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Are You “Too Sensitive?”

109789An_Angel_s_TearsAs human beings, we are susceptible to a wide array of energies at any given moment. Some tear at our auric fields, while others mend them. As a species, we have created a society in which to survive, we must deny that which we are completely – vulnerable.

In the United States, it is a social norm that we do not cry in public. If we do, it must be under the following circumstances (we won’t get into gender roles in this article, but we will talk about them soon):

1. We are an infant or young child who needs to either sleep, be fed, or happens to be bleeding;
2. We must be in severe physical pain, which requires a visit to the ER or a hospital stay;
3. In moments of extreme duress, such as the sudden loss of a close loved one, but rarely is it acceptable to have a bout of sobbing over people outside of the immediate family;

Or the most common of all:

4. The silent cry when we are overwhelmed, happy, touched, sad, or a plethora of other feelings.

However, throughout most of our days, we teach ourselves how to deny our hurts, and yet we are surprised that our pleasures are thwarted. We are creatures of balance. When we deny one piece of ourselves, we deny an equal, yet opposite aspect. But things in our world are changing.

In the past few years, there’s been a growing campaign to be politically correct in every vein imaginable. From race to sexual orientation to which Quidditch team you root for, there are terms more socially acceptable and kinder to use than others. This campaign for tolerance, sensitivity, and empathy has even stretched into larger issues that were once deemed rites of passage, such as bullying and hazing. Things that were once accepted as part of life are now being challenged. The interesting part is why.

Recent science suggests that ancestral memory can be transferred via DNA. Because we are resonant beings that interact with our reality by way of da6f68f3f434c96d06f246847d88c08efrequency, every memory is charged with a specific frequency range that is then felt emotionally. For multitudes of generations, our ancestors suffered at the hands of one another, and part of this change is the depths of repressed emotion rising to the surface to be purged. The younger generations aren’t weaker than the ones that came before them, rather they are carrying the weight of transmutation and creating change for a more positive, more evolved humanity on Earth.  The other part of this equation is recognizing what we are.

As humans, we are covered in nerve endings. It is in our very biology to be sensitive. Our physiology helps us decode the energies around us from our environment, our peers, and even ourselves. This is one of the reasons we feel so vulnerable to a new lover; when we expose our skin completely, we are taking in about 100-300% more information (aka: energy) than we do any other time during our day, depending on the season (turtlenecks in winter versus miniskirts in summer). When we try to deny our emotions, we don’t allow them to process properly.

Our bodies being the energetic conductors they are, when we cannot properly process the energy surging through us, we inadvertently short circuit the system. Think of it as emotional adware. When your computer is infected with adware, it slowly starts bogging down your computer until your computer stops working altogether. Then comes a visit to Geek Squad and potentially a bill you didn’t plan on paying that month. This is exactly what happens to your mind and body when you don’t properly process your emotions. The unprocessed emotions nestle in your cells undetected. They slowly start to amass more and more space until you are forced to deal with them, which is difficult because it is painful.

c4bff3c82b0f05751c5311eb3205cf8fNegative emotions are sharp energies with jagged edges. Have you ever heard of the saying, “He/she cut me with his/her words”? This is an actual reference to the severing of your energetic field by the negative energy you are processing. However, when these energies aren’t properly dealt with, the energies go inward, cutting your energy much deeper than the initial event. Every time these feelings or memories surface (and create a negative response within you), you are being cut all over again. This is why it is so difficult to deal with our past hurts. We have to pull glass shard-like energies out of our field and then heal. It is painful, but necessary.

Crying when you need to is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of a healthy human being. As you cry, you release neurotoxins, which means you’re cleaning yourself from the inside out. Think of tears as golden honey running into the cuts of your field, melding the cracks, and healing your hurt. You are a beautiful, sensitive being that is here to experience, express, and evolve. Remember not to cut yourself off from it.

So much love and Big Nonlocal Quantum Hugs!
PollyAnna

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The Freedom Dance

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I was surfing the Internet early this week and stumbled upon an amazing cause; OneBillion Rising is dedicated to ending the abuses of women across the planet, asking men and women from all corners of the world to unite in order to live in a peaceful world, denoted by love and respect for one another.  I would like to extend this support and intention to all individuals whom have ever had these experiences.

