We slip in and out of several different states of consciousness throughout a regular day. These frequencies can be measured through technology called eletrophalograpghy (EEG). Patients put on a “thinking cap” and it measures the spontaneous brain activity, through electrodes put on various places of the head. Doctors can use this to diagnose people with ailments such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, coma, brain death, tumours and stroke’s.
There are at least five different states of mind we go through that now can be measured — Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and the more recently discovered Gamma state. Depending on what one is doing, will determine the state of which their conscious is experiencing; whether it’s in an awake, relaxed, meditative, sleeping and or a higher awake state.
BETA (12 hertz – 40 Hz) the Awake State and Reasoning Wave
Beta waves deal with the awake, alert consciousness with heightened analytical and critical reasoning.
These waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day; they also can convert into anxiety, restlessness and stress. Stress is today’s most common health issue; most adults consistently run at a beta state, the higher the frequency the higher the stress levels.
Alpha (8 Hz – 12 Hz) the Deep Relaxing Wave
Alpha waves take over in a deep relaxing state, generally, when the eyes are shut, falling into a light meditation or in a relaxing daydream. During this wave it heightens your imagination, concentration, visualization, memory and learning. Also, is an excellent time to re-program the brain for success.
It’s the open gate to explore into the subconscious mind, which is the foundation of your conscious awareness. Alpha is the base of intuition, becomes more heightened the closer you get to 8 Hz…
Theta (4 Hz – 8 Hz) the Meditation and Light Sleep Wave
When you border Alpha-Theta state, this is the optimal range for visualization, programming the brain, and the creative potential of the mind starts here. The body is in a deep relaxation, although, one is aware of their surroundings. This wave state is where you can consciously create your reality.
Theta waves come into power during deep meditation and light sleep, which includes the dream rapid eye movement (REM) state.
In Theta, a deep connection and oneness with the universe can be spiritually observed and felt. One can experience optimal insight, heightened inspiration, tremendous creativity and vivid visuals. Not like any other wave states, Theta’s voice is a silent one.
Delta (0 Hz – 4 Hz) the Deep Dreamless Sleep Wave
This frequency is the slowest of all of them and is experienced in very deep, dreamless sleep and in a deep, transcendental meditation where awareness becomes fully detached.
Delta is the dimension of your unconscious awareness, it’s the gateway to the universal mind and the unified unconsciousness, where information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level.
Deep sleep is the most important for the healing process – as it’s linked to regeneration. Not allowing yourself to have enough deep sleep is detrimental to your health in more ways than one.
Gamma (40 Hz – or Higher) the Insight Wave
This is the most recently discovered range and is the fastest frequency at above 40Hz. Very little is known about this state of consciousness, new research shows Gamma waves are associated with high-level information processing and unexplainable bursts of insight.