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!

Level 1, Day 27: more of the same (sleep practice)

Don’t have much to say about last night’s practice- went the same as usual for sleep practice. I had to use my big headphones for the night (my Sennheiser HD-205s), so that was less comfortable than using earbuds because I don’t have as much flexibility with sleeping position, but overall everything worked out okay. Hopefully I’ll have some more interesting things to say tomorrow- only 3 more days of actual practice in Level 1!!! Ah!! so exciting

Level 1, Day 15: Sleep Practice

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.

Level 1, Day 9: 50%?

Had a pretty good Brain Evolution System session today, felt like I was in a deep state of mind, and then I checked the time and I was only 12 minutes in! Great first half.

Things weren’t as amazing the second half- I fell asleep and at the end realized that there was AGAIN loud music playing downstairs, so I have no idea if that affected my session at all. But, I can’t complain since I had a good first half.

Now I just need to keep pressing forward until my brain adapts more completely and I reach these deep states of mind for the entire duration without falling asleep. When things are working well though, it’s really enjoyable. I’m definitely starting to look forward to my daily sessions.

Prepping for my Brain Evolution System Journey

Hey all- first off, I’m gonna give you a one sentence introduction to myself: I’m Ryan, I’m a music industry professional (in various roles), entrepreneur, and “self-improvement” nut.

On this website I’ll be blogging through my experience with the Brain Evolution System, which is a brainwave entrainment program designed to help “learn meditation” and bring about other positive changes in your life. Every day after my 30 minutes with the program, I’ll make a quick blog post letting you know my day’s experience, and once a week I’ll make a longer post detailing my perceived progress. So stay tuned!

It’d be awesome to get some other people doing this with me as well, so if you hit up their website, you can get a free MP3 download of the beginning of the program so we can try it out together.

So- how did I prep for Day 1?

Well, besides reading the User Guide that comes with the program, Brain Evolution System also has a SWEET support website with all sorts of extra videos, explanations, FAQs, what have you. So, to kick myself off, I watch the Level 1 explanation video (below) to get a little more insight into what was about to go on.

headphones for meditation mp3Other than that, I clicked around their forums a bit, and then prepped myself to put my headphones on (as a DJ and audio engineer, I have some pretty sweet over-the-ear headphones that aren’t too expensive actually- check out the Sennheiser HD-205s) and let go of my thoughts.

So how’d it go? Stay tuned for the first post to find out… (and also grab the mp3 and join me!)