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Meditation technology might literally change your life.  I make this bold claim because that’s what it did for me.

I first discovered the power of something called binaural beats back in 2000 via cassette tapes bought via mail order.  If you are under 30 years old that might have sounded like I just said something in a foreign language…hang in there and keep reading, trust me this stuff is cool.

Meditation technologies involve mixing and matching various processes, brainwave patterns, scripts, and other factors to make the best meditation experience for the stated meditation intention.  Here are some of the options for the meditation mixologist:

  • Brainwave Entrainment
  • Intention
  • Scripting
  • Guidance
  • Music
  • Relaxation process
  • Natural noises (ocean surf, rain, wind, etc.)
  • Pacing and timing between guidance (critical!)

Today I want to discuss brainwave entrainment, or as like to call it, training wheels for your mind.  Brainwave entrainment, also known as binaural beats, or hemi-sync, or holosync, or Omharmonics, a lot of these are brand names for similar technologies.  Let me try to sort this out with you.

Brainwave entrainment is a process of using brainwave patterns and sound to help gently and non-invasively show your mind how it can create a meditative condition in your brain more easily.

Binaural Beats are the most established and well researched form of brainwave entrainment. Being fairly subtle, engineers can create fairly complex brainwave patterns using several layers of binaural beat carrier frequencies. However, they require headphones for maximum effect. As you know, headphones are not always the most desirable way to reach states of peak performance.

Monaural tones are interesting in that they do not require headphones in order to be effective. Since they are so readily perceived, there can usually only be one monaural tone in the mix. While stronger and more effective, they lack subtlety: it is harder to manipulate without distracting the listener and monaural tones rarely mix well with each other.

By mixing a monaural tone into my layers of binaural beats, we can have the best of “both worlds”: we can have the subtle complexities of binaural beats while having a stronger tone “anchor” the entrainment and allow us to have a fairly strong effect without headphones.

Isochronic pulsing is a strange technology without a lot of research.  It relies on something known as amplitude modulation.  My sound guru is not as enthusiastic about isochronic pulsing as some other people.  Anyway, Isochronic pulses are a better way to carry higher frequency brainwaves, e.g. Beta, Gamma, etc. Beta frequencies largely exist within the range of human hearing, and the binaural beating effect stops working at about the same point, so isochronic pulsing is an excellent way to carry the higher frequencies.

Hemi-Sync, Holosync, Project-Meditation, Omharmonics, et al – these are all brand names of custom combinations of binaural beats and/or other technologies.

The free binaural beat software you got online and attempted to mix meditations with – > Better get some Excedrin, you will probably give yourself a headache.  It takes a lot of skill to create an effective meditation that provides lasting benefit.  Would you rather pay Celine Dion to come sing at your wedding or me?  We can both sing, one of us costs a lot more, and that is because one of us will give you a lot more sound quality and value for your money!

If I were to sum up, I would say that each form of entrainment has its strengths, and we leverage those strengths for each track depending on the entrainment effect that we are trying to create.

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