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You’ve probably heard of the Law of Attraction – the concept that the thoughts you think attract corresponding circumstances in your physical experience. This idea is now gaining some credence from quantum physics, but it’s not new – in fact cultures around the world have recognized the power of thought to shape our experiences for millennia. But have you tried to really put manifestation into practice? Are you getting all the results you want?
If you’re like most people, the honest answer is probably ‘no’, or ‘not quite’. This is unsurprising, as most of us don’t have a lot of control over our minds. They jump around from thought to thought, often getting stuck in negative ruts that can seem impossible to escape. With this inability to focus on what’s wanted, and the tendency to instead give continued attention to what’s not wanted, it’s unsurprising if unwanted manifestations also occur, or the things we really want just don’t show up.
So, what’s the solution? The answer is not to try to block out all negative thought altogether – this would be pretty much impossible, and it’s not really healthy to live in fear of negative thinking either. Besides, negative thinking only becomes a problem when it’s indulged in habitually, at the expense of a more positive focus. So the key is to recognize when the mind has started fixating on something unwanted, and to gently guide it towards an alternative that feels better. Over time, this more positive focus will become a habit, and your manifestations will reflect your new, better feeling, inner reality.
Now these new habits of thought take practice. When you’ve spent your life thinking in a predominantly negative or scattered way, it’s putting too much pressure on yourself to expect to change overnight. However, this change can be a frustrating process for many, who find that it’s hard to catch themselves in the act of wallowing in negativity. Even with the best of intentions, it can be very challenging to change how you think, and focus more on what you want. This is where brainwave entrainment can help.
Basically, brainwave entrainment involves exposing the brain to a rhythmic stimulus of a frequency that is close to the natural frequencies produced by the brain itself. These stimuli are usually visual, auditory or a combination of the two. The brain will then synchronize with, or ‘entrain’ to the external rhythm. Since brainwaves of certain frequencies are associated with particular states of consciousness, by using brainwave entrainment you can access different states of consciousness relatively easily, by changing the frequency of the stimulus.
Sound recordings are a common, economical and effective method of brainwave entrainment. They fall into three categories: binaural beats, monaural beats, and isochronic tones. These work in slightly different ways, but all cause the brain to entrain to the frequencies that have been specially embedded in the recording. [Read more about how brainwave entrainment works and the differences between binaural, monaural and isochronic recordings.]
Brainwave stimulation can improve your manifestation abilities by making it much easier to get into (and stay in) a state of enhanced relaxation. In terms of brain frequencies, this corresponds to the higher alpha range, where the mind is still awake, but the everyday patterns of conscious thought lose their grip somewhat, allowing empowering new insights to emerge from the subconscious. The subconscious is also more open to suggestion, so the positive self talk that you give yourself in this state may give your manifestations a kick start, since the usual negative resistance is muted.
Simply put, brainwave entrainment helps with manifestation by putting you in a state of mind where it’s easier to turn down the negative chatter of the conscious mind, and focus instead on what is wanted. With practice, this will become a new, empowering habit, and your life will change for the better, to reflect your new state of mind.
All three types of recording work, as far as brainwave synchronization goes. Isochronic tones are somewhat more effective, because they use very clearly defined pulse patterns that are easier for the brain to entrain to. Unlike binaurals, they also don’t require the use of headphones. So I recommend using isochronic tones for manifestation, if you only try one method. Ideally though it would be good to experiment and see which you prefer on the basis of your own experience.
Whichever technology you choose, it’s important to use a quality recording and listen regularly. I personally like the alpha meditation recording from TheMeditation Club, which is a popular site that fully guarantees its products (there’s also a special recording for manifestation, although I haven’t tried that myself, so can’t really comment on it).
Imagine being able to control your dreams – you go to sleep every night, knowing during the next few hours you’ll be able to go anywhere and do absolutely anything you want. You can visit exotic locales, fly through outer space and live out every fantasy you’ve ever had. Your own imagination is the only limit! Well, you can experience all that, by mastering lucid dreaming.
