Want to have more energy, be healthier, more productive, have a better outlook on life in realizing your personal and financial goals? Maybe balancing your brain is the answer.
More specifically, balancing the left and right sides of your brain to produce harmonic brain wave activity that creates a synergy between perspectives in your internal world of thought and the outside world of materiality.
Centerpoint Research Insttitute lays claim to creating specialized sound technology, anyone can easily use, to electronically induce deep levels of meditation previously available to a only a very few highly trained and disciplined practioners.
The Well-Balanced Brain
Just as we exercise our bodies to feel better and improve our physical health, stimulating the brain in this manner “exercises” the brain, bringing better mental and emotional health and increased intellectual functioning.
Researcher Robert Cosgrove, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., and an authority in pharmaceutics and biomedical engineering, noted that technologies that alter brain wave patterns:
“… with appropriately selected stimulation protocols [have] been observed by us to be an excellent neuro-pathway exerciser. As such we believe it has great potential for use in promoting optimal cerebral performance… Furthermore, the long-term effects of regular use… on maintaining and improving cerebral performance throughout life and possibly delaying for decades the deterioration of the brain traditionally associated with aging is very exciting.”
There are four categories of brain wave patterns. The most rapid brain wave pattern is that of beta, from about 14 Hz to more than 100 Hz. This is the pattern of normal waking consciousness, and it is associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition, while at higher levels, beta is associated with anxiety.
As we become more relaxed, the brain wave activity slows into the alpha range, from 8 to 13.9 Hz. These are the brain wave patterns of deep relaxation, and of what has been called the twilight state between sleep and waking, while the higher end of alpha represents a more relaxed yet focused state.
Slower still are theta waves, between 4 and 7.9 Hz. This is the state of dreaming sleep and also of increased creativity, super-learning, integrative experiences, and increased memory. The slowest brain wave pattern is delta, that of dreamless sleep, below 4 Hz. Generally people are asleep in delta, but there is evidence that it is possible to remain alert in this state—a very deep trance-like, non-physical state. It is in delta that our brains are triggered to release large quantities of healing growth hormone.
As we slow the brain wave patterns from beta to alpha to theta to delta, there is a corresponding increase in balance between the two hemispheres of the brain. This more balanced brain state is called brain synchrony, or brain synchronization.
This balancing phenomenon was noted in early EEG studies of experienced meditators in the 1970s. In deep meditative states, their brain waves shifted from the usual asymmetrical patterns, with one hemisphere dominant over the other, to a balanced state of whole-brain integration, with the same brain wave frequency throughout. As we will see, various mental abilities and experiences are induced naturally in these different brain wave patterns, and many of these abilities and experiences are quite remarkable.
One of the observed effects of this type of sound-induced brain synchronization is increased learning ability. What is now known as super-learning began in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the work of Bulgarian psychiatrist Georgi Lozanov. Lozanov used deep relaxation combined with synchronized rhythms in the brain to cause students to produce alpha waves. He found that students when in this state learned over five times as much information with less study time per day, with greater long-term retention. In some cases, as much as thirty times as much was learned.
Pushing The Brain To Change
In addition to the effects described above, there is an even more remarkable generalized effect when brain wave patterns are slowed into the alpha, theta, and delta ranges. Slowing of brain wave patterns increases electrical fluctuations in the brain, changing the neural structure and pushing the brain to reorganize itself at higher, more complex levels of functioning.
The human brain is the ultimate open system, constantly exchanging energy with its environment. Up to a point, the system can handle all kinds of fluctuations. But if the input becomes too much, the system is pushed past its limits and the system reorganizes itself at a higher order. A runner, for instance, gives more physical input to his body than it can handle, and it responds by reorganizing itself at a higher level that can handle this increased input—which can be referred to as “getting in shape.”
The Frontier of Neural Re-Programming
Clearly we are on the frontier of a marvelous new field with untold possibilities. The ability to map and entrain brain waves, and the states they represent, gives us a powerful new tool to effect human change and growth.
Neurochemist Candace Pert, of the National Institute of Mental Health, had this to say:
“There’s a revolution going on. There used to be two systems of knowledge: hard science—chemistry, physics, biophysics—on the one hand, and, on the other, a system of knowledge that included ethology, psychology, and psychiatry. And now it’s as if a lightning bolt had connected the two. It’s all one system neuroscience…The present era in neuroscience is comparable to the time when Louis Pasteur first found out that germs cause disease.”
It has been shown that induced brain wave states can cause super-learning, increased creativity, induce sleep, control pain, modify behavior, focus attention, relieve stress, increase memory, and dramatically improve mental and emotional health.
So not only is balancing your left and right brains a good idea, it’s also possible now and fairly easy to accomplish with a little practice and some easy-to-use audio technology.
The above article attributed to excerpts from Centerpoint Research Institute