March 12, 2016, Prescott- I have often wondered why my mildly autistic brain will start crackling and popping, often at the worst of times. It is usually when I figure myself to be alone, and not accountable to anyone else. I never am alone, in such circumstances. There is always an outlier, or two, around, to observe, and shake their heads. Because of them, I have a better awareness of my surroundings, and control over my thoughts and attendant behaviour.
Baha’u’llah teaches to not be the cause of sorrow to any soul, nor to be the plaything of the foolish. We are, essentially, to be good in groups, and seek the unity of the human race. The basis for all this is scientific, as well as social. So, when reading, today, of the types of brain waves that human beings experience, a lot more made sense to me- about my own behaviour, and that of anyone else. My thanks to Dr. Joe Dispenza, (Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself) for the refresher on this topic, which I first learned, in 1974, from Dr. Saul Balagura, at the University of Massachusetts.
It goes like this:
Delta waves-These are the lowest frequency brain waves, occurring in infants and those in deep sleep. They are also the default waves of one who is in deep meditation. I’ve had a few people in my life who would swear, on a stack of Holy Books, that I am in permanent Delta mode.
Theta waves- These are found in toddlers and people who are in a hypnotic state. When one is drowsy, neither totally awake nor asleep, Theta waves are in control.
Alpha waves- Children between ages 5-8 experience these waves. So do adults and youth who are in a light meditative state. One is concerned primarily, in this state, with the inner reality. I often lose track of where my car is, in a large parking lot, if I go into Alpha mode, when headed for the building without making note of my location.
Beta waves- These are the waves that are most commonly experienced by “tweens”, teens and adults. You guessed it, there are three levels of Beta. People with high level Beta waves are spring-loaded, tense, in a hair-trigger mode. There is intense analysis of even the most mundane of events. It is exhausting to be in constant High Beta mode.
Gamma waves- These are the highest frequency brain waves, limited to Scarlett Johansson’s character, in the film, Lucy, Jim Carrey’s character, in Bruce Almighty, and those who use hallucinogenic substances. Gamma people are at the highest level of sensory awareness, which is likely not maintainable for any appreciable length of time.
My interest in this area stems from both a desire to better understand my own occasional lapses and to use brain waves to formulate deeper behavioural change, which I am told is possible, with proper meditation.