For the longest time I couldn’t meditate because I thought it meant emptying the mind of thoughts. But meditation is to shift brainwaves state. The emptying of thoughts just happens when meditation is done correctly. When we hear of all the benefits of meditation, like healing, eliminating pain, deep learning, accessing the field of consciousness and so on, it is actually effects of being in a different brainwave frequency or state. It’s just like expecting to get wet if you walk out in the rain, or expecting a sunburn if it’s sunny. Meditation is a means of shifting into different brain waves.
Brain waves are like gears of a car and meditation is like the transmission (the part that holds the gears). Not knowing about brain waves and trying to meditate is like trying to drive a manual car without understanding the gears. You may be able to get it to go by guessing along the way, but it’s definitely not going to be your idea of a comfortable ride. The experience is a night and day difference between someone who understands them and someone who doesn’t. The same goes for meditation.
The four common brain waves we operate in are BETA, ALPHA, THETA, and DELTA, in that order. That’s first gear, second gear, third gear, and fourth gear. We shift from one brainwave state to the next within the realm of meditation. There are several brainwave shifting(brain entrainment) techniques that can be used, but this article is about one of the most effective methods…using meditation music with binaural beats.
Binaural beats is a term that refers to two different beats, one for each ear. The brain makes up the difference. So if you have a frequency of 850hz playing in your left ear, and 870hz playing in your right ear, the brain will make up the 20hz difference. Slowly, the frequencies are brought closer together to achieve the desired brainwave state. All music with binaural beats MUST be listened to with stereo headphones. Speakers will not do the job because the frequencies will not be isolated to each ear. The frequencies are usually in the background of some soothing music. They do not have to be picked up by your conscious level of hearing – your brain will pick up on them.
Keeping your eyes closed during the meditation process will make the process much easier and faster. This is because the different frequencies of light and colors etc can make it difficult to slow down the brain waves.
Not all meditation music has binaural beats in it. These will work much more slowly, with the exception of isochronic tones, but if the music relaxes you, they can be used. The most effective way to change brainwave frequencies/states with music is to first match your present state, as much as is possible. This will be the BETA state in most cases. I have meditation music free to download on the page listed in my bio. The free meditation music track is designed to bring you from 20hz to 8hz in less than 6 minutes. This will prepare you for Theta. And Theta is the game changer.
Here is a brief overview of the brain wave states.
Beta(12hz-40hz) is our everyday waking state of mind. It is what we operate in most of the day and it is not conducive to deep learning or relaxation. Just imagine driving all day in first gear. Your engine would be screaming but you’d hardly be moving. That’s what we do with our bodies.
The next state is the Alpha(8hz-12hz) brainwave frequencies. This state is very good for focus and deep imprinting onto the mind. The alpha state is associated with deep relaxation and is the beginning of access to the subconscious mind. Information can be inserted 100 times faster and more effectively in the alpha state than in the beta state. It is the state you are in when you sit down to read a book, and all of your relaxed, undivided attention is on that book.
Theta(4hz-8hz) is an incredible state to be in and is ideal for meditation. This is the state where REM(rapid eye movement) or dreaming sleep happens. In the theta and delta states, your Reticular Activating System is inactive. In both Theta and Delta states, infomation can get inserted 1,000 times faster than in the beta state. Potential behavioral changes happen in theta. Influence on the subconscious mind is unrestricted. Changes in genetic patterns can be influenced in the theta state, as well as physical healing. High access to field of consciousness(quantum field) is able to be attained.
The Delta(0.1hz-4hz) is a very deep state, and is usually only reached when in a deep dreamless sleep. It embodies everything in the theta state and more. Extremely high access to the quantum field is in the delta brain waves. HGH(human growth hormone) is released at lower delta frequencies. Pain is eliminated. An extreme sense of oneness is reached.