Holosync, Lifeflow and Omharmonics – A Candid Review
Last updated: June 14th 2018
If you’re struggling to meditate, this one simple trick will reduce stress and make meditation easier.
Do Any Of them Really Work?
And which option is the BEST for making meditation easier and how to get them WITHOUT getting ripped off!
Have you tried meditating but are stressed and struggling to make any progress?
Or are you tired of having to go somewhere and pay continuously to have someone coach you through it?
What if i told you there is a hack to make meditation easier by using a simple trick to help get the two hemispheres of your brain in sync?
And the best part – if you choose the right one – it’s safe to use and will NOT cause emotional turmoil or depression.
It’s true, and thousands of people have been using it successfully since the 1970’s!
I’ve used it and still use it with great success today.
But before we get into that, let me tell you a little bit more about me.
Hi my name is David Foley Bsc, MA. And I am a qualified therapist and expert in meditation, holistic therapy and brain entrainment. I’ve spent years helping clients reap the benefits from modern technologies to improve their lives and overall wellbeing.
Like you, I didn’t always have it together.
From the time I was 20 years old through to my my early thirties I suffered through chronic and severe depression and anxiety. I wasn’t sleeping well due to the anxiety I was suffering, which resulted in me being completely exhausted the next day struggling to get out of bed. I became super depressed and just the thought of going to work would induce a panic attack.
I was desperate for a solution to my problem and tried literally EVERYTHING.
From traditional medicines like psychotherapy, counselling, massage therapy, self-help books and seminars; I quit smoking and exercised more, to alternative therapies such as traditional meditation, faith healers, spiritual energy healers, holistic therapies, herbal remedies and even some questionable brain zapping technology!
You name it, I probably tried it.
Worse still… Nothing worked.
And then it got even worse – whatever hope I had quickly turned into frustration and disappointment.
I got to the point that I was heavily dependent on prescription drugs and spending 2 sessions a week with a psychiatrist to be able to function at all. I was living a life of misery and desperation, I was barely able to function being dosed up on that many drugs, and even with all that support and medication, the slightest change to my routine would quickly throw my whole life into a crazy emotional rollercoaster ride.
This was not the way to live. At least not the way I wanted to live.
During that time, I watched as a technology called neuro-feedback gained growing acceptance as a therapeutic method, and more recently I have seen it’s successful application in helping clients deal with their real emotional, spiritual and mental health needs.
However, it has one major downside, the COST!
Sessions would range from $90 to $200 each, with the standard treatment taking 20 to 40 sessions, you could be looking at over $8000. It’s unrealistic to expect clients (or their therapists) to deal with complicated EEG technology and high cost of treatment.
Until a simpler and cheaper technology is developed, it could be a long time before neurofeedback becomes a common and easily accessible treatment.
So my search continued. During this time I got in touch with a friend of mine, who was dealing with some of the same issues I was. It turned out that they had completely turned their life around.
I was curious, I just had to know what their secret was.
Here’s the secret to how I saved $2700, beat my anxiety and depression, and made meditation easier.
My friend told me they were utilizing a special technique called Brain entrainment to help get into a state of deep meditation or focus depending on what they were trying to achieve. It was as simple as using a smartphone, a pair of headphones and special type of audio track.
I had to know more, it sounded too good to be true, and had to know if there was any evidence other than their experience to back this up.
He told me about this biophysicist from the 70’s called Dr. Gerald Oster, who had found a way to “hack” his brain chemistry by using very specific frequencies of sound. Using these frequencies, he could help rewire the brain to essentially slip into the correct state of consciousness for peak mental operation.
This is the technique Dr. Oster called Brain Entrainment.
Brain Entrainment sounded like the perfect solution – but I was skeptical – so I decided I had to check this out for myself.
After spending days researching I discovered that Dr. Oster unveiled this discovery in his article “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” published in the October, 1973 issue of Scientific American. He discovered that when two tones with similar but different frequencies were played in each of a subject’s two ears, the person’s brain integrated the two tones to create, and “perceive” a third sound, even though that sound was at such a low frequency that it couldn’t be heard naturally. He called that third sound the binaural beat.
He further found that these binaural beats, can also be used to develop the brain’s ability to enter the gamma, alpha, theta, delta and epsilon states (different states of brain function). In this way, a person’s brain can “learn” how to optimally relax, meditate or sleep by adjusting the frequency of its brain waves.
Another major advantage to this process is that the effort it takes for the brain to synchronize the two sounds, forces the two hemispheres of the brain to work together more efficiently, reinforcing and enhancing their natural communication process through the creation of additional “circuits” between them.
At this point I figured I had nothing to lose.
So I went ahead and bought the first Binaural beats program I could find.
I got pretty good results, but it wasn’t without it’s downsides.
While it was cheaper than your typical EEG system, it was still super expensive and hard to use. It also turned out that if you weren’t familiar with the complexities of Brain Entrainment and how it affects the brain, there were some cases where it had the opposite effect I wanted.
Sometimes it lead me to experience a state of confusion or emotional overwhelm that would last for weeks at a time. So I discontinued using the program.
However, I decided not to let my experience discourage me.
I had tried only one program, and I definitely had some really positive boosts to my emotional and mental states. But there had to be a way to mitigate the downsides.
