Pros And Cons Of Brainwave Entrainment Meditation
Brainwave entrainment meditation combines the power of modern technology with the age-old practice of meditation to provide you with an exciting way to access different states of consciousness much more easily than is usual with traditional techniques. It’s not perfect however, and in this article we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of using a brainwave entrainment recording for meditation.
Advantages Of Brainwave Entrainment
1. The first point in support of brainwave entrainment meditation is that it makes achieving different states of consciousness much easier, thanks to a natural phenomenon known as the ‘frequency following response’ – which means that your brain responds to the repetitive sounds in the recording by producing brainwaves of related frequencies. Since different states of consciousness are associated with different brain frequencies, using such a recording makes it easy for your brain to ‘follow along’, so to speak, and to access different states with greater ease than is commonly experienced with traditional meditation techniques.
2. The second advantage is brainwave meditation recordings are available in three different formats – binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. All of these can be very effective, but everyone has different preferences, so it’s always a good idea to experiment and see which best meets your needs. This choice helps to make brainwave entrainment one of the more flexible meditation methods available.
3. Another big benefit is that brain wave entrainment meditation recordings are available as both CDs and downloads, and as such can be carried around with you to listen to on your MP3 player, or even on your computer or phone. This gives them an advantage over other meditation techniques which require physical props, which may make meditating difficult when you’re not at home. With brainwave entrainment technologies such as binaural beats, you can meditate anywhere you like.
On the other hand, brain wave synchronisation isn’t a perfect method for everyone.
1. One downside is that not everybody likes the sound of the recordings. While binaural beats can be masked underneath music or ambient sound effects such as running water or pink noise, monaural beats and isochronic tones must be audible to be effective. Although personally I find the sounds of both of these quite relaxing and pleasant, this isn’t the case for everybody. So if you’re one of the people who doesn’t like how the various ‘beats’ sound, you’ll be restricted to using binaural beats that are fully masked, and thus your choice of recordings will be more limited.
2. The next negative point is that brainwave entrainment, while generally considered very safe to use, isn’t recommended for use by people who suffer from epilepsy, seizures or other neurological conditions. It can also be unsuitable for those with pacemakers, pregnant women and children. If you have any physical or mental health conditions, it’s best to check with your doctor before using binaural beats and other brainwave entrainment methods, just to be on the safe side.
3. A third drawback is that not everybody experiences the results they want when using brainwave entrainment. This is true of any type of meditation of course, but it can be especially disappointing when so many people seem to be getting great results from their own recordings. In many cases, the problem is that the person who thinks they’re not getting anywhere is simply not meditating consistently. Remember that you should set some time aside to use your recording every day, and don’t expect to experience fantastic results the first time you listen. Like anything else, brainwave entrainment meditation becomes more effective with regular practice, so don’t give up too soon.
So, is brain wave entrainment meditation a good thing or not? I think that overall it’s definitely worthwhile, and I can recommend using this method of meditation to most people, but just be aware that it does have its potential downsides too.
If you want to explore the power of brainwave entrainment meditation for yourself, it’s vital to use a good quality recording, or you’ll probably be disappointed. I suggest checking out the ‘Meditation’ recordings from The Unexplainable Store. This site has a solid reputation for producing top-notch products, and they’re all fully guaranteed. I use the alpha and theta tracks regularly, and like them a lot. There are also some free meditation downloads available, so you can see if you like them right away.
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