Normal dreams are essentially passive – you’re like an actor following someone else’s script, except that you don’t even know what happens, or what you’re going to say and do next. This can be enjoyable, or it can be a nightmare – literally. With lucid dreaming, in contrast, you’re in control. Lucid dreaming has two components: firstly you become consciously aware that you’re dreaming, while the dream is still in process; and secondly, you learn to control your dream environment. Many people learn to become conscious in their dream first, but it takes a bit longer to control what’s happening – this is normal.
Some lucky people have lucid dreams easily, without making any particular effort, but for most of us it takes a bit of work and practice. Numerous methods have been proposed over the years for inducing lucid dreams. These include:
These lucid dreaming methods have been effective for many people, although they may take a long time to work, depending on various individual factors such as the strength of your desire to have a lucid dream, your level of unconscious openness or resistance to the lucid dreaming experience, and your control over your mental focus.
There is one thing you can do to make the whole process much faster, easier and more reliable however, and that is to make use of brainwave entrainment recordings.
Simply put, your brain produces electrical activity that can be measured as brainwaves. The frequency of these waves is related to your mental state. The brain also has a natural tendency to synchronise with (or entrain to) rhythmic stimuli – such as sounds – that are close to its natural frequency range. By exposing it to a suitable stimulus, the brain will match it in frequency, and in this way you can control your state of consciousness without having to spend years practicing mind control methods.
Dreaming is associated with the production of theta brainwaves. By listening to a recording that includes sounds of the appropriate frequency, the brain will be encouraged to produce theta waves even while you’re still awake. Experienced meditators can also enter the theta state while awake, but it takes a lot of difficult practice to achieve. By using brainwave entrainment the process is much easier, even if you’re not a meditator.
There are different types of brainwave entrainment recordings available – the most popular are binaural beats, but monaural beats and isochronic tones are becoming more well known too. These methods work differently, but all are effective. Isochronic tones are the best choice for many people however, as they’ve been found to be more effective at entraining the brain quickly and easily. They also don’t require the use of headphones, unlike binaural beats. [Read more about how brainwave entrainment and the various sound-based brainwave stimulation technologies work at Brainwave Entrainment And Isochronic Tones – How Do They Work?]
As noted, the brain produces theta waves when dreaming. The relaxed state you experience just before sleep and after waking is associated with the production of alpha waves (8 – 12 Hz). By using a brainwave entrainment recording that is specially designed to include the relevant frequencies that are associated with lucid dreaming, your brain will be led to dip back into the theta (dream) state instead of remaining in the alpha (relaxed waking) band and then continuing to full waking consciousness. With a little practice, it will become used to entering the theta state while awake, and lucid dreaming will come easily to you.
It’s important to use a good quality recording that is both well-designed and pleasant to listen to (although this will obviously be subjective). I find the theta meditation recording from The Meditation Club great for getting into a relaxed trance state and bridging that gap into the dream state. This site also does a special recording that’s specifically designed for lucid dreaming; I haven’t tried this yet, so can’t give an opinion on it, but my experience with some of their other recordings has been a good one. They’re all guaranteed for eight weeks anyway, so you can try them and see if they work for you.
ESP – or extra sensory perception – refers to various modes of perception that occur without the use of the five physical senses, and examples of ESP include remote viewing, clairvoyance and clairaudience. People with such abilities may have visions of future events, strong intuitive feelings or flashes of insight, or be able to mentally ‘see’ things that are happening elsewhere in the world.
Very few people exhibit these psychic senses, and their very existence is disputed by many orthodox scientists, although others recognize their validity. For example, remote viewing is reported to be used by the military and government of the US and other countries, and law enforcement agencies make use of psychics to help track down criminals.
Although psychic abilities are rare, they aren’t ‘magical’, and nor are they out of reach of the rest of the population. Rather, ESP is a natural human ability that is simply latent in most of us – yet it can be developed. Just as our eyes can perceive light waves of certain frequencies, and our ears sound waves, extra sensory perceptual abilities involve tuning into other forms of information that are also surrounding us in vibrational form, but at different frequencies to that which is perceived by the physical senses. Developing your psychic abilities may take time, as you’re basically ‘waking up’ a part of your brain that has hitherto laid dormant. However, the process can be speeded up somewhat with the use of brainwave entrainment technologies such as isochronic tones.
