Your brain works differently when stressed or relaxed
Every part of your body emits electricity. The heart for instance, emits electrical currents which are picked up by a machine called the EKG or electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. You may have had such a test in the past. An EKG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on a screen. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves. This is done by attaching small electrodes to the subject’s wrists and ankles. The doctors read the tracings to determine the condition of your heart.
Hans Berger, a German neurologist, discovered in 1924, that the brain emits electrical currents, similar to the heart. These currents also provide useful information about a person’s brain activity. Hans Berger designed a machine which he called the EEG or electroencephalograph to measure these electrical currents or brainwaves. Because these brain waves are weaker than the heart’s, the sensitivity of the machine is much higher.
When Berger discovered the first brain wave, with a rhythm of 7-14 cycles per second, he called it the Alpha wave (green section). This rhythm is present when our eyes are closed and just about to fall asleep or when we are in a relaxed, restful state, like prayer, meditation or exercise. Children between 1 and 14 years of age emit this level of brain activity all the time. It’s the same brain wave we emit just after waking up or just before going to sleep. It’s also the wave that we emit when we are daydreaming, staring into the starry sky or being creative in something that we really enjoy doing. In addition to the Alpha wave, Berger found the Beta, Theta and Delta waves.
Berger discovered that the frequency of the brain waves emitted change at different times of day and night. During the day, in the conscious state, basically from the time our eyes open, our brains emit on average 21 cycles/second also know as Beta waves – the blue section. He also referred to this as the alpha blockade suggesting that it’s closing the door to the more beneficial alpha waves.
During regular sleep, the frequency slows to about 4-7 cycles/second which is called Theta. In deep sleep the brainwaves are active at less than 4 cycles per second or Delta. Delta waves are also present in newborns up until about 3 months of age.
The lower the frequency or rhythm, the less resistance there is in the brain from the subconscious and external stimuli. The less resistance there is in the brain the better the brain is able to connect with the energy that is present all around us such as the intentions of others, great ideas and intuition. Our innate intuition is automatically engaged when our mind is calm. The rest of the time, there is too much “brain-chatter”- all the questions and thoughts we are having during the day – for us to hear what our intuition is telling us. Intuition is like a hummingbird, barely visible or audible unless we are paying close attention, otherwise we’ll miss it.
Another way we could say it, it’s like sweeping the dirt under the rug. It’s still there, but we don’t see it if we don’t look for it. Our brain chatter is covering up the truth, our intuition, and our beliefs and upsets and emotional responses are thousands of layers hiding what’s real. Intuition.
Are you ready to look for it? Then download this simple alpha centering exercise to help calm your mind, and begin connecting with your intuition and find out the truth about what you remember.