So I dived in and researched more products, spending thousands in the process, trying several programs before settling on the most effective program I could find.
But before I get into my recommendations of which program is best, it’s important to have a basic understanding of Brain Entrainment and how it works. Let’s dig into the details.
How Choosing the RIGHT Brain Entrainment Therapy And Binaural Beats Made Meditation Easier Without the Mental and Emotional Overwhelm
It is absolutely critical that you choose the RIGHT program for you and your needs – and I’ll give you my personal review when trying them all out for myself (including pros and cons).
But first, in order to better understand how Binaural Beats and Brain Entrainment can improve your overall wellbeing, I will break down both the positives and the negatives about this technology for you.
I want you to clearly understand how it works and give you my own personal experiences using these products.
First the Good Stuff – The Positives Of Using Binaural Beats For Brain Entrainment
Healthier Sleep Patterns And More Restful Sleep Each Night
Most programs will have a series of audios that cover the full spectrum of frequencies required for brain entrainment. To get into a deep sleep state your brain waves need to reach a theta or delta state. However, knowing exactly what types of frequencies you need to use can be hard to remember or even confusing, which is why the best Brain Entrainment programs label audios based on what goal you are trying to reach rather than using confusing science speak.
Reduce Anxiety And Stress
The same way that Binaural Beats can be used to lull you into a restful night of sleep, they can also help calm your nerves, reducing your overall stress and anxiety levels, as demonstrated in a Canadian study which was published in the January 2001 edition of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. The study showed that subjects who listened to theta and delta frequency binaural beat audios showed a significant reduction in their anxiety levels.
Further, a September, 2005 article in the British Journal of Anaesthesia reported on a random, controlled study that showed anxiety before surgery decreased by enormous margins when clients listened to a binaural beat audio before their operations.
A Greater Ability To Relax And Meditate
As of 2015, there are over 1200 studies showing that meditation has the benefits of making you smarter, happier and healthier overall. One study in particular conducted at Duke Medical Center and published in the January, 1998 issue of Physiology & Behavior found that binaural beats are able to entrain brain activity, increasing the subjects’ mood and psychomotor performance while potentially affecting their states of consciousness positively. Benefits of meditation include:
- A lowering of situation-specific and overall stress levels
- Improvements in cognitive function and creativity
- Easing of negative emotions which affect health and happiness
- An overall sense of peace and well-being
Meditation practice is challenging for most people, which can lead to frustration and ultimately giving up the practice altogether. Binaural Beats can be used to “trick” the brain into the correct meditative state, a hack which makes meditation easier for people who want results fast. Good programs will properly guide you into the desired meditation level, keeping you there for the desired time period and then gently guide you out of the meditation.
No Need For Expensive EEG Equipment Or Gadgets
One of the biggest benefits of Binaural Beats it’s lack of dependence on expensive specialized equipment which can only be found in a hospital or a psychiatry clinic.
All you need is a pair of headphones and device to play your audios, like your smartphone (iPhone or Android) or MP3 player, and a copy of the audios either as MP3’s or through an app.
Now let’s take a look at what can go wrong if you choose a program that’s not a good fit for you.
Warning! Possible Negatives If You Choose The Wrong Binaural Beats Program
Not all programs are created equal, and not all audios have the same level of research and development put into them to ensure you are using a high quality product. After all, you are using this technology to hack your brain in a positive way. You don’t want to choose the wrong product.
Some Are Painful To Listen To For Extended Periods
Have you ever decided to test out some free Binaural Beats tracks on YouTube? Have you ever come away with ringing ears or a feeling that Binaural Beats just aren’t for you?
This is because there is a lot more to creating a Binaural Beat audio than simply smashing two different frequency sounds together and hoping for the best. Audios like these have been known to create side effects like headaches or even distract you from your goals. Which is the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Some Can Leave You Feeling Worse Than When You Went In.
There is a such a thing as “too much” Brain Entrainment. The ideal time frame is between 15-30mins for most people. However many programs have audios as long as an hour or more. Now if you have tried to listen to a Binaural Beat for more than 45 minutes you know what I mean. It can end up making you feel drained, distracted and tired.
Some Require You Need A Degree In Neuroscience In Order To Know What Audios To Use In Each Situation
If you don’t use the correct frequencies for your intended goal, the effect of the Binaural Beats on your state of mind can have the opposite intended effect. If you use a theta wave when you are trying to focus or be more creative, you will end up zoning out and falling asleep instead. If you try to get a restful night of sleep but use a beta wave audio, then you are going to wonder why you are so wide awake and alert. This is why a good Binaural Beat program will take the thinking out of using Binaural Beats and have you focused on what’s important, your intended goal instead of a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo that you would need a science degree to understand.
This is why it’s important to know what you are buying when getting any brain entrainment audios and why many of the random youtube binaural beats track is probably not having the desired effect.
I have found that binaural beats meditation audios are extremely useful in helping people reduce stress, deal with their emotional issues and achieve contentment in their everyday lives – and it doesn’t have to be used in a therapeutic or controlled environment.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on various programs until I found the right one for me. It is the same program I recommend to my clients. Here I am going to walk you through the three premiere products in the Binaural Beats and Brain Entrainment space, and give you my personal recommendation and which one is the best option for most people.
