Senior Mindset Coach at Samuel and Co Trading. While studying and practising many energy healing systems spanning 40 years (EFT, TAT, TCM, Yuen Method, NLP, Applied Kinesiology, Qigong etc). He gained qualifications in Massage, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. His goal is to continue to help his clients experience freedom from life’s emotional trauma, stress, negativity, limiting beliefs and to holistically balance the Mind, Body and Spirit.
Hi everyone, welcome back to my weekly article. In this article, I want to delve into the area of brainwave frequencies and why children’s brains are able to absorb so much information so quickly. I thought that this would be a lighter subject compared to the last three articles, but none the less, a very important subject.
While the baby is developing in the womb, the process of storing information to use once it’s born is taking place. The baby can hear and will react to music and loud noises. Predominantly classical and, to some degree jazz music, have been shown to calm the growing baby. The rhythm of classical music is flowing and lulls the baby, while the broken, repetitive beat of the boom, boom, boom inherent in a lot of modern music stresses the baby – just an observation, not an opinion.
The baby is also hard-wired into the mother’s central nervous system through the umbilical cord. Anything that the mother experiences will be experienced by the baby even though it hasn’t developed any language or have any understanding of the ‘outside’ world. The mother’s emotions and feelings will be experienced and stored in the memory and form the foundation for future experiences to be linked and connected to.
The brain is a complex web of nerve cells called neurons that connect to each other at synaptic junctions, called synapses. Before birth, the brain produced trillions of neurons, far more than are required. As the brain develops, it does a weeding out of cells that are deformed or where the synaptic junctions are not connected properly. This process goes on until there are approximately 86 billion neurons. At birth, there are about 2,500 connections (synapses) between the neurons, but, by the age of two or three, there are about 15,000 per neuron. That’s 15,000 connections to each of the 86 billion neurons, that’s a vast potential to create multiple neural networks.
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This complex network of neurons form the building blocks of the nervous system, transmitting information to and from the brain and around the body. Every new experience creates new neural connections and the neural network increases exponentially.
As the baby grows into a toddler and beyond, it continually develops its senses by copying and mimicking those around it. Learning to walk, talk, grasp things etc. fires the neurones in the brain that send electrical signals through the nervous system to the muscles to generate a response. The process of stimulating the neurones, through the electrical system to the muscles, creates a ‘neural network.’ Repeated experiences strengthen the connections (neural pathways) and those unused or seldom used connections, weaken and are eventually eliminated.
So, that in simplistic terms is an overview of the brain development. Obviously, I can go into greater detail but you’d probably fall asleep. Which, brings me onto the next part of the story – brainwave frequencies. Brainwaves are a normal function of the brain and are produced by the electrical pulses from the billions of neurons communicating with each other. Brainwaves are divided into bandwidths which change according to what we’re doing and feeling. There are five bandwidths which are measured in Hertz (cycles per second).
Gamma Waves (38+ Hz): Gamma brainwave activity is the most recently discovered and fastest frequency. Gamma waves integrate information from all parts of the brain producing bursts of insight, higher IQ, more compassion, increased memory recall, sensory perception and focus. People who generate higher gamma frequencies are generally happier, calmer and more at peace. The mind has to be calm to access gamma waves, and meditation is one of the best ways to achieve this.
Beta Waves (12-38 Hz): Beta brainwave activity is consistent with our daily life when we are fully alert, attentive and focused on problem-solving or focused mental activity. Beta waves improve concentration, logic, reasoning and critical thinking. It is also the frequency for the fight-flight response when we’re agitated, tense and afraid that triggers the Amygdala.
Alpha Waves (8-12 Hz): Alpha brainwaves are produced when we’re in a state of physical and mental relaxation. Alpha waves are beneficial for having a clearer, calmer mind, reducing tension and nervousness. It increases creativity, problem-solving abilities, mood and stabilises the emotions. Alpha waves are associated with “peak” performance and getting in the “zone,” ideal for athletes and traders. Other benefits for those spending time in the alpha brainwave state include “super learning,” and “genius states,” and, enhanced immune system function. Meditation, yoga, saunas, steam rooms and massages are all beneficial in producing alpha brainwave frequencies.
Theta Waves (3-8 Hz): Theta brainwaves are experienced during deep meditation and sleep and is where we experience daydreaming. In Theta our external senses are shut down and we focus internally where we experience a dream-like state, vivid imagery, intuition and can access information beyond our normal conscious level of awareness as well as learning, memory and intuition. Theta wave is the realm of creative imagination and daydreaming where anything is possible and inventions are created. It is also the best level for re-programming ourselves and imprints new ideas and beliefs into our subconscious mind by shutting down the critical, analytical left-side of the brain.
Delta Waves (0.5-3 Hz): Delta waves are generated during deep meditation and dreamless sleep, slowing our metabolism and regulating our unconscious bodily processes including the heart, breathing, kidney function, digestion etc while healing and regeneration are stimulated at this level to ensure that our bodies are in good working order. Delta waves play a huge role in strengthening the immune system function. Delta waves are typically found in the right brain hemisphere where our spatial awareness, artistic and creative talents are found. During sleep, delta waves help the body produce Human Growth Hormones (HGH) which maintain body strength and help to decrease body fat.
Brainwave frequencies – Hypnotic trance
The brainwave of a baby up to the age of two is Delta frequency, the lowest frequency. This is experienced in deep meditation and sleep and explains why a newborn spends so much time asleep. Delta waves help the body to produce Human Growth Hormones (HGH), enabling the baby to grow.
The brainwave frequencies of children up to the age of six are predominantly in Alph-Theta level. This is the level that hypnotists ideally get their clients into in order for the suggestions to be deeply embedded, although suggestions will still be accepted at the lighter frequency level. Therefore, children are in a hypnotic trance and are highly suggestible, being programmed by the people of influence around them: parents, older siblings, family and friends, teachers and the environment.
The foundation for the majority of a child’s core life beliefs is created before they reach the age of six. Children create beliefs about life, themselves, how to react, respond and cope. They do this by direct suggestion, copying your language, mannerisms, your responses and coping strategies as well as your likes, dislikes and fears. As a parent, you will play a crucial role in these early, suggestible years. A child’s creative skills, abilities, friendships, goals and expectations can all be influenced during these early years. Knowing that, what will you do differently when you become a parent?
I hope that this article has given you something to think about. I also hope that you are taking the time to use Silence the Mind to help you experience the deeper levels of mind where you can reprogram yourself. I will be covering hypnosis, self-hypnosis and Brainwave Entrainment in later articles. As always, I hope you have enjoyed the input. I look forward to seeing any discussions and interaction from the community – more next week.