Brains are amazing aren’t they? Our existence as living beings depends on the function of this very complex and essential organ. Much of what transpires through the brain is automatic, or involuntary—our “command center” that sends and receives signals to keep it functioning by breathing, sensing, movement and balance, as well as pleasure and pain. And, or course, we utilize our brain for cognition, intelligence, memory, imagination, emotions and judgment, among many other functions.
Biochemical processes, especially through the neurons that transmit signals between brain and body, activate the commands of the brain, voluntary and involuntary. Biologically, the brain is nourished via blood which circulates oxygen and, in particular, sugar in the form of glucose, then, like our own little internal power plant, produce enough electrical energy to power a 40-watt light bulb for 24 hours.
This electrical energy can be measured using sensitive medical equipment, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) device which measures brain impulse emissions in the form of brainwave patterns. It was through sleep studies that scientists observed that the brain activity of a sleeping person is significantly different than a person who is wide awake .
The physics of the brain fascinates me the most, specifically the characteristics of the various “brainwaves” as they have been mapped. This discovery about brainwaves lead to understanding that the brain changes depending on the activity in which the person is experiencing. Researchers have expanded this understanding to identify multiple mental states which can be stimulated to change a person’s mental symptom or condition, such as anxiety.
In addition to the therapeutic applications of this science, there are intuitive and psychic connections being made that validate the experience of altered states and points to ways to access these levels of consciousness.
DELTA – The Unconscious Mind
Deep dreamless, restorative sleep. Melatonin is released from the pineal gland, which helps regulate wake and sleep cycles. Within this state one can access the akashic as well as collective unconsciousness.
THETA – The Subconscious Mind
Theta is where one can access deep meditative awareness, extrasensory information, hypnotic trance states, as well as expansive and shamanic journeying type states.
“Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo appeared on the Dr. Oz Show (5/9/13) and participated in a test by Dr. Amen where he recorded her brain’s highly agitated delta wave state when she accessed messages for loved ones from those who had passed:
In a future article on this topic, I will explore the involuntary and voluntary aspects of intuition and psychic channeling. In my webinar Advanced Tarot Reading Skills I make the connection between brainwaves and intuitive skill building. Link here.
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