What is Brainwave Entrainment?
The basic idea of brainwave entrainment starts with the fact
that electrical activity in our brains happens at certain frequencies,
and that various ranges of these frequencies are associated with
different states of consciousness. When you are wide awake and
engaged in some physical or mental activity, for example, your
brain waves are typically in the Beta range, meaning they are
mostly between 14 and 30 hertz or cycles-per-second.
A meditative state is usually associated with slower electrical
activity. Light meditation takes place when a person is in an
Alpha state, and deeper experiences are usually in a Theta or
even a Delta state of consciousness.
If we can "entrain" our brainwaves then, meaning
guide them using some technology, we can slow them down to the
frequencies that allow for a meditative state. After it was discovered
that some music had this effect, technologies were developed
to do this more systematically. Certain beats or sounds are embedded
in a background of music or nature sounds or anything else in
a recording, and by listening (usually with headphones) you are
guided into as deeper state of consciousness, or in the case
of some recordings meant for purposes other than meditation,
you are guided into a state of heightened brain activity (faster
There are a lot of products available now that use brainwave
entrainment technologies. For those who have trouble disciplining
themselves to meditate, or have trouble relaxing sufficiently,
or who just want meditation to be easier, these are great tools.
Pop in a CD and put on your headphones, or download a recording
onto your MP3. Then you just listen, and you're guided into a
relaxed and meditative state. It doesn't get any easier than
Which products are the best. There are several good ones.
You can even try out the technology more cheaply be getting just
one recording (the single CDs are usually designed to bring you
into an Alpha state). Some options for that are covered on the
page Other Meditation CDs,
but for just a little more you can get a full program that has
a set of recordings which take you down to deeper levels of meditation.
Top recommendation? Right here:
For the Best in Brainwave Entrainment Try
The Meditation Program
The Meditation Program