In processing feelings, brainwave frequency slows down
to the alpha state level of activity or lower, inducing relaxation
and healing. If you work on yourself in the alpha state, you have
a tremendous advantage. Integration proceeds almost by itself, and
the Witness is easily activated. Direct experience of feelings can
be best accomplished in the alpha state during processing (although
it also can be done in activity, when the event is taking place).
When you first sit to work with feelings, you may not be aware of
feelings that are affecting you because they are suppressed.
Alpha State opens the door
to the subconscious
When you allow yourself to enter the alpha state as
I described, suppressed feelings will spontaneously begin to jump
into your awareness as the subconscious cleanses. Just sitting still
gives the subconscious the opportunity to bring its suppressed contents
to consciousness for healing and clearing.
Alpha state refers to the rate of electrical vibrations
of the brain. The normal waking rate, the beta state, is from 13 to
30 cycles per second. In alpha, brainwaves slow down to between 8
to 12 cycles per second. You can even go deeper, as you acquire expertise
in processing, entering the theta state of 4 to 7 cycles per second.
Much research has been done on the benefits of the alpha state. Healing
occurs naturally and the conscious mind is relaxed. The body is relaxed
and feels different. Processing begins: The Higher Self and the Witness
begin to function. The psychic abilities are awakened. Sensitivity
to the energy flow (as perceived through the feelings) increases.
Visualizations and affirmations are more effective. Clearing begins,
almost spontaneously. Integration is facilitated.
Although the alpha state may be induced satisfactorily
by meditative skills, an interesting and helpful aid in learning how
to achieve this state is through the use of entrainment technology.
Entrainment means applying an outside influence on the brain to bring
the vibrations to the desired level. Entrainment may be effected through
several avenues, but I prefer using sound, having found it easy and
effective. The sound vibration is coordinated with the target brainwave
frequency. When consciously used along with the proper exercises,
the alpha state can be achieved effortlessly.
Entrainment aids usually come in the form of sound wave
tapes and CDs or “mind machines.” In both cases, earphones are
worn for best results. I would recommend that the material does not contain
any spoken or musical information in addition to the entraining frequencies.
Spoken accompaniment that is often included in these tapes is intended to
reprogram the subconscious, of which I am not in favor. Our goal is to access
the deeper healing states and to bring about healing through self-processing,
not reprogramming. But do not feel you are at a disadvantage if you do not
have the assistance of entrainment technology – people have meditated
successfully for centuries without it, and your eventual goal is to not
be dependent on it.