‘Gnaural’ – Awesome Binaural Beat Genrator – Instant Meditative States
Sound, especially music produces effective results as an mediating and healing aid. Sounds utilization in mediation and energy healing has progressed from of ancients civilization bells, drums, mantras and chants to modern brain wave entrainment methods which work on waveform engineering to get the desired results.
For a slightly more elaborate blog on sound healing, click here for an earlier blog at another location .
Here we will take a step towards binaural beats and a very good tool ‘Gnaural’ – (which is mentioned in the referred blog) for quick access to binaural beats.
Here is an extract from Wikipedia explaining Binaural Beats
” Binaural beats, or binaural tones, are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, caused by specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims coming from the alternative medicine community that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz. The brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations in the amplitude and sound localization of a perceived sound when two tones at slightly different frequencies are presented separately, one to each of a subject’s ears, using stereo headphones. A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones mixed naturally, out of the brain. The frequencies of the tones must be below 1,000 hertz for the beating to be noticeable. The difference between the two frequencies must be small (less than or equal to 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately, and no beat will be perceived.
Binaural beats are of interest to neuro-physiologists investigating the sense of hearing. Binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves and provide other health benefits such as control over pain. “
In layman’s language, the beats produces because of the minor frequency difference in two stereo channel causes waving listening patterns causing brain working to alter and the mind enters hypnotic states, especially in the lower frequencies of alpha and theta states. Monroe Institute, first experimented with Hypnotic Trances and Out of Body Experiences with binaural beats near 4 hz frequency. US defense forces personnel were trained at the Monroe Institute for OBE experiences using binaural beats.
“In 1978, the U.S. military evaluated TMI and arranged to send officers there for OBE training. In 1983, it sent further officers” – Quoted from Wikipeadia page of ‘The Monroe Institute’
The Monroe Institute (TMI), formed by Robert Monroe for binaural self-development technology, is now a charitable organization with great efforts towards consciousness development.
Gnaural is an effective experiential tool for experiencing bliss arising out of exposure to binaural beats.
– Being open source, it is free of cost.
– There are no restrictions of use on the software for personal, non-profit or commercial purpose.
– The software can also be used in a web based mode.
– Number of demo presets are available for easy experience.
– Can produce pink and white noise.
– Easiest way to explore – ANDROID APP on Google Store. Demos come per-loaded with the app.
Personally I use the sound of rain, sea waves and flowing water from the android app for regular listening as well as background music for guided meditations. Just take a comfortable posture, plug in the earphones, focus into the blank space and enjoy !