An understanding of brain wave frequency is most helpful when working with mind power techniques to heal and manifest conscious desires. Enjoying success with visualization, meditation, and hypnosis all rely on your ability to slow your mind frequency to a relaxed, focused state. At slower frequencies, visual and verbal suggestions are accepted by the subconscious and superconscious mind.
Your brain wave frequency naturally varies throughout the day and night depending on how mentally engaged and active you are. It is important to remember that these are not altered states of consciousness, but normal states. It is quite another thing to enter these states on purpose.
Brain wave frequency is measured in cycles per second or hertz (Hz). The amplitude, or size and strength, of the wave is also measured. Gamma brain waves are the fastest and smallest waves. Delta waves are the slowest and largest.
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Beta is the level of normal waking consciousness and focus. When you are having a conversation or engaged in an activity, you are at the beta level. Usually in beta, one side of the brain is dominant. This varies by individuals, but women tend to be right brain dominant and men tend to be left brain dominant. As brain waves slow, brain hemispheres synchronize and can communicate better.
Higher levels of beta are related to anxiety, stress, separation, and dis-ease. When slower, your thinking is clearer. Beta brainwaves vary from 15-40 cycles a second.
Alpha brain waves are slower than beta waves. Faster alpha brain waves are related to relaxed focused attention. This is a learning state of mind.
You experience the alpha mind frequency when engrossed in a movie, book or activity. That is all you are aware of. This is a very light trance or hypnotic state. Alpha brain waves range from 9-14 cycles per second.
At deeper alpha you are not quite asleep and still have some conscious awareness and waking. This state is related to focused attention and intuition. Having more alpha brain waves is equated with feeling happier and a greater sense of well-being.
Getting to alpha is easily achieved with relaxation techniques and hypnosis. Most people generate alpha brain waves when meditating. The Silva Mind control methods bring you to the alpha level of mind.
Theta brain waves vary from 5-8 cycles per second. They are associated with dreaming, visions, and more contact with the unconscious mind. The mind frequency of young children is mostly theta. Their subconscious minds are easily programmed and they have difficulty discerning between reality and imagination. Adults who make too many theta brain waves may be considered delusional.
When you drive the car while lost in a day dream, that is the theta mind frequency. At theta, you have free flowing ideas and think creatively. You release a burst of theta waves and pleasurable brain chemicals as a reward for learning something new, making a fundamental shift in your perspective, or have an "aha" moment.
You can really put the power of your subconscious mind to work for you when you reach deep alpha or theta brain wave frequency levels. Your healing and manifesting visualizations and affirmations are more likely to get to your subconscious mind and have the power to influence it.
Until recently, purposely dropping into theta and delta levels required years of meditation practice or the help of a skilled hypnotist. Now we have brainwave entrainment technologies that effortlessly guide you into these deeper states. When your brainwaves slow, there is less interference from the conscious mind. You relax and your brain is more open to incoming suggestions.
Delta waves are the slowest mind frequency. They occur during deep dreamless sleep. Your unconscious autonomic processes are carried out through delta waves. Delta waves are slow and large, occurring at 1.5 to 4Hz.
In waking delta you are in an advanced state of meditation. This state is associated with kundalini experiences.
Because delta waves are so large, the brain is forced to handle a lot more energy than usual. It has to create new neural pathways to accommodate the extra energy. This helps improve communication between both sides of the brain.
People who make a lot of delta waves are incredibly persuasive with other people and manifest powerfully. In the right hands this ability can be used for great good. It is said that if you can stay awake at the delta level you can subconscious mind power to deliberately affect not only your own programming, but the universal consciousness as well.
Gamma brain waves are the fastest and smallest brainwaves. There is some debate over whether gamma brain waves are in a distinct class or are just another level of beta waves.
Up until recently, they have received little attention from researchers. The gamma brain wave frequency ranges from 40-70 Hz (more or less). Most commonly, they appear to be in the 40 Hz range. It has been noted that higher level cognitive activities occur when brain waves suddenly hit the 40 cycle range.
Gamma brain waves naturally occur while awakening and during REM sleep. They are found throughout the brain and allow parts of the brain to communicate with each other.
Thanks to this brain wave frequency, you can experience multiple sensory inputs all at the same time and recall past events. Gamma brain waves are associated with precognition, processing high levels of information, and a greater perception of reality and consciousness.
People with plenty of gamma waves are usually happier, more energetic, and have higher I.Q.levels. They are more focused and aware, and tend to be more compassionate than folks with fewer gamma brain waves.
Peak performers often have more gamma waves than others. Experienced Buddhist meditators reach the gamma mind frequency during focused meditations and loving-kindness meditations.
When you are in the relaxed brain frequencies of alpha, theta and delta brain waves, your mind and your body heal naturally and are open to suggestion. The goal of slowing brain wave frequency via entrainment, meditation, hypnosis or relaxation is to help you program your mind with suggestions that are in line with your current health and life desires instead of just being at the mercy of past programming from your childhood.