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Friday, January 14, 2011


Mental Lion's knol on Theta Waves

Theta Brainwave Stimulation: Advantages and Disadvantages

Theta waves

What we know about theta brainwaves?

Theta Brainwaves are what we experiment when we are close to sleep or when we are just awake. Technically, Theta Waves are patterns of electrical activity of the brain ranging from 4 to 8 Hz. In this mental rhythm, people use to be in a deep relaxing state commonly associated with of REM sleep or dreaming.

Theta is an important wave because it is the boundary between the conscious and the subconscious mind, and by learning to dominate the Theta mind state we can access and influence that powerful subconscious part of our mind that is normally inaccessible to our waking minds. While we are in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and growth.

Theta brainwaves are generally thought of as the brainwaves that are present in people with peak levels of creativity, deep levels of relaxation, meditation and hypnosis. However, they are also present in people with A.D.D. / ADHD, distracted, day dreamy, out of this world.

Benefits of stimulating our brain with theta brain waves:

Anxiety and stress reduction
The reduction of the stress and anxiety levels is another benefit of theta brainwave stimulation. Not all people with large amounts of theta waves are relaxed, but the theta wave frequency has been linked to lowering levels of anxiety, stress, and neurosis. Increasing the total amount of theta brainwaves will help you to slow the rapid thoughts and improve your mental health.

Mind and body healing
The theta brainwave rhythm is known for the rejuvenation,  accelerated growth, and rapid healing of the body and mind. Due to the deep levels of relaxation that the theta brainwave brings, the body and mind is easily able to restore itself after a tough mental or physical workout.

Immune system improvement
Increasing your theta brainwaves can lead to boost your immune system because theta brainwaves are associated with self healing and usually zero stress. Stress and anxiety can harm the immune system by releasing damaging hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. The theta brainwave releases pleasant chemicals and neurotransmitters to help keep your immune system to recover.

Deep levels of relaxation
It is very difficult that the mind of a person reaches the Theta Brainwave while that person is awake. Even so, advanced medicators and children are able to achieve this deeply relaxing state of theta brainwave. Did you remember what your feelings in your childhood? In fact, the theta brainwave is a carefree state of the mind that makes you feel emotionally connected with others.

Emotional connection
Theta Brainwaves are associated with profound emotions. The interesting fact about this mental state is that as we deeply synchronize with Theta waves the intensity of our emotion increases. Sometimes when our emotions are blocked or hidden not allowing us to experience our natural emotions. By using Theta brainwaves stimulation through relaxation techniques or brainwave entrainment, we can return to feel and understand our emotions again and better.

Intuition increase
As we learn to synchronize with the theta wave, the intuitive capacity increases, the capability to ‘see’ and to ‘hear’ outside the borders of the physical senses expands, and we can expand our limited perception of reality. If we train our brains with meditation or brainwave entrainment, we can awake the latent ability and direct our senses in unlimited possibilities. As you increase your theta brainwaves, your intuition will increase as well as your ability to recognize those feelings in your “gut instinct”

Subconscious connection
Theta brainwaves enable you to connect deeply into your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the source of all your creativity and inspiration, here is where your long-term memories and experiences, creativity, deep spiritual connection and any emotional experience is kept.

High levels of creativity
Theta brainwave dominance is often found in highly creative individuals. Many talented artists, inventors, and thinkers are found to have been extremely higher than average levels of theta brainwaves. Utilizing the theta brainwave will definitely enhance your overall levels of creativity.

Advanced problem solving skills
Have you ever suffered from writer's block? The problem associated with worry and stress is mind dominance of beta brainwaves, preventing to solve problems and get "mental blocks". Increasing your theta or alpha brainwaves will most likely help you reach the flow state without getting "stuck."

Bridges the spiritual connection
Some people consider the theta brainwave the bridge between the physical body and the spiritual one. This mental state increases the feeling of peacefulness, bliss, and happiness. In fact, it's through theta brain waves that people achieve their strongest spiritual connection.

Subconscious mind programming
Theta brain wave stimulation enables you to access directly your subconscious mind. By doing so, you pass around your conscious mind that often acts as a "filter" and prevents you from changing your behavior patterns and negative thinking. In contrast, the subconscious mind blindly accepts any statement or affirmation that you give it, without question, and begin to act on it immediately. So, it's much easier to clear any negative thinking, thought patterns or attitudes that you may want to change, and to install new, desirable thinking and attitudes as part of your personal development and growth. In fact, this is the basis behind self-help techniques such as subliminal messages and hypnosis.

Paranormal Experiences
People in the theta brainwave range are especially open to psychic experiences, such as OOBE’s (Out Of Body Experiences), remote vision, ESP, and other phenomena. Even though most paranormal and psychic experiences can be argued to be real or fake, there is evidence that most people tend to have them when their mind has  theta brainwaves dominance. Psychics are supposedly able to tap the theta brainwave range in order to connect with higher spirits and the divine.

Increase of the learning ability
Though the alpha brainwave spectrum (8 – 12 Hz) has been associated with “super learning” abilities, the theta wave frequency range has been heavily related with learning skills. As your mind enters the theta range frequencies, you will be able to retain over 300% more information than you can while in the beta brainwave state. The theta wave state allows people to learn large amounts of information in a much quicker time than the beta brainwave state and may even be quicker than the alpha brainwave for some activities.

Improve long-term memory
As we train with theta waves, the ability of the brain to recall and store long-term memory increases as well. The hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory processing and storing memories, has a normalized theta wave rhythm passing through this area. Often times, therapists try to recover traumatized clients to the theta range in order to recall repressed memories and help talk them through the event.

