What is brainwave entrainment?

Posted on by in brainwave entrainment

Why is it important to learn about brainwave entrainment?

Throughout the day, you’re going to different states, this can range from relaxation to concentration or times when you’re learning. When you’re in these states it is associated with different brainwaves and what brainwave entrainment allows you to do is use an external source to influence the brainwave patterns that you are having - you can access whatever state you want to enter on demand with brainwave entrainment.

What is brainwave entrainment?

The term entrainment is borrowed from science and is also known as a frequency follow response.

Screen Shot 2013 12 22 at 11.14.59 AM 300x159 What is brainwave entrainment?To give you an example how this works is with tuning forks. We know if we hit a tuning fork and then we bring it close to a second one, the second tuning fork would start vibrating at the same frequency as the one that was already tuned. Since the brain operates through brainwaves, then if we have an external stimuli that is vibrating at say 10 hertz and we bring that close to the brain, then the brainwaves within the brain will start being influenced to follow this and go into a 10 hertz brain wave pattern.

Brain wave entrainment is all about being able to access the different brainwaves and therefore the states associated with them on demand.

 How can you use brainwave entrainment?

To answer this, we first of all have to go back to about 200 BC and to the mathematician and astronomer Ptolemy. He was the first person to document this phenomena knows as brainwave entrainment. What he experienced was a spinning wheel and the light was being reflected off it which caused him to experiences a deep state of euphoria. We know from brainwaves that he was probably experiencing an alpha brainwave which is between 8 and 12.9 cycles per second – the flashing light must have been flashing at about 8 times per second.

One of the methods that you can use to induce different brainwaves is through light machines.

The most convenient way to induce  brainwaves through brainwave entrainment is with audio.

Back in 1839, the scientist called HW Dove discovered this phenomenon as Binaural beats. What this refers to is taking 2 different frequencies and putting them in each ear. For example you have 410 hertz in one ear and 420 hertz in the other and what happens is a secondary beat forms which is 10 hertz in the brain. What we know from brainwaves is that this is associated with an alpha brain wave and this is associated with the state of relaxation.

If you want to learn how to be able to put yourself in these different brainwaves on demand, then I suggest you click this link to watch my next video on brainwave entrainment. 

Tags: , , , ,