Sound surrounds you. It is inescapable. Through the power of music it has the potential to move millions. Through the power of language it can elevate entire cultures. Sound permeates every aspect of your life, and yet it’s so easy to take it for granted.
But sound is so much more. As a professional music producer I have the pleasure of helping people communicate meaning through music. I feel its intimate connection with our emotions. Simultaneously, as an experimental audio engineer, I have come to realise the incredible power sound has, to heal and affect our state of being.
Our digital culture has fostered the development of a variety of powerful audio technologies that can affect our brainwaves. Research over the past few decades has shown that exposure to particular types of auditory stimuli can have powerful effects on listeners physical, mental, and emotional states. This technology is now used to assist and enhance meditative practice, promote expanded awareness, and generate feelings of deep relaxation.
This type of audio technology is known as brainwave entrainment. Entrainment is a process whereby any two separate vibrating or oscillating systems, when placed in close proximity to another, begin to imitate each other. Take a piano for example. If you strike only one key and listen to the decay, you would hear not only the one note, but a multitude of tones that resonate in harmony. Whilst this may sound ordinary, the implications are profound.
An experiment you can try at home, is to hang a number of pendulums around a room and set them swinging randomly. In time, the pendulums will sync and begin to swing in unison, or at least fall into a similar phase relationship.
As all matter in our universe is made up of vibrations—indeed, your brainwaves are vibrations—entrainment is a very powerful science. Using brainwave entrainment audio can be beneficial for you physically, mentally and emotionally as the Egyptians and Shamans clearly knew.
By meditating regularly using brainwave entrainment, you can achieve positive physiological outcomes including stress relief, improved sleep, enhanced creativity, and deep relaxation. This type of technology can also assist in inner healing and conscious awakening, and allow for mind-expanding states of consciousness to occur.
This synergy of ancient wisdom and modern technology is paving a path for self-healing and awakening. An exciting advance which makes the practice of meditation easy and accessible to all.