Brainwave entrainment, or synchronization, involves exposing the brain to sounds (for example) of certain frequencies. The brain will then naturally match or ‘entrain’ to these frequencies. Different frequencies are associated with different mental states – for example, the theta brainwave band (4 – 8 Hz) is associated with deep meditation or trance, and the beta state (< 13 Hz) is characteristic of normal alert waking consciousness. Brainwave synchronisation provides an efficient way to get your brainwaves into the desired frequency range, without having to spend years learning to meditate, or master other challenging mind control techniques.
Audio-based brainwave entrainment uses three main technologies: binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. These work slightly differently, but all involve listening to a recording that features sounds of certain frequencies (the exact frequencies used depending on the brain state you want to achieve), and all are effective. However isochronic tones have the edge over the other methods, as they tend to produce more rapid synchronisation, and unlike binaurals, they don’t require the use of headphones.
The psychic abilities involved in ESP are associated with the amygdale and anterior cingulated cortex in the brain. By using recordings of isochronic tones or binaural beats for ESP development, you can deliberately stimulate these areas, which may lead to an increase in psychic perception with practice. Brain entrainment recordings that are designed for this purpose incorporate specific frequencies that will make it easy to tap into the relevant part of the brain, without having to spend years trying to do it yourself with tedious exercises.
So if you want to learn to develop or boost your psychic abilities quickly and effectively, it’s worth trying isochronics or other brainwave entrainment recordings. The Meditation Club does a special recording designed for stimulating psychic abilities. I don’t know if it works or not, since I haven’t yet tried it myself, but I do use their theta and alpha meditation recordings regularly, and find them very helpful, so I do think the site is worth checking out. All their recordings are fully guaranteed for eight weeks, and there are some cool free tracks that you can download too, so you can see which format – binaural, monaural or isochronic – works best for you.
Christ Consciousness is a state of being that many people are interested in achieving today. It should be noted that Christ Consciousness is not only of interest to Christians – rather the term is used to denote a higher state of consciousness in which many of the qualities associated with Jesus Christ are found, but they aren’t only associated with Jesus, and are widely promoted by other religions and spiritual teachers also.
These exalted qualities include characteristics such as patience, truthfulness, forgiveness, and benevolence towards others and the self. It’s easy to see how pleasant it would be to live in a world where everyone embodies these traits – a world of peace and harmony. As each individual person evolves, such states may become more clearly manifest in their lives; in this sense, the world is moving towards this state of ‘divine consciousness’ one person at a time, and the process is speeded up by those who intentionally seek to embody the Christ consciousness within their day to day lives.
There’s no doubt that this can be a challenging process, even for the most committed. After all, life can throw up people and events that can tend to bring out the worst in us all, and it’s easy to allow our thoughts to slip back into negativity. The good news is that Christ Consciousness is associated with specific vibrational frequencies, which can be induced in the brain using brainwave entrainment technology.
In case you’re not familiar with the process, brainwave entrainment refers to the tendency of the brain to synchronise with the frequency of a rhythmic external source, such as a sound or light pattern. This means that by exposing it to particular frequencies, it’s easy to induce the state of consciousness that’s associated with those frequencies. The higher mental state that characterizes Christ Consciousness has been found to correspond to the high beta range of brainwave frequencies (beta waves fall into the 13 – 25 Hz range, approximately).
Audio-based brainwave entrainment techniques use recordings of either binaural, monaural or isochronic sounds. These work differently, but all produce similar effects, with isochronic tones being slightly more powerful. By using an (e.g.) isochronic recording that entrains your brain to frequencies in the high beta range, you can access the Christ Consciousness more easily, and after a while, you’ll find it easier to maintain without the recording, as your brain becomes accustomed to this state.
You might be interested in the Christ Consciousness download from The Meditation Club. I haven’t tried this recording myself, so can’t personally recommend it, but I do use their meditation tracks regularly, which I find very useful, and the site guarantees all products for eight weeks, so you can try them with confidence.
The chakras are energy vortices that are located throughout the body, and their existence has been recognized for many millennia by various cultures around the world. There are seven main chakras and many more smaller ones. The major chakras – located at the base of the spine, the pubic (sacral) area, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the third eye and the crown – play an important role in maintaining physical and mental health, and also greatly impact our spiritual and psychic lives.