What makes this cause so special is it is a worldwide declaration of self-love, love for others, and empowerment through dance.

This is a beautiful, touching, and inspiring sentiment, but can dance really make a difference?  How can the act of dancing change hundreds of years of persecution, battery, domination, and abuse?  Well, I’m going to tell you.

The Bio-Field Beginning

vetruvian-mans-energyOur bodies are an interactive matrix of energy channels, transmitting electrical signals within and outside of our bodies, thus creating a biomagnetic field.  All electrical fields yield a consequential magnetic field.  They are entwined with and affect the larger electromagnetic, gravitational, and nuclear fields, which are indivisibly linked, per the quantum field theory.  The electrical and biomagnetic properties and processes of your physiology are intrinsically connected and cannot be severed.  Any changes in movement, thought, or emotional states trigger changes in your bio-fields.

We see these bio-field changes in procedures such as polygraph tests.

As we alter our bio-electromagnetic fields, we fluctuate the harmonics in our frequency distribution.  As biological energy conductors, we exist within specific frequency ranges that are dependent upon our thoughts, emotions, and actions for resonance direction and sustainment.  Feelings of joy, love, enlightenment, and empowerment are higher on the frequency scale than feelings of anger, greed, victimization, and depression.

Artistic expression, such as dance, has long been said to be the channeling of the emotion or inner life of the artist, the artist’s genius/muse, or the collective.  When combining emotion and action, there’s a powerful energetic combustion that ripples through the collective.

Now, let’s apply this to One Billion Rising.

Millions of people are melting emotion, action, and powerful intentions for peaceful living into a potent expressive moment of climactic, worldwide transfiguration!  But we’re not finished yet.

Coherence is Key

As we all know, dance is an amazing source of exercise; but did you know exercise Molecular Thoughtscan create greater coherence in your body’s bio-electromagnetic field?

I was researching the effects of exercise on a human’s electromagnetic field, and in a great moment of synchronistic bliss, I stumbled upon an invaluable resource on epilepsy.  Epileptic seizures are created when a burst of electrical activity in the brain disrupts the regular electrical patterning.  Current research shows the electrical abnormalities resulting in seizures are reduced during exercise, and can even result in an overall reduction in seizures.

These results indicate exercise regulates coherent electrical patterns within the brain.  When you create coherent electrical fields in the brain, it creates a cohesive result in the body’s overall electrical field, quantumly spilling over and creating a coherent electromagnetic field.

The coherence created in the electromagnetic field is part of the process in creating harmonic brain states.  Harmonic brain states are often achieved during meditation, but can be maintained over time during physically active states.  When cerebral waves enter this condition of coherence, the potentiality for quantum systems to work with ease is significantly increased.  This includes the quantum entanglement between cells, people, individual electromagnetic fields, and the planet’s collective electromagnetic field.

Dancing For Change

423901_304005466314381_1693538022_nMany Native Americans and other indigenous cultures have used dance for multiple reasons, from telling the stories of their histories to the infamous rain dances.  Now we’ve found a new reason to dance.  Today, we dance to create our future, to bend the laws of the universe as a collective manifestation architect, through emotionally infused positive intentions, melting with coherent bio-electromagentic fields and harmonic brain waves, strengthening the quantum processes, which simultaneously connect us to one another and our planet.

Through a single declaration of self-love, self-respect, and co-creative demand for the healthy, balanced treatment of all people, we send out a powerful worldwide wave of karmic transmutation, bringing us one step closer to peace.

Written by: Positive PollyAnna

PollyAnna presents ways for people to come into their own power, how to powerfully manifest their reality, and how 60311_557636824833_1348393_nto balance their left and right brain so they can self-actualize, realizing their highest potential. Quantum Empowerment shares what it means to lead a quantumly empowered lifestyle. How are you affected by the energies, people, animals, and objects around you? How can you break victim mentality? How can you activate your DNA on a biological and energetic level? What are the ways you can expand your consciousness? This column covers a wide spectrum of information, all dedicated to helping people grow into their interdimensional, interconnected self and reality.

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Along with daily videos and lessons from me, you’ll be given a pdf workbook to chart your growth and streamline your experience. You’ll also receive daily affirmations to improve your self-esteem and self-efficacy.

