The concept of disciplining the mind and the body through meditation originated more than 5000 years ago. The Effect of Strong Religious Beliefs on Coping with Stress by M. Joseph suggests that repetitive and rhythmic chants to appease the Supreme Power took place even in prehistoric civilizations.
Although many religions, till date, advocate meditation as a way of connecting to God, the modern western philosophy of meditation is aimed at calming the mind and removing stressful or negative thoughts.
According to a 2007 research conducted by the US government, almost 9.4% (20 million) Americans had practiced meditation in the previous 12 months.
This reflected a 7.6% (15 million) increase in the percentage of people who practiced meditation in 2002.
A recent study revealed a trend towards binaural beats meditation. More than one million people all over the globe is said to have used Binaural beat meditation to improve their lifestyle.
Holosync meditation utilizes the binaural beat sound technology as do other brain entrainment technologies.
Binaural Beats: History
The binaural beats sound technique was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Associate Professor, University of Berlin, in 1839.
Through his research, Dove found that when two similar sounds in different frequencies are administered to the left and the right ears, they cause a pulsating effect in the brains.
However, Dove did not understand the true implication of his discovery.
It was only in 1973 when Dr. Gerald Oster published an article called ‘Auditory Beats in the Brain’ in the Scientific American, did the world come to know about the potential of binaural beats.
In his article, Oster had elaborated on the amazing impacts the sound technology could have on the mind and the body.
How Binaural Beats Function
Binaural beats utilizes sound technology to alter a listener’s brainwaves in order to create the Alpha, Theta and Delta patterns. The crux lies in the administration of sound to both the ears in different frequencies.
Scientific research has proven that an alteration in a person’s brainwaves changes the way the person feels, thinks and conducts himself.
This means that the mind, emotions, beliefs as well as the body posture is impacted by brainwaves.
There are specific brainwave frequencies that correspond to specific mental, emotional, thus physical states. Binaural beats is an attempt to artificially create brainwave states that can help the listener to relax and rejuvenate.
Benefits of Binaural Beats
Binaural beats helps in both, meditation and hypnosis since it is the easiest way of gaining access to the subconscious mind.
Therefore, this sound technology has proven useful in:
- Bringing about some inner change
- Inducing deep sleep
- Facilitating personal development
- Boosting energy levels and health
- Increasing creativity
Binaural beats is being used by more and more people to stimulate their minds, perform better in their work spheres, cope with daily stresses and lead a healthier and happier life.