Do binaural beats work?
6 reasons why binaural beats do not work for some people.
Binaural beats are a type of brainwave entrainment that have been scientifically proven to slow down people’s brain waves and effectively alter their state of consciousness. With the help of electroencephalogram (EEG), which records the electrical activity of the brain, scientists are able to prove, without a doubt, that the brain is affected in a very precise way by listening to binaural beats.
However there are some people out there that claim that binaural beats do not have a profound effect on them. Some claim that they feel that their brain is effected, but they do not live up to the hype of raving fans.
So do binaural beats work?
The simple answer is- Yes! However, some people do not feel the effects of them because they may not be using them in the most effective way. Because I believe brain entrainment can improve everyone’s life, I have made a list of the 6 biggest reasons that binaural beats don’t work for some people and how to guarantee success.
1. Not in the right mind set.
Binaural beats will not have a profound, lasting effect on people that are not in the right mindset when listening. Imagine a grumpy old man sitting down at a cafe. He orders a coffee and the sweetest, nicest waitress brings him the best cup of joe in town, but the old man is a habitual pessimist. He made up his mind before he even walked in that he was not going to have a good experience, so naturally he ends up leaving the restaurant disappointed.
The same holds true when listening to binaural beats. If you are thinking the whole time about how they aren’t going to work, or how you aren’t feeling the effects that you thought you would, you are distracting yourself from allowing the beats to take effect.
Try not to think about anything at all while you listening to binaural beats. Just kick back, listen and breathe.
2. Bad quality of the recording
There are a lot of bad recording recordings of binaural beats out there. With do it yourself programs like Gnaural, anyone can make their own binaural beats. however, a lot of these homemade recordings just don’t work. When finding binaural beats, make sure you are getting a quality recording. The Unexplainable store has some of the best quality binaural beats on line at some really great prices.
There are a lot more to binaural beats than just syncing your brain waves up to one frequency. Some of the best binaural beats actually take you on a tour of several different wave lengths passing through different ranges like alpha, theta, and delta. Understanding what you are looking for and what the different effects and what to expect from each recording is important. Do your research and make sure you pick an mp3 that is appropriate for what goal you are trying to achieve.
The Brain Evolution System is a great example of this kind of brainwave entrainment technology. This is a great program with many benefits because of their use of multiple frequency generators in their recordings.
Because some recordings are lower quality, some people who create binaural beats add in a lot of extraneous background noise or music which can be distracting. This is not to say that all recordings that include white noise, nature noises, or extra music are bad. Just be careful and make sure that the source is credible. Some of these recordings are not as effective because the added effects distract from the binaural beats and make the recordings a lot less effective
3. Being in a poor quality environment
Just like your work space, a clutter free area with little to no distractions is going to be the most productive environment for maximum effects of brain entrainment. The things that you do have around should be things that make you feel calm and cozy. Many people like plants, pillows or simple art. Being in a light colored room is great, usually having some natural light from a window is good too. You may also like a darker room with candles. This is up to you, just make sure you are calm, free of distractions, and you feel safe.
4. Not capable getting into a meditative state
I understand what it’s like to be intimidated by the thought of meditation. Really allowing yourself to relax and get into a meditative state can be very foreign to most people. I struggled with this at the beginning stages of using binaural beats. Most of the quality brainwave entrainment recordings out there are geared for people that already have an understanding of how to let their mind go but still have control over it.
I recommend finding a guided meditation mp3′s that incorprates the use of binaural beats to help with this. It may sound like new age hippie mumbo jumbo to some people, but if you are really looking to feel the effects of binaural beats and want to start changing your life for the better, I HIGHLY suggest you start meditating.
The best introduction to guaranteed meditation is The Silva Life System. They have millions of successful students form all over the globe. It is one of the oldest meditation method courses available online.
5. Not being in the correct position.
When you are listening to binaural beats, it is really important that you are in a relaxed, comfortable position. This may be different for everyone, but there are some general rules and they are different based on what type of beats you are listening to.
In general, if you are listening to lower brainwave frequencies to help with sleep, astral projection, or lucid reaming, obviously you want to be laying down. Make sure you do not have your legs or arms crossed. This can restrict blood flow and be distracting to your body which will not allow you to relax properly.
I like to have my head flat, not on a pillow. This feels like a more natural position. This may or may not make a difference for you so try both to see what you like.
For alpha and theta waves if you are focusing on relaxation, visualization, meditation, memory improvement, spiritual enlightenment, god consciousness, or other inner self improvement frequencies, I recommend being in an upright position, or maybe even slightly reclined, but not laying all the way down. This way you can stay awake since it is easy really easy to fall asleep when your brain is operating on these low frequencies.
When listening to the higher entrainment frequencies like beta, it is perfectly fine to be sitting in an upright position in a chair with your eyes open an engaged in activities. You still want to be as relaxed as possible. If you are listening to binaural beats as a study aide, memory enhancer, or for staying more alert, obviously you want to be sitting up and engaged. The trick is to keep your mind engaged on the goal of the task and not thinking about whether or not you are feeling the effects of the binaural beats.
6. Falling asleep
Some binaural beats are specifically designed to help you to fall asleep so obviously this is not a big deal for those. However, most binaural beats depend on you being able to stay awake and actively listening to feel the full effects. This is difficult especially with the theta wave frequencies since this is the brain frequency associated with sleep. If you can manage to stay awake for theta frequencies, you are gaining access to your subconscious mind which is a great way to be able to make some really profound changes in your life in a really short amount of time, so need-less-to-say this is really important.
Here are some of the tricks I use.
- Listen right after your morning routine. After you have taken a shower, had breakfast, drink your coffee. You are fresh and ready. It’s harder to fall asleep then.
- Make sure you are sitting up. Try oven sitting on the floor on a mat if you have one.
- Try resting an object on your body that you badly hold on to so if you fall asleep, the object will fall and wake you up. Something simple like a pen or notebook.
- Actively engage your mind. Think of goals or other things you might have on your vision board.
- Have a pen and paper nearby so you can write things down as they come up while you are listening. Some of my best ideas have been while listening to binaural beats.
So in conclusion, do binaural beats work? Yes they do! It has been scientifically proven to work. Some people do not think they work because they are not using them in the right way. Have a look at what you are doing that may be hindering you from getting the full experience.
If you have been having trouble with getting them to work for you, I hope thing guide has helped.
Just remember if you want to improve your life, you can’t be afraid of change. You are gong to have to try some things that are outside of the box. Get out there and find the binaural beats that work for you and get to revolutionizing your brain. So many great things are to there to be discovered.
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