Do Isochronic Tones Really Work?

This question is often asked by people who are interested in this relatively new brainwave entrainment technology, but are skeptical of many of the claims that are made for it.

In case you’re not already familiar with them, isochronic tone recordings feature rapidly repeating sound pulses of specific frequencies. They’re designed to help you to control your state of consciousness more easily – very useful for those who aren’t trained meditators.

Isochronic tones work thanks to a natural neurological phenomenon known as the ‘frequency following response’. This refers to the tendency of the brain to adjust the frequency of its own brainwave output in accordance with the frequency of the sounds that it’s hearing. So by listening to an isochronic recording which is designed to stimulate your brain to produce brainwaves of around 10 Hz for example, you should be more easily able to enter the alpha brainwave state, to which this frequency corresponds. You might want to do this to experience the many benefits that are associated with alpha meditation, such as increased relaxation and a sense of well-being, or improved learning abilities.

This makes isochronic tones sound like something of a ‘quick fix’ – you just listen to the recording, and you’ll instantly transported into another state of consciousness. But does this actually happen?

The answer is, it depends on the person who is listening. It’s certainly possible to get powerful results the first time you listen to an isochronic recording, and I’ve experienced that for myself. However I’ve also experienced the feeling that not very much is happening while listening to isochronic tones. In the latter case, I found that with repeated listening over a period of days or a few weeks, I usually begin to experience the benefits of that particular recording. However, there have been a few times when no matter how much I listen, I don’t really seem to get anywhere.

I’d guess that my experience is quite typical. In other words, isochronic tones do work, but like any other method or technology, they can’t be 100% guaranteed to work for everybody at all times.

It’s important to bear in mind that even if you have a high-quality isochronic recording, there are various factors which will affect the results that you get. You do need to make an effort to focus on the recording as you’re using it – you can’t just let your mind wander all over the place and expect that the recording will somehow magically force your thoughts to stay under control. Although isochronic tones do make it much easier to achieve a state of deep mental focus and relaxation than traditional meditation methods, you have to do your bit as well.

It’s also important to be consistent when using an isochronic recording or any other form of brainwave entrainment. As noted earlier, often the best results will only come with practice, so if you just listen couple of times and then give up and start crying ‘scam’, you’re just short-changing yourself.

You should also pay attention to the environment in which you’re listening. This should be quiet and comfortable, and it’s best not to use an isochronic recording immediately after eating, as (at least in my experience), the digestive process can interfere with your ability to enter a trance state. It’s also best to listen through headphones (even though these aren’t strictly necessary), as they help to eliminate distractions.

So, if you’re thinking of trying isochronic tones, but are sceptical, the best thing to do is to try them out for yourself. Just remember to keep an open mind, and don’t expect perfect results the first time you listen. As with anything, it’s possible that isochronic tones don’t work for you – if that seems to be the case, you might want to try binaural beats or monaural beats instead, or just try a different isochronic recording. If those don’t work either, you’ll probably find a different type of meditation method more suitable; some people just don’t get along with brainwave entrainment, but get great results with other techniques. But it is my guess that if somebody takes the time to listen to their isochronic recording consistently, the effort will usually be worthwhile.

Source by Loren Mann

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