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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 belladonna took on February 2, 2016 at 9:26pm

hello- i used thetas and deltas for a while, stopped and am now looking to re-enter this method of self development.   lucid dreaming came-but for some reason it scared me and i didnt embrace it. i thought i wanted it--i just get scared of what can be...     for learning to meditate, it was the number one breakthru for me. 

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Comment by Donald Adams on September 30, 2014 at 9:15pm

Hey folks, new sub group member here!  Admin has sent me comments in the past about how they felt my work fit in here with the overall interests

So am posting a link here in this group as it seems the most thematically relevant place to do so.  Hope this is of interest, cheers!

Comment by ☤Tris☤ on July 19, 2013 at 9:46pm
Comment by lordofthegrave on January 25, 2013 at 6:58am

Hi there. I've made some films set to Brainwave entrainment and if anybody has the time spare I'd appreciate some feedback. The aim is to use the visuals to aid the effects of the audio - at the moment just for helping people relax and access light altered states but I'm hoping to do some complex videos in the future.

Comment by Blane Hoffman on November 4, 2012 at 4:49pm

 You wouldnt know it by lookin at me... LMAO

Comment by Blane Hoffman on November 4, 2012 at 4:48pm

 Thanx for the invite Tris...Ive used binaural beat technology for over twenty yrs. It has been an amazing journey. It has along with a variety of meditational techniques I think very much accelerated my conscious ability to train my subjective synthesis towards a more sane and coherent perspective and experience of life across the board.

Comment by Kim Cascone on September 19, 2012 at 1:32pm

"Music, Meditation, and the Skull as a Sound Chamber" by David Metcalfe

Comment by Sence on August 18, 2012 at 8:56am

Those interested in improved mental focus concentration and cognition should also take a  look into Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).      tDCS I built my own it works  

Comment by Kim Cascone on June 9, 2012 at 1:06pm

I'm developing a workshop for artists (sound, visual or dance) called 'Subtle Listening' in which I have the participants use audio I've created that have binaural beats embedded.

I've been doing a lot of research and currently developing some techniques of my own which I'd like to have people test during meditation.

here is some info on my background in case you are interested:

you can email me at:

if you'd like to get a copy of the file I'm testing

greetings from San Francisco!

Kim Cascone 

Comment by eagle eyes on May 13, 2012 at 12:04pm

thanks again for the invite understanding our brain and mind is essential to getting the most out of our experiences...


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