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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): Tapping Into Empowerment

Every individual is unique and the variations in their lives and life choices are physical manifestations of the distinctive energy, essence, and disposition they possess.  When an individual is searching for mental and emotional healing modalities, there is a need for therapy that is personal, effective, cost efficient, and uplifting so the person can move forward with their life in a positive way; emotional freedom techniques (EFT) surpass those expectations.

What Is EFT?

EFT is rooted in energy psychology, applying Ancient Chinese medicine theology, which focuses on the body’s energy grid.  The energy grid utilizes pathways and nodal points through which your chi, or life force, flows.  This theory states a traumatic event, negative psychological conditioning, or other experiences can cause a disruption in your energy flow through a blockage or imbalance, prohibiting the proper flow of chi; when your chi is imbalanced or blocked, mental and emotional illnesses, disorders, and issues will arise.

Gary Craig, the founder of the EFT technique, discovered by employing these medicinal philosophies, you would be able to tap specific acupressure points, the meridian or nodal points on the body’s energy grid, releasing the blockage and bringing your body’s energy flow back into a state of homeostasis.

However, EFT doesn’t just make use of acupressure point stimulation; this technique incorporates other psychotherapies already being used in conventional cognitive behavioral therapies, such as relaxation and memory recall, causing a long term cognitive restructuring within the brain.

When your brain reconstructs its cognitive processes, you no longer process thoughts or emotions the way you did before, meaning you can nullify the negative feelings or reactions you currently have, or have had for years, resulting in a neutral reaction to the same memory or situation when successfully employing EFT.

What The Research Says

EFT has proven to be a useful technique for a wide variety of disorders or illnesses; in various studies, EFT has successfully treated anxiety disorders, depression, hostility, aggression, posttraumatic stress disorder, addictions, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic, attention deficit disorder, hypertension, social anxiety, career issues, and somatoform disorders.  EFT also has improved colds, headaches, joint pains, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rashes, lower cortisol levels, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.  Let’s take a look at some of these studies and experiments a little closer.

In a case study cited by Feinstein (2010), a 52 year old woman with stage IV breast cancer decided against conventional medicine interventions and instead used EFT on numerous personal issues that surfaced after she was diagnosed.  The patient received six clinical EFT tapping sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes in length, then continued to use the methods daily until a follow up examination eight months after the diagnosis; the appointment revealed no trace of cancer, but some scar tissue where the cancer had been (Feinstein et al., 2010).

Stapleton, Sheldon, Porter, and Whitty (2011) conducted a randomized clinical trial on the effects EFT exerted over food cravings, the perceived power of food, psychological symptoms, and will power of 96 overweight and obese adults.  When the researchers initially retested the participants, immediately after receiving their EFT treatment, the participants had significant reductions in food cravings, food wielded less power over the participants, and will power was improved.  The improvements in cravings and the power of food were maintained at the six month follow-up.

Another randomized controlled study performed by Church, Brooks, and DeAsis (2012) with 30 first-year psychology students scoring in the moderate to severely depressed ranges on the Beck Depression Inventory.  The participants in the experimental group received four EFT sessions of 90 minutes; the treatment proved to be both clinically and statistically significant, as the average post treatment depression score of the EFT condition group resulted in not depressed.

In a controlled pilot study by Benor, Ledger, Toussaint, and Hett (2009) with Canadian college students with severe to moderate test anxiety, EFT accomplished benefits equal to that of five cognitive behavioral therapy sessions.

Click here for images of brain scans from an experiment by Andrade and Feinstein (2004) using EFT treatments for participants with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); these scans show the average brain scan procession over a course of four weeks with twelve sessions of EFT.  The first scan is what an ideal brain scan looks like and the second scan is the average scan of the participants with (GAD) before they began EFT sessions; the brain scans progress toward their natural or ideal homeostasis state through EFT, reducing dysfunctional brain wave frequencies.

This study contrasted EFT with cognitive behavioral therapy, combined with medication when necessary, as a control mechanism.  The EFT participants were more likely to maintain their new functional brain wave patterns compared to the cognitive behavioral group.  Moreover, Andrade and Feinstein (2004) noted people treated with antianxiety medications did reduce their anxiety symptoms, but their brain scans maintained brain wave frequency dysfunction, implying the medication acts as a cosmetic layer without actually addressing the real issue(s).

