All of us go in and out of a trance-like state many, many times in a day – even if you are not aware of this, at the moment. Some common examples include daydreaming (and what a beautiful state that is!), suddenly arriving home but not being conscious/aware of your journey, because you have done it so many times before your unconscious mind remembers. Yes – you are on automatic pilot! It is a common complaint from teachers that your child does not concentrate and is ‘off with the fairies’. This is very common and very normal for small children and continues up to the age of about 7 or 8 yrs. They are in permanent Theta brainwave state.
It is important to understand how your brain contributes to the state of your mind.
How many brain waves are there?
There are four basic types of brain waves:
- Beta waves – the waking consciousness and reasoning wave. Beta brainwaves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. Important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress and anxiety.
- Alpha waves – the deep relaxation wave. Present in deep relaxation and usually emerge when daydreaming or during light meditation. This is a great time to program the mind for success as it also heightens your imagination, visualisation, memory, learning and concentration. Alpha waves are the gateway to your subconscious mind.
- Theta waves – the light meditation and sleeping wave. Present during deep meditations and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. As you drift off to sleep from Alpha – Delta, this is the perfect time to direct your subconscious mind as to what you want. Theta is where your mind’s deep seated programs are and it is where you experience vivid visualisations, incredible inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insights. At the Alpha/Theta border is where the creative power of your mind begins and is perfect for mind programming.
- Delta waves – the deep sleep wave. This is the slowest of the brainwave frequencies and occurs in both deep, dreamless sleep and transcendental meditation. Deep sleep is important for the healing process as it aids with deep healing and regeneration. Not having enough deep sleep is detrimental to your health.
Why do brain waves matter?
We are controllers of our reality – of our thoughts, beliefs and mindset. Understanding the deeper states of consciousness, allows you to open your subconscious mind and create your reality – at will.
In hypnosis this happens this effortlessly allowing change to happen, just the way you want.