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Brainland News - The Alpha Brainwave & Alpha Music

by Dieter L. - Gold Coast

Author of Chaos in Brainland - A Guide for Creating a Stress and Anxiety Free Zone

Alpha Music Example - Read while listening to Alpha Music.

The Alpha Brainwave explained.

A mind in alpha is a relaxed mind, free of stress and automatically uses more of the right side of the brain.

To understand the importance of the alpha brainwave, let's look at the four types of brainwaves.

Your brain frequency fluctuates countless times every day, spontaneously, as the need arises.

The best time for identifying brainwave changes is at night. You lay down, close your eyes, and your brain starts slowing down so you can rest, dream, and rejuvenate. The sleep process is necessary for us to maintain our mental and physical health and balance. It is also why we sleep more when sick, as our brain shifts into an alpha state to regenerate our body.

The four types of Brainwaves

  1. The Beta Wave has a frequency of 14 to 21 cycles per second.
    We use this frequency in our ordinary waking state, with most of our activity at about 20 to 22 cycles per second.
    At this level, we reason, rationalize, and execute whatever chores we need to do. - However, it will increase with stress; the faster it goes, the more stress and nervousness you will get. Or as the more stress you encounter, as more quickly your brain frequency becomes.
    If your brain wave frequency goes up to about 60 cycles per sec., you will get hysteric, and a bit higher, you will pass out.
    The golden rule; as higher your brain wave, as harder you will find it to function. A typical situation would be an examination, an important business meeting or similar. You are stressed out; your brainwave is probably up to 30 or higher, and you can't think straight.

  2. The Alpha Wave. - The one we like most :-)
    The frequency is 7 to 14 cycles per second, the state of mind where you are in a "relaxed alertness".
    You are calm and peaceful, with clear creative thinking, ideas, solutions and intuitive breakthroughs.
    Studying is easy, and you can reach your full potential.
    And by the way, this is also the state of mind, where your body is regenerating itself, with an increase in health and vitality, and here is where daydreaming and nocturnal dreaming takes place. Hypnosis also takes place here.

  3. The Theta Wave. - Deep sleep - Between 4 and 7 cycles per second. - All our emotional experiences are recorded here.

  4. The Delta Wave. - Deepest sleep - Frequencies less than four cycles per second are encountered in total unconsciousness, the delta state.

In an eight-hour sleep period, you might spend 30 to 90 minutes in delta, 30 to 60 in theta, and the rest of the time in alpha. Obviously, this will vary from person to person and even from night to night with the same person.

The critical thing to note is that different states of brain waves are natural phenomena you go through daily, and you can consciously choose to drift into an alpha state of mind.

Have a closer look at the alpha brain wave.
The keywords for alpha are :
"relaxed alertness"
"calm - peaceful, with clear creative thinking, ideas, solutions and intuitive breakthroughs."
"body regeneration"
"increase in health and vitality."

The ability to trigger right-side brain function and alpha brain activity is the ability to get in touch with your; intuition - creativity - music - art - painting - writing - dancing, and such things as problem-solving and seeing the bigger picture.

After all this, how do we drift into the alpha brain wave?

  • By playing Alpha Music, your mind will drift into the alpha state.

  • By Music - generally, relaxation or meditative music is also alpha music or vice versa.

  • By creative activity - painting. You may start painting with your left side, but if you don't need to concentrate on techniques, you will soon shift to the right side and into the alpha state. By the way, this is also where you lose a sense of time, and you tend to paint longer than you want to.
    Most artists know the power of music and play alpha music or similar to help them get in the right mood.

  • By relaxation exercise and meditation.

The conclusion is obvious; you can influence your personal, living, or working space by playing appropriate music.

Music is powerful, and we all know how certain songs can affect us. Music is a powerful medium to trigger emotions.

In years of counselling, I have come across some of the most impressive examples of how music can trigger emotions, and not always in a positive way.


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