Do you seek a deeper spiritual life, full access to your natural intelligence, or phenomenal powers of memory? If so, you might be interested in learning more about gamma brain waves and how you can benefit from learning to activate them.
Neuroscientists observe an abundance of gamma oscillations in people who show the deepest levels of compassion, empathy, and cognitive power.
Scientific investigation into these brain frequencies reveals they often appear when a person is simultaneously integrating thought, feeling, and memory from multiple parts of their psyche.
Some scientists, like Francis Crick, the discoverer of DNA, have even wondered if these high-powered brain states might be at the root of all our processes of thought and a fundamental building block of human consciousness.
On this page you will find in-depth information answering these questions about gamma brainwaves:
- What are gamma waves?
- When does our brain produce gamma wave patterns?
- What are the benefits of these types of brainwaves?
- How can you induce gamma brainwave activity?
You will learn about the many benefits of gamma waves, including their usefulness for:
- Maximizing the results of meditation practice
- Improving memory, recall, and focus
- Stimulating whole-brain thinking
- Enhancing intuition
- Increasing intelligence and mental abilities
- Overcoming mental distress
- Activating spiritual awareness
All the evidence so far strongly suggests that high gamma activity is key to many aspects of reaching our full human potential, psychic abilities, and spiritual development.
Let’s dive into the details.
Brainwave frequencies are the electrical activity produced by neurons - the specialized nerves of the brain. All of our emotions, thoughts, and levels of mental and physical arousal are ultimately a result of the particular frequency range of oscillations, or electrical frequency, happening in our brain’s neurons at any given moment.
Gamma brainwaves sit at the top of the EEG chart when it comes to brain wave frequencies, oscillating in the range of 30 to 100 Hertz (Hz.), or cycles per second. However, much of the investigation into the gamma frequency band centers on those between 38 and 42 Hz. These brain frequencies appear to hold particular promise for understanding many aspects of the human mind and experience, including spiritual awakening and feelings of profound compassion, empathy, and deep relaxation.
Just below gamma is the alert and busy-mind state of beta waves, and the lowest range of the gamma state overlaps with beta frequencies.
Below beta, we find the open-minded, inspirational states of alpha waves and then the dreamy, relaxed, and meditative realms of the theta waves. The slowest frequencies of all are the deep-sleep regions of delta waves. But gamma frequencies represent the fastest vibrational energy our brain produces.
Besides oscillating quickly, gamma waves also have the lowest amplitude, or up and down motion, of all brainwaves. Gamma brainwave frequencies appear on EEG machines as small, rapid, and highly focused brain activity, most often crossing and connecting multiple areas of the brain. Interestingly, gamma waves also sometimes appear when only a single inhibitory neuron fires.
Several studies of the gamma frequency range show they are abundant in talented musicians, top-notch athletes, people with a photographic memory, meditating Tibetan Buddhist monks, and those reaching the highest levels of performance in their field.
Recent research by Dr. Joe Dispenza suggests inducing gamma brainwave states may boost profound and beneficial personal changes in a person’s attitude and behavior.
On the other hand, people with a variety of mental health conditions have reduced amounts of these types of activity, suggesting this brainwave pattern is essential to a fully functional, healthy mind.
When gamma brain waves were first discovered, scientists thought they were a type of background noise and not crucial for understanding how the brain works.
However, further investigation has uncovered that these brainwaves appear most often when people experience emotions of universal compassion, altruism, and spiritual understanding. This finding has recently prompted investigators to look further into the function of these electrical frequencies in the brain.
High gamma states appear during periods of intense learning, problem solving, and decision making. They also appear during feelings of profound spiritual alertness, as seen in Buddhist monks during deep meditation sessions.
Gamma waves are strongly associated with the visual cortex of the brain, and they occur when the full spectrum of our mind’s potential is engaged and synchronized. Gamma activity appears during:
- Whole-brain simultaneous processing
- Active use of working memory
- Peak concentration and focus
- Increased creativity and inspiration
- Attention toward body awareness and senses
- Deep spiritual experiences
Neuroscientists who study the electrical frequencies in the human brain have repeatedly found high gamma states in advanced practitioners of meditation when the person reports experiencing a deep feeling of peace, tranquility, and relaxation.
Lack of gamma brainwaves and mental health
Several studies find disturbing effects when a person lacks or has abnormal gamma states, including:
- Panic attacks
- Alzheimer’s disease
The lack of gamma brain frequencies found in people who suffer from these conditions suggests that activating these brainwave patterns might assist in healing or controlling the symptoms of these disorders.
