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, 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 8: Easy Going

I honestly don’t have too much to report about this session- it was great. I put my headphones on, laid down, and was out a few minutes later.

If I fell asleep, then the brainwaves worked perfectly and I came out of my trance with exactly a minute left in the audio. However, I think I was actually just in a deep state of mind, because I do remember being aware that my roommate had come home somewhere in the middle of my practice.

This is awesome! I think I just had my first really successful session with Level 2, and it did indeed feel like an even deeper state of mind than Level 1. Like I said though, maybe I just fell asleep and I’m crazy hahaha. Tomorrow will tell!