Human beings are capable of thought, perception, emotion, determination, memory and imagination that take place within the brain. We have the awareness of consciousness, the ability to control what we do, to know what we are doing and why. We are able to obtain deep understanding of our lives and environment and therefore adapt as need be. Our ability to analyze situations renders us competent in developing solutions to problems and practical solutions. We may not be able to see in the ultraviolet range, but we may design instruments that do. We may not be able to see atoms, but we can design experiments that enable us to know their properties.

In order to make the most of our mental capacities, one must learn to flow easily between one type of brain functioning and another. I described the various brainwaves and their ideal uses in my last post so now I will discuss how to optimize this ability.

Meditation Routine – A meditation routine will help the activation of Alpha or lower brainwaves fairly quickly after some practice. If you make meditation a daily practice, you will be able to tap into that Alpha state with ease. Guided meditation may also smooth the progress of accessing lower brainwaves

Brainwave Entrainment Technology – Brainwave Entrainment can be a powerful method for tuning into various brainwaves. This involves is listening to a specific tone through headphones allowing the brain wave state to match the audio stimulus. In other words, the brain begins to pulse at the desired speed.

A Beta Exercise — Become extremely aware of all your 5 senses. Take note of what you can smell, the taste in your mouth, what your hands are touching, become acutely aware of what you hear and see. Feel free to write this down. Having done this you will know that you are in beta due to the intense external input and the total lack of awareness of your body, feelings or sensations.

Accessing Alpha — Try the following exercise first with your eyes open & then repeat it with your eyes closed. Take a deep breath, hold it and notice the sensations as your heart beats three times, relax & breath out — repeat 3 times. Breathe in and out slowly to a count of 4, as you do so notice how your body feels —relaxed & warm.

So how do you know if you’ve managed to change from one mental state to another? The descriptions below should help:

Delta Brain Waves ( O.5 to 4Hz)

0.5 Hz – Relaxation, helps soothe headaches
0.5 – 1.5 Hz - Pain relief. Endorphin release
0.9 Hz – Euphoric feeling
1 Hz – Well being. Harmony and balance
2.5 Hz – Production of endogenous opiates (pain killers, reduce anxiety)
2.5 Hz – Relieves migraine pain. Produces endogenous opiates
3.4 Hz – Helps achieve restful sleep
3.5 Hz – Feeling of unity with everything. Whole being regeneration
3.9 Hz – Self renewal, enhanced inner awareness
4.0 Hz – Enkephalin release for reduced stress
4.0 Hz – Allows brain to produce enkaphalins, all natural pain killer
4.0 Hz – Full memory scanning. Releases enkephalins
4.0 Hz – Vital for memory and learning. Problem solving, object naming
1 – 3 Hz – Profound relaxation, restorative sleep. Tranquility and peace

Theta Brain Waves ( 4 to 8 Hz)

4.5 Hz – Brings about creativity and imagination
4.9 Hz – Induce relaxation and deeper sleep
4.9 Hz – Introspection. Relaxation, meditation
5 Hz – Reduces sleep required. Theta replaces need for extensive dreaming
5.35 Hz – Allows relaxing breathing, free and efficient
5.5 Hz – Inner guidance, intuition
6.5 Hz – Centre of Theta frequency. Activates creative imagery
7.5 Hz – Activates creative thought for art, invention, music. Problem solving
7.5 Hz – Ease of overcoming troublesome issues
7.83 Hz – Schumann earth resonance. Grounding, meditative
3 – 8 Hz – Deep relaxation, meditation. Lucid dreaming
3 – 8 Hz – Increased memory, focus, creativity
4 – 7 Hz – Deep meditation, near-sleep brainwaves.

Alpha brain waves ( 8 to 12Hz)

8- 10 Hz Increased learning new information, memorization
8.22 Hz – Associated with the feelings and sensations in the whole body
10 Hz – Enhanced serotonin release. Mood elevation, arousal, stimulant
10 Hz – Provides relief from lost sleep, improves general mood
10 Hz – Mood elevator. Used to dramatically reduce headaches
10 Hz – Clarity, subconscious correlation. Releases serotonin
11 Hz – Relaxed yet awake state
12 Hz – Centering, mental stability.
11 – 14 Hz – Increased focus and awareness
12 – 14 Hz – Learning frequency, good for absorbing information passively

Beta brain waves ( 13 to 30Hz)

14 Hz – Awakeness, alert. Concentration on tasks, Focusing, vitality.
16 Hz – Releases oxygen/calcium into cells
12 – 15 Hz – Relaxed focus, improved attentive abilities
13 – 27 Hz – Promotes focused attention toward external stimuli
18-24 Hz — Euphoria, can result in headaches, anxiety.

(Data taken from