Today I decided to start meditation with the help of Holosync, which is an audio designed to create certain brain waves through sound.
There are four categories of brain wave patterns. The most rapid is called a beta brain wave pattern, the pattern of normal waking consciousness. Beta is associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition.
At its highest, most rapid levels, though, beta is associated with anxiety, disharmony, and unease. (Perhaps the ability to slow yourself down from those levels might be beneficial??)
As you become more relaxed, your brain wave activity slows into what is called an alpha brain wave pattern. Alpha patterns vary from deep alpha, a state of deep relaxation often referred to as the twilight state between sleep and waking, to the higher end of alpha which is a more focused yet still very relaxed state.
Beta (14-30 Hz)
Concentration, arousal, alertness, cognition
Higher levels associated with anxiety, unease, feelings of separation, fight or flight
Alpha (8-13.9 Hz)
Relaxation, superlearning, relaxed focus, light trance, increased serontonin production
Pre-sleep, pre-waking drowsiness, meditation, beginning of access to unconscious mind
Theta (4-7.9 Hz)
Dreaming sleep (REM sleep)
Integrative, emotional experiences, potential change in behavior, increased retention of learned material
Hypnagogic imagery, trance, deep meditation, access to unconscious mind
Delta (.1-3.9 Hz)
Deep, trance-like, non-physical state, loss of body awareness
Access to unconscious and “collective unconscious” mind, greatest “push” to brain when induced with Holosync®
When you are absorbed in a good book (or a television show) you are probably in alpha. And, as I already mentioned, alpha is often associated with what is known as “superlearning”—the ability to learn, process, store and recall large amounts of information quickly and efficiently.
Slower still are theta waves. Theta is best known as the brain wave state of dreaming sleep, but it is also associated with a number of other beneficial states, including increased creativity, some kinds of superlearning, increased memory abilities, and what are called integrative experiences (in which we make broadly-based positive changes in the way we see ourselves, others, or a certain life situation).
About an hour ago I started with Holosync by listening to the Dive, which is the first step of awakening. You´re supposed to listen to it every day (30min.) for the first 14 days and then move on to listening to the Dive and the Immersion (together they are 60min.). The Dive was a pleasant experience: the sounds consisted of deep rain, like in a rain forest combined with various sine waves that sounded like high frequence church bells (that´s how I would describe it…). I also combined the experience with deep yoga breathing while lieing on a yoga mat. I must say that I feel really relaxed now and it feels like I don´t have ANY repetitive thought patterns in my mind at the moment.
To give you a more scientific approach to Holosync, read the following text (http://www.centerpointe.com/articles/articles_research.php) with thought.