Brain waves flowing in your mind
Show your mental state defined
They can rev up and zip along
Or slow down to deep sleep and calm
I combined the information (to my best ability) from several sites. It is so interesting.
Associated Mental State
extreme focus, energy
|27 Hz and up|
spiritual stateuniversal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’, the expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence.
|Gamma is associated with the formation of ideas, language and memory processing, and various types of learning. 2 3 4 Gamma waves have been shown to disappear during deep sleep induced by anesthesia/ but return with the transition back to a wakeful state.5 6|
|12hz - 27hz|
emotional/behavioral state (anger, hunger) a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem-solving, judgment, decision making, and engaged in a focused mental activity. Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands; Low: 'fast idle, or musing. Hi-Beta is highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement. Continual high-frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy.
|Wide awake. This is generally the mental state most people are in during the day and most of their waking lives. Usually, this state in itself is uneventful, but don't underestimate its importance. Many people lack sufficient beta activity, which can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression and ADD.7 8 and insomnia. And low SMR production (a sub-range of beta at 12-15hz) may be related to insomnia.9 Stimulating beta activity can improve emotional stability, energy levels, attentiveness and concentration.10 11 12|
awareness of body
|8hz - 12hz|
spiritual state (kind, positive, serene) quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present, a resting state for the brain, mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
|Awake but relaxed and not processing much information. When you get up in the morning and just before sleep, you are naturally in this state. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more alpha waves.|
Many studies monitoring the EEG activity of experienced meditators have revealed strong increases in alpha activity.13 Alpha activity has also been connected to the ability to recall memories, lessened discomfort and pain, and reductions in stress and anxiety.14 15 16 17
|3hz - 8hzstate between wake and sleep: vivid imagery, intuition and unconscious thoughts/ fears, worries, troubling "history".||Light sleep or extreme relaxation.|
Theta is also a very receptive mental state that has proven useful for hypnotherapy, as well as self-hypnosis using recorded affirmations and suggestions.18 19
|0.2hz - 3hz- deep/loudempathy, healing, and regeneration||Deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves. When your dominant brainwave is delta, your body is healing itself and "resetting" its internal clocks.20 You do not dream in this state and are completely unconscious.|