How Electronics Alter Brainwaves
The brain is a computer. Are your programs [habits] helping or hindering you?
As a small business owner, I spend anywhere from 1 to 4 hours a day on a computer or smart phone. To balance any negative side effects, I incorporate meditation and exercise which keeps me centered and mindful throughout the day and well into the next; able to transition between work easier and even multitask.
Eight years ago I was an avid video game player, sometimes 6 hours a day! It would feel as though time was fluxing. When your mind is projected in a virtual reality for that long, it’s normal to feel like you’ve entered a time machine. What seemed like 20 minutes ago when you walked downstairs for a drink and it was light outside, was actually 2 hours ago and now its 8:30pm, the moon is shining.
I was also haunted by social anxiety (agoraphobia) and mental chatter that was as persistent as my gaming addiction – directly linked to my diet at that time which included meat and energy drinks. This lifestyle was leaving me in a “fog of war” with my family and surroundings.
So there are two items to examine. What physiological effect devices like cell phones, computers, and video games have on the brain and brainwaves; and what, if anything, is happening spiritually to your soul and willpower while using them? »» click to learn more about the harmful side-effects of EMF, or electromagnetic frequencies associated with electronics, radio and cell towers, WiFi, and appliances.««
To clarify, video games have been shown to increase overall cognitive performance, puzzle solving abilities, reaction times, and hand-eye coordination. *However beneficial they may be, moderation is key for everything.
According to scientists from the University of Rochester, “People who play action-based games make accurate decisions 25% faster.” Other research has shown “Children with dyslexia had better reading ability after playing video games. Surgeons improved their laparoscopic skills by playing video games. Video games can help burn victims manage pain & cancer patients have a more positive outlook. Pre-schoolers who play video games have better motor skills.” And for the parents who don’t allow their kids to play violent games, “A driving game improved memory, focus, and multitasking ability in older adults.”
The Brain – Physical
Technology has the greatest impact on brain waves, or the frequency at which the brain operates; depending on what activity it’s engaged in. “Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other”. Thoughts and emotions are a physical vibration. Like the brainwave chart below, each state of being produces its own frequency or resonance like different keys on a piano. Happy, sad, fear, joy, love, grief are all notes in the orchestra of your life. Similarly, each activity (sleeping, singing, reading, exercising, watching a movie, etc.) creates a different frequency.
Imagine stirring a cup of water. In this case the water is your brain’s activity and the spoon is your mind, or willpower. The only way to consciously change the brainwave is to stir in the other direction, using your mind (awareness). Or you can allow enough time to pass until the swirling motion settles – same with thoughts and emotions.
When you’re upset, it takes time to let go because you have to restrain the current thought pattern which has movement and momentum to it like water spinning around. Even in a state of elation, after enough time, the mind reverts to it’s natural state as time stills the emotional waters. (homeostasis). Joy is a state of being that needs to be stirred frequently or rekindled often like a spiritual fire, residing in the heart chakra (Anahata) 💚.
Although we experience thoughts and emotions as inseparable and “real”, in all actuality they are just an aspect or expression of the self and only as real as the electrical signals in your brain. Your true, authentic self is your awareness; pure consciousness; the observer of thoughts rather than the thoughts themselves. When you say “I Am”, that is who you are. This space between your thoughts is also the seat of meditative practice and as you let go of the incessant mental chatter, an infinite sense of peace is found.
“Much time is spent in self-help trying to turn a bad self-image into a good one. As reasonable as that sounds,all self-images have the same pitfall: They keep reminding you of who you were, not who you are. The whole idea of I, me, and mine was erected on memories, and these memories are not really you. If you release yourself from your self-image, you will be free to choose as if for the first time.” – Deepak Chopra
Social media, cell phones, video games, and tv can alter your brainwaves and subsequently your awareness of reality, making it harder to remain centered and connected to your authentic self. Social media tends to shift the awareness from us, we, all to I, me, mine. In other words, focusing on the self-image that may or may not line up with your divine authentic self.
Perhaps the most complex and powerful thing in the known universe is the brain, and subsequently, consciousness. Your entire reality is understood and interpreted by a 3 lb. organ and biochemical reactions. The universe isn’t out there, it’s very much within you.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne W. Dyer and Max Planck
The cerebrum is divided into two hemispheres. The left brain is more logical, numeric, linear, and concerned with tangible facts or mathematics like a computer; focusing on individual parts that make up the whole and is said to be more masculine. The right brain overlooks colors, patterns, art, concepts, possibilities, spirituality, emotion, and seeing the bigger picture; said to be more feminine.
