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More About Brainwaves

Back in September 2007 in Boston, USA, Gary Craig demonstrated how emotional change can be made visible by biofeedback technology.

Gary Craig says: “I have personally witnessed this equipment used with EFT on several occasions and the results have been impressive. We can also use this to experiment with surrogate EFT and other possibilities.”

Gwyneth Moss says:  “Discovering the brainwaves work was an amazing insight for me and I not only learned what we mean by conscious and subconscious mind, I learned how we can better and more skillfully use EFT and what is happening when we tap.  For me this has been my single biggest AhHa! and has advanced my work with EFT “

In April 2008 Gwyneth invited Donna Bach and Gary Groesbeck to the UK and the Exploring Consciousness with EFT conference gave us the opportunity to see brainwave monitoring make emotional change visible and helped us all to understand what is happening in conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind when we tap. We saw, when using EFT, significant changes in states of mind displayed through changes in brain waves and heart coherence, changes that reflect a shift towards higher performance, deeper personal insight, and increased creativity.

Have you ever wondered what is going on when we tap?  As we use EFT with others we see them visibly soften and hear their words as they gain a new perspectitive on that which moments ago had been so troubling.   Using EFT for ourselves we relax, gripping emotions dissolve, elusive insights and long lost memories pop into mind and pain loses its intensity.

EFT has been growing and spreading for well over a decade and there are now hundreds of thousands worldwide experiencing surprising personal and therapeutic change.  However we have little scope in the English language to describe what is going on and often resort to expressions such as “energy shifts”.

During the Exploring Consciousness with EFT conference we demonstrated advanced EFT techniques whilst the Mind Mirror EEG and Heart Math technology made visible the resulting brain and heart changes. We gained a better understanding of the effects of EFT on brain and heart and that learning guides us to improving our practical use of EFT.  We investigated the effect on the states of consciousness of both the therapist and the client during EFT work, and also surrogate work and tapping on bears.

The original research into the frequencies and patterns of brain waves began the brilliant British biophysicist, and zen master C. Maxwell Cade . Cade measured the brain wave patterns of many healers, spiritual teachers and advanced meditators as well as 300 of his own students. He found a pattern that he identified as a step beyond meditation that exhibits the “lucid awareness” of meditation “coexistent with thought processes”. Cade presented his remarkable discovery in his book “The Awakened Mind: Biofeedback and the Development of Higher States of Awareness”, which he co-authored with Nona Coxhead (Dell, 1979).

For almost three decades  Anna Wise, Max Cade’s protege then measured the brainwave patterns of people of optimum creativity in all walks of life. The brainwave pattern that she found, named the Awakened Mind, is a combination of all four categories of brain waves – beta, alpha, theta, and delta – in the right relationship and proportion.

BETA brain waves are the fastest frequencies ranging from 14 cycles per second up to 38 cycles per second. Beta is your normal thinking state, your active external awareness and thought process. Without beta you would not be able to function in the outside world.

ALPHA brain waves are the brain waves of relaxed detached awareness, visualization, sensory imagery and light reverie. Ranging between about 9 cycles per second and 14 cycles per second, alpha is the gateway to meditation and provides a bridge between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

THETA brain waves are the subconscious mind. Ranging from about 4 cycles per second up to 8 cycles per second, theta is present in dreaming sleep and provides the experience of deep meditation when you meditate.Theta also contains the storehouse of creative inspiration and is where you often have your spiritual connection.Theta provides the peak in the peak experience.

DELTA brain waves are your unconscious mind, the sleep state, ranging from about 4 cycles per second down to 0.5 cycles per second.  When present in combination with other waves in a waking state, Delta acts as a form of radar – seeking out information – reaching out to understand on the deepest unconscious level things that we can’t understand through thought process. Delta provides intuition, empathetic attunement, and instinctual insight. It is also the brain wave most associated with energy healing.

The MEDITATION brainwave pattern is a combination of alpha and theta where theta provides the depth and profundity of the meditation experience – the subconscious inner space from which creativity, insight, and healing spring – and alpha provides the bridge, or the link, to the conscious thinking mind so that you can actually remember the contents of your meditation.

“The AWAKENED MIND brainwave pattern combines the intuitive, empathetic radar of the delta waves, the creative inspiration, personal insight, and spiritual awareness of the theta waves, the bridgingcapacity and relaxed, detached, awareness of the alpha waves, and the external attention and ability to consciously process thought of beta waves, all at the same time. It is a brainwave pattern shared by people in higher states of consciousness regardless of their philosophy, theology or meditation technique. This brainwave(EEG) pattern can be found during “peak experience” and in all forms of creativity and high performance. The awakened mind is also the “ah-ha,” appearing at the exact instant of solving the problem, or getting the insight.” Anna Wise

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