“Do binaural beats work?” I remember asking myself, right before I clicked the buy button. Questions were circling my head, but I decided to take the plunge.
I didn’t really understand how they worked, I didn’t really get what effect they had on the brain, and I didn’t really expect them to do anything…
But the testimonials had been incredible, and several men had recommended that I try Life Flow out. So, I decided to give it a try and pop in the “Life Flow 10” track.
I felt my brain tingle, and my mind began to shift. My brain shifted into a gear I’d never even felt before, and for one hour, I felt the sheer fucking laser focus of a madman, hellbent on accomplishing his goals.
Binaural beats were first invented conceptually in the late 1700’s, but they didn’t actually exist until the early 1900’s. Furthermore, they didn’t even become available to the masses until around 2010 or so.
Binaural beats are basically a set of frequencies played in earphones or headphones, and when you listen to them, it “trains,” your brain, so to speak, to enter into a certain frequency far more easily.
So, for example, if your left earbud plays something that’s a frequency of 520 hertz, and your right ear plays something that’s a frequency of 530 hertz, your brain will adjust itself to be the difference—in this case, 10 hertz.
While this may seem kind of strange or stupid in theory, in practice it’s actually one of the most powerful self-improvement tools I’ve encountered. By listening to binaural beats, you can literally prime your brain to be in a certain frequency on command. Let’s look at some of the frequencies that binaural beats can induce down below.
Your brain isn’t always operating in one “mode,” so to speak. Rather, it’s actually oscillating between different frequencies at different times during the day. With binaural beats, however, you can engage certain brain frequencies on demand.
Typically, most human beings exist in the beta frequencies. Characteristics of being in a beta frequency are slight anxiousness, nervousness, and business—and while they have their place, they certainly aren’t desirable 100% of the time.
Alpha frequencies, which I would estimate only 15% of the population lives in, are just like they sound—calm, collected, and focused. Only your typical high-status alpha males experience “alpha frequencies,” on a regular basis.
Theta frequencies, even less people can attain. These are typically only found in avid meditaters, artists, and creative folk. Characteristics of your brain being in a theta frequency include a very deep sense of calm, and heightened creativity.
Delta frequencies are attained by everyone, but only during sleep—only a select few have ever attained them (without binaural beats) when awake. Buddhist monks, for example, take 30 years on average to attain this frequency. Characteristics include an incredibly profound sense of peace, and complete presence.
Gamma frequencies, not pictured above, are even higher than beta frequencies. Coming in at 30+ hertz, they’re associated with incredibly intense focus, awareness, and heightened perception—something a special ops agent might feel in the midst of combat.
Now, I know what you’re wondering: “Do binaural beats work? Like do they ACTUALLY work?” The answer to your question is a resounding yes. I don’t want to overstate their effectiveness, but in my experience, they work extremely well.
I’ve been an avid user of Life Flow (or Project Meditation after they re-branded themselves) for the past several years. I was a little bit skeptical at first, but decided to give it a shot—you get your first audio track free, in fact.
After about 10 minutes of listening to the binaural beat they gave me, I was floored—I could literally feel the difference. My brain began to tingle, and as a sense of calm washed over me, I began to feel happier than I had in years.
It wasn’t long before I purchased their entire library of binaural beats (I think it came in around $400, but I’m not sure). For this article, I’ll be talking specifically about Life Flow, since that’s what I have experience with.
There’s several different high end binaural beats out there, but the one that I recommend is Life Flow. I’ve tried using the crappy ones on YouTube, but most of those don’t work—in this case, you get what you pay for.
There’s numerous Life Flow tracks, all ranked from 1-10, and then there’s some bonuses (which I’ll talk about in a second). It is recommended that you start out with Track 10, and meditate for 10-20 minutes a day using it.
Then, after a month, move down to 9. I do NOT recommend that you skip any tracks—I did this once, and my brain wasn’t ready for it, so I had a fucking massive panic attack and started freaking out. Seriously, this is powerful stuff, don’t abuse it.
Tracks 10-7 are “Alpha Waves,” which will give you a great introduction to binaural beats. Tracks 6-4 are theta waves, which are the next level down. Then, tracks 3-1 are the delta waves which we discussed before.
Beyond this, there’s a few bonuses that they give out—they have one that I like in particular called “Creative Flow,” which I listen to when I’m writing. Another is called “Optimal Learning,” which is great for studying and memorization.
Using binaural beats is pretty simple. All you have to do is just turn them on, and they’ll do the rest of the work. When you’re listening to them, depending on the frequency you’re trying to induce, you can either meditate, do something creative, or research.
While you don’t need headphones with Life Flow, since they integrate isochronic tones and monaural beats into their tracks, I recommend that you use a high quality pair of headphones or earphones to get the most benefit out of them.
I personally use the Audio Technica ATH-M50x for all of my binaural beats. It’s universally recognized as one of the best high quality budget headphones, by both amateur nerds and high level DJ’s alike.
From here, I just put my headphones on, play the binaural beats I want to listen to, and do whatever activity I plan on doing. Usually I’ll listen to Track 1 when I’m meditating, and I’ll do some of the other tracks that Life Flow has for focus or creativity when I’m writing or researching.
While you can’t expect binaural beats to do all of the work for you, they certainly have a huge impact on your cognition. Like I said, I’ve been using them for the past several years, and have gotten massive benefits from them.
If you do decide to use binaural beats for focus, creativity, and tranquility, be sure that you use Life Flow. I don’t recommend you use the crappy free ones on YouTube, although they may work for some people.
As a side note, it takes your brain roughly 8 minutes to transition from one frequency to another, so be sure to listen for a minimum of 8 minutes before making a judgment on whether or not they work for you.
If you guys have any questions, comments, or concerns, leave them in the Disqus section below and I’ll do my best to respond. And, as always, I’ll see you next time.
After learning to successfully trade the market, build a six pack, start a social circle from scratch, and increase his IQ by 15 points, Jon Anthony has decided to teach others how they can, too. He plans to move to Las Vegas next year to invest in real estate and live it up.