Wave of consciousness
Beta waves are the fastest. Their frequency varies, in the classical version, from 14 to 42 Hz (and according to some modern sources – more than 100 Hz). In the normal waking state, when we observe the world around us with our eyes open, or are focused on solving some current problems, these waves, mainly in the range of 14 to 40 Hertz, dominate our brain. Beta waves are usually associated with wakefulness, wakefulness, concentration, cognition, and, if they are abundant, with anxiety, fear, and panic. The lack of beta waves is associated with depression, poor selective attention and problems with storing information.
A number of researchers have found that some people have very high levels of voltage, including high power electrical brain activity in the fast beta wave range, and very low power relaxation waves in the alpha and theta range. People of this type also often exhibit characteristic behavior such as Smoking, overeating, gambling, drug or alcohol addiction. These are usually successful people, because they are much more sensitive to external stimuli and react to them much faster than others. But for them, ordinary events can seem extremely stressful, forcing them to look for ways to reduce tension and anxiety through alcohol and drugs.
Increased level of tension is one of the types of imbalance of neuroregulators in the body. It is obvious that in such people, appropriate brain stimulation can significantly reduce the level of beta activity and, accordingly, increase the relaxing alpha and theta rhythms. For Example, Henry Adams , Ph . D . – the founder of the national Institute of Mental health and a leading specialist in research programs on alcoholism at St. Elizabeth’s hospital ( St . Elizabeth’s Hospital , Washington , D . C . ) found that the most “bitter” drunks only after one session of alpha-theta relaxation, accompanied by short anti-alcohol suggestions, over the next two weeks, reduced the level of alcohol consumption by 55%.
In an interview with Dr. Adams, he said: “… this is a very effective technique, but it is easy to prepare and use, free from significant risk, any danger and side effects. Now it has been proved that it significantly reduces the manifestations of withdrawal syndrome, provides a state of deep relaxation and thereby reduces the desire to take drugs…”.
Alpha waves occur when we close our eyes and begin to relax passively without thinking about anything. Bioelectric oscillations in the brain are slowed down, and there are “bursts” of alpha waves, i.e. oscillations in the range from 8 to 13 Hz. If we continue to relax without focusing our thoughts, alpha waves will begin to dominate the whole brain, and we will plunge into a state of pleasant tranquility, also called “alpha state”.
Studies have shown that brain stimulation in the alpha range is ideal for learning new information, data, facts, any material that should always be ready in your memory.
In the Eastern martial arts there is such a thing as “the state of the master.” EEG studies have shown that alpha waves predominate in the human brain in this state. Against the background of alpha activity of the brain, the rate of muscle reaction is ten times higher than in the normal state.
On the electroencephalogram (EEG) healthy, not under the influence of human stress, alpha waves are always a lot. Lack of them can be a sign of stress, inability to rest and effective training, as well as evidence of violations in the brain or disease. It is in the alpha state that the human brain produces more vet-endorphins and enkephalins – its own “drugs” responsible for joy, rest and pain reduction. Also, alpha waves are a kind of bridge – provide a connection of consciousness with the subconscious. Numerous studies by the method of EEG established that survivors of childhood events are associated with severe trauma, have suppressed alpha activity of the brain. A similar picture of the electrical activity of the brain can be observed in people suffering from post-traumatic syndrome resulting from military action or environmental disasters. Since the alpha-range is sensory-motor rhythm, it becomes clear – why people suffering from post-traumatic syndrome, difficult arbitrary access to sensory-imaginative representations (which, by the way, built all the traditional drug-free psychotherapy).
The addiction of some people to alcohol and drugs is explained by the fact that these people are not able to generate enough alpha waves in the normal state, while in a state of drug or alcohol intoxication, the power of electrical activity of the brain, in the alpha range, they have increased dramatically.
Theta waves appear when calm, peaceful wakefulness turns into drowsiness. The oscillations in the brain become slower and more rhythmic, ranging from 4 to 8 Hertz. This state is also called “twilight”, because in it a person is between sleep and wakefulness. It is often accompanied by vision unexpected, dreamlike images accompanied by vivid memories, especially for children. The theta state opens access to the contents of the unconscious part of the mind, free associations, unexpected insights, creative ideas.
On the other hand, the theta range (4-7 oscillations per second) is ideal for uncritical acceptance of external settings, since its rhythms reduce the action of the corresponding protective mental mechanisms and allow transforming information to penetrate deep into the subconscious. That is, to messages designed to change your behavior or attitude to others, penetrated into the subconscious, without being subjected to a critical assessment, characteristic of the waking state, it is best to impose them on the rhythms of the theta range.
This psychophysiological state (similar to the hypnotic state of the picture of the distribution and combination of electrical potentials of the brain) in 1848 Frenchman Mauri gave the name hypnagogic (from the Greek hipnos = sleep and agnogeus = conductor leading). In each of the Eastern philosophical-esoteric school “hypnagogia” has been used for centuries for creativity and improvement, has been carefully designed psycho and rituals to achieve this state and there are detailed classification of psycho-physiological phenomena accompanying him.
Note that the use of hypnagogia is not limited to Eastern religions. History has informed us that such famous personalities as Aristotle, Brahms, Puccini, Wagner, Francis Goya, Nietzsche, Edgar Alan PoE, Charles Dickens, Salvador Dali, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and albert Einstein deliberately used hypnagogy for their work, using a technique that was described by Aristotle.
Using the theta stimulation of the brain in just three weeks, you can learn to achieve creative States at any time and in any place – at will.
For example, Edison worked on his inventions in a very intense mode. When in his thoughts he came to a dead end, he sat down in his favorite chair, took the metal ball in his hand (which he freely lowered along the chair) and fell asleep. When he fell asleep, he involuntarily let the ball out of his hand and the crash of the ball falling on the floor woke him, and very often he woke up with fresh ideas about the project he was working on.
Delta waves begin to dominate when we fall asleep. They are even slower than theta waves because they have a frequency of less than 4 oscillations per second. Most of us, when we dominate the brain Delta waves are either in a sleepy or in some other unconscious state. However, there is increasing evidence that some people may be in the Delta state without losing awareness. This is usually associated with deep trance or “nonphysical” States. It is noteworthy that it is in this state that our brain allocates the largest amounts of growth hormone, and in the body the processes of self-healing and self-healing are most intense.
Recent studies have found that as soon as a person shows a real interest in something, the power of bioelectric brain activity in the Delta range increases significantly (along with beta activity).
Modern methods of computer analysis of electrical activity of the brain allowed us to establish that in the state of wakefulness in the brain there are frequencies of absolutely all ranges, and the more effective the work of the brain, the greater coherence (synchronicity) of oscillations is observed in all ranges in the symmetrical zones of both hemispheres of the brain.
The use of binaural beats is a very simple and at the same time powerful means of influencing the bioelectric activity of the brain. Quite a lot of studies have been conducted, which proved their effectiveness for a number of applications, in particular for accelerated learning. For example, in the above-mentioned study by Richard Kennerly, it was shown that a phonogram with superimposed binaural beats in the beta range (faster than 14 oscillations per second) caused a significant improvement in memory in students.
There is no addiction (such as alcohol or drugs) or pendulum effects (such as hangover or “withdrawal”) for this method. On the contrary, the more You train, the better the results, the longer and more stable the effect, which means – the less you need to deal with the audio program or the mind-machine, because the brain is trained to achieve the desired States on their own.