The Role of Brainwaves in Meditation: Part I

The Role of Brainwaves in Meditation:

Part I

Dr Joe Dispenza | 12 December 2020

In this work, one of the main pillars we teach our students is the model of meditation. To begin, there are many reasons to meditate, but for the purpose of this piece, the one I want to focus on is how to get beyond the analytical, thinking mind.

The analytical mind is what separates the conscious mind from the subconscious mind. The way we get beyond the analytical mind is by slowing down our brainwaves from beta to alpha brainwave states. While there are varying levels of brainwaves, the first one we will discuss is beta brainwaves. The three major beta brainwave frequencies are:

  • Low-level beta brainwaves: You are aware of your environment, and in turn, your brain is integrating high levels of sensory information from your outer world to your brain and body. Said another way, it’s creating coherence and meaning between your inner and outer worlds.

  • Mid-level beta brainwaves: These occur when your brain is slightly more amped up, such as right before you are about to deliver a lecture or a performance. You can think of this as good stress. Once you begin, for the most part, you can channel this excess energy into an action and you relax.

  • High-level beta brainwaves: This is when we are living in stress or survival. High beta is a very aroused state, usually associated with emotions such as anger and aggression, fear and anxiety, or pain and suffering. In this brainwave state, we tend to be overly-focused, overly-obsessed, and overly-analytical about all the elements in our lives. When people get stuck in this state, they usually need something outside of them to change their inner emotional state, such as drugs, alcohol, television, video games, etc. Therefore, we could say that they are looking to change their inner environment through something in their outer environment.

In beta, our attention is on the outer world, making us consciously aware that we are a body local in space and time. In high-beta brainwaves, however, the alarm system is switched on and we narrow our focus on all the elements in our material world. That’s because we are paying attention to a threat - or a perceived threat - in our external environment. In turn, we become object-focused. 

All of this is to say that what we want to do in our meditation is to slow down our brainwaves in order to suppress the activity in our thinking brain or neocortex, otherwise known as the seat of your conscious mind. The neocortex is always busy trying to analyze and make sense of the outer world, but if we close our eyes and tune out the incoming sensory information, our brainwaves begin moving from beta to alpha. Alpha brainwaves are essentially a resting state of the body, which allows us to dream or imagine more creatively in pictures and images. In a very real way, the voice in our head that is always talking to us quiets down, and as a result, we become less analytical. This is how we move beyond the thinking mind.

When done successfully, energy begins to move into the limbic or midbrain, which is the seat of the autonomic nervous system, also known as the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the operating system of the body. It controls heart rate, digestion, blood sugar levels, body temperature, hormonal secretions, temperature regulation, and more. Thus, if we can consciously tap into the autonomic nervous system, we can begin to influence the way our body functions physiologically.

So if you're trying to change your body's health and reprogram your autonomic nervous system from a state of stress back into balance (stress is when your autonomic nervous system moves your brain and body out of homeostasis or balance), our research shows that by doing the exact opposite you can change your brainwaves from beta to alpha.

To do this, we move our attention from a narrow focus (or object focus) on the things or people in our external material world, to opening and broadening our focus to space or nothingness. In doing so, we take our attention off the material world and place it on the immaterial world of energy. The act of sensing or feeling” the space around us automatically quiets our brain’s thinking and analyzing. As all of our attention begins to slowly become focused on our inner world, it’s as if our body falls asleep but our mind is awake. When done correctly, our body forgets it’s local in space and time; thus the environment simply falls away.

When this happens, the lights also go out on our memory bank of the neocortex, which essentially is stitched into the fabric of the known self. That means we forget about our personality (or our identity), which has been identifying with all of the people and objects in our external environment at certain places and times. This is the identity that has developed over a lifetime through the prism of our history, education, family, culture, etc. Now we have descended our consciousness into a deeper layer of brainwaves called theta brainwaves. This is a very hypnotic state whereby we become more open to information, and thus more suggestible.

When all of that falls away, that’s the moment where we become no body, no one, no thing, nowhere, in no time. This disassociation from everything known in our material 3D reality is the key that unlocks the door of the quantum world—it is to pass through the eye of the needle into the quantum field. It’s on the other side of this door where we can begin to have a conscious influence over our body. Why? Because when the door between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind is open, we are open to the suggestibility to information. Therefore, we can reprogram our subconscious mind.

At the same time, by no longer putting our attention on matter, but instead on energy or frequency, we enter the quantum field. We become pure consciousness and we can create reality as more energy and less matter. And we can execute greater effects on the world of 3D matter.

Read Part II where I’ll discuss how we can use this information to bring our body back into balance or homeostasis.