In summary, the state of our brainwaves, or the state of our being, has a huge impact on the reality we experience around us. Not just on how we perceive something, but even on the reality we create together. Have you ever used meditation techniques that produce different brain waves? Do you meditate regularly to alter your brain activity to create a more peaceful reality around you?
The first step in consciously changing your brainwaves is knowing what state they are in now. All our thoughts , emotions and behavior are the result of communication between neurons. Not only certain naturally occurring substances in our brain influence our mood; there’s also an electrical aspect to brainwave frequencies, and it’s well worth learning more about that.
The state of our brain waves determines our ability to focus, among many other important functions in our lives. Knowing how to determine the state of your brainwaves is the first step to learning how to consciously adjust these patterns to your needs.
“YOU REALLY HAVE YOUR OWN, CHARACTERISTIC BRAIN WAVE ACTIVITY, WHICH IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE. IT HAS A RHYTHM AND PATTERN, WITH BETA, ALPHA, THETA AND DELTA WAVES OCCURRING IN DIFFERENT SIZES THROUGHOUT THE DAY, WHILE YOUR BRAIN MODULATES THEM DEPENDING ON THE ACTIVITIES YOU ARE DOING. SO-CALLED ‘BRAINSYNC’ AUDIO PROGRAMS BOOST A SPECIFIC FREQUENCY OR BOOST A CAREFULLY BALANCED COMBINATION OF FREQUENCIES TO ACHIEVE A SPECIFIC GOAL.” – TOOLS FOR WELLNESS
Understanding how we perceive the world
Science enables us to explore our biological existence much better, as well as the world we perceive around us. The points at which science and spirituality converge make it so exciting to live at this point in history.
People have used meditation , music , dance and art for millennia to change their consciousness. Thanks to German physiologist and psychologist Hans Berger, we now have a device, the electroencephalogram (EEG), with which we can measure and record the wave frequency of electrical activity in the brain.
Each of the millions of neurological synapses in our brain works with electrical impulses, which together form a frequency. The frequency (or wavelength) can be fast or slow, harmonious or dissonant, but whatever form it takes, it always has a huge impact on your consciousness. Fortunately, we can now measure these waves and have succeeded in generating a specific, desired state of consciousness. In this way we can master our biology instead of being a slave to it.
In biomusicology, the EEG has been used to show that certain external rhythms can carry our brain waves along. This idea has been applied with biological feedback, binaural beats (which each ear hears differently), and other advanced technologies, but it all stems from the age-old idea of the shaman’s drum.
Music can influence our consciousness and meanwhile there are many products available designed to introduce people to different brain states, if you don’t have a local shaman.
“ THE ACOUSTIC STIMULATION OF RHYTHMIC DRUMMING ACTS AS AN AUDITORY DRIVE MECHANISM, INFLUENCING ELECTRICAL BRAIN ACTIVITY BY MAKING IT RESONATE (AT A SPECIFIC FREQUENCY OR GROUP OF FREQUENCIES) WITH EXTERNAL STIMULI. – MUSIC, SCIENCE AND THE RHYTHMIC BRAIN : CULTURAL AND CLINICAL IMPLICATION
The general groups of brain waves
Alpha relates to relaxation, fantasy and visualization. This slow cycle of brain waves has 7-12 Hz (beats per second) and is also associated with calmness, safety and is a useful state if you want to lower your stress level. It is also the group of waves most common in people who watch television. Alpha waves are seen as a connection to the deeper recesses of consciousness and the Schuman resonance, the resonance frequency of the electromagnetic field of the Earth. These waves are essential for your well-being.
Beta is most commonly associated with concentration, cognition, alertness and focus. This state of mind enables you to make connections more quickly and to come up with solutions and ideas. They are ideal for creative projects and a useful condition for sports or other physical activities that require you to focus. The beta wave frequency is between 13-40 Hz.
Theta is related to meditation, intuition and memory. They were first noticed when an EEG was used on meditating monks. This mystical realm is mysterious and almost elusive, as it lowers brain activity to just above the point where you fall asleep. This is a state of heightened receptivity, visions, flashes of dreamlike images, inspiration and your hidden memories.
Delta has a rate of 0-4 Hz. It is the brain state that we reach when we are in a deep sleep. This state is crucial for the body’s recovery and healing. Delta has to do with the subconscious, where our intuition comes from.
Gamma, on the other hand, is hyperspeed, above 40 Hz. This frequency has only recently been discovered. Little is known about this state of mind, but early studies show that gamma waves are associated with high levels of information processing and moments of insight. Perhaps the sign that we are adapting to our fast-paced technological world?
Making the reality we want
As you can read, all these states of mind are essential to our well-being. It is important to remember that we do not suddenly jump from one state to another, and that there are times when we find ourselves in between two states.
There’s still a lot to explore when we look at the research on the ways your heart’s frequency affects your brain, and the way we can influence each other’s frequencies.
Science, art and spirituality help us to focus our consciousness on the challenges ahead. With these resources on our side, we can take charge of our lives and create the reality we want.