The SoundMind Meditation System
The SoundMind Meditation System
Harness the Power of Your Mind
This is a four-level meditation course designed to take you to progressively deeper states of meditation. Each program uses the gentle sounds of rain layered with the subtle yet powerful binaural audio entrainment technology which takes you from the Beta brainwave state all the way down into the low Delta brainwave state, the deepest meditative trance-like state of awareness.
This program is a progression of four levels: I Adjustment, II Intermediate, III Advanced and IV Master User. It is advised that the listener start out using the I Adjustment program and move subsequently through the entire sequence to Master User. The reason for the gradual progression is for the listener’s safety. As we start listening to the binaural technology, the brain can only handle the “smaller ocean waves”. Each time we use these soundtracks we are giving our brain a workout. In order to synchronize the right and left sides of our brain, the brain must create a bridge of communication. These are the neural pathways that connect the right and left hemispheres. As we start out, our brain makes new pathways in order to make this synchronization easier and more efficient. As we get used to the beginner levels of the SoundMind program, we can start putting more power through these neural pathways until the brain reorganizes itself to be able to handle the larger “Tsunamis” found in the Intermediate, Advanced and Master User levels.
All of the program soundtracks start at a 12Hz beat frequency and gradually decrease to a frequency of 2.5Hz . The beat frequencies go through various stations, 12Hz for alertness and concentration, 7.83Hz the Earth’s Schumann Resonance for enhanced serotonin release and mood elevation, 4.5Hz for enkaphalin release which helps reduce stress, 2.5Hz for the production of endogenous opiates, pain, anxiety reduction and a complete euphoria and endorphin release. Your brain cells will reset their sodium & potassium ratios when the brain is in the low frequency theta and delta state. The sodium & potassium levels are involved in osmosis which is the chemical process that transports chemicals into and out of your brain cells. After an extended period in the Beta state (normal working consciousness) the ratio between potassium and sodium is out of balance. This is the main cause of what is known as “mental fatigue”. A brief period in Theta (about 5 – 15min) can restore the ratio to normal resulting in mental refreshment.)
The program is offered as a set of high fidelity mp3’s. They can be played on an ipod or other mp3 player or burned to CD’s using itunes or another mp3 to wave converter for use in a portable CD player. Note: The effectiveness of binaural audio is the same for .mp3 files as it is for compact disc (.wav files).
How the technology works…
In a sense these soundtracks are a guide that will help to “meditate you”. The program takes full advantage of the benefits of binaural audio research and uses this technology to synchronize your right and left brain hemispheres. The two separate background stereophonic binaural audio tones will “entrain” your brainwave patterns while white noise layered with the sounds of rain in a Vermont forest provide a soothing foreground to produce a meditative Ganzfeld Effect (see Wikipedia for definition of Ganzfeld Effect)
Binaural audio theory can be explained easily. When tones of two different frequencies are presented, one to each ear, the brain detects phase differences between these tones. Under natural circumstances a detected phase difference would provide directional information to alert the listener. However, the brain processes this anomalous information differently when these phase differences are heard with stereo headphones or speakers. When each ear hears an independent distinct tone, a perceptual integration of the two tones takes place, producing the sensation of a third ‘beat’ frequency. The mathematical difference between the tones waxes and wanes as the two different input frequencies mesh in and out of phase. As a result of these constantly increasing and decreasing differences, an amplitude-modulated standing wave or binaural beat, is heard. The binaural beat is perceived by the listener as a distinct rhythm or pulsing sound at the frequency of the mathematical difference between the two auditory input tones.
Synchronized brain waves have long been associated with meditative and hypnogogic states, and audio with embedded binaural beats has the ability to induce and improve such synchronized states of consciousness. The reason for this is physiological. Each ear is ‘hardwired’ (so to speak) to both hemispheres of the brain. Each hemisphere has its own olivary nucleus (sound-processing center) which receives signals from each ear. In keeping with this physiological structure, when a binaural beat is perceived there are actually two standing waves of equal amplitude and frequency present, one in each hemisphere. So, there are two separate standing waves entraining portions of each hemisphere to the same frequency. The perceived binaural beats contribute to the hemispheric synchronization causing the desired meditative and hypnogogic states of consciousness. Brain function in general is also enhanced through continued use of binaural audio by increasing the cross-collosal communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
The frequency of the lower of the two tones is what is called the carrier frequency. This frequency is what determines the “power” of the soundtracks. The lower the carrier frequency, the larger the amplitude of the sound waves. An example of this found in ocean waves. The lower frequency waves crashing on the beach are the huge giants and tsunami’s that contain immense power, the higher frequency waves are the smaller lapping waves and the ripples on the water when the wind blows across the surface. The power of the larger waves is vastly more intense than the power of the ripples on the surface. The same is true of the carrier frequency. The lower carrier frequencies are much more powerful to entrain our brainwaves.
