Crossing the Conscious and Subconscious Divide

 

 

In order to understand the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, we can look towards this next analogy.

Consider, if you will, your normal attentive consciousness as a light, say a flashlight. As you direct your attention towards things, they enter into your conscious awareness. By contrast, your subconscious can be compared to a room without adequate light. The subconscious is only hidden until you illuminate it with the light of your -so called- conscious flashlight.

Corny? Perhaps. Let's look at this animated diagram below to further illustrate this point.

 

As you increase the aperture of your conscious awareness, you can begin to utilize thoughts and states of mind that exist in the more subconscious layers. The benefit is that you can gain access to thoughts that exist in the background of your thinking. This can reveal the sources for your current state of mind, and how provide clues on how to literally form the state of mind of your choosing.

BrainEv accomplishes this by applying entrainment frequencies to induce a combination of brain states that accompany both attentive consciousness and deeper levels of thinking.

July 20, 2007

Disc I - The Goal - Learning How to Relax Deeply



Disc one is primarily designed to facilitate relaxation. We all know how beneficial a little relaxation can be. Relaxation rejuvenates us. It helps us to cope, to concentrate or simply let go, as thoughts quiet themselves and drift. By contrast, what happens when you miss out on relaxation for a long period of time? You get tense, you loose focus, and your thoughts weigh heavily upon you.

The first disc in the Brain Evolution System series, Transcendence, makes the power of relaxation its main objective. Relaxation not only rests and rejuvenates you, it is also the fundamental element that allows you to slow down and focus your mental energies into clear solutions. Relaxation is the primary key to streamlining thought and channeling it into something useful. It makes sense to begin the series by training the mind to get into deep states of relaxation quickly and efficiently, right from the start.

Why do we do this? Because each progressive level in BrainEv can challenge your ability to relax and stay focused, just as regular life does. One key goal of the BrainEv is to increase your threshold for being overwhelmed. As you learn to relax, in otherwise stressful situations, your brain will work better and clearer, without being weighed down by the brain's fight or flight stress response...

As I've said before, the Brain Evolution System is like a personal fitness practice - for you and your brain. You'll need to train in the fundamentals of self control to get the best out of the complete series... So we start simple, with the ability to relax, to let go, if you will.

Even if you have experience in meditation, there is still benefit in using this disc. Often experienced meditators find that their meditative experiences are improved or renewed, by using both discs one, and disc two.

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty and explain the brainwave entrainment map for Disc One. This graphic (above) depicts the brainwave entrainment frequencies that have been targeted for this disc. Look to the 3P DEAP section for specifics on what these maps represent.

Let's clear away the Major and Minor tiers and look directly at the Prime tier. This Tier is where a majority of the Brainwave entrainment encoding is featured. Typically the Prime tier is complemented by the other 2 tiers, which I'll explain shortly.

As you see. Disc One's Prime Tier begins by descending from the high beta range. This has been done to match average brainwave rates (possibly even stressful ones) and lower you into a meditative zone within 10 to 15 minutes. Notice the rapid decent to the Alpha and Theta Zones. These brainwave frequencies are conducive to deep relaxation, and a sort of detached awareness. This detached awareness can allow one to become an observer of the subtle workings of our minds, by placing your attention inward.

The idea behind this is to teach you to pay attention to your mind's activity, without falling prey to emotional responses, or even some automatic-pilot, conditioned response. It's no doubt that we do things and we don't quite understand the reasons for. This is a step that can help you to move beyond that...

Towards the end of Disc one, brainwave entrainment rates increase again, in order to return you to a calm, refreshed state of mind.

Now let's look at the Major Tier. This tier has a little less emphasis in the brainwave entrainment encoding, yet that does not diminish its importance. For the most part, the entrainment frequencies found in this tier are set a slight step below the frequencies found in the Prime tier. This has been done to help attract your brainwave rates to deeper, calmer frequencies that you might be resistant to, as you begin this program.

