To thine own self be true….if you know what it is

Shakespeare quoteHow well do you know yourself? I had an inkling, but I didn’t have the right words. I now have some to replace the negative ones I have spent most of my 64-years wearing.

My mother told me when I was in the 2nd grade many, many years ago that I never finished anything I started. She said it so it must be true, I thought. (I have wondered since I grew up how many stupid things I have burdened my children with.) This one was a heavy burden for me to carry.

I had so many great ideas, but there wasn’t any way I could do them all. I kept up a real life and an imaginary life for more years than I care to recall and I lived through books at the same time. I have to say that I very rarely stopped reading a book or walked away from the TV as a kid, but homework. . . .

Down to the wire or just muddling through

I did get homework finished, but it was always at the last-minute and looked like hen scratchings. We didn’t have computers back then (or calculators either). There were just so many other things to think about and homework was either boring or frightening. The only 6-weeks that I did well in school was the first one which was mainly review. When we hit the new stuff, I just got further and further behind since I didn’t get the foundations before we went to the next level. I was too busy thinking, reading and playing outside.

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Can the Brain Benefit From Brain Entrainment?

I don’t think space is the final frontier-the brain is. Scientists have much to study about the brain.

There are scientists studying chemicals to change brain chemistry. Some are arguing for mental stimulation to discourage Alzheimer’s. Others think that certain external sound waves mimicking brainwaves can increase creativity, intelligence, control pain or alter psychological states.

I don’t think the final word is in yet. But I do know from personal experience that brain entrainment is a working theory.

In the 1990s when a lot of studies were being conducted on entrainment, I got The Brainwave Suite by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson out of a catalog. There were 4 CDs that included sound wave triggers within ambient music. It was sort of like music anyway. The modern version is BRAINWAVE SUITE: Alpha (Relaxation/Med.), Theta (Insight & Intuition), Delta … (4CD + bklt) – Audio CD (2007) by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, which you can get at Amazon.com. They also have the separate brainwaves available for MP3 downloads.

The four were Alpha Relaxation and Meditation, Theta Insight and Intuition, Delta Sleep and Rejuvenation and Alpha/Theta Awakened Mind.

My absolute favorite was the Delta sleep CD. I am an avowed insomniac and this CD always put me to sleep. My only problem with it was that I wore bulky earphones and they would bother me into wakefulness, just long enough to pull them off. My second favorite was the Alpha Relaxation and Meditation. The first part of the CD helped me calm down and the second led me into a deep meditation.

I didn’t use the Theta too much. I tried to play it and the Alpha/Theta while I typed, but I couldn’t do that. I know that most teens these days do all their work to blaring music, but I like and need my quiet. Science seems to suggest that there is a relationship between sound waves and brainwaves and that sound waves can alter brainwaves in positive ways.

In the conclusion of a study, “A Comprehensive Review of the Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment,” 2008, by Tina L. Huang, PhD., she states that findings suggest that Brainwave Entrainment is an effective therapeutic tool. People suffering from cognitive functioning deficits, stress, pain, headaches/migraines, PMS and behavioral problems benefited from Brainwave Entrainment, but that more studies needed to be conducted. She did mention that it appeared that Beta stimulation increased overall intelligence as did a sound wave test that alternated between 14 and 22 Hz (Beta brainwaves are within the 13-40 Hz range).

These days there are many more brain entrainment programs to choose from. For example you can go to the Ultimate Brainwaves Store, the most Efficient Brainwave Technology with no headphones required and a free MP3 program at www.Brainwave-Meditation.net

I think that people found as I did that brainwave entrainment works, even though the research itself is sparse.

It appears that the brain is capable of doing some phenomenal things, like self-healing, improving intelligence, relearning how to stop pain, relax and relieve stress, improve behavior, and much more with the help of brain entrainment sound waves.

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Brainwaves and Brain Entrainment

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What do you supposed is the final frontier? I believe it is the brain. The brain is far from understood right down to the electrical pulses that show up in electroencephalographs, commonly known as brainwaves.

Scientists have named the outer parts, some of the inner parts, some of the chemicals inside and what they do; but there is so much scientists don’t understand at all. Can Alzheimer’s be controlled, can IQ be increased? What causes mood disorders like Bipolar or schizophrenia? Can ADD, ADHD, autism, and epilepsy be cured? Are these things linked to brainwaves?

There are scientists using chemicals to change brain chemistry. Other scientists argue for mental stimulation to discourage Alzheimer’s. Another branch thinks that certain sound waves the mimic certain brainwaves can increase creativity, intelligence, control pain or alter psychological states.

It is not strange that the mind has brainwave activity and that music also is made of sound wave activity. This is no coincidence. Most people love music. It moves them to dance, sing, relax and even fall asleep. It’s full of sound waves that react with our brainwaves. In one scientific study, “Auditory Driving as a Ritual Technology: A Review and Analysis,” 2005, Gabe Turow states that he has evidence that music alters mood and has been useful to treat various illnesses probably by altering the brainwave patterns. External sound waves alter the body’s brainwaves.

This is called Brainwave entrainment. Brainwave entrainment is any practice that aims to cause brainwave frequencies to fall into step with an external periodic stimulus having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state. This can be auditory and or visual stimulation. You can find out more from this website–www.transparentcorp.com/products/np/entrainment.php.

In other words when Brain Entrainment exposes the brain to external special tones or sights that are pulsed at specific frequencies, the brain will synchronize its own electrical impulses to that same frequency. This means the brain becomes “entrained” to (matched to) the specific frequency of the pulses, which give a person the ability to choose the primary frequency the person wants to experience in the brain. The choice is made by choosing to listen to certain frequencies.

