Binaural Beats Musings
Typically, I meditate daily for 20 – 30 min with a breath focus. For my scatter brain, keeping my mind focused on my breath for more than 5 minutes is quite challenging but through practice, I’ve developed fantastic focus for those +- 5 minutes to where I can slowly breath in for 10-11 secs and release in the same time frame. Whenever I become aware that I have lost focus, I re-center it.
I’ve recently started infusing binaural beats into this practice with mixed results. I use these guys:
I find my mind being pulled by two focuses, drifting along with the ambient noise and maintaining my breath, and these two conflict. I questioned, which do I focus on? I began to realize that, for what I want out of meditation, binaural beats is Phase (2) focus mastery and I was still in Phase (1).
For me, Phase (1) is complete when I can focus solely on my breath for the 30 min meditation session. This needs to become a without-thought occurrence. When this happens I’ll be ready for Phase (2) – Dual focus.
The holding of (2) focuses at once, Breath + Binaural. I might be a nerd, but the real-world application of this concept is very exciting. Two separate thoughts held in parallel equal focus… mmmmmmmm
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But I always open to being proved wrong, after all, my perspective is very small, even to events going on in my own city… so its very possible I just haven’t experienced it yet, considering the topic, experiencing is the only way to truly believe.
@tine, Thanks for the binaural beats info.
As for your question to supernatural phenomena as knowledge gaps, it may be the case for some people. The average person doesn’t know something and merely gives it a transcendent quality.
I mean, I don’t want to sound arrogant or anything, but I don’t have the same view. I believe in things beyond material nature, but its more about having experienced them as opposed to blindly slapping the “God” label on whatever I don’t understand. To me, God exists in what is not known. That which is known is God as well. Science and religion are dualities that my conception of the “supernatural” transcends.
“Modesty and luxury are his consorts,
Day and night his limbs.
His form is the stars,
The rising and setting sun, his mouth.” -Purusha Sukta 2.6
“A god is something that is worshipped. For example, the sun can be a god, the sky could be god, the earth can be god, an epic hero can be a god, a king can be a god, and even a chair can be a god.”
No no, I enjoyed it an will comment further later, this qoute though, historically, I feel, explains the idea.
@tine, Honestly, I don’t know how you could experience this sort of thing objectively – its purely subjective. The main goal of yoga is, after all, to unite the subject and the object. In the system of advanced yoga, three entities are described – the seer, the act of seeing, and the object of sight. The first entity is the subject, the last entity is the object, and the second is the distinction between them. The idea is to become all of these and thereby transcend all of them. Being objective isn’t really ever possible because everything you view would be subconsciously processed and filtered by all of your experiences prior to any mystical or supernatural revelation you may have.
The best way to put it is this. If you ever do have any mystical or supernatural experience, what you’re feeling, how you viewed it, and all that doubt and skepticism will seem trivial. Its not possible to not get emotional about it.