What Are The Best Brain Waves For Meditation?
Many 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 experiences while 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to your wild success and happiness,