Brainwave synchronization occurs when the "right
brain" and "left
brain" work in a deep partnership with each other.
This is also called hemispheric synchronization or
brain synchrony, and happens when both sides of the
brain produce the same brain waves. Read more in Binaural Beat Research.
This is a good thing
for us owners / users of brains, as synchrony helps us to relax more,
think more effectively, and just be a bit more reasoned overall. It
feels incredibly relaxing and peaceful to experience this state too.
Binaural beats can get you
into this state quicker than
anything else on the planet!
What's Going On In Our Brains Now?
Normally (and very broadly
speaking) the two sides of the brain work
independently of each other - causing us to flit betweenlogical,
analytical "left brain"activities,
intuitive "right brain"activities.
Have you ever felt like you're
engaged in a near constant argument in
your head between what "feels right" and what makes logical "sense"?
Welcome to the unhappy world ofbrain
As binaural beats expert Bill
Harris states in his book Thresholds of The Mind: "In
virtually all people, the hemispheres are unbalanced, a state called brain lateralization..."
unbalanced hemispheres, Bill? That doesn't sound too good.
Bill: "The greater the lateralization of the
brain, the greater the feelings
of separation - and the greater the feelings of separation... the greater the stress,
So, when our hemispheres work
independently of each other (as they do
for the majority of people), we feel separated, stressed, anxious and
isolated. Does this sound like a typical day for you?
Brainwave Synchronization or Lateralization?
A good way to find out whether
your brain is acting with or against
itself is to ask this simple question: How are the emotions inside you
at the moment?
Odds are, if you feel down and
sad and depressed your brain is
lateralized, whereas if you feel joy, peace and happiness, your brain
is likely to be synchronized.
Consider this:Do you awaken every day with a
spring in your step, with ambition,
focus, confidence and happiness soaring through your body?
Do you have a clear picture of
what you want to achieve in life, and
are you committed to making that a reality? Do you have an excited
bubbly feeling inside because you know that you are on the right path
Or do you (barely!) roll out of
bed feeling miserable and down, worry
about what might go wrong, stress about work / your boss / what you
need to get done, and just feel a bit alone in the world? Do you suffer
from self-doubt, anxiety and / or depression? Do you think the world is
a bit of an unfair place?
To put it simply,
are you feeling crap more often than you are feeling brilliant?
If your life is more like the
second option, there's a good chance that
you've got a case of brain lateralization (so tell your boss and take a
day off work sick!)
Fear not, however, my soon to
be consciousness-expanding chum. I too
know what it's like to live like this - I used to be terribly depressed
and miserable and a bit sad. I feel your pain, and I know what it's
good news is that binaural beats and brainwave entrainment can help you
to gain balance over the two sides of your brain.
have been proven to do so. I have used them for this purpose - and my
levels of happiness soared - as well as my ability to make instinctive,
intuitive decisions, come up with profitable ideas, relax more - and so
With very little effort,youcan start to make
immense breakthroughsand begin to
learn how to control and take
charge of your brain, so that it works as it is supposed to. Awesome.
Benefits of Brainwave Synchronization
At its simplest level,
brainwave synchronization is avery relaxing
stateto be in. You can tangibly
production of "happy chemicals"in
the brain, like serotonin,
DHEA and melatonin, which all make you feel amazing.
using binaural beats you'll also find yourselfaccessing happy
memories or at the least becoming
more optimistic about the
It's a very nice place to be
in, as you start tofocus on your
strengthsfor a change, forgetting
- or not caring - about your
This can bevery
empoweringfor most folks. I'm not
sure why it works like this,
but maybe it's hard to think sad thoughts when your brain is flooded
with happy chemicals. Either way, it feels nice!
Your body will also shift into
a very relaxed,peaceful slumber,
will start to slow down its (often
incessant) noise. Some people
(including me) even claim to feel the brain inside the skull, and sense
that it is resonating and vibrating as one, distinct unit. This is
truly powerful to experience.
OK, the examples above should
be enough to have you running for a
binaural beats download to try out. Starting at $10 for a 30 minute
MP3, the value for money is clear, so if you're sold have a look at
some of my recommendedBrain
There are even some additional
reported benefits of brainwave
synchronization which will interest you if:
(a) you're into expanding your
consciousness (b) you have an open, seeking
mind, or (c) you've taken a lot of
psychoactive drugs :)
Let's take a look.
Resident BWE expert Bill Harris
says that after attaining a state of
brain synchrony we can expect "an
experience of connection with the rest of the universe, accompanied by profound inner peace and happiness".
I like the sound of that Bill,
I do. But I fear some people reading
this will be a little sceptical. After all, Bill was in The Secret, and not all people
believe that movie was as ... er ... rigorously accurate as it could have
been, and therefore they may not bother to listen to Bill again now.
In that case, let's try
arguably theworld's leading
authority on brain synchronization,
Dr Lester Fehmi. The good
Doctor is Director of the Biofeedback Research Institute atPrinceton
- a little known American university you
may have heard of :)
Fehmi sums up brainwave
(where) instead of feeling separate and narrow focussed, you tend to feel more ... unified with the
experience, you are the experience
- and the scope of your awareness is widened a great deal... it's as if
you become less self-conscious
and you function more intuitively"
you see how this definition is very similar to Bill's "connectedness
with the universe"?
Even if you're not really
spiritual, does that sound like an
interesting state to experience? Profound inner peace is always nice, I
Dr Charles Strobel, Ph.D.,
M.D., another brain wave pro with letters
after his name(!), sees brain synchronization as an"extremely
beneficial" state, causing a sense
of serenity and mental
Neuroscientist Jerry Levy of
the University of Chicago had this to add:
"Great men and women of history
did not merely have superior intellectual capacities within each
hemisphere. They had phenomenal
levels of emotional commitment, motivation, attentional capacity...
all of which reflects the highly
integrated brain in action..."
So (and I hope I'm still doing
2 + 2 and getting 4), Levy is saying
of the highly synchronised brain include commitment, motivation and
improved attention- and that great
men and women in history
possessed these traits ... which is kind of awesome really, isn't it?
Who wouldn't want to feel more
committed, motivated and attentive? Who
wouldn't want to think like history's finest?!
finish the argument for the spectacular benefits of brainwave
synchronization with a quote from perhaps the greatest thinker of all
(OK, so I haven't really got a
quote from him, but I do have a quote from Michael Gelb,
who studied Da Vinci and wrote a book called "How to Think Like Leonardo
so I reckon that's as close as we're going to get...!)
Gelb says that one of the sevenkey
Da Vinci's geniuswas:
"...his development of the
balance between science and art; logic and imagination; whole brain thinking..."
Boom! If Leonardo was actively
engaging in whole brain thinking, and
this was one of the (just) seven key reasons he was as spectacular a
genius as he was, that's good enough for me to try!
Final Thoughts on Brainwave Synchronization
Have fun exploring the crazy
world of brainwave synchronization. The
benefits are clear, the barriers to entry are low, so if you want to
feel more relaxed, peaceful (and arguably more creative, motivated and
happy), get involved today.
Here are some of my favourite
binaural beats and isochronic tones for
inducing a state of brainwave synchronization -Brain
This really is a trippy, fun
and rewarding state to experiment with.
If you are interested in peak
performance, expanding your
consciousness, flow, or connecting with source, get involved with some
brainwave synchronization today.
You will have a whole load of
fun - and get a load of benefits too. Win
/ Win. Enjoy