Getting Into the Rhythm of Binaural Beats With Brainwave Entrainment

The whole building trembled from the reverberations as the Japanese drummers of Kodo reached new crescendos. The traditional opera goers at New York’s Lincoln Center were engaged but not a toe was tapping. The rhythmic beats of the drums had lulled the crowd into a hypnotic trance.

Drums have been altering states since ancient shamanic tribes began dancing on the earth, but the binaural beats behind this phenomenon have solely been observed consciously lately by modern man.

The popularity of inducing meditative states and altered states of consciousness using rhythmical auditory stimulation has been growing exponentially. Binaural beats are a form of mind altering brainwave entrainment technology.

How Does Binaural Beats Work?

Binaurals are created playing two sounds close in frequency one into each ear, the brain synthesizes these frequencies to create a third, lower frequency equal to the difference between the two. For example, to create a binaural beat of 10 hz we play two different sound frequencies of 240 and 250 hertz (hz).

This low frequency tone plays in a rhythmic pattern due to a wavering effect, or oscillation, within the central nervous system. Among the most powerful applications of binaural beats is in acoustic brainwave entrainment: the ability to tune into specific brainwaves – beta, alpha, theta, delta or gamma.

Reach A Deeper State Of Relaxation During Meditation

When neurotransmitters in the brain pick up brainwave activity, they begin to make changes in brainwave activity following the lead of an external sound pulse set to a certain speed.


Use Headphones When Listening To Binaural Beats

You can use binaural beats with unique frequencies to achieve the desired meditation result. For instance, deep relaxation can be achieved in the:

  • Alpha range (7-11 Hz), your brain will try to match this pulse, inducing a state of Alpha brainwave relaxation.
  • For a deeper meditation, try Theta (4-6 Hz) waves.
  • Lucid dreaming can be achieved in the Delta (<4 Hz) range.

Brainwaves To Altered Consciousness

Meditation is the act of altering consciousness. The experience may range from achieving a deeper state of relaxation – more alpha waves – to experiencing more extreme changes in consciousness, such as one that can induce an out-of-body experience (OBE).


Use Headphones When Listening To Binaural Beats

Binaural beats activate the brain’s reticular activating system which, in turn, stimulates the thalamus and cortex, altering the elements of consciousness. Mental states that can be affected by expanding consciousness include arousal states, attentional focus and level of awareness.

They are among several techniques used in a guided induction process to alter consciousness. A brainwave entrainment CD is a good place to start. Or just head over to Youtube and do some searches for “binaural beats”, I am sure you find something you’ll like.


Binaural beats can be used and applied in so many other areas, including:

  • sleep induction
  • reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD
  • pain management
  • stress reduction
  • depression treatment without medication.

Brainwave entrainment is a powerful and easily accessible tool for inducing a new state of mind. If the shamanic drummers could use binaural beats to harmonize the earth’s frequencies, consider the life-enhancing benefits of actively using them in your life.


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