Joel is the kind of person, even though he is now over 60, who continues to experiment. "Some experiments are less painful than others."
Binaural Beats: Good or Bad?
I am working on a romantic supernatural thriller in which I am weaving the use of binaural beats into it as an integral part of the storyline. But, to really understand the "power" that some people claim that binaural beats bring, I first had to do some digging. And, to really understand it and find out the truth, I had to immerse myself deep into it and subject myself to it. This is my experience. You can judge for yourself if what I have done is good or bad.
Behind the Beats
Some people dismiss that the use of binaural beats is nothing more than some kind of "woo-woo". And I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, too. But it didn’t take me long to experience firsthand that the science behind binaural beats isn’t really anything new at all. The use of certain frequencies to affect the brain has been around for a long time. What is new is in the amount of legitimate in-depth research, the advancement in quality, and the readily available access to tens of thousands of binaural beat offerings.
In short, the way binaural beats work is that when certain tones and frequencies are listened to in various forms, the brain reacts and naturally tries to interpret them. This causes a measurable change in brain activity when different frequencies are introduced to each ear. Then, the brain processes these separate tones by comparing the difference between the two and creates a new frequency. This new frequency is where the science can pinpoint and trigger a specific brain response. It's like turning on a switch that allows you to purposefully send different messages to the brain. For example, you can tell your brain to release more serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins to create a feeling of happiness and relaxation.
The key, of course, is getting the right combination, using the right volume, and introducing the binaural beats to the brain using the right application. I prefer to use headphones with which most legitimate resources of binaural beats work best. Using just speakers to listen may not always give you the best results.
I have been amazed at how I have been able to train my brain and allow it to become more manageable. I have also discovered that just the opposite can be true, that I can cause my brain to think and react in some very scary ways. I have since learned to treat the intentional introduction of brain-altering just like I would treat medication. Dosages, for me, are very important. I’ve found it is possible to over-medicate using too much of one frequency combination.
The video below does a great job of describing the effects of binaural beats and includes good examples of all of the ranges.
What Drove Me Deeper
Again, what drove me to experiment on myself with binaural beats is the part of a story that focuses heavily on the "possible" power that the use of binaural beats can bring. One of my main inventor characters developed a special "cage" wherein more than one person could experience the power of the beats at the same time, thus allowing for them to experience common thought. I still want to try this for real.
In the story, a romance blossomed, and a high level of ESP happened because of the beats. Was it really possible? I had to find out!
Okay, let’s say you are half tempted to purposely try this out on yourself as I have. If so, I would suggest first looking at its many uses and starting only on one area and then, after becoming more practiced, try some others. Remember, the object is to train your brain, not confuse it, or try to trick it.
And yes, there are some side effects that I experienced, such as mild headaches, rapid heartbeat, and "over" focusing. Most of these side-effects were a direct result of me misusing certain binaural beats.
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Ready to Try? Ready to Fly?
Don’t worry. If you have a problem with worry, perhaps you might want to try a mild dose of this frequency. Here’s one I like to use when I want my brain to calm down and funnel my thoughts in a stream-like flow. It helps me to see my thoughts many times in a rational way. When I achieve this, anxiety melts.
There are five basic ranges that are directly associated with certain brain responses and trigger specific benefits. This is an overview list that I worked on and tested. Some worked better for me than others, but I have found that repeated exposure increased a more effective experience as my brain began to recognize patterns and accepted the path I was taking it. These ranges can also be fine-tuned for even more exact results.
Delta 0.1 - 4 Hz
This range provides deep sleep, pain relief, anti-aging (cortisol reduction), physical healing, and allows you to experience and open a gateway into unconscious thinking. I find that this range works best for me at night after a day of emotionally stressful days or when I am sore and restless after extreme exertion.
The downside, I found, came from when I would "overdo" it a bit and would find myself going into too deep of a sleep leading to a groggy feeling in the morning. This is where I learned to limit both duration and loudness. I think many people start out trying to get it all at once. The real relief is in small doses. Your brain will learn pretty quickly, and after just a short while, I've found that I could decrease my dosage significantly.
Theta 4 - 8 Hz
Rem sleep, deep slow breathing relaxation, inner peace and tranquility, meditative state, creative stimulus, and areas that require an emotional release. Within this range, I find myself in an open reflective trancelike mood. This range helps bring me into a state of prayerful presence. I have also found that regardless of the time of day, I can re-center myself and focus.
Alpha 8 - 14 Hz
The Alpha range is great for a working and study. It helps relax and focus at the same time. Even in the midst of stressful situations, I find that this range helps me to separate and find myself in a healthy mental state. The Alpha range helps to replace negative thinking with a positive thinking. When studying, I find that I am able to accelerate comprehension. and increase my retention and stimulate my memory core. When the beats are added to an easy listening music score, I also find that my confidence level seems to increase.
Beta 14 - 30 Hz
Focused attention, high level cognitive, analytical thinking, strategic planning, great for gameplay, great for high energy activities. In my writing activities, I have found that I can produce much more and able to block out most of the things that distract me allowing me to offer myself better self-discipline. On the other hand, I have also found that sometimes it causes me to block out “too many” things that, perhaps, I should pay more attention too.
Gamma 30 - 100 Hz
I do find great value in the Gamma range, especially when I have a need for higher-level cognitive processing. It seems to allow all of my brain processes to rapidly work together in a high energy combination. Memory and recall are pushed and my awareness and attention to detail are enhanced. On the "woo-woo" side, I find it easier to reach a comfortable transcendental state of mind.
A negative aspect, for me, at least, is that my mind has a hard time shutting down and once I start on a task while using the Gamma range, many times I become a bit manic and try to accomplish more and my mental balance is affected. I only use this range as needed.
And Yes, I Will Continue to Do So
And so, did my experiments and research give me the answers that I needed? Yes, absolutely! I also found that some of my theories were right, and some were not. Some worked sometimes, and sometimes what I expected to happen, or at least wanted to happen, did not. Some wave combinations such as combinations meant to enhance erotic enhancement, and I also found that some were way off.
I found that after testing binaural beats from all ranges in varying doses changed me and show me how possible it is to manipulate and train your brain. I still use binaural beats from time to time when I need a boost or a chill-out moment, but I have found that some experiments, such as the path of study on binaural beats, are less painful than others. I am glad I was able to find out for myself. I believe that the purposeful use of binaural beats, if approached carefully, can be a valuable tool to help, and in some cases, cure, an infinite number of emotional and physical conditions without the use of medications. After all, the brain will, if you tell it to, will do the job it was originally designed to do. Of course, in addition to using binaural beats to help with any emotional or physical condition, it's important to talk to a licensed medical professional about your symptoms.
Some experiments are less painful than others.
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