Meet Your Brain Waves — Introducing Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta, And Gamma.
It’s important to understand how your brain contributes to the state of your mind. While most of us focus on looking at our emotions in an attempt to become happier, more spiritual beings, our brains waves and our subconscious mind also play a key part in our quest for fulfillment.
Are We The Controllers Of Our Reality?
We easily forget that we are the controllers of our reality – and that “our reality” is not made up of outside influences, but that it actually consists of our thoughts, beliefs and mindset. Therefore, by learning about the deeper states of consciousness, you can open your subconscious mind and create your reality at will, and with precision. To do this, the first step is understanding your different brain frequencies. Did you know that we all have five (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma), and each frequency is measured in cycles per second (Hz) and has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity and a unique state of consciousness? Smart, eh?
1) Beta (14-40Hz) – The Waking Consciousness And Reasoning Wave
Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning.
While Beta brain waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
The voice of Beta can be described as being that nagging little inner critic that gets louder the higher you go into range. Therefore, with a majority of adults operate at Beta; it’s little surprise that stress is today’s most common health problem.
2) Alpha (7.5-14Hz) – The Deep Relaxation Wave
Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation and usually when the eyes are closed, when you’re slipping into a lovely daydream or during light meditation. It is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
It is the gateway to your subconscious mind and lies at the base of your conscious awareness. The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.
3) Theta (4-7.5Hz) – The Light Meditation And Sleeping Wave
Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. It is the realm of your subconsciousness and only experienced momentarily as you drift off to sleep from Alpha and wake from deep sleep (from Delta).
It is said that a sense of deep spiritual connection and unity with the universe can be experienced at Theta. Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. Unlike your other brain waves, the elusive voice of Theta is a silent voice.
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. It’s the mental state which you consciously create your reality. At this frequency, you are conscious of your surroundings however your body is in deep relaxation.
4) Delta (0.5-4Hz) – The Deep Sleep Wave
The Delta frequency is the slowest of the frequencies and is experienced in deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached. Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind, and the gateway to the universal mind and the collective unconscious, where information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level.
Among many things, deep sleep is important for the healing process – as it’s linked with deep healing and regeneration. Hence, not having enough deep sleep is detrimental to your health in more ways than one.
5) Gamma (above 40Hz) – The Insight Wave
This range is the most recently discovered and is the fastest frequency at 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."
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Kathleen Ongena has been researching Alpha and Theta sounds for over 10 years. Kathleen and her daughter followed an Alpha Training in Belgium in 2004 and saw the great benefits of listening and using Alpha and Theta sounds. She created a technology to help you 'grow' out of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) using Alpha and Theta sounds. In addition to PTS, existing sounds at the Lounge include fibromyalgia, anxiety, addiction, blood pressure, quitting smoking, 'Relax', just to name a few. The results are promising and a true testament to what years of research by known scientist have acknowledged. Language and speech pathologist Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. verified the binaural beats theory, and currently incorporates it into her services in Virginia. Dr. Gerald Oster, of Mt. Sinai Medical Center elaborated his findings in a paper published in the Scientific American issue. (Source: http://www.centerpointe.com/articles/articles-research). Other Researchers include Langely-Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, part of the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.
Kathleen furthered her research and saw that she could do more. She created different sounds for different conditions in the human body, mental or physical, and created personalised sounds for each person. The findings were amazing, and gave birth to her creating a sound room where people can relax and listen to condition-based personalised sounds in a private room. If you feel depressed or happy, are in pain or healthy, the sound room will take you away from everything and bring you to your true self. Kathleen is also a certified NLP Practicioner. Contact Kathleen if you are interested in receiving YOUR personalised sound for a condition you want to work on at RDRCenter@gmail.com or call (615) 636-1962. Read testimonials about the customized Therapeutic Brainwave Sound HERE
Dr. Villanueva has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for over 15 years. As a reserve officer in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, he holds the rank of Major. He was deployed from 2011- 2012 to a FOB (forward operating base) in Afghanistan as a combat psychologist.
Dr. Villanueva started his career at the University of New Mexico as an assistant research professor, successfully obtaining over 5 million dollars in grant funding from National Institute of Health (NIH) to study PTSD and substance abuse, first among Hopi Pueblo Vietnam veterans, then later among other Pueblo tribes. He left New Mexico to work with US Marines and Navy personnel, first at Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital, then later at Camp Pendleton, California where he first learned about Neurofeedback and its ability to effect permanent, regulatory change in his patients’ central nervous system. Initially trained in the Othmer Method using Infralow Neurofeedback and Alpha Theta training, Dr. Villanueva was the first to introduce Infralow Neurofeedback to the Fort Hood Warrior Reset treatment center in Texas. In 2011, Dr. Villanueva presented Neurofeedback research at the Navy Combat Operational Stress Conference, showing highly significant PTSD stress symptom reductions on Marines from Camp Pendleton.
In 2011, having demonstrated clinical efficacy of Neurofeedback through multivariate data analysis, Dr. Villanueva volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan as a US Army Combat Psychologist. He was the first deployed psychologist ever to use Neurofeedback and Alpha Theta synchrony training within a Combat Stress Control Clinic. He and his staff achieved major reductions in the insomnia and anger that are associated with high tempo military operational stress. With many young combat soldiers obtaining significant relief from PTSD and TBI symptoms, and, later during the deployment, as word spread among Soldiers of Neurofeedback’s effectiveness, Dr. Villanueva would use induced Alpha Theta states to enhance peak performance for officers, scaffolding unsuspected mental abilities into new dimensions.