Hi all! Been a while since I last updated the blog. Things have been going well with BrainEv- on days when I use it (most days) I notice a better ability to focus throughout the day, emotional renewal, more vivid dreams, and a slightly decreased need for sleep.
One thing I wanted to talk about as I near the end of Level 3 is that I’ve begun combining BrainEv with other personal development work I’ve been doing, specifically visualization practice. Since Levels 2 and 3 of BrainEv are particularly suited to facilitating vivid imagery and visualization, while I’m lying down and relaxing into my practice session is the perfect time to visualize goals I’d like to accomplish.
Although I’m not noticing any amazing states of mind from Level 3, I have no doubt that I’m still getting benefits daily from using Brain Evolution System. By combining it with other personal development work, I make it all the more worth my while. One thing I should experiment with as I near the end of Level 3 is varying the time of day at which I practice, to see if that brings me any different effects. Otherwise, I look forward to Level 4 beginning soon!
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!!!
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!
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!
For the first time ever, I did an AM practice session soon after I had woken up and showered. Since I was experiencing some trouble with intrusive thinking yesterday, I thought that maybe practicing before my brain had really kicked into high gear with the stress/challenges of the day would help me quiet down.
As I found last night, it was pretty easy to relax physically, but my mind did indeed present a pretty constant stream of thoughts again. There may have been a few lapses of mental quietude near the end, but for the most part it was hard to quiet my mind.
We’ll see if this just takes a few more days to overcome, but so far Level 2 is indeed challenging! It probably also has a lot to do with my current life situation, but this means that the level will be all the more beneficial for me, and I’m excited to see my progress at the end of a week.
I think I’m going to try and avoid sleeptime practice for as much of Level 2 as possible. Of course, sometimes it’ll be impossible to avoid (as it was yesterday). In those cases, it’s better to get my practice in than to not, but because of the unique goals of Level 2 that I wrote about in my last post, sleep practice won’t be nearly as beneficial (unlike Level 1).
That being said, last night I did do sleeptime practice, and it went just fine. I put on the audio and fell asleep after about 5 minutes. I must not have come out of it, because I never remember taking out my headphones before just straight up falling asleep. I also woke up VERY tired this morning, so maybe that’s connected somehow- either I was super tired going into it, or the brainwaves somehow messed up my sleep, who knows.
At any rate, I’ll be sure to do a regular practice for Day 3 and keep it that way moving forward. Onwards with Level 2!
Today I “graduate” from Level 1. I feel pretty accomplished- it took way longer than a month, and I’m only seeing a sliver of progress on my goals, but I know that things are working for me and I can’t wait to see what Level 2 holds.
I spent my final reflection day to just read every blog post I’ve written during Level 1. I know I didn’t write a post every day, but I want to get better with maintaining this blog during Level 2 and also make some improvements to the design/layout/etc.
I also revisited my listing of goals, and based on some of my other practices/readings right now, as well as my life circumstances (I’ve been struggling with anxiety at my sales job), I’ve made a few changes. I deleted the goal to improve cognitive functioning (just not as important right now), added a new one about unlocking new dimensions of awareness, and otherwise tweaked/reworked the existing ones.
So now, my (semi-prioritized) list of goals is as follows:
Man! Life has gotten so busy since starting my full time job, and I almost missed BrainEv practice for like the 5th time today, so what did I do?
Following a suggestion I read on the BrainEv website, I just used the audio as I got in bed to fall asleep. Slightly different type of practice, but it’s still practice and I’m still progressing/benefiting.
What was interesting was that my level of consciousness followed the same pattern it usually does during Level I- I was awake for a few minutes at first, wasn’t consciously aware for the entire middle, and then came up again at the end. So I didn’t really fall asleep on the audio, as evidenced by my waking up, which was perfect for me to take my headphones out and fall right back asleep.
Otherwise nothing too interesting to report about this practice. I bet using BrainEv could be a great way to fall asleep for people who have trouble doing so- if that’s you, definitely download the free mp3 and try using that to fall asleep.
There was a loud thunderstorm outside while I practiced, which created a pretty cool environment to meditate in (and it probably also helped me stay awake). I stayed awake the entire time, which was an improvement over the past few days, and reach deep states of mind in the middle too.
Throughout most of the time where I was more conscious, I had “dreams” (even though this isn’t REM sleep)- i guess “visualizations” would be a better word. I had vivid dreams last night while I slept too, so maybe some of that was carrying over. I let these stay without trying to either engage in them or let go- so I count that as a major success following Lazy Yogi’s advice to “not have a goal”, just to meditate as is.
The one thing that made my practice less than perfect was that I got distracted by my phone 2 or 3 times at the beginning/end and opened my eyes to check out what was going on. Tomorrow I’ll be sure to turn on “Do Not Disturb” before my session.
Today’s practice was a lot smoother- didn’t fall asleep! It would appear that when my practice time or sleep schedule shifts, my body just needs 2 days to readjust and on the 3rd day I’ll get through the whole session at appropriate levels of consciousness.
Hard to believe that there are only 2 more days of practice with the audio this week and then i’ll be reflecting again- that marks almost HALFWAY done with Level 1: Transcendence.
Definitely really enjoying the program so far, and I’m even starting to notice some effects in my life in terms of cognitive functioning- I’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks 😉