Do you want to learn to meditate, but find it hard to focus your mind? Or maybe you’re already an experienced meditator who is looking to expand your skill and perceptions? In either case, isochronic tones have a lot to offer you.
Read on, and we’ll take a look at why using isochronic meditation recordings is a great idea.
What Are Isochronic Tones?
Isochronic tones are a type of sound-based brainwave entrainment technology. Brainwave entrainment recordings use pulses of sound to influence your state of mind. When listening to sounds of specific frequencies, your brain will tend to match (or entrain to) the sounds, and produce brainwaves of the same frequency. This phenomenon is known as the frequency following response.
This is very useful, since different states of consciousness are associated with brainwaves of different frequencies. Meditators, for example, usually enter the alpha brainwave band (8 – 12 Hz) first, and then descend to the theta frequencies (5 – 8Hz) if their meditation deepens.
Isochronic tone recordings feature a series of rapidly repeating pulses of sound with a distinct gap between each – they basically turn on and off very quickly. The clearly separated nature of isochronic pulses make them especially easy for the brain to synchronise with.
For this reason, most people who are experienced with using brainwave entrainment for meditation recommend isochronic tones over other methods such as binaural beats and monaural beats.
How Isochronic Tones Can Benefit Meditators
Isochronic tones are of value to meditators because they make it relatively easy to focus the mind and achieve a state of deep relaxation. As anyone who has tried to learn to meditate knows, it can be difficult to keep the mind focused and to allow it to quieten down. This is especially true for people in western cultures, where such mind-control abilities aren’t valued.
Most forms of meditation involve focusing on something – such as a mantra, your breath or a candle flame, for example. The aim varies; some people simply want to experience the inner peace that comes from a focused, quiet mind (mental chatter tends to decrease as focus increases). Others might meditate with a goal in mind, such as developing a particular extra-sensory ability, or to tap into their inner guidance.
But whatever the reason for meditating, it usually involves some degree of through control; even if you’re just letting your thoughts flow, it takes some self-discipline not to get caught up in them.
Unfortunately, it typically takes a new meditator several months or even years of practice to develop enough control over their minds to really reap the benefits of meditation. But with isochronic tones, you can shortcut this process, because the recording will help your brain to reach and maintain the brainwave states that are associated with the meditative experience: the alpha state for light meditation, and theta for deeper trances.
And with practice, eventually you won’t even need to use the recording, because your brain will have learned how to meditate – but in much less time than usual!
Isochronic tones are also of value for more experienced meditators who want to broaden their experience, because by experimenting with recordings that target different frequency ranges, you can more easily tap into states of consciousness that you might not have explored in your normal meditation practice.