Meditation is a well-researched topic. Science has shown repeatedly that it does, indeed, have an affect on the mind and its frequencies. Only a few minutes of meditation can alter the way you feel on a sluggish afternoon. Over the years, brainwave meditation, also known as brainwave entrainment, has been getting the attention of researchers who have conducted studies into the efficacy of this technology.
Powerful Meditative Sessions
Most people do brainwave entrainment with a CD or some other form of audio. During the 30-60 minute sessions, the participant actively uses his or her mind to visualize various scenarios, as guided by the narrator. Not all CDs have a vocal component.
During the meditation, one frequency is heard in one ear and another frequency is heard in the other ear. This causes the brain to calculate the difference between the frequencies and then create that binaural beat inside the mind. Depending on the frequency, you will feel relaxed and energized or deeply, comfortably relaxed.
Alpha, Beta, Theta Delta
Our mind usually operates during the day primarily in the Beta frequency of 13-25 Hertz. Sometimes the mind needs a bit of help getting into a more relaxed and creative state. This is where brainwave entrainment comes in. In a state of Alpha frequencies, 8-12 Hertz, people are more receptive to learning, are more positive and in a state of light relaxation. Theta, 4-7 Hertz, is the state of meditation, deep relaxation and increased focus. Delta frequency, 1-3 Hertz is the state of deep sleep. You can use brainwave meditation to put yourself in the state of mind that you want to be in. You will still garner all of the benefits of meditation, but they will be heightened when binaural beats are added. Some benefits of meditation include immune system improvement, anxiety decrease, breathing rate and heart rate decrease.
What Brainwave Entrainment Can Help
Brainwave meditation can assist people with chronic insomnia, release headaches, and help people draw on their own natural creativity, focus and energy. In addition, this brain entrainment technology has been used to assist people with anxiety-related mental illnesses, children with autism and other developmental disabilities, attention deficit disorder, addictions and depression. People who have a seizure disorder should not do this type of meditation.
Entering The Mainstream
As is the case with many newly discovered things, brainwave meditation had more than its share of skeptics. Many people felt that binaural beats could be written off as more new age mystical nonsense. This began to change as research validated the anecdotal claims of actual users. This type of meditative practice is becoming more mainstream and more respected because it actually has made such a positive life impact on so many people and there is research to back up its claims.