Have you played around with relaxation CDs in the past? Maybe even two or three?

If so, you probably think they all sound the same: wind chimes, ocean noises, voiceovers about sunlit woodlands with light playing through the leaves… In fact, if you’ve heard a CD more than a few times, that spoken word ‘guided meditation’ track is probably getting a bit too familiar.

But the truth is that not all relaxation CDs are made the same. In fact, some of the world’s most powerful relaxation CDs contain no music or spoken word at all. Others may use music, words and other sounds, but in ways completely different from the ones you’re used to — ways that can stay fresh and interesting for years to come.

How does this work? In this article, we’ll look at how the arrival of brain entrainment CDs has changed the game.

The relaxation CDs you see advertised in shops and online catalogs use dolphin noises and guided meditations because most people find them relaxing — most of the time! But what if there was a shortcut to relaxation? What if you could ‘switch on’ a deep meditation brainwave — using a simple technique that always worked?

Brain entrainment CDs enable you to deliberately change the state of your mind. They’re all based on a single principle: that the application of a rhythmic stimulus at a desired frequency will cause your brain to ‘fall into step’. A simple version of this technique was pioneered thirty years ago in systems like Hemi-Sync and Holosync, which used sound playback to elicit the slowed-down brain waves characteristic of theta meditation or delta deep sleep. Today those same basic techniques are within the reach of home experimenters, and PC-based mind entrainment is the basis of all those free brainwave downloads you see on YouTube and elsewhere.

However, there’s a problem with those simple programs — and it’s pretty similar to the one we mentioned earlier with guided meditation. Your brain is very smart, and it gets bored easily. If you present it with an unchanging program of theta-wave beats, it will eventually stop bothering to respond.

The secret of a long-lasting entrainment program is to provide varied stimulation. Modern programs like the Brain Evolution System take full account of the variety of activity in a healthy brain, and they use state-of-the-art techniques like isochronic tones to deliver a corresponding range and depth of stimulus. And they’ll bring it to you using all the resources of a proper stereo sound system — not just the limited highs of a standard PC soundcard.

The most powerful relaxation CDs in the world? These are the ones that will go on working for you, month after month — and we honestly think the Brain Evolution System is the best place to start.

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