What brainwave are you on?
April 26, 2013
During your day, your brain normally moves among four brainwave patterns. The frequency of these waves is measured in Hertz.
Beta waves (12 - 30 Hertz) are the normal lively situations where you're performing regular tasks and working efficiently.
Alpha waves (8 - 12 Hertz) are a more relaxed and reflective state, like pausing to daydream or during long bouts of fishing without catching.
Theta waves (4 - 7 Hertz) are an even more relaxed, sometimes meditative or sleepy state. Theta waves are the "sweet spot" of interest to researchers into creativity, invention and mental imagery.
Delta waves (3 - 1 Hertz) are the most relaxed, slowed-down state, present in deep, dreamless sleep.
Researchers of brainwave theory have developed various rhythmic noises that are supposed to mimic the Theta state and improve creativity. If you want to try one out, we've put it at the top of the current clickback. I found it annoying, but after five minutes or so it's not so bothersome and the mind nicely wanders. I don't think it'll hurt you.
I've lingered in artists' studios that throb with Theta rhythms in the form of "God consciousness" (Ennora, etc.) ocean waves, Mayan kalarhythms, Enya, or the dreamy magic of various Theta music meditation discs such as those offered by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. I've also noticed artists who manage to get by with Johann Sebastian Bach.
It's all about how fast your neurons are firing. In Theta, it seems the neurons fire less often but more effectively, perhaps reaching out to more distant or irregular synapses. This quality firing, in theory, unlocks metaphors and unlikely combinations that are the basis of creativity and invention. The tendency for metaphor may be cultural and augmented by an appreciation of literature, particularly poetry. Also, the happenstance language of our birth aids in the singing of our vision.
The Theta range of firings may also be somewhat responsible for a sense of pattern, continuity and design that's a condition in all the arts. Don't you find it wonderful when you're just loping along, hitting on all four to seven?
PS: "Research clearly indicates that Theta waves increase creativity, super learning, integrative experiences, and memory." (Michael Hutchison, author of Mega Brain Power)
Esoterica: Some researchers think the overboard use of metaphor, as might be seen in conceptual art, may actually be a sign of weak or unrefined Theta. Apart from looking at an artist's work to see if they have "good Theta," other brainwave indicators can be used. One method, pioneered by myself, finds out quickly if a person is able to make connections where connections may not readily appear. It's in their ability to "get" jokes or puns. While folks who "don't get it" may be fascinated with art, and even perform on art boards and committees, my persistent observation has been that non-Thetan, non-creatives tend to be "not amused." This system is actually quite ancient. Hilaritate bonum excogitatio, said the Roman philosopher Kjerkius Gennius (36 BC) "Good humour; good invention."