Our brains can get distracted, or fill with clutter, with ease. For this reason, it's important to use a concentrated band of similar frequencies, so that the brain can grab on and follow the entrainment program.

Notice in the end how these two tiers overlap to help raise brainwave rates back to a calm awareness. As always, everything works, as part of a whole, in the Brain Evolution System's unique design...

Last, let's look to the Minor tier. As you can see, this tier is a little different. Per the intended entrainment design, the brain does not give as much attention to this tier, as it does the first two. Still, this final tier has applied just enough brainwave entrainment attraction to help the brain slow down, as well as relax the body.

As the other tiers descend, this minor entrainment tier rises from the deep delta range. At rates that are commonly associated with the twilight, dreamy threshold of sleep. This has been applied as a little sample of where the system is leading to - deeper, calmer, more focused and aware states of mind. Later on in the system, frequencies found in this minor tier will be used in the forefront Primary entrainment tier. For now, this final tier serves as an intro into more advanced states, a taste if you will, or rather, a preparation for things to come...

A few notes on what to expect. Each of you will experience the BrainEv in different ways, as each of us has a unique brain, and life conditions that make results differ from person to person. A small percentage of new users experience physical sensations ranging from tingling to mild headaches. Often these sensations are either a byproduct of your stress release, or simply a matter of you getting used to this technology. Do not be alarmed as this is a natural part of the process.

Some find that the first 2 weeks of use makes them fall fast asleep. If you find this is the case, you may want to listen at the end of your day, so that you can reap the reward of a good night's sleep.

There is no harm in sleeping when using these discs. This effect dissipates as the brain learns that you can be hyper relaxed, and remain conscious!

Other's find the disc incredibly invigorating, and choose to listen at the beginning of the day, so that they can start of with a boost of well being. No matter when you choose to listen, make sure that it's a time free of distraction so that the disc can do its work.

July 12, 2007

Understanding Brainwaves and EEG readings

The electrical activity emanating from the brain creates frequencies called brainwaves. Brainwave frequencies are measured in Hertz (Hz), meaning cycles per second. The more cycles per second, the greater the Hertz value.

There are four categories of brainwaves ranging from the most activity to the least activity, these are: BETA, ALPHA, THETA and DELTA.

Each image below depicts a one second snapshot of human brainwave activity, as detected by an electroencephalogram (EEG). As you'll notice, greater values indicate more brainwave activity within the one second time-frame.

 

BETA BRAINWAVES are characteristic of an engaged mind, which is highly alert and well focused. Beta activity is quick-connect, fast activity and tends to dominate the normal waking state of consciousness when-attention is directed towards the outside world.

Typically detected in the frontal lobes (where decisions are managed), Beta is usually seen on both sides of the brain in geometric distribution. It may be absent or reduced in areas of brain damage. It is generally regarded as a normal rhythm and tends to be the dominant rhythm in those who are alert, anxious or have their eyes open

 
 

ALPHA BRAINWAVES are slower than beta and can represent a relaxed awareness in the mind. This rhythm is seen when the brain sets itself to rest or reflect. Alpha rates are increased by closing the eyes and relaxation, yet are offset by opening one's eyes or any concentrated effort.

Alpha is usually best detected in the frontal regions of the head, on each side of the brain. Alpha is the major rhythm seen in normal relaxed adults and is typically regarded as the common relaxation mode beyond the age of 13.

 
 
 

THETA BRAINWAVES can indicate drowsiness, daydreaming, the first stage of sleep or 'indirect' imagination/thinking. Theta activity is not often seen in awake adults (unless engaged in a meditative practice), but is perfectly normal in alert children up to 13 years and in most sleep.

A Theta state can be regarded as a gateway to hypnagogic states that lay between being awake and falling asleep. Often Theta entrainment can promote vivid flashes of mental imagery as one becomes receptive to brain/mind information beyond one's typical conscious awareness. Theta has also been identified as a part of learning, memory and reductions in stress.