How It Works

The research shows you the beginnings of the wide applications for EFT, but I want to explain to you why and how it works because there are several stratums to consider.  The first level we will consider is the electroconductivity of the human body, then epigenetics, and finally the cognitive restructuring process.

Your body is a beautiful and amazing transmitter and receiver of energy as represented by its electromagnetic field.  The human body produces electromagnetic fields with cells and tissues that can be measured on the skin, while all of our organs produce biomagnetic energy.

Within these energy fields, diseases and disturbances can often be measured before their physical symptoms can be detected.   EFT literally taps into these specific energy fields to redirect their flow in a proper, balanced manner, alleviating electromagnetic and biomagnetic fields of disturbances and blocks.

Epigenetics is a subfield of genetic research, exposing an inherent variability within genetic expression previously thought impossible.  Your DNA does not actually come with a concrete, inflexible blueprint dictating your every thought, action, and countenance; conversely, it is a vast set of probabilities, combining information from your default genetic expression, your thoughts, your beliefs, your behaviors, and your environmental and biochemical influences.

All of these inputs interact on the cellular level, communicating with the entirety of your body about the information received, responding by activating or deactivating the potentials within your unique genetic expression.  This is why over time identical twins, people born with duplicate DNA, begin to look different; each individual has their own experiences, psychology, and environmental exposures offering an alternative expression of active and inactive genetic potentials.

As epigenetics proves genetic and cellular expression is affected by conscious thought and behavioral inputs, EFT offers somatic and cognitive inputs that activate positive, balanced potentials, while deactivating genetic potentials expressing imbalance and harm.

Researchers and practitioners assert the physical activity with the activation of mental processes alters the targeted response because the stimulation of acupressure points transmits signals to the amygdala and related brain structures, reducing hyperarousal to the given stimulus or memory; the brain then reconsolidates the memory, cognition, feeling, or mental picture, while the newly reduced or absent hyperarousal is retained as the new reaction to the initial stimuli (Feinstein, 2008).

Ruden (2010) asserts EFT techniques focusing on stress-producing cues, such as fear or traumatic memories, depotentiate the neural pathways maintaining maladaptive conditioned responses; this means the EFT techniques recode the conditioned responses that produce ill effects with desired behaviors or feelings.  This creates a cognitive restructuring of the brain, so old paradigms no longer regulate your responses.

The Process

There is a basic EFT procedure, consisting of tapping on each of eight energy meridian points while using an affirmation statement that coincides with a memory or a feeling.  The procession of tapping can vary depending on the therapist or practitioner you are working with, as can the affirmation statements.

Some practitioners use the industry standard, “Even though I have (or feel) this fear of rejection, I deeply and profoundly accept myself,” while other practitioners prefer a stream of consciousness dialogue.  With the latter method, you would tap as you say whatever comes to mind that you would like to work with, using a shorter phrase to repeat as you continue to tap on the proceeding points to reinforce the issue you are working on.

Even though the sequence of point tapping may vary, I am going to share with you what has worked for me, which also seems to be the most common.  As you repeat your chosen phrase or issue, you tap on your karate chop point, or the side of your hand, followed by the inside of your eyebrows, then the side of your eyes, the bone under your eyes, under the nose, between your lower lip and chin, then your collarbone point, under the arm, and then the top of the head.  This would conclude one repetition.

You want to be sure not to tap too hard.  You want to stimulate the meridians, but you do not want to cause bruising or pain.  Look at the following chart for a visual representation of the proper tapping points.

Where Can I Learn It?

There are several ways to learn or administer EFT, such as with the help of a therapist or a certified EFT practitioner in both group and individual settings.  If you are able, I suggest learning in a setting where you can have a certified EFT practitioner make sure you are accurately tapping your energy meridians.  Because this method is so quick and easy to learn, you do not have to pour money into endless sessions with an EFT therapist.  This is something you can do on your own, wherever and whenever you would like, empowering you in your health and healing.

There are also instructional DVDs you can use at home such as The Tapping Solution and Project Tapping: Tapping Into Abundance With Dr. Carol Look.  These are great alternatives for those of you who live in areas where you do not have access to a certified EFT practitioner.

