In the 1950s, German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann discovered that the Earth’s magnetic field resonates at 7.83 Hz.
In 1979, Schumann’s associate Herbert Konig found a correlation between the Schumann Resonance and the alpha rhythm of brain waves. When you are in the alpha state, the Earth and your brain are operating at the same frequency. This frequency and synchronization with the Earth is associated with creativity, overall mental and mind/body coordination, calmness, alertness, and learning. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
There are five levels of brain wave activity
Beta: waking hours, consciously alert, reasoning and active processing
Alpha: deep physical and mental relaxation
Theta: sleep and reduced consciousness, light meditative state
Delta: deep sleep, unconsciousness
Gamma: recently discovered, this level is associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing
We want to get to alpha
Of these five mental states, alpha is the level which helps us learn, be creative, memorize, and read the thoughts and emotions of others. Creative people show the alpha state when listening and arriving at solutions.
In the beta state, which is the normal level of mind activity when you’re awake, the brain’s frequency is higher than it is when it’s in alpha. Since the brain is a lot like an electrical circuit, all of your thoughts and activity tend to clutter it, making it less capable and perceptive than it can be. Sound familiar? If a non-ADHD person’s brain can be cluttered in beta state, just think what your ADHD brain is like in beta! Yowza!
That’s why it’s so important to get to alpha. Alpha untangles our brains and removes the clutter, allowing them to work more efficiently and be more powerful, stronger, and more perceptive. Feels better already, huh?
Receiving information in the alpha state makes you far more likely to remember it, as well. By freeing the brain from a constant stream of activity (such as when you’re in beta), you actually use more of it. Focus and concentration, memory, learning, and powers of insight increase dramatically in alpha.
How does music help you get to alpha?
The good news is, you can slow down your beta brain and change your electromagnetic frequency to alpha (and re-align yourself with the Schumann Resonance, the frequency of the Earth) anytime, by listening to music.
But first, how does music affect your brain?
• Many studies have shown that music enhances memory, spatial reasoning, math skills, and increases IQ.
• Music helps communication and synchronicity between the two brain hemispheres. This is important because whole-brain thinking is “genius thinking.”
• Music can stimulate the brain to enter the alpha and theta states. Now that’s what we’re talking about!
However, we’re not talking about just any music. Most music fluctuates in frequency, tempo, and volume so it doesn’t create a constant alpha state in the brain. It can relax you, but it won’t put you in a specific, constant brainwave state. We need real brain music to do the job.
Listen to this particular classical music
The following pieces of music, in particular, are brain music. They have been recommended for guiding your brain into the alpha state and keeping it there long enough to do some good. Your body may appear relaxed while listening but your mind Read More