I’ve noticed a lot of discussion in the Law of Attraction community about the relationship between successful manifestation and brainwave training.
The specific theory being discussed is that by training your brain to use lower frequency brainwaves you can connect more easily with your deep-rooted thought, beliefs and ambitions.
This kind of practice can enable you to deliberately control your ‘brain state’.
This in turn allows you to more easily and regularly access subconscious thoughts and beliefs that can help you to manifest your dreams into reality.
So What Is a Brainwave Anyway?
Our brains contain billions of nerve cells (or neurons).
The neurons constantly communicate with each other using electrical pulses and send chemical and electrical forms of information through our body.
These electrical and chemical pulses are what we refer to as brainwaves.
Brainwaves can be detected using sensors placed on the scalp and can be detected with special medical equipment like an EEG (electroencephalography)
Different Thoughts and Emotions Trigger Different Brainwaves.
Although brainwaves are a continuous spectrum, scientists have broadly divided them into five main bandwidths that range from low to high frequency.
The lower frequencies being slower and louder and the higher ones being faster and more subtle.
It can be useful to think of them like a musical scale.
The lower frequency brainwaves can be thought of like a booming penetrating drum beat, whereas the higher frequencies can be likened to more subtle and complex music like that produced by a high pitched flute.
It’s been observed that our brainwaves correspond to different states of experience or thought and vary depending on our mood, feelings and what we’re doing at that particular moment.
Higher frequencies have been seen when we are very alert and active, and lower frequencies are seen when we are feeling slower and more tired.
Each brainwave can be broadly categorised as representing particular activities within the brain, however keep in mind that this is a generalisation, as there is still a lot we don’t know about brain function.
Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second). They are divided into the following bands for slow, moderate, and fast waves.
The Five Brainwave Types
Gama Brainwave (30-100Hz)
These are the highest frequency, fastest and most subtle of the brainwaves. In fact they are so subtle, they were initially ignored by scientists as ‘noise’ until research later discovered them to be linked to higher mental activity.
Gamma brainwaves are mostly detected when we are in a ‘peak mental state’ and is often observed in long-term, regular meditation practitioners such as Buddhist monks. It’s therefore thought the mind has to be very quiet to produce gamma waves.
Beta Brainwave (14-40Hz)
Beta brainwaves tend to be the most dominate of all brainwaves when we are awake. They are a ‘fast frequency’ brainwave and can often be seen when we are alert, attentive and engaged with the outside world.
Beta brainwaves are most often detected when we are focussing our attention on thinking and reasoning about everyday tasks. They are easiest to detect when we’re busy thinking actively such as when we’re involved in active conversation, learning something, solving problems or making decisions.
Continuous use of such high frequency processing however takes its toll, as it uses up a lot of energy. This may explain why we can feel physically exhausted after being engaged in complex cognitive tasks for a long period.
Alpha Brainwave (8-13Hz)
Alpha brainwaves are associated with some meditative states and can often be detected just before falling asleep, when practicing yoga or when involved in creative and artistic activities.
Alpha can be thought of as a kind of resting state for your brain where overall mental co-ordination is improved and you are alert but calm, allowing you to integrate mind and body and process learning more easily.
Theta Brainwave (4-7.5Hz)
Theta brainwaves can be detected when we are in dream state or in a deep meditative state.
When we experience theta brainwaves we are focused on our inner world. It’s usually only experienced briefly when falling off to sleep or waking from a deep sleep. However, there are exceptions such as when we’re engaged in a task is habitual such as brushing our teeth or showering where the mind can disengage. Research has also shown a positive association of theta waves with memory, creativity and psychological well-being.
In theta we are in a dream state either when we are asleep or when daydreaming or in deep meditation. In this state we can access intuition and information not usually available to us when we are fully awake.
This is why chakra yoga experts associate theta brainwaves with the “third eye” as it’s thought to be our gateway to deeper learning, intuition and memory.
Delta Brainwave (0.5-4Hz)
Delta brainwaves are experienced in the deepest stages of dreamless sleep. These are slow, loud brainwaves similar to the slow penetrating beat of a drum. Delta waves shut off awareness of the outside world and stimulate healing and rejuvenation. This is why deep sleep is an essential part of the human body’s healing process.
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How to Manifest Your Dreams With Brainwave Training
Is it possible to deliberately alter our brainwaves and control the different brain states and experiences associated with them?
In short, yes.
In general, our brainwaves are controlled by our involuntary nervous system, but research has shown that we can voluntarily control the frequencies using a combination of meditation and a practice called ‘neurofeedback’.
Researchers recently discovered significant differences in brainwave activity in highly experienced meditators.
Not only do they have different brainwaves compared to non-meditators, they also seem to be able to deliberately control their brainwaves much more easily than others.
One of the most common methods used to increase certain brain frequencies and reduce others is called neurofeedback. This uses an EEG or other brain sensing equipment to provide direct feedback on brain states.
It’s been shown that this kind of direct feedback (in the form of light, sound, or even video games) can produce changes in our brain states that are then detected in our brainwaves.
This feedback seems to speed up the learning process by making our brain states more obvious to the participant.
Taking control of your brainwave frequencies by combining both meditation and neurofeedback can be a powerful way to help you to reprogram your brain, allowing you to access your subconscious mind to help you attract your dreams.
If you are more aware of your brainwaves and use practices such as meditation and neurofeedback to take control of them you can increase your lower frequency brainwave activity whilst decreasing the higher frequencies.
This will result in being you being able to deliberately change your state and more easily connect with your deep-rooted ambitions to enable you to more easily manifest your desires.