Problems associated with theta brainwave stimulation

Lack of focus
Not everyone will benefit from a theta brainwave training. The theta brainwave dominance has been specifically connected to lack of focus and attention deficit disorder. In most cases, theta brainwaves are associated with mental fogginess, daydreaming activity, and random thinking. If you are already extremely unfocused, stimulating yourself with theta brainwaves is not a good idea.

People diagnosed with clinical depression have shown theta wave dominance. Usually, individuals that have lower brainwaves in excess tend to feel depression. Stimulating the mind of depressed people with beta brainwaves will be more beneficial. If you are depressed from being overstimulated with theta or alpha brainwaves I suggest to stop that stimulation and try beta.

The theta brainwave pattern has been associated to deep sleep or dreaming and is dominant in individuals that are sound asleep or extremely tired. Therefore, sleepiness and drowsiness happen when people fully awake are trained with theta brainwaves. When increasing your theta brainwaves, it is extremely common to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed. It is very tough to stay aware in the theta state of consciousness at work or social activities unless you are training through meditation.

Excitement is associated with beta brainwaves. It is not uncommon to feel apathy, or extreme feelings of boredom while in the theta range. If you are currently finding yourself indifferent with your life, it is time to work to increase your beta brainwaves and stay away from increasing theta.

Hyperactive people tend to have a high theta brainwave dominance that shows a lack of self control.. This is usually a common symptom of ADD/ADHD. Because the brain is functioning at such a slow brainwave pattern, the central nervous system is using up less overall energy. All the energy that you accumulate from food you eat needs to be used in some way. This excess of energy is expressed in the individual through hyperactive behaviors.

High suggestible mind
In the theta brainwave state, your brain may be overly receptive to suggestions and new information. Being overly receptive isn’t always a good thing and can make your subconscious more open to accepting negative suggested beliefs. Therefore, in this kind of people is not recommended theta stimulation.

Healthy ways for  theta brainwaves stimulation

Brainwave entrainment
Brainwave entrainment is a good alternative to train your mind to achieve theta wave dominance. If you want to tune your mental state of consciousness and awareness easily and naturally, try theta brainwaves training. Indeed, brainwave entrainment is an easy process that involves simply listening to a sound representing theta waves and your brainwaves will adapt in order to match the frequency associated with the acoustic tone.

Listening to music
Almost all genres of music target the brain’s right hemisphere and stimulate theta brainwave levels. You may ask why music makes you feel more emotional or provokes an intense emotional reaction from within? Music brings emotions to the surface because when we listen, our brain naturally increases it’s theta brainwaves.

Sleep adequately
Getting a quality sleep is important for keeping a healthy and powerful mind. Though theta brainwaves will not be present when you wake up the next day, they are highly prevalent mental freshness. Most dream-sleeping is associated to an increase in theta brainwave activity, whereas dream less sleep is mostly linked to delta brainwave activity.

The main meditation  objective is to lower the brainwaves into the alpha-theta brainwave range. In fact, meditation is the safest, healthiest way to increase your theta brainwaves is to make a daily habit or start up a meditation routine. If you are already practicing meditation, that's great,  you’ll naturally increase flexibility with to travel through the alpha brainwave range to experience the benefits of theta.

Hypnosis / Self-hypnosis
The goal of all hypnosis and self-hypnosis programs is to target the lower brainwave ranges (i.e. alpha and theta) to implant new beliefs. Practicing self-hypnosis regularly or seeing a hypnotherapist will definitely help you reduce stress by increasing your alpha and theta brainwaves.

Creative Visualization
Every time that you close your eyes and practice creative visualization, the amount of natural theta brainwave increases. Though it is tough to maintain awareness in a brainwave state predominantly composed of theta waves, it can be done with practice. Creative visualization will give your theta brainwaves a nice, healthy push while you are engaged in this eyes-closed, extremely-relaxed process.

Like meditation, yoga is yet another activity that promotes relaxation and well being by alternating your brainwaves to the calming patterns of alpha and theta. There are many different types of yoga, and if practiced right, they will definitely slow your brainwaves and allow you to experience a much greater sense of awareness and insight within the theta range.

Unhealthy ways to stimulate theta brainwaves

Skipping sleep
Depriving yourself of a good night’s sleep or completely skipping sleep will increase the amount of cortisol (a hormone associated with stress and aging) and will flood your brain with a combination of unfocused brainwaves: mostly theta, some delta and in some cases high-beta.

Valium is a sedative that is commonly used to treat anxiety, stress, and panic. Taking the drug Valium will increase your brain’s lower frequency brainwaves: mostly theta. The theta brainwaves are what makes a person feel tired and deeply relaxed. If you have ever taken Valium, you know what a kick of the theta brainwaves feel like.

Though drinking alcohol primarily increases the total amount of a person’s alpha brainwaves, it definitely has an effect on the theta range too. In extreme cases of alcoholism and drunkenness, the theta brainwave pattern can dominate the brain and leave the individual extremely confused and impair all memory functions.

Hallucinogenic drugs (i.e. Magic Mushrooms / LSD / Acid)
Hallucinogenic drugs like Magic Mushrooms, LSD, and Acid are definitely not wise to take. They are things that kill your brain cell sand can cause a user to have extremely negative reactions that result in huge emotional upheavals and possible psychotic episodes.

Conclusions about beta brainwave stimulation

Theta brainwave stimulation can help you to increase your creativity, intuition, and spiritual connection with your inner self and the fellowman. On the other hand if you are a "daydreamy boy" it is advisable not to use this training beacuase this will make you more distracted.

This is amazing about Theta wave. I am eager to know what would be my rhythm between my conscious and subconscious boundaries in sleeping. And besides, stimulating my brain will be a good exercise.
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