How Brainwave Entrainment Works On
The Human Mind To Create Change
What are Binaural beats and Isochronic tones anyway?
And how do they work?
Binaural beats and Isochronic tones are both sound-based methods of brainwave entrainment. Their effectiveness in altering brainwave patterns is well-established. This, combined with the knowledge of the brainwave frequencies that tend to accompany different types of mental activity, has led many to discover their usefulness in helping with those activities.
By altering the brain’s activity to match that of the desired mental task, many claim that these tasks can be accomplished more easily.
Preliminary studies have even indicated that the use of binaural beats may, over time, alter dopamine levels, with effects such as decreasing anxiety. Be sure to read many of the latest research here.
What These Sounds Can Create For You…
- The Effects: Some of the effects claimed for brainwave entrainment are even more exotic, however. Binaural beats and isochronic tones may help in relaxation, meditation, lucid dreaming, and even extrasensory perception (ESP). This relationship between brainwave entrainment and these activities makes sense, since each of these activities has a characteristic brainwave frequency, precisely what entrainment affects.
- Powerful Relaxation State: Relaxation is associated with alpha waves, between 8 and 12 hertz. These waves are very common targets for brainwave entrainment, as they also facilitate the other activities mentioned: meditation, lucid dreaming, and ESP. Modern life can be fast-paced and high-stress. Even when one knows the benefits of relaxation now and then, sometimes the pressures on one’s mind can make it very difficult. If you can’t relax on your own, brainwave entrainment through binaural beats and isochronic tones can help. By lowering the frequency of your brainwaves from an agitated beta wave state to a calmer alpha wave state, entrainment can help you overcome the mental barriers to relaxation.
- Achieving Desired Goals: Many forms of meditation are actually just a more structured form of relaxation, and so binaural beats and isochronic tones can be a help here, as well1. Listening to entraining stimuli while using your preferred meditative technique can be a great aid. However, not all meditation takes place in the alpha wave state. Depending on the meditative form, desired brainwave frequencies can be anywhere from the slow theta waves to the extremely high gamma wave state, even higher than normal waking consciousness. Whatever your goal, binaural beats and isochronic tones have been created to assist it. By visualizing what you desire in life (more wealth, more energy, better health, etc.) and combining that with the sounds of binaural beats and isochronic tones, powerful changes can occur in your life.
- Sleeping And Lucid Dreams: Brainwave entrainment can be of assistance even while sleeping. Everyone dreams while they sleep, during periods called rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. These periods are characterized by higher brainwave frequencies than dreamless sleep. At the upper levels of brainwave activity while sleeping, sometimes lucid dreaming occurs. Lucid dreaming is a state where someone, in the midst of a dream, achieves enough consciousness to become aware they are dreaming. In this state, the dreamer often gains control of the course of the dream, and is able to experience whatever they wish. Further, this can be very helpful for those who suffer from nightmares2. To aid in lucid dreaming, binaural beats or isochronic tones entrain brainwaves into the upper range of alpha waves, around 10 hertz.
- ESP and Intuition: ESP is a controversial topic. Many scientists dismiss it as “hocus-pocus”, but the entire field of parapsychology relates to it, and researchers at Princeton performed several famous studies3 regarding the ability of humans to both acquire knowledge through conventionally inexplicable means, as well as to affect reality in a similarly unexplainable fashion. ESP is specifically the ability to sense things beyond what the normal five senses could reveal. If you seek such knowledge, entrainment may help. When one’s mind is filled with chatter, or burdened by the stresses of the day, it can be hard to be aware of any extrasensory perceptions one might be experiencing. Binaural beats, as mentioned before, can help quiet the mind, and use over time can reduce overall mental chatter, enabling a person to be more sensitive to his or her intuitions and visions.
- There Are No Limits To Your Goals: Whatever your goal in using brainwave entrainment, these rhythms can help. Isochronic tones are the simpler of the two types described here, but are still very effective. Continuous tones which match the desired human brainwave patterns are too low to hear, so isochronic tones use pulses of sound, timed to match the desired brainwave frequencies. While the reason for this is unknown, the brain itself actually changes its brainwave frequency to match. Binaural beats are even stranger. These rhythms are actually created by using two continuous tones that are just slightly different. This difference is so small that it can’t be consciously perceived, but when each of the tones is played into a different ear, the brain does attempt to reconcile them on an unconscious level. This produces a pulsing rhythm. Thus, the beat of binaural beats is actually created within the brain4, and the actual rhythm is controlled by varying the difference between the frequencies of the two tones. It is important to note that binaural beats are most easily heard through headphones. Rhythms can also be created from two close tones by soundwave interference, but this happens externally to the brain, and doesn’t work through headphones.
- The Perfect Tools For Change: Binaural beats and isochronic tones can be invaluable tools for calming the mind, whether for simple relaxation or deeper meditation. They can quiet the chatter of the mind, perhaps enhancing ones psychic sensitivity. They can heighten consciousness during sleep to enable lucid dreaming. It can have effects beyond this, too. Practitioners claim that brainwave entrainment can increase alertness and focus, or even bring on feelings of euphoria5. There is both information on brainwave entrainment readily available on the Web, and many entraining sounds available as well. You might find they are just the tool you need to overcome whatever mental obstacle you currently face.
A Closer Look at Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones
Binaural Beats – Binaural beats were discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839 and have been helping people relax, meditate, manage pain, reduce anxiety, and be more creative ever since then. Of course, the advent of Internet technology has made both their existence and their use much more accessible and widespread.
When listening to a binaural beats/tones, you will actually be listening to two separate frequency waves, each going to one of your ears independently. When this occurs, your brain actually will react by creating a third tone, making up the difference between the two. Your brain will then shift in consciousness.
When you combine our powerful technology in these audio tracks with the power of positive feelings or images, your brain can be easily programmed to phase out unwanted blocks (created by your own conscious) and be opened up to various networks and communication channels inside your own mind.
In turn, your life will start to change because your thinking will change.
Isochronic Tones – Isochronic tones are one of the newer advances in the field of brain wave entrainment, and they are thought to be more powerful than either binaural or monaural beats. Like the monaural beats, the tones happen outside of the brain, so headphones are not necessary (although often still recommended). They actually increase the speed of the pulses, which is said to get your brain waves to the desired state more quickly.
The user chooses the frequency desired. For example, if he or she wants to focus attention to concentrate, the isochronic tones could be set to the alpha wave range (7-13 Hz). Someone wanting to reach deep meditation would set them down into the theta wave range (4-7 Hz).
Brain wave entrainment isn´t just used by individuals who want to make changes in their own lives. In fact, psychologists, medical doctors, and hypnotherapists have all found ways to integrate binaural tones and other brain wave entrainment processes into their patient´s treatment.