An honest guide to Brainwave Entrainment Side Effects
With all of the benefits associated with using brainwave entrainment products, it leaves one to also wonder if there are any side effects, and if so, what are they?
This article has been designed to help clarify the effects that can come from listening to brainwave entrainment Mp3s and give you a heads up to what you can expect when you begin using this type of technology. It is very important to know that many of the so-called “side effects” of brainwave entrainment are directly linked with their promised positive benefits. Below I have outlined a few of the most common side effects, as well as given some explanation as to why they happen.
Feeling Spacey or “High
There are times, when one is in the process of listening to brainwave entrainment on a regular basis, that they will feel a spacey sensation, sometimes similar to feeling “high”, while they are going about their regular business and not actually listening to the audios. This is often times a pleasurable experience, but can be slightly alarming if one is not expecting this, and is in the middle of something that requires their focus (like working, driving, etc). This most commonly happens when someone is still relatively new to this type of product, or has just begun a new level, or switched to an audio that takes them into a deeper brainwave state.
The largest contributor to this occurrence is that while listening to brainwave entrainment audios, your brain is being stimulated to produce a lot of beneficial endorphins and neuro-chemicals. A few of the more commonly known are: serotonin, melatonin, HGH, dopeamine, etc. Usually the amount of these chemicals being produced per session is much higher than one’s brain is used to, and can have an effect that proliferates into daily life. The most important thing to keep in mind when this occurs is that it is not dangerous, and is actually a sign that positive effects are happening in your brain. Usually these episodes do not last much longer than an hour or so.
It is also worth noting that when one is listening to brainwave entrainment mp3s (and especially when they are first starting to listen to them) their brain is going through a powerful transformation that is bound to have an effect on their consciousness. The right and left hemispheres are communicating with each other more than they have ever been able to in the past, as new neural pathways are forming to enable this communication to continue (even while one is not listening to the tracks). Also, you as the listener are likely spending more extended amounts of time sitting consciously through deeper alpha, theta, and delta states than you ever have before in your life, which is building a significant link between your conscious and subconscious mind, and expanding your self-awareness. You are literally on the fast track to evolution, and it is telling to note that many of these “spacey” experiences that are reported by brainwave entrainment users worldwide are often times strikingly similar to esoteric experiences related to spiritual advancement in eastern texts. debilitate one from participating in whatever activity they are required to do.
Besides, you can’t really complain about getting high from nothing but natural chemicals in your brain.
It’s free and it’s safe! If this symptom becomes too intense to enjoy, then simply take a day or two off from your brainwave entrainment listening routine.
Another common side-effect reported by brainwave entrainment listeners is emotional upheaval. Now there has been a debate going on about this effect by some of the various companies, as to whether or not this should occur. There are quite a few newer brainwave entrainment makers out there that will tote that their product does not cause emotional upheaval, and will use this as a reason to use their product over the competitors. For more details on this check out my article “Holosync Vs. The Competion“.
As this is a very subjective experience, I will speak from my own personal experiences as a user of these types of product for over 7 years. One of the first brainwave entrainment products I used was The Holosync Solution by Centerpointe Research. I used Holosync for over 3 years before branching out to try some of the other products. No doubt that the Holosync Solution caused emotional upheaval for me, but there was a very specific reason for this, and I was being given a wealth of constant support material to explain why this happened, and what could be done to minimize discomfort, and maximize the benefits of the product.
Though this is a vast subject, and books could be written about it, I will summarize this process in a nutshell for you so you can finish this article and get on to making an educated decision. One of the largest things that listening to brainwave entrainment, and dropping down into those deeper brainwave states on a regular basis will do is form a deeper connection between your conscious and subconscious mind. Basically, you will grow a more conscious awareness of your subconscious mind, which is simply another name for self-awareness. The facilitation of increased self-awareness is one of the most beneficial things that these types of product will do, and this is where you begin to reap the benefits that were previously reserved for 10-year experienced meditators.
But here’s the thing: you know that you’ve got some issues lurking down there in your subconscious. Less-than-helpful thought patterns, emotional habits, coping mechanisms, self-sabotage, and unwanted memories are just a few. These are the things that have led you here in the first place, are they not? This is what you are wanting to release, and indeed, MUST release in order to reach your highest potential and become more of what you want to become in life. So what is the best way to release this subconscious junk? By becoming aware of it. You can’t do anything with it until you know how it works, when it rears its ugly head, and how exactly it manages to limit you as a human being in your life. You may be surprised to find that once you become fully aware of it, you won’t have to do anything but just watch it, and then watch yourself transcend it.
And this is exactly what a good brainwave entrainment program will do! First, you begin listening to the audios, regularly visiting the deeper brainwave states. Second, your self-awareness begins to grow as a bridge is formed between your conscious and subconscious. Third, you become aware of the subconscious limitations that have been dwelling inside of you, and limiting you as a human being (this is where the Emotional Upheaval is experienced), and THEN this upheaval is released, simply through your awareness of it, and you have taken one step further in your mental, spiritual, emotional evolution.
I would caution anyone, who is seriously interested in evolving to be wary of a brainwave entrainment program that uses a lack of emotional upheaval as a selling point.
You must accept that this is unavoidable, and must be done to transcend those limitations. You still have to do the work. The reason this upheaval happens, and can reach intense points, is that with brainwave entrainment, you are meditating at a very accelarated rate, and are thus evolving very quickly. Again, if this becomes too much for you to handle, simply take a break from your listening for a few days, and return to it when you are feeling more balanced again. Keep in mind that a good brainwave entrainment company will be providing you with support (Holosync even has a 24/7 call center with people to talk to) to help facilitate this process and make it easier for you. Once you get used to this process it can even be fun (in an intense way of course) to watch yourself shedding this limiting subconscious material.
Again, this one happens most commonly when one is new to the product, or beginning a new level of the product they are using. This is mostly caused by the fact that the brain is being stimulated to produce melatonin – a neurochemical that helps you sleep. Aside from this, your brain is also being given more of a specific type of stimulus than it usually gets, and is in the process of growing many new neural pathways, rewiring itself, and adjusting itself to handle this added input. Just like physical exercise, this mental exercise can make you sleepy.
Not to mention going into Alpha, Theta, and Delta can make you sleepy anyways, as these are usually the brainwave states you progress through as you are falling asleep at night.
There can be quite a few other brainwave entrainment side effects, and many of them can be quite subtle or unique, as this is a very subjective process you are going through. It is most important to follow the guidelines outlined by the product you are using, and to take advantage of any support offered to you. As a general rule, if any symptoms become too intense to be enjoyable, take a break from your brainwave entrainment Mp3s and come back to them when you are feeling balanced again. Make sure to never listen to these types of audios while you are driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing anything else that requires focus to keep you safe.
It is also important to spell out here that there has never been a reported case of serious injury or trauma from using brainwave entrainment products, which have been around for over 30 years now. As a precautionary measure, it is common to recommend that brainwave entrainment is not used by pregnant women, people diagnosed with epilepsy, or people using pacemakers, though there are no reported cases of negative effects or trauma associated with these people using brainwave entrainment.