Saṃsāra: An Overview

What is Saṃsāra?

Saṃsāra (Sanskrit: continuous flow; the repeating cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth) music uses advanced brainwave entrainment technology to produce an altered state of consciousness wherein profound healing and inspiration can occur. Utilizing the wavelengths that exist in your brain, the music works to awaken the tools already within you for greater healing, abundance, creativity, happiness, health, and more. Saṃsāra music is infused with resonant tones, and is an ethereal, groovy blend of Western and Eastern instruments.

How Does it Work?

To receive the full benefits of this music, slip on a pair of stereo headphones, get comfortable, and close your eyes. Some people report immediate effects, while others take a bit longer to become entranced. The music can also be listened to with eyes open and performing a task to maintain a sense of calm. Recommended listening time: 15-30 minutes.

Results may vary. Do not listen to this album while driving, operating heavy machinery, or during dangerous tasks.

What Is A Brainwave?

A brainwave is a sweeping electrical pattern produced by the brain’s neurons, which can be measured by an electroencephalograph (EEG). There are five categories of brainwave patterns that occur in humans: Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta.

Gamma waves are extremely fast waves which oscillate at 31 to 120 times a second (Hz). Gamma is a state associated with high-level information processing, active learning, peak concentration and elevated cognitive functioning.

Beta waves are fast waves that fluctuate between 13 and 30 Hz. These waves are dominant in the brain when we are awake or alert, and are associated with critical reasoning.

Alpha waves are a bit slower, ranging between 8 to 12 Hz, and are associated with rest and relaxation, such as what is experienced with the eyes closed and in meditation by more experienced practitioners.

Theta waves exist between 4 and 7 Hz, and occur naturally in the moments before sleep, during REM sleep, and are associated with dreaming, super-learning, memory, creativity, intuition, out of body experiences, shamanic journeys and communication with the subconscious mind. Theta state also occurs during waking life when you “zone out” and a task becomes automatic to the point where you can mentally disengage from it, such as what is experienced when one is driving on the freeway and cannot account for the last few miles.

Delta waves are the slowest waves, oscillating between 0.5 and 3 Hz, and occur during deep, dreamless sleep. Simulating Delta in a person that is awake can relieve some types of physical pain.

What is Brainwave Entrainment?

Entrainment is a physics term that refers to the tendency for two oscillating frequencies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. Sound is vibration, and has a physical influence on the ways in which your body and mind reacts to stimuli. Everything vibrates – your very cells vibrate – and everything produces a sound that either puts stress on your system or alleviates it. Brainwave entrainment is a technique that uses sound to synchronize your neurons to fire off in accordance with the sounds you are hearing.

It takes the average person about six minutes to entrain to a frequency. At around six minutes, your neurons start firing in the dominant frequency range of the external stimuli (gamma, beta, alpha, theta, or delta), and you begin to get the full effects. To spark positive and lasting change, one should maintain the desired state for ten to fifteen minutes or more, dependent on the severity of circumstances.

What’s So Great About Theta?

Due to the nature of our fast-paced, high-stress driven society, our brains do not produce a balanced neurochemistry. The typical person flits from one dominant state to another far too quickly, in order to meet the demands of daily life – they typically spend a lot of time with beta being the dominant frequency, and not enough in alpha, theta or delta. The good news is, thanks to advances in science and technology; we can actually use sound waves to influence our brains to create a healthy neurochemistry, and therefore a healthy biochemistry.

Slow brainwave frequencies such as alpha and theta release dopamine, melatonin, DHEA, and reduce cortisol levels in the brain. This cocktail of helpful hormones allows you to sleep more soundly, ups the total quality of your life, relieves acute and chronic stress, improves cognitive performance, and, by lowering the amount of cortisol that is produced, it can help to reduce the amount of fat stored around the abdomen. The release of dopamine aids in behavior and cognition, voluntary movement, motivation and reward, sleep, mood, attention, and learning.

Theta brainwave entrainment quiets the mind, gently guiding you to a deeply relaxed, meditative state. The benefits of meditation are well known, but here’s just a few: pain management, acute and chronic stress relief, maintaining and strengthening cognitive function, and lower blood pressure. Additionally, theta synchronization helps to bypass the critical factor of the conscious mind, which rejects new ideas that are not in alignment with established habits, and connects you with your subconscious – the part of the mind where all inspiration, creativity, solutions, and inner wisdom reside. When we consciously connect to this inner wisdom, we find our lives transformed.

Theta is an ideal frequency for self-hypnosis, as it is in this state that your positive affirmations, suggestions, or direct instructions can circumvent the cognitive barrier of the conscious mind and be integrated directly into your subconscious. Furthermore, the external theta frequencies stimulate the hippocampus and encourage new memory pathways to form, thereby increasing your receptivity and retention of new suggestions and making it more difficult for your conscious mind to reject the habits and beliefs you wish to form. Modern psychologists have found that it takes twenty-one days of repetition to change a habit and integrate a new one. Daily repetition of this technique is necessary to achieve the desired result.

 Why is Saṃsāra Relevant?

“Researchers at the Neurosciences Institute, in La Jolla, California, have observed in real time how brain-wave patterns change to match changing pitches of tone sequences. When the tone sequence grows more coherent – sounding more like a real melody – different parts of the brain interact in a more intense and consistent, or coherent manner.” (Healing at the Speed of Sound, Don Campbell). In other words, composed music has a profound affect on the brain.

Saṃsāra music is carefully composed to interact with your brain, while the theta frequency and resonant tones relax your mind and body. The use of tabla drums, timpani, hang drums and other percussion instruments keep you aware, holding you in a trance state between sleep and awake. The musical compositions are designed to stir the soul and ignite the imagination, your most valuable asset. There is a power locked inside of you that is so great, so majestic, that it is beyond words. Beyond explanation. It is dormant; lying in wait for the day you will awaken it and realize your full potential. Your time is now.

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