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"Understand your brainwaves and
unlock the secret to the power of the mind."
- Scott Lee
Have you ever sat by the side of a mountain, doing nothing but enjoying the breath-taking scenery before you?
No deadlines to meet or reports to hand in, no phones ringing, no worries and no pressure to do anything at all...
Just the sound of the birds singing and chirping away in the background as a mountain stream tinkles and babbles merrily nearby. The cool, mountain breeze blowing through your hair and the smell of that fresh air that you can only experience high-up in the mountains, far away from civilization...
Just experience and be in the moment totally.
Not really thinking about anything else at all.
Feeling totally calm and relaxed.
Becoming aware of your heart beating as you slowly inhale and exhale the fresh, cool air.
Feeling totally at peace and relaxed in the present moment.
Imagine if you could enter this calm and peaceful state any time you wish, regardless of how busy or chaotic the situation may be.
If you could learn to do that, would you be interested?
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."
- Gautama Buddha
What are Brain Waves?
Have you ever wondered why some people are always so calm and collected, even when the situation around them is upside-down and chaotic? On the other hand, some other people are always so excitable even when there’s really nothing to get excited about.
That's because how people react to the situation that they’re in is entirely because of the brainwave patterns that are going through their minds at that moment.
Right this very moment, as you think and read these sentences, your brain is sending out electrical impulses through its network of neurons and synapses. These electrical impulses can be measured by a device called an electroencephalograph (EEG), and seen on a monitor as brain wave patterns.
The speed of the electrical impulses moving through your brain cells is called frequency, and is measured in hertz or cycles per second.
The important thing to note is that the frequency of your brain waves determines your state of mind and how you react to the situation around you.
The frequency of your brainwaves can be classified into four major categories:
Four Categories of Brain Wave Frequencies
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(14 to 32 Hz)
- Produced by thinking mind and conscious thought process. Most common brain wave pattern.
- Concentration, logic, reasoning, alertness and critical thinking.
- Higher levels of beta may result in feelings of anxiety, stress, unfocused thought, insomnia & even nervous breakdowns in extreme cases.
- Necessary & required to function and navigate in your everyday life and normal waking consciousness.
(7 to 14 Hz)
- Produced during relaxed detached awareness and daydreaming mind.
- Relaxation, super learning & memory retention, increased concentration & focus, light meditation, increased health benefits.
- Provides vividness and lucidity to our imagination & visualization.
- Enables us to remember our dreams and meditative states.
- Link between conscious and subconscious mind, gateway to meditation.
(3.5 to 7 Hz)
- Produced by subconscious mind, and present in dreaming sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) state.
- Deep meditation & spiritual connection, increased creativity ("ah-ha" moment) & retention of learned material, deep healing of body & mind.
- Long-term memory, center of creative inspiration and storehouse of repressed psychological & emotional baggage.
- Key to meditation and spiritual breakthrough.
(0.1 to 3.5 Hz)
- Produced by the unconscious mind and during deep, dreamless sleep.
- Deep trance-like, non-physical state, loss of body awareness.
- Intuition and psychic awareness, enabling knowledge of information that isn't available on conscious level.
- Gateway to unconscious & collective unconscious, access to universal psyche or mind.
Master Your Brain Waves &
"Mastery is being in the state that you want to be in,
Control Your State of Mind...
when you want to be there, knowing what to do with that state,
and being able to accomplish it."
- Anna Wise
Every state of consciousness that you experience is a result of one of these four brainwave patterns. Whilst Beta is the most common brain wave generated, you also produce the other three brain waves at other times.
For example, Alpha when you’re relaxing, just before you go to sleep or when daydreaming. Theta is produced by your subconscious mind or when you dream and Delta during deep sleep.
Most successful people know how to naturally control their brainwaves, even if they’re not aware that they’re doing so.
However, most other people lead their lives being "controlled" by their brainwaves instead of the other way around. They react to their situations based on their current state of mind. As a result, they don’t get what they truly want, or don’t perform as well as they should.
- Ever been in a situation where you said or did something which you regretted later?
- How about trying to study and memorize something but end-up falling asleep instead?
- Perhaps you've tried to sleep at night but, no matter what, you just can't fall asleep?
Now, imagine being able to put yourself in the right state of mind to handle any situation that arises.
- Saying and doing the right thing at the right time.
- Being able to concentrate and focus on what you’re doing instead of getting distracted easily or falling asleep.
- Falling asleep easily everytime your head touches your pillow.
- Remaining calm and collected, even when the situation around you is falling apart and chaotic.
Wouldn’t you agree that a better strategy is to change your brain waves and state of mind to match the situation, instead of blindly reacting to your situation based on your existing state of mind and brain waves?
"Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind"
- Zen Proverbs
Mastering Your Brain Waves is
Easier than You Think!
The good news is that you can learn to slow down your brainwaves from Beta to Alpha and other deeper states of mind.
The benefits are obvious, you feel more energized, refreshed, increased concentration and focus, super-learning, etc.
Even better news, it’s actually quite simple to learn how to do so.
If I told you that I had already taught you to slow down your brainwaves without your realizing it, would that convince you?
Remember the mountain-top scene that you imagined at the start of this article?
Didn’t you feel peaceful and refreshed after reading that brief introduction?
Let’s try it out again.
Go back and re-read that short introduction again. This time, close your eyes and visualize your surroundings as vividly and clearly as possible.
As you feel more relaxed and peaceful, your brainwaves naturally slowed down from Beta to Alpha (it’s sometimes called going to Alpha).
It’s that simple.
Now that little visualization session was just a simple, basic way to go to alpha. It’s quite useful when you need that little pick-me-up in the middle of the day.
Obviously, your brain waves can do a lot more than just a quick refresher every now and then. Not surprisingly, many self-help techniques and products help you achieve your objectives by influencing your brainwave patterns. Self help techniques such as the Release Technique, Silva Method, creative visualization and meditation are also effective in controlling your brain wave patterns to enable you to harness your mind power. Other techniques such as hypnosis are based on slowing down your brainwaves so that you’re in a more receptive state of mind to receive and accept their suggestions and affirmations.
By now, I’m sure you realize how important it is to master and control your brain waves. If you can master your brain waves, you’ll be able to ensure that you’re always in the most optimal state of mind to accomplish whatever task you have to do, whenever and wherever you choose to do so.
Imagine always being at your best, most optimal state of mind and body to accomplish all your tasks and achieve your goals.
|Trust in your own abilities - If you believe you can,
Picture yourself always feeling confident & self-assured, resourceful & capable, enthusiastic & motivated and always knowing the right thing to say and do.
How would your life change?
What kind of goals would you set if you knew that you could not fail?
Where will you be in 5, 10 years time if you could achieve all your goals and objectives?
Think about it...
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"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe,
it can achieve."
- Napoleon Hill