There is a subconscious protection system for humans against life-threatening situations, by the fight or flight response. In life-threatening situations, the normal subconscious bodily functions stop, like digestion, eating, waste elimination, etc., and the subconscious survival functions instantly kick in.
Reprogramming Your Brain
The body is designed to stay in this survival mode for briefperiods of time, but to stay in this heightened survival mode over an extended period of time is very detrimental to our physical and mental health.
Through a meditation method developed by Dr. Joe Dispenza, the brain can be programmed to eliminate these nasty survival emotions.
From birth to age two, the brain wave pattern is delta. Delta is also the deep sleep wave pattern for all age groups. There is little, if any, brain activity at that time.|
As we fall asleep, our brain’s conscious beta waves shift from beta to alpha, to theta, and down to the deep sleep delta mode, where the brain repairs itself by removing unnecessary information; also, the body repairs itself, at this time.
Without a good night’s sleep, unnecessary information tends to build up in the brain day after day, and body repairs are notadequately made, which results in unexplainable mental and physical symptoms, and can oftenlead to illness, both mental and physical.
At age 2, the brainwave pattern is theta and advances to the alpha brain pattern by ages 5 or 6. From ages 2 to 6 the child is operating at a subconscious level, with almost no conscious thought, as to what is happening in the world around them.
This is an information gathering time for the child and everything that they hear or see they believe to be true. “Santa Claus is Real”, “Big Boys Don’t Cry”, “Girls Should Be Seen and Not Heard ”.
Unfortunately, if the child; is told and sees things that they believe are fearful, at this age, it often sets them up for a lifetime of fear, and in extreme cases, to ultimate terror for their entire life.
Brainwave development in children: from the subconscious to conscious mind:
Delta. Between birth and two years old, the human brain functions primarily in the lowest brain wave levels. This range is known as Delta waves. Adults in deep sleep are in delta; this explains why newborns usually can’t remain awake for more than a few minutes at a time. Even with their eyes open young babies can be asleep.
When one-year olds are awake, they are still primarily in delta, because they function principally from their subconscious mind. Information from around them enters their brains with little editing, critical thinking, or judgment taking place. The thinking brain is operating at a very low level at this point in time.
Theta: From about ages 2 to 5 or 6, a child begins to demonstrate slightly higher EGG patterns. Children functioning in theta tend to be trancelike and are primary connected to their inner thoughts. They live in the abstract and in the realm of imagination and do very little critical, rational thinking.
Thus, young children are likely to accept what you tell them.
Santa Claus is real, big boys don’t cry, girls should be seen and not heard, your sister is smarter than you, etc.” These types of statements go straight to his subconscious mind without being questioned.
If a child of this age is told by their mother or dad that the world is fearful or sees their mother or dad acting fearful, it can and does set up a lifetime of fear and terror.
Alpha: Between the ages of 5 and 8, brain waves change to an alpha frequency. The analytical (thinking) mind begins to form at this point in the child’s development. Children start to interpret and draw conclusions about the world around them.
At the same time, the inner world of imagination tends to be as real as the world of reality. Children in this age group typically have a foot in both worlds. That’s why they pretend so well. For instance, you may ask the child to pretend that he’s a dolphin in the sea, a snowflake in the wind, or a superhero coming to the rescue, and hours later he is still in character.
Beta: From age 8 to 12 and onward brain activity increases to higher frequencies. Beta goes on and up in varying degrees from there throughout adulthood and is representative of conscious, analytical rational thinking.
After age 12 the door between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind usually closes. Beta is actually divided into low, mid, and high range beta waves. As children progress into their teens, they tend to move from low range beta up to midrange waves, as is seen in most adults.
As you’re reading this chapter, most likely you are in the everyday waking state of the beta wave activity. Your brain is processing information from your sense of touch, smell, sight, and hearing, and trying to create - meaning between your outer world experiences and inner worlds. While you engage in this material, you may feel the weight of your body on your seat, you may hear music in the background, look up, and see out a window.
All this information is being processed by your thinking mind.
Adults normally operate at the conscious low and mid-level beta brain waves, and only move into the high-level beta self-preservation mode, when encountering dangerous life-threatening situations.
Brain Waves and Meditation
Alpha: You tend to think and analyze less in the alpha state. In alpha, the brain is in a meditative state. The meditative state is where you can get rid of those survival emotions of the flight or fight response. When you close your eyes 80% of sensory information derived from sight is left behind, and purposely goes inward. Since you are greatly reducing sensory information from the outside world around you, less information is entering your mind. You relax. You become less preoccupied with the world around you, and the inner thoughts begin to consume your attention.
Theta: In adults, theta waves emerge in the twilight state, during which some people find themselves half-awake and half-asleep. The conscious mind is awake, while the body is somewhat asleep. Theta is where our mind is more programmable because there is no division between the conscious and subconscious minds. Theta is the ideal brainwave pattern to be in to reprogram the brain to get rid of those pesky survival emotions.
Delta: For most of us, Delta waves are representative of deep sleep. In this mode, there is very little conscious awareness, and the body and mind are restoring themselves.
When we move into a slower brainwave state, we move deeper into the world of the subconscious mind. The reverse is also true: as we move into higher brainwave states, the more we become conscious and attend to the world around us.
With repeated practice, the states of mind will become familiar to you. Just like anything else you persist at, you will notice what each brainwave pattern feels like.
You will know when you are thinking or analyzing too much in beta; you will also sense when you are in an alpha or theta brainwave state since you will feel calm and relaxed.
Three levels of beta waves govern our waking hours:
1. Low-range beta: Low range beta is a relaxed, interested attention range. If you are enjoying reading a book, and are familiar with the material, your brain is probably in the low beta range.
2. Mid-range beta: It is used during focused attention on sustained external world stimulation. Learning is a good example. As you can imagine, with this focus on what we are seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, and smelling, comes a great deal of activity within the brain to produce a high level of stimulation.
3. High-range beta: High-range beta waves are observed during stressful situations where that nasty survival chemical adrenaline is produced in the body. Maintaining the sustained focus in such a high arousal state is not the type of focused attention we use to learn, create, dream, problem solve, or even heal.
It is impossible to make sound accurate decisions in this high-range beta wave, state because the mind is focused on only one thing escape.
In high beta, we are focusing too much on a thought or event, and it is almost impossible to stop that thought process. It causes us to act like a revved-up animal. Our attention becomes too focused on escape.
Anxiety, worry, anger, pain, suffering, frustration, fear, and even competitive states of mind induce high range beta waves - and the body becomes flooded with that nasty survival chemical adrenaline.
Unfortunately, high beta is terribly over-utilized by the majority of the world’s population. We are obsessive, compulsive, insomniac or chronically fatigued, anxious, depressed, and hopelessly holding onto our pain, and feel utterly powerless, and victimized by our circumstances.
In the short term, this serves us well. There is nothing wrong with this over-focused attention in a dangerous situation. However, if we remain in this emergency mode for a long time, it is very destructive to both our mental and physical health.
Many people spend their waking days in a sustained high-frequency beta state. To them, everything is an emergency. Living in this brain wave pattern is like driving a car in first gear while stepping on the gas.
Unfortunately, by our thoughts alone, we can recall stressful situations, or traumatic childhood, as if it just happened yesterday, which again renews those self-defeating survival emotions, and the body is flooded with adrenaline.
Thoughts create feelings, then feelings create thoughts, which creates feelings, and the loop goes on. It becomes an endless loop of fear and despair.
It’s like the serpent eating its tail.