I mentioned about a product called Brainev (short for Brain Evolution System), in the post Eliminating Anxiety, as an effective assistance to the phase of releasing past momentum and return of focus towards conscious living. This product basically consists of 6 mp3s (labeled level-1 to level-6, each of 30 minutes duration), requiring you to listen to one mp3 per month till you reach level-6 mp3 during the sixth month. I’ve been personally using it for the past 5 months (currently in the process of finishing the level-5 mp3 of this system) and I am very impressed by the effectiveness of their technological logic towards assisting in training the brain towards the state of balanced functioning. This post focuses on discussing, and reviewing, the technology, and logic, used in Brainev to give an understanding of how it’s aligned with the state of allowing, designed to assist in the phase of release (releasing mental/emotional momentum) and the phase of return of focus towards a balanced functioning, as you approach level-6 mp3 by the sixth month of using this product.
I was introduced to Brainev by a newsletter, that I was subscribed to, and I tried out the 15-minute free-demo mp3 (which is basically the first 15 minutes of the level-1 mp3) from their website. In the past I had listened to some Bi-naurals and brainwave simulators like I-doser, so I was familiar with Brainwave simulation technologies per se, but listening to this 15-minute session created a very unique experience of deeper relaxation and heightened awareness in the brain. This got me interested in the product and I delved into understanding the technology by going through their public forum and videos on their support page (where the chief developer Michael Kelly has explained the programming logic of each mp3, from level-1 to level-6, in separate videos) – I saw that the developer was very conversant with the aspects of awareness, and finding conscious balance, and the logic of their programming was very congruent with the natural movement of balance through the phase of release and the phase of return of focus. It’s designed along the logic of gradually training the brain towards finding the state of balance through the steady, and intelligent, changes in entrainment patterns from level-1 mp3 to level-6 mp3. I purchased this product on the basis of this understanding and a resonance I felt towards it.
In my case, I started using this product when I was mostly done with the phase of release and I did not have much intensity left in the emotional/mental momentum (though listening to Brainev actually instigated some further deeper releases), I was mostly working on the phase of return of focus and I found this product to be of great assistance in this journey. However, given the fact that using this product unearthed some deeper releases (especially level-2 and level-3 mp3s), I would say that if I had used this product before I would have gone through the phase of release at a much quicker pace. Basically, level-2 and level-3 are primarily targeted towards unearthing deep releases in you, level-1 is the foundation mp3 which trains your brain in the state of relaxed awareness, whereas level-4, level-5 and level-6 are programmed to train your brain towards finding balance, focus and aware functioning.
Over the couple of months I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about this product from the readers of this blog who are in the process of using it. I’ve also received some questions through e-mails, and in the comment section, about the product. I would like to address a few questions regarding this product in a Q&A format below
What is the logic that Brainev uses?
Everything around you, including yourself, is just life-energy in a state of “vibration”. A vibration simply means a frequency of movement. Everything has a vibration, even the deepest state of calm, or what’s called in spiritual teaching as the “stillness” within, has a frequency. The range of frequencies, in life, can be split into four parts – Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. Beta is one end of the spectrum and it is the frequency of “activity” while Delta is the other end of the spectrum and it is the frequency of “calm”, the state of balance is found somewhere in between the Alpha and Theta (the center between Alpha and Theta). Life needs, and works at, all these four ranges of frequencies, and you being a part of life (a being of life-energy) are also functioning at these frequencies – in fact, conducting an EEG of the Brain would indicate that it functions at all these four frequencies depending on its state, for example, when you are over-excited or angry, you will see that your brain is exhibiting high Beta frequencies, whereas when your body is in a deep state of sleep your brain is exhibiting Delta frequencies, and when you functioning from a state of balance your brain would exhibit frequencies between Alpha and Theta.
