Exploring Consciousness – Binaural Beats, Inspired By Sound

Lately I have been experimenting with Binaural Beats as a tool to help set my mood. In the situation I feel I am having issues getting to sleep, relaxing into meditation and yoga, feeling out of balance or lacking creative enthusiasm I have found that having a playlist of these beats in my phone as well as a good set of earphones very effective. As the details of how these sounds can trigger such changes in the mind is quite technical and a long post on a topic I am not really knowledgeable enough on to explain, I suggest anyone interested should check this link to start their research on binaural beats.  There is examples to listen to on youtube and give a test out. There is also plenty of websites to download your own. I can certainly vouch for their effectiveness.

You will find tracks designed to enhance deep sleep, meditation, creativity, astral projection, lucid dreaming and many other states of consciousness.

I was originally suggested to look into binaural beats by a mate at work. However as I have been studying Ayurveda ( traditional indian health and medicine), transcendental meditation and other ways of exploring consciousness I have seen the term popped up repeatedly.

At a short glance I have taken this definition form Wikipedia;

“Binaural beats, or binaural tones, are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, caused by specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims coming from the alternative medicine community that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz.[1][2]

The brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations in the amplitude and sound localization of a perceived sound when two tones at slightly different frequencies are presented separately, one to each of a subject’s ears, using stereo headphones. A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones mixed naturally, out of the brain. The frequencies of the tones must be below 1,000 hertz for the beating to be noticeable.[3] The difference between the two frequencies must be small (less than or equal to 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately, and no beat will be perceived.

Binaural beats are of interest to neurophysiologists investigating the sense of hearing.[4][5][6][7]

Binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves[3][8][9] and have been claimed to reduce anxiety[10] and to provide other health benefits such as control over pain.[11]”

I know that binaural beats are going to be a tool utilised by myself from time to time when ever I feel I need some assistance getting back to a balanced state and focusing on a planned task. I hope that you may find them as useful as I do. Also another cheeky tip, if you are using your phone, put it on flight mode because getting a notification mid meditation is an inconvenience.

Ian at Bucketlist

Hi, I’m Ian and I have made it my life mission to travel and experience everything this world has to offer. Follow me on my quest to live outside the boundaries of conventional society and see the world through the eyes of all our fellow inhabitants. I hope to inspire and motivate you to make your own path in life and push your own limits.

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