 
 
 

DELTA BRAINWAVES can reveal deep sleep or slow-wave 'background' thinking. Much like bass sound, Delta tends to be the highest in amplitude and the slowest waves. Delta is often associated with deep sleep. Certain frequencies, in the delta range, have been shown to trigger the body's healing and growth mechanisms.

Interestingly, Delta is the dominant rhythm in infants up to one year, as well as stages 3 and 4 of dreamless sleep.

April 25, 2007

Brainwave Entrainment and BrainEv - General Precautions and Disclaimer

Although the following statement is required by the FDA, we ask you to pay close attention to the following text so you can determine if the Brain Evolution System is right for you.

None of the statements found at brainevlab.com have been evaluated or verified by the FDA. The Brain Evolution System is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. If any medical or psychological matter requires advice or care, please seek consultation with an appropriate, licenced doctor.
  • Under no circumstances should you drive a car or operate dangerous machinery while listening to the Brain Evolution System. This technology can produce very hyper-relaxed states that may endanger you in situations that require your direct attention.
  • Those with an epileptic predisposition may be adversely affected when using brainwave entrainment technology. However rare, there is a risk of seizure associated with individuals who are predisposed to epileptic fits. Consult your doctor directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding audio brainwave entrainment technology's effect on epilepsy.
  • It is not uncommon for repressed emotions or memories to surface as you acquaint yourself with the cause and effects of your brain/mind system. These upwellings are a healthy part of processing and improving how and why we function in some of the ways we do. This emotional processing can lead towards vast improvements in personal development. In highly sensitive situations, it's advisable to seek professional assistance from an appropriate practitioner if you have difficulty processing particular emotions on your own.
  • Do not mix the Brain Evolution System with similar products. Elite Inner Circle, LLC can not determine what will happen when mixing multiple brain enhancement technologies, as this introduces too many variables that could counter the effectiveness of the system.

For any inquiries not covered in the brainevlab.com archive, or the text above, please visit our contact page.

April 12, 2007

Things NOT to do when listening to the BrainEv...

First and foremost:

DO NOT use the Brain Evolution System while performing any dangerous, co-ordinated activity.

Please respect the extraordinarily relaxed and/or dreamlike states that can occur as a result of using this brainwave entrainment technology.
  • It is of the utmost importance that you DO NOT operate a car, dangerous machinery or sharp pointy objects while listening to the Brain Evolution System.
  • Additionally, do not do anything that requires your attention and nimble dexterity. That is to say, no operating chainsaws, no rock-climbing, no cliff-jumping, no scuba diving, no sword fighting, no fire breathing, no tightrope walking, no, no, no, etc., etc. while listening to the BrainEv.
You might think you can handle it, dear reader, but we'd hate for you to fall asleep while doing any of these things.

In all seriousness , we ask that you review our precautions and FDA disclaimer when considering the potential effects inherent in using the audio brainwave entrainment technology found in these products.

That said, let's talk about the other "do not"s...

When listening to your BrainEv session DO NOT engage in any activity that requires your direct mental attention.

To make the best of each 30 minute session, do not distract yourself with any additional activity that requires your attention. The key to using the Brain Evolution System, and getting the best results, is best achieved by sectioning off a mere 30 minutes a day, six days a week, as your own special, personal self-enhancement time.

Do not let distractions such as phone calls, the television, computer work, etc. take away from any session.

April 12, 2007

Volume Settings when Listening

It is important to listen to the Brain Evolution System at a volume which is comfortable for your ears while allowing the intricate soundscapes to be heard.

By setting the volume too low, the encoded brainwave entrainment may loose its effectiveness by not being heard. By contrast, setting the volume too loud can present unnecessary stress on your delicate ears.

Consider common sense, safety and comfort when listening. If you are a current BrainEv user and have any questions, please send your personal message, or post, via the Circle Forum...