It follows that if you can train your brain to function mostly in the center between Alpha and Theta frequencies, during your waking states, then you would be at your peak potential of functioning because you will then have access to the alertness along with the access to the inner calm – the alertness allows you to be objective while the connection with the calm/stillness allows you to be receptive to inner guidance/intuition/wisdom. For example, some drugs (and also meditation practices) are great at inducing a Delta state in the brain, and it feels relaxing, and it also allows for “spiritual experiences” (because Delta is the frequency of intuition), however they prevent you from accessing the alertness required for objective functioning in the physical realm, and thus you are not in a state of full functionality with respect to physical living. In fact, a lot of people who get used to the “spiritual frequencies” (the Delta frequencies) develop a lot of resistance to re-integrating with Beta frequencies of activity, and thus start developing a hatred/resistance towards physical living or find it extremely challenging to deal with aspects of objective, and mundane, activity involved in physical life – this is called getting hooked to the transcendent state, which basically makes you dysfunctional in the physical realm of existence, and also makes you dysfunctional in the sense of losing orientation towards growth and expression, hence you become imbalanced by resisting this part of your nature.
The “functional” state of being is the one that integrates the “calm” with the “activity”, the fusion of Delta and Beta, which is basically the center between Alpha and Theta – this state is what I would call the frequency of inner wholeness/balance. If you are a being who can easily, and consciously, access this “functional” state/frequency, you can connect with any range of frequency (like a high Beta of Bungee Jumping or high Delta of deep meditation) while returning to a balanced state, of functionality, with ease and at will. This is the underlying logic/principle of conscious living where you operate from a state of balanced functionality.
Brainev uses this understanding as the foundation of their programming of the mp3s. The end-result is to acclimatize/train your brain to have access to the balanced state, under any situation or condition that you may be in. This is how the entraining is done,
Level-1 mp3 – In this mp3 your brain is basically exposed to frequencies between Theta and Delta which allow for the state of relaxed awareness. After a month of listening to this mp3 your brain gets well acquainted with this state of relaxed awareness. Most people find it easy to acquaint with the relaxed state created by this mp3, however, some people can feel strong anxieties and restlessness coming up while listening to this mp3 – this indicates a resistance to “letting go” where you feel fearful of being relaxed or in a state of surrender. One is required to simply stay in a state of allowing what arises.
Level-2 mp3 – In this mp3 your brain is exposed to frequencies between Theta and Delta while also being exposed to a frequency that hits close to Beta along with simulated disturbances (like the noise of clanging bells) that act as a challenge for the brain to find the calm states. One can see that this mp3 does not create the soothing relaxation of level-1 initially, however once your brain gets trained by this level you will sense a much deeper capacity to stay calm/relaxed in the presence of stress. This level is the start of unearthing imbalances/resistances in you (or your brain) that get triggered by this simulation. It also takes you to a deeper connection with your “subconscious” (induced by the Theta frequencies) and thus unearths hidden emotions/conditioning/memories rooted in your subconscious. One can have vivid dreams colored by these unearthed emotions/energy while listening to this mp3.
Level-3 mp3 – In this mp3 the challenge imposed in level-2 is taken to a higher level where you are exposed to high Beta frequencies along with Alpha and lower Theta frequencies. Deeper releases happen as more and more of the subconscious comes into consciousness.
Level-4 mp3 – This is the beginning of the entrainment towards finding conscious balance and one is exposed to frequencies around the center of Alpha and Theta (or balanced frequencies), along with some fluctuating frequencies that give the experience of finding balance in the midst of activity. This level also has some dominant frequencies touching Delta thus giving you an experience of deep relaxed awareness – the combo actually trains the brain to sense the state of balance in the presence of inducements of deep relaxation and activity. The resistances in the brain towards the state of balance start coming up, and as you continue, over a few weeks, this resistance starts ebbing away.
Level-5 mp3 – In this level the audio starts by introducing “balanced frequency” and then dipping to deep Delta frequencies for several minutes and then returning back to balanced frequencies, as well as inducing some alpha frequencies. This allows the brain the experience of returning to conscious balance from a place of deep letting go (the Delta states). Accessing deep Delta frequencies and then riding up back to the state of balance trains the brain to find easier access to the mindset of “return of focus” from the state of letting go.
Level-6 mp3 – The focus of this level is to access balanced frequencies in the midst of strong fluctuations between Beta and Theta. There are many dips and rises while returning to balanced (or center frequencies) again and again. This pattern allows your brain to get acclimatized towards accessing the balanced frequencies in the midst of strong fluctuations of the highs and lows. Towards the end of the training the brain acquires a strong familiarity with the state of balance and is able to access it easily in the midst of any fluctuations, this completes the return of focus towards balanced living.