Holosync, Lifeflow and OmHarmonics – Which One Is The Safest, Most Effective, and Best Option For You?
There are three main programs which provide state of the art Brain Entrainment that I have personally researched, tried and tested.
These are Holosync by Centerpointe, Lifeflow by Project Meditation, and OmHarmonics by MindValley.
I’ve broken down what I liked, and what I really didn’t like, about each of them so you can choose which is the best fit for you.
Centerpointe’s Holosync Reviewed
This is an advanced Brain Entrainment program, consisting of 13 different levels.
Compared to the other two programs it takes much longer to “complete” because of the number of levels in the program (some people need as many as ten years to finish the entire regimen), and each session takes a full hour if you listen all the way through.
It uses similar brainwave technology to OmHarmonics but the difference is the program only consists of binaural beats where the carrier frequencies are lowered from one level to the next in order to progress from one state of consciousness and a sudden and energetic clearing to the next.
I personally found this progression to be quite unsettling, and I would describe the whole experience as akin to trying to run a marathon without having done any prior training.
It is not uncommon to experience headaches, even bouts of anxiety or depression while using it, which is counter to what most people want to achieve using these programs.
It is also significantly more expensive (between $160 – $200 for just 1 of 13 levels). To get the full program you can be looking at upwards of $2,600!
While some people have great results using it, it is an advanced program which is not ideal for people who are just starting out or have no prior experience with Brain Entrainment. I find it hard to recommend this product to my own clients.
Project Meditation’s Lifeflow Reviewed
Lifeflow uses a slightly different approach to Brain Entrainment. It’s based on Isochronic Tones and Monaural Beats instead of the Binaural Beats we’ve been discussing.
The main difference being is that Monaural Beats are easier to listen to with speakers as you don’t need to create a tone differentiation in the brain. While I personally quite like the Lifeflow program, there are a few reasons why I don’t recommend it.
First, the system is counterintuitive. It’s a 10 level program which you have to approach backwards. That means you start at level 10 and work your way backwards.
Second, I found that it takes at least a few weeks before you really start getting into the tracks, noticing deeply embedded sound patterns in the audios which made the experience a pleasant one.
Third, some of the audios take you beyond the meditative state and put you to sleep. Not ideal when you are trying to get into a focus or flow state.
Finally the price. Lifeflow is $670 for the ten-level program which, while cheaper than Holosync and a much nicer user experience, is still a hefty investment for a series of audios.
Mindvalley’s OmHarmonics Reviewed
This program also uses binaural beats technology, but takes it to a whole other level.
The full level 1 of the program is very simple, consisting of five binaural beats audios. There are two versions of each track, a 15 minute and a 30 minute version so you can choose how long your session is depending on your circumstances.
The audio quality is amazing! Blissful even. The reason behind this because Mindvalley had the smarts to recruit award-winning audio engineer, Paul Hoffman, who has been transforming sound for consciousness training and mind entrainment for over 20 years.
What I love most, however, is that the it doesn’t need any specialized knowledge to get the most out of it.
Many other programs rely on you knowing about brain wave forms, binaural beats, brainwave synchronization and other technical information.
For most people this is way too much to worry about and in many cases scares people into never giving Brain Entrainment a chance to improve their lives.
OmHarmonics is also the most affordable and easy to use compared to Holosync and Lifeflow, which is great news for people who want to get started or just want to try it out Brain Entrainment for themselves.
The REAL Reason It Wins Out
Overall I found using it made me feel chirpier, calmer, and better at coping with stressful situations which I encountered on a day-to-day basis. It’s my recommended program to get you started with Brain Entrainment technology and using Binaural Beats to hack the brain into the meditative states you desire.
OmHarmonics Takes Binaural Beats Further With MRT Technology
It is more than just a binaural based meditation audio. Mindvalley’s Multivariate Resonance Technology (MRT) guides you into a state of profound relaxation by aligning your senses with audible heartbeats and breathing sounds. This helps the synchronization of your senses, and helps your body find its natural rhythm, paving the way for an immersive introspective experience.
This means it’s less strain for your brain to work out the frequency of the Binaural Beat, leading to a seamless and fulfilling meditation experience.
Guided Flow Technology Allows For The Perfect Session Whether You Have 15 Or 30 Minutes.
It guides you into the appropriate level of meditation, keeps you there for the desired time period, and then gently guides you out. It’s like having your own personal meditation guide holding your hand gently as you explore the deeper levels of your mind. Choose from 15- or 30-minute sessions. But do not listen to a 30-minute session for 15 minutes… each session is a fully guided journey, it will not have the same effect otherwise.
This is great if you only have a short window during your busy day and still want to get some daily meditation in. The 15 minute sessions are great to take during your lunch hour without taking up your entire break.
Audios That Are A Joy To Listen To
OmHarmonics is not just a series of blips and beeps, or sounds just smushed together. The tracks are beautifully tied together with professionally arranged symphonies that render the technology inaudible to the conscious ear.
Like many “futuristic” meditation programs discussed in this review, the audios can be aurally painful to listen to. It is Mozart meets meditation.
