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10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #7)

Posted by on 30 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

Hello everyone, I had this post ready and timestamped to be posted, but it never got up… So here goes Day #7 from my 10 Hz Alpha brain waves experiment for you to read about.  And since I’m on the topic, I’m going to completely shy away from brain waves entrainment for at least a week – before I start up with a new experiment.  Why?  Because I don’t want the entrained Alpha 10 Hz to affect my latest experiment.  Anyways, have a happy New Year and feel free to read up on the “late post” below!

What I experienced today (Day #7)?

1.) Continued Physical Relaxation

Today, I am not more physically relaxed than yesterday, but the relaxation has stabilized.  I feel very good and relaxed to the point where I can still function and maintain a good level of relaxation.  My arms, legs, and the rest of my body continues to experience a pleasant state of relaxation.  Definitely a good way to end the final day of the experiment.

2.) Continued Slower Mental Processing

It is Day #7 (the final day of this experiment) and I continued to note a slower overall mental processing speed.  It is clear to me that the slower mental processing from the continued entrainment at 10Hz.  Though it is more difficult for me to think “quickly” – I am still not bothered by my slower thinking.  I can hold my ground in conversation and feel pretty satisfied with my state of awareness.

3.) Stable Energy In Stomach / Body

The energy in my stomach and the rest of my body feels relatively stable just like yesterday.  It isn’t bothersome and definitely isn’t distracting like it was early on in the experiment. There’s not much to note here other than the energy is still in my CORE stomach area, but it doesn’t feel like it wants to escape from my body.  It’s interesting because before this experiment started I wasn’t even aware of this energy… Or maybe it was a side-effect from Alpha brain waves?

4.)  Continued “Weird Dreams” / And Quality Sleep

I continued the final Day #7 of this experiment with more “weird dreams.”  I had gone to see a movie earlier in the day and one of the characters was in my dream.  Unlike in the movie – where he was a ruthless, mean killer – in my dream he was extremely nice to me and everyone else.  I didn’t fully wake up in the middle of the night, but this morning I remembered several weird different dreams that I had.  Right now though, I cannot seem to recall them.  The quality of my sleep continues to be extremely high – which is definitely a side-effect that I enjoy.

5.) Slow Thinking / Brain Idling

Today I have continued “slow thinking,” but like yesterday it doesn’t bother me and I am aware of it.  I have had some quality conversations and feel that I am in a “content” state of awareness.  Though it feels like my brain is “blank” during conversations – I always seem to find something good to say.  I do not feel that 10Hz entrainment makes for an optimal state for conversation – I don’t think that it hurts in any way.

6.) Negative Mood

Unfortunately, I am still experiencing a slightly more negative mood.  And though I have maintained “awareness” of this negativity – it seems as though the negativity has resulted from slower thinking.  I still found myself impulsively resorting to “curse words” over quality vocabulary.   The “little things” / little nuisances didn’t seem to bother me as much as yesterday.  However, being in a more negative mood than when I started this experiment shows me that the 10Hz entrainment is definitely having an effect.  I can definitely cope with it though.

I hope everyone enjoyed the experiment and had Happy Holidays.  Have a great New Year (2009) to all of my readers out there.  I am planning on doing another experiment in a couple of weeks!  I’ll let you all know when that goes down.  Hopefully I’ll update the blog sometime and either write an article in reflection of this experiment AND / OR give you the new experiment plans.

PREVIOUSLY: Day #6: 10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #6)

Posted by on 27 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

Today I definitely noticed some changes that continued from Day #5 and other new side-effects that you can read about below. Due to not having as much time to type this blog entry, my descriptions will be shorter and filled with less detail. I also wanted to be “clear” and “to-the-point” so that you all could understand what I experienced and whether I thought it was a significant side-effect.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday and is looking forward to a great 2009!

What I experienced today (Day #6)?

1.) Noticeably More Physical Relaxation

Today, I am definitely more physically relaxed than yesterday – and completely aware of it. From the moment that I woke up until now, I definitely feel that my body is more relaxed.  My arms and legs are just as loose / limp as they were yesterday and everything feels good.  I have a continued feeling of “looseness” that I have enjoyed throughout the day.  There aren’t a lot of specifics to describe – other than the fact that my body feels more relaxed than yesterday.

2.) Continued Slower Processing Speed / No “Deep” Thinking

It is Day #6 – and I continued to observe that my mental processing speed is slower than yesterday.  I think it’s due to a continued entrainment at 10Hz – which causes the majority of other waves to entrain at the 10 Hz level after my session.  I have maintained a good focus and am not distracted or unable to think clearly.  I definitely am not having any deep thoughts about life, the past, or the future – as I would if I were in the beta-range.  My thought speed has continued to slow – and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it continued to slow tomorrow – but we’ll see.

3.) Stable Energy In Stomach / Body

I still feel energy coming from the CORE of my stomach – but it feels as though I have adapted to it being there.  It is no longer bothersome or surging like it was a couple days back.  The flow of energy through my central stomach area has stabilized and my stomach feels nice and relaxed. I have been able to stay mentally clear and focused – and the typing of this entry seems very easy.  I am now wondering to myself whether or not it is the alpha entrainment that is causing me to be “less aware” of the effects than I would if I were in beta OR if it’s the adaptation to the alpha entrainment that’s causing reduced side-effects.