The reason I am mentioning the technical details of the entraining logic is give you a sense of how it’s in parallel with the natural movement towards finding balance where you are initially trained towards “letting go”, and then the imbalances are unearthed (the phase of release) after which you are trained towards finding conscious balance (the return of focus). This is the reason I was impressed with the entraining logic that was explained by the developer in the videos.
I tend to feel sleepy while listening to mp3s, is this normal?
Some mp3s like level-1, level-4 and level-5 actually have dominant frequencies around the Theta and Delta range which causes your brain to feel deeply relaxed, thus feel sleepy. However, the deal of the training is help you find balanced awareness in the midst of relaxation, it’s not about going to sleep but about training your awareness to function in the states of deep relaxation – of course, if you do find yourself dozing off it’s fine, but I would suggest, to get the best value, that you listen to the mp3s when you are feeling alert rather than when you are feeling tired so that there are less chances of your falling asleep. Also, you can get sleepy due to the “exhaustion” that happens as the brain is getting exposed to entrainment and the releases, especially during the initial days of starting a new mp3 – this is quite normal, and you can take a short nap after listening to the mp3 to ward off the fatigue. Never listen to the mp3s while driving or while performing tasks that need a lot of mental involvement, in fact, to get the best value, make sure that you spare 30 minutes of “distraction-free time” for yourself, where you just sit and listen to the mp3, with closed eyes, without being involved with anything else. I understand that it’s sometimes difficult to find 30 minutes of spare time, for most people, however, this investment in time is well worth the results.
Remember that the eventual purpose of the mp3s is not to put you to sleep, or give you a good rest, or to put you in “feel good” states of deep relaxation, rather it’s to train you towards finding “conscious” balance – the key word here is “conscious”, which means that you are required to be conscious during the entrainment. Here’s where you need to work on your own commitment towards “awareness”, making a choice to work on being aware instead of giving in to the pull towards “dozing off”. These mp3s are not designed to “force” you into balance, they are designed to acclimatize you towards balance and they require your own choice to connect with this balance – this is not a “forced” balance rather an “assistance” towards creating the conducive state for balance and allowing you to choose it. People who think that the mp3 has to do all the work, and that they can simply let go into a passiveness, would not really find the best value from these mp3s. These mp3s don’t work on the logic of becoming a crutch for you to depend on, rather they are like guide-posts that you can use to find balance. You are required to be involved by holding your awareness while the mp3 is playing (you don’t have to be “strongly” alert and listening to every sound of the mp3, but you just need to have an awareness without just slipping into “rest” or detachment and the attitude of openness required for the state of allowing).
I skipped a few days without listening to the mp3, what do I do?
To get the best results it’s suggested that you listen to the mp3 6 days a week, with one day of break. Consistency is what brings faster, and better, results. However, if you do end up skipping a few days, due to some reason, I would suggest that you can just add those number of days of further listening to the mp3. For example, if you skipped 3 days, just listen to the mp3 for 3 extra days towards the end of the 30-day period.
This is a 6-month process, and each mp3 is vital towards aiding the journey towards balance. Don’t skip a level in your hurry to get to a higher level. There is a reason why you need to listen to one mp3 for 30 days, this is usually the period required for the brain to acclimatize to a change.
I am finding it difficult to get a sense of balanced brain state even though I am close to finishing level-6, is this normal?
Basically different people have different loads of imbalance, different intensities of emotional/mental momentum present in them, varying degrees of openness and different strengths of awareness. Though 6-month is the ideal period to find balance using these mp3s, it may not be so for everyone. Some people would need more than 6-months, and would require to listen to certain mp3s again, depending on their requirements, while also working on their attitude towards openness, towards integration of light and dark aspects in them. Like I said before, these mp3s are not designed to “force” a balance, rather they allow you to “find” a balance. Each of us is different and would naturally take different times to find balance even when subjected to the same guide-posts.
I would suggest that you sequentially finish off the 6 mp3s over the 6-month period, and once you’ve finished off the level-6 mp3 take a stock of where you are in terms of balance. Get a sense of the progress made over the 6-month period and get a sense of whether you feel there is still a momentum of imbalance within you, or if there is a lack of an ability towards return of focus. Depending on the situation you can then plan out on how you can listen to some of the mp3s again to meet your requirement. Here are few examples of how you can do the further planning.