Its audios are simply amazing to listen to, especially compared to more expensive programs like Holosync where the audio could get quite grating.
The Right Track For Any Time Of Day Or Mood
It has been designed to help you conduct your meditation practice around different times of the day or when you are looking for a desired mental affect. What you need in the morning to prepare for your day will be different to what you want in the evening to wind down.
If I wanted to get into some “deep work”, I found it easy to move in and “stay” in my work when using the “Focus” program. The binaural beats helped me focus without being distracting. However, if I wanted to quiet my mind and focus on meditating, the music effortlessly pulled me in, and took me out when it was time to wrap up the session.
Omharmonics Is Super Simple To Use
You simply select the audio based on what you want to achieve, the programme does rest for you. Making it is easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of meditation and brain entrainment to use its audios, without getting bogged down in the technicalities, like trying to work out if a theta or a delta state is more appropriate for you.
Is It Worth The Price Tag? What You Actually Get When You Buy It?
Five beautifully crafted audios in both 15 minute and 30 minute version which include:
Track 1: The Start Of The Day
– begins your day with a relaxing wake up call – building to a way of making sure you get off to a flying start by charging you up with positive and vibrant energy, to see you through even the most hectic routines.
Track 2: The Focus
– this track allows you to zoom in and really concentrate on any task you need to get done without distractions. It centers you on the task in hand – and helps you to direct all your energies towards this.
Track 3: The Spark
– here the idea is to stimulate innovation and creativity. By honing the frequencies used this track generates imagination and ideas by allowing the dreaming frequencies to be maximized.
Track 4: The Balance
– this is the perfect solution for one of those days. Use this when you get home for 15 minutes or half an hour and it will enable you to forget completely the awful day you have just had. Using deep relaxation wavelengths you will find yourself calming down and chilling.
Track 5: The Deep Rest
– play this just before you go off to sleep and you will find yourself drifting off into a gorgeous deep, long lasting snooze. You will wake up refreshed and energized and ready for anything after using this track.
What Does OmHarmonics Cost and Where is the Best Place to Buy Without Getting Ripped Off?
Neurofeedback can cost in excess of $8,000, Holosync costs nearly $2,600 for the complete program, and Lifeflow is around $640.
Add to that these programs all need either a professional to guide you or extensive education on your behalf and it becomes the program of choice.
Personally, for the level of quality from this program, and the results it delivers, I would have happily paid over $600 for OmHarmonics!
But it doesn’t cost $600.
It doesn’t even cost $200.
It starts at only $149!
But wait! It gets better!
Bonus #1: You get access to Mindvalley’s 5-day Meditation Mastery course for FREE!
Bonus #2: You get $50 off the RRP of the Complete OmHarmonics program!
That means you get to try Mindvalley’s Mini-Course program for free, and then if you decide to go all in, you get the complete package for $50 less than the advertised price (limited time offer)
Now that is amazing.
The best thing is that the full program is completely risk free. Once you buy it, you can try the program out for a full 90 days. If for any reason you are not satisfied, just send an email and Mindvalley will refund you 100% of your money, NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
For $99 you get the following
- An easy to use program that’s great even for beginners.
- Five meditation audios (30 and 15-minute versions of each track), which sound amazing, to help you easily get into a meditative state.
- Easily accessible audio tracks that will work on any smartphone or MP3 player.
- Stellar customer service and,
- A 90 Day, no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee.
Mindvalley also offer an instalment plan to help purchase the program (at no extra cost!).
Still on the fence?
The way I look at it you have two options…
Option 1 – You can do nothing. You can keep struggling as I did, and not make any changes to improve your situation.
Option 2 – You can test drive it right now completely risk free. You can learn from my mistakes and potentially change your life the way it did for me and for many of my clients.
David Foley BSc, MA.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Benefits of Brain Entrainment?
EEG studies repeatedly show a correlation between abnormal brain waves and serious conditions like epilepsy and strokes, as well as less-serious but treatable issues like anxiety, chronic stress and sleep disorders. That is why brainwave entrainment is a valuable tool used to teach the brain to better regulate its activity, thereby mitigating or eliminating certain medical issues.
There is little doubt that emotional distress is closely associated with brain activity. So it would follow that “retuning” the brain through brain entrainment, to achieve a calmer and more peaceful state, should work to relieve stress and improve overall brain condition. There has been some rigorous scientific research proving the efficacy of the process, and the studies that have been done, along with an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence – and the results I’ve seen personally – are overwhelmingly positive.
Here are some of the more specific benefits which have been seen from the use of brain entrainment systems like the above:
- Healthier sleep patterns and more restful sleep each night
- A greater ability to relax and meditate (some describe brain entrainment as the ultimate meditation tool)
- A lowering of situation-specific and overall stress levels
- Improvements in cognitive function and creativity
- Easing of negative emotions which affect health and happiness
- An overall sense of peace and well-being
For some people who find themselves mired in emotional difficulties brain entrainment may sound like a panacea – it’s not. But for many people, brain entrainment is an effective tool to help them boost their personal levels of happiness and satisfaction.
I’ve found from my own dedicated research and empirical testing that it works, particularly for those who are trying to overcome intermittent or random emotional problems which interfere with optimal daily functioning and performance.
