Using Binaural Beats in Guided Meditation
The use of binaural beats in guided meditation is a relatively recent adaptation of the meditation art. Binaural beats have been shown to have both objective and subjective effects upon states of consciousness. By targeting specific brainwave frequencies, the technology is used to create varying, predictable states of consciousness. This enhances the ability of individuals to experience a deep meditation state where the brain adapts to new perspectives and achieves propitious, altered states of consciousness which provide a wide range of beneficial effects.
Binaural beats are created by using two coherent sounds at slightly different frequencies which are presented one to each ear. The brain detects the phase differences between the sounds and hears a binaural beat. Normally, when a phase difference in sounds is detected, it provides directional information to the individual. That is, the sound comes from that direction. However, when this phased difference is presented via stereo headphones, the brain integrates the two sounds and perceives a third sound, the binaural beat.
Binaural beats for guided meditation are used at low frequencies of less than 30 Hz, which is the characteristic frequency of brainwaves. Listening to these beats at different frequencies produces specific alterations to consciousness directly related to the frequency used. In general, beats between 1 to 4 Hz, which correspond with the delta state, replicate the high amplitude brainwaves which are characteristic of slow wave sleep. When the subject is tired, these frequencies tend to make him fall asleep. With a frequency of 4 to 8 Hz, which corresponds to theta brainwave frequencies, subjects consistently report a relaxed, dreamy meditation state and a deep tranquility that is often punctuated with sparks of creativity. If the binaural beat is set between 8 to 12 Hz, the effect is more pronounced on the alpha frequency, which is the frequency the brain produces during wakeful relaxation, or daydreaming, with closed eyes. It is considered the ideal frequency to enhance cognitive processes such as learning and remembering as it is associated with increased concentration and alertness. It is the state which athletes often refer to as “being in the zone.”
So far, so good.
But how does using this technology assist in guided meditation?
The simplest way to prepare to use effectively the brainwave entrainment potential of binaural beats, is by the individual lying on a comfortable bed in a dark, quiet room. The darker and quieter the better, as the aim is to reduce external sensory stimulus to a bare minimum to allow the brain to turn inwards without the distraction of the senses. The use of an eye mask can also be helpful.
Another method often employed, especially in experimental settings, is the use of a sealed flotation tank where the subject is suspended in a buoyant, skin temperature liquid within an isolated, sensory deprived environment.
Once comfortable, the subject initiates the mp3 meditation and immerses themselves in the sound of the headphones. Depending on the frequency chosen and the accompaniment of the related “pink” sounds, which comprise music, natural sounds and a modified white hiss such as a television makes when the station it is tuned to stops transmitting, variable and predictable effects are caused within the conscious by the binaural beat. These include, but are not limited to: relaxation, enhanced creativity, intuition, deep meditation, enriched learning, improved sleep patterns, wellness and the personal exploration of altered states of consciousness.
The onset of these effects using binaural beats is both swift and automatic. The subject does not have to try to attain deep meditation. The entrainment process of the beats causes a profound alteration in consciousness which can be used to tap into the immense creativity and problem solving abilities of the human brain. Guided meditation using binaural beats is focused on one particular frequency to cause a known, desired effect. The guided meditations can be used to enhance skills including, but not limited to: esp, creativity, lucid dreaming, memory, manifestation, prosperity, reduction of anxiety and wellness.
The use of binaural beats in guided meditation can shortcut years of effort to attain a deep meditation state. One thing is certain, these beats will change your mind.
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