Brain Wave Entrainment
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You know all those websites promoting self help products that promise to be able to increase your creativity, cure insomnia, increase concentration, better health or even bring you the instant bliss and benefits of meditation immediately just by listening to their audio CDs or tapes?
Well, you don’t realize it yet, but in the next 2 minutes, you’re going to learn the secret technique behind most of these self-help products. It’s called brain wave entrainment and can be a bit technical. But don’t worry, I’ll try to explain it as simply as I can.
What is Brain wave Entrainment?
Before I go into brain wave entrainment, it's probably a good idea for you to understand what entrainment is. Simply put, entrainment is where one vibrating object causes another nearby object to vibrate at the same frequency. This is due to a phenomenon that scientists call the "Frequency Following Response".
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Frequency Following Response (FFR)
– If the name makes you want to go to sleep, don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ll try to keep this as short and simple as I can…=P
FFR occurs when one vibrating object causes another nearby object to vibrate or resonate at the same frequency, even if the 2nd object is vibrating at a different frequency or not vibrating at all.
Have you ever noticed that if you have several clocks with swinging pendulums next to each other, after a while, all the pendulums will have synchronized and be swinging at the same rate and speed? All the pendulums will have synchronized themselves with each other.
Another example would be tuning forks. If you strike a tuning fork, it’ll start vibrating and humming away. Bring that tuning fork next to another tuning fork and the 2nd one will start resonating at the same frequency as the first.
In fact, the 2nd object doesn’t even have to be another tuning fork or the same type of object. If you place a vibrating tuning fork close to a piano, you’ll notice that some of the piano strings will start resonating at the same frequency as the tuning fork.
So you see, FFR is actually quite a common phenomenon that occurs in nature or physics.
Just like a tuning fork can be used to "entrain" or tune a piano string, your brain can also be "entrained" to certain desired frequencies. This process of changing your brain waves through the use of some external stimuli is called "brain wave entrainment".
There are lots of different ways to do brain wave entrainment In fact, you’ve probably experienced some form of brain wave entrainment many times naturally without even being aware of it.
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Natural Methods of Brain wave Entrainment
Have you ever looked at the flickering light of an open fireplace or candle? Maybe you were listening to the melodious, relaxing sound of soft music. Or perhaps you’ve sat in a train or car listening to the sound of the rain falling and watching the rain drops fall down on the window pane.
After a while, didn’t you naturally feel very relaxed and peaceful? If you stay long enough looking or listening, you might even go into a light, relaxing trance. Kind of like "zoning-out" and being in your own little peaceful world.
In fact, since the dawn of time when our ancestors were living in caves and starting fires, humans have always been drawn to the flickering lights of an open fire-place. It’s something that has stayed with us, even up to this day. Somehow, we’ve always found that looking at the flickering flames of an open fire-place or flame quite relaxing and calming.
In addition, haven’t you also wondered why primitive cultures always use the sound of beating drums during their rituals and healing sessions? That’s because, over the years, they realized that the repetitive, monotonous sound of drum-beats can influence the mind and induce a trance-like state. The shamans or medicine-men would get into a trance or altered-consciousness state and receive "visions" or "messages from the other side".
WHY MODERN MUSIC & PRIMITIVE MUSIC ARE SO SIMILAR...
Incidentally, modern techno or house music, which uses a lot of electronic beats and repetitive sounds, is actually quite similar to the sounds or music of primitive cultures beating on drums.
I don’t know about you, but every-time I go into a dance club or disco and see the people jumping and shaking their heads to the sound of techno music, it always reminds me of primitive tribes celebrating and jumping up & down.
If you think about it, both forms of music are based on the same principal of brainwave entrainment. One uses electronic beats whilst the other is physically beating on a drum or log.
Not surprisingly, the trance-like look and state of modern people enjoying trance music is probably quite similar to the look and state of primitive tribes celebrating with their beating drums around an open fire.
Interesting comparison, right?...
Modern research on brain wave entrainment have proved that our brainwaves patterns and frequency can actually be influenced by light and sound, something that primitive cultures have known for centuries.
Even listening for a while to the sound of ocean waves, rain-drops, a thunderstorm, the sounds of birds chirping in a forest can also result in brain wave entrainment and put you into a peaceful and relaxing mood.
Some of the waves for brainwave entrainment include meditation, the Release Technique, the Silva Method, creative visualization, hypnotherapy and Holosync CDs.
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