tones.
Q: When was the binaural beat discovered and by whom?
A: Professor Heinrich Wilhelm Dove of the University of Berlin observed binaural beats in 1839; however, the discovery sat essentially dormant until Dr. Gerald Oster published an article in “Scientific American” magazine called “Auditory Beats in the Brain” in 1973.
Q: Isn’t this really a pseudoscience with no real proof to back it up?
A: This type of meditation is not a scam or a pseudoscience. There is more than 40 years of research showing the efficacy of using binaural beat meditation to alter levels of consciousness. Medical imaging shows definitively that brainwave entrainment meditation does change what is going on in the brain. Studies have also shown that it assists the brain in organizing itself. It has actually caused a mentally challenged boy whose IQ was 70 to have an IQ increase of 33 points, putting him into the normal range.
Q: Is it safe to use even if I have a medical condition?
A: If you have a medical condition, please get the permission of your physician before embarking on any kind of binaural meditation. This is especially true if you have a seizure disorder, wear a pacemaker, are photosensitive or pregnant. This type of meditation should not be used while driving or operating any kind of machinery.
Q: Can this be used safely for a long period of time?
A: All research indicates that this type of meditation is safe over the long term. Before using long term consult with your physician if you have any type of medical condition discussed previously.
Q: Do I need special equipment to use this type of meditation?
A: You do not need anything other than stereo headphones and an audio player.
Q: How long does it take until I feel results?
A: Some people report immediate changes, tingling and the feeling that time is elongating. Many report results after using brainwave entrainment meditation for just a few weeks. To monitor your own progress, keep a notebook or journal.
Q: How will using these meditation downloads really help me?
A: Brainwave entrainment meditation downloads have been shown to have many beneficial effects, depending on the frequency of the beats. Using this technology, you will be able to reach deeper states of meditation much more quickly than with just meditation alone. Because these states can be reached more quickly, you will experience results more quickly, as well. You can have more energy and ability to concentrate, a deeper relaxation experience, more peaceful and restful sleep, as well as overcome thought patterns and behaviors that are holding you back from your goals.