If you are looking for a Lucid Dream inducing CD or MP3, You came to the right place!
This time we are going to find WHAT tones and HOW can help you induce Lucid Dreams. Let’s start out with our fellow BRAIN. Our brain goes through many different frequency cycles every day. Each frequency results in different effect in human consciousness. When we are active, we are in the Beta frequency range (14 to 30 Hz). When we are relaxed, we are in the Alpha frequency range (9 to 13 Hz), when we are dreaming or in a deep meditation we are in the Theta frequency range (4 to 8 Hz) and finally, when we are deeply asleep, we are in the Delta frequency range (less than 4 Hz).
There is a way to change those frequencies!
It is called Brainwave entrainment. The point of this is changing the brainwave frequency using an external stimulus. So that means you can induce various effects on human consciousness by sound! The human brain has a tendency to change its dominant EEG frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus. Listen to a 3 Hz tone and you fall asleep, listen to a 20 Hz tone – you become aware and energetic.
But humans can only hear in 20 – 20000 Hz range, how would you hear the 3 Hz tone?
It’s time we mention Binaural beats. A binaural beat consists of two separate tones broadcast in each ear. For example, if you wanted to tune your brain to 6 Hz frequency, you could play 250 Hz in your right ear and 256 Hz in your another ear. The brain will compensate the difference between the two and produce a third tone that will be exactly 6 Hz. This way your brain will be tuned to the desired operating stage.
Imagine a “wawawawawawawawawawawa” sound going into one ear and “wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu” going into another. You would then hear “wuawuawuawuawua”. You need to use headphones with binaural beats.
This is how a pure Binaural beat sounds like:
What do we have beside binaural beats?
There are also isochronic tones. Unlike binaural beats, isochronic tones do not rely on the combination of two tones. These are evenly spaced tones which turn on and off rapidly. Isochronic tones are considered more effective than binaural beats. This time headphones are not required but recommended.
A pure Isochronic tone would sound like:
All the binaurals and isochronics can also contain some background sound or a voice. Many people find it easier to relax with a background sound of the rain or forest. A deep and pleasant voice which would guide you throughout the recording may also dramatically increase results!
Below is a sample isochronic tone with a beautiful ambient from Meditation Power
When? How? Why?
So how do these sounds make you become Lucid in a Dream? Let’s take an example of a binaural beat 1 hour 30 minutes in length. For the first 20 minutes it would broadcast low frequency waves to get you relaxed, asleep and finally sleeping. Then for the 40 minutes it would broadcast some Alpha frequency “spikes” to get your brain become awake and aware while your body is asleep, therefore making you Lucid in a Dream. Then, for the last 30 minutes the tone would change to Theta waves to keep you between wakefulness and sleepiness, therefore giving you another chance to experience various dreams states, hypnagogic imagery etc.
Best time for listening to a binaural or isochronic tone is after 4.5 – 6h of sleep. At this time you spend more time in a dream stage compared to other sleep stages. Don’t be afraid to experiment though. I also suggest you take a nap during the day with a binaural or isochronic in your ears.
You can make your house plumbing system hiring professionals or you can do it yourself with plastic bottles. Same here with free binaural and isochronic tones. Would you think people who have professional tools, who have scientific education, who know about music theory, who hire voice actors, who write scripts for guided meditations, who have professional sound software and hardware would give created sounds for free? Sometimes – yes, but most of the time – no. There are tons of free binaural and isochronic tones that induce lucid dreams on the internet for free. I do not have tried many of the free ones, and I do not know a reliable source for them. Isotones seem cool though. UPDATE: they were shut down. If you had some success with a free binaural or isochronic tone, please let me know by posting in comments!
Lastly, I will mention most popular and most reliable source of binaural beats and isochronic tones. I am currently experimenting with Hemi-Sync Lucid Dreaming Series. I consider writing a review after completing this 4-exercise series.