Brain entrainment technology – what’s the fuss?
First off, I would like to give credit to Bill Harris, founder of the Centerpointe Institute, for most of the information in this article. I chose to represent his explanation and application of the technology of brain entrainment, as I found it to be most helpful in understanding how it works and why we should consider implementing it in our daily lives to create better versions of ourselves.
I am continuing to do so and found it greatly alleviates life-long bouts of depression and anxiety. Bill Harris claimed similar findings with regards to his own life.
I agree with him when he talks about the development of a very deep insight into who you are, how you create your reality, and why you are responsible for everything that happens in your life. These changes do not happen over night, but out of this insight came changes in every area of your life: relationships, self-confidence, health, finances,
creativity, mental clarity, and inter-connectedness with the rest of the world.
How does it work then…?
In the 1970’s the Menninger Foundation studied the electrical brain wave patterns of Yogi’s to understand more
about the control they have over seemingly unconscious mental and physical functions. These studies allowed first insights into the electrical brain wave patterns associated with meditation.
Round about the same time, another scientific paper was published which explained how sound was used to create any desired electrical brainwave pattern in a subject. This sound technology basically creates great fluctuations in electrical brain wave activity.
As one moves from the beta brain wave pattern of normal waking consciousness to the slower brain wave pattern
of alpha, then deeper into theta, and finally to the deepest delta, the fluctuations in the brain are constantly increasing. Here is the important point:
These fluctuations give the nervous system input, or stimulus, which is beyond its ability to handle via its existing structure (the way it is structured at the time).
In order to handle these fluctuations, the nervous system is forced to reorganize itself at higher, more complex levels of functioning, evolving a new structure that can handle the input it originally could not handle.
As the brain continues to receive this input, the nervous system will continually reorganize itself, in a series of quantum leaps—some at a micro-level of functioning and some at a much more global level…until a new structure has been created that can easily handle this input.
[This model of change is based on the work of scientist Ilya Prigogine, winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize for
work on the growth and evolution of what scientists call “nonlinear open systems”.]
Neurophysiologically, this reorganization in the brain causes the creation of new neural pathways, resulting in communication between parts of the brain that previously were not communicating, or were communicating to only a small degree.
Certain brain entrainment programs make synchronization of the two hemispheres of the brain possible, and over time this synchronization may become permanent.
Communication between the two hemispheres – operating as the whole brain, has been linked to many characteristics associated with success. These include such things as increased learning ability, creativity, intuition, mental clarity, intelligence and an increase in what some would call “mystical” or “metaphysical” powers.
These are normally not available to us because we have been conditioned to use only a small percentage of our brains.
What I found to be a most amazing observation is that every time the nervous system makes a quantum leap – every time the brain has to re-organize because of the input – in order to make that shift, you have to let go of some of your unresolved mental and emotional baggage stored in the subconscious mind!
Whether it is unresolved fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, or limiting beliefs, some of this material will be incompatible with the brain’s ability to operate at the next higher level of functioning and will be resolved.
When the nervous system has come to the point where it has made all the necessary changes to function at
this higher level, it can be likened to the experience of becoming physically fit. You no longer struggle to complete the course in a certain time, but can now easily run it and feel OK.
Next follows a simplified explanation of how the different brain wave patterns are induced:
A tone of a certain frequency is introduced into one ear (which affects the opposite side of the brain) and a tone of a
slightly different frequency into the other ear.
The electrical brain wave patterns will then resonate to the difference between these two tones: If we make the difference between the two tones ten cycles-per-second, for instance, the predominant brain wave pattern will be ten cycles per second, in the middle of the alpha range.
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