I’ll explain the science behind this brainwave neurotechnology after a disclaimer. As a therapist, I think it’s important to make clear that brain entrainment is just one of many approaches to mental, behavioural and emotional problems or impairments.
Traditional talk therapy, as well as other treatments such as cognitive, behavioural and holistic therapies should always be considered. However, I’ve found that brain entrainment can work well in tandem with most of those approaches, in addition showing impressive results when used on its own.
How Does Brain Entrainment Work?
Brain entrainment programs work to alter brain waves and keep them at desirable levels. There’s some really interesting science behind this simple concept.
It’s impossible to explain the concept of brainwave neurotechnology without giving you a little information about brain waves.
Let’s start with how the brain functions, or more importantly, how it communicates. There are billions of nerve cells in the brain, known as neurons. The neurons constantly send information to each other via small bursts of electricity; that’s how the brain functions from second to second.
All of the concurrent messaging being done by billions of neurons produces a total level of electricity that can be detected by the EEG machine mentioned earlier, and the pattern of electricity produced over time is known as a brain wave because when viewed on a monitor, it looks like a wave.
The frequency with which brain waves move through a complete cycle is measured in Hertz (standing for cycles per second, and abbreviated as Hz). Scientists have determined that there are four primary and two secondary (and unusual – Gamma and Epsilon) levels of brain activity as measured by brain waves. These are:
- Gamma – higher states of consciousness and bliss. Frequency between 25 and 100 Hz though 40 Hz is typical.
- Beta: The brain’s normal state when a person is awake and alert (40 Hz – 14 Hz)
- Alpha: The level of brain activity when a person is awake but fully relaxed (14 Hz – 8 Hz)
- Theta: Brain waves produced when a person is in deep meditation or light sleep (8 Hz – 4 Hz)
- Delta: Brain activity when a person is in a deep sleep (4 Hz – 0.5 Hz)
- Epsilon: Some of the lowest possible frequencies – at below 0.5hz. Deep into consciousness, it facilitates spiritual and awareness expanding experiences.
In other words, when someone is awake and active, their brain waves are moving “faster” (going through 14 – 40 full cycles per second) than when the person is relaxed or meditating (4 – 14 cycles per second). That’s where brain entrainment comes into play; an outside stimulus that can “slow down” brain waves can move the brain from a state of focus and alert, to one of full relaxation.
It’s possible to use visual stimuli to change the state of brain activity but the easiest way to do it is through auditory means. Brain entrainment programs use sounds to alter the frequency of brain waves in order to induce a calmer, more relaxed state.
There’s one problem, however. The audio required to alter brain waves exists at low frequencies such that humans can barely hear it, or not at all. That has led to the use of an ingenious sound delivery technique for brain entrainment, known as “binaural beats.”
How Do Binaural Beats Train the Brain
The initial research into binaural beats was done back in the 1970s by biophysicist Gerald Oster. He unveiled the discovery in his article “Auditory Beats in the Brain,” published in the October, 1973 issue of Scientific American. In a nutshell, he discovered that when two tones with similar but different frequencies were played into each of a subject’s two ears, the person’s brain integrated the two tones to create and “perceive” a third sound, even though that sound was at such a low frequency that it couldn’t be heard naturally. He called that third sound the binaural beat.
Here’s an example. Imagine a sound with a frequency of 250 Hz played into one ear, and a sound with a frequency of 260 Hz played into the other ear. One side (or hemisphere) of the brain would recognize the 250 Hz sound, and the other hemisphere would recognize the 260 Hz sound. The two hemispheres would then work together to resolve the difference, which is when the brain would perceive the third, 10 Hz binaural beat – the difference between 260 Hz and 250 Hz. This tendency of the brain to adjust a dominant frequency to match the binaural beat is known by scientists as the “frequency following response.” Importantly, while a 10 Hz sound can’t be heard naturally it is a perfect frequency for brain entrainment.
There’s another major advantage to the process. When synchronizing the two sounds the two hemispheres of the brain are forced to work together, reinforcing and enhancing their natural communication process through the creation of additional “circuits” between them.
This is the brain training I’ve referred to; the use of programs like Holosync, Lifeflow and OmHarmonics, which are based on binaural beats, train the brain to communicate and function better. The beats can also be used to develop the brain’s ability to enter the gamma, alpha, theta, delta and epsilon states. In this way, a person’s brain can “learn” how to optimally relax, meditate or sleep by adjusting the frequency of its brain waves.
Any Supporting Studies or Research?
There are several. A study conducted at Duke Medical Center and published in the January, 1998 issue of Physiology & Behavior found that binaural beats are able to entrain brain activity, increasing the subjects’ mood and psychomotor performance while potentially affecting their states of consciousness positively.
A Canadian study reported in a January 2001 Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine article showed that subjects who listened to theta and delta frequency binaural beat tapes showed a significant reduction in their anxiety levels.
And a September, 2005 article in the British journal Anaesthesia reported on a random, controlled study that showed anxiety before surgery decreased by enormous margins when clients listened to binaural beat audio before their operations.
Brain Entrainment and Binaural Beats help your mind slip into a meditative state, there are currently over 1200+ studies on the benefits of meditation on the mind and body, which are too many to list here.
