Until recently, only those who practiced ancient meditative disciplines could enter transcendent states of awareness. Now there is an easier pathway called binaural technology. Researcher H.W. Dove discovered that when two pure tones close in frequency are presented, one to each ear, the brain detects the difference between them as a third frequency. The two hemispheres of the brain entrain to this binaural beat rather than the audible tones. For example, a 90 Hz tone and 95 Hz tone will induce a 5 Hz theta brainwave cycle.
Theta activity reflects the dreamlike state between wakefulness and sleep. Theta rhythms are associated with meditation and shamanic states of consciousness. Theta increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress, and awakens intuition. Binaural beats can induce profoundly deep altered states within minutes. All you need is a pair of stereo headphones and a comfortable chair. The recording does the rest.
The audible tone, or carrier frequency, also influences consciousness. The carrier tone must be a pure sine wave. If this tone is complex, like a drum or musical instrument, the target binaural beat frequency will be corrupted. You should hear a continuous tone when listening to left and right channel separately, and a pulsating sound when listening with headphones. Carrier tones for the journeys on this CD are 136.10 Hz (C#) and 172.06 Hz (F). According to Swiss scientist Hans Cousto, 136.10 Hz corresponds to OM, the primal sound from which the universe constantly emanates. This tone relieves stress, opens blocked energy pathways, and restores inner peace. 172.06 Hz corresponds to Kung, the fundamental tone in ancient China for attuning to Tao, the force that guides everything in the universe. This tone supports cheerfulness, clarity of spirit, and cosmic unity on the highest levels.
Each 15 minute track on this CD and has a binaural beat of 4.5 Hz, the theta rhythm associated with the deepest states of shamanic consciousness. 30 minute journeys are split into two tracks for your convenience. You can select the first track for a 30 minute journey or the second track for a 15 minute journey. Please note that only tracks 2 and 4 have a Tibetan bell call back. Headphones Required.
The shamanic journey is a time-honored method of inner consultation. It is a way of communicating with your inner self and retrieving information. Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only journey within to find answers to your questions.
Begin your journey by sitting in a dimly lit space and wearing headphones. Reflect for a moment on the purpose of your journey, then begin listening to the CD. Focus your attention on the tones, then close your eyes and feel yourself being carried away by the sound. It will take a few minutes for brain waves to synchronize with the binaural beat. Once you enter a trance state, you may experience a change in body temperature, feel energy flowing through your body, or find yourself twitching or rocking. It is not uncommon to hear sounds or voices. You may see colorful patterns, symbolic images, or dreamlike visions.
In some cases, your journey experiences will be clear and easy to understand. At other times, your journey may be dreamlike and full of symbolism. Interpret such journeys as you would any dream. Look for possible associations related to each symbol or image. The key is to observe whatever happens without trying to analyze the experience. Like developing any skill, journeying takes practice. Nothing may happen on your first journeys. You may only experience darkness. When this happens, simply try again at a different time. Step-by-step instructions for making shamanic journeys are explained in Michael’s book, The Shamanic Drum.
"Precise, consistent theta waves for journeying and as Drs. Elmer and Alyce Green of the Menninger Foundation first reported in the 1970's, inducing theta brain activity daily over a period of time has enormous benefits, including boosting the immune system, enhancing creativity, and facilitating integrative experiences leading to feelings of psychological well-being."
--Elisia Webb, Lulu Reviews
"I like this CD it's to the point, not a lot of other crap - just Theta. I am still new to using it, but I can say it's very relaxing. I use it when I walk and it doesn't block my regular hearing. Make sure you use headphones for maximum benefit. All in all, very good."
--Amazon Customer Reviews
"Pretty Good. Good beats, with two major variations. I was hoping there were some beats to aid with sleeping (Delta waves) and there's not; Regardless, it's good for relaxation and meditation. I recommend it."
--iTunes Customer Reviews
"Theta binaural beats for people who like things direct and straightforward and don't want all the cheesy extras, e.g., waterfalls, chirping birds, relaxing voices, soothing synths, etc."
"Good choice of soothing tones: Theta OM and Theta Kung. Using this binaural beat album, everyone can easily achieve a very deep, relaxed state of consciousness. Recommended to anyone seeking to reduce stress, expand their consciousness and experience the Shamanic Flight of the Soul."
--iTunes Customer Reviews
"Headphones Required. You need to wear headphones to experience any binaural beat's effect. This is not to be played through speakers. Excellent tones, my only gripe is that there is a gap between tracks."
--iTunes Customer Reviews