April 12, 2007

The Goal - Understanding Disc VI (Fusion)

  • The Goal - Understanding the point of the disc
  • Explanations on the disc's Entrainment Map
  • Potential Effects from the disc
  • Getting the best out of the disc

April 10, 2007

The Goal - Understanding Disc V (Neptune's Cave)

  • The Goal - Understanding the point of the disc
  • Explanations on the disc's Entrainment Map
  • Potential Effects from the disc
  • Getting the best out of the disc

April 10, 2007

The Goal - Understanding Disc IV (Crystal Rain)

  • The Goal - Understanding the point of the disc
  • Explanations on the disc's Entrainment Map
  • Potential Effects from the disc
  • Getting the best out of the disc

April 10, 2007

The Goal - Understanding Disc III (Infinity)

  • The Goal - Understanding the point of the disc
  • Explanations on the disc's Entrainment Map
  • Potential Effects from the disc
  • Getting the best out of the disc

April 09, 2007

The Goal - Understanding Disc II (Lucid Echoes)



Much like Disc One, Disc Two is designed to facilitate relaxation. Yet, unlike Disc One, Disc Two presents some challenges compared to the easy meditative decent of the previous disc.

For example, when comparing this audio to Disc One, everything seems a bit busier in the sound department. For starters, when listening, you'll notice that Disc Two features little noises and distractions that are purposely intended to challenge your ability to relax. These sounds come in the forum of bells, little scurrying noises, and other effects, that continue to grab your attention and seemingly block your path towards deep relaxation.

This may seem counter productive to your brainwave entrainment experience, but it is not. It's all part of an intended design that challenges your threshold for dealing with situations that interfere with your calm, and your focus.

Unlike other brainwave entrainment products, the BrainEv is not intended to function as a kind of audio medication - which you might lean on, to provide some state of mind that you can very well create on your own. Over the long term, the point of the BrainEv is to train you to be able to generate optimal states of mind, on your own. That way you can carry these improved states of mind into every aspect of your life, for the better... Remember, the Brain Evolution System is designed to challenge you and your brain to evolve! Heck, if we meant for the BrainEv to be a drug of some sort, we wouldn't call this the Brain Evolution System, at all – we'd call it something like the Brain Medication System!

So let the System help you to help yourself improve.  This will be written to the point of cliché, 'the Brain Evolution System is like a personal fitness practice, for you and your brain'. It's not a crutch. We don't want you to lean on the system to accomplish improvements in your life. Rather, the BrainEv's first levels are created to increase your capacity for dealing with stress and complexity, so that you can remain calm and focused when you need to most.

The point I'm making is that Disc One and Two are geared to provide preliminary training in advance relaxation and meditation states. As I said in the previous video, this ability is key to getting the best out of the remain series... Disc Two takes the challenge of relaxation a step further, by actually presenting stimuli that can hinder your ability to relax...Though you will find that this hindrance won't last for long...

So then, let's take a look under the hood, so to speak. Disc Two (like all the BrainEv discs) has its own surprises. Let's peek at the ole entrainment map, so you can see what I mean...

Let's briefly compare the entrainment maps, from the first two discs, so you can see the initial differences in the brainwave entrainment layout.. As I continue these explanations, you may wish to refer to the section of your manual, titled “Explanation of Levels and the Primary Entrainment Map”. This will help you to compare one disc, against another, for easy reference.

If you'd like, pause this video, and grab that now, otherwise let's continue...

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So let's start again by looking at the Prime entrainment layer... As I've explained before, this layer represents a majority of the Brainwave entrainment encoding. The other two tiers, Minor and Major, supplement the focus of the prime tier.

Now then,  back to the Prime tier. When comparing this entrainment path against the prime tier in disc one, notice that this entrainment descends at a slow, straightened slope towards the deep Alpha and Theta Levels. You'll also notice that the prime tier starts a little lower than disc one had begun. This is an additional challenge that requires your brain to drop any stress you might have, without the gentle decent that disc one had provided.

