Mind Power Issue #5
Issue #5 – Monday, April 4th, 2016
Today we’re going to talk about a very cool subject: brainwaves. Your brainwaves are closely correlated with the quality of your life. Learning the basics of brainwave function will give you a better understanding of how your brain creates your mental states.
(This discussion of brainwaves is NOT going to be technical and complex, so don’t worry.)
Also in today’s issue…
I’ll share (more) strategies from the fascinating book Reclaim Your Brain by Dr. Joseph Annibali (chief psychiatrist for the Amen clinics) for evaluating your negative mental chatter (the negative “stories” you tell yourself).
How Changing Your Brain Changes
Your Life (Brain Waves 101)
by Bill Harris
In previous articles we’ve discussed how awareness creates choice—about how you feel, how you behave, which people and situations you attract or become attracted to, and the meanings you assign to what happens.
And, once you have a choice…
…you’ll always choose what serves
you—and drop what doesn’t.
Awareness is the fundamental ingredient underlying all positive change. A lack of awareness stymies us from making the changes we want to—about our emotional health, success, lifestyle and eating habits, or anything else.
We also learned that meditation is the time-honored method for creating awareness. Then, based on brain scans of the world’s most aware humans, we calculated how much meditation it takes to achieve the kind of super-awareness we’re after. It turns out to be…
…quite a lot!
There is a solution, but first let’s learn more about awareness and the brain.
What happens in the brain as your awareness increases? First of all, the electrical patterns in your brain change, and these patterns have a profound effect on your life.
Twenty-four hours a day, as nerve cells in your brain communicate, they generate electrical impulses that fluctuate rhythmically in distinct patterns called brain wave patterns.
These patterns are closely correlated with
- your thoughts…
- your emotions…
- your state of being…
- the functioning of the various systems of your body… and, in essence…
…the entire quality of your life!
There are four categories of brain wave patterns. The most rapid is a beta brain wave pattern, associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition.
Higher frequency beta, however, is associated with anxiety, disharmony, and dis-ease. (Perhaps slowing yourself from these levels might be beneficial?)
As you relax, your brain waves slow into an alpha pattern. The higher end of alpha is a state of focused relaxation often associated with superlearning—the ability to learn, process, store and recall…
…large amounts of information
quickly and efficiently.
When you’re absorbed in a good book or a television show, and you’ve blocked out your surroundings, you’re making alpha waves.
Slower alpha waves create deep relaxation—the twilight state between sleep and waking. Finally, alpha is the brain wave pattern of joy. Alpha waves = happiness.
Slower still are theta waves, the brain wave pattern of dreaming sleep, and more advanced meditative states.
Theta is associated with:
- Creativity (when you have an “Ah-ha!” experience, where you suddenly “get it,” you’re making bursts of theta waves)
- Increased memory abilities
- Visionary experiences (dreams as well as visions during meditation)
- Integrative experiences (where we make broadly-based positive changes in the way we see ourselves, others, or certain life situations).
When making theta waves self-sabotaging left-brain filters are bypassed making it much easier to change beliefs or habits.
Though advanced meditators easily make theta waves, most people find this difficult. Finally, theta is also a state of tremendous stress relief, where the brain makes lots of relaxing endorphins that…
…melt your stress away!
The slowest pattern, delta, is that of dreamless sleep. A handful of advanced spiritual seekers, however, learn to remain alert in this state—a deep, trance-like, non-physical state.
Brain wave biofeedback expert Dr. James Hardt has said that those who make waking delta become incredibly persuasive and make great leaders. Waking delta is also associated with what Eastern meditation schools call “kundalini awakenings”, where dormant spiritual energy is activated and rises up through the spinal column.
In delta the brain also releases human growth hormone—which we make in decreasing quantities as we age, resulting in loss of muscle tone, increased weight gain, loss of stamina, and…
…many diseases associated with aging.
Unfortunately, the benefits of alpha, theta, and waking delta are unavailable to most people. Why? Because, despite the research and the astounding positive changes meditation creates, even those who know they should be meditating have trouble sticking with it.
Those who do stick with meditation—or who use a modern technological method like Centerpointe’s Holosync® audio technology—create a network of new neural pathways linking the left and right brain hemispheres, leading to tremendous awareness and many significant mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
In a future issue we’ll discuss how meditation creates these amazing changes—and the newly discovered characteristic of your brain that makes it all possible: your brain’s amazing neuroplasticity.