How Did You Make The Decision Between Holosync, Lifeflow, OmHarmonics?
All I can do is give my honest opinion of each program and help guide my clients and readers.
Holosync, Lifeflow and OmHarmonics are all easy to use with standard media players such as your smartphone (iPhone, Android etc.) and headphones or earbuds, and from my observations and experience they each produce the same general benefits.
All three are very polished and reputable products. One big negative with the Holosync program, however, once you get on their mailing list they sell pretty hard. Not to mention the cost of the program that can be prohibitive for many people.
They all help increase the ability to relax and/or focus as desired and live a calmer life, while reducing stress. They can all help with falling asleep at night without the use of sleeping aids.
However, there are two significant differences to be aware of if you’re deciding between these three programs. Holosync takes much longer to “complete” because there are thirteen different levels in the program (some people need as many as ten years to finish the entire regimen), and each listening session takes an hour if you listen all the way through.
Holosync and Lifeflow are also significantly more expensive ($160 – $200 for the first level of Holosync). Lifeflow is $670 for the ten-level program.
On the other hand, OmHarmonics is an affordable alternative that suggests shorter 15-to-30-minute listening sessions to achieve the desired results. It contains a generous set of tracks (all of Gamma, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Epsilon brainwaves).
So What makes Omharmonics System of Meditation Unique?
It, in my view, stands out from the crowd when it comes to binaural beats meditation programs.
- It synchronises your mind and body – the program tracks are replete with heartbeat and breathing sounds synchronisation (known as MRT) to bring your mind, breath and heartbeat into sync.
- It is flexible and means that whatever your needs are (relaxation, creativity, sleep etc), there is a track option custom-made to suit you.
- It offers the key brainwave frequencies – there are a wide range of different frequencies in each track. This helps your mind to slip into Alpha, Theta and Delta meditation states.
- It is made to guide you – you can enjoy the system in the comfort of your own home, the park or in the office, and experience resistance-free meditation.
- It sounds absolutely superb! I quickly got bored with Lifeflow and also Holosync, but not with OmHarmonics.
It has the highest production quality of all three programs – sensual, spacious ambient music, beautiful soundscapes and breathing pulses, to help relax and ease your way into a state meditation. Nothing touches it, when it comes to the sheer depth of quality from it’s included tracks.
What Was Your Own Personal Experience Using OmHarmonics After Trying Other Programs?
The Free Download: the free meditation clip and free meditation primer course are both great and I really enjoyed them both. The track put me in a deep state of meditation in just a few short minutes after a busy day at work. The course helped me to get perspective, learn techniques and motivated me to actually meditate.
The sample track helped me feel more relaxed, more energetic and rejuvenated for the evening. Nothing beats the deep, blissful experience I had. Not even meditating in silence, which is why I opted to buy the full program.
The unique audio tracks in the complete program are designed for different purposes and sound amazing. I like personally prefer the “Spark” and the “Balance” tracks, especially after a hectic day.
If I had to pick one though, my favourite would be “Spark”. I can listen to it day and night without ever getting bored. This is because it helps me fight through mental fatigue and helps me think creatively.
“Balance” is also another great track to listen to when you just want to rejuvenate your body and mind. It is an awesome track to listen to if you had a particularly intense day.
With the help of the program I get to clear thinking mental state in just minutes where there are barely any thoughts at all, which helps me become more present. I have not yet reached the level of a Zen Master yet, but I feel with the OmHarmonics program I am well on my way. The program works effectively to ensure within a very short period of time (literally minutes), you slip into a deep meditative state.
This has been particularly helpful during those days when I’m stressed out and when things are not going as well as I would like. I have the program synced on my iPhone and I carry small headphones in my pocket so I can use the program even during the day at work when I have a few spare minutes.
– Easy to use, great for beginners
– Comes with a 90-day money back guarantee
– Instalment plan to help purchase the program (at no extra cost)
– The audio tracks will work on any smartphone or MP3 player
There is no doubt in my mind that binaural beats audios make meditation easier and more enjoyable. I’m a more centred person every day I do meditation. It’s hard to explain the feeling but I assure you it’s a great feeling. If time is an issue for you, why not try the 15-minute audio tracks? It works effectively like the rest so you will also feel the benefits quickly.
Does OmHarmonics Have A Free Course?
It includes a special bonus that I’ve secured for my readers – a $50 discount voucher for the full program meaning you can get it for less than $100.
For those starting out with brainwave entrainment it’s the highest quality program on the market, at a great price.
Here’s a quick 15-minute demo of their product.
*Listen using earphones, and with your eyes closed.
This is a great way to see if brain entrainment works for you with absolutely no risk!
Can You Explain More In-depth About Your Experience With Centerpointe Holosync?
Holosync is a 13-level binaural beats program, and used to be considered by many to be the standard of brainwave entrainment personal growth products. It was developed by Bill Harris and Wes Weit of Centerpointe Research Institute in order to cater to the demand from seekers for products which help to expand awareness, and foster spiritual awakening.
It uses brainwave technology only consisting of binaural beats where the carrier frequencies are lowered from one level to the next in order to progress from one state of consciousness and energetic clearing to the next.