4.)  Continued “Weird Dreams” / Continued Deep Sleep

Last night I slept very deep, but had continued weird dreams.   In comparison to yesterday – the sleep quality did not change much.  I still felt very good when waking up this morning.  Last night was accompanied by weird dreams, but I don’t remember the details like I did the night before.  How do I know that I had weird dreams?  Because I woke up during the middle of the night due to dreams.  Definitely a continuation from Day #5 – things remained about the same (as far as sleep side effects).

5.) More Relaxation / Less Energy

Like yesterday, I woke up feeling extremely relaxed – my body felt very good.  There wasn’t an extreme change in my level of physical relaxation in comparison to yesterday – but it was noticeable.   Like yesterday, I also am experiencing less energy than yesterday.  I definitely wouldn’t describe myself as “lacking energy” like I did on Day #5, but I definitely am not as motivated to do certain things.

6.) More “Slow Thinking” / Better Conversation

I am more aware that my thinking has slowed down.  I am not thinking with nearly the mental speed that I normally do.  However – unlike yesterday, I have had some great conversations today.  I noticed that I was more spontaneous than I have been the entire week.  Though I have had my mind go nearly blank “mid-conversation” like yesterday – it was easy to deal with.  Though I feel like I converse at an optimal level in the beta-state, I feel like I can handle myself well in alpha.

7.) Negative Mood / Feeling “Crabby”

A continued effect from yesterday from what I described as a “slightly more negative mood” – has continued today.  Only unlike yesterday, I would say that my mood is in fact “slightly negative.”  I have found myself feeling irritated with things that normally don’t upset me.  I believe that it’s due to less overall “thinking,” but I am not sure.  I found myself dropping “swear words” – in sentences that didn’t even need them.  I felt a need to express more anger and upsetting emotion.  Little things got on my nerves today – and I am hoping that it doesn’t continue tomorrow.  I am trying to stay aware of what I say and my actions – but some sentences that I said today were purely from impulse.  I wasn’t thinking about what I was saying while I said it OR before I said it.  I feel what I would describe as “crabby” – a feeling that I do not often experience, so it’s definitely something major to take note of.

PREVIOUSLY: Day #5: 10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #5)

Posted by on 26 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

First of all, I didn’t skip out on entrainment today.  I followed up with a 20 minute session last night [on Christmas Eve] and my 20 minute session this morning as I have been.  Since it’s Christmas, I was too busy during the morning to write my entry, but I’m on it now that the hype has died down.  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season like I am.  Entrainment went very well both last night and today.  Read below for the full specifics regarding my experience.

What I experienced today (Day #5)?

1.) Slightly More Physical Relaxation

Today I feel super relaxed – my body is completely loose and my arms are limp.  I am definitely more relaxed physically than I was yesterday.  Though I thought that my level of physical relaxation had reached its peak yesterday, I was definitely wrong.  Today I am super loose – it feels like I am walking around after just getting a full-body massage.  I am not keyed up at all like yesterday – and I feel very good.  I’m definitely not going to complain about physical relaxation – even though it is making me want to “chill” and stay relaxed / lazy instead of working out.

2.) Slower Mental Processing Speed

It is Day #5 – and I definitely noticed a change in my mental processing speed between today and yesterday.  Today my brain feels like it is operating at a much slower speed than it was yesterday.  I am thinking slower, but am definitely more calm and focused than yesterday.  Looking back at my comments about my brain “grasping the 10hz frequency,” I know that it definitely hadn’t.  Main thing to remember: my brain (and thought-rate / speed) is definitely slower than yesterday.

3.) Excess Energy in Stomach Has Stabilized / Under Control

Unlike yesterday when I felt a huge surge of energy coming from my central stomach area, today I feel the energy there, but it is not causing any distraction or me to act antsy.  The energy feels like it belongs in my stomach and is not at all bothersome.  Yesterday, the energy felt like it was trying to break free and escape from my body.  Today, the energy in my CORE (midsection) feels like it belongs and is under control.  It is easy for me to focus, stay mentally clear, and type this article.

4.) “Weird dreams” / Continued Deep Sleep

Throughout the past few nights, I noted major improvements in quality of sleep.  Last night was definitely quality sleep, but it was accompanied by extremely weird dreams that I didn’t remember.  I woke up today feeling incredibly groggy – like I was deprived of sleep – even though I got plenty of sleep.

However, I do remember having one super weird dream (most dreams are weird…) in some foreign territory that included me walking and searching for my dorm.  No matter which route I took, I could never seem to get there. The environment was fairly (what I would describe as) shady, but the people in the dream were all fairly friendly and I knew pretty much everyone in it.  It definitely looked completely different from anything that I had seen in the “real world.”

Though that was just one “weird dream” I remembered having, I am positive that I had more – because I do remember that a couple caused me to wake up at different times throughout the night.  I haven’t been woken up by a dream in the middle of the night in a very long time.  In fact, I am rarely aware that I even have dreams.  Last night was a completely different story.

5.) More Relaxed / More Unenenergized

Though I did wake up feeling highly relaxed, the overall revitalizing energy that was present yesterday was just not around today.  With that said, I did feel more relaxed and loose today than yesterday – but I also (unfortunately) felt highly unenergized.  The lack of energy that has accompanied me today has forced me to operate at a much slower pace than I normally would.

