My greatest clarity often comes in the middle of the night when I awaken from a sleep cycle, feel very relaxed and have no resistance.
There are 5 brainwave states (rates of electromagnetic waves) – named with greek letters and defined by their rate of repetition.
Gamma (+30 Hz) – Heightened perception, learning.
- Hi-Beta (20.5-28 Hz) – Rapid thought, excitement, high anxiety.
- Beta (16.5-20 Hz) – Intensely focused brain activity.
- Lo-Beta (12-16 Hz) – Reduced anxiety, increased wellbeing and health.
Alpha (8-12 Hz) – Calm, relaxed state for mindfullness & meditation.
Theta (4-7 Hz) – Dreamy, autopilot, deep meditation, sleep, creative.
Delta (1 – 3 Hz) – Dreamless sleep and deep meditation, out of body.
Each brainwave state pertains to our thoughts and is useful to know for when we want to reprogram our subconscious mind.
For the first 7 years of life we live in an almost dreamlike state so the subconscious can absorb information like a sponge. As the subconscious runs on autopilot for about 95% of our waking life, whatever we perceived in early childhood is programmed into us.
Recurrent problems in our lives are caused by this programming, so to overcome the problems we must override the unhelpful thoughts looping in our subconscious.
This can feel like an exhausting task if we have a lot of unwanted thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, others and the environment.
Because our thoughts and beliefs create our life many of us are programmed to self sabotage over and over again due to social conditioning.
Beliefs of lack and unworthiness can feel hard to break, yet this is all we need do to change our lives.
This is where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness is a practice of staying present and choosing thoughts rather than letting our thoughts run a mock.
Thoughts create emotions and negative thoughts cause uncomfortable emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, envy and grief etc.
All we need to do to feel happy is think positive thoughts.
Sleep learning (theta) has been identified as a beneficial and easy way to re-program the subconscious because when we sleep our conscious mind is closed off and our subconscious is relaxed and receptive. We can then listen to audiobooks and meditations which go straight into the subconscious to re-program ourselves for happiness and abundance.