August 7th, 2017
Your 4 Daily Brainwave States You Never Knew You Had
Your brain cells communicate with each other using both chemical and electrical pathways. The electrical activity of your brain can be measured by an EEG with simple electrodes placed on the scalp. Although animal brain waves were measured in the 1800s, the first human measurement of brain waves occurred in 1924 by Dr. Hans Berger.
The main four brain wave patterns show the frequency of your brain activity. From fastest to slowest these are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. Two others have been identified, but these are the main four. The most amazing thing is that most of us who live in the Western world really only experience Beta waking brainwaves because we usually sleep through rest. Partly because we’ve never learned to pay attention to those slower frequencies, and partly because we’re so sleep deprived we fall asleep easily.
The sense of time, the sense of meaning, the sense of connections, and the experiential landscape is different in each of these brainwave patterns. You can experience each provided you can remain awake enough to remember! All four states access different subjective parts of the mind which can be aligned to improve your ability to move from goals to completion.
Beta: 15 – 30 Hertz:
Here is where you spend your waking life: working, thinking, paying bills, focusing, concentrating, alertness. Really important for functional living in the hectic stress-filled world. This is a great state to identify and set goals for yourself in life. Use your cognition to create the perfectly worded affirmation and self-suggestions to support inner change and moving in the directions in life you want.
Alpha: 8 – 15 Hertz:
Here is where you start to relax a bit. It’s a great place to learn new skills without so much subjective stress. You can also engage in some creative tasks and light visualizations here. You get here by starting relaxation practice, or early on when trying meditation. The great benefit is you start reducing your chronic stress response and start bringing your physiology into better balance. This is the very beginning of access to the unconscious mind where you can get information about whether those goals you set in Beta are in alignment with deeper levels of inner awareness.
Theta: 4 – 8 Hertz:
When you learn to remain aware at this slower rate of brainwave function, you experience deep states of meditation, and often spontaneous imagery from your unconscious mind. This is the place of integrative emotional experiences and a level of trance where you can insert those self-suggestions to replace older patterns that no longer match your long term goals for live. Much of these patterns were set down before you were five, so they may need some updates. Practicing meditation or self-hypnosis with some diligence can help you stay consciously aware here, but until you’ve gotten that ability into your awareness, it’s easy to slip into sleep.
Delta: 0.5 – 4 Hertz:
When you reach this level of brainwave activity, a deep and profound inner peaceful emptiness fills your awareness. The sense of time ceases, and the sense of body awareness fades away. Ken Wilber refers to this as a causeless and formless state. Other authors suggest that the deepest layers of the unconscious are accessed here, including material potentially from the collective unconscious. This is a state of profound rest and relaxation. As we age, our sleep time in Delta becomes less and less which may relate to decreasing energy levels. When you can access this state consciously, it is deeply restorative and supports all the changes that you aligned in the other levels.
Accessing your subjective experience at different physiological brainwave states not only gives you power over stress responses. It also allows you to utilize a number of techniques to improve alignment between your conscious goals and your unconscious patterns. This is the ultimate key to unlock those inner stuck points keeping you from achieving all you can.