So long as the chakras remain in balance, spinning at the appropriate rates, we remain healthy. However, various factors can cause the chakras to become imbalanced, leading to corresponding imbalances in physical, mental and/or spiritual health, as well as psychic blockages. Chakra tuning can help to realign the chakras, encouraging a free flow of energy throughout the energetic body, and may be carried out in response to an existing symptom or disorder, or – ideally – can be done as a part of your normal routine, in order to maintain a state of health and inner peace, and prevent things from going wrong in the first place.
Since the chakras, as ‘energy organs’, are vibrational in nature (as are our physical bodies of course, in a denser form), they readily respond to other vibrational stimuli, such as sound and light (color). For example, sounds of certain frequencies may be played in order to stimulate and rebalance the chakras. Since each chakra has its own optimal frequency, multiple sounds will be needed to tune the whole chakra system, and it’s very important that the correct frequencies are used.
The sounds may come from various sources, such as vocalization, specially recorded ‘chakra music’, or chakra tuning forks, which vibrate at the appropriate frequencies. Some people also like to do guided meditations, and use visualization techniques to envision the chakras coming into balance. Whichever method is used, it’s important to maintain a very relaxed, meditative state throughout.
This is where many people run into problems – they aren’t accustomed to meditating or maintaining a quiet, focused mindset. Using brainwave entrainment recordings featuring isochronic tones or monaural or binaural beats can dramatically increase the effectiveness of your chakra tuning sessions. These recordings work in slightly different ways, but the end result is that they cause your brainwaves to synchronise (or entrain) to specific frequencies that are associated with a deeply relaxed state. By using recordings of different frequencies, you can easily induce the corresponding mental state in your brain – so you might choose a recording with alpha frequencies (8 – 12 Hz) for light meditation, or theta frequencies (4 – 8 Hz) for a deeper trance state, for example.
One of the most effective ways to stimulate the chakras at the correct frequencies is to use a meditation recording that features both brainwave entrainment technology such as isochronic tones or binaural beats, plus sounds designed to target each chakra individually at the correct frequency. The entrainment aspect will help you to achieve and maintain the necessary meditative state easily, without the years of practice it might take if you try to do it alone – and the sounds targeting the correct chakra frequencies will do the chakra tuning work.
Although quality recordings that meet these criteria can be hard to find (especially if you want to use monaural beats or isochronic tones, which are less commonly available than binaural beats), The Meditation Club has a range of recordings that are designed for chakra stimulation and tuning, and are available in binaural, monaural and isochronic formats. You can choose from recordings that target all of the chakras (recommended for general maintenance), or if you want to focus on any of the chakras individually (recommended for a more intense experience), there are tracks available to do this also. I’ve personally tried the 20 minute chakra tune up, and like it a lot. All products are fully guaranteed for 60 days, so you can try them out with confidence.
The ability to see auras is a very cool and useful skill to have. A person’s aura gives important clues about their mood, personality and motivations. Imagine meeting new people – they might be smiling and friendly, but are they being genuine? If you learn to see auras, you’ll know instantly if they’re really feeling positively or negatively towards you. Think of all the situations in which this could be useful – parties and other social situations, dates, job interviews, or when you’re just out and about in a crowd.
Some people are born with the ability to see the aura of others, which may appear as a colored halo around the body. Many others have the gift as children, but lose it as they get older, perhaps as a result of being socialized into the belief that auras aren’t ‘real’. Although auras aren’t well understood by science, they are likely the result of the electromagnetic field that is generated by the nervous system. With practice you can train your eyes to perceive this energy which is invisible to most. At first you may see it as a grey or whitish color, with ‘aura color vision’ developing over time.
Auras are usually viewed via the peripheral vision, so you need to practice your peripheral awareness, and learn to perceive people ‘out of the corner of your eye’, rather than just looking at them directly. If others aren’t available, you can practice with plants and animals, or just by observing your own arms and legs. Some people also use accessories such as aura glasses, or get in-person instruction from others, although these things aren’t really necessary.
You also need to have a strong intention regarding your desire to view auras – chances are that until now this hasn’t been something you’ve given much attention to, so you need to send a clear message to your subconscious mind that you’re now ready to unlock this latent aura-viewing ability. You may also have some limiting beliefs regarding your ability to view auras that need to be replaced – affirmations and visualization can help here.