If you decide to learn or try EFT, I suggest staying well hydrated to increase your biological electroconductivity and to do one session right before you go to bed.  When you learn something new, or alter a pattern of thinking, and immediately go to sleep, you have several hours to integrate the new template in your brain without interruptions, resulting in a more effective and solidified change.

 Spiritual & Personal Implications

By successfully implementing EFT into your daily routine, you empower yourself to take control over your emotions, thoughts, and how you choose to experience your life.  Imagine eradicating irrational fears as they enter your consciousness or overcoming a traumatic event that has stifled some part of your life.

You no longer have to live captive to thought processes that do not serve your highest good or take medications that only serve as a temporary band aid while poisoning your system.  You would not have to try to suppress negative emotions or thoughts because as they enter your awareness, you can safely and painlessly extinguish them.

By bringing balance and inner peace to your life, you offer more balance and peace to the world.  Every energy field is interconnected, ebbing and flowing together to create an even larger field of energy.  By correcting your energy flow, you aid in balancing the whole.  You have the ability to heal yourself in many ways; EFT is quick, easy, cost effective, and encourages your unique zenith expression.

References

Andrade, J., & Feinstein, D. (2004). The neurological foundations of energy psychology: Brain scan changes during 4 weeks of treatment for generalized anxiety disorder. Ashland, Oregon: Innersource. Retrieved from http://www.eftuniverse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2470

Benor, D. J., Ledger, K., Toussaint, L., & Hett, G. (2009). Pilot study of emotional freedom techniques, wholistic hybrid derived from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and emotional freedom technique, and cognitive behavioral therapy treatment of test anxiety in university students.Journal of Science and Healing5(6), 338-340. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2009.08.001

Church, D. (2010). Your dna is not your destiny: Behavioral epigenetics and the role of emotions in health. Anti Aging Medical Therapeutics13, 35-42.

Church, D., & Brooks, A. (2008, October). The effect of eft (emotional freedom techniques) on psychological symptoms in addiction treatment. Paper presented at Tenth annual energy psychology conference.
Church, D., & Brooks, A. J. (2010). Application of emotional freedom techniques. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal9(4), 36-38.

Church, D., & Brooks, A. (2010). The effect of a brief emotional freedom techniques self-intervention on anxiety, depression, pain, and cravings in health care workers. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal9(5), 40-43.

Church, D. (2010). The treatment of combat trauma in veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A pilot protocol. Traumatology, 16(1), 55 – 65.

Church, D., Brooks, A. J., & DeAsis, M. A. (2012). Clinical study brief group intervention using emotional freedom techniques for depression in college students: A randomized controlled trial.Depression Research and Treatment2012, 1-7.

Cole, S. W., Hawkley, L. C., Arevalo, J. M., Sung, C. Y., Rose, R. M., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2007). Social regulation of gene expression in human leukocytes. Genome Biology, 8, R189.

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Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy Psychology: A Review of the Preliminary Evidence.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213.

Feinstein, D., & Church, D.  (2010). Modulating Gene Expression through Psychotherapy:  The Contribution of Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions. Review of General Psychology,14(4),  283 – 195.

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Kandel, E. (1998). A new intellectual framework for psychiatry. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 457-469.

Karatzias, T., Power, K., & Brown, K. (2011). A controlled comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of two psychological therapies for post traumatic stress disorder eye movement desensitization and reprocessing vs. emotional freedom techniques. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease199(6), 372-378. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31821cd262

Oschman, J. (2012, May 22). Science measures the human energy field. Retrieved from http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/sciencemeasures.htm

Poulter, M. O., Du, L., Weaver, I., Palkovits, M., Faludi, G., Merali, Z., Anisman, H. (2008). GABA receptor promoter hypermethylation in  suicide brain: Implications for the involvement of epigenetic processes. Biological Psychiatry, 64, 645-652.

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Ruden, R. A. (2010). When the past is always present: Emotional traumatization, causes, and cures. New York: Routledge.

Sakai, C.S., Connolly, S. M., & Oas, P. (2010). Treatment of PTSD in Rwandan genocide survivors using Thought Field Therapy.  International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 12(1), 41-50.

