LifeFlow Meditation – Review / Details
Lifeflow meditation is a series of audio tracks designed to enhance your meditation experience, using technology embedded into the files themselves to take you into deeper brainwave states. I have been a customer and used LifeFlow tracks regularly for years.
These types of audio tracks are often known as brainwave entrainment. Those of you already somewhat familiar with this area know that this whole “brain wave meditation” thing is becoming a genre in and of itself. There are a number of other programs on the market that do, or claim to do a similar thing.
However, there are a lot of things I really love about LifeFlow. Project Meditation, the parent company, has an obvious dedication to helping others with a free forum and meditation course. The audio quality is great, the tracks themselves are well designed…
Last but not least, it’s priced rather fairly, and not using the scientific sounding nature of it as an excuse to try to make it sound like a miracle of technology that would be a steal at $1,000+
However, there is a rival company whose price is more competitive and whose products are at least of the same quality of Lifeflow. They also have more variations including some at very low price points. For the current time, I would recommend checking out iAwake:
I would like to say out front that brainwave meditation claims that “You will meditate like a zen monk in minutes” ARE as ridiculous as they sound. However, if you think of Lifeflow or other entrainment tracks as a tool, like having a good piece of exercise equipment or the right shoes for running, I think it is a more appropriate analogy. It can make a big difference, but it doesn’t just “do” everything for you.
Brainwave Meditaiton – What IS it?
I do have a separate article about brainwave entrainment which you can read for some more detailed background. Essentially, there are embedded beats, tones and other stuff in the Lifeflow audio tracks that are designed to help your brain adjust to, and hold, a particular frequency.
Scientists have labeled a few major “categories” of brainwave activity that we experience.
Beta is the common state that you are most likely in right now. When you are awake and engaged in activity, most people stay in this range. It is the most active state of brain activity.
Alpha is the next “level,” – at each level the brainwave frequency slows down but the amplitude increases. When your eyes are closed and there is greater relaxation, alpha increases. There are lots of positive benefits of being in this state and being able to access it quickly. The first tracks of Lifeflow start gently here.
Theta is the next state and here you can experience your internal landscape, thoughts, etc. with much more vivid detail here. You all have had some examples of this.. perhaps an easy one to get in touch with is when you are getting tired and close your eyes, how much more sensitive you are and almost dream like your thoughts can be. There is much less of a filter and less analysis, and many people associate this time with having their best ideas or inspirations. Further lifeflow tracks begin to hold your brain at these frequencies and I’ve had some fascinating experiences with this as you might imagine.
Delta goes from the dream state, where you can literally create a new world inside your head, to deep, dreamless sleep where the body and mind recharges.
Now, part of the idea here is being able to relax and get yourself into these lower brain wave states without going unconscious, so you can experience their benefits and gain mastery over what they can bring into your life rather than just being at their whim based on how tired you are.
Lifeflow essentially helps hold your brain at the appropriate frequency (there are 10 different levels, each going a bit deeper) while you meditate, helping your brain learn to stay there instead of constantly jumping around.
Now, of course, the more still you are with this and the more focused you are, the better it works. Essentially your focus and these tracks help train each other in a symbiotic relationship enhancing both. Particularly the deeper you go, you can’t start thinking about your day or tasks, or start checking your iphone, and expect to stay at that state. You must access beta to do this and this part of what is so interesting- you begin to FEEL the effort required in that “normal” state vs that of relaxation.
What’s the benefit of Lifeflow and this brainwave stuff?
I had someone do some research to see what the “formal” listed benefits of brainwave entrainment are when done right, which LifeFlow does. I can definitely vouch for them in my personal experience.
1. Increased energy, as well as an increase in feelings of relaxation:
Brainwave meditation has both a relaxing as well as invigorating effect when done regularly. Some people, who prefer to use this form of meditation in the mornings, report having more energy to go through the day, while others, who meditate at night, say that they have improved sleep patterns.
Meditation leads to an increase in alpha waves. Alpha waves are brainwaves that produce a pleasant and calming effect on the mind and the body, thereby reducing stress.
This benefit of meditation is so well known that many executives in high stressed jobs resort to it, in order to deal with their high paced lives.
3. Ability to focus and concentrate:
Meditating regularly leads to a decrease in mind chatter. This effect, in turn, allows you to focus on any task without intruding thoughts.
There is also a greater sense if awareness of not only your thoughts, but also of your surroundings. This mindfulness leads to deliberate action, and can significantly increase your chances of success in the projects you undertake.
4. Enhanced creativity:
Brain entrainment leads to an effect called mirroring or brain synchronization. The left and right hemispheres of our brains perform different functions for us, and most of us tend to favor one side over the other.
With brain synchronization, both sides of the brain can work in tandem giving you increased mental fitness, and also raise your ability to think laterally. You will find that with this increase in lateral thinking you will be more creative in various areas of your life- from generating new ideas at work to finding solutions to existing problems.
