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2 November

Delta Brainwaves – The Ultimate Meditation, Part II

In Delta Brainwaves – The Ultimate Meditation, Part I, we looked at the great health benefits of achieving the delta state of consciousness. In this article, we will focus on the psycho-spiritual benefits. While some of the following goals can be attained in the theta state – which is itself a deep level of awareness seldom experienced by most people – delta really is the ultimate meditation in many ways.

  • Connection with the Unconscious Mind While the theta state is associated with subconscious activity, delta goes even deeper, to the unconscious mind. Experienced meditators believe that the unconscious takes us beyond merely personal awareness and into a realm of universal knowledge – a connection with all that is. This paramount benefit of the delta state literally opens up new worlds for us to know, and explains the other benefits that follow from its attainment.
  • Empathy Delta brainwaves enable us to connect with others in a way that is not otherwise possible, exposing their deepest thoughts and feelings. Delta instills in us a deep sense of compassion for others and enhances our consideration for their well-being.
  • Intuition In the delta state, we are connected through the unconscious mind to sources of information that far outstrip anything available to the physical senses upon which we rely in our waking state of beta. Gut instincts of penetrating wisdom become available when we are “hooked up” to the larger universe.
  • Spiritual Satisfaction There can be no greater sense of spiritual enlightenment than that which we achieve in delta. In this state, we are one with the universe, one with all other things, one with all knowledge. We have come home.
  • Paranormal Experiences Astral projection, contact with spirit guides, out-of-body experiences, ESP and other psychic phenomena are closely associated with the delta brainwave. As if it didn’t already offer us enough…!
  • While the health benefits of delta can be experienced to some extent by anyone who gets a good night’s sleep, the psycho-spiritual benefits outlined here really call for conscious awareness. We want to be able to actually experience these realms, this knowledge, this inner peace. How can we do that without training for years in a Tibetan monastery?

    Fortunately, an audio technology known as brainwave entrainment can help us get to the delta state and reap its many benefits.

    1 November

    Delta Brainwaves – The Ultimate Meditation, Part I

    Delta brainwaves display the lowest frequency of the four brainwave patterns most commonly observed in the human brain. Occupying a range between 0.5 and 4.0 hertz, the only brainwave that is any deeper (below 0.5 Hz) is the mysterious Epsilon wave. For all practical purposes, delta is as deep as we meditators can go. And there are many wonderful reasons to go there! This article is the first in a short series exploring those benefits.

    Generally, the only time that most adults exhibit delta waves is during deep sleep; specifically, the dreamless sleep that occurs long before waking up. This is a time of profound connection with the unconscious mind and an essential period of physical replenishment. Let’s start our series by looking more closely at the physical benefits of delta.

    • Anti-Aging Hormone Release Delta brainwaves are associated with releases of two anti-aging hormones, DHEA and melatonin. At the same time, delta waves suppress the production of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress and accelerated aging.
    • Deep Relaxation When in the delta state, the mind and body are extremely relaxed. This facilitates cellular recovery from physical and chemical stressors. Infants enjoy this state for much of their lives up to the age of two – and then it’s downhill all the way!
    • DNA Repair DNA damage leading to illness must be repaired by the body. Studies have demonstrated that cellular DNA repair proceeds best in the delta state – if you can get there.
    • Human Growth Hormone Release Although less-well established than the other benefits, there is some evidence that the delta state stimulates the pituitary gland to release small amounts of human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is thought to be valuable in combating aging and obesity.
    • Healthier Immune System Through the combination of relaxation and (good) hormone release, delta boosts the effectiveness of the immune system. The beneficial chemicals and neurotransmitters released in the delta state work against the damaging effects of adrenaline released during times of stress.

    While the benefits of delta brainwaves are clear and compelling, it is much less clear how we get there. Most meditators struggle just to sustain an alpha state; some can manage theta; only the most experienced and dedicated can achieve delta. If we want to spend more time in delta than we naturally get from sleep – assuming we are sleeping well to begin with – then we need some help.

    A new audio technology known as brainwave entrainment can help us get to the delta state and reap its many benefits. For a free sample of an entrainment soundtrack, visit this website.