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Advanced BrainEv Users - NEW / Is it time to delete my bookmark here?
« on: June 16, 2016, 01:37:09 am »
It has been years since I last went through BrainEv. I had the files on my old computer and I haven't tried to move my data over to the new computer. I have moved a couple of times and I am not sure where my levels on CD ended up. Anyway, I still come back to the forum regularly to see what people here are up to. And it looks like it is over. Is it time to get rid of the bookmark and to stop coming back to the forum?

Your BrainEv Journey - MAIN BOARD / Re: Re-using BrainEv
« on: March 12, 2016, 12:47:05 am »
The second time through is better than the first. You can go deeper.

Generally speaking, where to go after the next round of BrainEv depends on how much you want to spend.

Getting Started Questions / Re: Visualizing in conjunction with BE
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:49:15 am »

Both of them are each 99 cents. They both run an hour. You can use BrainEv along with short term entrainment programs.

I think it would be better to keep things simple when you combine things with BrainEv. Watching your breath or some other mindfulness technique would be ideal. Repeating a mantra is good - or maybe an affirmation about receiving money. I was just participating in a class where the main focus was on realizing money as abundant as air.

Individual Level Questions / Re: Skin/Muscles twitching during session
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:15:17 am »
There are all sorts of unusual side effects that can happen with meditation. If you hadn't been meditating I would say that it sounds like a stress response. In meditation it sounds more like a response to gradually releasing a level of tension and having a slipping back attempt to hold on to it. It is not a choice; it is instinctive to resist change. Your body has to be trained as much as your mind in meditation. That's why it is often combined with physical exercises as in Yoga, Tai Chi, and Chi Kung. Tibetan Buddhism also has its own sets of physical exercises. Going out for regular walks - 20 to 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week - is a more western approach.

Every session is going to be different. Some sessions will be more rewarding than others. You didn't do anything wrong.

Same day is fine. A short break would be a good minimum.

You don't have to wait. You can overlap them.

Your question isn't entirely clear to me. I would suggest following the directions. After you have finished level 6, take about a week to go through levels 1 through 6 at one per day and a rest day. Then start level 7. If you aren't currently listening to BrainEv but you have finished level 6, still go ahead and do a quick review. Level 7 is a regular level, but intended to be more ongoing. Listen to it by itself, as you would any other level.

Individual Level Questions / Re: Should i stop using BES on 5 level?
« on: October 27, 2015, 12:00:23 am »
Getting enough sleep, eating well, and managing your stress level are all important. It helps to drink enough water so you can stay well hydrated and if you can spend some time every day getting sun that would help. All brainwave entrainment and even traditional meditation will push you and add to the amount of stress you are experiencing. What you are feeling now is temporary. When you are under less pressure you will feel better. If you cut back on your listening for now - maybe listen every other day and extend the level to two months, or do it every third day and make it last three months - you can reduce the pressure and stay at your current level. When I needed to take a break, I stopped using BrainEv and after several months without it I started over at level 1. The first level is still my favorite level. When I went back to it, the experience was deeper and more powerful but I had fewer problems. Things in my life in general were easier and they didn't cause so much trouble when I started again.

Getting Started Questions / Re: Time of day when listening.
« on: September 21, 2015, 12:52:42 am »
When I listen in the morning, it helps with dealing with situations and people during the day. When I listen to it before bedtime, it helps make my dreams more vivid and interesting. After work, it helps to transition into the evening. Any time of the day is good, and you can have a specific purpose for listening then. The important thing is that in general the way you respond as things come up in your life will change for the better. It is much more than the experiences you have while actually listening or in the time afterward before the effects wear off (regular brainwave patterns are restored by habit, or the normal emotional set point returns, or any other way you want to phrase it).

Your BrainEv Journey - MAIN BOARD / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: August 25, 2015, 02:10:49 am »
If you have access to propranolol, it is a beta blocker medication. It is primarily used for lowering blood pressure, but it is very helpful for the types of anxiety you describe.

