Level 2, Day 31: 2/7 DONE!!! :) (Reflection 2.4)

As BrainEv’s brainwave developer Michael Kelley says in the Level 2 video, “Level 2 is designed to increase your ability to deal with situations that interfere with your calm and focus”, and boy was that true for my last Level 2 practice last night- I practiced with my roommate and his friend watching TV semi-loudly in the same room! Obviously not ideal, but it was the only time I could get my practice in, and sure enough, after some initial struggling, I did reach a deep state of relaxation and didn’t notice the TV after the first 10 minutes or so.

My dreams have continued to be very vivid as I’ve been more consistent with my practice, which I find to be an enjoyable and interesting side effect.

As I reviewed my Level 2 posts, I can see the progress that I’m making over time. It’s remarkable to me how easy it is to use Level 2 now compared to the first week of using it. I’m also noticing a lot more coming out of my BrainEv sessions, like the visualizations and vivid dreams. I revisited my goals list from the end of Level 1, and wanted to reword/re-prioritize them a bit, as well as write how I think things are going with each:

  • Decrease stress levels and increase “being in a ‘flow state’” in my everyday life – I definitely feel a decrease in stress levels when using BrainEv, so progress is being made here!
  • Enable and support positive rewiring and reprogramming of my brain – I also feel like BrainEv is helping me make major strides on this goal as well
  • Reach and explore new, deeper states of relaxation and mind – Starting to get into this with the visualization/vivid dreams, and the sleep paralysis I experienced that one day. Hopefully Level 3 will bring more of this!
  • Open a new channel of awareness and free myself from my mind by “watching the thinker” (see Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now”) – Can’t say I’ve focused much on this at all. Should do so moving forward.
  • Begin and boost a lifelong love and daily practice of meditation – This is starting to take shape!

Overall, Level 2 was an encouraging and fun experience, even though it took me WAYYYY too long to complete. Tomorrow I’m starting Level 3- can’t wait!!!

 

Level 2, Day 28: Vivid Dreams Return

Whoo! I only have 2 more days of practice and 1 day of reflection before I move on to Level 3- wow. This continues to be a really exciting journey for me, and I feel like I’m making good progress on my goal to start a lifelong love/habit of meditation.

Now that I’ve been practicing with the brainwaves a little more consistently again, I’m noticing a lot of the same things coming back into the picture: my brain is following the intended curves of the brainwaves a lot more closely (I come out of a deep state of mind at the end, guided by the brainwaves). I’m entering deep states of mind and staying there even in noisier environments. Also, most interestingly, my dreams are becoming very vivid again and my dream recall has improved again.

I haven’t noticed any lucidity in these dreams like I did a few weeks ago, but I bet that will come with a couple more days of practice. I think the effects of Level 2 on my dreams is absolutely fascinating.

Seeing as I’m getting really close, I’m very curious as to what Level 3 will effect in terms of my dreams, sleep paralysis, etc. We’ll see soon enough!

Level 2, Days 23-24: Revisiting the Blog

Hey all!

Just wanted to check in and say that I have been moving forward and doing my Level 2 practice, but lately it’s been tough to get myself to blog, and I have to say, I think that may be because I’m simply running out of things to say! At least half of my practice sessions at this point are nothing special, it feels like I’ve plateaued a bit.

Obviously there are instances where something interesting or of note happens, but some days it’s a struggle to write even two paragraphs about my practice without feeling like I’ve “said it all before”.

So I think what I’m going to do is refocus this blog to only make posts about the interesting practice sessions, and my reflections. I’m committing to post at least twice a week (if none of my practices are super interesting, I’ll pick the best one and write about it). Otherwise, I think I’m going to stop posting about every single session.

Let’s try this method for at least the rest of Level 2 and all of Level 3, and then we’ll reassess and see how it goes!