The corpus callosum is a bundle of fibers that joins the two hemispheres and relays messages between them; below that is the pineal gland. Each region of the brain governs various organs and functions.
One type of wave doesn’t apply to the entire brain, but rather a section or region. So the pre-frontal cortex could resonate at 25 Hz while the parietal lobe operates at 11 Hz, and the occipital lobe at 35 Hz. When viewed on digital MRI and EEG (electroencephalography) recorders, brain activity looks like a beautiful orchestra of green, yellow-orange spikes with dynamic blue and purple hues representing different waves and patterns.
– The 5 Brain Waves –
➕The most used wave is a Beta brainwave (between 14-30 Hz) allowing to be focused, logical, and responsive. Beta waves engage you physically and promote action, good for staying productive. Substances like caffeine and chocolate promote beta waves. Too much beta activity can create feelings of anxiety, hallucinations, fantasies, and illusions; explaining why drugs or mental disorders can create these symptoms. Beta waves are often the relentless mental chatter that can cause anxiety and stress as well. It demands your attention and points out all the things that are preventing you from letting go and relaxing. ➕ Because adults operate primarily from Beta, it’s no wonder hospitals are flooded with patients who are just over-worked and over-stressed. If they learn to properly let go and relax their mind and brainwaves [adrenaline and cortisol], the body’s healing mechanism would take over and after enough time symptoms would literally vanish. It really is that simple. When we examine dis-ease; we can see it’s the lack of “ease” and contentment. ➕
➕ Watching movies, tv, performances; or simply by sitting quietly, meditating, closing your eyes, any relaxing activity where one feels at peace and possibly drowsy will produce an Alpha brain wave (9-13 Hz). This creates feelings of passivity, letting go, releasing logic, suggestibility, and allowing the mind to quietly observe. Very useful for meditation and yoga, yet dangerous for an unsuspecting viewer being influenced through advertisements. “It is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. It is the gateway to your subconscious mind and lies at the base of your conscious awareness. The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.” If you stay grounded throughout the day and practice meditation, you’ll generate a healthy amount of alpha waves. ➕
➕ Between 4-8 Hz is a Theta wave. Achieved during REM sleep, light sleep, dreams, transcendental meditation, or ingesting certain entheogens like ayahuasca. Numerous authors and life-coaches like Lori Spagna (lorispagna.com) believe the theta wave is crucial for manifesting. It’s said the more someone can visualize their wishes in a theta state, the sooner and more accurate the manifestation will appear. In other words, the more quiet your internal world is, the easier the Universe can hear you. Can you hear someone on the phone if they’re standing next to traffic? So why not quiet your mind, honestly open your heart, and create a calm space to really contemplate your future with Source? “It’s where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. Unlike your other brain waves, the elusive voice of Theta is a silent voice.” As you slow down and listen to your soul’s wisdom, you may have an epiphany or notice extrasensory information that’s normally drowned out in mental chatter and unhealthy emotions. This doesn’t necessarily make you “psychic”, this is the vast realm of your subconscious mind. ➕
➕ When you’re in a deep, dreamless sleep, the body repairs itself and brain activity is the lowest at just 4 Hz. This brainwave is entirely unconscious for most people but can also be achieved by advanced transcendental meditation, likened to the “sleep mode” on your computer. To consciously move into the Delta state, it takes an amazing amount of relaxation and focus. This is the secret behind masters from India, China, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, or Bhutan who are able to meditate for days at a time with little to no food or water. The metabolism, heart rate, body temp, and oxygen consumption consciously slow down, almost like human hibernation. Because this wave is associated with natural healing, we can see why sleep is so important and why a lack of sleep can lead to degenerative diseases. We need delta waves as much as we need Vitamin-D. ➕
➕ The Gamma brainwave (30+ Hz) is nothing short of magic. “The gamma wave originates in the thalamus and moves from the back of the brain to the front and back again 40 times per second”! People who generate more gamma waves are “exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, happy, and have excellent memories and strong self-control.” However depression, learning difficulties, poor memory, and impaired mental processing is often linked with low gamma output. “One of the most remarkable properties of the gamma state is the processing speed. The brain is able to process incredible amounts of information very quickly, remember it, and retrieve that memory later.”