The above ‘action steps’ can help, but it’s also important to realize that in order to learn to see auras clearly, you need to be in a relaxed state when you practice. With time you can learn to see them at will throughout the day, but in the early stages you need to set the stage by deliberately getting yourself into a meditative state. This will quiet the conscious mind and allow subtle perceptions to come to your attention. Aura perception occurs most easily when the brain is focused in a ‘high alpha’ state (the alpha frequency band is from 8 – 12 Hz).
For many people, this is easier said than done. Most of us aren’t used to meditating, relaxing deeply or focusing for any length of time. Fortunately brainwave entrainment recordings can help you to achieve and maintain the necessary level of focus and relaxation.
Brainwave entrainment involves exposing the brain to an external stimulus of a certain frequency – audio or visual stimuli are most common. The brain then ‘entrains’ or synchronises with that frequency and maintains it for as long as the stimulus is present. Listening to a brainwave entrainment recording is perhaps the most easy and cost-effective method. These recordings usually feature binaural or monaural beats, or isochronic tones, and you can get recordings that have been designed to include the frequencies required for successful aura perception. These three types work in slightly different ways, but the end result is similar – you get into the right state of mind, and seeing auras becomes much easier.
The best thing about using brainwave synchronization to see auras is that you can save a huge amount of time and effort – rather than spending years learning to meditate and trying to find the right state of mind by trial and error, you can listen to a recording that basically does most of the work for you – you just need to listen and focus on the sounds. Plus by using (e.g.) binaural beats to learn to see auras, you’re also ‘teaching’ your brain how to get into this state by itself – after a while you’ll be able to do it at will, and won’t need to the recording any more, like using training wheels on a bike.
There are many binaural beat recordings available online (monaurals and isochronics are currently less common), but it’s important to get a good quality recording that you can enjoy using. I personally like the meditation tracks from The Meditation Club (this site also does a special recording for aura viewing, although I haven’t tried that one myself, so can’t give an opinion on it). All recordings are guaranteed for 60 days, you can download sample recordings for free, and they also provide monaural and isochronic tracks, as well as binaurals.
With the fast paced lives that so many of us now live, it’s easy to forget to make time for our inner lives. And we suffer for it. Our bodies suffer with illness, tiredness and premature aging, and our minds suffer with stress, anxiety, depression and other ills. People need to relax more – even mainstream medicine recognizes this. The mind is the body’s most important organ in a sense, since it has so much influence over the functioning of all the others. Given this, it’s crazy to neglect its wellbeing.
There are plenty of relaxation techniques to choose from, such as meditation, yoga, simple deep breathing and others. And then there’s astral projection. In fact, astral projection is one of the most enjoyable and sophisticated – yet totally natural – relaxation techniques you can use. Imagine lying down on your bed or sofa, and literally transporting yourself away from your stresses and worries. It doesn’t matter if the winter cold is bothering you – your mind, travelling in your astral body, is taking a free trip to the tropics. Your noisy neighbours fade into insignificance as you bask in the peace of a remote wooded valley. You get the picture – with astral travel you can go anywhere and do anything, and although your physical body stays at home, your mind is free. And as such, the mind benefits from its relaxing sojourns, which has a positive knock-on effect on your physical health too.
Sound appealing? You’re not the only one to think so. In fact many people are interested in having out of body experiences, and a whole array of techniques have been developed to make the process easier. One thing they have in common is that you need to be able to control your mind, and achieve and maintain a state of deep relaxation. Unfortunately many people find this difficult – especially those who are stressed out to begin with! Help is at hand however, in the form of brainwave entrainment technology.
Put simply, this involves synchronizing your brain waves to an external source, such as sound or light. Brainwave entrainment recordings are the easiest and most economical method for most people, and can be very effective. By listening to the recording, your brainwaves start to resonate at a lower frequency, and you enter a meditative state. Depending on the frequencies used in the recording you’re listening to, you might enter the alpha, theta or even the delta state.
Many people have found that the most effective astral projection frequencies are in the theta range. This is a state of deep meditation, but by using binaural or monaural beat recordings, or isochronic tones, it can be achieved relatively easily even by people who don’t have much experience with meditation (although some practice will normally be needed).