Level 2, Days 19-20: Sleep Practice

Life has been so incredibly busy lately, but I figured sleep practice and being exposed to the brainwaves is better than no practice, so I’ve done this two nights in a row now. It usually takes me 10-15 minutes of the audio to completely fall asleep.

The interesting thing about Level 2 sleep practice compared to Level 1 is that it leaves me in a very deep sleep, whereas Level 1 usually brought me out just enough so that I took my headphones out before falling asleep completely.

I remember having pretty vivid dreams last night, but believe it or not my dream recall is worse than usual. This might just be because I was so exhausted last night/this morning. Being well rested and getting plenty of sleep definitely helps my dream recall improve.

Tonight I’ll have a chance to relax and get a normal practice session in- that should help both my BrainEv practice, AND my dream recall as well.

Level 2, Days 17-18: Re-acclimation

As I’ve been getting back on track with consistent BrainEv practice, I feel like I’ve been getting re-acclimated to the brainwaves after not using them much for a week or two. Although I’m not reaching the amazing states that I was in Days 12-14, I’m experiencing deep relaxation and some interesting effects (on Day 17, my sense of time was way off- I felt like I had been under for 30min+ when really I was only 15min in!)

Based on my experiences thus far, I’d say that BrainEv definitely works best when you’re using it regularly- as close to daily as possible. When I’m regularly practicing with it, I notice that I have better emotional control of myself, need less sleep, and have very vivid dreams- three effects that all sound pretty beneficial to me.

As I continue with the final half of Level 2, I’ll continue building a solid foundation from which Level 3 can start exploring, and also hopefully get some of the more interesting/unique experiences that I’ve gotten a peek at like sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming.

Level 2, Day 14: Reflection 2.2

Wow! Been almost two weeks since I’ve blogged- sorry for the hiatus! I really need to get back on track with my BrainEv practice, and although I’ve done two sessions past when I should have paused for reflection, I figured I’d write my “weekly” reflection up here first, and then my blog posts will just jump forward to Day 17. 

As I look back over all of my Level 2 posts thus far, I’m noticing a couple different things:

  • There was a major improvement in the effects I experienced from Week 1 to Week 2
  • My best sessions come when I’ve been using BrainEv consistently and as close to daily as possible
  • When I’m having good BrainEv sessions, it greatly helps my emotional/mental states throughout the day

For the last week or two, I got super busy and stopped doing a lot of the daily habits that have helped me be successful, like my BrainEv practice. I’ve run into some challenging moments and less-than-ideal days lately, so I know that I need to make a renewed effort to practice BrainEv as close to daily as possible.

So, I’ll be moving forward keeping in mind that need for a renewed effort, and I’m also just excited to see what else Level 2 brings me. The last blog post I made had me unlocking new states of mind, which was very exciting, and seeing as Level 2 is still just “skill building” and “introductory”, I can’t imagine what Levels 3-7 can bring me!

Level 2, Days 12-14: New Mental State Unlocked!

Hey folks- sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve blogged! Days 12 and 13 were pretty standard sleep practice- it would take me a few minutes, but once I was under I drifted off to sleep pretty easily and never even woke up at the end of the session to get my headphones/phone out of bed.

Today was a really awesome practice- out of all my BrainEv practice sessions thus far I think it was the most interesting mental state I’ve attained yet.

I laid down for my practice feeling pretty tired, thinking that today’s session might just turn into a nap. I was using my nice big headphones (Sennheiser HD-205s), and had the volume on a little louder than usual. My mind started off a bit busy, and thoughts gradually shifted into those sorts of odd visualizations that I have before sleep- nonsensical, sometimes funny, and as one commenter here has pointed out, maybe a gateway into lucid dreaming. They weren’t particularly vivid or memorable today, but they were present and I was aware of them.

Something interesting happened though- midway through the session, I definitely wasn’t asleep, but I was still aware at some level. Usually when I reach the deepest parts of the session, I’m not even aware at that point, I’m pretty much unconscious. Today, I maintained some degree of consciousness, which was very interesting!

