Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Binaural Beats, my thoughts, and yours?

I'm posting this for feedback, please give me some feedback. Communication people, this is the information age ;-)

Well, this is probably a little ridiculous, posting a bulletin/blogpost on binaural beats while I'm probably mostly immune to them :p
According to some research, you're either immune, you have to learn, or you're good to go. In my experience, I see most of these things as an easy moneygrabbing device, though I hope some people can share positive experiences with me. I don't trust online reviews on the site of the vendors themselves, at all.
I also seem to be immune to subliminals (which totally sucks, well, on one hand :p), and I generally need to listen to hypnosis tapes, paraliminal or not, for days on end, generally it is advised you listen 21 days in a row to the same tape for maximum effect though you should be able to have effects from one session (though the problem is with tapes that they usually don't spend enough time getting you into trance, I'd love to find a tape with a Dave Elman induction which I tried very succesfully on people, I mean they go DEEEEEP).
I am also not able (yet) to self-hypnotize, which totally sucks. It seems I am hard to get into trance, though when I meditate daily I get into samadhi (state of serene silence) quite easily.
I wonder what other quick fixes are out there that you have tried. I generally find that Yoga Asanas, Intense visualisations (like the merkaba or middle pillar meditation) or Ritual Magick get me into trance states more easily than any tape, except for maybe a good guided one.

Sharm software
The best results I've had with this one, you can input how you want your brainwaves to be altered and what sounds you put in, including nature sounds. Though not the most advanced, it is quite user friendly. I made a meditation tape of 30 (mantra) and 40 minutes (vipassana), with a beep after 10 minutes to do pranayama or the merkaba visualisation meditation.Quite excellent, I like to use tapes with sound because my neighbours have been sent from Hell directly to interfer with my spiritual practice, or so it seems. Geez, imagine renovation on the left, a barking shitdog on the right, an earthquake simulator above, and an echoing living room below. Thank heavens I'm moving in a month or so.

You can download a torrent or find sites online that have all the doses for free. I've tried lucid dreaming, it only woke me up (dammit). Tried marijuana, didn't feel a thing, I felt less in circuit 5 neurosomatic activity then with a half hour of normal meditation lol. Tried chakra (journey), nothing. Also this one has the most annoying sounds to listen to. The only truly positive review I've seen was by a dude who said he had a 24hour lsd trip, though he may have been joking cause you know, when you trip for 24 hours you usually have something to share. Otherwise the trips last only very shortly (under a half hour) with very mild effects. Lame (for me, could work for you I guess). The sessions are also long, 45 minutes on average, listening to bleeps and static, uch.

I downloaded this too, oh noes you leecher, well if you saw the price you'd understand. Some of these people should be locked up :p Geez. Though I much enjoyed Robert Monroe's book far journeys. I didn't get much effect. This program is focused on OBE's, I did manage to see through closed eyelids, but I got sick and tired of the tediously looong process before you even get to try an OBE. The guided sessions last a freaking hour on average and you put in a lot of work before, well, nothing might happen.

Bill Harris broke away from Monroe to focus less on experience and just drop the brainwaves to alpha and theta levels. Though it's also crazy expensive and there's a crapload of programs that go deeper step by step. Didn't work too well for me. These ones have a cool rain sound though.

Brain Sync
Brain Sync has a whole range of mp3s, some better than others. For instance the Law of Attraction tape has some HORRIBLE NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS in it, not much, but if you play this every night before going to sleep it is NOT good. Geez you'd think these people would know that the unconscious mind can't process negation. Most are very decent though.

While not really binaural beats, Paul Scheel's paraliminal hypnosis tapes work great, put 'em in a few times and two voices talk to your left and right brains with direct and symbolic talk. The power of suggestion in light trance times two!

Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson
Has a few tracks too, I generally notice some effects but nothing to write in a bulletin or blog about, oops.

Richard Bandler's Neurosonics
Supposedly the master of language of this day (well he is fucking brilliant let's face it), having followed an entire nlp and advanced nlp course, I find the language on these tapes incredibly vague and unpractical. Too bad I expected more from the master.

William Buhlman and Dick Sutphen
Have OBE and other tapes, and I find they totally SUCK :p

Michael Harner Shamanic Drumming
I usually have such anxiety trying these powerful ones that nothing much happens. Though I did have a shamanic healing spirit journey with vivid visualisations with a live drum once.