It’s the WAY they go about it in this program which I found unpleasant. This method is not without significant risk, as this type of low frequency sound used with earphones can really stir up your system, and I personally found this to be quite unsettling.
The whole experience is akin to trying to run a marathon without having trained, and I felt they needed a lot more education before throwing you into it. Everything will ache a little, and sometimes a lot. It is not uncommon to experience headaches, even bouts of anxiety or depression whilst using Holosync.
Your brain should become acclimatized to the way in which the sounds are delivered, and the left and right hemispheres of the brain will filter and process those sounds, that is if you can handle the ultra-low frequency tones, and that’s an IF – well then it can help you to grow and mature emotionally.
Looking through forums and other pages about brain entrainment has made me realize that, much like a prescription medicine, people react differently. The same can to be true of Holosync, but you need to be extremely advanced to use it without negative side effects. Some of the major benefits for many people are:
- Lowering of stress levels
- Enhancing the ability to meditate and to relax
- Improvements in creativity and cognitive function
- Elimination of negative emotions
- Increasingly restful sleep and healthier sleep patterns
- Sense of satisfaction, peace, and well-being channeled
This list is a pretty common set of benefits that most people would expect to gain from a binaural beats program. The problem is that you may find some of these are not achievable for you – simply because of the way your brain and mind are structured.
If you are contemplating any form of binaural beats usage you should be aware of this. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, or you are not right – it simply means your own brain is processing the signal it is receiving in a different way to others.
If you have never meditated before – you do not know how your brain will react – or what a normal outcome is. Brainwave synchronization works on different frequencies. Because some people are more attuned to certain levels than others – in the same way in which some people can hear better than others – they will respond differently.
One of the ways Holosync helps is by reducing the amount of time your brain has to be exposed to the necessary frequencies before you see and feel results.
For most Holosync is reasonably safe to use, for others though it is certainly not, so I am very reluctant to recommend it.
Can You Explain More About Your Experience With Project Meditation’s Lifeflow?
LifeFlow is an isochronic tone and monaural beats program, and has designed its tracks around all of Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma brainwaves. There are 10 of these tracks, and each has a different purpose.
The Lifeflow program seems counterintuitive – as it’s designed to run backwards, starting at track 10 and working down to track 1.
Audios 8,9, and 10 cover the Alpha brainwaves. The Alpha waves are the ones which cause both the passive and receptive dreamy state associated with being “spaced out.” Alpha waves are the ones associated with Transcendental or TM meditation and are responsible for creativity, visualization, and learning enhancement as well.
These tracks start slowly but constantly, and consistently build, to envelop you in a rich, vibrant, resonant sound which immerses you in a pool of sound. Much like floating around in a body of water, you seem to be floating around between the aural currents generated by the sound.
Initially, I found the LifeFlow Alpha tracks were much like white noise. The basic sound was there constantly but, rather like learning a new language where the words all run together and cannot be discerned initially. However, over the course of a couple of weeks I began to recognize patterns within the sound and run with those with the rest drifting over me as background sound.
I found myself anticipating, and actually looking forward to hearing a particular sequence of noises which took me on a journey of sound. By following the same path and adding to the journey each time, I found I could get a deeper relaxation. The further I went, the deeper into the meditation I wanted to go.
Audios 4, 5, 6, and 7 are the Theta brainwave tracks of the LifeFlow program. These are for extremely deep sleep, dreaming and hypnagogic imagery.
When you have used the Alpha brainwave programme for a while you will be ready to start the journey into the Theta series. This is one step beyond the brainwave synchronization which the Alpha program brings, and is designed to penetrate further.
I found it very easy to access the benefits of this very quickly I think simply because my brain was now prepared for the unusual places the Alpha tracks took me. It certainly works.
The feeling of unconsciousness and floating is almost palpable. Colors become extremely vivid, sound becomes all embracing and the elements involved in bringing this all together coalesce into real, tangible meditative relaxation.
I found 6 to be particularly powerful and deep. It took me some time to come away from the effects of this particular track.
At this point, it is worth pointing out that using tracks as powerful as these when you are tired is sometimes counter-productive. So deep is the relaxation effect, and the shift in consciousness, the rhythm can easily send you to sleep defeating the whole object of the brain entrainment qualities of binaural beats.
Audios 1, 2 and 3 are Delta brainwave audios and these are for deep sleep, healing and growth, deeper meditation, spiritual connection and are key to HGH (Human Growth Hormone) release the deep trance-like non-physical state you can achieve.
These are mighty strong programs – and I would suggest just dipping yourself slowly into them – rather like gradually easing yourself into a cold swimming pool. It will take some time for your brain function to open up to the point where you feel the full effects.
Of course, once you have got used to the system, you can mix and match and just dive into those programs which suit your mood, or when you want to create a different state. For instance, if you are feeling particularly anxious about something you may want to go for one of the mid 4, 5. or 6 programs, to help you relax and calm everything which is bothering you.
Generally, I like the LifeFlow audios. It is relatively user friendly and you can use not just using headphones to listen but by using speakers as well, to vary the effects of the beats.
