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!
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.
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!
So when I initially looked back on my first 6 days of Level 2, I feel like I over-dramatized the challenge that Level 2 presents in adding extra background sounds to try and distract you. Literally, it’s just background sounds, and the brainwaves actually go much deeper than Level 1.
So for my reflection today, I went back and re-watched the Level 2 explanation/background video. I think it was a good reminder to just give things more time, and soon enough I’ll be relaxing at deep levels.
There were also some pieces of info that I had totally forgotten about, like the fact that Level 2 often induces vivid imagery/thoughts as the subconscious and conscious minds make contact and transfer information (caused by the deep levels of brainwaves in Level 2). I’m going to keep an eye out for that- the advice was to not try to direct this, but just to observe it and watch it dissipate.
Overall, I’m walking into week 2 of this level with newfound encouragement, and a good curiosity about what I’ll experience when it comes to imagery, more vivid dreams, etc. See you tomorrow for another brainwave session!
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:
Day 26- another sleep training session (and Day 27 probably will be too :P), but the difference last night was that I was much more awake than usual. I had taken a wakefulness pill that morning, and knew that although I would be able to sleep, I wouldn’t need to as badly as I usually do.
So my Brain Evolution System practice was interesting- I had a lot of strange visualizations and thoughts flying around for about the first half of my practice, and for the second half I was in a more deeply relaxed state. This breaks my usual pattern of 5-10 minutes to relax, 15-20 “under”, and 2-5 minutes coming out. Oh and also, when I unplugged my headphones, I dropped my phone out of the bed (I have a lofted bed) so I had to get out of bed to turn my alarm off this morning 😛
So anyways, it was an interesting practice session, but I can’t stop emphasizing how much I’m loving BrainEv right now- truly enjoyable, and well worth the almost one month it took to get to this point.
Just wanted to check in and say that I AM alive and yes I AM still moving forward with BrainEv (although I missed a few days).
There’s been once or twice that I’ve practiced early evening when I get home from work, but otherwise it’s been a lot of turning it on as I get in bed for the night. The same pattern always happens- takes me about 5 minutes or so to go “under”, I’m in a deep state of relaxation throughout, but not asleep, and then by the end of the audio I’m awake enough again to realize the audio has ended, take my headphones out, and head back to sleep easily.
That’s so awesome, considering that I used to always fall fully asleep during the audio and sleep past the ending as well. Now even if it’s actually bedtime, my brainwaves are entrained to the BrainEv Level 1 audio!
Anyways, I’ll make sure I’m doing daily blogs here as I approach the end of Level 1 and the start of new things! :O
Today was a reflection day, which means that instead of using the brainwave audio (free download here), I sit in silent mindfulness meditation for around 10 minutes, and then spend some time reflecting on how BrainEv is working for me, my progress, my goals with the program, etc.
It was an incredibly busy day, so I did my mindfulness meditation while on the subway, which proved to have both good and bad aspects- the 10 minutes passed by very quickly, but once or twice I had to open my eyes because I was starting to feel disoriented. It was also a bit noisy for my taste, but not unmanageable.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress in BrainEv so far- I have to keep in mind that it’s just Level 1, just halfway through, but things do feel good in the here and now. I’d say at least every other session has been really great, so that’s encouraging. Also, the goals that I set for myself during my first reflection are becoming more and more important to me as I’ve started my first full-time job in sales.
So far, so good! Let’s keep on progressing- I can’t wait for Level 2.