Frequently Asked Questions
Trance-meditation music is music designed to provide healing, relaxation, stress reduction, inner peace, and other beneficial outcomes, through the use of cyclical or repetitive musical elements involving various combinations of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
The music used in the Magic of “I Am” program is trance-meditation music that employs Brainwave Entrainment Technology to warm the heart, move the body, still the mind, and activate the soul. Some of the benefits typically reported by practitioners include:
- Stress reduction;
- Increased relaxation;
- Enhanced mental focus;
- Spiritual grounding.
A binaural beat is an interference pattern created by the presence of two relatively pure audible sounds (usually simple sine waves) at slightly different frequencies—usually no more than 40Hz apart. The two tones are presented to each ear independently, creating a repetitive pattern that seems to move back and forth between the ears at a “beat” frequency that is the difference of the two original frequencies. Binaural beats are a common form of brainwave entrainment.
An isochronic tone is an audible sound at a fixed frequency that pulses on and off at regular intervals. The duration of the pulse can be long or short in relation to the gate frequency. For example, an isochronic tone may turn on once every second but only last for a quarter of a second. The frequency of the gate for the audible portion of the tone is tuned to occur at the Schumann Resonance Frequency of 7.83 Hz. Isochronic tones are an alternate form of brainwave entrainment.
Binaural beats (and isochronic tones) are designed to fit into the audio stream, which means that they follow the main melody of the surrounding music. They are also calibrated to blend into the audio stream at volume levels which are lower than other sounds that are playing. You may hear them from time to time as other sound levels rise and fall—or as sounds move around in the stereo field. However, rest assured that the binaural beats (or isochronic tones, as the case may be) are present in every track, even if they aren’t loud enough for you to hear consciously. You will still obtain the benefit of the effect even if you cannot hear it explicitly.
Schumann Resonances are a set of peaks that occur in the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. The most commonly cited frequency is 7.83Hz, called the Schumann Fundamental. This frequency is believed by holistic practitioners to have properties that help to improve health and promote healing. All music in the Magic of “I Am” course is based on multiples or fractions of this frequency, primarily for the benefit of reducing stress and increasing mental focus.
Brain science recognizes the existence of 5 discrete levels of brainwave frequencies: Delta (0-4 Hz), Theta (4-8 Hz), Alpha (8-12 Hz), Beta (12-40 Hz), and Gamma (40-100Hz). Each frequency range correlates to a different type of conscious activity.
For the purpose of meditation, Theta and Alpha frequency ranges are considered desirable because they correspond to states of consciousness that produce effects or feelings such as:
- Maximum creativity;
- Deep emotional connection with oneself and others;
- Greater intuition;
- Grounding and relaxation;
- Enhanced focus;
- Connection to higher purpose;
- Spiritual awakening.
Brainwave entrainment is the natural tendency of the brain to synchronize its wave frequencies with the rhythm of periodic external stimuli such as sound or music. Brainwave Entrainment Technology is any artificial mechanism that enhances this natural brain tendency in order to induce a desired state of consciousness corresponding with the frequencies of certain neural activity.
In any musical composition, instruments and sounds are positioned at different locations within the stereo field. Sounds can seem to be near or far, left or right, or even up or down, depending on the techniques used. Magic of “I Am” not only positions sounds in specific places in the stereo field, but also applies low frequency oscillation techniques to create audio movement throughout the stereo field. The net effect of this is called a “360-degree sound panorama” because of its generally pleasing effect on the ears.
Strictly speaking, you do not need to use headphones to listen to this music. You’ll have a perfectly enjoyable experience no matter how you choose to listen to it. However, if you want to enhance your experience of the “360-degree sound panorama” and maximize the potential benefits of the embedded brainwave entrainment technology (which most often makes use of binaural beats), then high-quality, noise-canceling headphones will be a very useful aid. Strongly recommended!