What are brainwaves? How can you influence your brainwaves using brainwave music? To understand this, we must look more closely at how our brains work.
The human brain contains four parts that are visible by looking at a brain with unaided eyes. These parts are called the cerebrum, cerebellum, diencephalon, and brainstem. Brain scientists have also discovered many other smaller structures inside the brain, each one controlling specific functions in the brain and body.
The cerebrum and cerebellum are divided into two halves, one on each side of the body. These two halves are called brain hemispheres. The two hemispheres of the cerebrum are connected by the corpus callosum, a thick nerve fiber. Each hemisphere is responsible for specific functions. For example, the left hemisphere mainly controls our rational thoughts, while the right hemisphere is responsible for our intuition, emotions, and creativity.
Neurons are the cells that interconnect the structures inside the brain. Neurons communicate with each other by electric impulses. These impulses create electrical oscillations, or wave patterns, within the brain called brainwaves. Like radio waves, brainwaves are measured by their frequency, or how much they oscillate up and down every cycle. Brainwaves are measured with a machine called an Electroencephalograph (EEG).
Our brains can produce more than one frequency at a time when we are doing or thinking about multiple things at once. However, one brainwave frequency will typically dominate, depending on what a person is doing and their state of consciousness. Brainwave frequencies control all of our conscious and unconscious actions, thoughts, and feelings.
Using specially crafted brainwave music and other techniques, we can intentionally influence and stimulate specific brainwave states using these acoustic or visual stimuli. By changing our brainwaves, we can improve our mood, elevate or lower our level of arousal and energy, control our emotional state, and even affect how we feel physically.
How Brainwaves are Classified and Named
Each state of consciousness has an associated range of brainwave frequencies, and these frequency ranges are named Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta, and Gamma. The frequency ranges of brainwaves are measured in Hertz-units (Hz) by the EEG. One Hertz corresponds to one wave per second.
Limits of waves, which a human ear may notice, as well as boundries of the respective frequency bands, are defined differently according to various sources.
Gamma brainwaves are at the other end of the electromagnetic spectrum from Delta waves and are among the highest frequency brainwave states, occurring at 30 Hz and above. During Gamma brainwave activity, multiple areas of the brain process information simultaneously.
Achieving Gamma waves requires a calm and quiet mind, something you can learn to achieve by using Alpha and Theta frequencies. If you have ever had a moment of feeling profoundly blessed, spiritually connected, or deeply blissful, you may have reached a Gamma brainwave experience.
Brainwaves, which are created by stimulus outside the body at the conscious phase of an individual, are called beta-frequencies. They cover waves between 12 to ≈ 30 Hz. Humans are fully awoke and active. The more concentrated a human works the higher the beta-frequency rises. Brainwaves of someone working without stress cover the frequency band between 12 to 15 Hz, humans being stressed produce brainwaves at 21 to 38 Hz.
Brainwaves coming up during the transition period of sleep or slight relaxation are scaled somewhat lower. Alpha-frequencies cover waves from 8 to 12 Hz. The individual is just ready to get up or relaxes without getting asleep. At this phase the soul is open and ready to accept stimuli, which may influence its brainwaves and which may reach its subconsciousness.
Theta-frequencies are measurable during deep relaxation and light sleep with active subconsciousness. Its measuring rate covers 3 to 8 Hz. A human being getting asleep produces waves at the lower point of the measuring scale, the upper limit of the scale is reached at deep relaxation periods. Theta-frequencies are considered as most qualified to mentally train human brainwaves.
We access Delta brainwave frequencies during deep stages of sleep, and these brainwaves have a frequency range of 0.5 to 3 Hz. These are the slowest brainwaves we experience.
When we enter a Delta brainwave state, we are in the deepest non-dreaming part of our sleeping consciousness. Listening to delta wave binaural music can aid in achieving sleep more easily.
Epsilon brainwave frequencies are the slowest brainwaves of all. These sub-delta waves begin at 0.5 Hz and can be as slow as one cycle every 10 seconds. This frequency range is at the limit of what most EEG machines can measure.
Cardiologists monitor Epsilon brainwaves when diagnosing certain heart conditions, but, like Lambda waves, Epsilon brainwaves are still largely a mystery.
However, people report that Lambda brainwave states are associated with a feeling of being in suspended animation, having extraordinary levels of awareness, and feelings of profound insight.
Strangely, when slow Epsilon waves dominate, bursts of high-frequency Lambda waves happen at the same time.
Rapid brainwaves between 100 and 200 Hz are called Lambda waves. These brainwaves only occur occasionally, making them difficult to study. However, we do know something about them.
Even though Lambda waves oscillate at high frequency, people report they feel more like slow epsilon brainwaves, and the two brainwaves are observed happening together.
Lambda brainwaves happen during the intense meditation sessions of Tibetan monks who regularly meditate for long periods in icy cold conditions.
Like Wim Hof, the world record holder in extreme sports, some people can control their autonomic nervous system with their minds, allowing them to endure extremes of temperature. An ability to control Lambda and Epsilon waves may explain this extraordinary human performance.
How Brainwave Music Can Improve Your Life
By listening to music embedded with specific brainwave frequencies, you can promote and influence relaxation, improve learning abilities, increase concentration, and elicit or control desired emotions.
The most productive frequencies for influencing your unconscious mind are Alpha and Theta. During these transitional states of consciousness, we become suspended between the inner world of ideas and intentions and the outer world of action and interaction.
Alpha and Theta frequency ranges cover transitional phases of consciousness, such as those we experience just before falling asleep when we pass through Theta, and during meditative and daydreaming periods associated with Alpha frequencies.
Listening to Alpha and Theta brainwave music is a good starting point for understanding how to take control of your mind, emotions, and state of consciousness using binaural sound technology. Then you can feel ready to dive deeper into the many other brainwave music options for training and influencing your state of mind and potentially improving all aspects of your life.