6.) Slower Thinking During Conversations

Similarly to yesterday, I took note that my brain thinks slower during conversations.  I literally found my brain go completely “blank” mid conversation with someone.  It didn’t really bother me, but I did notice that I didn’t have as much to contribute to the conversation – due to my brain operating at a slower rate.  Normally, my brain flows with things to talk about – today, when I was on the phone with a friend – I did talk about plenty, it just didn’t feel (to me) like I had as much to say as is normal.

Due to a slower speed of mental processing (as noted in #2), it is also more difficult for me to think of “words” that I was going to use during conversation.  I was talking earlier to my family and all of a sudden (mid-sentence) I completely forgot what I was going to say.  Sure, we’ve all had this happen at various points in our lives, but it is definitely a rarity for me – an effect that definitely noted.

7.) More Negative Mood

Today I am experiencing a slightly negative mood, from what I attribute to slower thinking.  I am nowhere near as “witty” or have the “comebacks” / “fast-paced” thought that accompanied me a couple weeks ago.  This is not a bad thing, per se, as I was fine last night.  However, today it makes it more challenging to talk with quickness and get my point across with ease.  This is making me slightly frustrated.  My mood is not what I would describe as “negative,” but it is definitely “more negative” than yesterday.  This isn’t a big deal – but I am going to take note of it because it’s definitely noticeable.

PREVIOUSLY: Day #4: 10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #4)

Posted by on 24 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

It’s already Day #4 of my 10hz brain waves experiment in the alpha-range.  Things have been going relatively smooth – but today the energy that I’m experiencing is ridiculously distracting and makes it fairly difficult for me to type this entry.  Though I feel good and am not upset with this sudden increase in energy – it is fairly tough to contain and put to use.  I feel as though my mind is relaxed, but my physical body has energy to burn.  For everything that I experienced in fairly good detail, be sure to read below.  Oh, and Merry Christmas to all of my readers out there!

What I experienced today (Day #4)?

1.) Physical relaxation has peaked

It feels as though my level of physical relaxation has reached it’s peak.  In fact, today I feel no more relaxed or at ease than yesterday.  I feel relaxed, but also like I have TONS and TONS of energy throughout my stomach and the rest of my body (read below to hear about that).  If anything, I feel more keyed up than yesterday due to the energy.

2.) Mental processing speed

It is Day #4 and I have not noticed much of a change in my mental processing speed in comparison to yesterday.  Yesterday I noted that my level of mental relaxation increased.  Today, I feel as though my brain is operating at about the same speed.  It may have finally fully “grasped” the 10Hz alpha frequency through the entrainment session – which is a good thing.

3.) Strongest Surge Of Energy In Stomach / CORE

Today I have by far the biggest surge of energy coming from my central stomach area, it’s almost hard to restrain.  It feels like there’s a surge of energy in the pit of my stomach that is prying at me to get out.  It definitely feels good, but it also makes me want to jump out of this chair and do a three hour workout to try to get rid of it.

This crazy “pent-up” energy inside feels like a mix between emotion and energy.  Thinking optimistically, I’m going to try to put this energy to good use.  With that said, Day #4 (today) has been the most difficult for me to type this article.  I noticed that I am skipping around with my writing and that it feels very unorganized.

4.) More overall energy / feel distracted by it

Today, I especially noted that my body feels like it has “energy to burn.”  Not only in the CORE of my stomach – as I described above – but even in my upper body, my arms feel like they have tons of energy to burn.  It feels like I’m a little kid that finds it very difficult to sit still.

The philosopher inside makes me believe that this “energy” is due to a build-up of slow-brain wave activity.  Though I do feel mentally clear, this energy feels extremely distracting – like it could interfere with my ability to listen and overall ability to pay attention.  It’s really difficult for me to stay focused – even though I do feel mentally clear.

5.) Continued Quality Sleep

Another major improvement that I first took note of yesterday was an improved quality of sleep.  Last night, the quality of my sleep was phenomenal.  I slept amazingly throughout the night and once again woke up feeling super refreshed.  I couldn’t tell whether the sleep was better than the night before, but I do know that the past two nights have been above average – compared to normal and the previous days (#1 & #2) of the experiment.

6.) Less impulsive / more thoughtful

One final observation that I’ve made today is the fact that I am less impulsive – especially when talking to others.  I literally “think” about what I’m going to say before I’m going to say it.  This isn’t necessarily a negative effect – per se – but I’d definitely rather not have my brain “editing” what I’m going to say before I say it.

One benefit to being less impulsive is the fact that I am more thoughtful during conversation.  I have a much easier time restraining myself from making a random (potentially negative) comment.  Hopefully tomorrow will be easier for me to type this blog entry describing my effects.

PREVIOUSLY:  Day #3: 10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #3)

Posted by on 23 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

In continuation of my 10hz alpha brainwave entrainment series, this is officially Day #3.  I’m feeling very good and though I have had a few slight side-effects that were unexpected, I have also experienced more benefits than were expected.  After finishing a 20 minute session last night of the [non-ramped] alpha entrainment and a 20 minute session this morning of the 20 minute [non-ramped] alpha entrainment, you can read about my experiences below.

What I experienced today (Day #3)?

1.) More physically relaxed than yesterday

It has definitely been easy to gauge my level of physical relaxation in comparison to previous days.  Today, I feel the most relaxed I have thus far in the series.  My entire wingspan (arms), in addition to my legs, and my stomach feel completely relaxed and calm.  My body has a feeling of “lightness” to it that I have not experienced in a long time.  I literally feel like JELLO – completely loose and limp.

