For those interested in discussing new ideas, technologies, and personal experiences with "brainwave entrainment", as well as exploring its possibilities in the context of healing and the facilitation of mystical experience.
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Brainwave Entrainment is process by which one actively changes his or her brainwaves by concentrating on a repeated sequence of beats at a constant tempo or frequency (cycles per second). Why do Shamans beat on drums? A large part of the mechanics of shamanic drumming is an act of what we are calling brain entrainment, and, boy, do they have it figured out - focus, visualizations, drugs and all! These components, along with the continued progress made in entrainment technology, are all topics to be explored and discussed in this group, so they can be better employed in one's technique of brain entrainment.
Here is a list of the different frequency rages that occur in the brain and how they are divided by the experience they produce or are associated with. This knowledge is practically applied in the practice of brainwave entrainment, in that one can train his or her brainwaves to match a given frequency in a given range, creating a state of mind conducive to whatever mental activity one wishes to elicit. There are other frequencies not listed here, like Lambda (100+hz - upper end of frequencies experienced in the brain) or Epsilon (< 0.1hz - coma).
|Frequency range||Name||Usually associated with:|
|> 40 Hz||Gamma waves||Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness|
|13–39 Hz||Beta waves||Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition, and or paranoia|
|7–13 Hz||Alpha waves||Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness, REM sleep, Dreams|
|4–7 Hz||Theta waves||deep meditation/relaxation, NREM sleep|
|< 4 Hz||Delta waves||Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness|
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Brain entrainment is often done today with the help of technology, by listening to "binaural beats" or "isochronic tones", repetitious beats or pulses or sound designed for brain entrainment. There is software available for making and using this technology like Neuro-Programmer 3. For more programs and their comparisons, look here. Entrainment can also be achieved or enhanced by using flashing lights. When both are combined, this is called AVS, or audio-visual stimulation. This is what one employs when using a "mind machine" or "light and sound machine" or when using the photic entrainment in certain software. One can imagine all the other ways sense perception can be worked into this process. This again, points to why one would engage in the physical act of beating on a drum. The repetitious sense experience gives the drummer more to "get in sync with" and focus on, allowing one to be throw even deeper into meditation. Also still to be utilized in this field, is brainwave entrainment with monitoring attachments that allow for a "biofeedback loop" in the user, allowing them to see and interact with their own brainwaves in real-time, along with their blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital stats.
If you haven't already been introduced to brainwave entrainment and would like to learn more, please Google it or check out some of these links.
http://lunarsight.com/freq.htm (a very nice list of frequencies, for experimenting with)
For free brainwave entrainment sounds, one can search Youtube, Google, or download some of the free files I have made and put up on my blog, here.
Let us begin the discussion on this ancient and simple method for achieving altered states of consciousness, which has the potential to be a powerful ingredient in the meditation and medicine for all in the future. Join us and share your experience, or for new brain-trainers, begin your transformative journey into new brain states here!