There are at least five different brain waves – beta which we operate in most of the time, alpha which is an aware yet relaxed state, theta which is a deeply relaxed internal state that is often a product of REM sleep but can also be entered into through tasks that are so automatic they don’t engage our immediate attention such a driving or taking a shower. Delta Brain waves are even slower than theta and our found in deep sleep. Finally we have Gamma brain waves which science has only recently discovered and we continue to learn more about.
Gamma presents itself as where we knit everything together into a broader picture. While meditation, in its various forms, typically takes the practitioner into either alpha or theta brain waves, it is now believed that leaps of intuition or creative bursts occur when the brain moves into gamma.
For some time now we have known that there is a cross-over state between alpha and theta that appears to be a great source of creativity. Much of Mozart’s music was found to take one to this Alpha-Theta cross-over state of being. And it has been well documented that this brainwave state has a positive impact on the brain development of the young. In this state one is beginning to access the sub-conscious mind as well as the conscious.
Energy healing modalities, such as Reiki, use alpha brain waves. Music that promotes the alpha state is used in super-learning technologies as well as relaxation and meditation. In the last 15 years a form of energy healing with theta brain waves has also received a lot of publicity. Practitioners are being taught to quickly achieve a meditative Theta Brain wave state while waking, use it to access and make changes in the subconscious. They combine this practice with the of principles of Quantum Physics to achieve amazing results.
There are several ways to achieve these alpha and theta states. One is through music. Sitting quietly and listening to specially prepared music will take you rapidly to an alpha state and to even to a theta state. Those with extensive experience in meditation go to a theta state as do some of the people who have been training in the theta energy healing processes. It is believed that when energy healing occurs in these states what is happening is a moving back and forth between the theta and the gamma state. Whether you desire to do energy healing with your meditation or just to find calm and peace, the alpha – theta state is the one you’ll visit as you relax.
Theta Meditation is easy to do and may offer profound benefits such as quietening down the mental chatter; deep relaxation and release the stress; improved health and clearer mind; and rejuvenation on many levels.
Hemispheric Synchronization refers to a state when the brainwave pattern of the left and right brain hemispheres become similar. The right hemisphere is associated more with emotions and creativity while the left is associated more with logic and speech. Increased levels of synchronization are found naturally with experienced meditators and people who have found ways of becoming highly content with their lives. If the two hemispheres are synchronized, the person issaid to be healthier, happier, more optimistic, more emotionally stable, less prone to mental disorders, clearer in the mind, more energized.