In normal states, people are in the Beta brainwave cycle. But we, as humans, have the amazing gift to consciously choose our brainwave cycle. Why is this a gift?
When we are aware of each brainwave pattern, its function and our current activities, we can leverage our brain as a tool at a much deeper level. For example, if you are completing a large project that requires great focus and new skills, then relaxing into the Alpha brainwave cycle may assist you greatly. In the Alpha cycle, we are in a state where we are much more able to absorb new information, remain focused and be creative. We can choose this brainwave pattern through practices such as meditation and actions such as listening to brainwave music.
But don’t just take our word for it. According to neuroscientists who researched the effect of decreasing the brain rhythm and entering the Alpha state through meditation and relaxation, there is a significant increases in mental clarity and memory that lasted from several hours and to several days. (http://www.doctorhugo.org)
Brainwaves Defined & Samples
Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation. These waves a great when you are focused on programming the mind for success. They heighten your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. They are important for effective functioning throughout the day, but they can also create stress, anxiety and restlessness. These waves are not often used alone in meditation music, but may be blended to increase alertness while in a meditative state.
Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. It is at the Alpha-Theta border, from 7Hz to 8Hz, where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind begins. At this frequency, you are conscious of your surroundings, but your body is in deep relaxation.
The Delta frequency is the slowest of the frequencies. It is experienced in deep dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached.
Gamma (above 40Hz)
This range is the most recently discovered and is the fastest frequency vibrating above 40Hz. While little is known about this state of mind, initial research shows Gamma waves are associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing.