Meditation Music

January 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm (Meditation Music, Visualization) (, , )

Today I was thinking about meditation music. That is to say, music designed specifically for meditation. I am a musician, and love many kinds of music. So for me, using music with meditation is natural and right. However, there are many different thoughts on the subject and also many different kinds of ‘music’ or sound that can be used in aid of successful meditation.

In this post I want to talk about two different kinds of music used for meditation. The first kind is music that has some subliminal aspect to it, such as specific brainwave entrainment frequencies, or other subliminal messaging, such as sub-audio threshhold affirmations. The second type of music is simply that – music. It is music that is designed as meditation music to feel good and comforatble to you and to enhance the meditation experience without any ‘axtra injection.’

There has been an explosion of brainwave entrainment music in the last 10 – 20 years. What is brain entrainment music or sound? The basic premis is this, the meditation ‘music’ can be musical tones or nature sounds, seashore waves or wind, but underneath it all, there are a pair of audio frequencies that are designed to gently ‘lead’ the brain or ‘entrain’ the brain to move to a particular frequency. 

Those familiar with brainwave frequencies know that alpha is 7 – 13 Hz and Delta is 4 – 7 Hz and Theta is 0 – 4 Hz. (All these numbers are approximations, as there is always controversy about the exact boundaries.) So an alpha brainwave entrainment (BWE) recording tries to help your brain go to alpha state by creating a frequency in the alpha range. Other recordings are designed to lead you to the other brainwave frequencies.

When we meditate, we take ourselves to one of these frequencies. (Each frequency does different things, and that discussion takes another post.)

I am a recording engineer, a long-time student of psychoacoustics as well as a musician, so I can give a very technical explanation about how this all works, particularly since I have purchased and disected BWE recorings in the studio. But that is not the point. The point is that the BWE recording or ‘binaural beat’ recording tries to lead your brain to the meditative frequency or frequencies.

Subliminal messaging, on the other hand, uses music to mask the repitition of some positive message about your personality, body, money status, self-esteem or other aspect that you wish to influence. The idea is that repeated subliminal hearing of the affirmation will positively affect your emotion and action.

Proponents of both of these methods claim outrageous and instant success and wonderful and immediate life-changing alterations with their use. My experience suggests that they are somewhat effective, and do help to a limited degree. The primary limitation comes from the fact that they are external. They are outside forces trying to get you to do what needs to be done internally.

In my personal practice, and in my teaching, I have found meditation music without the ‘artificial injections’ to be far more beneficial, and to cause far better results. I believe that this is because you are using the meditation music to enhance your own meditation, and your own internal efforts to make thhe positive changes in peace, prosperity, health, relationships or whatever your target is.

The external ‘injection’ method sort of falls into the category of ‘external quick-fix’ that seems to be so much a part of our society and culture in the western world.

To be perfectly clear, I love meditation music, I write many kinds of meditation music, I sell meditation music and I believe in meditation music. Different kinds of meditation music work better for each person. I am simply saying that your own personal meditation efforts enhanced by pleasing and relaxing music that speaks to your  soul is far more important and effective than any external ‘injection’ of brainwave frequencies or repeated affirmation.

The reason is this: – the effort actually used in getting your brain to the meditative frequencies is the pay-off. Then you understand and can make those changes and feelings at will. You are fully in control and in charge of your own progress and empowerment.

So just to be clear, Meditation music is powerful and I endorse it, but I believe it should be just music without the BWE, or subliminal content. When you use meditation music this way, it will be the most beneficial for you and your meditation will improve much faster.

More importantly, the feelings, changes and improvements you are seeking in your life, health, wealth, relationships and personal peace will manifest much faster with meditation music that you choose that speaks to your soul and gives you the experience you desire as you seek your deepest inner voice. Visit this site to access some original meditation music that will help your meditation.

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