If you’re interested in astral projection, learning to maintain a theta trance state can be invaluable, and brainwave entrainment can help with this a lot. Many people find that isochronic tones are the most effective of the three choices, but they can all give great results. The most important thing is to use a quality recording and listen regularly. I personally like the theta isochronic meditation track from The Meditation Club (they also do a special astral projection recording, although I haven’t yet tried this myself, so can’t give a personal recommendation for it).
Learn to astrally project, and you won’t need to wait until your next vacation to relax – you can take off at any time!
So, you’ve decided to experience the power of isochronic tones for yourself. Good decision! It’s important to use good quality recordings, otherwise you won’t get the results you’re looking for. If you’re looking for the best places from which to download isochronic tones, read on for some tips about where to go, and what to look for.
Firstly, for those who aren’t already familiar with how isochronic tones work, let’s take a brief look at what they do. Isochronic tones are a type of sound-based brainwave entrainment technology. Brainwave entrainment refers to the brain’s tendency to synchronise (or entrain) to an external rhythmic stimulus. If the stimulus has a frequency similar to the brain’s own range, the brain will tend to match it – a phenomenon known as the ‘frequency following response’.
This is useful because the brain produces brainwaves of different frequencies, depending on your state of consciousness. For example, if you’re in a state of light relaxation, the brain will predominantly produce alpha brainwaves (in the 8 – 12 Hz range), whereas the theta (4 – 8Hz) range is linked with deeper trance states and dreaming sleep. By listening to an isochronic recording that incorporates these frequencies, many people find it much easier to access specific states of consciousness at will, without having to spend years learning to meditate.
Isochronic tones are pulses of sound that are regularly spaced, and turn on and off in a precise pattern. The frequency at which the pulses repeat varies, according to the purpose for which they’re being used. Unlike binaural beats and monaural beats, each pulse is entirely separate from the next – this makes it easier for the brain to follow the rhythm, making isochronic tones a very efficient method of brainwave entrainment.
Although isochronic tones aren’t as widely available as binaural beats yet, there are still many places online where you can find them. If you’re having trouble deciding which ones to use, here are some things to bear in mind while making your choice:
Unlike binaural beats, isochronic tones must be audible in order to be effective. This means that they can’t be fully masked by background music, pink noise or other sounds that are often used on brainwave entrainment recordings. It’s ok if the track has these additional sounds (and most will, since they make the listening experience more pleasant) – just be sure that you can still hear the tones as well.
This means that the frequency of the tones should change gradually, in order to make the entrainment more effective. The best results, the recording should begin with frequencies close to where you’re starting from (which will usually be the beta or high alpha state), and gradually move towards the target frequency. If you’re trying to get into the theta state, for example, you don’t want a recording that starts off with theta frequency tones, as the entrainment process will likely be less effective. Instead it should start off in beta or high alpha range, and then gradually progress downwards.
While isochronic tones can be used across the entire brainwave frequency range, many people find that they don’t work so well in the delta frequency band, and that at this slow rate the sound of the tones becomes rather irritating and distracting. In such cases, binaural beats are often preferred instead. This isn’t necessarily going to be everyone’s experience, but it’s something to bear in mind if you’re aiming to access the delta range.
If you’re buying isochronic tones, look for a money back guarantee. Reputable vendors will always guarantee their products, although the length of the guarantee will vary. Ideally it should be long enough for you to work with the recording for a few weeks, since you really need to use these recordings consistently in order to do them (and yourself) justice – don’t assume that it’s not working if you don’t get the result you’re looking for on the first listen!
Unlike some other sites, which just re-sell the same old stock recordings under different names, The Meditation Club creates its recordings from scratch. Also, as well as isochronic tones, all of the tracks are available in monaural beat and binaural beat format too. All of The Meditation Club’s recordings are fully guaranteed for eight weeks after purchase, giving you plenty of time to try them out.
Using isochronic tones is an excellent way to access a variety of states of consciousness, and explore your full potential. Although isochronic tones are not yet as well known as binaural beats, they are more powerful and are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re interested in seeing what isochronic tones can do for you, here are some tips to ensure that you get the most from them:
For best results, you should listen to your isochronic tone recordings regularly, as the effects can be cumulative – like anything, you’ll get better with practice! So do your best to set some time aside each day to listen. It might seem hard to make this time at first, but once you’ve got into the habit, you’ll find you don’t want to miss it. Isochronic tones can be kind of addictive!