2.) Mental Relaxation / Slower Processing / Slightly Lightheaded

Today I feel not only more physically at ease, but I can tell that I have become more mentally relaxed [than yesterday] as well.  I am not thinking deeply about anything and my mental processing speed has significantly slowed… (Now would not be a good time for me to do any extreme writing).  It is of much higher difficulty for me than yesterday to write this blog entry.

Throughout the experience, I began to notice that after my session last night, I experienced a feeling of being lightheaded – something I haven’t experienced much of before.  The lightheadedness is continuing throughout this morning after my session, but it isn’t extreme enough to be a distraction.  I am not sure what to think of it, but I believe that it’ll eventually fade away once I get started with some of my normal daily activities.

3.) Stronger CORE Energy From Center

It’s relatively easy to describe what I’m experiencing with this “boosted” core energy.  Basically, what I’m feeling is an increased energy from inside my stomach area – in the center, directly below my heart area.  To me it feels like emotional energy mixed with feelings of excitement.  Though it is stronger than yesterday, I have a feeling that it will be even stronger tomorrow.

4.) Contentment / Less Irritability / Desensitization

I feel as though I’m very content with how I feel right now and my life.  I am no longer having any feeling of irritability like I was on Day #1.  I feel much less concerned with things that would normally stress me out.  The best word I can use to describe my situation would be “desensitization” – which vaguely means I am not as mentally concerned / stressed-out with minor things that before may have made me stressed, or that I may have been concerned about.

One example is music volume level.  Before doing these few sessions, I was very adament about keeping my music volume at a low level – a volume that I was sure would be safe for my hearing.  After doing a few alpha sessions, I am no longer as hardcore about being a “volume Nazi.” If something’s too loud, I will turn it down, but I found myself listening to music and playing the TV at louder volumes than I normally do – likely because I am less mentally stimulated [affected] by what’s going on in my environment; much less than I would be if I were in the beta range.

5.) Laziness As A Product Of Relaxation

One thing that I had not noticed of myself was becoming more lazy as a result of relaxation.  I almost skipped my workout last night because I wanted to listen to more music and watch TV.  I felt incredibly comfortable and like I didn’t want to get my behind off the couch.  I wanted to chill out and continue enjoying what was on TV and continue to replay music on my iTunes playlist.

Luckily, I was able to overcome my mental idling and get myself moving for a workout.  Of course once I got into my workout, I felt very good and like I had plenty of energy to finish burning my 700 Calories.  With that said, after my session today, I noticed that I felt even lazier – I felt like I wanted to skip typing this blog entry, but I overcame that feeling [as is apparent by this entry].

6.) Old Memories Resurfacing / Internal Awareness

I noticed that old memories resurfaced – memories that I completely forgot existed.  One of them included a childhood experience about when I went trick-or-treating.  Another was of a day when I gave a speech at my elementary school.  Many childhood friendships and classmates were brought to my awareness.  All of the memories seemed to be completely random, but I thought they were great.

As these memories kept randomly appearing, I attribute part of the recollection to be due to the fact that I am more internally aware of myself today than I was before I started the experiment.  More “introverted” than normal – is how I’d describe the feeling.  What’s interesting is the fact that most people associate feeling “introverted” as being a bad thing – but I can testify to the fact that it feels extremely pleasing.

7.) Much deeper sleep / refreshed

One thing that I did consciously notice was the fact that I experienced much deeper sleep than before.  I know that I turned off my alarm this morning and slept 2 hours past the time it was set for.  It wasn’t difficult to get out of bed when I awoke – I wasn’t feeling groggy, but I felt like I slept extremely well – in comparison to how well I normally sleep.

“Did you sleep well last night? No, I made a few mistakes” – Stephen Wright <<< In reference to Stephen Wright’s quote I feel like I was mistake-free the entire night. I also felt extremely refreshed after waking up – as well as after my entrainment session this morning.  This leads me to believe that 10hz alpha is likely a frequency that revitalizes the body and the mind.  Hopefully the experiment will continue to go well.  Continue following the blog, or subscribe for the updates.

PREVIOUSLY: Day #2: 10 Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10 Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #2)

Posted by on 22 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

Well, like I said – I was going to post each day about my experiences dealing with the 10 Hz alpha brain waves that I have been listening to: 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night before I go to bed.  Thus, far my results have been fairly interesting – though it is only Day #2 of the Series.  I have done a grand total of three sessions thus far – two yesterday and one this morning.  Read below and find out what I experienced in Day #2 of this experiment in comparison to Day #1 (yesterday).

What I experienced today (Day #2)?

1.) Deeper physical relaxation…Again

Though I didn’t feel as deeply relaxed as last time, I did feel more physical relaxation after session number two than the first session.  My body is “mellow” and my arms & legs feel much looser.  Though I wasn’t aware of feeling as relaxed as before, the 10 Hz session this morning definitely helped.  Last night before I went to bed, I listened to the session and had a deeper relaxation effect than I did this morning (but that could be due to the fact that I was pretty tired before taking a listen) – though I did manage to easily stay awake the entire time.

2.) Deeper mental relaxation… Different state of awareness.

