Alpha brainwaves provide the link between the conscious and subconscious mind. They allow you to be aware of what is happening in your subconscious mind, for example when you’re dreaming or in deep meditation. Without Alpha brain waves, you won’t be able to remember your dreams when you wake up or come out from meditation.
Alpha brain waves also provide vividness and clarity to your visualizations. It allows you to clearly imagine and visualize, seeing the shape, colors, hearing the sounds, feeling the texture, the warmth or coolness of the object or your visualized surroundings.
In 1908, Dr. Hans Berger, an Austrian psychiatrist, discovered the existence of electrical waves in the brain. He called them Alpha brain waves because they were the first electrical waves discovered in the brain. Dr. Hans Berger also invented the electroencephalograph (EEG), a machine which amplifies, records and graphs the electrical activities in the brain. Soon after, scientists began discovering other types of brain waves, Beta, Delta and Theta (named in the order they were discovered).
In the 1950s and ‘60s, researchers realized that it was possible for people to learn to control their own brainwaves. They discovered that during meditation, experienced meditators slowed down their brain waves from Beta to Alpha brainwaves and even Theta brain waves.
This led to the development of many self-help products and self help techniques which claimed to be able to instantly achieve the bliss, peacefulness and depth sought after in meditation as well as other health and mental benefits associated with meditation.
In fact, every time, you day-dream, about to fall asleep but not quite there yet, or when you’ve just woken up but not fully awake yet, you’re in Alpha. You also slip into Alpha brain waves when you’re relaxing and enjoying the warm water in your bath or shower or even when you’re sitting in the toilet. That simple exercise you went through in my Fr-ee ebook is another easy way to go into Alpha brain waves.
See the similarities? You naturally go into Alpha every time you’re feeling relaxed and peaceful, mentally and physically.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Alpha brainwaves, I thought, "Big Deal... If that’s what Alpha is all about, then what’s all the fuss about?" That was before I actually learnt how to go to Alpha...
The calm, silence and inner peace of mind that you get in Alpha is something that you have to experience to understand and appreciate.
Imagine your whole mind and body being so calm, silent and still as if time has stopped. Even your breathing has slowed down, so much so, that you almost seem to have stopped breathing.
Picture a dark, deep, still pool of water with no ripples at all, on a dark moonless night. No movement or ripples in the water.
Nothing stirring or moving at all.
Just stillness and silence...
Similarly, being in Alpha is something you’ve got to experience to understand and really appreciate.
But once you're able to do so, it'll open up a whole new world for you...
- Lao Tzu
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