How To Use Binaural Beats
If you’re wondering how to use binaural beats to best effect, then read on to find out more about how to get the most from this powerful life-enhancing technology.
What Are Binaural Beats?
For those who aren’t familiar with them already, binaural beats are a form of brainwave entrainment technology. They can be used to influence the frequency of your brainwaves, which in turn changes your state of consciousness.
For example, if you listen to a binaural beat recording that is designed to help you enter the theta brainwave state (where the brain predominantly produces waves in the 5 – 8 Hz range), you’ll find it easier to enter the kind of deeply relaxed trance state that’s associated with theta brainwave production.
With binaural beats, two sine wave tones of different frequencies are heard through headphones – one tone to each ear. The brain integrates the two tones it hears, and produces an internal pulse or ‘beat’, which will repeat with a frequency that is equal to the difference between the pitches of the initial two tones. For example, if the first two tones have frequencies of 300Hz and 310Hz, a 10Hz beat will be created. The brain then entrains to (matches) the 10Hz frequency. (Note that in the case of binaural beats, the ‘frequency’ of the self-produced beat refers to the number of times it repeats per second – in this case 10 times per second; it is not a measure of pitch, which must be higher than this to be audible.)
Binaural beats are a very effective and popular way of altering your state of consciousness, and are used for many different purposes, from overcoming insomnia to developing psychic powers.
How To Use Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are very easy to use – just follow the guidelines below:
1. Select Your Recording
First, you need a binaural beat recording to work with. You could also make your own binaural beats if you get really interested in the process, or combine them with light effects by using a sound and light machine, but if you’re just getting started, it’s easier to just use a pre-recorded binaural track.
Since binaural beats are so popular, there’s no shortage of recordings to choose from, both as CDs and as online downloads. In fact, the choice can be quite overwhelming – where do you begin, and how do you know if they’re any good?
I recommend starting with a binaural recording from a company that has a track record of producing happy customers and high quality recordings, such as The Unexplainable Store. This will help you to avoid wasting time with the not so good stuff. I personally use their theta and alpha meditation tracks, and really like them.
2. Decide On A Plan
Now that you’ve got your binaural beats, you need to decide when and how you’re going to use them. For best results, you should listen daily, at least to begin with. Binaural beats are known for producing faster results than conventional meditation techniques, but they do still take some time and commitment, so decide in advance when you’re going to listen each day, and make a commitment to stick with it.
3. Create The Right Environment
It’s also important to ensure that you have a quiet, comfortable environment to listen in – even the best recording will be ineffective if you’re constantly being interrupted. So make sure that any others you live with respect your practice time.
4. Start Listening
To use binaural beats, you’ll need a CD/MP3 player, and a decent pair of headphones. Sit or lie down in a comfortable place (try sitting in a chair if you find that you fall asleep when lying down), and ensure that the volume isn’t too loud. As the track starts playing, try to stay focused on what you’re hearing. Your mind will probably wander a bit at first, but it gets easier with practice, since the binaural sounds help to guide your brain into a relaxed state where your conscious thoughts are quieter. Be open to whatever arises as you listen – you may find you experience insights, or altered perceptions, or even some odd sensations in your body. Using binaural beats is really a voyage of discovery, and can be unpredictable at times, so it’s best to be open minded.
One thing I noticed when I first started using binaural beats is that I’d get seemingly random feelings of energy moving in the solar plexus area. This was quite an unpleasant sensation and made it very hard to stay focused and relaxed – in fact sometimes I’d have to stop my session early because of it. I kept practising though, and eventually it stopped. So if you experience any similar disruptive sensations, don’t let them put you off continuing.
5. Be Consistent
While some people get the results they’re looking for the first time they listen to binaural beats, this isn’t always the case. More often, you’ll find that you only get the full benefit from your recording after repeated listens, so don’t give up if it doesn’t seem to work the first time you try.
As you can see, binaural beats are very easy to use. As with anything, the best results come with regular practice, so just jump in and get started, and let them begin working for you.
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