Like the effects resulting from yesterday’s session, I also feel more mentally relaxed than before.  I feel slightly spaced out, but much more focused than I did on Day #1 of the experiment.  My brain has definitely slowed down some and I do notice an affect on my consciousness (state of awareness).  My thoughts are not nearly as “deep” as they were before and I feel like I am more part of this exact moment in time – as I don’t have thoughts rushing about the future or past.  I also feel extremely refreshed – just as refreshed as yesterday, which is definitely a pleasant feeling.

3.) More Internal / CORE energy

After my 20 minute alpha session today I noticed that I felt like I had more energy coming from the CORE of my stomach area.  And, unlike yesterday, I do not feel quite as “emotional.” I am not feeling “very powerful” emotions, but I can tell that my emotions are there.  I am also more aware of this “internal energy” stemming from the center of my body between my stomach area and chest.

I do not feel “negative” or “depressing” emotions like I felt yesterday… In fact I feel extremely chilled out and relaxed.  This session has slowed down my brain significantly from the high-beta brain waves range that I was in before.  It feels to me like I’m in a state of awareness that’s a safe place to be: not too much mental activity, not too powerful of emotions.  It feels good and I feel “content.”

4.) Less Irritability & More Desensitized

After the session ended yesterday, I wrote about experiencing “irritability.”  Both yesterday and today I got plenty of sleep and didn’t make any major changes in my routine throughout my day – continuing to exercise and go about other activities as I normally would. Unlike yesterday, hearing the dog bark and other noises coming from outside did not seem to phase me.  I felt pretty mellow and “desensitized” to the barking.  Nothing minor is upsetting or rev’s me up in the slightest.  This makes me think that yesterday was just some sort of weird transition that I was experiencing.

5.) Slower mental speed / processing

Though I feel that I am not as able to “think quick” during conversations or be as “witty” as I was before, it doesn’t really bother me.  I know that if I ever want to think quick on my feet and perform at my peak for conversations that I can do some beta entrainment or beta neurofeedback to help shift my awareness.  The alpha brain wave range is obviously slower than the beta-range – but not as slow as the theta range – which explains my feeling of a calm state that’s “neither dominated by thoughts or emotions.”

As quoted from yesterday, “Tasks like writing, reading, organizing thoughts, and conversation are usually easier for people already in the beta-brain wave range.” With that said, I am feeling different than yesterday, I can type fairly easily with a good level of concentration.  I haven’t had to “go back and edit” my work nearly as much as yesterday.  But, there still could be some grammatical mistakes….haha *Apologies if there are.

6.) Continued Internal Awareness…

Though I do find myself more apt to focusing on external things than yesterday, my internal awareness has increased tremendously.  I feel much more self aware.  This morning I ate a fairly late breakfast and noticed that before eating breakfast I had a strong urge to get food in my body.  My stomach was literally screaming at me to feed it.  Normally if I eat later, I am not aware of my stomach begging for food.

Here’s what I noticed yesterday about “feeling more full”:

I normally don’t think much about “being full” after eating breakfast, but I found myself aware that I felt full inside after eating and doing my first session.  I also mentioned a much more powerful ability to be aware of my emotions – which I also classify as internal awareness.

I am also more physically aware of what’s happening inside my body.  Though I feel less aware of my thoughts, I am more aware of my entire body.  I am noticing slight internal cues form my body that I normally do not pick up on.  I will continue to let everyone know how I am effected by this 10Hz alpha entrainment as I begin to experiment tonight and tomorrow morning.  Day #2’s journal is done.  Feel free to click the link below and compare my experience from Day #1.

PREVIOUSLY: Day #1: 10 Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment

10 Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment (Day #1)

Posted by on 21 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

I posted yesterday letting everyone know that I’ve decided to kick off a 7-Day Series of brain wave entrainment – hoping to get a new experience (in comparison to my old trial)… This series will feature me writing my experience on this blog for each of the seven days in a journal-like format…  I will be writing after my morning entrainment session for everybody to follow.  It’s been about 5 minutes since finishing my 10 Hz (customized) Alpha Brain Waves session with Neuro-Programmer 2 Professional software – so let’s hear how the session affected me on Day #1 after twenty minutes of 10 hz alpha entrainment.

What I experienced today (Day #1)?

1.) Deeper physical relaxation

The very first thing that I noticed after my first session ended was that I felt more physically relaxed than normally.  I could tell that the session had a very noticeable effect at making my entire body more mellow.  My arms feel relaxed, my legs feel relaxed – and the biggest effect that the session had on me was in the stomach area.  Right in the middle of my chest / stomach, I feel the deepest sense of relaxation that I have in a long time.

2.) Deeper mental relaxation

In addition to my physical body relaxing more, my brain felt much more relaxed as well.  I believe that slowing down the brain is a good thing in certain cases, but too much of it would severely hinder performance at doing things like complex math problems and understanding abstract concepts or theories.

Though my brain is slowed down, it feels pleasant.  It feels like I don’t need to worry about what I’m thinking… My brain seems to think for itself and wander on its own.  I do still feel some control over what I’m thinking, but it’s not nearly as strong of conscious control as I normally do.  With that said, the deeper mental relaxation felt highly refreshing, even though I did my session in the morning (within 2 hours of waking – after eating breakfast).

3.) More emotional / emotionally aware

After just one 20 minute alpha session, I noticed that I felt more emotional, especially from the place in my body that felt the deepest sense of relaxation – the middle of my stomach.  I have not felt very powerful emotions for a long time, but I do know that strong emotions are linked to the slower brain wave states like theta and alpha.  It’s not that people in the beta range aren’t likely to experience emotions, it’s just that they will not be as powerful as they would in a primarily alpha or theta state of mind.

