Brainwave Entrainment: Fireflies & Your Brain
Brainwave entrainment: Imagine yourself sitting atop a grassy knoll. The sun has just set. Then, just as night begins to fall, it
happens. First here. Then, over there. A brief flicker of magic
lighting up the sky in little bio-luminescent bursts.
It’s the dance of the firefly.
For many, this evening ritual is well known. But, did you
know also know the firefly may hold a key to unlocking your brain’s unlimited
Bio-luminescence & Brainwave Entrainment
If you’ve ever seen fireflies in action, especially at the
start of the eve, you know firsthand that the little blips of light pulse on
and off with no seeming pattern or sequence.
However, the longer you sit on that grassy knoll, the more
“in sync” these bursts of light will become.
Eventually, many of the fireflies will begin to light up at
the exact time. So, what does this have to do with your brain? Keep reading
to find out…
The year was 1665 and Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens was
about to identify what is known as “entrainment.”
It was the end of a long day. In his laboratory, Huygens set
two pendulum clocks next to one another. Then, he set them in motion. The
pendulums were not sync.
However, when he came back the next morning, the pendulums
were swinging in perfect harmony with one another. Back and forth. Back and forth.
How did this happen?
It’s a phenomenon known as entrainment.
Entrainment is the process by which tiny amounts of energy
move between two nearby entities that are “out of sync.”
The result is a kind of “negative feedback” that works to
self-correct the dissonance until both entities are in sync and aligned.
When we’re talking about inorganic entities, like these
clocks and even electric clothes driers, this is known as mechanical entrainment.
With the firefly example, we see an example of what is known as biological, or organic, entrainment.
Your Brainwave Entrainment
So, what do fireflies and clocks teach us about the human
brain? For the answer, we need to take a look at your brainwaves. Brainwaves, or neural oscillations, are the electrical
pulses in your brain that correspond to what you’re doing, what you’re thinking,
and how you’re feeling. Every one of your mind states has a signature brainwave pattern.
If you’re happy, you have one pattern. Focused, another.
Relaxed, still another.
Researchers have been able to identify and duplicate the
exact patterns of many of our most common mind states using sound waves rather
than electrical pulses. It turns out that brainwaves share the same basic structure
as that found in acoustics (e.g., frequency, amplitude, and periodicity).
Putting It All
Together: Unlocking Your Brain
Now, imagine you’re feeling unfocused and foggy. You have a big presentation and need to be at your best.
What do you do? If scientists know how to replicate brainwave patterns using
soundwaves (they do) AND biological entrainment is a real thing (it is), you’re
Hypothetically, you should be able to listen to sound waves
patterns for mental clarity and – through the process of brainwave entrainment
– switch on your desired mind state.
Just like placing two clocks together or having fireflies
circling in the same space, your brain will begin to sync with the brainwave
“music” you’re listening to.
As a result, the dissonance between your existing state
(foggy, unfocused) will be overwritten by the more dominant sound wave (clear,
on target, focused).
The negative feedback will stop and you’ll be ready to give
that winning presentation.
Researchers are just now beginning to see all the possible
implications of these amazing findings, and brainwave
entrainment products are already on the market.
You can check out sites such as BrainwaveShots.com to get a nice
overview of the science and uncover an interesting consumer application of this
A Final Note: We’re
entering a new phase of human possibility. Science and nature are meeting and
merging in exciting and dynamic ways. Brain change has never been easier! Listen for yourself >>>
Brainwave Entrainment and Other Great Things for Your Brain