- If you feel that there is still a momentum of emotional/mental movement in you, for example, if you sense that you are getting hurt/depressed/disturbed/angry/anxious with some intensity, then it would be a good idea to get back to listening to level-2 mp3 for 2 weeks, followed by listening to level-3 mp3 for 2 weeks (with a break of one day a week). Make sure you stay in awareness, and state of allowing, while listening, and also try to “re-create” the emotional and mental states by imagining the situations that trigger your imbalance. After these 30 days, get back to listening to level-5 mp3 for 2 weeks, followed by level-6 mp3 for 2 weeks to allow for an entrainment towards balance again.
- If you feel that you don’t have much intensity of emotional/mental momentum but you lack a focus, or alertness, or objectivity, in your daily living it would be a good idea to listen to level-4, level-5 and level-6 mp3s for a period of 2 weeks each (with a break of one day a week). These mp3s are designed to entrain your brain towards “functional” states of relaxed alertness/focus which is required to perform tasks with alacrity and wisdom. This balanced brain-state is the foundation for connecting with peak potential with respect to any task or creative expression.
- If you feel a very strong intensity of emotional/mental momentum, it would be best to get back to one month of listening to level-2 and level-3 mp3, to trigger further release. Re-assess your emotional/mental momentum after these 2 months and if you sense that they are no longer intense you can get back to listening to level-5 and level-6 mp3s for a period of 2 weeks each, and assess your state of balance after this period.
As you can see, the logic is that level-2 and level-3 mp3s focus on the phase of release and hence you can keep using them if you feel that there is a momentum of imbalance to be released. Level-4 mp3 is for finding relaxed awareness, level-5 and level-6 mp3 are for entraining your brain towards balanced functioning. Having understood this functionality, of each mp3, you can intuitively use them to suit your needs until you sense that you’ve found a conscious balance. Remember that without your commitment towards being “conscious” you can’t allow for a conscious balance to take place. Be involved with the mp3s by being aware while listening to them, be in a state of openness/allowing towards what arises in you, get a sense of how your brain is reacting to the mp3s, get a sense of the states of balance when they occur, get a sense of the resistances in you, and don’t go into some state of passivity and detachment while listening, it’s all about being “conscious” and it’s a choice on your part to do so – as they say, you can take the horse to the water but you can’t make it drink.
Is Brainev expensive?
I had actually registered to download the 15-minute free demo version (for which I had to give my email address which subscribed me to their newsletter). While listening to the demo version, and understanding their logic, I decided to purchase the full version, but I was circumspect about the original price of $297 cited on their website. However, on the 7th day, since downloading the demo mp3, I received an e-mail from them with an offer of a discounted price of $100 for the full version. So, I purchased the full version for $100 by using the discount code that was given in the e-mail. When you purchase the full-version you can download all the 6 mp3s on to your computer and thus start listening without delay, and they also ship a pack of 6 CDs, containing the 6 mp3s, to your house, in a couple of weeks. So, if you are planning on purchasing the full-version I would suggest that you first register to download the demo mp3 (you can register at their website – Brainev – by simply entering your name and email) and then wait for 7-8 days, until you get the email with the discount code, so that you can avail the full version at the discounted price of $100.
Also, I liked their refund clause where if you are not satisfied with the product you can get a full refund of your money, unconditionally, anytime for a period of upto 7 months from the day of purchase. The refund clause allows for a no-risk purchase and it does add to the credibility of the product. They also have a public forum (the link to the forum is at the bottom of their website) where users discuss their experiences and queries; you can get a lot of information about the user-experience by going through some of the posts on this forum.
Again, like I mentioned, Brainev is an assistance in your journey towards finding balance, it’s not a “necessity”. So if you feel you can’t afford to buy the full version, or if you feel that you don’t want the assistance of some external source, or if you don’t feel any inspiration to buy it, don’t force yourself to buy it just because I am mentioning it in my posts. Nothing is a “necessity” beyond your attitude of true allowing/openness, and a commitment towards finding conscious balance, and without this attitude, in you, nothing external can really be of true value either – the external assistances, like the understanding obtained from this blog or technologies like Brainev, are just a “helping hand”, eventually you are the one who has to make the journey through your commitment towards staying true to your awareness and the state of allowing.