It’s simple really. Achieving an Alpha state of mind has profound health benefits for the body and mind and life in general. So what’s not to know? This article sums up the Alpha state of mind, its benefits, the how-to, and things to be aware of.
About Alpha Brain Waves
What are Alpha waves? They are electrical pulses within the brain, otherwise known as brain waves or neural oscillations. The Alpha brain waves are relatively slow at frequencies between 7.5–12.5 Hz. Alpha waves are associated with mind power.
Using visualization and affirmations while in Alpha state has the power to make your desires reality, according to the law of attraction defined by the New Thought philosophy.
Alpha Waves Definition
Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, Alpha brain waves are real. An Alpha wave is an “electrical rhythm of the brain with a frequency of approximately 8 to 13 cycles per second that is often associated with a state of wakeful relaxation”.¹
Some people might relate to it as being in ‘Zen’.
What Does the Alpha State Feel Like?
This is how I describe it: You are in the flow. You are in a state of calm and helpful thoughts flow freely. Some describe the Alpha state as a light hypnotic state. You are awake but very relaxed.
Why Practice Getting into Alpha State
The benefits defined by Psychology Today include boosting creativity and reducing depression.
States of calm and happiness are others. Just in an everyday sense, it helps to turn off the Beta waves and enter Alpha so you can sleep awake at night and avoid overthinking and stress.
How to Practice Alpha State of Mind
For getting more of an alpha state of mind, meditation is useful and getting comfy and practicing this daily is a good habit to have. The Alpha meditation method people often use for this involves the breath and visualization. You start with a relaxed state of mind. Deep breaths help relax us. A deep breath technique, and methods of imagining your chakras and visualizing yourself in a safe serene place help relax the mind and body and allow the brain to enter the Alpha state of mind.
Brain Wave Types
There are five human brain waves known to science: Delta (1–4 Hz), Theta (4–8 Hz), Alpha (7.5–12.5 Hz), Beta (13–30 Hz), and Gamma (30–150 Hz) that are occur at different frequencies (hertz).
We experience Alpha state of mind when we are daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation.
We are in Beta state of mind when wide awake and operating in today’s fast paced lifestyle.
Hypnosis is associated with the subconscious state of mind and Theta brain waves.²
In REM sleep or light sleep, our brains are in Alpha state. In deep sleep (the dreamless type), we enter Delta and Theta states.
This stuff happens without our control or awareness.
Conscious Use of Alpha Waves
It is highly recommended to practice entering an Alpha state of mind often for its multiple benefits. The number of times is up to you but it is thought the more the better.
However, you wouldn’t consciously use alpha wave type music or methods while driving or operating machinery or any other activity that requires your full attention.
The best way to access this state would be to practice meditation or a creative activity in tune with your inner nature.
Tips: Make sure it is a positive experience and avoid feeding your mind with harmful subliminal information.
Have you ever noticed how the time disappears when you are using social media networks? If you check yourself, you’ll probably notice you are in a trance-like state. FB is aware of this connection and is developing brain science technology to tap into your brain waves to improve your so-called experience. This is no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies. Brain science use in technology is advancing at a rapid rate and there appears to be insufficient understanding of its effects or whether or not we need to self-guard ourselves from the Alpha brain side effects of this phenomenon. So, be aware of how you use social media and how it affects your wellness. That’s my thoughts.
In closing, I recommend you check out the different ways of how to meditate and start your practice of tuning into Alpha state today for positive results.
Alpha wave. 2018. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved Oct 17, 2018, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpha%20wave/
- Sabourin, M. E., Cutcomb, S. D., Crawford, H. J., & Pribram, K. (1990). EEG correlates of hypnotic susceptibility and hypnotic trance: Spectral analysis and coherence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 10(2), 125-142.
Hi, this is Mary-Anne. I am a believer in wellness through wildness. This is about connecting with the nature within and the nature around to keep fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy researching and writing about natural things that support our wellbeing and then sharing the benefits I discover.