Consciousness, Meditation, and Binaural Beats for Healing – By Vaughan Jones

A couple of months ago I decided to do a sound alchemy course in Meta Music – Beyond Music. It covers the use of sound for healing and it teaches the shamanic uses of sound, going back to the first naturally created sound instruments. These being sticks, leaves, wooden objects, drums, wind instruments, string instruments, and further developments over the ages. The course is very interesting, it enhances my musical skill set and application.

Based on research that I did years ago regarding meditation and scientific proof of the reality of all matter oscillating, vibrating, and resonating, I have now found new scientific discoveries in this regard. Not only do humans and living creatures vibrate energy, but every innate thing does too. Now I have proven scientific confirmation of my thoughts and beliefs about all in the Universe being pure energy and that all matter is in fact alive, as explained in my first book, ‘ONE Life – Love – Energy’ – published in 2008.

Tam Hunt Affiliate Guest in Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, wrote an article explaining this phenomenon in. To follow are two excepts from this article.

“Over the last decade, my colleague, University of California, Santa Barbara psychology professor Jonathan Schooler and I have developed what we call a “resonance theory of consciousness.” We suggest that resonance – another word for synchronized vibrations – is at the heart of not only human consciousness but also animal consciousness and of physical reality more generally. It sounds like something the hippies might have dreamed up – it’s all vibrations, man! – but stick with me.”

“All things in our universe are constantly in motion, vibrating. Even objects that appear to be stationary are in fact vibrating, oscillating, resonating, at various frequencies. Resonance is a type of motion, characterized by oscillation between two states. And ultimately all matter is just vibrations of various underlying fields. As such, at every scale, all of nature vibrates.”

As for meditation, these affirmations also explain why brainwave entrainment functions as effectively as it does. At first, I was dubious of brainwave entrainment, as were many other people. It seemed strange that by listening to sound through earphones, which cause the sound to  enter each ear at different frequencies, would balances one’s left and right brain hemispheres, which would induce a meditative state.

Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by a German experimenter, H. W. Dove, and was first described by Oster in the early 1970s. How exactly the brain produces the perception of these beats is unclear, but they are said to be produced as the olivary body of the brain tries to “locate” the direction of the sound in response to two different tones being presented separately to each ear – which, if you think about it, is not something that would happen naturally.

However, once I understood that brainwave entrainment lowers the frequency wavelength in the centre of the brain, and then overall, to a lower level of frequency, it became clearer. No-one’s left and right brain hemispheres are naturally in balance because one of the hemispheres is more dominant. Left brain or right brain dominance causes one to be left-handed or right-handed.

To my delight, I received a blog post from IAWAKE Technologies in which the IAWAKE founder and developers interview Dr. Elizabeth Krasnoff, who achieved her PHD in the study of sound. Dr. Krasnoff wrote her 2021 dissertation on “The Effects of Auditory Binaural Beats on Consciousness and the Human Nervous System” based on her own and other scientists’ research.

Dr. Krasnoff confirms that binaural beats live up to the marketing claims associated with the phenomenon, they are transformative, and they produce physical and psychological healing. In a podcast interview recently held between Dr.Krasnoff and the IAWAKE Technologies founder and developers, she reveals her findings.

Here’s a short quote from the interview.

Really, anything that the autonomic nervous system or the hypothalamus or the nervous system controls is a rhythm. We have a circadian rhythm, we have ultradian rhythms, that’s rhythms that happen in under a 24-hour time period. All of those things that the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamus address are things you can address with binaural beats. We’ve kind of defined that. So back to one of those threads, can we say that the marketing claims are true? Well, these studies showed that conclusively (I don’t have the slide in front of me) that sleep is positively affected by binaural beats. Stress is positively affected by binaural beats. And by the way, the Stress Institute of America said something like 90 percent of our illness comes from our stressors — our response to our stressors in our life.”

I confidently urge you to visit the IAWAKE website to read all about the wonderful healing and meditation development, and all the information about the best digital and binaural audio products. Also visit Dr. Elizabeth Krasnoff’s “Sound Medicine” site for further confirmation and inspiration.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Safrea or its members.


6 Responses

  1. I will visit IAWAKE soon. Sound is not only healing and good for meditation. It can also do damage. It is one of the reasons that I do not go to any gym. The music is always too loud and extremely disturbing. When I first encountered this I did a little research and found that loud constant beating rock-type music cause aggression and depression. It interferes with the neuro-muscular impulses, which explains why people in aerobics and other classes often get kicked out of rhythm. They then have to stop and “reset the switch” as it were. I avoid all of that like the plague but I embrace the good sounds and music for valuable and improved meditation and life.

  2. Peter, thanks so much for your comment. I have played and listened to rock and folk music very loud for fifty years and I have wondered about it possibly damaging my hearing. I did not know about it causing a neurological imblalance, though. I will research it. Thanks again.

  3. Such an interesting topic Vaughan; I have been listening to quite a few binaural beats tracks lately and a lot of them definitely do induce a profound feeling of calm. And I agree; anything that reduces stress and anxiety is extremely beneficial to the body. It’s interesting to read the science behind it. I have a few questions for you though. Currently I listen on my cellphone – could the frequencies cellphones emit interfere with the full effectiveness of the binaural tracks? I also use small in-ear earphones- would bigger more professional over-ear headphones be significantly more effective do you think?

    1. Hi Mel. Thank you for your response and I happy you found it interesting. I am also happy that you are benefiting from binaural beats.
      As for using your cell phone for listening to the audio recordings, I’m not aware that there should be affected by cell phone frequencies. I presume that using an audio system would be better to some extent.
      I also use in-ear earphones, but I listen and meditate when the is no other sound. I think that over-ear headset would improve the isolation needed for it.
      Thank you, and I wish you every success.

  4. Fascinating, thought-provoking stuff, Vaughan. The notion that everything vibrates makes complete sense to me. I’ve often wondered why certain anthropogenic noises upset me to the point of despair. Perhaps it’s because their frequencies clash with that of natural sounds and my own frequency? For example, amplified bass music, such as that which emits from vehicles fitted with powerful sound systems, is torture to me. The beats even seem to upset my own heart beats. Clearly I need a pair of over ear headphones and some binaural beat tracks!

    1. Hi Andrea. Quite right, certain sounds clash with everyone, I think. From personal experience, I hate the sound of operatic female singing, it really grates me. I have always wondered why until I did the Meta Music – More Than Music course and researched binaural beats with sound medicine.
      Have fun, and I hope you find binaural audio tracks that work for you. I’m sure that you will.

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