Frequently Asked Questions About Sound Meditation, Neurofeedback, plant music, & more
Q: “I consider myself a mellow person. Why should I try sound meditation or neurofeedback meditation? How would it benefit my life?”
A: I thought I was really chill too until I began this practice. There is a parasympathetic “reset button” engaged by this work which can lead to really positive lifestyle changes that you might not know you need. My diet shifted. My awareness of my body is enhanced. My mind is more focused. My creativity has increased. My sleeping cycle is refreshingly normal. It’s a nice groove to get into and I feel motivated to continue creating patterns of self care. These results aren’t unique to my experience either. Many researchers describe these same results in numerous studies on sound’s effects to the human mind and body.
Q: “What is neurofeedback meditation and why is it good for the mind?”
A: Our neurofeedback meditation process monitors your Alpha brainwaves with a comfortable EEG headband. When you relax into a meditative state and your Alpha activity rises, you’ll create ambient musical notes with your EEG data in real-time. Think of it like giving your brain a mirror. It will naturally begin to groom itself in it’s unique way. Neurofeedback has been gaining notoriety due to its ability to retrain the mind into optimal coherence, addressing issues like autism, ADHD, ADD, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and more.
Q: “How do you make music with plants?”
A: We use the MidiSprout to monitor and translate the electrical biodata with leaf sensors and then we shape that generative midi-stream into an ambient soundscape with a Digital Audio Workstation and Virtual Instruments. Like making music with humans, I choose which key, scale, tempo the plant will be playing but the plant chooses the notes.
Q: “How often should I practice sound meditation?”
A: Once per day is ideal but we all have busy lives so try to at least give yourself one session per week. The more time you invest in this practice, the greater the returns.
Q: “Are the ‘magical healing frequencies’ and ‘chakra frequencies’ you read about online real or fake?”
A: When I began this work I investigated all of the spectacular claims I could find. There are so many. From my research I found that most of these claims are modern marketing campaigns from the 1980’s founded by mostly Western business men seeking to profit from Eastern spirituality and New Age beliefs. There are no mentions of these frequencies in any ancient text that we could even begin to accurately reference. How we explain and categorize frequencies, scales, and tunings today were crafted over only the last several hundred years. People love a good story though and as long as you enjoy them and don’t feel taken advantage of, who cares, right?
-There are actually “special frequencies” though, in all seriousness. These are research based entrainment frequencies which match our field of brainwave pulses. If we listen to these entrainment beats for roughly 10 minutes, our mind will begin to follow along with them, thus shifting our consciousness towards our desired mind-state. And frankly, all frequencies are pretty magical in a more general sense, right? Look into the health benefits of Pink noise, a range of thousands of frequencies covering the entire human hearing spectrum:)
Q: “Do you offer voice guided meditation with spoken word?”
A: We do not. We don’t feel comfortable planting our words into any meditative mind. An adult brain during a meditative state is as malleable as a child’s, so we rely purely on sound as our guide to keep our meditations free of human language or an outside influence. Music places you into the powerful position of learning to guide yourself in meditation. Trust yourself!
Q: “Are there any gurus, aliens, philosophy, or other deities influencing the Sound Path?”
A: Unfortunately, no. The only things influencing the Sound Path are scientific research and the recent advancements in wellness technology. This practice belongs to all beings equally.
Q: “What is the difference between a Binaural Beat, Monaural Beat, and Isochronic Tone?”
A: Please see our Brainwave Entrainment 101 Workshop ->
Q: “Are there any side effects from sound meditation, neurofeedback, or light pulse entrainment?”
A: There have been zero reported negative side effects of sound meditation or neurofeedback. If you have epilepsy, you should be sure to avoid light pulse entrainment to avoid potential seizures. People who have mental disorders, brain injuries, heart transplants, epilepsy, or are pregnant should seek the advice of their doctor before using entrainment techniques.