Following yesterday’s post wherein I mentioned some of the things I’m doing in regards to brainwave frequency experimentation, I tried to explain things further to a friend of mine. By the time I was done, I figured it was probably the sort of thing that should go in a blog. Fine and well. It allows me to expand on some thoughts and to put things into some semblance of order.
To set the background for this, think about the kinds of sounds you hear every day. In an urban setting, you likely hear traffic, aircraft, random thuds from somebody pounding their bass, the general din of people in conversation, and so on. Out in the country, you’ll hear animals, perhaps some farm equipment, wind through trees or tall grass, etc. These and all other sounds we hear shape our health in ways most of us don’t think about.
Since around 1994, Dr. Masaru Emoto has been taking photographs of purified water crystals that have been subjected to various kinds of sound stimuli. In some cases, words were simply taped to the bottle. In some cases, Tibetan monks prayed over the water. In other cases, the water was subjected to music or to verbal assaults. In all cases, the results have been astounding to consider.
Click the link to Dr. Emoto’s site and scroll down to see a gallery of images that really opened my eyes to this sort of thing. Think about the contrasts and implications. Now consider that the human body is mostly water, to say nothing of what we’re doing to our local water supplies. Our soundscapes shape our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The company we keep shapes these things. The TV and movies we watch, the music we listen to… all of it affects us at the fundamental level.
I’ve been hypersensitive to sound all my life, tested at various points in my life to have a range of hearing that exceeds both the upper and lower limits of human norm. That knowledge, combined with the initial findings of Dr. Emoto’s work back in the day got me to looking into sound research and brainwave frequency experimentation. The mind-body connection cannot be overstated. The connection to your environment likewise cannot be overstated. It’s the oldest axiom in recorded human history: “As above, so below; as within, so without.” What affects you on any level affects you on all levels. Most of us go through the day completely unaware of anything being wrong. We’ve gotten used to noise. Or so we think. Many of us can’t seem to go more than a couple of minutes without having some kind of noise in the background. It amuses me to no end the number of people I know who actually seem to be afraid of silence.
Silence isn’t really silent. Even in the most quiet of settings, there are background frequencies. The earth resonates at 7.83 Hz, known as the Schumann frequency. It’s one of many such frequencies, but this is the most powerful and intense one. We humans are accustomed to being able to vibrate in accordance with that all the live long day. When we observe silence, this is what causes meditations and prayers to work, because it allows us to tune into that frequency. This is why silence is golden. You have silence, you can naturally attune to that frequency and do all manner of amazing things that you were designed to do without thinking about it. Cuts or diseases heal faster. Blood pressure drops. Migraines disappear. And that’s just for starters.
This is where things are going to start sounding a little woo-woo, but I assure you these things can be measured. Consider that the human body will operate in sympathy with pretty much any frequency it is given. Take a look at this list. Humans have been experimenting with sound from the beginning. One only has to study the structures we’ve built through the ages to see that. For example, the inside of the Great Pyramid generates a frequency of 33 Hz, also called the “Christ consciousness” frequency. Spiritual music the world over has been attuned to coincide with the chakra system. In the Middle Ages, the cathedrals were built in such a way as to magnify and resonate the sound of the music being sung. Songs of that time were written using a system that eventually would evolve into our standard musical notation today, but the individual tones hit specific frequencies known as the Solfeggio frequencies. The classic Solfeggio frequencies operate like this:
•UT – 396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear.
•RE – 417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change.
•MI – 528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)
•FA – 639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships.
•SOL – 741 Hz – Awakening Intuition.
•LA – 852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order.
The correlation of what each frequency does gets tested and re-tested all the time, and you’re more than welcome to investigate such things on your own if you’re interested. The point is that these frequencies are why music and human spirituality went hand-in-hand, because the tones of the music had noticeable and repeatable effects on the people who heard it.
But times have changed.
The United States began standardizing concert A pitch at 440 Hz in the 1920s, and it became standard in 1936. That was based upon British Intelligence reports, which in turn was based on Nazi research into sound. They were trying to weaponized sound. Go figure. This concert A frequency is the western world standard now, to which all musical instruments are constructed, and to which all concert music is performed or recorded. When people say that modern music is crap, that’s quite literally true, just not for the reasons most people think.
