Editor’s note: Unfortunately, many of the links to Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s videos are region specific and may not be available, so we’ve included the titles of each at the end of this article.
I lay motionless in my room, back pressed neatly against my bed, arms and legs outstretched, just like savasana, corpse posture.
I stare at the ceiling.
I hear the distant sound of frogs, increasingly audible.
The sound takes me back to my childhood: Summertime. Maryland. 1996. I stand in tall grass, barefoot, tin bucket in hand, peering across a pond. The wind blows freely through my blonde hair, and it sweeps across the water, stirring the cattails too. I look down. A range of specimen line the inside of my tin—salamanders, crayfish, fireflies, and the like.
I hear crickets. I hear the cooing of a bird. Both coalesce with the sound of the frogs.
The sound keeps me there at that place. I stand in my t-shirt and shorts. As if I am one with my whole environment, I begin moving through the tall grass. The grass is me. Mud dirties my feet. The mud is me. There in nature, isolated, unadulterated, raw, not yet enthralled by the distractions of modern grown-up life, I exist in my element.
Fully immersed in everything, I feel no impulse of thought for yesterday or tomorrow.
Then, I hear a gong. It reverberates, expanding out in all directions. The sound jolts me, reminds me that I was lightly dreaming, laying in my room upon my bed.
The sound of the gong expands into a more abstract sound, the kind of sound you expect to hear in space. Something futuristic. Something you might hear in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The sounds become increasingly angelic, mystical, and heavenly. I imagine that I am totally immersed in the beauty of my creation. I imagine that I am pure nothingness, void of anything except light.
And then I remember myself again. I return to my body, lying there on my bed. California. 2017.
I have been listening to a Dr. Jeffrey Thompson music album entitled “Insight and Intuition,” one his many works that I appreciate almost every single day.
Here are some of the reasons why I love his music:
His music includes brainwave entrainment.
Brainwave entrainment is any procedure that causes the brainwave frequencies of a person to synchronize with a periodic stimulus, such as a sound or vibration, having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state.
The various brainwaves include gamma, beta, alpha, theta, and delta.
Gamma waves correspond to heightened perception. Beta corresponds to wakefulness. Alpha corresponds to relaxation, daydreaming, and meditation. Theta corresponds to deep meditation and dreaming. And delta corresponds to deep sleep.
His music helps me achieve my desired states.
Depending on my mood and the time of day, I will select one of his music tracks based on the brainwave frequency it contains. If I want to relax or meditate, I will often listen to a theta track. If I want to concentrate, I will listen to a beta track. If I want to sleep, I will always listen to a delta track.
His music is great to listen to while reading, writing, or meditating.
There is nothing worse than trying to do any of the above activities while conventional, lyrical, and random music blares in your mind. Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s music is soft and peaceful, but substantive enough to capture and maintain your interest. An average track spans about 30 minutes, which means that you can enter a focused or creative rhythm without the hassle of diverting your attention by needing to switch tracks.
His music has healing qualities.
Two of my favorite Dr. Jeffrey Thompson albums are “Music for Brainwave Massage” and “Healing Mind System.” Each of these albums have rhythms and brainwave frequencies that refresh the mind. A lot of physical and psychological issues are the result of old and unhealthy images, feelings, and thoughts that are stuck within our subconscious. These two albums help relax the consciousness of a person so that subconscious material can flow forth into awareness, alleviating the issues.
Also, all of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s tracks work to create a stronger mind-body connection, which promotes radiant health.
His music simulates being in nature.
I have often felt that getting back to nature is the only chance a person has for salvation. And by salvation, I mean good health and also spiritual development. Yet a lot of people live in urban areas that are void of any nature. Luckily, as I alluded to in the beginning of this article, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson tracks include many nature sounds—jungles, streams, oceans, rain, storms, birds, and insects.
Also, a lot of these sounds are primordial and ethereal, reminding me of outer space, emptiness, and expansion.
I often feel that I am going on an adventure when I am listening to a Dr. Jeffrey Thompson track.
His music promotes neuroplasticity.
While it used to be thought that our brains endure a certain period of development, especially during childhood, and then reach a certain point where they remain static or unchanging, scientists now believe that our brains are plastic, meaning they are always changing, no matter the stage we occupy in life.
Our brains always have potential for growth and development, and they can always be trained to learn new things and acquire new skills.
I believe that Dr. Jeffrey Thompson tracks help facilitate these growth tendencies by opening new neural pathways in the brain with the various sounds, vibrations, and frequencies. His music is an especially wonderful complement to learning and creativity.
“Insight & Intuition,” Brainwave Suite, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Meditative Rainforest,” Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV,” Brainwave Symphony, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Sleepy Rain,” Delta Sleep Solution, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Inner dance Part A,” Sound Medicine Series, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Revitalize,” Healing Mind System, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
“Inspiration,” Creative Mind System, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
Author: Henry Bond
Image: Egor Khomiakov/Unsplash
Editor: Catherine Monkman