Following on from the above point, it’s important to make sure you practice with your isochronic tones in a quiet environment where you won’t be disturbed. So make sure that other people in the house know not to interrupt you, and try to keep kids and pets away for the duration of your practice.
You’ll also want to wear comfortable clothing (even with the help of brainwave entrainment, it’s hard to get into a relaxed state when your waistband is too tight!), and have a comfortable surface to sit or lie down on. Sitting upright in a supportive chair might be the best option, as many people find they drift off to sleep if they lie down. But it’s best to experiment and find what works for you.
One of the big advantages of isochronic tones over binaural beats is that they don’t require the use of headphones. This is great news for those who can’t use headphones for whatever reason, and it makes brainwave entrainment more accessible. However, if you can use headphones and have some handy, it’s still a good idea to use them when listening to isochronic tones, as they do help to cut out external distractions, making the session more effective.
Isochronic tones need to be audible to be effective. However you shouldn’t make the mistake of turning the recording up too loud, as this can result in a headache. So make sure you listen at a comfortable volume, especially if you’re using headphones.
We talked about the importance of listening regularly above. Related to this is the need for patience and consistency – in other words, while many people do experience fantastic results from brainwave entrainment recordings the very first time they listen, this isn’t always the case.
Does this mean the recording is a dud, or that brainwave synchronisation just doesn’t work for you? Not necessarily. Sometimes it takes several sessions with a recording to begin to experience the full benefits. Also, some people appear to be more resistant to the effects of isochronic tones and other brainwave entrainment methods. If you’re one of them, this doesn’t mean it’ll never work for you – just that you might need to give it more time and effort than others. Assuming you’ve obtained your recording from a reputable source, at least give it a few weeks of consistent use before writing it off.
You might also want to experiment with different technologies – if isochronic tones don’t work as well as you’d hoped, try monaural beats or binaural beats instead.
Some brainwave entrainment recordings aim to take you down into the delta brainwave range (< 4 Hz), which is associated with bodily healing and very deep trance states. Some people claim that isochronic tones don’t work for delta entrainment. While I think it’s a bit much to claim that they don’t work at all, what is certainly true is that many people find the sound of the isochronic pulses to be somewhat unpleasant and distracting in the delta frequency range, and find that binaural beats provide a more pleasant and effective experience.
So if you want to delve into the delta range, this is something to bear in mind. I think that as always, it’s worth experimenting and seeing what works for you personally.
It’s very important to use good quality isochronic downloads from a reputable source. It’s pretty easy to find isochronic tones online – a quick search will turn up various sites with downloads available, often for free. While there’s some good stuff here, there’s also a lot that’s not so great.
So how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? One way is to download everything you find, and test it out. While it’s true that nothing beats first-hand experience, it’s also true that you won’t necessarily experience great results the first time your listen (as discussed earlier), and that it can take time to get the full benefit of a recording. Do you really have a few weeks to devote to working with every recording you find? Imagine the frustration of trying out download after download, only to find that you don’t get the results you want, and have just wasted even more time!
This problem can be avoided by using recordings that you know are of great quality to start with. I personally like using the alpha and theta meditation recordings from The Meditation Club, which is a popular site that guarantees all recordings for eight weeks after purchase.
Do you want to experience the many benefits of brainwave entrainment, but are unsure about the differences between binaural beats, monaural beats or isochronic tones? The read on, as we take a look at how they differ, and the pros and cons of each.
First of all, if you’re not familiar with what brainwave entrainment is, let’s have a brief recap. Brainwave entrainment, which is also known as brainwave synchronisation, provides a way to access different states of consciousness with relative ease. So even if you’re not an experienced meditator or skilled in mind control techniques, with brain wave entrainment you can still explore altered states and tap into your full potential.
So how does brainwave entrainment work? Simply put, when exposed to a rhythmic stimulus such as pulses of sound or light, the brain has a tendency to match (or entrain to) the frequency of that stimulus, if the frequency is similar to the brain’s own natural frequency range. This is known as the ‘frequency following response’.
