January 12, 2010

How To Control Your Brainwaves (Binaural Beats)

How To Control Your Brainwaves

Since the beginning of time. Man would seek various ways to induce mind expansion. Herbs, Plants, Fungii, Drugs and many other various ancient esoteric methods. Some processes even require the user to go into a trance-like state. Inducing mind expansion and elevating the voyager into heightened states of awareness.

Today, we're introducing the modern day equivalent to all of that.

Binaural beats.

Discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. This is a phenomenon that results in low-frequency pulsations in the loudness of a perceived sound when two tones at slightly different frequencies are presented separately. One to each side of a subject's ears, using stereo capable headphones.

A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones are mixed naturally, out of the brain. The frequency of the tones must be below about 1,000 to 1,500 hertz for the beating to be heard. The difference between the two frequencies must be small (below approximately 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately and no beat will be perceived. It is an illusion brought about by the effectiveness of our own clever human minds.

To test out binaural beats for yourself and entrain your brain to certain frequencies. You can check out Gnaural : Which is an open source binaural-beat audio generator (it's absolutely free) and supports Windows, MacOSX and Linux platforms.

Frequencies and their effects on the human body include :

Frequency range Name Usually associated with:
> 40 Hz Gamma waves Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness
13–40 Hz Beta waves Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition
7–13 Hz Alpha waves Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness
4–7 Hz Theta waves Dreams, deep meditation, REM sleep
< 4 Hz Delta waves Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness

Gnaural : Download Binaural Beat Audio Generator Free