How are the benefits, listed above, different from what you can get from the practice of traditional meditation? This is a question many people ask. While the effects of both types of meditation are eventually the same, you can get faster results from brainwave meditation.
LifeFlow Reviews From Other Users
We looked for some genuine reports of people who have used the meditation tracks consistently who have shared their results online. Here are some of the reports that give practical, real life examples of positive benefits. These were taken from various reviews and websites online, sometimes with names altered:
As a high ranking executive in a multinational company Michelle Ferguson admits to having been under a lot of work related pressure which was adversely affecting both her work and personal life. She went through an eight week Lifeflow program and says she finds herself transformed, vouching for the benefits of brainwave meditation based entirely on her personal experience. She says, “I felt rejuvenated. I was perpetually stressed out and suffered from low energy levels. Lifeflow changed my life. I am now brimming with energy. Stress is a thing of the past and I am now completely in control of my life.”
Mathew Walker’s experience is similar to that of Ms Fergusson. He is a staunch believer of the Lifeflow meditation techniques and practices them regularly. According to him Brainwave Meditation is calming and revitalizing when practiced on a regular basis. When he uses this technique to meditate in the mornings he finds he doesn’t tire easily as he has high energy levels throughout the day. However, when he meditates at night or late in the evening he finds he sleeps better that night.
Peter Lee-King holds a high ranking position in the Research and Development department of a leading pharmaceutical company. The responsibility of the job, paired with family issues and long hours spent commuting to and from work began to take a toll on him. He was completely stressed out, not knowing how to deal with the pressures life through at him. He says he is glad his colleague at work introduced him to Lifeflow.
This is what he had to say, “I was skeptical about the whole thing. When my buddy at work spoke about meditation increasing alpha waves that calm the body and mind, I laughed it off. At his insistence I tried Lifeflow brainwave meditation and am happy I did. I can now handle any situation without going through nervous tension. I highly recommend everyone follows these meditation techniques to enhance their lives.”
Sonya Brown a mother of two energetic seven year old boys gave up her job as a Chef to begin her own catering business. Managing her boys, her home and her fledgling business left her exhausted both physically and mentally. She often wondered if giving up a well paying job to start out on her own was a wise decision. She says she made a whole lot of wrong choices in life and starting on her own venture seemed to be the biggest of them all. She was under so much stress that she easily lost focus and was unable to concentrate on what she was doing.
This resulted in her business not taking off the way she had expected it to. She says, “I was constantly worried. How was I going to cope! It was then that I came across a write up about Lifeflow…and believe me it changed my life. I went through Lifeflow for 3 months and it brought in me a positive change. I could now focus on what I was doing rather than getting worked up. My business has grown since…”
My experience with Lifeflow – in Brief
When I use Lifeflow, there is a clear, qualitative experience that goes far beyond a placebo effect. There is a definite “depth” that I feel myself sink into, the slowing of thought, an awareness of the effort and energy that is actually required for the chatter of the mind we have become accustomed to.
I have become more accustomed to this state and have felt many of the benefits incorporate into my daily life: the increased ability to focus, increased vividness in imagination and senses, and many of the other benefits discussed in that section of the article.
On a very practical level, I also find the recordings very well done and help to drown out outside noise and give me a focus point. Also, I can use the ending of the track itself as a gauge of time and not have to keep part of my awareness worried that I’m going to completely lose track of time and end up late for something, etc.
Perhaps the greatest benefit from my perspective though is as an aid with looking inward, bringing up material that normally does not want to be looked at, etc. Much like in a dream state where so called unconscious stuff becomes very clear, or we have access to parts of ourselves that are normally cut off because of our stories and patterns of thought, I find a similar experience with Lifeflow except in a conscious state. Which brings me to:
It’s not all fun and games
This unquestionably brings up a lot of your inner “stuff” – and there can be physical effects like tiredness or irritation at times, just like if you train your body. I think it’s important to bring this up. It’s called enTRAINment for a reason.
As you become conscious of patterns and other less than pretty stuff lying under the surface, which Lifeflow helps greatly with, there is a cleansing quality to it that is *very much* for the better — but it’s not always totally pleasant. Basically, it comes down to how much you are resisting what is happening.
This is why I HIGHLY recommend getting a little bit of a background in “allowing,” training your body and nervous system to let all this stuff process before diving into the higher levels of Lifeflow. If you do, your growth with this whole thing will be 10x as fast. Things like the Sedona Method / Release Technique are often recommended for this. Of course you probably have already seen on this site that I personally love “just allow it” as do many others, even those with a background in other releasing modalities. However even if you have no intention of buying more stuff, check out the free audio there and/or any of the free youtube vids on Sedona / Release technique.
So, that should be plenty of info for you!
For the time being, I feel that iAwake offers the same benefits but at a more competitive price as well as more options. if this sounds interesting: