It’s becoming incredibly popular now and for good reason, but what are binaural beats exactly?
What are binaural beats?
Simply put, binaural beats are made by bringing together two different sound frequencies to create what we hear to be a single tone. For example, when you listen to a sound wave of 435hz in your left ear and 420hz in your right ear, your brain hears an imaginary tone. The sound your brain perceives is called the ‘binaural beat’. It is a very low frequency tone which you don’t actually hear.
You can listen to one which I had specially composed here for free on YouTube.
Many studies have shown the powerful effect of listening to binaural beats, but essentially this ‘trickery’ of the brain can induce states of calm, relaxation and quiet within us. It works by breaking up the existing chatter within our brains, stopping the continued brainwave frequency of the stress of our day, the worries and the fears and shifting us into a frequency of peace. Binaural beats are therefore listened to often when individuals need help sleeping, for stress relief and relaxation. They can also be used to heighten alertness and focus – this happens when the imaginary frequency is much further apart.
When I first asked ‘what are binaural beats’, it was in a meditation forum and so many responded that they actually use it to assist in their meditation practice. Since then, I have personally listened to binaural beats in my own meditation time and find that the results are incredibly powerful. Where sometimes it can take me 10-30 minutes to quieten the noisy thoughts in my brain, when I play binaural beats music in the background, I reach the stillness and quiet within me much quicker.
So how does it actually work?
The effect of binaural beats was actually first come across in 1837 when a physicist named Heinrich Wilhelm Dove discovered that you could induce different feelings in patients by using different sound frequencies.
Known as the process of ‘entrainment’ (in other words ‘tuning of the brain’), brainwave patterns alter when exposed to different sound waves – in fact, the brainwave patterns adjust to align with the frequencies it is hearing.
So what frequencies induce what effect?
The higher and faster the frequency, the more awake, alert and reactive you feel. The lower and slower the frequency, the more restful, relaxed and sleepy you feel.
Associated with high levels of reaction and engagement, Beta waves are ideal for those wanting to produce a lot of energy, be active, engaged, very aware of their surroundings, and indeed reactive to them!
Good for: Dance and physical movement, awakening energy and fire within yourself, problem solving where high-intensity is needed.
Associated with wakeful relaxation. Alpha waves are ideal for those wanting to be present in the moment, being aware of your surroundings but perceiving/absorbing it in a very calm way.
Good for: Meditation, yoga, creative activities, creativity.
Associated with the dreamworld, the surreal and lucid dreaming. Theta waves are ideal for those who wish to drift off to sleep, or engage in deep meditation practice. It is in this Theta state that one accesses the subconscious mind and the inner wisdom found within ourselves.
Good for:Deep meditation, lucid dreaming, receiving insights, going to sleep.
Associated with deep sleep, regeneration and healing. Delta waves are very slow, low-frequency brainwaves and are ideal for those wishing to reach deep (stage 3 and 4), NREM sleep.
Good for: Deep sleep, healing (especially important in the recovery from illness or chronic stress/anxiety).
Deeply relaxing forest piano music instantly transporting you to the peace of the woodland realm. With soothing forest waterfall sounds and joyful birdsong, this piano meditation music is perfect for those studying, meditating or simply seeking relaxing background music. Would also suit a tranquil spa environment.
May this original music bring you harmony, joy and serenity!
In this relaxing forest, guided sleep meditation you will go to a very special woodland place, helping you to fall effortlessly into a deep, peaceful sleep.
‘Forest relax’ was written especially for those who have trouble falling asleep or struggle with insomnia, helping to take away all your anxiety and transporting you to a woodland realm of serenity, enchantment and safety. In this place, all is well and you will fall into a beautiful sleep listening to the nurturing forest sounds.
May the serenity of this meditation echo right into the depths of your core so you can reach deep states of peace and awaken after a long blissful sleep, refreshed, calm and comforted.
A very powerful mindfulness practice, gong bath meditation involves the therapeutic sound of gongs and/or singing bowls and symbols – all of which combine to create a deeply calming symphony of sound. Renowned for its ability to quieten mental chatter and take you into deep states of consciousness with far more ease, gong meditation is ideal for those seeking peace and a reconnection with the stillness inherent in their core.