Another thing that’s interesting is the fact that I’m much more aware of having these strong emotions after my session.  I usually do not even “think” much about my emotions – and actually do not usually feel much of any emotion this strong at all… Though the emotions I’m experiencing seem to be what I would label as “negative” & “depressing” – it was likely due to my brain’s brain waves coming into this session.  People in a high-beta brain waves state would likely not experience what I have experienced – because I was likely in a normal (low-mid) beta state coming into this session.

4.) Slight irritability

After the session ended, I heard the snow plow plowing the road right outside and noticed myself getting upset and angry at the plow for making noise while I’m trying to type this blog entry.  Something like “noise” from a snow plow would normally not bother me.  The reason I’m putting down “slight irritability” as a side-effect of my experience is because I am not what I would call “irritable.”  I still have conscious control over the expression of my emotions, but minor things seem to piss me off…

Another experience I had was with my dog barking.  I normally do not get emotionally revved up when I hear my dog bark, but after doing Day #1 of the 10 Hz Alpha Brainwave session, I found myself getting upset at him barking because it was throwing off my ability to concentrate on writing this blog entry.

5.) Slower mental speed / processing

I definitely noticed that I am not able to think as quickly as before – which makes perfect sense… Think about it, if my brain was in the beta-range (like most normal individuals other than children), I would have quicker mental speed, and be more aware of my physical environment.  It makes perfect sense for me to be experiencing mental slowness compared to what I was experiencing before (likely in the beta-range).

Tasks like writing, reading, organizing thoughts, and conversation are usually easier for people already in the beta-brain wave range.  Right now it seems pretty difficult for me (compared to before) to type a blog entry that makes sense.  I’ve had to go back and edit my sentences much more often than I normally do.

6.) More internal awareness

Instead of focusing on external things (i.e. people, objects, activity) in my environment (like I normally do), I found myself being more aware of what’s going on inside my body.  I normally don’t think much about “being full” after eating breakfast, but I found myself aware that I felt full inside after eating and doing my first session.  I also mentioned a much more powerful ability to be aware of my emotions – which I also classify as internal awareness.

I do not know whether the brain waves changed my body and mind in a way that makes me more emotional OR whether alpha brain wave entrainment just made me more aware of my inner emotions…  OR if it was a combination of the alpha brain waves’ affecting my body and mind in addition to shifting my awareness (more internal) that made the change.  I look forward to continuing the experiment tonight / tomorrow morning.  I will hopefully be as thorough as this entry here.

PREVIOUSLY: Alpha Brain Waves “10Hz” Experiment Information

10 Hz Alpha Brain Waves Entrainment Experiment / Using Neuro-Programmer 2

Posted by on 21 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

HELLO EVERYONE! I just wanted to let ya know that I’ve decided to start back up with regular posting here at 4 Mind 4 Life…  I first wanted to start by saying that it’s been awhile since I’ve last posted and I feel somewhat out of my loop…  Anyways, I have been doing brainwave entrainment here and there, but haven’t been too religious about experimentation.  With that said, I have recently had the urge to start back up with an experiment…  This one re-visiting the 10 Hz Alpha brainwave.

I hope to make this a seven (7) day series of strictly 10 Hz Alpha Brainwave entrainment.  Each day I would like to keep everyone (all the blog followers) and random readers updated on how I’m feeling and what I’m experiencing…  I figure that I’ll start tomorrow morning with the trial

Here’s what will be happening a.k.a. the specs for the experiment:

  • 10 Hz Alpha Brainwave entrainment (non-ramped)
  • Utilizing the software Neuro-Programmer 2 Professional
  • Synchronized / isochronic tones (without-headphones)
  • 20 minutes in the morning / 20 minutes each evening
  • 7 days straight (“in-a-row” / “back-2-back”)
  • Sitting in front of the computer w/ NP2 Professional running

Why I chose a period of 7 Days?

I chose 7 days because I don’t know what I’ll experience and I don’t want to get too deep into experimentation before I realize that I should stop.  Brainwave entrainment is completely healthy for me to utilize (as I do not have any history of epilepsy / seizures)…  Besides, the alpha range is known by scientists as THE SAFEST brainwave range, with 10 Hz having plenty of quality research behind it.

Therefore, starting tomorrow morning, I’ll be keeping a little journal here at 4 Mind 4 Life to let everyone know my complete experience.  I may not have time to write lengthy entries, but I think you all will be satisfied in hearing what I am experiencing on a day-to-day basis.  Also, when I make a final subjective evaluation of how the Alpha 10 Hz brainwave affected me, I will be able to look back at each of my entries rather than attempt to remember how I felt each day (which would be extremely difficult).

Left Hemisphere: 18 Hz Beta Brainwave Entrainment (Isochronic Tones) – Life Experiment

Posted by on 15 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Boost Brain Power, Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

I’ve recently been doing an experiment with brainwave entrainment. I started the experiment several days ago and am entraining the left hemisphere of my brain with an 18 Hz beta brainwave frequency. Thus far, my progress has been great and I’m definitely noticing changes. In this article I will discuss the specifications regarding my current brainwave entrainment / life experiment. To create my 18 Hz frequency I used the program Neuro Programmer 2 Professional, which is featured in my recommended products section.

