A binaural beat is an audio tool that makes it easier to explore the larger reality with your mind. Listening to binaural beats can help you get into a stable meditation state that would otherwise require months or years of diligent practice to achieve.
What They Are and What They Do
Most people are unaware of it, but we all have the capacity to do things with our minds that provide first-hand evidence that reality is not material and objective but information-based and subjective.
We can, for example:
- remote-view objects and places that lie beyond the reach of our five senses
- access data about the past or the probable future
- have out-of-body experiences (OOBEs)
- communicate telepathically (consciousness-to-consciousness)
These and many other paranormal phenomena sound like the stuff of science fiction to those who haven’t experienced them yet. But they are real – and with the right practice and perseverance, almost anyone can learn to experience them for themselves.
Using binaural beats is a great way to do that.
How to Obtain Binaural Beats
There are several ways you can obtain binaural beats audio files:
- you can create your own binaural beats – there are multiple websites that let you make your own customized audio files for free
- you can purchase a set of over a dozen binaural beat audio files that Tom has developed himself and used at MBT workshops
Which option is the best? Only you can answer that with experimentation – everyone is different. Either of the above can help you learn to be a good meditator and explorer of the larger reality.
Buying MBT Binaural Beats
20th Anniversary Binaural Beats
2023 is the 20th anniversary of the publishing of “My Big TOE” in 2003. To celebrate, Tom has created a new set of binaural beats. These 15 new audio files provide a powerful boost to your meditation practice.
Whether you are new to meditation or an “old hand”, these beats will support your exploration of consciousness. As any good explorer knows: as you change over time, your tools must change.
These beats are distinct from Tom’s past binaural beat offerings. They complete the practical spectrum of frequencies for meditation use. The result is more possibilities to find the “just-right” file for every season of your developing consciousness.
How Binaural Beats Work
Listening to binaural beats will help you modify your brainwave patterns to induce an altered state of consciousness similar to a very effective and practiced meditation state. Binaural beats are best listened to using stereo headphones.
The binaural beat frequency is the difference between two base frequencies. A pure tone generated at the first base frequency goes in one ear and the base frequency plus the desired beat frequency goes in the other ear – for example, a 100 Hertz (Hz) tone goes in the left ear and a slightly higher-pitched 104 Hz tone in the right ear (1 Hz is a physical unit signifying one oscillation per second). The two tones combine in the brain, producing a “beat” frequency that equals the difference between the two pure tones. This beat frequency (which you can “hear”) drives your brainwave pattern toward that same frequency (4Hz in the example above). This process is also called brainwave entrainment. Binaural beats are tuned to support brainwave patterns between 4 and 8 Hz, thus falling into the theta frequency band.
Listening to a binaural beat doesn’t force an altered state of consciousness upon you. It is merely an aid to help you create a stable theta brainwave state. The main effort still has to be made by you.
In a virtual reality like our physical universe, our brain and body are virtual. That doesn’t mean they have no causal power over our minds, though, as anyone who has ever drunk alcohol will confirm. The body and brain represent the constraints with which our consciousness has to operate. Any modification made to our brain will be reflected in the way this virtual reality is rendered to us.
Our personal data stream is always being calculated so as to accurately reflect our brain’s present state. This is why binaural beats, although they are a “physical” tool operating on a virtual brain in a virtual universe, can support our mental efforts of reaching a stable, undisturbed meditation state.
Once you stop processing your sense data from this physical reality, you become open to accessing the Larger Consciousness System
What (Not) to Expect
Don’t expect any magical results right from the beginning. Even with a binaural beat, you may have to keep practicing for a while before obtaining significant results.
Some first successes, however, are not uncommon even with beginners. It all depends on what you bring to the table. Having no expectations and being open to whatever happens is the key to success.
Many individuals find binaural beats helpful, some don’t. If you’re an experienced meditator, you may not need this audio aid to reach the state of point-consciousness.
Binaural beats are like training wheels on a five-year-old’s bicycle – at some point you should wean yourself from the training wheels and take them off or they will retard your development by locking you into specific altered states when you should be free to shift states as easily as you shift your attention.
Eventually, you will even let go of formal meditation because you no longer will have a need for the process. You will be able to accomplish the same thing (actually better, being unencumbered) instantaneously. Do not become habituated or addicted to this tool or any tool – or the tool that was once so helpful may turn into a self-limiting crutch.
A Word of Caution
History of Binaural Beats
Binaural beats were developed in the 1970s by Tom, his friend Dennis Mennerich and Bob Monroe, the famed pioneer of out-of-body experiences (OOBEs). Tom and Dennis helped Bob to build a lab in which people could learn to have OOBEs while lying safely in a supervised cabin cell. That lab eventually became what is known today as the Monroe Institute (TMI).
For more information about how Bob, Tom and Dennis developed binaural beats, see the dedicated page about Tom.