About Binaural Beats Meditation
The first question on everyone's mind when they find out about this amazing way of manifesting the benefits of meditation is: do binaural beats work?
The short answer is yes they do. This isn't a new-age fad; it's a naturally occurring science that has been around for centuries. Stick around for a couple of minutes and I'll explain all…
The Ancient Discovery
What most people don't realize is that although the creation of binaural beats music has only been possible through technological advancement in the last 100 or so years, the use of this natural science dates back thousands of years.
Ancient cultures were aware of how the brain could be entrained through sound repetition well before modern science was able to prove the process.
Now of course, in times past, societies didn't refer to this science as binaural beats, but what they did know was that consistent, rhythmic sound had extremely powerful healing and spiritual benefits.
Scientist Melinda Maxfield, PhD, conducted research on the drumbeats used during rituals of ancient cultures and found that they generally beat at a steady rate of 4.5 beats per second. This consistent beat induces a trance-like state for the tribe, due to the brain shifting into a 4.5 beats-per-second brainwave frequency, which is a low Theta brainwave state, as you'll learn about below.
In almost every ancient culture, repetitive beat formats have played an important role in wellbeing and prosperity. For example, using repetitive drumming and chanting, Tibetan monks, Native American shamans, Hindu healers and master Yogis have been able to induce specific brainwave states for transcending consciousness, healing, concentration and spiritual growth.
Binaural Beats in the Modern Era
Binaural beats technology, as we know it today, was first discovered in 1839 by a Prussian physicist and meteorologist named Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. It wasn't until 1973, though, that biophysicist Doctor Gerald Oster brought the technology into mainstream awareness in a paper called ‘Auditory Beats in the Brain' (Scientific American, 1973). In his paper, Oster concluded;
It is possible that hormonally induced physiological behavior changes may be made apparent by measuring the binaural-beat spectrum.
Forty years on, and a heap of research by scientists and sound engineers later, binaural beats music is used by people all over the world as a form of ‘brainwave entrainment': a process used to entrain the brain into different states that contribute positively to wellbeing and personal-development.
How Binaural Beats Work
The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears”. This meaning represents the process, which works by simultaneously sending a marginally different sound frequency to each ear through headphones.
The entrainment happens inside the brain, and is caused by a natural physiological response. Upon hearing the two tones simultaneously, the brain interprets the tones sent to the left and right ears as one tone. The interpreted single tone is equal in measurement (Hertz) to the the difference between the source tones.
For example, if a 205 Hz sound frequency is sent to the left ear, and a 210 Hz to the right ear, the brain will process and interpret the two sounds as one 5 Hz frequency. The brain then follows along at the new frequency (5 Hz), producing brainwaves at the same rate of Hertz (Hz). The technical term for this process is ‘frequency following response'.
5 Hz is a theta frequency. When listened to, it will induce relaxation and meditative-like effects.
Remember, the brain will only respond in the intended way if it receives the sound frequencies at the same time through headphones. You can test this for yourself using the test tone further down the page.
Binaural beats recordings are able to recreate positive brainwave blueprints, and as such are able to induce deep meditation, heightened creativity, increased focus and concentration, reduced anxiety and general relaxation. The process happens by itself, inside the brain.
The only requirement is the the recordings are properly engineered, and for the listener to put on a pair on headphones, relax and press play. It's that easy.
Our recordings are created by professional sound engineers with over 10 years experience in creating brain entrainment products. We do not use hypnosis or subliminal messaging, only the proven science of binaural beats, combined with appropriate ambient soundscapes to enhance the desired state.
The Core 4 Binaural Beats Brain Wave States
As explained above, binaural beats can entrain the brain to different states, of which there are five categories. The effect on the listener's state depends on the brainwave state the recording is targeting.
For example, to induce deep relaxation we listen to Theta state recordings. For entraining the brain to sleep better we listen to Delta state recordings, and to improve memory we listen to Beta state recordings.
At Binauralbeatsmeditation.com, we fine-tune our recordings for optimum effectiveness using broad demographic market testing prior to commercial release. This allows us to produce recordings engineered for specific core life areas.
The graphic below shows the four core brainwave state categories used in binaural beats music:
Test the Science for Yourself!
After reading this information, you probably ‘kinda get it'. But to fully understand how binaural beats work you need to hear the effects in real time.
Below is a sample of a raw (no music overlay) Theta binaural beat. Put your headphones on and press the play button on the player.
When you have both earphones in, note that the tones make a single pulsating sound. Now, remove one earphone (left or right, it doesn't matter).
You will now hear that the pulsation disappears completely when the earphone is removed, and comes back immediately when you put the unused earphone back on.
When you have both earphones on, you hear the pulsation because your brain is creating a third tone from its interpretation of the left and right tones (a binaural beat). This is the ‘frequency following response' process I discussed earlier.
And there you go! You have just entrained your brain using a binaural beat(s)! Of course, you'll have to listen for at least a few minutes to start feeling the effects.
Why is it Called “Binaural Beats Meditation”?
‘Binaural beats meditation’ has become a common term for referring to listening to binaural beats music. This may seem a little confusing, because not all binaural beats music is designed for meditation and relaxation. However, there are three main reasons as to why this name has been adopted:
1. In a similar way to meditation, binaural beats entrain the brain to a state of being fully focussed in the present moment. In traditional meditation, this state is known as mindful awareness (mindfulness).
2. A high percentage of binaural beats music is created using Theta or Alpha frequencies. These frequencies are then overlaid with ambient, relaxing music, which is usually quite similar to the sound design used in meditation music.
Of course there’s the the exception of Beta/Gamma tracks, which are generally used for high-level learning, memory enhancement and entraining the brain for wakefulness. Below Theta there’s the Delta state, which is generally used to induce low level consciousness for sleep, healing and pain relief.
3. As in meditation practice, when listening to binaural beats, some people choose to sit in the traditional lotus meditation position because it is conducive to attaining a relaxed, centered state of mind.
So there you have it. This is why the link between binaural beats and meditation exists. common reference purposes.
That's it! We hope you now better understand how binaural beats work.
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