We all know that we’ve got two sides of the brain, the right and the left. The right side (or hemisphere) controls the left half of the body and ‘thinks’ perceptively. The left side, as it turns out, controls the right side of the brain. It’s responsible for language and linear thinking.
In our society, we tend to put a lot of value on the “Left Brain”, relegating the other side to the internal equivalent of an eccentric ‘artistic’ cousin who nobody really understands. But the truth is, the most powerful, creative thinkers, the most mentally and emotionally balanced people, use both sides of their brains more often and in a more balanced way.
How do they do this? Well some folks just seem to come by it naturally. But for the rest of us, meditation is a great help. And even better than meditation all by itself is binaural beats meditation.
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats are also referred to as “apparent sounds”. Your brain receives – or better put, perceives these sounds with the use of specific audio stimulation. When used during meditation, these binaural beats bring about whole-brain thinking and a host of other benefits.
How Does it Work?
First of all, binaural beats meditation require the use of stereo headphones. This is because the audios are created with two tones at slightly different frequencies. The frequencies are set up to be presented separately – one to each ear. The effect of this is to cause your brain to perceive an imaginary third beat which is a unification of the two your ears are physically hearing. But the trick to make it work is that the difference between the two frequencies has to be small. If not, each tone is heard separately, with no perceived third beat.
When combined with meditation (and some people argue that binaural beats actually induce meditation) binaural beats support deeper relaxation, improve creativity and force the brain to increase it’s capacity to handle stress.
By combining binaural beats meditation with self-hypnosis, you can literally train your brain for all kinds of desired results. Some of the most popular goals people like to use this technology for include: increased wealth, improved health, weight-loss, to quit smoking or other bad habits, and to find love.
What are the Risks?
There aren’t any risks per se, but if you decide to try binaural beats meditation, you’ll want to keep thse things in mind:
- Do your Homework. There’s lots of free binaural beat audios on the internet, but not all of them are close enough in frequency to be any good. There are also several really high quality binaural products. Some are sound only, some incorporate hypnosis and affirmations, and other use subliminal suggestion.
- Like it or leave it. If you don’t like the sounds – the beats are too fast or jarring – keep looking because there’s lots of choices out there.
- Too much of a good thing … Some of the biggest names in this business will be the first to tell you that if you try to speed up the process by listening for more than about an hour or so a day, you’ll put too much stress on your brain and probably feel sick.
Have you ever tried binaural beats meditation? What kind of results did you get? Leave a comment and let us know.