The Importance of Brainwaves
Thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings, and brainwaves move around in your mind every single second of every day. These electrical waves’ flows allow neurons within our brain to communicate with each other while we walk, talk, think, work and feel.
Where they are generated in your brain and how they communicate with each other is still somewhat of a mystery. However, as research continues and we uncover and find answers to these questions, one thing is sure: brainwaves are the foundation of everything going on in our minds, from memory to attention, from intelligence to emotions, even how we behave at a given moment.
What do these Brainwaves look like?
Brainwaves (left) in neuroscience refer to the rhythmic changes in a group of neurons’ electrical activity. Each neuron has an electrical voltage. When these neurons fire simultaneously because of stimulation from another cell, we see changes in the form of a wave. At any one time, a number of these waves are sweeping through our brain, each one producing a different frequency, grouped and classified as Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta and Gamma, each associated with a different task.
Ongoing research has shown that a specific type of brainwave pattern would indicate that you are in a particular state of being. For example, if an EEG reading shows you’re emitting a 10Hz signal, that would indicate a relaxed and deeply chilled state. If, however, you were emitting a 1Hz signal, there is no doubt about the fact that you are in deep restorative sleep.
Frequencies and chemicals.
Those generally in a good mood and are motivated and enthusiastic normally have high serotonin levels, normally released by a 10Hz frequency. Others who experience flashes of inspiration, creativity and ideas are often in particular alpha frequencies. Finally, those who seem to have high focus levels are found at the 14Hz level.
So it’s clear that we can understand what is happening inside our brain when these different states are present, when we are asleep, focused, full of energy and happy, or creative and inspiring.
But why is this important?
Well, brainwaves are more than the result of being in a particular state; it also determines your state. In a nutshell, the frequencies emitted by your brain will contribute to your state of mind, for example, when you feel excited, focused, happy, relaxed or intuitive and creative.
If you could change your brainwave patterns, you could also change and reproduce a particular state of mind.
If you think about it, you will notice that you are already doing it.
Simply by listening to relaxing music, you are effectively controlling your brainwaves. In addition, by listening to music, you are moving the brainwave patterns from beta to alpha.
Imagine the possibilities of controlling your brainwaves to produce the exact frequencies needed for the precise states of mind mentioned above? For example, wouldn’t it be great if you could place yourself in a state where you can become more focused and purposeful, or maybe you need some inspiration for a presentation that you have to give, maybe you would like to be able to relax on a deeper level or be able to have a better night’s sleep?
You can control those states.
It’s called “Brainwave entrainment”(BWE) for short – it’s a branch of science called neuroscience that has been studied for over 50 years. Today it’s becoming a more and more understood subject and is purportedly used in many therapeutic situations to treat numerous psychological and physiological conditions.