Brainwave entrainment has become incredibly popular in recent years, as people from all around the globe are able to experience the complex mix of powerful brainwave altering sounds, beats and notes, while also seeing the powerful, lasting effects these sounds can have on their minds and emotional bodies.
Isochronic and binaural beats are at the heart of brainwave entrainment, offering both a relaxing pastime and producing a strong set of changes during meditation to help people overcome their most tedious problems, anxieties and deficiencies.
What Are Isochronic Tones?
When most people hear talk about brainwave entrainment, they automatically think about binaural beats. However, these aren’t the only types of brainwave entrainment products available. In the past few years, isochronic brainwave altering audios have also become quite well-known, producing some remarkable effects that were even reproduced and researched through various studies.
Isochronic tones are essentially small pulses of a single tone produced in quick alternation with periods of silence to create a sharp flow of sound pulses geared towards influencing brainwaves alongside binaural and bonaural tones.
The tones effectively work by stimulating the thalamus to influence it to produce the same frequency brainwaves as the tone itself. Because very low frequency sounds cannot be detected by your ears, however, the tones are made using audible frequencies between 200 and 1000 Hz, separated by adequately short periods of silence to produce, Delta, Theta, Alpha or any other type of beat frequency you may be in need of. The more pulses per second are produced, the higher the frequency.
One of the key distinct properties of isochronic beats is that you don’t need a stereo system or a stereo headset in order to gain full advantage from listening to them. Since they work differently from binaural beats, you can listen them on your phone, home entertainment system or even in your car, without having to ensure that the sound produced would affect each ear differently.
This makes isochronic brainwave entrainment much more appealing for many people, and being in the “listening” room of a brainwave entrainment studio to mix isochronic beats with music and light effects can truly become a transcendental experience.
Comparing Isochronic and Binaural Tones
Although they influence brainwaves in similar ways and pursue similar goals, isochronic and binaural tones are very different, and can present you with different practical benefits when it comes to combining them with your meditative practices, or just using them to relax.
With isochronic tones, you can broaden your perspective, and gain much more freedom in setting up your meditation area. Unhindered by cords and earphones, you can even set up a place outside, or combine your brainwave entrainment time with practices such as yoga and tai chi which require complex poses and movements that would be more difficult to perform while using binaural beat audios.
Isochronic patterns can also be used together with binaural tones and other brainwave entrainment solutions to produce enhanced frequencies that can ensure a lasting brainwave alteration and more powerful results after only a limited time listening to a brainwave enhancement audio.
In many cases used as relaxing background sounds, isochronic tones will effectively move beneath normal perception during meditation, and help your brain benefit from more enhanced relaxation and heightened focus, when compared to using only binaural beats as a stimulus.
It is worth pointing out that isochronic tones are much newer than binaural beats, so there has been much less research and feedback associated with their use. Modern technology and the popularity of brainwave entrainment, however, has brought isochronic music, meditations and relaxation audios into the spotlight, so that scientists and researchers continue to get more data from the public and from professionally conducted studies on the effects of these tones, in order to help improve their overall effect.
Mixing Brainwave Entrainment Patterns
When combining isochronic tones with other forms of brainwave entrainment, experts have found that the positive effects normally associated with using binaural beats are significantly enhanced.
Isochronic beats usually produce the same results as binaural beats, since they operate on more or less the same principle. You can use them during meditation to experience deeper relaxation and focus, a stronger dissociation and a more powerful sense of presence and perception when it comes to experiencing low frequency alpha and theta waves for deeper meditation.
As an added advantage, however, isochronic tones are also a more powerful method for silencing unneeded chatter in your brain, and calming even the most subtle emotions of unrest and worry, while you’re doing meditation. Rapid changes are not unlikely, and the combination of background isochronic sounds with strong binaural tone and beat changes is also more efficient in producing complete sweeps throughout the entire spectrum of brainwave frequencies.
For advanced meditation practitioners pursuing goals such as lucid dreaming, OOBE, energetic alignment or deep healing, isochronic beats can behave like a strong catalyzing agent that, together with other brainwave entrainment patterns, can quickly help to target the desired brainwave frequencies, improve visualization, and create a stronger resonance effect between the sound patterns and the neural oscillations in the brain.
Light, Sound and Ocean Waves
To get the most out of brainwave entrainment and various meditation practices, you can use a process of combining light and sound to create the most powerful transcendental results, going far beyond what simple binaural and isochronic beats can do by themselves.
Isochronic tones are best combined with white noise and relaxing natural sounds, such as the sounds produced by ocean waves, rainfall, birds or other natural, relaxing noise patterns that will help bring you into the present during meditation, while ensuring that you can let go of normal, day-to-day mental chatter and the memories associated with particularly long and tedious work days.
Light can also be incorporated into the equation, and various videos (or even 3D light effects) composed of calming colors and gentle shifts between light intensity, colors and shapes, will give your experience a much more “psychedelic” feel, while producing stronger effects on brain functions, due to changes being induced through two different perception centers.
Isochronic and binaural beats, together with many other brainwave entrainment effects can help you let go of anxiety, stress and mental incapacities, while assisting even in countering problems such as ADHD, deep depression and severe memory problems.