There’s a relatively new phenomenon on the net these days that people are calling “Digital Drugs”.
Apparently, the idea is that people are using a technology called “Binaural Beats” to illicit a drug-like effect. There are these sound files out there that, supposedly, mimic the “high” of their chemical brethren. There are now groups out there trying to get these sound files removed from public consumption, for our own safety.
I found out about these just recently due to a post on the Astral Pulse where someone was asking about them. The idea caused my jaw to drop, because I’ve been using these kind of sound files for a long time now to assist me in my non-physical projections.
People abusing helpful things isn’t a new concept in our culture. Take prescription drugs, for example. Prescription drugs are around to help you, whether you have an illness or you have some other problem, but certain people of questionable character use these “legal drugs” to get a high. Well, the same is apparently being held true in regards to Binaural Beats.
The technology is simple really and they are NOT some new invention either: Binaural Beats
Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, creativity and other desirable mental states.
The brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations in the loudness and sound localization of a perceived sound when two tones at slightly different frequencies are presented separately, one to each of a subject’s ears, using stereo headphones. A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones mixed naturally, out of the brain. The frequency of the tones must be below about 1,000 to 1,500 hertz for the beating to be heard. The difference between the two frequencies must be small (below about 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately and no beat will be perceived.
Binaural beats are of interest to neurophysiologists investigating the sense of hearing. Second, binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves and can be used to reduce anxiety and provide other health benefits such as control over pain.
In Astral Projection practice, we use them in the manner that the end of the first quoted paragraph states. Except they don’t “induce” anything, they simply put your mind in a more receptive, relaxed state so that you can do what you need to. They’re not harmful, unless used with that goal in mind.
This really goes to show that more education is required in the general public… especially when it comes to things they either fear or just don’t understand.
Responsible use of anything is the moral of the story here.