Until then, be well.
Check it Out!
We’ve offered some great headphones to Holosync users over the last 20 years.
Until recently, though, we’d never found any that we thought were “perfect”.
Those constructed not to fall apart often didn’t have quite good-enough sound, or the best frequency response (crucial for Holosync use–or, for that matter, for listening to really good music).
Those with great frequency response sometimes didn’t have the sound quality we wanted, or they broke easily under the day-after-day use Holosync users put them through.
Then we were introduced to an audio company called NVX, founded in 2011 by a team of audio industry veterans…
…trying to make their mark against the big boys (Sony, Sennheiser, Bose, etc) with innovative engineering, product R&D, and a super-high commitment to quality.
Here’s the best part, though:
Because these guys are new and looking to make a big splash, and because we sell A LOT of headphones, they were willing to add…
…additional features that made their headphones, especially for Holosync use…
After a full year of testing, NVX finally finished a new headphone custom-built for Holosync users:
NVX CRI-300 Headphones (notice the “CRI” in the name!)
The CRI-300s provide crisp, clear sound with extreme precision and rich low-end resolution. The lightweight, ergonomic design makes them astonishingly comfortable.
And they’re designed to easily handle the full range of frequencies used in Centerpointe’s Holosync and Autofonix technologies so you can use them for the entire program, start to finish.
They come with two detachable plugs (a shorter one for use with portable audio equipment, and a longer one for use with audio players beyond arm’s reach) and extra soft padded ear cups.
A high-quality zipped case emblazoned with the Centerpointe logo is also included for travel and storage.
These are VERY cool. I’ve been using them for a while now and…
…I love them!
Go ahead and get yourself a pair. You’ll love them, too. You’ll feel like you drove off the car lot driving a Mercedes (but for a Toyota price).
Headphones of this quality can retail for $279 or more. But after some pretty heavy bargaining with NVX (who really wanted our business)…
…we can offer these super quality custom-built headphones at an introductory discounted price of $139 plus S/H.
Centerpointe and NVX are so confident in the quality and durability of these headphones, we’re offering a full two-year limited warranty in case you find any defects as you use them.
The ONLY place you can buy these is from Centerpointe, and believe me, you will not come close to finding this quality without paying more than twice as much.
Those who already have a pair are really IMPRESSED–and you will be, too. These are great quality, and I know you’ll love them.
Rewrite your negative stories
The meanings of the stories we tell ourselves are largely created in the prefrontal cortex. Your temporal lobe holds the memories, but the prefrontal cortex takes the memory and generates the cause and effect relationship.
Try this: next time you notice yourself telling a negative story–(“I’m a failure”, “I don’t work hard enough”, “Nobody ever treats me right”, etc)–write down the negative story.
After you’ve written down the story (just summarize it in a few lines), ask yourself these questions about the story and write down the answers. It’s good practice to always look for reasons your story could be false.
• True or false?
Is the story true or false? Write down a few reasons why this story is true or false.
• Time traveling
Is your story about the past, present, or future? It’s easy to become stuck somewhere other than the present, repeating outdated stories, or telling yourself a negative story that hasn’t happened yet (which makes it more likely to come true).
Ask yourself: “am I judging myself or others in this story?” Judgement is generally an answer to the question “who is right and who is wrong.” Then, ask yourself if that judgement is justified.
Make a list of pros and cons of telling yourself (and believing) a story. If the negatives outweigh the positives, it’s time to stop telling that story.
Ask yourself honestly if the opposite of your story is true. You’ll be surprised how often this is the case.
These strategies are adapated from the book Reclaim Your Brain by Dr. Joseph Annibali. I highly recommend this book. You can get a copy here.
“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.”
~ Santiago Ramón y Cajal
This Really Happened…
I have only just begun reading your book. I am thoroughly enjoying your emails and the videos. I actually like that I’m reading the same things that are in your videos because I am really comprehending the material. I am fascinated with Holosync and what it does to rapidly create these amazing brain waves for me. I am currently in my third month of using Holosync.
And, I purchased the entire program. I am so very hopeful and excited about the future that lies ahead for me now that I am a part of the Centerpointe family. Thank you for providing a service that really makes a difference. I have so much more that I want to write, but I have a gorgeous five-year-old daughter that is wanting to play. I am well Bill! And I hope you continue to flourish and prosper!
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