Roughly four minutes in the program, the Prime Tier stabilizes near low Alpha and Theta Levels. Interestingly, even with all of the distractions we've engineered into disc two, we still create the entrainment frequencies to take you deeper, into more refined states of mind, than disc one had offered. Again, the challenge here is to teach you to get into focus, even when you are faced with distractions...

Towards the last third of the program, we begin an accent back up in brainwave rates - though now we end the entrainment frequencies at a more tranquil, even drowsy state. The point is to leave you unwound after experiencing all of the minor stresses of all those audio distractions that were getting in the way of your decent into meditative relaxation. It's a bit like a reward for hard work, if you will...

Adding on the Major tier, we see that another linear decent joins the Prime tier. But in this case, the brainwave entrainment rates are faster. Again, just a minor distraction from the deeper levels of the prime tier, this so-called distraction continues,  until the Major tier intersects, and dives below into deep Theta a Delta ranges – thereby providing an additional pull to help your brain and body to relax after being challenged with seemingly conflicting sound events and frequencies.

In the end, we see that the Major tier's rates increase slightly to accompany the accent of the Prime tier, yet in this case, we hold rates at low Alpha and Theta, to maintain that final sense of relaxation...

The last element of the relaxation challenge comes from the minute influence of the minor tier. The entrainment frequencies here rise from the low to mid level, providing the potential for your brain to push out of the lower frequencies. However, things in motion tend to come to some sort of rest. Over time, the brain naturally chooses the calmer more relaxed states, meaning that you are literally transforming how your deal with stress for the better!

In the end here, you'll notice a sharp rise in the minor entrainment tier. This has been added to help you return to your day without too much grogginess from the deeper levels of relaxation. Consider it a little push back into your normal waking state.

Some things to consider when moving onto disc two. As I've mentioned there are more challenges to your relaxation here; yet the entrainment actually goes far deeper that the previous disc did. You may find that you'll miss disc one a little, because it seemed (seemed, I say) more soothing and easy to use. Don't fret. Give disc two some time, and you'll find that you'll move into even deeper states of relaxation and introspection than before.

There are also some entrainment elements here that can stimulate vivid mental imagery, and bursts of imagination. Just let your mind wander and observe these mental activities without engaging in thoughts that might direct the process. It is experiences, such as this, that reveal the inner workings of what makes us tick. Pay attention. Observe these events and let them dissipate. What you witness here is the bridging of the gap between conscious and subconscious states of mind...

Like disc one, some find that the first weeks of use makes them fall asleep. If you find this is the case, you may want to listen at the end of your day. It's worth mentioning that dreaming may also grow more active and vivid.

As the manual suggests, I encourage you to maintain a journal of your experiences to chart your progress with the BrainEv. This can help you gain valuable insight about yourself, and provide points of reference so that you can be aware of your results.

This concludes this presentation on Disc Two – Lucid Echoes. As always, read your manual prior to use. If you have any questions, or would like to speak with me, visit our online support portal at www.support.brainev.com. We're here to support you, so drop us a note if you need us!

April 06, 2007

Sound, Music, Mind and Body

For centuries, music and sound have been used for healing and transformation. From the chanting and ritual of ancient shamans, to Tibetan monks, Peruvian throat singing and Gregorian chants, sound and music have played a central role in the role of shaping human consciousness. Only recently have we begun to pinpoint and understand the phycological effects of sound and music on the brain, mind, and body.

In several settings music proves it can play a crucial role in brain/mind processing. The work of Dr. Lozanov in Bulgaria confirms this. By averaging the effects over multiple listeners, he discovered that music, at 60 beats per minute, (such as in Baroque music) produced the following effects.

· 6% increased Alpha activity (associated with relaxation) · 6% decreased Beta activity (normal waking state) · 4% reductions in pulse and breathing rates (indicating relaxation) · Subjects reported a state of "relaxed awareness"


Later, Dr. Lozanov discovered that he could greatly accelerate learning by using music at this rhythm. This method has become known as “Super Learning”. Through the course of his work, Dr. Lozanov discovered that the timbre, or the tonal quality of the music also greatly affected brain processing.

