The Best Brain Waves For Meditation

Which Are The Best Brain Waves For Meditation?

 

brain waves for meditationMany people get into brainwave entrainment, because they are interested in its ability to enhance their meditation, and quicken the progress and evolution that comes from regular, deep, meditation.  I personally think this is one of THE BEST reasons to use brainwave entrainment.

 

Some of the most telling original research used to create brainwave entrainment audios and programs at the beginning of their discovery was based on the observation of 10-20 year zen Buddhist monks’ brains.  It was through these studies that it was discovered that a very experienced meditator can regularly slow their brain activity from waking beta, all the way down to low theta, and sometimes even delta.  It was also found that gamma waves were commonly produced by the brains of these meditators as well.  Again, this was found in the brain activity of 10-20 year experienced meditators. 

 

Now take a look at the brain of someone, who is first learning the practice of meditation, or even the brain of someone who’s been practicing for a couple years, and you see that usually the brain is going into an alpha state, though even in alpha the waves can be inconsistent, and moving up and down a bit due to wavering focus and attention.  This is where one realizes the true power of brainwave entrainment.

When it comes to using brainwave entrainment to super-charge the practice of meditation, it is important to understand that the benefits that come of meditation come much more from the process of regular meditation, rather than the practice itself.  There can be a common misunderstanding amongst “meditation newbies” that their most enlightening moments will come while they are in meditation.  Yes, it is true that regular meditators have experienced their fair share of interesting, enlightening, euphoric, ecstatic, spiritual, and mind-blowing experienceswhile in meditation, but it is also true that if you ask a long-term meditator about the benefits they receive from the practice, it is more about the transformation that slowly occurs in their entire life, due to the consistent practice. 

 

So again, it is much more about the transformation that occurs in your entire life from regular meditation practice, than it is about what happens while you are meditating. 

 

This is good to consider when choosing a brainwave entrainment product/program.  It’s not that, for example, theta is the best state to be in to meditate.  It’s more about the process.

 

My personal recommendation on how to charge up your meditation with brain entrainment

 

I highly recommend that if you are intending to use brainwave entrainment for this purpose (and I highly recommend you do if you are interested in the benefits of meditation) that you choose, first, a program, rather than a product, and that you pay attention to how this program progresses.

 

Consider that, when one first begins meditating, they are going to spend considerable amounts of time reaching deeper alpha states, then more time learning to stay more dominantly and consistently in alpha.  Once they have mastered this (this may take several years), they may then begin to do the same with theta.  If (and only if) they master this with theta, they may then begin to reach delta, though it is suspected that it takes decades of very dedicated practice to reach this the all-natural way.

 

So my recommendation is that you find a program that mirrors this progression.  One that starts you off reaching alpha, then deeper alpha, then theta, then deeper theta, then delta, etc.  When you consider the amount of spiritual/mental/emotional purification that can come from years of regular meditation, it is good to consider that your brain and consciousness is probably not ready to jump from not meditating deeply, to delving deep into theta or delta right away.  This could cause very intense mental/emotional movement, which usually manifests as a rapid unveiling of self-imposed limitations, unconscious fears, negative emotional patterns, and negative self-beliefs.

 

Of course this is the true goal of meditation, but there is a reason that it doesn’t all happen at once.  What we want to do is use meditation as a means to grow our self-awareness.  Once we have developed this self-awareness, we are then able to identify our own limiting beliefs, and issue that hold us back, and then resolve them through this awareness.  This is spiritual progression in a nutshell.  But like onions, we all have many layers, and none of us are equipped to face all our baggage at once.

 

So, in conclusion, I recommend choosing a program that gradually progresses over time, starting in alpha, and slowly progressing to delta/gamma (gamma waves are a whole other subject in themselves).  I also tend to lean towards audios that like to start you in beta, and gradually lead you lower and lower into the desired state during the course of the audio (ie: some will start in beta, lead you down into alpha, then theta), rather than audios that simply introduce you to the frequencies of a certain state, with no lead up (ie: one that takes you directly from where you are before you begin listening, into theta, or deep alpha)  This slow progression more naturally replicates a natural meditation practice, and I believe better formats the brain to slow its activity down naturally.

 

I am always happy to reach out to anyone with further questions, and to offer recommendations and advice on these types of products.  Feel free to contact me at any time at ashton@brainwavelove.com.

 

Here’s to your wild success and happiness,

 

-Ashton

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  • Nidhal Ben Khalfa

    Hi,

    I totally agree with your explanation here :

    “So my recommendation is that you find a program that mirrors this progression. One that starts you off reaching alpha, then deeper alpha, then theta, then deeper theta, then delta, etc.”
    ….
    ” Of course this is the true goal of meditation, but there is a reason that it doesn’t all happen at once. What we want to do is use meditation as a means to grow our self-awareness. Once we have developed this self-awareness, we are then able to identify our own limiting beliefs, and issue that hold us back, and then resolve them through this awareness. This is spiritual progression in a nutshell. But like onions, we all have many layers, and none of us are equipped to face all our baggage at once. ”

    Excellent explanation really, but i have read in an another brainwave entrainment website that this progression reflect “the limited efficacy of the entrainment protocole itself “, they said :
    ” With many other entrainment programs it is necessary to first listen to, say, an Alpha track that descends from Beta before listening to a Theta and Delta track. This is required with some other programs because the entrainment stimulus is limited in its efficacy and depends in part on its ability to first entrain neurological activity in the Beta bandwidth (since this pattern dominates waking consciousness) and slow it down by gradually moving from Beta through Alpha, Theta and Delta in a linear manner. With their program (PMP 3), however, this is not always necessary, due to its increased entrainment efficacy. ”

    2) Now, concerning the emotionnel baggage, they said : their entrainment programs is suitable more for Accelerated Emotional Release and this way penetrating into such issues and interrupting their neurological patterns in a way that facilitates deep release of such material in favor of more harmonious ways of being. (Delta has more benefits when dealing directely with Emotional Trauma healing and shift in formless awareness.)

    • Ashton Aiden

      Hi There!

      In regards to this other product’s claims, I would say that I disagree with their logic. To say that the reason a product or program would have you first start out entraining to alpha, then gradually to theta, and then delta because the technology was limited in its ability to fully entrain the brain is missing the point entirely. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. If a technology is powerful, and works very well in entraining the brain to its specified frequency, this is all the more reason why it would not be a good idea to jump right to listening to a delta track, as the technology WOULD bring you into deep delta, and the brain/nervous system could receive quite a shock from moving so deep without progressing through the other levels.

      The question is not necessarily of whether the audio starts higher in, say, beta, then moves you down into delta, or whether the audio just starts you right off in delta without a preliminary descent. The question is whether the brain can handle delta either way without first experiencing deep entrainment in alpha and theta first. Just like the natural journey of meditation does not allow someone to make it to deep delta without years of practice, it is not necessarily natural for an inexperienced meditator with BWE to go directly into this deep of a state.

      So I would have to say that if a technology is bringing people this deep, this fast, it would actually attest to a lack of potency in the audio, rather than a greater potency, otherwise this deep entrainment would MOST CERTAINLY initiate a lot of emotional/mental processing and upheaval to occur.

      I believe many programs want to let people have their cake and eat it too. But if meditation is not initiating an experience of facing your own mental/emotional “baggage” so you can resolve and transcend it, you are not necessarily on the journey of awakening. This is ok of course, there are many other positive benefits of listening to brainwave entrainment, but you cannot have growth without growing pains.

      I hope that answers your question :) Thanks for reaching out!

      -Ashton