Recent research performed by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, M.D., a prominent anti-aging researcher and past-president of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, revealed that Binaural audio technology dramatically affects production of three important hormones related to increased longevity, stress, and enhanced well-being: cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
Cortisol is a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands. According to Dr. Giampapa, cortisol is the major age-accelerating hormone. It also interferes with learning and memory and is, in general, bad news for your health and your well-being. Cortisol is the “stress hormone,” and the more of it you have, the more stressed you feel…the more susceptible to disease you are and the faster you age!
Another hormone, DHEA, is also produced by your adrenal glands. DHEA is a precursor, or source ingredient, to virtually every hormone your body needs. DHEA level is a key determinant of physiological age and resistance to disease. When levels are low, you’re more susceptible to aging and disease; when they’re high, the body is at its peak—vibrant, healthy, and able to combat disease effectively.
DHEA acts as a buffer against stress-related hormones (such as cortisol), which is why as you get older and make less DHEA you are more susceptible to stress and disease. DHEA is very important! A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (December 11, 1986) found that a 100 microgram per deciliter increase in DHEA blood levels corresponded with a 48% reduction in mortality due to cardiovascular disease—and a 36% reduction in mortality for any reason!
Melatonin, everyone knows, is a hormone that helps to create restful sleep. We make less of it as we age, and since during sleep many important rejuvenating substances are created in the brain, the inability to sleep soundly can dramatically decrease the quality of your life and greatly accelerate the aging process. New research also reveals that it is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, it is even more powerful than Vitamin E.
So how does Binaural audio technology affect levels of these three substances having so much affect on the quality (and length) of your life? In a before and after study of 19 people using Binaural audio technology the following changes were noted in levels of DHEA, cortisol, and melatonin:
In just three days, over 68% had increases in DHEA levels, with an average increase of 43.77%. Several people had increases of 50, 60, even 90%. Cortisol, on the other hand, was down an average of 46.47%, with positive changes in 68% of the people, and with several people having decreases of 70 or 80%. Melatonin levels increased an average of 97.77%, with positive changes happening in over 73% of the people. Many had improvements of 100, 200, even 300%.
Description of the Listening Procedure…
Start by sitting in an alert posture with the spine straight and perpendicular to the floor. You may use a chair or whatever else you find aids your comfort while meditating. Many people use meditation cushions or sit Indian style or in a half or full lotus posture, but THIS IS NOT NECESSARY, and should not be the primary goal of meditation. Using stereo headphones, listen to the I Adjustment program for the entire one hour program. Continue this practice once or twice daily, or whenever you feel like meditating. The more often you sit, the faster you will progress. Continue using I Adjustment for a minimum period of 4 months.
After 4 months of Adjustment, you may try using the next level of the program, however if you feel any discomfort, discontinue use and revert back to I Adjustment for another month of use. Continue this process until you are consistently using the next level of the program. Repeat this 4 month process for each subsequent program level until you are using IV Master User. The carrier frequency of IV Master User of 35Hz is quite low and will continue to be beneficial.
BONUS SOUNDTRACKS INCLUDED FOR ATTENTION AND LEARNING
The bonus soundtracks Attention and Learning Aid, may be used as often as needed. The Attention soundtrack is used whenever mental focus and concentration is needed. Simply listen to the track following the above instructions. However, the track can be used indefinitely beyond the 4 months. Learning Aid may be used while reading or studying to help in memory retention. The track may be set to repeat indefinitely. The listener is advised to keep the volume at a very low setting, this will allow the soundtrack to have the intended effect while not distracting your attention away from your tasks.
!!!WARNING!!! Do not start with the advanced programs…
If you do, you may experience nausea and dizziness, and a sense of disorientation. You may not feel acute symptoms of disorientation, however you may experience mental fatigue from working out too hard. The brain is not equipped to be able to handle the deeper tones of the advanced carrier frequencies without a gradual adjustment. They will be ineffective if used too quickly as a result of the side effects you may experience. Please Note: Epileptic patients are advised NOT TO USE ANY BINAURAL AUDIO SYSTEM, as this technology may trigger the onset of epileptic seizures.
SoundMind is fully compatible with your own meditation practice…
The SoundMind program can be used in conjunction with many other techniques of meditation, or as its own stand-alone meditation aid. Simple breath awareness is a useful tool to help concentrate the mind while using the SoundMind program. Simply watch the breath as it comes into the nostrils and then again as is goes out of the nostrils. Pay attention to the sensation of the touch of the breath as felt on the outer rings of the nostrils. Be aware of the instantaneous change of direction from inhalation to exhalation and then again from exhalation to inhalation. As you develop distinct awareness of the four parts of the breath cycle, you will find the mind becomes very quiet. Awareness of the natural flow of breath is a very useful tool and an excellent daily practice to be used in conjunction with this system. The breath awareness technique will take persistent practice to master but is one of the most effective and commonly used techniques of meditation throughout the world.