Level 3 Final Reflection: New Uses for the Brain Evolution System

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!

Level 3, Day 14: Reflection 3.2

So now that I’ve been using Level 3 consistently again for a few days, it’s time to do another reflection. I don’t have too many updates to do on how the actual practice sessions themselves are going, except for the following two points:

  • The overall contour of the sessions is starting to fall into a more regular pattern along the lines of Levels 1+2. I’m taking this to mean that my brain is adapting to the new unique things that Level 3 presents
  • My dreams have gotten EXTREMELY vivid lately, and this is definitely compounded with other work I’m doing on lucid dreaming, but I would not be surprised if Level 3 is somehow contributing to this

That being said, I’m not really experiencing the during-practice visualization that the Level 3 video said I might. I am getting a lot better at quieting my mind when first laying down for the session, which is a good skills to pick up especially for any future meditation practice I take on.

For now, things are neither amazing nor discouraging- I’m just going to keep on using the system and trusting that it’ll work out. It’s been a fantastic tool so far and a great supplement to all of my other self-development work, so I have high hopes for my continued progress throughout BrainEv.

Level 3, Day 7: Reflection 3.1

So it’s now been (really, 7+ days) of doing Level 3 of the Brain Evolution System, which means it’s time for me to check in with how things are going, reflect on Level 3 so far, and think of some adjustments to make moving forward.

So far for me there have been three notable things about Level 3:

Emotions the Level 3 support video talks about how a lot of people feel a lot of emotions being brought up during this level, and I think that’s true for me. Its showing up in my everyday life, and in my dreams. My dreams seem to be doing a lot of emotional renewal for me lately, and as I’ve been going about my everyday life I feel more in touch with my feelings and at peace with them. If I notice sadness or loneliness, I feel okay with those things, which is really nice, actually.

Beta Brainwaves– The other interesting thing with Level 3 is the presence of beta-range brainwaves in the minor entrainment tier, which is somewhat counter-intuitive and new to this level. I think this is having a few effects: First, I feel refreshed and alert after each session, instead of groggy, which is nice. Secondly, I sometimes gain consciousness in the middle of my session, which is interesting.

Overall Contour– Finally, the overall pattern that my brainwaves seem to follow in this level is a little different. In both levels 1 and 2, I followed a pattern where it took 5-15 minutes to start entering a pretty deep state, stay mostly unconscious or at a deep state of relaxation for the middle of the program, then start to come out with 5 minutes or less left (or even 5 minutes AFTER the audio ended!). This level is a little different. It takes longer to “go under”, 10-20 minutes probably, and I stay under for 10-20 minutes (and in this level that feels like a REALLY long time for some reason), but start coming out earlier, usually with a couple minutes left in the audio.

Although there isn’t anything drastic happening aside from the emotional stuff, I’m enjoying Level 3 so far. Interested to see what new things will emerge as I get better trained to this level, so stay tuned!

Level 3, Days 1-3: Solid Start to the New Level!

 

Welcome to Level 3! I have to say, I’m super excited for this one. Even in just the first days of using it, I’m noticing that I get really locked in to the brainwaves which is awesome, come out of each session very well without feeling groggy, and I think Level 3 is having some effects on my sleep cycles as well, but I want to wait and observe that more before I comment on it too much.

One thing I find very interesting is that the minor tier brainwaves peak at beta for a while- I’m noticing that it takes me a little while longer to go really deep- about 10-15min of the session, but then I suddenly get very deep, and come out smoothly at the end of the session.

Level 3 apparently can cause a lot of visualization, which isn’t necessarily something that I’ve experienced yet, but I’ve found that it causes the same non-logic-checked thought patterns that I seem to have while I fall asleep, which is interesting. My dreams continue to be very vivid and easily memorable- no instances of lucidity recently though.

Overall, I’d say that so far Level 3 is very enjoyable- much more like Level 1 than Level 2. It’s different, which is refreshing, and my brain seems to adapt very well to the brainwaves (maybe because there’s a different audio technology used in this level, I dunno).

Definitely looking forward to the next 28 days!!

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!