To achieve varied states of mind without a huge amount of effort,
you can use what are called binaural beats. These beats allow you to basically force your mind into tuning into these states.
Depending on which frequency you wish to be focused on, you can trick your mind into different states that will assist with
concentration, weight loss, learning, lucid dreaming, sleep, and a multitude of other ones.
Over the course of time,
it has been studied by scientists that varying states of mind are associated with different frequencies. For example, if you
were to tune your brain to a frequency of about 9 to 14 Hz (Hertz is the number of changes per minute), this would be related
to a relaxed state, or a state where you are reflecting on something. What binaural beats allow you to do is to achieve this
type of mental state. Not to mention, getting yourself into the brainwave state you would like to achieve is easy with just
a CD or MP3 player.
In order to get your brain to tune into a specific frequency, different sounds can be delivered
to each ear. In the case of binaural beats (there are also other beats called isochronic and monaural beats, but we'll use
binaural as the example here), a tone is played in in each ear. One tone may be 100 Hz, the other is played at 108 Hz. This
creates a binaural "beat" with the same frequency as the difference of the two (8 Hz). In this case, 8 Hz matches with the
theta state of mind which is great for creating ideas.
There are four different categories that are mentioned when
discussing the different states. They are referred to as theta, delta, beta, and alpha. You may have heard some of these terms
before, and they are usually referenced when discussing binaural beats.
The first frequency range is the beta frequencies.
This is the range from 13 Hz to 25 Hz. This range is used to obtain a state of alertness, and remove anxiety and stress.
second category would be the alpha frequencies. The alpha frequencies range from 8 to 12 Hz. When the binaural beat is delivered
in this range, it produces "superlearning," positive thinking, and also a state of light relaxation.
In the range from
4 to 7 Hz, you can experience benefits that include deeper relaxation (which is fantastic for meditation), improving your
memory, focus, and more. This is the theta range.
The final category is called the delta range. The delta frequencies
are primarily responsible for deeper sleep, increased immune functions, and lucid dreaming.
From what you have just
read, you can see that binaural beats can be taken advantage of to induce a vast number of mental states.
With each of these different states, benefits are offered to the listener, even if the listener does not have any experience
with binaural beats at all. All they require is an open mind.