What side-effects are commonly associated with entraining the 18 Hz beta brainwave frequency?

  • Outward awareness and sensory processing – The focus of my awareness is supposed to shift from focus on more internal matters to more external matters. For example – my focus may have been more on my emotions and internal feelings rather than on someone else’s. Another example: my focus could’ve been locked on what was going on inside my body rather than the people around me.
  • Throws brain’s sodium / potassium levels out of balance – The 18 Hz beta brainwave frequency has been associated with throwing the brain’s sodium and potassium levels out of balance. I don’t exactly know to what degree, but I know that after awhile, it cannot be too healthy. I am also only stimulating my left-hemisphere which may lessen the degree of a sodium / potassium imbalance.
  • Mental fatigue – Staying in the 18 Hz beta brainwave frequency for too long can obviously cause mental fatigue. Basically, you end up thinking too much and actually ‘overworking’ your brain. Think of it as you running a mile: sprinting the first 2 laps around the track will probably leave you dead tired for the final 2 laps. Your brain is the same way… Think of 18 Hz as a pretty fast jog for your brain (a speed to fast to run the entire mile at). If you stay in this state too long, you can actually become mentally fatigued. I have yet to experience any yet, but I have only begun the entrainment process.
  • Relaxed body / focused mind state of awareness – For certain individuals, the 18 Hz brainwave frequency can allow them to retain a relaxed body + concentration-type state at the exact same time. This is a cool state of consciousness to achieve because the body feels good and the brain is still able to perform all the demanding functions within the beta brainwave state.
  • Fully awake / some stress / anxiety – 18 Hz beta brainwaves are associated with being fully awake, fully conscious thinking. Think of it as the exact opposite of brain fog: crystal clear concentration. With that said, this crystal clear thinking and focus can cause stress and anxiety after awhile. Sometimes, when individuals are in this 18 Hz state for too long, they can experience stress or anxiety. As a matter of fact, some people who have anxiety disorders and stress problems are often in too high of beta brainwave states like 18 Hz and would be recommended to entrain the alpha brainwave.
  • Memory improvements – It is not a surprise that memory improvements are associated with the 18 Hz beta brainwave because conscious thinking is associated with the recollection of past memories. The beta brainwave state is great for recalling old memories and improving your overall cognition. Your brainwaves are cycling quicker and bring your consciousness more information (from more thoughts) than slower brainwave states.
  • Reading speed, speaking, and spelling improvements Beta brainwaves are associated with the left-hemisphere of the brain (that is where they are largely produced). Because the left hemisphere is associated with thinking, memory, speaking, and spelling, it is no wonder that 18 Hz will do the trick to improve your overall critical thinking and working skills.
  • Math improvements / less hypearactivity – Math is another subject that is associated with the left, logical side of the brain. Math improvements are very common when someone is stimulated with the beta brainwave. In fact, 18 Hz has been specifically linked to improvements in mathematics. Also, less overall hyperactivity (in most cases) will be experienced. 18 Hz has been long associated with quieting and / or eliminating the symptoms experienced by most individuals with ADD / ADHD.

What I am hoping to get out of this experiment:

Increases in overall energy levels

I am hoping that the 18 Hz frequency will give me an energy boost (especially in the mornings). I usually feel sluggish in the mornings and don’t want to get up. I remember when I used to be in a high-beta brainwave state I could just jump out of bed and feel excited and ready for the day. I want to experience a little boost in the mornings without drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages. The beta brainwave range should to a great job getting me up and keeping me up in the morning without forcing me to ingest any (potentially harmful) substances.

Improvements in concentration + focus

Though I think that I could concentrate fine before I began the experiment, I have noticed improvements. All I would like is to improve my concentration and focus levels. Improving my concentration allows me to blog more efficiently and stay focused on certain activities. I am able to exercise more efficiently and get tasks done quicker in a smaller period of time; a natural productivity booster.

Increased overall excitement and motivation

If there is one thing that you’ll really feel from beta brainwave entrainment it’s excitement. Every time I get into the mid to high beta brainwave range, I feel excited. Not about anything in particular, just life, the day, or events coming up. Sometimes the excitement is accompanied by anxiety or stress, but it feels really good. It’s similar to the jolt of energy you get when you feel nervous about something (i.e. before skydiving, bungee jumping, a roller coaster, etc.) – except it feels good. This increase in excitement is associated with a more positive mood, and feeling more motivated.

Less negative emotions and negative thinking

Since beta brainwaves are largely associated with the left-hemisphere of the brain, they tend to make an individual less ’emotional,’ more rational, and more likely to think-before-doing. Usually people in these states are energetic, thoughtful, respectful, and quick-witted. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the ADD / ADHD individuals and people struggling with depression.

These people are usually very emotional and are usually in a theta brainwave state of consciousness. The remedy for lessening the havoc that can be caused by too many theta brainwaves is to stimulate the brain with beta brainwaves. Beta brainwave entrainment will naturally lessen the overall amount of theta brainwaves and make you feel less impulsive, more in-control, and more conscious. You will also probably think more positively. Think of them as natural anti-depressants.