Reaction time research
One intriguing science paper found a distinct difference in gamma waves between people who were fast or slow in reacting to a stimulus.
In this investigation, the test subjects were divided into two groups, depending on how quickly they reacted to an auditory signal. Scientists then compared the gamma brain wave activity between the groups during a reaction test to sound using an EEG machine.
The fast-reacting people had a burst of gamma waves at 40 Hz just before and just after they reacted to the stimulus. The slow-reacting group showed a single burst of gamma waves just before responding, suggesting that gamma waves play a function in a person’s ability to respond to the environment.
Another investigation compared gamma brain waves in three groups of meditation practitioners and a control group of people who did not have experience meditating. The three meditation groups were the Himalayan Yoga Tradition, Vipassana, and Isha Shoonya Yoga. (Read on: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5261734/ )
The study results found a significantly higher amount of gamma waves present in the three groups of expert meditators compared to the control group. They also found they could distinguish between the meditation groups based on the type of gamma brain waves each produced. In conclusion, the researchers noted that meditation and its benefits appear to be associated with differences in the production of these frequencies.
Overall, neuroscience research show that regularly meditating improves thinking, perceptions, emotional processing, and the ability of the brain to perform regeneration of neurons, known as neuroplasticity, especially in the prefrontal cortex and areas of the brain associated with sensations in the body.
The investigation into gamma waves is ongoing, and scientists are still exploring how these neurological frequencies affect consciousness, creativity, and brain function in human beings.
Some insight into the function of gamma frequencies comes from exploring what happens when a person lacks these brainwave frequencies. A deficiency of gamma brain waves appears in people who suffer from:
- Mood disorders
- Major depressive disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Alzheimer’s disease
In particular, depressed test subjects in these studies showed less gamma activity present when doing tasks requiring emotional, spatial, and mathematical effort.
Schizophrenic test subjects showed reduced gamma waves when doing tasks requiring whole-brain thinking tasks. Antipsychotic medications did not restore gamma wave levels in these test subjects.
Researchers are also investigating using 40 Hz stimulation in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Clinical trials of gamma wave therapy in people with AD have resulted in mild improvement of cognitive function after exposure to visual and auditory signals of 40 Hz frequencies. However, researches are still unsure of why this happens.
Gamma frequencies and intention
One inventor has received a patent for a machine that uses gamma activity to detect positive and negative intention in a person by measuring their gamma brain waves using an apparatus placed on the person’s head. The patent is titled Apparatus and method for recognizing positive/negative intention using fine change of gamma wave of brainwave. (Read on: https://patents.google.com/patent/US7162295B2/en )
Gamma and spiritual development
Much research into the science behind these high-frequency brain energy supports the conclusion that gamma brain frequencies play a significant role in spiritual awakening. The gamma frequency band consistently appears when people experience:
- Increased levels of compassion and love
- Feelings of happiness and contentment
- Experiences of universal connection and unity
- During recall of imagery and visualization
- At peak performance of cognitive and physical tasks
- Being ‘in the zone’ or a relaxed flow-state
Additionally, gamma waves at the lower end of the frequency range near 40 Hz and overlapping with beta frequencies appear during focused, whole-brain concentration, and mental clarity.
Given all of the potentially positive results of experiencing gamma frequencies, you may be wondering how you can activate this state of mind on demand. Here are some of the most effective methods for increasing gamma wave activity.
Meditation and yoga practice
Many of the studies cited above show that gamma waves are produced abundantly in Tibetan monks and other people when they meditate. So, learning to meditate is likely to increase the amount of time you spend experiencing gamma waves.
Gamma waves also show up when a person experiences focused body awareness as happens during yoga practice. Taking up yoga practice is another possible way of stimulating gamma brain activity.
Practitioners of the breathing technique known as Bhramari Pranayama also experience an abundance of these brain frequencies when engaged in this type of deep breathing practice. Other deep breathing techniques may also stimulate gamma wave production.
Brainwave entrainment and binaural beats
Another simple and effective method for activating gamma waves is to listen to brainwave entrainment music embedded with binaural beats in the gamma frequency range. Brainwave entrainment soundtracks cause the synchronization of the listener’s brain with the auditory binaural beats embedded within the music.
You can also use a combination of these techniques for inducing gamma brain waves and opening yourself to deeper levels of spiritual awakening, insight, and whole-brain thinking.