March 24, 2010 | 2 Comments
The brain is made up of approximately 100 billion nerve cells called neurons which communicate with each other twenty-four hours a day using electrical signals. The combination of millions of these neurons sending electrical signals at once produces an enormous of electrical activity in the brain and these electrical discharges can be detected by using EEG technology (Electroencephalography). EEG records this electrical activity as “Brain Wave Patterns” – because of its wave and cyclic-like nature.
The presence of these electrical discharges indicates the different states, particular your mental state at a certain time. However, these patterns are not random; they are closely correlated with your emotions, your thoughts, your state of being, and every function of the various systems of your body. In short, the entire quality of your life has something to do with these patterns. It also means that what you do to yourself can influences your brain wave patterns. It’s like a meter that displays the state of your consciousness.
Brainwave patterns can be categorized into four main groups according to the frequency (Hz) range that they are in.
- Beta (13 Hz – 30 Hz) – The normal state of wakeful consciousness; the state you are now while reading this report. High level of Beta is associated with alertness but it could also be linked to anxiety, uneasiness, stress and panic. At the higher end of beta, at around 38 Hz – 70 Hz, the brain will fall into the Gamma.
- Alpha (8 Hz – 12 Hz) – This is a state of relaxation and self relief. Hypnosis, autosuggestion is done at this level.This state is also known as “Accelerated Learning State” because the brain seems more to be receptive and open to new information, particular suggestion.You normally experience alpha just after you awake and before falling into sleep. It’s the door to the unconscious.
- Theta (3 Hz – 8 Hz) – A deep state of relaxation. Dreams (REM Sleep) and deep meditations are often associated with theta. Access to the unconscious mind.
- Delta (0.5 Hz – 3 Hz) – Dreamless or Non-REM sleep. A state of trance and loss of body awareness. Maintaining awareness during theta could enable one to access to the unconscious and super-conscious mind (exp. people like Yogis and Zen monks who have practiced meditation for decades and attained higher consciousness).
We spend some amount of time in each brain state everyday; it is part of life cycle and most likely the state changes according to the activity that we are engaged in. Either it goes up or down.
If you have glanced through the list above carefully, you would have noticed that each brain state plays a different role in maintaining life’s vitality such as relaxation and self-relief, accelerated learning, accessing the unconscious and etc.
Now here’s the ULTIMATE question: what if there’s a possibility that we can train or induce our brain to go into the different brain states at will (anytime) and utilize the power of the brain state possesses?
For example; by inducing your brain into alpha, you can reprogram your subconscious with new beliefs that serve you and drop those that limit you. And in case that if you are not aware, the biggest obstruction that most people face in “self-development” is having to change the past limiting beliefs. They either do not know how to do it or not knowing that beliefs are held in the subconscious, and again, which could be done in alpha; the path that connects the conscious to the subconscious.
Besides, by tapping into the power of the various state of consciousness, you could easily replicate the mind of a genius; think about Einsteins or Mozarts. And to answer the above question, the answer lies in Brain Wave Entrainment.
Entrainment is actually a physics term that coined by Christian Huygens in 1665 to describe the phenomena of cyclical energies recalibrating to fall into rhythm with one another. Christian observed that when two different bodies that vibrate at different rates are brought together, they would tend to lock into phase and vibrate in harmony.
For example, if a tuning fork which produces a frequency of 350 Hz is struck and then brought into the vicinity of another 350 Hz tuning fork, the second fork will begin to vibrate as well. Here, the first fork is said to have entrained the second fork.
Entrainment has demonstrated that even very subtle cyclical energies have a substantive impart on their neighboring cyclical energies. It is not a force like gravity but instead, a phenomenon; a conservation of energy that enable two cycles to work more efficiently.
After numerous of extensive researches and experiments, scientists and neurologists have found that this same phenomenon could also be applied in training the brain, (by using exactly the same principle that Christian Huygens discovered).
Brainwave entrainment is defined as any practice with the purpose of causing the brainwave frequency to fall into the same beats of the external periodic stimulus, which is having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state (for example, to induce sleep or relaxation).
How It Works
First, stimulus is introduced to the brain, whether through the ears, eyes or other senses. Such stimulus will make the brain responds by emitting an electrical charge, known as “Cortical Evoked Response”. This electrical responses travel throughout the brain to become what an individual sees and hears. The strength of this cortical evoked response depends on the type and effectiveness of the stimulus, which is very important in gaining a significant result particular for the purpose of entraining the brain.
When the brain is consistently exposed to periodic stimulus, such as flashes of light or drumbeats and/or chanting, the brain will tend to tune or entrain its electric cycle to match the external stimulus (as described in Entrainment).
The tendency of the brain to tune in to and match the external stimulus frequency is known as “Frequency Following Response” or “FFR” and this phenomenon can be used to effectively alter the brain wave patterns.
Now you see have seen how brainwave entrainment works. One of the best program that I have tested is ‘Quantum Mind Power, the Morry Method’ and you can check out my review here.