Applying EFT and practising mindfulness has been shown to make changes to our brainwave activity. Meditation and EFT have an effect on the brain that can be broken up into two categories: state changes (brainwave patterns) and trait changes (habits, behaviours etc). With regular practice, long term changes can be made......
Scientists have discovered that certain brain wave frequencies (especially the Alpha and Theta) may:
1. Relieve stress and promote a lasting and substantial reduction in people prone to anxiety states.
2. Facilitate a deep physical relaxation and mental clarity
3. Increase verbal ability and also the performance IQ, verbal.
4. Better synchronise the two hemispheres of the brain.
5. Recall mental images live and spontaneous imaginative and creative thinking.
6. Reduce pain, promote euphoria and stimulate the release of endorphins.
Below are the brainwave patterns that can be measured during EFT and mindful meditation:
BRAINWAVES AND MEDITATION
1. Gamma State: (30 — 100Hz) This is the state of hyperactivity and active learning. Gamma state is the most opportune time to retain information. This is why educators often have audiences jumping up and down or dancing around — to increase the likelihood of permanent assimilation of information. If over stimulated, it can lead to anxiety.
2. Beta State: (13 — 30Hz) Where we function for most of the day, Beta State is associated with the alert mind state of the prefrontal cortex. This is a state of the “working” or "thinking mind": analytical, planning, assessing and categorizing.
3. Alpha State: (9 — 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm, peaceful and grounded. We often find ourselves in an “alpha state” after a yoga class, a walk in the woods, a pleasurable sexual encounter or during any activity that helps relax the body and mind. We are lucid, reflective, have a slightly diffused awareness. The hemispheres of the brain are more balanced (neural integration).
4. Theta State: (4 — 8Hz) We're able to begin meditation. This is the point where the verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind. We begin to move from the planning mind to a deeper state of awareness (often felt as drowsy), with stronger intuition, more capacity for wholeness and complicated problem solving. The Theta state is associated with visualization.
5. Delta State: (1—3 Hz) Tibetan monks who have been meditating for decades can reach this in an alert, wakened phase, but most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.
Brain Waves and EFT
Gary Groesbeck writes: We are seeing some very rapid and significant changes in the overall brain wave patterns that mirror the release of emotional issues during the EFT sessions. The heart monitoring has also shown instant, healthier responses to the resolution of emotions.
There are some important shifts that suggest an accelerated movement towards improved brain function using EFT. Initially, during the course of a session as personal issues are being resolved, we see a decrease in overall brain wave energy. This reduction in energy occurs more rapidly than in just a simple relaxation period, often within a single round of tapping. There are many in the field who feel that as the brain works more efficiently, the amount of energy in the cortex, or surface of the brain, decreases. This is exactly what we observe.
Along with this was an increase in brain symmetry, that is both sides of the brain, the hemispheres, begin to work together in a more balanced manner. People often have the mistaken assumption that they are either right brained or left brained, in truth we are both, and the two sides of the brain need to work together for optimal health and performance. This is what we see happening over the course of an EFT session, people have increased hemispheric integration or balance.
Next we observed a general decrease of energy in the highest frequencies, sometimes called beta one and two. This band of energy is often associated with emotional intensity, anxiety, stress, negative ruminating and possible history of addictions. This energy band shows a decrease as emotional issues of the moment are released during tapping. As another layer of the story unfolds, beta can flare again as the new issue emerges, followed by more tapping, until it again is reduced to a new healthy level. This makes it possible to determine whether or not the person has another layer of issues to access for further tapping.
As people tune into their issues we also see an increase of energy flares in the slower frequencies called alpha and theta. These frequencies show an internal focus and the emergence of memories often associated with the symptoms at hand. Without an alpha bridge emotional memories in the theta range are often lost, or remain unconscious. So it is important that we can see an increase of this alpha bridging occurring with the EFT. This allows people to more readily connect with the issues that need to be resolved. We can visibly see the theta brain wave spikes, even when the person may not be conscious of the emotional connection to what they are saying.
Finally as core issues begin to be resolved we are able to see, in some people, the development of the pattern we call the high performance mind, also called the “Awakened Mind” pattern. This pattern occurs in moments of emotional, personal, creative, and spiritual insight. It is the pattern we see in long time meditators. It is the pattern of a brain that is humming along at optimal performance, like a well tuned engine. It would appear that as EFT quickly aids in resolving long term emotional issues it also can tune the brain to its highest levels of performance. Other measurements of the stress response, such as heart rate coherence, show reductions of stress, and an increase of healthy functioning on all levels.
Gary Groesbeck BCIAC Fellow
Donna Bach ND
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