When we are running around in our busy lives, running from here to there and keeping up with everything our brain waves are operating at a very high state, it is go go go!! We are on high alert and are juggling multiple things at the same time.
There are four recognised brain wave ranges: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.
Beta (14-30 Hz) is present in normal waking consciousness, Alpha (7-14 Hz) in states of relaxation, Theta (4-7 Hz) in meditative states, and Delta (0.5-4 Hz) in deep sleep and profound meditative states.
As stated above Beta is present in normal waking consciousness, also in heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. The Beta brain waves are important to the effective functioning throughout the day, these brain wave can also result in stress, anxiety and restlessness. It is the creator of mind chatter, often the inner critic, the voice in your head that gets louder and louder, and often not helping you at all, and as this continues the higher into the brain wave range we are going. Louder and more chatter, more stress higher Beta waves.
Most adults operate at Beta, and so there is very little surprise that stress is one of today’s most common health problems, or creator of same. Beta is the brainwave that is connected to the fight-flight response.
Unfortunately in our current culture we are constantly ON, we are constantly waiting for the alert, the alarm, the door bell to ring, the child cry, the phone to go off, a text message to come in, an email, it can be work or personal, there are no boundaries anymore, we are just ON and it is 24/7 365 days a year. There is no disconnect and everyone is looking for everything right away. No waiting or down time anymore, now now now!! I’m sure you get the energy of that!!
With all that in mind, you see we are operating in the the sympathetic nervous system, (the fight-flight response). It is what helps us react to stress or danger. It prepares our body for action, to fright or run for the hills at high speed. So when we are in this state nearly all the time we are living in stress, but it is our norm and so we don’t even know it is not the optimal state! We have normalised this.
So what is happening here? Your heart rate increases, the bronchial tubes in your lungs dilate, your pupils dilate, your muscles contract, your saliva production is reduced, your stomach stops many of the functions of digestion. Non-essential system like digestion and immunity are given much lower priority, while more energy is made available to your muscles and your heart rate increases. Yes we are ready to battle. And the phone rings, you jump up and answer it within the first two rings. Well done.
OKAY so what is the opposite of this? It would be the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest” system. And it is designed to maintain long-term health, improve digestion, conserve energy, and maintain a healthy balance in your body’s systems. The less time we spend in the sympathetic response mode, the better. Now it does make us more alert and better able to respond to the challenges come at us, but it takes a huge toll on the body and after a while it can lead to adrenal fatigue, and lots of other stress related dis-ease. Anything we can do to keep ourselves in “rest and digest” as long as possible is worth the effort, our long-term health depends on it.
As a Sound Healer, The Alpha-Theta border of the brain waves is of greatest importance when it comes to healing the body, mind and spirit. The Alpha-Theta border, (7Hz to 8Hz), is the optimal range for healing, visualisation, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind. It’s the mental state which you consciously create your reality. Here, you are conscious of your surroundings however your body is in deep relaxation. You are half-awake, half-asleep, a space where conscious and subconscious start to overlap. Within this frequency range is the resonance of the earth itself 7.83hz, here you are One with the earth. You are moving into or are in the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest” system.
By learning to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and reducing the effect of your sympathetic nervous system, you can reduce the stress on your heart, digestive system, immune system and more. This will not only make you a happier person, it will also help to avoid many of the diseases and conditions that are associated with chronic stress and adrenal fatigue. This is one of the reason I love Sound and sound healing, and I encourage people to build a regular Sound Healing practice for themselves. It can really make a difference to ones wellness and life.
This is just one aspect of how sound heals the mind, body and being, and I hope to write further on this in coming blogs.
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