But there are some musicians who have figured it out. Consider John Lennon’s timeless classic “Imagine.” It’s one of the most popular songs ever written. Why is that? Turns out, it’s not the message alone that did it. It’s the frequency. Put on some headphones and check this out:
Interesting, no? Now look at the list above. “528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair).” John Lennon was quite literally transforming the world through music.
Bringing this back around to sacred rites and spiritual practices, early instruments such as flutes or harps would be tuned to those Solfeggio frequencies. The brain will operate in sympathetic vibration with those tones, producing the desired effect in the mind-body connection. Now add in drums. A slow, steady beat induces a trance state in the human mind. Here’s something to consider: when wasps need to create worker drones, they will beat on their eggs in a similar fashion, effectively “dumbing down” the larva before they hatch. Now think about some of the music you hear around you and what that might be doing to people. Scary, no? Then when you contrast this about what people claim about “the Mozart effect,” it gets interesting fast for those of us who find this sort of thing fascinating. For those that really want to kick it up a notch, look up musical compositions that were presumably handed whole-cloth to the composer by angels. As the Bard said, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of if your philosophy.” Recordings of such compositions are slowly being made available in Solfeggio frequencies once more.
In ancient and/or tribal spiritual practices, sometimes the use of drugs would come into play. Personally, I don’t use them, nor do I condone them, but I acknowledge how they’re supposed to work under optimal and controlled conditions (which almost never happens in recreational use). They effectively strip away the conscious defenses, opening the subconscious mind directly to the music. The conscious mind, or ego, can be looked upon as your personal gatekeeper. It’s job is to keep things out so as to maintain a status quo. It questions everything and doubts most of it. The subconscious mind will accept everything at face value. The idea then becomes that if you can bypass the conscious mind, the subconscious can be programmed just like a computer. Most of the drugs in use for this sort of thing today, even the so-called “harmless ones,” are far more dangerous than they used to be. Between this and the fact that my system reacts badly to most medications or even a little bit of alcohol, this tells me that experimenting with drugs just isn’t going to happen in my world. This means that to achieve similar effects safely, I need to bypass the conscious mind in a way it will accept easily.
This is where brainwave frequency sounds come into play. There are all manner of recordings readily available for those who want to try such things. They come in two varieties, as I’ve previously mentioned: binaural and isochronic. Binaural frequencies require (or work best with) the use of stereo headphones. Different frequencies are produced in each speaker, and the brain splits the difference, ever seeking the middle ground, just as it does with all the sounds you’d hear around you. It’s powerful enough that most people will feel the effects the first time out after only 20 or 30 minutes. Do this everyday for three or four weeks, and the effects become cumulative, just as they would through normal meditation practices. Isochronic frequencies can be utilized through any speaker system. They’re not as powerful, but they’re more gentle in their approach and can be used to revitalize any soundscape, for example, in a home or office where you need to relax and/or concentrate.
In both cases, most recordings you’ll find on the market will incorporate music, nature sounds, or a combination of the two. It’s just a question of finding the sounds you like and the frequencies you need for the desired effect. I’ve found that I can use these frequencies in conjunction with a variety of tasks, such as simply reading or cooking or, as I mentioned in my previous blog, sleeping. I use these sound packages to induce sleep. You have to admit, that’s far safer than sleeping pills, with none of the disadvantages or dangers. Once asleep, the playlist I selected will hit a variety of different soundscapes to reinforce sleep and to elicit other desired effects. In addition to generating all kinds of beneficial effects for me, it has the added bonus of helping to mask outside noise such as traffic or obnoxious neighbors. The result is that after only a few nights of doing this, I feel completely reborn. If my work environment weren’t constantly bombarded with construction noise all day, I’d probably feel like I could do the impossible. I’ll get there eventually, when the building is finally done with their remodeling. They claim that’ll be sometime next year. *rolls eyes*
Hopefully you’ve found this interesting. If anyone who reads this tries this sort of thing, I’d love to compare notes and hear how things are working out for you.
“When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.”
— Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace