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Brainwave Entrainment (as Mysticism and Medicine)


Brainwave Entrainment (as Mysticism and Medicine)

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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A Bit About Brainwave Entrainment

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 rangeNameUsually associated with:
> 40 HzGamma wavesHigher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness
13–39 HzBeta wavesActive, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition, and or paranoia
7–13 HzAlpha wavesRelaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness, REM sleep, Dreams
4–7 HzTheta wavesdeep meditation/relaxation, NREM sleep
< 4 HzDelta wavesDeep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness

Copied from Wikipedia.

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. (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!


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The use of Gnaural

Started by Will Bierre Sep 9, 2013. 0 Replies

Does anyone else here use Gnaural, the free (open source) binaural beat generator software? http://gnaural.sourceforge.netIf you do, what presets do you…Continue

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Comment by Lotuslakedawn on February 29, 2012 at 9:46am

After  couple of decades of various meditations I started to explore and use different 'sound' and pulsing light meditations. One I find particularly useful is the Hemisynch from Bill Harris as I do not sleep long enough and an hour of that is meant to be equivalent to two hrs sleep. I have seldom found any that come close to such a refreshing effect as these although they are expensive. I have found some that do not need headphones though which I found did have a measurable effect as I had to replace these for a while when without headphones.

I will check out what Tris has made available thank you.

Comment by Veitlan on February 27, 2012 at 7:18pm

I've heard that children spend the first 6 or so year of their lives in primarily delta and theta states. This is why they are so open to new ideas and have what seems like a limitless capacity for imagination and creativity. They are however, lacking alpha waves which are important for sorting through information and deciding what is logically important. This leads to high levels of impressionability. I wonder what would happen if you were to try to stimulate alpha waves on a child under 6. Would it be detrimental to their creative imagination or allow them a new capacity for creative and imaginative reasoning... Let me know if you know about any studies you've heard about on this. I'm happy to be able to tell at least to a functional degree what is real and what is not but I certainly miss the days when it didn't matter or not whether I was just imagining. I'm sure if you could lower alpha waves and increase theta and delta you would be able to make an adult more open and imaginative as well.

Comment by DancingWind on February 19, 2012 at 6:18am

Solfeggio (SP) Harmonics uses sound and color ( the ones I have seen on the net) So tell me, what makes this one different? The sound being repeated over and over? 

This is a very interesting topic to me, I look forward to more discussions.

Comment by michael alaska on February 19, 2012 at 2:34am

 commercially being the media , commercial sale on television, radio, and our pc.

we as humans respond to rhythm, beat, sound, and

electromagnetic wave, or bioelectric energy field.

we all have them how we manage them is another discussion


Comment by michael alaska on February 19, 2012 at 2:21am

i have often wondered how brain waves can affect water , plants have been tested for human brain wave affects , the abilty of human thought to affect

each other all point to energy that is tap-able usable and natural .

in many case the trance induced can be very euphoric or hallucinogenic, at times great wisdom or a deep  sense of understanding enhance the ability to evoke a spirit or a recollection of something spiritual.

your right it is very arcane knowledge , but i wonder how it is put to use commercially , packaged like food, to deceive the masses

Comment by ☤Tris☤ on February 19, 2012 at 12:03am

Comment by ☤Tris☤ on February 19, 2012 at 12:00am


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