Salas, M. M., Brooks, A. J., & Rowe, J. E. (2011). The immediate effect of a brief energy psychology intervention (emotional freedom techniques) on specific phobias: A pilot study. Journal of Science and Healing7(3), 155-161. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2011.02.005

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Binaural Beats: A Meditative Gateway to Altered States of Consciousness

 Many people struggle on their path to    meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank.  A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner whom simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.

For years, I grappled with these rules I believed surrounded meditation which kept me from achieving the insight I was seeking.  There were even times I thought I was just incapable of quieting my mind; it always seemed I had thoughts rushing in and out faster than I could realize them.

Eventually, I came to understand it wasn’t always an empty mind that was necessarily the effective component for growth and expansion in my meditations, but the peaceful, uncontrolled viewing of the visualizations that ebbed and flowed through my mind.  Still, I wanted to experience that all calm, extreme expansion that comes from a higher meditative state; that’s when I discovered binaural beats.

Binaural Beats: What They Are                                  

Binaural beats are a variation of brainwave entrainment, creating an oscillation effect between the frequencies flowing into each ear and the frequency resonated in the brain.  The oscillation effect is what happens when ringing a tuning fork and placing it next to another tuning fork at rest; if the tuning forks play the same note, or vibrate on the same frequency, the tuning fork at rest will begin to ring.

Two different frequencies stream into the ears of an individual, preferably wearing headphones, creating a binaural beat within the brain. By introducing one frequency in one ear, and another in the opposite ear, the hemispheres of the brain are obliged to interact and communicate with one another to hear the binaural beat, causing hemisphere

synchronicity.  Evidence has implicated both the superior olivary nucleus in the brainstem and the inferior colliculus as the area(s) where the binaural beat is created and heard within the brain.

Effects of Binaural Beats

Hemisphere synchronicity has profound implications!  This special type of synchronicity is rare and is reported by Dr. Thompson (2007) to be associated with the light bulb moment, instances of epic inspiration and creativity, and high states of meditation or joy.

Certain binaural beats can be used to create a sustained synchronistic state, creating profound changes in consciousness and brainwave configurations.

The physiology and psychophysiology of human beings is affected beyond the scope of hemisphere synchronicity though!  Several studies have reported reductions in anxiety, dopamine, insulin-like growth factor-1, stress, and sleep requirements, as well as increases in learning ability, creativity, higher states of consciousness, lucid dreaming, astral projection, and more.  This proves binaural beats to have an effect that goes beyond potential placebos or perceptions; they have a fundamental biochemical effect on the body as well!

Binaural beats have also been successfully incorporated in treatment plans for pain management, addictions, depression, migraines, and low self-esteem.

Some people also experience hypnagogia states, which are states of consciousness between waking and sleeping, often referred to as threshold consciousness.  During these states, people may experience visual or auditory phenomenon such as seeing colors, shapes, and patterns, or hearing snippets of conversations, various sounds, and voices.

Various frequencies are associated with different effects as well.  Beta frequencies increase awareness and alertness, improving focus and memory; alpha frequencies are great for meditative states and accelerated learning.  Theta frequencies are also used for increasing an individual’s learning ability, creativity, enhancing meditative states, and results in sounder sleep from the induced relaxation.  Scientists have found children spend much more time in the theta frequency than adults, which is one reason why they are adept learners in comparison.  Finally, delta frequencies have similar effects as theta waves, except for delta waves are closer associated with deeper sleep stages.

State        Frequency range         State of mind
Delta           0.5Hz – 4Hz      Deep sleep
Theta           4Hz – 8Hz      Drowsiness (also first stage of sleep)
Alpha           8Hz – 14Hz      Relaxed but alert
Beta           14Hz – 30Hz      Highly alert and focused

                                                (“Theory behind brainwave,” 2004)

There is a caution when using beta waves for an extended amount of time, as beta frequencies can create a mental fatigue from generating an imbalance between the potassium and sodium ratio.  Luckily, if this does occur, even brief periods of the theta state can correct the imbalance.

How To Magnify the Binaural Beat Experience

This technique of brainwave entrainment is most effective when combined with music, positive affirmations, or biofeedback.  Adding these modalities to binaural beats creates a multilayered approach to inducing altered states of consciousness, relaxation, and expanding your scope of understanding.

How Can I Use Them?!?!?

Binaural beats are clinically proven through many studies, including double-blind controlled experiments, to demonstrate positive effects on people.  However, scientists have made notes that these may not work for everyone, and there were several confounding factors.

