The state of hypnosis is very natural. You can easily find yourself in this mindset 50% of your waking day. Hypnosis takes advantage of abilities which already lie within. Simply narrow your focus to the area of change you seek, when your mind enters the Alpha and Theta states(below).
BRAINWAVE ACTIVITY OVERVIEW:
Your brain operates much like a resonance chamber or a pitch fork. When you hold two similarly tuned pitch forks together and strike one of the them, the other will also vibrate at the same frequency. The vibrational rate or vibratory frequency determines the pitch of the tone.
Our brain produces waves of currents that flow throughout its neural pathways. The type of brainwave is defined by the frequency at which it is pulsing, and this particular rate of pulsation determines our respective state of mind at any given moment in time.
There are four common types of brainwave patterns, but due to the complexity of our brains there are often several patterns interacting at one time. It is the predominance of one particular brainwave frequency that determines our state of mind.
For example, if you are in a beta state, there may be trace levels of alpha and theta but they would minimal compared to the dominating amount of beta present.
All of these brainwave states have been scientifically studied and categorized by the subjective states that each range will produce.
Below is a simple chart containing the four common types of brainwave frequencies along with their characteristic features and associated mental states. The frequencies are measures in hertz (Hz) which is roughly translated as beats per second or cycles per second.
( Ex. A brainwave monitored as pulsing 20 times per second would be a beta wave since the Beta range is between 13 to 30 Hz)
BRAINWAVE CHART: CORRESPONDING MENTAL STATE
(excluding ranges higher than beta such as gamma)
BETA waves 13 to 30 Hz the fastest waves, most commonly found during our waking state, associated with outward awareness, engaged mind, arousal, actively perceiving and evaluating forms of data through the senses; also present with fear, anger, worry, hunger, and surprise.
ALPHA waves 7 to 13 Hz associated with non-drowsy but relaxed, tranquil state of consciousness, less engagement and arousal, focused learning, habit change, pleasant inward awareness, body/mind integration, present during meditation and states of relaxation
THETA waves 3 to 7 Hz associated with increased recall, creativity, imagery and visualization , free-flowing thought, future planning, inspiration, drowsiness, present during dreaming and REM states
DELTA waves .1 to 3 Hz associated with deep dreamless sleep, deep trance state pituitary release of growth hormone, self-healing, present during deep levels of non-REM sleep.
Your brain is always producing electromagnetic brainwaves that have a measurable frequency and magnitude.
The characteristics of your brainwaves at any given moment determines your mood and state of mind. The frequency range and magnitude identify whether you are aroused, alert, asleep or anywhere in between these states.
We are always expanding our knowledge of how our brainwaves can be harnessed to create peak states of consciousness. For example, the best moments of creativity, those Eureka! flashes, occur mostly when theta waves are predominant.
The hypnogogic state verging between waking and sleeping is characterized by theta brainwave activity. This explains why we have such great ideas before falling asleep.
It is noted in history books that this "border-zone" time period has been utilized by many scientists and other great thinkers who have had flashes of insight while experiencing this holistic state of mind.
Einstein came up with the theory of relativity in this state, and likewise, one of the Watson and Crick pair conceptualized the double helix of DNA in this highly visualistic mind state successfully cracking the illusive architecture of DNA.
Time spent in this "border-zone" can be time very well spent. All this information about brainwaves is part and parcel to the benefits to be received from hypnosis.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein