What Are Theta Waves?
Theta waves are a brain wave which occurs during sleep or deep meditation, dreaming, and creativity. Many spiritual experiences are believed to occur when theta waves are being emitted. It slows down brain activity, and when engaged they are believed to improve problem-solving, creativity, and physical relaxation. Theta is meant to take your brain out of its confines and let it roam freely, which is not conducive to concentration or completion of activities. However, you may be able to retain information better in theta, if you can maintain some level of awareness. There are beliefs that subliminal language tapes may have some success in theta, as can language repetition tapes.
So how can you access theta, and harness its properties? It starts with a meditation and a willingness to stop wrestling your brain for control. I like to go on YouTube and search “theta wave meditations” or “binaural beats” and play meditations while getting comfortable and being willing to just follow my brain wherever it chooses to go. You should remain as open as possible to creativity and spirituality- it may be fun or relaxing to choose a guided meditation and see what information your mind yields. I am including links for some of my favorite meditations at the end of this blog. This is the time to try shamanic journeying or astral travel if you have a supportive spiritual practice and are familiar with doing so safely. Or, you can enjoy a sound bath and feel relaxing energy pulsing through your body as you drift to sleep (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS IN PERSON IF YOU CAN FIND A SOUND HEALER NEAR YOU!). My suggestion is to save this for the end of the day, after everything is done, and give yourself plenty of time to feel the benefits. This isn’t something I would encourage doing while driving or during the middle of the day when you may still have to get things done.
Try adding theta wave relaxation to your daily self-care routine this week, and see what benefits you notice! I would love to hear all about it from you! Contact me directly at rebecca@Mhccholistichealth.hush.com(clinical therapy) or firstname.lastname@example.org(life coaching)!
Rebecca L. Toner, MA, LPC
Freer of Souls. Connector to Purpose. Healer of Lives.