Brain wave Entrainment
At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviours is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.
Brain Wave Entrainment is any procedure that causes our brainwave frequencies to synchronize with a periodic stimulus sound, vibration or light, having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state to induce a trance, dreams, sleep or relaxation.
It is also called the Flicker-response because of how staring at a campfire or the flickering of a burning candle can lull you into a state of calmness and serenity.
Most wisdom traditions have employed methods that allow the subjects’ brain waves to slow down such as:
Gregorian, Menzuma or Sufi Chanting,
Native American Drum Circles and Rain Chants,
Tibetan Prayer Bowls,
Whirling Dervishes and African Trance Dancing.
By tuning the brainwave rhythms of the person to specific frequencies, people can experience specific emotional and cognitive outcomes.
Brainwave entrainment increases your brain's processing power and builds new neural pathways
which encourages new dendritic growth within the brain, increasing the surface area available for receiving incoming information.
Therefore the more dendrites the brain has at its disposal, the more quickly and smoothly your brain can process information. This allows your brain to operate at its full potential rather than only using a portion of its potential.
Benefits of entrainment may also counteract the debilitating effects of aging.
Balancing of the brain's electrical activity through whole brain integration, allows the various parts of our brain to start to function as a whole.
As these neural pathways begin to fire together more rapidly we reach greater levels of performance and higher thinking ability, which in turn produces intense creativity, clarity and inspiration.
There are five main frequency brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma.
These brain waves are in constant motion, the brain produces consistent waves at all frequencies.
Everything we do or say is regulated by the frequency of brain waves.
Gamma Waves (25-100 Hz)
Gamma brain waves are a frequency pattern of normal brain activity that measures between 25 and 100 Hz, with around 40 Hz being typical in humans are the fastest brain wave frequency with the smallest amplitude.
They are associated with the “feeling of blessings” reported by experienced meditators, such as monks and nuns.
Gamma waves are associated with peak concentration and high levels of cognitive functioning.
Neuroscientists believe that gamma waves are able to link information from all parts of the brain.
The gamma wave originates in the Thalamus and moves from the back of the brain to the front and back again 40 times per second.
This rapid “full sweep” action makes the gamma state one of peak mental and physical performance.
Gamma is the brainwave state of being “in the zone.”
Everyone has gamma brain wave activity, but the number of gamma waves produced varies.
Low amounts of gamma brain wave activity have been linked to learning difficulties, poor memory, and impaired mental processing.
Beta Waves (14-28 Hz)
The Beta wave has a frequency of 14-28 cycles per second.
Beta is the state in which you we are active and alert.
When we talk to others, for example, our mind is in Beta.
Alpha Waves (7-14 Hz)
In a Alpha state, our brain waves move at a frequency between 7-14 cycles per second.
The frequency of Alpha is a mental state of deep relaxation and meditation.
Alpha is the bridge between Beta and Theta Wave.
Alpha governs daydreams, fantasy, and denotes a state of consciousness detached and relaxed.
Theta Waves (4–8 Hz)
Theta brain waves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant during deep meditation.
In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond normal consciousness awareness.
It helps us improve our intuition, creativity, and makes us feel more natural.
This is also the Flow State Zone.
Theta brain waves can be considered the subconscious; they govern the part of our mind that lies between the conscious and the unconscious and retain memories and feelings.
They also direct our beliefs and our behavior.
Theta waves are always creative, characterized by feelings of inspiration and very spiritual.
It is believed that this mental state allows us to act below the level of the conscious mind.
It is characterized by a feeling of ‘oneness’ and connection with everything in the universe.
Creativity is heightened, insights and inspirations flow effortlessly into your mind.
Delta Waves (0–4 Hz) - The Unconscious or Supra-Conscious Mind
Delta Brain Waves are the slowest but loudest brainwaves (low frequency).
It is normally experienced in the deepest of sleep cycles and it plays a vital role in health and well being, dreamless sleep as it’s linked with deep healing and regeneration.
It is also found most often in infants, young children and in very deep, transcendental meditation.
During Delta your body repairs itself on a cellular level.
Delta is actually needed to renew the body.
The highly beneficial chemical Human Growth Hormone, has been shown to be released by the brain when it experiences frequencies that fall within the Delta range.
Delta brainwave programs are an ideal choice for when you want to access your subconscious for deep and powerful reprogramming.
When you enter Delta you are opening a door to your unconscious giving you the power to receive powerful insights that you were previously not aware of.