Let’s take a look at the topic of brainwaves and the role they play in the process of hypnotherapy and Past Life Regression. As you may well know our brains work in frequencies and the specific frequency depends on the level of brain activity.
There are 5 distinct brain wave frequencies namely a Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and the most recently added, the Gamma frequency.
Each of these individual frequencies are typically measured in cycles per second or in Hertz, and each one has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of the brain’s activity, and also a unique state of mental consciousness. To better understand these different brain frequencies and why it is so important to understand them in the context of Past Life Regression and hypnotherapy, let’s take a look at these frequencies individually.
The frequency resonating between 14-40Hz is known as the Beta state. Now you don’t have to remember the exact wavelengths of these frequencies, as long as you know what it is called and what it represents. The Beta state is the normal waking consciousness and reasoning state of mind. It is typically associated with a heightened state of alertness, logic, and critical reasoning on the positive side, but it can also translate into stress, fear, anxiety, and general restlessness. So in our everyday life, we spend most of our waking hours in a Beta wave state of mind.
Between 7.5-14 Hz we find the Alpha wave. Alpha waves are generally present during states of deep physical and mental relaxation, usually when the eyes are closed, such as during a daydream, or during a light meditation. The Alpha state of mind represents the optimal time to program and reprogram the mind for success.
It is also useful for heightening your imagination, visualization memory, and to maximize learning and concentration. The alpha wave is the gateway to your subconscious mind and is the voice of your intuition, which becomes clearer and much more profound the closer your brain gets to 7.5Hz.
Next is the Theta wave, which falls between 4-7.5Hz. Theta waves are present during hypnosis sessions, during deep meditation, and also during light sleep, which of course includes the all-important REM dream state of sleep. The Theta wave literally represents the essence or the realm of your subconscious mind.
Interesting to know is that it is on the alpha-theta border, ranging from 7Hz to 8Hz, is where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming, and harnessing the creative power of our minds begin. Now, and this is very important. This state, when literally hovering on this borderline between Alpha and Theta, exists the mental state in which you consciously create your reality.
During this state, you are conscious of your surroundings while your body is in a state of deep relaxation. You will find this borderline level most commonly in a hypnotized client.
Next, we look at the Delta wave that commonly resonates between 0.5-4Hz. This is the deep sleep wave. The Delta wave is the slowest of the brainwave frequencies and is only experienced during deep, dreamless sleep, as well as in very deep states of transcendental meditation and also during sessions of deep hypnosis, where the mental awareness is fully detached.
This represents the deep realm of the unconscious mind and is the gateway to the universal mind and the collective unconscious, where information is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level. This means that the information and memories stored here cannot be retrieved or remembered while we are in our normal functioning state of mind. It is also interesting to note that this level, being the Delta level of deep sleep, is important for the body and mind’s healing processes, as it is linked with deep healing and also regeneration.
Lastly, we take a look at Gamma waves, which resonate above 40Hz. Also known as The Insight Wave, it is the most recently discovered of the known brainwaves and is also the fastest frequency. Little is still known about this particular state of mind, however initial research shows that Gamma brain waves are associated with bursts of insight and high–level information processing inside our brains. An important point to note is that there is no such thing as a “gamma state” of mind. Gamma waves largely play a supporting, yet integral role in the functioning of the brain. From an EEG point of view, they will be present mostly while a person is in the waking state, but Gamma waves will always be supported by the beta, alpha, theta, or delta ranges.
As the guide, facilitator, or hypnotherapist it is your responsibility to make sure that you know how to recognize the different stages of brainwave activity in your client and to ensure that your client reaches the appropriate level of trance for the work to be done. And this is why it is vitally important to know not only the different types of brainwaves but also what each one is best used for and how to recognize the difference between them.
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