You may or may not be familiar with the industry term binaural beats. Most personal growth seekers, when they hear the word “beats”, instantly think of general entertainment like something having to do with rhythmic elements in music.
If you're someone who thought of drums and percussion in music related to these beats you'd be relatively correct. But there's a finer calibrated science behind these kinds of pulsating, rhythmic beats–and it all has to do with cross communication between the two sides of the human brain.
Inside your brain, cross communication takes place between the two sides of your brain through the use of electricity, pulsating back and forth through the corpus collosum. But it isn’t the kind of electricity you would think of hard wired throughout a house. This type of synaptic electricity is the kind that's found in brain cells.
When they're centralized in the brain, this kind of electrical communication is known as your brain waves. This is a kind of centric power station through which everything happening in your body is processed.
When you listen to recorded music, how your cells react is part of this cross communication process. What is being communicated among your cells is the audio frequencies you're listening to.
Watch this short 1:00 video to learn how the inner ear translates sound with the human brain...
It's important when you're coping with, and managing stress that you realize with absolute certainty exactly how your brainwaves play a vital role in controlling it. When you experience daily stress, the emotive tension that you feel throughout your body associated with that stress originates in the brain.
Your body doesn't literally feel the stress made manifest in your body, until the brain acknowledges the overwhelm that's there through the process of how it sends commands to the rest of your body. It's the same thing with nervous system pain.
When you touch a hot skillet on a stove burner for example, the nerve endings in your hand are reacting to the heat resulting from the brain sending that electrical signal and in fight or flight mode, your body reacts with “ouch!”
With your brainwaves, you have four major types of brain activity taking place. First, your brain engages in the process of gaining information, processing, then storing it–that's one.
The second activity is when your brain is using what it has learned for expending energy.
The third activity is when your brain is at peace or while it's in the relaxation or “primitive brain” state. However, this is not equivalent to when you go to sleep.
Why? Because even while you're relaxed, your brain is still actively communicating on various levels of brainwave states simultaneously. Some people mistakenly believe that during the fourth activity, or sleep state, is a time when the brain is not actively communicating. This couldn’t be further from the truth, because your brain is actually just as active when you're asleep as it is when you're awake. And in some functions it is even more active in the sub and unconscious levels of regenerative sleep.
In fact, your brain is functioning at very deep brainwave states known as theta or delta waves. These brain waves and other brainwave states are influenced by the audio frequencies that you're listening to, especially when you’re using stereo headphones. Theta brain waves is when REM (rapid eye movement) dream sleep occurs, and delta brain waves are known as a dreamless sleep state.