Increased logical thinking

If you currently struggle with illogical thinking or random thoughts that don’t make much sense, beta brainwaves may be in order. They are derived and primarily produced by the left-hemisphere of the brain. The left-hemisphere regulates logical thinking, whereas the right-hemisphere is associated with intuition, emotions, and less logical thoughts. Slower brainwaves are produced by the right-hemisphere. If you’d like to experience logical thinking or feel that you do not think in a logical enough thought-pattern, try some beta brainwave entrainment.

How am I stimulating the left-hemisphere only?

I can stimulate the left-hemisphere of my brain at an 18 Hz brainwave frequency by using an isochronic tone. I first create a customized 18 Hz brainwave entrainment session in my program Neuro-Programmer 2 Professional. Next, I usually upload the session to my iPod and play it with “earbud”-type headphones. Next, I remove the “left earbud” and keep the right earbud in my right ear. I then only hear the isochronic tone at 18 Hz through my right ear.

The right ear is associated with stimulating the left-hemisphere of the brain and vice-versa (left-hemisphere stimulation = increased right hemisphere activity). I typically have my eyes open throughout the entire 18 Hz beta brainwave session. Closing my eyes would likely reduce the effectiveness of this session due to the fact that closed-eyes are associated with producing slower alpha and theta rhythms. Slower rhythms would interfere (at least slightly) with the beta brainwave entrainment.

Why did I choose to entrain only the left-hemisphere of the brain?

I currently don’t want to have a synchronized brainwave state. I want to experiment and see how I feel with a very active left-hemisphere. I also think that synchronized brainwaves can lead to problems or even change the desired result. For example, in certain cases, when high-beta brainwaves become synchronized, they actually boost theta / alpha brainwaves later (after the entrainment process).

So the desired result of more beta actually brings forth a production of extra theta brainwaves. I don’t want to run the risk of something going wrong so I used some logic. Since beta-brainwaves are associated with the left-hemisphere and logical thinking it couldn’t hurt to only stimulate the left-hemisphere. Sure my left-hemisphere will become more active, more powerful, and the frequency of the brainwaves will gradually shift towards an 18 Hz pattern, but that doesn’t mean my right hemisphere will become underactive either; it will still be doing it’s job.

How has it been so far? What changes have I noticed?

So far, my experience with entraining 18 Hz in my left-hemisphere has been great. I started 3 days ago and entrain for around 25 minutes each ‘session.’ I have been noticing gradual changes in my state of consciousness (i.e. my desires, music taste (fast tempo vs. slow), desires, appealing activities, etc. I have definitely been noticing changes in my personality and I feel like brainwave entrainment gives me control to manipulate reality and experiment with different states of consciousness in order to “do whatever I desire” in my lifetime.

The changes that I’ve noticed thus far:

Increased focus level

I have already noticed that I am more focused in both conversation and while working than I was before starting the experiment. It hasn’t been a huge shift in concentration, because I could focus fine before. It’s just that my focus has increased since beginning the experiment. It makes perfect sense that it would too. Beta brainwaves are associated with some of the most focused states of consciousness.

Increased energy levels

I have noticed increased energy in the morning and throughout the mid-afternoon than previously. I feel like my brain is literally creating more energy for me to work with. I am not amped up like I drank a red-bull, but feel like I can stay awake easily throughout the entire day until I fall asleep at night.

Slight anxiety + nervous

Though I haven’t noticed a lot of anxiety, I have noticed some. Since I have dealt with it in the past, the anxiety is not crippling nor preventing me from doing any activity that I’d normally do. If I feel nervous, I understand that it’s from the 18 Hz frequency entrainment and actually feel great about it. I know that I am just experimenting with my brainwaves and learning what the various brainwave states feel like. I also understand that I can always fall back on a lower frequency and I’ll calm down quickly.

More overall thinking + more aware

I have also noticed that I am thinking more than before. I consciously notice myself thinking at a much faster rate than before. I also noticed that I am more aware of everything going on in my environment. Things that I may have previously never thought about I now think about. I know that beta brainwaves can cause an individual to think deeply about very little, which isn’t always good.

Beta Brainwave Test: 15 To 18 Hz Trial

Posted by on 23 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: Boost Brain Power, Brainwave Experiments, Brainwaves

Mostly because I haven’t given this range a valid shot for brainwave synchronization, I’ve decided to do a 2 week trial of listening to the 15 to 18 Hz beta brainwave range. The session I’m using is called “Energy / Motivation” and can be found in the program Mind Stereo‘s built in session library.

Why did I decide to try this?

I’ve decided to try this range for several reasons. The number one reason is that my verbal skills have declined lately. Though I’ve found 10 hz alpha to make a person calmer, beta can definitely make a person more talkative and focused in conversations. I have listened to several higher beta sessions before (up in the 20 – 30 hz range), but never a session around 18 hz. I am hoping that this session will increase my energy and focus on my website projects, and provide my readers with some valuable insight towards this brainwave range.

What’s my gameplan?

I plan on listening to each “15-18 hz session” through the program called Mind Stereo. This program can be found in my recommended products section of the website for purchase. This program allows me to listen to my favorite music while engaging my brain in “brainwave synchronization.” A nice feature of Mind Stereo is that isochronic tones automatically are embedded into your favorite songs [without doing any work] and you literally only hear your song (none of the brainwave tone)! After about 5 minutes of listening to a brainwave synchronization session, you begin to feel the brainwave effects and the fact that the isochronic tones are definitely synchronizing your brainwaves.

Hopefully I will be able to report back to the blog with some positive, brain boosting results!