By Karl Moore
We’ve all heard about the powerful benefits of meditation: Less stress, greater relaxation, sharper thinking, improved memory, enhanced creativity, and more.
Yet how many of us have experienced this for ourselves?
Meditation holds some amazing benefits for those that practice it routinely. Since the 1970s, there have been over 3000 scientific studies at over 200 independent universities, all validating the life-changing gains of regular meditation.
The problem is that reaching the states that bring about such powerful benefits takes time.
You need to invest hours in weekly practice. Months of training as you learn to slowly quieten the mind, supress the itching, and slowly progress into deeper and deeper states of meditation.
But what if there was a ‘hack’ you could use to quickly achieve those deep, profound states – all within just minutes? Science has the answer.
Brainwaves: The Signatures of Your Mind
Let’s briefly look at the science. Your brain consists of 100 billion brain cells, and each of those cells talk to each other using little spikes of electricity. The overall pattern of this activity can be measured using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine.
This overall pattern is represented as a “frequency”, and that frequency can be thought of as a signature for your state of mind. We have different names for each frequency range: beta, delta, and alpha, for example.
Right now, you’re alert and conscious, and so you’re most likely operating in the beta range of 12-30 Hz. (Hertz, meaning cycles per second.) When you’re asleep at night, you’re in the delta range of 0-4Hz.
We also know the exact meditation ‘signature’ frequencies too. By observing Zen monks in practice, we can see that the more advanced the meditation, the deeper the brainwave frequencies, while you remain awake and conscious.
So: The more advanced the meditation, the deeper the brainwave frequencies, and the greater the benefits in your life.
The problem is that it can take years to train yourself to access those deeper states of meditation. You either find it too difficult to quieten your mind, or find yourself dropping off to sleep. And that’s where brainwave entrainment comes into play.
100 Years of Brainwave Entrainment Research
Brainwave entrainment is an area of science that has been heavily researched over the past 100 years. And it provides the key to improving your meditation results, quicker than you ever thought possible.
Let’s consider how it works. Imagine striking a tuning fork, and holding another tuning fork next to it. What happens? The second tuning fork starts vibrating at the same frequency as the first.
The same thing happens with the brain. It plays “follow the leader.” If you expose it to a particular frequency, the brain follows and copies that frequency. This is a phenomenon in science known as brainwave entrainment.
Now, this is where it all gets really clever. Remember, we know the frequencies associated with super-deep meditation. And we know that the brain follows frequencies when exposed to them.
So, we create a form of stimulation that incorporates those frequencies, and expose it to the brain. Typically this is done through a simple audio file (such as an MP3), using isochronic tones or binaural beats to deliver the frequency.
By listening to this audio file, the brain quickly copies the frequency, and takes you down into a deep state of meditation – effortlessly.
No struggling. No difficulty quietening your thoughts. Just speedy access to those deeper states of consciousness, on-demand.
By listening, you get the immediate benefit of enhanced relaxation, and the dissolution of stress, anxiety and worry. Over time, the greater benefits become clear: sharper brain power, improved focus, decreased insomnia, enhanced creativity, dozens of huge health benefits, and more. And all because of a simple MP3!
Using the Ultimate Brain Hack
Brainwave entrainment isn’t a myth. It’s an area of science that can help dramatically improve your life. In fact, we estimate that it can save you 70,000 hours of meditative practice over the course of your lifetime.
So, do your research. Find a brainwave meditation program with a good reputation, and give it a month to see how it enhances your life. Or learn more about the science, and try to create your own.
For me, without a doubt, brainwave entrainment is perhaps the ultimate brain hack. It can save you 70,000 hours and improve your life in ways you’d never imagine.
And now you know more about it, maybe it’s time to try it out for yourself.
Karl Moore is a self-development entrepreneur. He is the director of Inspire3, producers of the Zen12 brainwave meditation program