Gamma waves increase your performance whether you’re an athlete, musician, surgeon, motivational speaker, or artist; they create better results. So if beta waves increase focus and alpha waves make you listen, how do Gamma waves make you feel? Blessed. When you produce an abundance of Gamma waves you feel the universal connection to everything – senses are heightened and gratitude washes over your being. Confidence is at it’s highest and you feel motivated to create and learn. Monks, priests, yogis, shamans, and lightworkers produce significant gamma waves; allowing them to meet the demands placed by the physical realm and emanate universal love to the world. ➕
“Researchers have said that watching television is similar to staring at a blank wall for several hours…an experiment in 1969, Herbert Krugman monitored a person through many trials and found that in less than one minute of television viewing, the person’s brainwaves switched from Beta waves– brainwaves associated with active, logical thought– to primarily Alpha waves. When the subject stopped watching television and began reading a magazine, the brainwaves reverted to Beta waves.”
The Soul – Spiritually
When my mentor and I talked about this, it helped clarify what I experienced from my relentless days in front of the Xbox. When you log into these devices, the device essentially “logs in” to you. This is not as extreme as The Matrix where you’re literally placed into a digital world. It’s more like holding a cellphone next to your head and exposing your inherently pure consciousness to a foreign vibration for extended periods of time. Humans evolved outside, away from screens for millions of years – it’s only in the last 20 years that screens have replaced our desire to look around at the natural world.
Your awareness is integrated into the device, synced with it’s rhythms and vibrations – matching harmonic frequencies through a non-physical energy cord – and you become one with the program. Hypnotically lulled by an electronic drug.
It’s said that energy flows where the mind goes. Over exposure to technology can leave you feeling confused, lethargic, drained, or even frustrated.
Fresh air, sunlight, fresh fruits and vegetables, stretching, exercising, earthing, and meditation can eliminate symptoms and recharge your vital prana.
All humans are connected on mental and spiritual planes. This allows the same type of “attachment” or energy cord to connect with people, places, objects, food, or drugs. Medical intuitives can actually perceive a cord of energy emanating from a body and connecting to something. This can be the underlying cause of obsessions, addiction, and bad relationships (people who drain your energy by being around them can potentially create cords as well).
There are meditations and visualizations whereby you “cut cords” between yourself and that which is not for your highest good; relieving any tension and allowing peace to wash over the mind. This is a crucial step in pranic healing. If you enjoy praying, there are ascended masters like Archangel Michael who can remove you from harsh realities and toxic vibrations.
Just how badly are people addicted to devices?
The culprit here is a relatively new term – even in the Merriam-Webster dictionary – causing health problems and actually linked to several deaths in South Korea. You guessed it, screen time. One man died after “reportedly playing an online computer game for 50 hours” while another man allowed his two year old son to starve to death while he was gaming. How much of your own life are you handing over to these electronic devices like cell phones, televisions, video games, PC’s, tablets?
By choosing the path of least resistance and swapping one mindless, superficial activity for the next, rarely does someone stop. Take a look around. Smell the flowers and fresh air. Perhaps pour a cup of tea. And come back to center. When you hear people complaining about how technology has changed humans – in particular how we don’t communicate with each other anymore – this is the root of the issue; a weakness in our inherent human nature
We all have those things we can remember doing before technology hijacked our attention spans…
Was it playing cards? Jogging and exercising? Sculpting, drawing, painting? Singing and dancing? Playing an instrument? Writing a book? Reading a book? Visiting your friends and family? Cooking for someone? Volunteering in your community? Tending your garden and planting seeds? Carpentry? Taking long walks in nature and getting lost? Hiking and camping? Meditating? Practicing something you would like to excel at, even become professional at one day?
The things I just listed, are the stuff of life. Without them, our existence becomes dull and 2 dimensional. Reduced to three simple states of Work, Idle, Sleep.
Here are some statistics to show just how integrated technology is in American Homes…
- Statistics have shown that TV viewing among kids is at an eight-year high. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. The vast majority of this viewing (97%) is of live TV.
- 71% of 8- to 18-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom ; 54% have a DVD/VCR player, 37% have cable/satellite TV, and 20% have premium channels.
- We can now access TV content easier than ever before, such as on the Internet, cell phones and iPods. This has led to an increase in time spent viewing TV, even as TV-set viewing has declined. 41% of TV-viewing is now online, time-shifted, DVD or mobile.
- In about two-thirds of households, the TV is “usually” on during meals.
- In 53% of households of 7th- to 12th-graders, there are no rules about TV watching.
- In 51% of households, the TV is on “most” of the time.
- Kids with a TV in their bedroom spend an average of almost 1.5 hours more per day watching TV than kids without a TV in the bedroom.
- Many parents encourage their toddlers to watch television.
The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra