What is Brain wave?
Brainwaves are produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. The different frequencies of brain waves correspond to different states of thought or experience. Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling. When slower brain waves are dominant, we can feel tired, slow, sluggish, or dreamy. The higher frequencies are dominant when we feel wired, or hyper-alert.
Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second) and they are divided in terms of frequency bands:
Gamma greater than 30(Hz):
(40Hz or higher: Zen mind mastery)
Gamma brainwave states are the most rapid in frequency. Gamma has long been considered the brainwave that is able to link and process information from all parts of the brain. It is the frequency that brings with it the ability to process large amounts of information in relatively small amounts of time. Think of generating more Gamma activity as getting a processor upgrade for your brain.
Unfortunately, Gamma brainwaves have received the least attention and research, although more attention is currently being paid to them.
Having high amounts of Gamma Brainwave activity has been associated with:
- Having high levels of intelligence
- Being compassionate
- Having high amounts of self-control
- Having greater than average feelings of natural happiness.
- Increased awareness through your five senses
(14 to 30 Hz alert, focused)
Beta is the most common brain wave pattern: Beta brain waves are produced when we are wide awake, alert, and active and engaged in mental activity, usually involving more the rational, reality-oriented left hemisphere of our brain. When beta wave activity becomes very intense, our brain hemispheres become less synchronized. Beta state is required to function properly in your everyday life.
Features and Benefits of a Beta State
- This is the brainwave for the fight-flight response
- Increased concentration and alertness
- Improved logic, reasoning and critical thinking
- Feelings of anxiety, stress, scatty unfocused thought
NOTE: Excessive Beta brainwaves are also a feature of insomnia
ALPHA (8-12 Hz):
(8 to 14 Hz relaxed yet aware)
These are lower frequency waves: The state is generated when our thoughts are really not concentrated and our minds wander freely, or we are in a relaxed state such as meditating or daydreaming. We also experience Alpha Brainwaves when we are gently busy with routine tasks like pottering in the garden, taking a shower, putting on makeup, doing light housework. Alpha is considered to be the bridge between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
Features and Benefits of an Alpha State
- Our brain hemispheres become naturally synchronized or in-phase with each other.
- Relaxed detached (absent-minded) awareness and daydreaming mind.
- Enables us to remember our dreams and meditative states.
- Link between conscious and subconscious mind, gateway to meditation.
- Receptive to casual and auto – suggestions (hypnosis state)
- Increased vividness benefits creative visualization and triggers imagination
- Increased memory retention, concentration & focus for super learning
Health benefits include:
- Reduced anxiety
- Alleviates stress and depression
- Reduces chronic pain
- Reduction of high blood pressure
- Increases athletic performance
- Increased cerebral blood flow
- Increased motivation, energy, and happiness
THETA (4-8 Hz):
(4 to 7.9 Hz deep relaxation,mediatative, twilight state)
Theta brainwave states have been used in meditation for centuries: It is common for people to feel as if they are in a trance, where the mind feels as though it may have gone to sleep although it is conscious of what is happening around it. Theta induces a capacity for prolonged daydreaming, where a loss of time may be experienced.
Theta waves are also conducive to visualisation and creativity and the mind in this very relaxed state is highly receptive to direct suggestion under hypnosis. As with Alpha, in Theta our brain hemispheres are synchronised and we experience whole brain functioning.
Features and benefits of Theta brainwaves
- Increased sense of inner peace and emotional stability
- Deep relaxation
- Improved memory
- Heightened intuition and inspiration
- Calms the chatter of your mind
- Increased psychic abilities and sense of spiritual connection
Health benefits of Theta brainwaves
- Speed healing, improved physical healing
- Sleep onset and better more restful sleep
- Release beneficial hormones related to health and longevity
- Reduce mental fatigue
- Reduction of anxiety and stress
NOTE: Research has proven thirty minutes a day of Theta meditation can dramatically improve a person’s overall health and well-being. Theta meditation has also been known to result in a reduced need for sleep.
