Meditation and Brain Waves | Explained in Detail

Meditation and Brain Waves | Explained in Detail

If you’ve recently had a spiritual awakening, there are high chances that you’ve come across the term meditation. But what is meditation and how do brain waves fit into all this. Can you use meditation to manifest? Keep reading to find out.

What is meditation?

Meditation simply put, is a way of connecting with your higher self. It’s all about blocking out all the noise, the distractions and delving in to the inner world. People meditate for various reasons to achieve various results.

Meditation has been used to heal diseases, manifest almost anything you desire, achieve states of elevated emotions such as peace, love etc, access past lives, over come anxiety. This list could go on and on.

Understanding the link between brain waves and meditation.

Meditation earlier on was shunned by the scientific community, but thanks to scientists like Dr Joe Dispenza, who help to bridge the gap between Spirituality and science, we are able to understand these concepts better.

One fundamental concept linking science to meditation is the study of brain waves. Brain waves are measured using an EEG (Electroencephalogram). There are five brain waves, which we will discussing in this article:

  • Beta Brain Waves
  • Alpha Brain Waves
  • Theta Brain Waves
  • Delta Brain Waves
  • Gamma Brain Waves

1. Beta Brain waves.

The brain is in the Beta state when we are awake. As described earlier, brain waves are measured using a machine called an Electroencephalogram (EEG). This device measures the electrical activity of the brain using small metal metal discs (electrodes) attached to the scalp. Brain cells communicate via electrical impulses. This activity is recorded by an EEG as waves, which can then be interpreted as one of these five Brain waves.

Beta waves further be classified into three categories:

  • Low-range Beta Waves
  • Mid-range Beta waves
  • High-range Beta waves

Low-range Beta is a relaxed state. You are still awake and aware of your environment, but there is nothing causing arousal. Low-range beta activities include carrying out a conversation with a friend, reading a book, cooking etc.

Mid-range Beta is a slightly more aroused state. When in mid-range beta state, you are a bit nervous but not too nervous. For example when introducing yourself to a group of people, having to remember people’s names etc.

High-range Beta is a state of high alert. This signals that you are in ‘danger’ and you are in a constant state of arousal. When in high range beta, the body is pumping out stress hormones such as cortisol and Adrenaline. High range beta activities include when you are anxious to speak to a large group of people, when you are angry, depressed, vengeful, agitated, etc. You get the idea.

2. Alpha Brain Waves

When in Alpha state, you are still awake and aware of your environment but you are relaxed and more like in a trance state. Alpha state activities include day dreaming, imagining, visualizing etc. When you are in this state you are calm, collected and tend to be in a creative mode.

3. Theta Brain Waves

Theta Brain waves usually come about when you are about to fall asleep. As described in Dr Joe Dispenza’s book, Becoming Supernatural, you are in the twilight stage where your mind is still awake but your body is drifting off to sleep. This state is associated with deep meditation states.

4. Delta Brain Waves

Delta brain waves are associated with deep restorative sleep. At this point you are fully asleep and completely unaware of your external environment. During meditation, some people manage to reach this state however it is a bit difficult. Those who manage to reach this state describe it as a feeling of oneness with everything in the universe.

5. Gamma Brain waves

Gamma Brain Waves are associated with mystical experiences. Instead of external experiences, you are now having internal experiences. Dr Joe describes this high frequency state as a Superconscious state. This is when your brain is aroused from an internal event.

Gamma brain waves are also associated with deep concentration and high alertness.

Final thoughts.

Each of these states is achievable through meditation. When starting out, it is advisable to try and ‘block’ out the external distractions and move from a beta state to an alpha state. But through constant practice, you will be able to move to Theta, Delta and even Gamma states.

I hope this article has shed some light on the link between meditation and brain waves. If you found this piece of information useful kindly share it in order to enlighten others. Cheers!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Danson Munyao

    This brain waves article is indeed interesting and altogether informative.

  2. Amy Ochola

    i think everyone should give meditation a chance.

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