Known also as a ‘gong bath’, gong meditation music is often described by those who have experienced it as a “therapeutic bath of sound”, clearing the relentless mental noise that overwhelms our daily lives (thereby allowing the quiet and stillness found in the present moment). Originating from Asia, this ancient healing sound bath technique produces a beautiful feeling of well-being by radiating a powerful vibration of peace into the body’s water (80% of our body is made of water).
So How Do I Do Gong Meditation?
Now becoming increasingly popular, gong bath classes are now often held as part of standard yoga and meditation schedules, bringing groups of people together to lie down on mats, and simply allow the sound therapy to do its healing work. Gong meditations work just as well in the privacy of your own home – just find a quiet spot, lie down with a blanket (your body’s temperature can drop a little) and rest your head back on a comfortable pillow.
This gong meditation music on YouTube is incredibly powerful and perfect for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
How Does Gong Bath Sound Therapy Work?
Gong meditation works by ‘entraining’ one’s brainwaves to the desired frequency of healing and peace i.e. the continuous theta sounds and gong symbols synchronise your brain to the calming gong sound waves, quietening your thoughts effortlessly and allowing healing to take place on a deeper level.
The gong sound vibrations send signals throughout the body and emotional energy system which align the cells and energy vibration with that of the peaceful gong sounds. This rebalances the whole energy system with one of harmony and health.
Benefits of Gong Meditation
Now used in some clinics, hospitals and hospices, gong healing sound therapy has been shown to relieve pain, depression and anxiety (and has even been used in the healing of cancer patients). On a day-to-day basis, gong therapy is used by individuals to manage their stress levels, sleep better and simply to enjoy a feeling of well-being.
Many energy or Reiki healers use gong bath music in their practices, stating that it is a powerful healer of imbalanced energy in the body and remover of emotional blockages or trauma. Gong bath healer Dr. Michelle Hebert explains, “It’s a cleansing process for the subconscious mind.”
I’m excited to tell you that I am now creating my own, original meditation music – specially composed for you to achieve positive states of consciousness.
The first one I am releasing is ‘Happiness Frequency ❤️️ Serotonin Release Music ❤️️Binaural Beats Happiness’ – a 2 hour track, free to listen to on YouTube.
This very special originally composed meditation music will align you instantly with the ‘happiness frequency’. It is a powerful serotonin release music there to help you to feel lighter, happier and calmer, eradicating all negativity.
Not only will your dopamine and serotonin levels increase, but the peaceful binaural beats will relax and soothe you. Listen now, let go of all your worries, and awaken the joy within you.
Welcome to your guided chakra meditation, perfect for you to listen to as you drift into a deep sleep.
This meditation is for chakra cleansing and healing – this chakra balancing will heal any disruptions or blockages that may have occurred through trauma or stress, restoring a harmonious flow of energy across your whole chakra system, revitalising the powerful life force that you are. You do not need to know exactly which energy centres are in need of rebalancing, your inner wisdom already knows and will ensure that this is done. So you can relax fully and let go, and trust the process.
If you fall asleep during any of the spoken part of this meditation, that is completely ok. Your subconscious mind will continue to hear my words and all healing and rejuvenation of your energy system will still take place. So you can enjoy your sleep, deeply and peacefully, and wake up feeling aligned, restored and empowered.
My latest guided meditation has now launched on YouTube – free for all to enjoy. If you are suffering with stress, this meditation will help you reduce or eliminate the anxiety entirely. 🧘
Please let me know how you find the meditation in the video’s comments.
This guided anxiety meditation will help you to trust yourself and the world, eradicating all anxiety and supporting you on your path to creating a life of fulfilment and peace.
Perfect for those just beginning meditation, this anxiety hypnosis will help you to reduce and eliminate anxiety entirely, reminding you that you are the power in your world and nothing and no one has power over you. This guided meditation for stress will show you that you are divinely protected, supported and guided and you can realign with this truth at any time. You are part of a rhythm and flow of life which is unfolding perfectly for your highest good and greatest joy.
May this anxiety meditation be exactly what you need at this time, enabling powerful change in your life for the better.
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