DELTA (less than 4 Hz):
(0.1 to 3.5 Hz deep sleep)
This is the slowest band of waves that our brains produce and they occur when we are in deep, dreamless sleep. These waves are very beneficial for the body which restores and heals itself when in this state. The delta state releases anti-aging hormones, including melatonin and DHEA. Human growth hormone (HGH) is another anti-aging hormone that is increased when delta brainwaves are occurring inside the brain, due to the stimulation of the pituitary gland. HGH maintains the skin, bone density, cartilage, and the joints in your body as well as speeds up the healing process of joint and cartilage injuries. HGH can also help heal physical pain.
In healthy amounts, delta brainwaves can also cause a person to have an advanced state of empathy, understanding, and compassion for others.
Delta is the place of deepest relaxation, deepest healing, deepest spiritual connection and deepest connection with the subconscious mind. It is considered to be the gateway to the unconscious mind and the collective unconscious, bringing access to the universal psyche or mind.
Singing Bowl: An ancient healing through brainwave entraining
Sound has been used from ancient time for meditation and healing by using Tibetan Bells: Himalayas singing bowls, Bells, Tibetan Gongs, didgeridoo, wind chimes and other ancient musical tools. The use of singing bowls for their therapeutic value has been traced back to more than 1000 years.
According to Study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, it has been found that an hour-long sound meditation has helped people reduce their tension, anger, fatigue, anxiety and depression while increasing a sense of spiritual well-being. The main instrument used was the singing bowls for 95% of the session. People who had never done sound meditation experienced significantly less tension and anxiety afterward, as well as those who had done it before.
The sound from Himalayas Singing Bowls takes our brain to Theta waves (4-8 Hz) which induce deep meditative state of mind as in this state our senses are withdrawn from the external world and we are able to concentrate on indication from within. The sound vibration helps us to be in peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. At Theta state when our brain waves are between 7-8 (Hertz) cycles per second, it when our deeper intelligence, innovation and self-healing capability of the body are activated. Tibetan or Himalayas Singing Bowls sound takes us to the state that supports the attainment of your goal toward an experience of pleasant or productive mental and emotional states.
Benefits of Theta Brainwave states:
- Healing for the Body
- Stress and Anxiety Reduction
- Deep relaxation
- Boost Immune System
- Connects you to your subconscious mind
- Problem Solving & Learning
When our brainwaves are out of balance, there will be corresponding problems in our emotional or neuro-physical health. A combination of under-arousal and over-arousal is seen in cases of anxiety and depression. The brain wave can be altered by using Singing Bowl sound vibration, one of the ancient ways of healing through brainwave entraining.
Singing Bowl : An ancient tool for Healing through balancing Chakras
Everything vibrates and where there is vibration, there is a sound. Every cell in human body absorbs sound and a vibration can reflect to our emotional and physical health. To understand it better, Chakras - the energy point in our body balances the spirit, body and health by ensuring harmonious flow of energy. When one or more Chakras are blocked it causes disharmony in our body. When we are healthy there is a harmonious flow of energy from each centre or chakras in the body. And just as a musical instrument can go out of tune, so can our bodies – creating disharmony & dis-ease.
Tibetan Singing Bowls or Himalayas Singing Bowl is an ancient method used in Eastern culture to balance the Chakras. The sound waves, in the form of sine waves, run correcting frequencies to the unbalanced chakras, bringing them back to normal functioning. As the vibration from the sound of the singing bowl runs through your body, it is calibrating your chakras to run at their most optimal tone. The sound and vibration from singing bowl is like a piano tuner for the human body and it is used to re-harmonize and re-calibrate our energy fields.
Each chakra resembles to a different body area, neural network, organ system, vibration, color – and a different musical note or frequency:
1st Chakra – Note C – skeletal/spine
2nd Chakra – Note D – reproduction/bladder
3rd Chakra – Note E – stomach/liver
4th Chakra – Note F – heart/circulation
5th Chakra – Note G – lungs/throat
6th Chakra – Note A – sinus/lower brain
7th Chakra – Note B – nerves/upper brain
The overall balancing effect of the Tibetan Singing Bowls and theta brainwave entrainment combine to enhance and support the corrective rebalance of the sine waves effect on each chakra. The result is balanced chakras which then, in turn, enhance cellular and systemic healing throughout the body that is facilitated by the theta rhythms.