The Meditation Program - A Review
(Taken from my ebook Mind Power Meditation.
See the homepage to get your copy.)
This is my top recommendation for meditation CDs.
- Steve Gillman
What makes the Meditation Program different from other brainwave
entrainment products? I can tell you what I found from my own
They don't sell you a single CD, but a series, similar to
programs like Centerpointe's Holosync Audio Technology. But unlike
others, you get all levels at once with this program. There are
eight levels on six recordings.
You can get the CDs shipped to you or do as I did and download
the MP3 files. I immediately put them on my own CDs and stored
the files in two places as well. In this way I saved a bit because
they charge less for the downloaded version. Storing them in
several places meant I also didn't have to buy their back-up
service that replaces lost files.
The first four recordings are about 30 minutes long, with
two on each CD. The remaining four are an hour long, and each
on their own CD. Here is a breakdown of the brainwave frequencies
that they are meant to induce in you, along with the presumed
Levels 1 and 2 - 10.5 to 11 hertz (alpha waves) - Relaxation
and stress removal.
Levels 3 and 4 - 8 to 9.5 hertz (theta waves) - Deep relaxation
and enhanced learning.
Level 5 - 7 to 8 hertz (theta waves) - Enhanced learning and
Level 6 - 5.5 to 7 hertz (theta waves) - More creativity and
Level 7 - 4 to 5.5 hertz (theta waves) - Deep relaxation and
Level 8 - 2.5 to 3.5 hertz (theta waves) - Deep sleep and
The last two recordings are in frequencies that are normally
labeled Delta waves (typo on their part or difference of opinion?).
I tend to doubt the specific effects that are claimed for each
frequency range, and I don't think the science has developed
far enough to say if these claims are true. It seems that most
makers of these products make similar claims.
In any case I don't doubt the power of brainwave entrainment,
and these audio recordings will certainly relax you, put you
into a meditative state or put you to sleep depending on how
you use them. I fell asleep quickly when I first tried them,
probably because I made the mistake of laying down. As they explain,
you really should sit up while listening (unless you want to
use them to put you to sleep). You also need to listen with headphones.
When I have stayed awake while listening, it has been a very
pleasant experience. I also tend to get very creative ideas while
listening, so sometimes I keep a tape recorder or notebook handy
to take notes as soon as the session ends.
I like listening when taking a walk (I put the recordings
on my MP3 player for this purpose). That's the only time I listen
with my eyes open, and though I doubt that I get my brainwaves
down past the alpha range (even with the higher-level recordings)
the experience is interesting. Things look "more real"
(sorry, no other way to explain it), and I also have very creative
thoughts during these sessions.
With your purchase you get access to an online user's guide
that explains everything you need to know. It has "The Quick
Fix Method" outlined if you want to start using the various
recordings immediately for specific purposes, plus their "Recommended
Listening Program" if you want to get the full effect. The
latter covers an eight week plan.
I have used some of Centerpointe's Holosync CDs in the past,
and I think The Meditation Program has CDs that are just as powerful.
Both use various backgrounds on the recordings, ranging from
music to sounds of nature.
I've had more than one person tell me that they really like the
support that Centerpointe offers, but not being one to pick up
the phone and discuss my experiences, I never used their support.
The Meditation Program has online support by email, as well as
the online materials that are part of the user's guide.
Having tried about six different brainwave entrainment products,
I think this is one of the two best, with Holosync being the
other. I can't say for sure which of these two is better, but
I can tell you that The Meditation Program is a lot cheaper.
You get all eight levels right up front for one price, with nothing
to buy later.
Long Term Effects?
It's great to be able to pop in a CD and instantly relax.
But what about long term effects from The Meditation Program
or similar products?
According to the user's guide, this program can "help
you break bad habits, perform at your peak, gain insights into
the world around you, feel more alive and more in control of
your life than ever before." They also claim that if you
follow the Recommended Listening Program, many of the
changes will be permanent. Similar things are said by Centerpointe
I am skeptical, and I haven't seen much scientific evidence
for such claims. On the other hand, there is no doubt that both
my wife and I have greater peace of mind and we deal with problems
more effectively since we started using brainwave entrainment
products a few years ago. Correlation isn't causation, of course,
so I won't speculate too much on this. I do know that I will
continue to use The Meditation Program, and I'm very happy
that I bought it.
For more info or to buy this program now, use this link: The Meditation