The Power of Sound Frequencies To Change Your Brain Waves & Create Positive Results

Mary Rivas, Guest Writer
Waking Times 

Can we enhance our creativity, intuitive insights, memory, intelligence and health by altering our brain waves?

Yes. The ancients understood that sound can help us alter our consciousness and unleash mind powers that are normally not accessible to us in ordinary consciousness. Anthropologists who have studied ancient shamanic rituals have found that shamans, for example, have long used the rhythmic sounds of drum beats to induce altered states of consciousness. Scientists have found that specific drum beat frequencies can produce theta brain waves, which match meditative states.

In a nutshell, there are four recognized brain wave ranges: Beta (14-30 Hz) is present in normal waking consciousness; Alpha (7-14 Hz) in states of relaxation; Theta (4-7 Hz) in meditative states; and the slowest, Delta (0.5-4 Hz) in deep sleep and profound meditative states. The most recently researched brain frequency is Gamma, which is the fastest, about 30.0 Hz and higher. Why are brain waves important? You can use sound to positively alter your brain wave frequencies and produce specific desired results.

The theta mind state, for example, is associated with many extraordinary and even super human abilities. Shamans and other people who live close to the earth, such as the Aborigines of Australia, have long been known for possessing super human powers. According to stories passed on by shamans of the Southwest, Sitting Bull and Geronimo used mind powers to time travel, walk without leaving foot-prints, communicate with plants and discover miraculous cures.

Sounds are waves, which can be measured as frequency. Frequency is measured in Hertz “Hz” units; it’s the number of waves that pass by per second. An “A” note on a violin string, for example, vibrates at about 440 Hz (440 vibrations per second).

Studies have demonstrated that when people listen to sounds that are in the theta range (4.0- 7.0 Hz), they enter deep meditative states and tend to have greater visualizations, inspiration and reprogramming abilities than when they are in the ordinary waking state of beta. While meditative states, such as theta, are enormously valuable, the higher frequency states, such as beta/gamma, also provide their own benefits. If you want to enhance your mind abilities while you are working on your computer or doing analytical work that requires high-alert states, you can benefit from listening to beta/gamma frequencies. These higher frequency sound waves are associated with bursts of insights, high-level information processing and certain cognitive activities, such as analysis and math.

We all can learn how to use the power of sound to change our brain waves and enhance our lives in specific ways.

There are many ways to alter your brain waves. You can, for example, tune into the natural sounds of nature during a vision quest or listen to brain entrainment audios. It is easy and practical for anyone to positively influence their brain waves in extraordinary ways once we expand our awareness of the options available to us.

About the Author

Mary Rivas is the founder of, which was created to teach people about basic shamanic techniques and mind power secrets.  Mary is the author of The Warrior Spirit: How To Use Mind Powers & Ancient Wisdom To Create Wealth and Much More! She has a degree in psychology and attended graduate school in clinical psychology. For over ten years, she has immersed herself in shamanism and ancient wisdom.

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  • mark

    You can watch and hear binaural beats here
    I also recommend to read this long text –
    Good listening and reading 🙂

  • reg

    I do not understand how we can listen to these frequencies when our stero equipment can only go as low as 30hz for example.

    • Danny

      It can be done by using binaural beats or tones. You listen to two different frequencies in each ear, and the brain perceives them to be a third frequency. For example, if a 315 Hz sine wave is played into the right ear and a 325 Hz one into the left ear, the brain is entrained towards the beat frequency 10 Hz, There is numerous binaural beat software available, but I would e very careful about which of the “premade” binaural beats/tones that I would use. Some could cause you to be very uncomfortable.

    • Snow

      Range of human hearing is 20-20kHz

  • nygrump

    I would be interested in software that can generate the specific frequencies mentioned.

    • Snow

      A simple tone generator can get the job done

  • dimitri

    Someplace there’s a Halderon in each one of us.

    Did you know that “A” at 440Hz is an artifice that was started, as I recall, by early “globalists” around the time of Mozart’s life? The idea was to have all orchestras everywhere always tune up to the same note. “A” apparently used to be both lower and higher depending on the emotions that a composer wanted to evoke. Standardizing “A” also seemed to help musical instrument makers (and structural engineers?) to meet specifications. It was also invaluable in providing audiences with what they expected to hear at a concert. In other words, “A” = 440 Hz is a form of brainwashing.

    Thus, when tagging a brain wave with a range of Hz, one should recall that it’s not exactly a precise science, and may be based on some dubious assumptions. Having used “brainwave entrainment” music in meditation, I have obtained mixed results from the variety of frequencies described. Noticeable among the results is sometime significant variance from what the programmed effect is and what is has been promised to be.

    It should also be noted that there is a whole array of charlatans on the internet hawking their “deep meditation” music and sounds. Too bad that with the obvious magical benefits of sounds and music, snake oil should running so thick.

  • Capt. Jack Obvious

    Great article. A great follow up would be to look into the medical area regarding the megahertz range. Sound is also the speed at which superconducting waves travel according to David Hudson.

  • halderon

    How did you attain Ancient Wisdom? Are there instructions? Before or after the alphabet was born? What did they write on? All chiseled in stone tablets? You have no proof that aborigines could be anything but really primitive-or we wouldn’t call them aborigines,”but their magic was well known by Anthropologists.” Amazing that no one of these recognized this enough to write a book. Probably a well kept secret. It always amazes me how much these ancients knew, yet it wasn’t until the scientific method was applied before civilization spread-you would think that everyone would grab a drum, and be satisfied with getting high on brain waves. Shamans delayed progress. Sure you want to advertise?

    • Capt. Jack Obvious

      Aboriginal is the root word for Aborigine. It simply means that they did not originate in that place. Aborigine does not mean primitive like you imply. White Australians are also aborigines by definition and the same applies to white and black Americans.

      • Aboriginal means the exact opposite of what you said, that they did originate in that place. It means inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times; indigenous. White Australians and white and black Americans are not aboriginal. Native American Indians are aborignal.

  • Rachel

    My dad told me a story about when he was a kid and he wanted to learn to play the drums in music class. The teacher told him he was too smart to play the drums–that he would have to play the violin instead. He hated the violin, but had no choice–he was forced to practice it everyday. After some time he got very good, and he noticed that certain notes would effect people in different ways. If he played a lot of one note, for example, it would make people cry, or exhaulted, or get anxious, or certain notes together would make people nauseated or angry or dreamy-trance like.

    The class played on stage for the parents one day, and unexpectedly, after the group was done playing, the teacher anounced that my dad would play a solo on the violin. Since he was a rebellious child and hated the violin, he played, but not the nice song they expected.

    He intentionally made everyone sick with the music, and it was so intense the Declaration of Independence that was framed on the wall crashed to the floor and broke into pieces.

    They never made him play the violin again.

    • yvonne

      great story and great dad!



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