Tunes for Tranquility
Music has been used throughout the centuries to create “environments” which alter in some way or other, consciousness. Music sets the “mood” of the occasion. Or, think about the music we use to celebrate holidays, to worship by, to have fun by. Music is an important part of our culture, our religions, our history and now, as we are discovering and putting to use, healing.
Let’s take a closer look at binaural music and examine what science has to say about popular claims linking these tunes with tranquility. Science has termed the musical perception that occurs when listening to this “healing” music as binaural beats. Reason? In order for the beats to create the desired change in the individual and promote a feeling of “tranquility”, two different beats need to be played, a different beat in each ear and each frequency below 1500 Hz. A binaural beat is an auditory illusion created when one ear perceives a frequency lower than 1500 Hz and the other ear perceives another yet different frequency also lower than 1500 Hz. The auditory illusion is that the listener, when presented with the two different frequencies, perceives a third tone. This third tone is called the binaural beat, a beat heard in your mind when TWO beats in different ears stimulate brain neurons.
Research findings have demonstrated that music or auditory stimulation can affect immune function, relaxation, mood and stress control and that such changes are centrally/ neurologically based with the exact mechanism still unknown. The following states of awareness have been observed, measured and/or reported after using binaural beats:
· Feelings of Tranquility
· An Increase in Vigilance
· Better Memory
· Reduction of Anxiety Levels
· Reduction in Pain
· Increase in Creativity
· Decrease in Mood Dysregulation
So, What Does This Mean for Me?
For the general, stressed out fatigued public, binaural beats represent a way to take a tranquility break that doesn’t cost a fortune. For the more focused, it represents a life-saver for problems that adversely impact their lives, such as trait anxiety – anxiety that is just part of your personality, not situational like you just went through a divorce, but there all the time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is an alternative or adjunct to pills that may be the first effective treatment an individual has ever tried.
How to Use Binaural Beats
Get a good set of headphones. The better the headphones, the better the experience.
1. You don’t need to buy anything. Plug your headphones into your desktop, your laptop, your tablet and go to YOU TUBE.
2. Search for Binaural Beats.
3. Choose one that looks appropriate to your needs.
4. Plug in and focus on the music; 30 minutes seems reasonable, but everyone is individual.
5. You will become increasingly aware of your surroundings when the video stops.
Although research continues, using music to promote tranquility seems like a wonderful, easy way to relax while creating positive change within. Binaural Beats can be a tool to be used daily to take back control over our health, our happiness, and to cement our goals within reach.