There are a plethora of meditation exercise out there. What I tend to find is that most of them use soothing, relaxing music in the background. Which makes logical sense, as meditation is supposed to be relaxing.
But there is a specific reason why relaxing music won’t de-stress your entire brain and take you to alpha state. (Hint: It has something to do with the specific needs of the right and the left brain)
Read the article below, from Jose Silva, to learn exactly why we use the alpha sound and how it helps your mind and body.
Using the Alpha Sound to help you center yourself
by Jose Silva
The alpha frequency has no sound. Alpha is 10 cps, and the hearing range of human beings is no lower than 20 and no higher than 20,000. So alpha is below the threshold of the human being. How do we hear alpha, if we should call it the alpha sound?
Well, to get the same results, we took an audio generator, 600 cycles audio generator, and interrupted the sound 10 times per second and recorded that. It gives you the same effect. It is very comparable to the output of the brain, when converted to sound, to this sound, the alpha sound. Identical.
For instance, if we detect the alpha sound in microvolts, and convert it into volts, and convert it into sound. If we detect the energy in space, that was done, but is detected into microvolts, this magnetic field fluctuating at 10 times per second, 2 or 3 microvolts, can be amplified to volts, same thing. So then, the way the energy in space sounds, the way the brain frequency sounds, we duplicated this with this audio generator, interrupted 10 sounds per second. That’s why we call it the alpha sound, even though alpha has no sound.
We have to have constant rhythms. Your brain wants to lock in on every impulse that it hears. Let’s say, I fire a gun, brain impulse. Fire twice, two impulses. Ten times, ten impulses. The brain responds to this. So we have a generator causing a sound, constant sound, gradually decreasing it, and the brain wants to follow it. That’s the best way to do it.
Some want to play soft music in the background, and that’s supposed to relax you. That’s physical, left brain, not slowing down the frequency of the brain. Just relaxing your mind, not your brain, see? You stay awake listening to music, you don’t go to sleep. We want you to go in the direction of going to sleep, but not go to sleep. It’s a different thing.
So there is relaxing music for the left brain. There is relaxing music for the right brain. The music of the left brain is more stimulated by the volume of sound. The music of the right brain is stimulated more with the beauty of the music. It can be barely heard, but you enjoy it tremendously. The other one is addictive. You want more and more volume. That’s why discotheques are blowing out eardrums. They want more and more still, until they can’t go any louder any more. They want the whole brain to shake. That’s music for the left brain.
Music is not a constant frequency, it is fluctuating. We don’t want the brain to be fluctuating back and forth and following the frequency of sound. We want the brain to follow a constant frequency, decreasing. It is monotonous. Slowing down. But music…rushes all over the place. Frequency changing all the time. How can they put the brain in where it goes? You’re not going to enter alpha with soft music. You have to have something that the brain can follow.
PS. What do you think? Do you notice a difference in your state when listening to alpha sound or relaxing music? Let me know in the comments below?
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