Mary Rivas, Guest Writer
Can we enhance our creativity, intuitive insights, memory, intelligence and health by altering our brain waves?
Yes. The ancients understood that sound can help us alter our consciousness and unleash mind powers that are normally not accessible to us in ordinary consciousness. Anthropologists who have studied ancient shamanic rituals have found that shamans, for example, have long used the rhythmic sounds of drum beats to induce altered states of consciousness. Scientists have found that specific drum beat frequencies can produce theta brain waves, which match meditative states.
In a nutshell, there are four recognized brain wave ranges: Beta (14-30 Hz) is present in normal waking consciousness; Alpha (7-14 Hz) in states of relaxation; Theta (4-7 Hz) in meditative states; and the slowest, Delta (0.5-4 Hz) in deep sleep and profound meditative states. The most recently researched brain frequency is Gamma, which is the fastest, about 30.0 Hz and higher. Why are brain waves important? You can use sound to positively alter your brain wave frequencies and produce specific desired results.
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Energy Healing Through Crystal Bowl Meditation – By Laurel G Edwards
Have you ever attended a crystal bowl meditation? If so, were you able to ‘lose yourself’ in the essence of the bowls? There is nothing quite like this experience for realigning the energy fields of the human system described as your chakras. Science has long known that sound produces changes in the autonomic, endocrine, immune and neuropeptide system. Scientists now believe that every human atom, cell, gland and organ both emit and absorb sound. A relaxed body, and its brain waves, vibrates at a fundamental frequency, aligning us with the Earth’s own electromagnetic field.
So, let’s speak about the Chakra system of the human body. Chakras are measurable patterns of electromagnetic activity. Each chakra reflects essential aspects of consciousness, forming the master programs that govern life, love, learning and illumination. Anodea Judith in her book Wheels of Life, writes:
“Chakras can be open, closed or any of the various stages in between. These states may be basic aspects of someone’s personality throughout most of their life, or something that changes from moment to moment, in response to a situation. An ailing chakra may be unable to change its state easily, being “stuck” in either an open or a closed state. Then the chakra needs healing, by uncovering and removing whatever is blocking it.” Each chakra center is associated with not only a specific ‘tone’ of the musical scale, but also, with a corresponding color.
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