Here's a quick overview of brainwave entrainment, what it is, why it's interesting and how to try it. For a more comprehensive path click here.
What is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave entrainment is a way of intentionally changing our mental state by using specific sounds or flashing lights. You've probably heard of "alpha" or "theta" brainwaves. These have come from the discovery that there are recognisable and repeatable patterns relating what a person is doing and their dominant brainwave rhythms. Using the correct stimulus (light or sound) we can pull ourselves into a specific mental state. These techniques can be used to help us relax, meditate, sleep ...
The two primary methods are the use of flashing lights or sound with
a beat at specific frequencies. The lights are usually built into
special glasses, much like opaque sunglasses. Alternatively, you can
use audio cassettes which have specially designed sounds intended to
draw you into a specific mental state. Both the sound and light can be
used at the same time. Either you can use a machine specially designed
to produce the correct sounds and signals for the glasses, use your
compute to do it, or play appropriately recorded audio cassettes. The
light and sound mahines or the computer-based methods are the most
flexible but the least portable and most expensive. Professionally
produced audio cassettes are inexpensive and available in a wide
variety of programmes.
What does it feel like?
I usually lie down in a quiet room with subdued lighting with my
eyes closed and play a cassettes on a walkman with headphones. The
effect I notice most often is that of finding my mind wandering and
realising that I've forgotten about the tones or noise in the
earphones. When the mind is wandering the thoughts can go in really odd
directions reviving childhood scenes or memories that haven't been
thought about for decades.
Are there any dangers?
There seem to be only three real reservations about experimenting with brainwave entrainment and these relate to (a) those predisposed to epilepsy, (b) driving and using dangerous machinery while entrained and (c) a Kundalini awakening. For more details, click here.
How do I get started?
Tape Overview - still to come ...
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