One issue was the ability of the individual to relax; if an individual was unable to relax and focus on listening, they were not able to derive the magnitude of benefits other people experienced.  Openness to this technique also exerted force on the personal outcome of participants.

It is important to always remember the mind is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal.  When we make up our minds that something will not work, we create a reality of ineffectiveness, exacerbating frustration and pessimism.

However, openness may not be the only success prohibiting factor with binaural beats; several studies have reported age may play a role in how the brain is able to process the binaural beat.

Moreover, different binaural beats may be effective or ineffective due to how they are mixed.  For example, I have used many different binaural beat compilations for different effects.  Some had potent effects and others were so ineffective I either switched them or turned them off.

Using Binaural Beats                                    

If you are interested in binaural beats, I suggest you listen to several types to see what you respond best to.  Every individual is unique and there will always be fluctuations in our responses.  I’ve posted some of my favorites under products and programs, and my all-time favorite binaural beat video on YouTube can be accessed here (this is an example of a Reiki music track with imbedded binaural tracks).

It is very important for you to be aware of how to use these as well.  You should sit or lay down when listening to binaural tracks, allowing yourself to relax and melt into the track.  Minor benefits can be gained when passively listening to binaural tracks when doing activities like reading a book, emailing, or anything that isn’t strenuous.  However, it can be extremely dangerous to listen to binaural beats when driving or in situations where it is important for you to be present in your environment.

My favorite time to use them is right before going to sleep.  Depending on the track I want to listen to that night, I’ll lay down anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour before the time I actually want to go to sleep.  I’ve found using headphones is significantly more effective and comfortable for me than using speakers or ear buds.

The reason I love listening to binaural tracks before bed is not just because they are soothing and release my daily tension, but it allows my mind to stay in that state for a longer period of time.  Even more important, when you sleep you incorporate your daily events, information learned, and new or revised cellular memory (a topic I’ll write about very soon!) into your brain and body.  This will help you maintain and assimilate the effects from the binaural tracks in your being.

*Note: it’s important to listen to your body’s reactions.  If you originally wanted to listen to a track for an hour and after 10 – 15 minutes you feel completed and ready to turn it off, follow that instinct!  Your body will always tell you what it needs.

Lasting Implications

I have been using binaural beats for several months and I have noticed amazing advantages.  My quality of sleep is enhanced; my dreams are more vivid, easier to remember, and I have more instances of lucid dreaming; my cognitive processing is quicker and more advanced (IE: thinking more clearly, efficiently, and quickly) ; and I’m able to relax easier on a whim.  When I’ve used binaural beats before engaging in an activity, I notice colors are more vibrant, synchronistic and geometric patterns are more apparent, and I am more present in the moment of the experience.  Life just seems to be deeper, more connected and profound.

The most important benefit binaural beats have to offer is the ability to train your brain to enter altered and higher states of consciousness, when you’d like to experience them.  Binaural beats can ease you into meditative states without creating a dependence on the audios.  Ultimately, they serve as a brainwave inducer and exercise your brain to enter these states upon command.  No more vicious meditation frustration cycle!

References:

Carter, C. (2008). Healthcare performance and the effects of the binaural beats on human  blood pressure and heart rate. Journal of Hospital Marketing & Public Relations18(2), 213-219.

Kennel, S., Taylor, A. G., Lyon, D., & Bourguinon, C. (2010). Pilot feasibility study of binaural auditory beats for reducing symptoms of inattention in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing25(1), 3-11.

Padmanabhan, R., Hildreth, A. J., & Laws, D. (2005). A prospective, randomised, controlled study examining binaural beat audio and pre-operative anxiety in patients undergoing general anaesthesia for day case surgery. Anaesthesia60(9), 874-877.

Schwarz, D. W. F., & Paylor, P. (2005). Human auditory steady state responses to binaural and monaural beats.Clinical Neurophysiology116(3), 658-668.

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Thompson, J. (2007). Acoustic brainwave entrainment with binaural beats. Retrieved from http://www.neuroacoustic.com/entrainment.html

Thompson, J. (2007). Binaural auditory beats affect vigilance performance and mood. Retrieved from http://www.neuroacoustic.com/binaural.html

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