We have previously discussed the benefits of brainwave therapy, that is, inducing certain brainwave patterns to achieve different positive results. There’s the relaxing and creativity inducing Alpha Waves, the focus and logic-centric Beta Waves, and the healing and deep-sleep domains of Delta Waves. But one brainwave in particular seems to be the happy medium of all three, giving a well-balanced dose of the benefits of Alpha, Beta, and Delta Waves: Theta Waves.
What are Theta Waves?
Theta Waves, operating at 3.5 to 7hz, are slow-moving and relaxed waves that are produced when sleeping, resting, and dreaming (even daydreaming!) This is why for centuries, Theta Waves have been produced (and used) during meditation, although prior to the discovery of brainwave patterns, people did not know this.
A common symptom of the brain producing Theta Waves is when one feels like they have entered a trance, feeling like the mind has lost control and left to the will of the cosmos or some higher power, and yet it is still able to recognize the surroundings and the goings-on around. This occurs when one meditates or daydreams; ever had an experience wherein you’re at work or in school, and just started drifting off, lost in thought, and before you know it, a lot of time has passed by even though you feel like it was just a short period? You probably had a burst of Theta Waves.
The Well Rounded Benefits
As mentioned above, Theta Waves are a happy medium, able to give some of the benefits of all the brainwave patterns in some capacity. This is ideal for people who need a quick boost for all the issues they are encountering, all in one go. Here are some of Theta Waves’ benefits.
- Stress Relief – as with Alpha and Delta Waves, Theta Waves can relieve stress, both physical and mental. It does this by relaxing the mind, which allows it to focus on addressing the problems of the body. This is perfect for work-related stress as it is shown that work-related stress can not only cause psychological issues but health issues as well.
- Increased creativity, learning, memory – usually the domains of Alpha and Beta Waves, creativity and learning are increased when Theta Waves are produced, as it has been shown that artists and intelligent folks have bursts of Theta Waves when pursuing intellectual and creative pursuits, such as creating works of art, music, computer programs, and so on. It also improves memory, which allows the person to retain any new skills or information in the creative and learning process.
- Improved mental and physical energy/healing – Beta and Delta Waves provide these benefits, but Theta combines them all in a lesser but more well-rounded capacity. Since Theta Waves help in the sleeping process, the “healing sleep” can be triggered much better, allowing the body to recover physically and mentally from the day. As well, when used and produced during meditation, Theta Waves can provide a quick rejuvenating boost to the mind, allowing the body to release energy, giving you a second wind to achieve your goals.
Helps advance metaphysical skills and abilities – one exciting benefit of Theta Waves is the ability to improve skills that truly require good mental and spiritual powers: lucid dreaming, astral projection, out of body experiences, and profound spiritual experiences. It has been shown in studies that people produce Theta Waves when they lucid dream, experience astral projection or an OBE, and during deep spiritual activities, with the last one commonly the reason why meditation sessions are often used when looking to seek out a deeper understanding of one’s religion or faith.
Meditation and Theta Waves: The Essential Mental-Spiritual Combo
Many scientific studies have shown that even just at least 30 minutes of Theta Meditation can produce dramatic results, improving mental and physical wellness, health, and energy.
There are many kinds of meditation, and each one can help achieve a Theta state. But the keys when transforming any meditation to a Theta one are as follows:
- Visualization – remember daydreaming? A good way to achieve a Theta state when meditating is to not have an empty mind when doing so. Focusing on dreams you can recall from the past or your own understanding of the universe, and visualizing it, can help bring you to a Theta state.
- Deep relaxation – in order to meditate, especially meditate and visualize, one needs to enter a state of deep relaxation, which in turn also produces Theta waves. As with our meditation tips, make sure you are in a place where it is easy to relax and drown out any distractions.
- Spiritual connection – regardless of your beliefs, a spiritual connection, inward towards the self or outward towards the cosmos, can help achieve a Theta state. It can go hand in hand with visualization. This can be done through a mantra, a prayer, or simply just the desire to reach out and connect with what lies deep inside or beyond.
These 3 components can be stoked even further with the use of a Theta Wave binaural beats track, like this one. Listen to this during a meditation session, whether 30 minutes during a work break, or longer when trying to re-center yourself, and it can help push you to the Theta state much faster.
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