The 'frequency-following response' effect has been used to achieve brainwave synchronization in various ways throughout history.
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Binaural beats are an effective tool in accelerating the process of reaching meditative states. The 'frequency-following response' effect allows these specialized sounds to create optimal states for meditation. These audio tools will allow you to reach states of relaxation which previously would have taken years of meditation practice to achieve.
The usefulness of this effect has led to the creation of many helpful products which allow you to safely and effectively reach altered states of consciousness. Along with Binaural beats, Isochronic tones and Monaural beats, have also proven to elicit the 'frequency-following response' effect.
The 'frequency-following response' effect has been used to achieve brainwave synchronization for a period of several centuries. Cultures as physically distant as the Monks in Tibet and the Aborigines of Australia have used a variety of instruments to produce music capable of inducing multiple harmonic resonances.
So what does all of this mean?
To state it clearly, Binaural beats, Isochronic tones, and Monaural beats have been shown to induce selected brainwave states in the listener. Using advanced audio technology we have determined the precise audio stimulation needed to reach deeply relaxed meditative states, or concentrated states of mental alertness. The technology to induce these states has increased in popularity over the last decade or so. Due to this overwhelming demand, numerous programs have been developed to help users gain the benefit of these altered states of consciousness. I will outline which brainwave frequencies are conducive to the different states you may be trying to achieve, and show you which audio program will help you reach it.
How does this audio encourage meditative states?
Meditative states are achieved in the mind due to the 'frequency-following response' effect. When an external stimulus with the desired frequency is heard, the corresponding brain-state is induced in the listener. Binaural beats work slightly different than Isochronic tones, or Monaural beats. Headphones are only required for Binaural beats. This is because the frequency created with Binaural beats is actually due to a small variation in tone from the left ear, to the right. The mind then attempts to compensate for the minor difference. This causes the 'frequency-following response' effect to induce brainwave synchronization, or entrainment.
The table below outlines different brainwave frequencies that we sometimes experience. Binaural Beat technology is designed to cause your brain to generate frequencies that match specific states. Listening to these Review the table below to determine the frequencies associated with the type of mental activity you would like to experience.
|Frequency Range||Brainwaves||Associated mental activities|
|> 40 Hz||Gamma Waves||Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness - Very focused mental state similar to that of a high performing athlete|
|13 - 40 Hz||Beta Waves||Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition - You are most likely in this state while working or planning|
|7 - 13 Hz||Alpha Waves||Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness - When you are engaged in pleasant relaxing activites you will be in this state. Daydreaming, walking leisurely and breathing exercises are some examples|
|4 - 7 Hz||Theta waves||Dreams, deep meditation, REM sleep - You may reach this state while engaged in deep insight meditation or lucid dreaming|
|< 4 Hz||Delta Waves||Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness - With practice, advanced meditators will experience this state|
Now that we know which brainwaves are associated with particular mental activities, it will be easier to determine the proper audio tools to reach desired states. Please keep in mind that these audios should not replace your regular meditation practice. While they are quite helpful, it's good to consider them as a supplement to assist in reaching particular states. Your mind must first be tranquil; only then will it be able to follow the rhythms that the audio guides you towards.
"I listen to them on a daily basis. And as a result I have more freedom of expression, a greater sense of relaxation and being stress free, and a greater sense of personal power..."
- Jack Canfield, Best-Selling author of Chicken Soup for The Soul
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