That effect, though, was in strongest force AFTER the session had ended- I decided that since I had been feeling tired and hadn’t fallen asleep during practice that I would just stay right where I was and nap for a bit. Except…I still didn’t fully fall asleep. My physical body was completely shut down, I felt like I couldn’t move (although I didn’t really try to/want to), but my mind was still somewhat conscious! Not fully, but I was definitely present. It was a strange sensation, I felt like my mind was separate/detached from my body, almost like a vague out of body experience. I stayed there just relaxing/vaguely thinking/napping for 15 minutes, although it felt like much longer.

At any rate, it was a fascinating sensation that made my practice all the more interesting today. I do feel like BrainEv is opening me up to those same levels of mind that are used in things like lucid dreaming or out of body experiences, so I’m even more excited now to continue progressing with it!

Level 2, Day 11: Best Level 2 Practice thus far!

Today I had definitely the best Level 2 practice that I’ve had so far. One potential reason that it went so well and I didn’t fall asleep: I drank a soda ~20 minutes before my practice. I think having some caffeine in my system kept me from falling asleep, without having so much caffeine in me that it negatively impacted my practice.

Interestingly enough, I saw a return to the form of my good Level 1 practice sessions: My mind was decently active for about the first 10 minutes of practice, then I went into a deep state of relaxation and quiet mind for 15 minutes, and then the brainwaves accurately started to bring me out and into a more conscious level of awareness for the last 5 minutes.

I felt so refreshed and was in such a deep state of mind that I had to open my eyes as I was coming out, because I wasn’t sure if I had accidentally let the track repeat! Sure enough, there were only 3 minutes left in the program, and it was right about time that the brainwaves should be pulling me out.

I count today as a major success, and by far the best I’ve felt using Level 2. This is pretty encouraging to me, and I look forward to watching my progress as the level progresses!

Level 2, Day 10: Afternoon Nap

I didn’t sleep very well last night- my dreams were bothering me to the point where I decided to just wake up early, even though it was the weekend and I was looking forward to sleeping. So, when it came time after lunch to lay down and do my BrainEv practice, I knew there was a pretty good chance that I’d end up falling asleep.

Sure enough, I did! hahaha

At this point, I’m not too upset about falling asleep, because it’s been hard enough to do during Level 2. Obviously, after this week I’m hoping to adjust to the brainwaves and schedule my practice sessions better so that I don’t fall asleep so much, but for now I’m okay with it.

I was awake for probably the first 5 minutes of the session, and then I stayed asleep for a good 10-20min after the audio ended. I didn’t wake up feeling super refreshed, I was still a bit groggy, but now I’m back on my feet and going again.

Hopefully tomorrow’s practice will be more conscious and deliberate and I’ll have more exciting news to share!

Level 2, Day 9: Imagery before Sleep

Yesterday night I had to do a sleep practice, as it was unavoidable, but as it turns out my initial fear of doing sleep practice for Level 2 were completely unfounded- it’s actually suggested in the Level 2 explanation video, as I found out two days ago!

Of course, it did take me a good couple of minutes to get relaxed and start to fall asleep, but as I was doing so, I had increasingly vivid/interesting visualizations as the brainwaves took me deeper, something I knew was a possibility thanks to the explanation video. In fact, I’ve noticed that in general I always tend to have nonsensical visualizations JUST before falling asleep, and I can use them as a reliable sign that I’m about to fall asleep, but these were just a little more vivid/I was more consciously aware of them.

After that, I have no idea how the rest of the session went- I fell asleep and never woke up again as I would during Level 1 sleep training. I woke up (get this) exactly a minute before my alarm was to go off, realizing that my headphones were still plugged into my phone and I was initially worried that I hadn’t heard my alarm and had overslept by an hour or something. Nope- I woke myself up literally 60 seconds before it went off. Good morning!