Conclusion: The timing characteristics of music and the timing of soundwave rates affect the brainwave, stress responses and body rhythms of a listener.

In a study conducted by Dr. Sue Chapman at a New York City Hospital, the response of premature infants to music was studied. One group listened to Brahms lullaby six times a day, while a control group listened to nothing. The group of infants who listened to Brahms gained weight faster, had fewer complications and were released from the hospital an average of a week earlier than those babies who did not listen to Brahms.

Conclusion: The architecture of the music, the rhythm and the timbre all created changes in brain processing through stimulation of the auditory pathways. These changes in the infant's brain/mind processing greatly reduced their stress levels, thereby allowing their natural systems to engage more efficiently than those in the control group.

The profound impact on emotional problems and learning difficulties is shown in the work of Dr. Tomatis in France. Early in his studies, he was called to a Benedictine monastery outside of Paris. The monks were depressed and were having trouble eating and sleeping. Dr. Tomatis was asked to find the cause of their ailments. In the course of his explorations, he discovered that the abbey had recently acquired a new abbot. The new father prided himself on being a modem man, and considered the Gregorian chants too medieval, he had ordered the monks to stop chanting.

Without knowing it, the abbot had taken away a primary form of brain stimulation for the monks. Deprived of the auditory stimulation of the Gregorian chanting, the monks' slipped into a depressed mode.

Conclusion: When Dr. Tomatis had the abbot reinstate the chanting, the depression lifted, and the monks were released from their depressive state.

 

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April 01, 2007

CD definitions and explanations for the Brain Evolution System.

The current category branches into individual descriptions for each of the Brain Evolution System's 6 discs, these are:
  1. Disc I - Transcendence
  2. Disc II - Lucid Echoes
  3. Disc III - Infinity
  4. Disc IV - Crystal Rain
  5. Disc V - Neptune's Cave
  6. Disc VI - Fusion
Click any of the links about to get more info on the disc of your choice, or use our search feature for a more specific query. Each of the six individual disc explanations feature the following subtopics to help you understand each disc and its useage.
  • The Goal - Understanding the point of the disc
  • Explanations on the disc's Entrainment Map
  • Potential Effects from the disc
  • Getting the best out of the disc
The Brain Evolution System features a variety of useful and interesting features that are best appreciated with a bit of background. If you are a new visitor, start reading one of the articles below to feed your initial curiosity and interest...
'Sound, Music, Mind and Body' illustratrates some of sound's positive effects on human performance and health.

'Brainwave Entrainment - Effects, History, and Application' If you are unfamiliar with brainwave entrainment, we humbly invite you to learn more by reading through this article. (It's a gentile read... Don't let the title intimidate you, the author is just an egg head).

'The 3 Point Dynamic Entrainment Audio Process' is BrainEv's unique approach that combines several brainwave entrainment audio techniques in to a single proprietary platform called '3P D.E.A.P'., for short. This acronym is a mouthful that demands explanation!

April 01, 2007

Understanding the difference between Brain and Mind



Throughout my presentations I often refer to what I call the Brain/Mind System. When I say “brain/mind” I mean the interactive event that occurs between 'the brain' (that fine organ inside your skull), and 'the mind' (the collective matrix which forms your emotional/cognitive/symbolic awareness).

It is important to recognize the distinction between the brain and mind. Like the relationship between car and driver, the brain is the material machinery, which allows 'the mind' to experience and navigate your awareness and actions. 'The mind' in essence does not exist in a physical form, as the brain does.

This ‘mind/brain” definition is based on Dr. Carl Pribram's view of 'the brain' and 'the mind' where "the mind" is a process which runs parallel to physiological processes within the brain. Thus it is possible to have a brain without a mind, as in a cadaver, but it is not possible to have a mind (as defined) without a functioning brain. (This is not to say that there may not be an aspect of consciousness, which operates independently of the brain. I leave you, dear reader, to determine where the seat of one's consciousness lies.)

March 29, 2007


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