The WordY FrYdaY NerdY: Entrainment and Entertainment!

In case you were lured into reading this supposing it’s all about entertainment–you should pay attention to the title again–yes, it’s also about entrainment, especially about brainwaves entrainment. Now having made the distinction between the two words lets see what we have to entertain us here.
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Entertainment is all about following the mind. It’s all about getting rid of boredom. Dramatically, more the means of amusement at our disposal, more the boredom, and hence the requirement of more and more means of entertainment. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle created by the monster called mind. For example–lets take cinema as a means of entertainment. You may find a particular genre more interesting than others. Say for example–you are fond of mystery thrillers. You start watching them–a time comes when you get bored of whodunit cliches. You get bored with linear narratives and need non-linear narratives for enjoyment. Then you get bored with them as well–every director doing the same thing–telling (otherwise) ordinary story in a non-linear fashion to make it sound like an extraordinary one! Then something else is needed. If you watch mystery movies which were made in 1960s–they would not appeal you if you are a modern viewer because they don’t seem intelligent enough. My point is–what was entertaining a few decades ago might be clichΓ© now–so you consistently need novelty.

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Entrainment is all about taming the mind using the brainwaves knowledge. Entrainment is also called Frequency Following Response-that is,Β you expose your brain to a certain desired frequency and in course of time your brain starts following it. Electroencephalography(EEG) shows us the various waves associated with various mental states. For example–when you are calm–your brainwaves would be in Alpha or Theta range; when you’re in deep sleep your brainwaves would be in Delta range etc. The idea is to expose your brain to desired frequency range and then along with your brain your entire system starts harmonizing itself towards that frequency range. Entrainment might be visual or auditory–but dominant entrainment type being used is auditory–i. e. use of binaural or isochronic beats.

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Meditation is also a type of entrainment. Surat Shabd Yoga or Quang Yin meditation stress upon focusing on certain sound frequencies internally leading to a harmonized state of body and mind. Meditation is a natural way of entrainment whereas brainwave entrainment is an artificial one. But both of them have their own uses–the later one is part of Science which could be controlled to benefit many when compared to the prior one, which is, more or less subjective being part of spirituality. Having said that it must be stated that even brainwave entrainment is not yet considered a Science–some regard it as a protoscience and others as a pseudoscience.

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Entertainment is also a type of entrainment. You expose yourself to audio-visual media all the time and wide range of frequencies are entraining your delicate mind. That is why it is suggested that too gory or too violent graphic content should be avoided in order to have a peaceful state of mind. Entertainment is all about following mind whereas entrainment is making mind follow your instructions for self-improvement.

entertainment is also a type of entertainment these days, in the sense that not all users out there use binaural, isochronic and monaural tones to tame their mind to a disciplined spiritual regime. Internet is full of I-dosers and various other uses of brainwave entrainments which give a temporary high like chemical drugs. This is yet another way to escape from reality for addicts. This goes to show that entrainment is also a two-way path going either towards self-improvement or towards self-annihilation.

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42 thoughts on “The WordY FrYdaY NerdY: Entrainment and Entertainment!

        1. I feel we are all very intelligent. It’s just that we gain experience in the field where we keep doing something. I asked just to know what especially you found effective, to get feedback, as you are a very helpful friend who gives sincere feedback. I hope I didn’t come across as sniding πŸ™‚

          Sincerely,
          Anand πŸ™‚

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          1. Thank you for thinking I am a helpful friend. I still think you are intelligent based on your post, and I know we all have different capacity to understand. I really like your post but I do have to check some words out as they are not familiar to me. Thank you for sharing such a post πŸ™‚

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  1. Enjoyed this post …”Entertainment is all about following mind whereas entrainment is making mind follow your instructions for self-improvement.” Thank you for explaining the distinction between the two. I enjoy certain types of entertainment as well as entrainment . I need more entrainment and am working on that. I look forward to more of your posts…they are very enlightening . I was unaware of binaural or isochronic beats and need to learn more about those. When I meditate I usually do it in silence because I have not found the type of beating sound, or music that does not distract me from clearing my mind.

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    1. Dear Lucy,

      Thanks for your visit and wonderfully kind words πŸ™‚

      In my humble experience, binaural beats can take you deep into meditation quite easily and within just a few minutes. They also help you heal out of pain. Some of them, especially in the delta range are very effective. I use a few and I am sharing one with you :

      Binaural beats need a good “headphone” to work effectively. Isochronic and other background sounds can work without them as well.

      I hope you will try this sound. Relax, close your eyes and keep volume low and within a few minutes you can enter into deep meditation.

      I hope it helps.
      Have a lovely weekend.

      Love and light ❀

      Anand πŸ™‚

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  2. Good informative article, well written. Like everyone, I like my share of entertainment, but entrainment has a lot to offer if we tune in to the mysteries of our minds seeking truth and relaxation. For myself, I like the visual, especially the color yellow for a feeling of light and brightness merging with the feeling of love. No drugs, no music, just quiet and contemplation.

    Well done.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Karen. Yes, yellow is considered a spiritual color. I feel we all have our own unique ways of entrainment.
      Thanks for this wonderful discussion and have a lovely weekend.

      LOve and light ❀

      Anand πŸ™‚

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  3. Very illuminating and full of good things like you. You are the embodiment of goodness with a desire to spread your virus – you’re giving ‘viral’ a new possibility Anand. Does anyone else feel like they’re in orbit?

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    1. Oh my my Garth πŸ™‚
      I am really getting dizzy, but for all the good reasons. What did you do with your words dear?

      I can’t express my gratitude for your kind words. You are a blessing of a friend for many of us and an inspiration to do better πŸ™‚

      Really overwhelmed by your words dear πŸ™‚

      LOve and light ❀
      Anand πŸ™‚

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    1. Hehehe LOL
      Your comment just made my day. I am smiling. Thanks for so many kind words. I will try to find some good words to keep sharing with us πŸ™‚

      LOvely weekend πŸ™‚

      LOve and light ❀

      Anand πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh no Vicki. Please don’t say that. We gain some experience in the field where we keep taking interest. We must not judge ourselves compared to anybody. It’s better to keep enjoying what you love doing the most.

      I feel you have a great comic sense and knowledge in many branches which I will always aspire for. Thanks a lot for your kind words πŸ™‚

      Have a lovely weekend dear πŸ™‚

      Love and light ❀
      Anand πŸ™‚

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    1. Hmmm, I have mostly used audio waves. But they often accompany natural scenaries. I feel we often feel relaxed in green grasses, beaches, country side and that’s because of the entrainment–so there might not be something technical but natural vistas are actually doing entrainment for betterment–wheres traffics and noises–quickly moving images in cities are doing adverse entrainment.

      Thanks for the wonderful question, Sona πŸ™‚

      Love and light ❀
      Anand πŸ™‚

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        1. I feel experts might know. You can try googling it out. The Isochronic and Binaural beats are repetitive and despite that they create harmony. Though prolonged use might make you feel uncomfortable as it will go against natural rhythms πŸ™‚

          LOve and light ❀
          Anand πŸ™‚

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