What Else Should People Know BEFORE Using Mindvalley’s Program
According to their website OmHarmonics have sold over 2.8 million copies of their product. Which is why they claim they can offer the product at such an amazing price. They promise five main benefits of using the program - these being less stress, better sleep, increased creativity, sharper focus, and a healthier mind and body, and I agree. My experiences with this program have been nothing short of amazing. I have had great results and the quality needs to be heard to be believed.
One of the keys to it’s success, is the fact that it has been developed with the under the direction of award-winning audio engineer, Paul Hoffman. Paul has been transforming sound for consciousness training and mind entrainment for over 20 years.
The first time I put on my headphones and played an played a track, I was blown away. The sound quality is simply stunning. Through both headphones, and through speakers, the deep bass notes and treble intonations are thrilling to hear. It almost doesn’t matter what track you are listening to – it provides such a rich, immersive aural experience.
As you listen to one sequence of sound, another comes from underneath it to flow over the previous one, merging at first before replacing it completely. It is such a seamless listening experience, and having these waves of incredible sound washing over you is something which has to be experienced to truly be understood. When the music hits key points, it resonates – producing the effect which enables brain entrainment to happen. Without getting into the science of neuroplasticity and consciousness it is impossible to describe the sensation you get from listening to these tracks.
What were the effects of Omharmonics on my feelings and behavior?
I found using Omharmonics made me feel and overall improvement in my demeanor. I felt chirpier, calmer, and better at coping with stressful situations which I encountered on a day-to-day basis.
One of the things which surprised me was the extent to which my behavior changed. We all have certain foibles and habits which we find hard to break. We do things, knowing they are wrong or harmful, but we keep doing them anyway. They are like an itch that you have to scratch.
For me it was eating junk food, potato chips in particular. If I became anxious or nervous of something, I would simply eat – and an entire family-size pack of chips would be gone in an instant. To my surprise, after a couple of weeks of listening to it I found myself sufficiently calm to not need the “comfort” of my potato blanket.
I started to look up some other user accounts to see if these were typical changes I was experiencing. It turned out that these changes were normal and there was nothing unusual in what I was experiencing.
Another example – when I was little, I remembered an experience where in the summer my brother and I would play by the lake near our parents cottage in the woods. While I remembered the feelings of the experience fondly, I found it hard to visualize all the little details. Yet after about a month into the program, during a particular session of meditation using Omharmonics, I remembered the whole experience in vivid detail. It had not crossed my mind for years, yet here it was in glorious technicolor.
It was almost as if the floodgates had been opened, in the metaphorical dam of my subconscious mind, which allowed the river to flow again.
What I really love about the program is that you don’t need any specialized knowledge in order to use it. Many other programs rely on you having in-depth knowledge about brain waveforms, binaural beats, brainwave synchronization and other technical information. You don’t need a neuroscience degree to use OmHarmonics.
This program superbly blends the elements of alpha, theta, delta and epsilon brainwaves seamlessly. You experience their effects without even being aware of them – this is a very clever take on the usual way of listening to such beats – and takes the work out of trying to decide which version or track to use.
You simply select the result you want and the programme will do the rest for you. In this way it is easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of meditation to use OmHarmonics, without getting bogged down in technicalities.
Some people will need longer time periods to break into new levels of awareness, others will need less. This program is timed to 15 and 30 minute sessions (this is for each audio track) and this is plenty of time to take a break from everyday life for a while – and go somewhere else.
I love the idea of having dedicated tracks for different times of the day.
Using the “start of the day” track certainly gets you going in the morning. While i found the 15 minute track too short for me, the 30 minute session was just right. I found myself heading to work with a spring in my step. I also noticed that after a few plays, you find yourself listening out for a particular sound sequence you like, like listening to a favorite song. When you consider you can take these tracks anywhere and listen to them anytime, these sessions can be a powerful tool to improve your focus, creativity, and mindset throughout the day.
I was also surprised by the boost in my energy levels. I think this is because my sleep became much deeper, more real. I didn’t have any extraneous worries or doubts creeping in, making me anxious, and preventing me from replenishing and rebooting my systems.
My creativity and problem solving ability got a boost too. I was more creative in my approach to everyday problems and difficulties. Before embarking on the program I would have collapsed in on myself and been unable to try new approaches. I would be paralysed by fear, worried these decisions or situations would make my difficulties even worse. I now find I am actively seeking to change all of the habitual ways of tackling both work, and personal issues.
I have become far more confident in my ability to react to criticism and doubt. I now proactively challenge my conventional wisdom on a whole range of subjects, subjects I would have been averse to even looking at before brain entrainment.
As a result, I have also found my relationships have changed for the better. Where I was always seen as, withdrawn and at times negative. Now, I am putting far more effort into my friendships and relationships – and I’m getting great feedback, which only serves to encourage me more.
I have far more stamina than I did before and and find my persistence is at a new level. I would tend to give up too easily on things. To my amazement I am now able to work on projects in a far more thorough way, and for longer.
To me, where the LifeFlow and Holosync programs are the BMW and Mercedes of such meditation and brain entrainment programs, OmHarmonics is the Rolls-Royce.
I do not need to know how everything works under the bonnet, I do not need all the flashy gizmos or the complications. I just want quality, consistency and reliability above all else so that I can start the motor and drive. I don’t want to think about anything, other than enjoying the ride.
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