Self hypnosis and binaural meditation using binaural beats can help to access the power of the subconscious mind. There are various methods of tapping into the power of the subconscious, and it might not be readily assumed that brain wave entrainment (BWE) with its emphasis on audio technology was one of them, but it has been shown that binaural beats and BWE generally can create the conditions in the brain which "allow" the brain to create whichever mental state the brainwave frequency is mimicking, i.e. light or deep relaxation, heightened mental clarity, concentration and so on.
If you want to use self hypnosis for whatever reason but find that you're having difficulty getting sufficiently relaxed enough to allow suggestions to be absorbed by the subconscious, then BWE could help considerably. With that in mind, it's worthwhile checking out this page on self hypnosis software.
Binaural tones or beats first came to the attention of the scientific community in 1839, but it wasn't until the 1970's that an article in a Science journal reignited interest in the subject. Gerald Oster's article broadly came to the conclusion that binaural beat technology could prove to be of value with regard to the study of hearing impairments. Oster soon came to the further conclusion that research into binaural beats could prove useful for studying not only hearing impairment but also for research into a wider range of conditions attributable to some form or other of neurological activity.
Then Robert Monroe (1915-1995), a media executive who had become intrigued by the potential of mind power in relation to human development discovered, with the assistance of a range of psychologists, electrical engineers, biochemists and physicists, that certain sound frequencies had positive effects - via the brain - on mental states, and that frequencies could be adjusted to enhance feelings of, for example, relaxation or alertness.
Monroe's research had been going on since the 1950's, and in 1975 he registered his first patent in audio technology which could affect the brain in such a way that the left and right brain hemispheres became synchronized. This he referred to as "hemispherical synchronization", later termed as brainwave entrainment.
Using this audio technology can induce feelings of relaxation, alertness, creativity and so on, depending on which frequencies are used. Monroe later formed the Monroe Institute, from which originally emerged the binaural beat technology used today.
One of the most widely praised and up to date BWE tools used now is the Neuro Programmer 3, available - with a free trial - from www.transparentcorp.com.
Broadly speaking there are three varieties of brainwave entrainment audio technology in use, binaural and monaural beats and isochronic tones. Among the three, binaurals are probably the most widely known. There are two different sound frequencies, one played into each ear - using good stereo headphones - and from which the brain detects the difference in frequencies.
This third binaural beat "entrains" a particular brainwave that corresponds to that particular frequency and this in turn, depending on which frequency is created, entrains the brainwave to mimic the conditions required to produce feelings of either relaxation, heightened mental clarity, improved memory, or whatever condition a particular frequency is known to mimic.
So if for example a tone of 300Hz is played into the right ear and a tone of 310Hz is played into the left ear, the brain recognises the difference between the tones and a third subsonic beat of 10Hz is produced in the brain. 10Hz happens to be within the alpha range which is conducive to positive thinking, alertness and improved concentration.
Here's a breakdown of the different frequencies and their associated "characteristics" :
Monaural beats, unlike the name suggests, also use two slightly different tones to entrain brainwaves. However binaural beats require to be listened to through headphones whereas monaurals can be used through speakers. Monaurals are "pre-combined" before being heard by the ear(s) therefore the required frequency has been created in advance so the brain doesn't have to register and create the 3rd beat as it does with binaurals. Some people favour monaurals over binaural or isochronic because monaurals can have a "softer" effect on the ear. However monaural beats are not so effective in the delta and theta frequencies.
Isochronics represent the most recent development in brainwave synchronization and many people prefer them over monaurals or binaurals. These tones are individually spaced tones that go on and off in a distinct pattern, synchronizing the brain through the rhythm. The rhythm of the tones can be quickened or slowed to create higher or lower frequencies. Isochronic tones can also be used with or without headphones, and many consider them to be the most effective method of brain wave entrainment because the brain responds readily to the distinct and separate tones.
However a fairly commonly reported downside is that isochronics are less easy on the ear than monaurals. Also, as with monaurals, isochronics have to be actually audible to take effect so any sound enhancements that your isochronic recording may have must not actually make the tones inaudible.
Whatever your individual preference is or may be, whether for isochronic, monaural or binaural beats, you can be sure that over time with relatively consistent use they can improve your life in whatever way you specifically wish. It's also a proven fact that as with use the brain becomes adjusted to the tones it mimics the desired frequency - thus creating the desired mental state - more quickly and easily.
The widely perceived advantage of using these audio technologies is that it can create mental states which most people would find very hard to induce and maintain without years of study and practice in disciplines such as transcendental meditation.
Although the suggestion of a "short cut" may arouse a degree of doubt and cynicism, the fact is that binaural beats and other BWE tools such as NeuroProgrammer 3 (NP3) do represent a solution - which with repetition has been scientifically proven to work - for things like sleep problems, anxiety and tension reduction, boosting creativity and improving memory and concentration.
Basically what it all amounts to is using a combination of audio technology and subconscious mind power to open up the possibilities and potential of yourself and your life. Isochronic, monaural and binaural beats which create frequencies designed to create the relaxed state are of great use in self hypnosis whereby deeper and easier access to the subconscious can be achieved, with all the potential for positive change and life enhancement that that brings. Please bear in mind that while isochronic, monaural and binaural beats are harmless and safe to use, anyone with an epilepsy related condition or who uses a pacemaker, or is pregnant, should consult a doctor before using them.
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