To guide the brain into higher and faster frequency brainwave patterns, the person listens to music in the beta wave length (which range is between 13-40 Hz). In a 1999 study by Frederick J. Lubar et. al., they discovered that when a person listens to sound waves at 18.5 Hz, some people’s brains responded by increasing to 18.5 Hz EEG activity. If the people tested both saw visual sights that pulsed at 18.5 Hz and heard auditory waves, almost half of their brains reached 18.5 Hz EEG activity. This is generally considered within the lower range of Beta brainwaves.

Many of these people saw a reduction in symptoms while they were on this program. Some of the symptoms that were reduced include muscle fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, headache, and TMJ pain. It appears that an external source of sound waves can have an effect on the brain. Amazon.com has this CD that helps Heal Your Headache, Migraines be Gone: the Migraine Brain Wave Entrainment Self Hypnosis System by Dr. Jane Maati Smith C.Hyp. Msc.D. (Audio CD – Dec. 29, 2008). This product that can be purchased on the internet can help-http://www.meditationprogram.com/meditation/ . So can this CD that you can get from Amazon.com-Awakened Mind System 2.0 by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson (Audio CD – June 29, 2004).

There have been studies that show this is temporary and others that it is permanent. More study needs to be done, but it appears that external sound waves do affect brainwaves.

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What Do the Brain’s Electric Activities Do?

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The brain is considered by some to be the final frontier. Even though DNA links have been labeled, the brain is still not totally understood.

Certain scientists think that certain sound waves that mimic certain brainwaves can increase creativity, intelligence, control pain or alter psychological states. Sound waves can control a person’s ability to meditate. Please go to

http://www.eocinstitute.org/meditation_s/45.htm?gclid=CK2wn7i_yKICFSNO5wodYSgbIg for more on this.

The brain itself emits waves that oscillate at different frequencies depending on what the person is doing. This was scientifically proven in the 1930s when Hans Berger invented the electroencephalograph (EEG) that records the trace electrical activity at the surface of the skull. The EEG recording displays the electrical activity as waves, which led to the term “brainwaves.”

These vibrations are related to rhythms and patterns that vary as a person lives a 24 hour day.

There are 5 frequencies that these waves fall into: gamma (30-40 Hz), beta (13-30 Hz), alpha (8-13 Hz), theta (4-8 Hz) and delta (1-4 Hz). These wave patterns occur all over the scalp.

1. Gamma waves over sensory cortices and combine perceptions of two different senses, like sound and sight. Gamma wave frequency is the highest frequency band to be discussed. Attending stimuli include visual, auditory and tactile. There is a correlation between gamma waves and the person’s ability to recall memories and to meditate.

2. Beta waves are located frontally and related to being alert and working, thinking and concentrating. At times these waves will fire in various spots in many brain areas. Beta waves occur when a person is wide awake, alert, focused, concentrating. Hand-eye coordination is greater and visual acuity is at its best.

3. Alpha waves are found in the posterior sites and both sides. They are associated with relaxation and reflection. Alpha waves occur when the person is truly relaxed. Brain activity slows from the rapid patterns of Beta to the more gentle Alpha waves. Awareness expands, creativity, problem solving and new ideas blossom. While this is deep relaxation, it is not quite meditation.

4. Theta waves are located at frontal sites, but are not related to tasks at hand. Meditation occurs during Theta brain waves. Brain activity slows almost to sleep, but stops. Theta brings the person a heightened receptivity, flashes of dreamlike imagery, inspiration and memories. Some people experience a sense of floating. Theta is just at the threshold of subconscious. It is an ideal state for learning, reprogramming your mind or self-hypnosis. See how Theta waves affect the brain at this website: http://www.eocinstitute.org/brainwave_synchronization_s/47.htm.

5. Delta waves are located frontally in adults and occur when the person is asleep. Delta waves are the slowest of all brain waves and are associated with deep sleep. This is the time of physical renewal, healing and regeneration. This is the state where the mind works out the problems a person needed to sleep on. Meditative states with an increased presence of delta waves is seen to occur in very experience practitioners because it is very difficult to enter the delta state and stay awake.

This information helps us understand the brain and the purpose of its electrical activity. This is a step forward in taming the last frontier. For a more thorough explanation you can get Sonic Alchemy by Joshua Leeds (Paperback – May 14, 1997) from Amazon.com.

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True Friends Don't Pencil You In

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.–Robert Brault

The computer has given way to smart phones that act as computers, books, datebooks, letter writers, diaries, cameras, GPS, clocks, alarm clocks and so on all in one.

We are now more bound up by time than when we all just wore watches and carried around datebooks. I have a computer program that actually sets not just the task, but how long I think I should take doing it. Then it sounds an alarm when I should stop and go on to the next task. The idea behind this nifty control system is that when we operate under a deadline, we work smarter.

I have meditations with subliminal messages about staying alert to help me control my time. I have computer brainwave entrainment programs to speed me up, musical caffeine. I also have a healthy sense of guilt when I sit back with a good book and read instead of working on something.

I know that I am no different than anyone of you. You all have some things like this to keep you on track.

STOP for a minute. What kind of a friend are you? Do you have to make an appointment to go to lunch with someone? Or can you just stop whatever you are doing and go eat with a friend?

What kind of friend would you rather have? I thought so. Me, too. So maybe we need to be a little less imprisoned by time and our smart phones and a little freer with ourselves.

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