I know that neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback in which you work to influence your brainwaves, but the details can vary wildly from that point. In general with brainwave entrainment one of the goals is to learn to get to the same places without the technology. Two approaches to the same job, but if you give details we can be more specific.

Yes, you can combine subliminals with BrainEv.

8 hours per day of the same subliminals seems a bit much. If you can change it up every hour or so that would be better.

You bought it. It is yours and you can use it any way you want to. If you want to get the advertised results, however, you have to follow the instructions. Skipping level 2 means that you will not experience 3 through 6 correctly.

The longer I used Holosync, the better my meditation became without the entrainment. That was the most positive gain. It got to the point where my experiences were frequently better without the CDs even at the last level of the program. It just felt too rigid in the sense that either I went along for the ride or I didn't. With doing the meditation on my own I could respond to changing situations like interruptions or sudden noises. Sometimes I might suddenly remember something that happened during the day and get to thinking about it and I'd be back in beta and I just couldn't get back into my Holosync and I might not have time to start over just then. The other direction became more common the more I practiced - my experience suddenly seemed to deepen and that was also taking me away from the path of the entrainment.

Was it worth the money? I don't know. I didn't just use Holosync once per day. I sometimes used it three or four times, and I repeated the Immersion track like they said to keep it going longer. The important thing was that my responses to people and situations were improving when I wasn't meditating. They continued to do so after I stopped using Holosync. Then I switched to BrainEv and it seemed to push my emotions more than Holosync ever did, with only one use per day. At that point I began to wonder if I should have saved my money instead of buying Holosync.

In addition to entrainment going down to delta and epsilon, I also use entrainment for beta and gamma. Especially beta, and with isochronics so I could listen without headphones. I had a job that let me play music as long as I didn't disturb anyone in nearby rooms. I would ride the bus to work and use headphones and switch to speakers when I got there. I had weeks with close to 100 hours of beta. Gamma was another matter. Excessive use of gamma gave me headaches and made me irritable.

That leads me to side effects. The more I used entrainment, or the more I meditate without it, the more sleep I seemed to need. I consistently read that it is the other way around, but it just doesn't seem to work that way for me.

Hearing sounds is a side effect of increased concentration. There is a branch of Yoga called Nada Yoga that centers around listening to external and then internal sounds.

If you are comfortable talking about energy, meditation tends to result in an increase of energy in your system. In a way it acts like electrical energy. When there is resistance, it generates heat. Excessive energy trapped in the head can cause headaches. Thinking or reading excessively can do the same thing. Excessive energy can also become stuck in the heart or other organs, with different side effects depending on how and where the energy becomes stuck. Other imbalances result from lack of energy, because of the energy being blocked from going where it needs to go. Acupuncture has always been helpful for me when things get to be bad and I can't get things balanced on my own fast enough for my liking.

You might say that I am a long term user of entrainment. I started out with Kelly Howell's work on cassette tape and I have completed Holosync's 12 levels (plus Awakening Prologue, of course). I have made a couple of my own Mp3s using products by Transparent Corp. I have completed BrainEv including trying Level 7. I have also tried a few random short term products. Currently I am really enjoying iAwake products. It was something like 20 years ago now that I first started using entrainment.

Bill Harris knows that there can be difficulties. There used to be retreats for that reason. People could come and have everything taken care of for them, like meals, so they could focus on working with stronger entrainment than normal and really push themselves. Having a support system in place can help with entrainment and meditation in your regular practice as well. The other thing is that it helps to use the supporting practices like alternate nostril breathing and the cross crawl. Bill Harris calls it overwhelm, when the side effects of pushing yourself too hard catch up with you. The hardest thing is to recognize it when it is just starting to happen. It can happen with more traditional approaches as well. The way out of overwhelm is to go forward, through it. Trying to make it stop or go away or otherwise resisting it makes it stronger.

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