GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR

AUDITORY BILATERAL STIMULATION

  • The special sonic properties of these soundscapes require the use of headphones to be effective. 

  • A very soft volume is best.  In general you want to just be able to hear it without the feeling intrusive.  The tracks have different layers of sounds that may become noticeable with repeat listening.  As you get more familiar with the way your brain responds to bilateral stimulation you may find it useful to adjust the volume for certain purposes.

  • Since these soundscapes are much more than simple relaxation or meditation aids, it’s best to start by listening to just one or two at a time until you become accustomed to their effect on you.

  • There are lots of ways to use these soundscapes, with few specific procedures to follow other than those you personally find most helpful.  When listening to these soundscapes there is no need to “do” anything, so simply release your expectations of what should or shouldn’t happen and allow your thoughts, your feelings, your memories, your associations and your physical sensations to follow their own course without trying to direct them.  Simply listening through headphones for a few minutes while attending to your physical, mental, emotional and imaginative self can be an enlightening experience. 

 

  • You may notice yourself (a) experiencing unexpected or intense emotion, (b) remembering interesting, unusual or significant events from your past, (c) having notable bodily sensations, (d) daydreaming or having wandering thoughts or fantasies, or (e) gaining an insight you haven’t previously considered.  As long as you are ok with the process just “stay with it” by continuing to be present to whatever continues to unfold for you.    

  • It’s ok if whatever you notice doesn’t make immediate sense, if you experience different reactions than those listed above, or if you are unsure whether anything is actually “happening” or not.  Just be open and available to whatever emerges and evolves.  

  • Again, if you find your experience to be pleasing or interesting, simply remain open to whatever continues to happen as you listen. It’s also ok if you're not even sure whether or not anything is actually “happening”. As long as you are ok with the process, just keep listening to the music in whatever way works for you. 

  • However, if any part of your listening experience becomes uncomfortable or unpleasant, turn the music off and engage in positive self-care. Simply turning the volume down to a lower setting can help as well. With experience you will likely become better able to manage the enhanced neurological activity that you experience with bilateral stimulation.

  • These soundscapes are capable of evoking a wide range of emotional responses.  You will notice that some of them use repetitive musical patterns or non-musical sounds more than actual tunes.  This encourages a different kind of listening experience that is particularly effective in activating the neuronal pathways of the deepest portions of your brain.   You will probably have extended moments when you are not particularly aware that you are listening to anything, followed by periods of renewed attention to some aspect of the soundscape. 

  • You will inevitably enjoy some soundscapes more than others, although repeated listening will likely reveal more of the special qualities of each selection.   It is usually not necessary to listen to a lot of soundscapes in a row; it is often sufficient to listen to one or two selections at a time.  Feel free to design your own playlist, re-arranging, repeating or deleting any of the selections in whatever way works best for you, and draw upon other volumes of bilateral stimulation soundscapes from Alternating Spounds, LLC.

  • Once you’ve listened to this music enough to be comfortable with its effects on you, an added dimension of effectiveness can be obtained by incorporating specific eye movements into your listening experience. As an example, when listening, hold your gaze steady by looking at something to keep your eyes from moving. Many people notice that the effects of this music reach a whole new dimension of effectiveness with this simple technique.

There are many other ways to use eye movements during auditory bilateral stimulation beyond what is written here, and adding this component can take the positive effects of this brain music to a whole new level.

  • Since headphones are required these soundscapes should never be listened to while driving or doing anything else that warrants your full conscious attention. 

  • Of course, none of the above is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, psychiatric or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any conditions that trouble you. 

If you are ready to listen to some of Alternating Sound's  advanced bilateral soundscapes, go right to the store to purchase digital downloads of either individual tracks or one of both of the albums!

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