For example, if you listen to a recording that contains sound pulses with a frequency of around 10Hz, the brain will start to produce brainwaves of the same frequency. As it happens, 10Hz is within the alpha brainwave band (8 – 12 Hz), which is associated with light meditation, relaxation and creative insights. So if you want to experience this kind of state, listening to a brainwave entrainment recording designed to induce the alpha state might help. [Read more about the different brainwave frequency bands.]
There are three main types of sound-based brainwave entrainment recordings: binaural beats, monaural beats, and isochronic tones. All work well, but you may still want to choose one over the other. Let’s examine each of these in turn to find out why.
Binaural beats are the oldest and most well known of brainwave entrainment technology. They’re very widely available, and are popular because they can be very effective.
Binaural beats work by introducing two pure sine wave tones of different frequencies to the brain via headphones. These tones must be below 1000Hz in frequency, and the difference between them must be less than about 30Hz. Each ear receives one tone, and the brain combines these two sounds to create an internal pulse. This pulse repeats at a rate that is equal to the difference between the frequencies of the first two tones.
So for example, if you listen to a 200Hz tone in your left ear, and a 206Hz tone in your right ear, the brain will integrate these to create a pulse that repeats at a rate of 6Hz. It is this pulse, or beat, to which the brain entrains. In this case, such a recording would be used to entrain the brain to the theta state, since theta brainwaves fall within the 4 – 8 Hz range.
By choosing two initial tones of specific frequencies, you can exert a lot of control over the internal beat that the brain produces, and thus entrains to. The key thing to understand about binaural beats is that the pulse which the brain matches is produced within the brain itself – it’s not present in the recording. Since each ear needs to be exposed to a different tone for this to occur, you need to use headphones when using binaural sounds.
Binaural sound recordings for personal development purposes are often overlaid with relaxing or ambient music, or sound effects such as running water, or pink/brown/white noise. These help to disguise the sound of the binaural tones (which some people don’t like), and also help to aid in the relaxation process.
Monaural beats differ from binaural beats in that the same sound is introduced to each ear. As with binaural beats, this tone is created by mixing two pure sine waves of slightly different frequencies – but unlike their binaural counterparts, monaural beats are not created within the brain; the sine waves are combined before entering the ear, so a sound of the desired frequency reaches the brain ‘ready made’, so to speak.
Monaural beats have a pulsing sound that is somewhat smoother to the ear than binaural beats. It’s also not necessary to use headphones when listening to them, although their use may give better results, by helping to eliminate outside distractions.
Monaurals also differ from binaural beats in that the tone must be audible to be effective: this means that the beats can’t be completely masked with music, or white noise etc., like binaurals can. This may be an issue for those people who find the sound of the monaural beats unpleasant or distracting, although for most people this isn’t a problem, as they’re actually quite soothing to listen to.
Next we come to isochronic tones, which are the newest of the three brainwave entrainment technologies, and in many cases, the most powerful.
Isochronic tones are manually created, equal intensity pulses of sound that are completely separated by an interval of silence. They basically turn on and off very rapidly (the speed depending on the desired brain frequency). This discrete nature makes them particularly easy for the brain to entrain to, and many people find isochronic tones to be the most effective method of sound-based brainwave entrainment.
The following video gives a graphical illustration of the differences between isochronic tones, binaural beats and monaural beats:
Video Courtesy of The Unexplainable Store
So, as you can see, all of the three main audio brainwave entrainment methods have their strong and weak points. Also, different people get different results from each, so it’s not really possible to say that one type is ‘best’ in an absolute sense. Personally I find isochronic tones to be the most effective generally, but find binaurals and monaurals to be more soothing, so they are preferable at those times when isochronics feels a bit harsh – which totally depends on my mood.
Rather than recommending one type above the others, I suggest that anyone who’s seriously interested in exploring the benefits of brainwave entrainment should experiment a bit and try all three methods. You’ll soon find which work well for you.
Whichever method you choose, it’s important to use only high quality recordings, such as those available from The Unexplainable Store. I personally like using their alpha and theta meditation recordings regularly, and these are available in a choice of binaural, monaural and isochronic formats – definitely a plus point when you consider how hard it can be to find decent monaural and isochronic recordings elsewhere!