What Are The Benefits Of Theta Brainwaves?
Learning to access the theta brainwave state using meditation has a number of benefits, which we’ll take a look at in this article. First of all though, what exactly are theta waves?
Theta Brainwaves – What Are They?
When the brain is producing brainwaves with a predominant frequency of between 4 and 7Hz, it is in the theta brain wave state. These figures refer to cycles per second, and theta waves are relatively slow – in fact, only delta brainwaves (< 4Hz) are slower. Theta waves also have a relatively high amplitude compared to the faster alpha and beta brainwaves.
Theta waves are produced during dreaming sleep, but are also experienced while we’re awake. During waking consciousness, theta wave creation is linked with a number of distinct mental states, such as feelings of deep relaxation, wellbeing and creative insight, as well as the experience of altered states of consciousness in many people.
The mental experiences that are linked with theta brainwave production are desirable ones for the most part (although an excess of theta brain waves is linked with the inability to focus, as in attention disorders). Because of this, many people use meditation and other techniques to access the theta state while awake. Let’s take a look at why people find the theta brainwave state so appealing.
Advantages Of Theta Brainwave Meditation
Here are the main benefits of theta brain waves:
Many find that their emotions – both positive and negative – are heightened in the theta state, and that they are more in touch with their authentic feelings.
Improved learning abilities
The theta brainwave state of mind is also linked with the ability to learn more effectively. This ‘Super Learning’ ability is especially useful when it comes to learning new languages. Other improvements in mental functioning include better memory and an improved capacity to stay focused on one thing.
Theta brainwave production is also linked with very deep states of both physical and mental relaxation. Theta is associated with feelings of deep peace and calm, and some people even find that spending time in theta meditation on a regular basis reduces the amount of sleep they need.
Anyone who is seeking to be more creative can benefit from theta brainwave meditation, as it has been shown that people who are engaged in creative activity (such as musicians, artists etc) produce more theta waves than average.
Increased spiritual awareness & metaphysical abilities
Some people who practice theta meditation have noticed that they experience a greater sense of spiritual connection. Some also have readier access to extrasensory and other metaphysical abilities, such as telepathy, clairvoyance and phenomena such as lucid dreaming and out of body experience.
Access to the subconscious mind
The subconscious mind is more easily accessed during theta meditation, which is why self-hypnosis recordings often make use of binaural beats and other techniques to induce theta wave production. This greater access to the subconscious has numerous benefits, including clearer intuition, getting in touch with your ‘inner wisdom’, and the ability to reprogram old limiting beliefs with more empowering alternatives.
Improvement in meditation and self-hypnosis sessions
People who regularly meditate or practice self-hypnosis have found that listening to a recording that’s designed to stimulate theta brainwave production often enhances the effectiveness of their sessions.
Feelings of freedom and being in touch with your ‘real self’
Some experience greater sense of freedom and self-empowerment in as a result of theta meditation. Theta production is generally higher in children than adults, but adults who spend more time than normal in theta may be regaining some of the sense of freedom from adult restrictions and responsibilities that children experience.
Improved physical health and healing
Theta brainwaves may even have beneficial effects on your health – like their slower delta counterparts, theta waves have been linked with improvements in immune function. Regular theta meditation sessions can also lead to a decrease in stress and its related complaints, such as high blood pressure, headaches, aches and pains and susceptibility to infection.
How To Access The Theta State
As noted, we all enter the theta state naturally when we fall asleep and start to dream. However, you’re probably more interested in producing theta waves while awake. There are various meditation and self-hypnosis techniques which can lead the brain to produce theta brainwaves, as can some types of yoga practice, although these normally take a long time to learn and master.
For those who aren’t experienced with meditation and mind control (and even for those who are), there is a much easier solution available in the form of theta brainwave entrainment.
What Is Brainwave Entrainment?
You can read more details about how brainwave entrainment works here. But it basically involves listening to a recording that contains sounds of certain frequencies (although light devices can also be used). The brain will naturally tend to match its own brainwaves to the frequencies of the sounds it is hearing – this is called the ‘frequency following response’.
There’s a huge number of brainwave entrainment recordings available, most of which are designed to trigger the brain into producing particular frequencies, depending on the purpose of the recording. For example, a theta meditation CD will, as the name suggests, encourage the production of theta brainwaves. This provides non-meditators with a relatively easy way to access mental states that would otherwise take a lot of practice to achieve.
There are three types of sound-based brainwave entrainment tracks: binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. All of these are very effective, although many people like isochronic tones the best, as these tend to entrain the brain somewhat more efficiently. It’s a good idea to experiment with all three types, so you can decide which you like best.
Choosing The Best Theta Brainwave Entrainment Recordings
So, if you want to explore all the fantastic benefits that the theta brainwave state has to offer, it’s well worth giving theta binaural beats, monaural beats or isochronic tones a try. Whichever type you choose though, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using a good quality recording that is specifically designed with theta entrainment in mind.
While there are many to choose from (especially if you choose a theta binaural recording – binaural beats are more common than the other types), some are just a waste of time. I recommend checking out the theta meditation MP3 downloads from The Unexplainable Store, which are available in binaural, monaural and isochronic formats, and both with and without music. They’re also fully guaranteed, so you can try them out with confidence.
- An Introduction to Brainwave Entrainment and Binaural, Monaural and Isochronic Beats
- Isochronic Tones And Brainwave Synchronization: Why Should You Use Them?
- How To Use Binaural Beats For Sleep Problems
- Binaural Beats, Monaural Beats And Isochronic Tones – What’s The Difference?
- 7 Tips For Using Binaural Beats, Monaural Beats & Isochronic Tones