When I am led to write about something that is beyond my current understanding, I check out the Web to get all the information I can about that subject. When my mind has the information stored in my 3D brain, I can more accurately channel information regarding that topic.
I will now summarize the research I have gathered to assist you to more easily understand the next Arcturian message about gamma wave consciousness.
Gamma brain waves are a frequency pattern of normal brain activity that measures between 25 and 100 Hz, with around 40 Hz being typical in humans. Gamma waves were essentially unknown before the development of digital EEG (electroencephalography) recorders, since analog electroencephalography could not measure brain waves at that high frequency (their upper limit is about 25 Hz).
Neuroscientists are beginning to discover the marvelous properties of the brain when it produces the gamma frequency. Gamma brain waves are the fastest brainwave frequency with the smallest amplitude. They are associated with the “feeling of blessings” reported by experienced meditators such as monks and nuns, and with peak concentration and extremely high levels of cognitive functioning.
Neuroscientists believe that gamma waves are able to link information from all parts of the brain – the gamma wave originates in the thalamus and moves from the back of the brain to the front and back again 40 times per second. Therefore, the entire brain is influenced by the gamma wave. This rapid “full sweep” action makes the gamma state one of peak mental and physical performance.
Gamma is the brainwave state of being “in the Zone,” which is the feeling that you can do anything. Everyone has gamma brainwave activity, but the amount of gamma waves produced varies. Low amounts of gamma brainwave activity have been linked to learning difficulties, poor memory and impaired mental processing.
Gamma brainwaves (100 – 38 Hz) were detected later than the other brainwaves, and less is known about them. They have been seen in states of peak performance (both physical and mental), high focus and concentration and during mystic and transcendental experiences.
A lot of research is currently being done on gamma brainwaves in the 40 Hz range during meditation. One of the characteristics of gamma waves is a synchronization of activity over wide areas of the brain. Gamma brainwaves are not easy to detect. Sometimes they may be seen as a narrow frequency band at 38 Hz.
THE SWEET SPOT
40 Hz brainwaves are know as “the sweet spot” of lucid dreaming. During episodes of lucidity these brain waves are around 30 to 40 Hz, which is much higher than is found in typical REM sleep. The brainwaves are also focused in the brain’s frontal lobe area. Scientists do not know if the gamma waves are a cause of the lucidity or a consequence of it. The new study suggests the former.
GAMMA WAVE ROLE IN ATTENTION
The suggested mechanism is that gamma waves relate to neural consciousness via the mechanism for conscious attention. The proposed answer lies in a wave that, originating in the thalamus, sweeps the brain from front to back, 40 times per second, drawing different neuronal circuits into synch with the person’s perceptions, and thereby bringing them into the foreground of their attention. If the thalamus is damaged even a little bit, this wave stops, and the conscious awareness does not form.
Scientists claim that is that when all these neuronal clusters oscillate together during these transient periods of synchronized firing, they help bring up memories and associations from the visual precepts to other notions. This synchronized firing brings a distributed matrix of cognitive processes together to generate a coherent, concerted cognitive act, such as perception. Gamma waves are observed as neural synchrony from visual cues in both conscious and subliminal stimuli.
RELATION TO MEDITATION
You are probably wondering how you can experience increased mental processing, happiness, better perception of reality, incredible focus, better self-control and richer sensory experience that comes with being in gamma? The answer is simple: meditate.
Neuroscientists believe that people can train themselves to produce more of the gamma frequency, and it is believed that focusing on compassion and love is the way to do this. When you look at elite athletes, you can see how love creates the gamma state – they love what they’re doing, and they’re immersed in what they love – so gamma is a natural state of consciousness for them!
Meditation sharpens your mental abilities, but by learning to produce more gamma brain waves, you will use your brain in its greatest capacity. Many studies have been performed on experienced meditators, most notably Tibetan Buddhist monks and Celestine nuns. Both groups demonstrated the ability to produce gamma waves during meditation.
These studies showed a significant increase in brain activity in the left prefrontal cortex (associated with self-control, happiness and compassion) and greatly reduced activity in the amygdala – the brain’s fight or flight center. This suggests that meditation can actually make you a happier and more compassionate person!
Something remarkable happened when the monks in the study were asked to focus on feelings of compassion. Their brain almost immediately went into the gamma frequency in a very rhythmic and coherent pattern. Food for thought… perhaps compassion meditation makes one’s brain “fire” at the rhythm of universal consciousness?
As you meditate with the help of meditation music and begin feeling that wonderful warmth of one-ness where you lose the sense of self and “melt” into universal consciousness, hang on to that feeling. Focus on it. Expand on it. Embody it. Feel love emanating from you and permeating you. Focus on love…and you will soon feel the ecstasy and bliss of gamma!
These experiments have shown a correlation between transcendental mental states and gamma waves. A suggested explanation is based on the fact that the gamma is intrinsically localized. Neuroscientists suggests that this very existence of synchronized gamma indicates that something akin to a singularity – or, to be more prosaic, a conscious experience – is occurring.
A 2004 study took eight long-term Tibetan Buddhist practitioners of meditation and, using electrodes, monitored the patterns of electrical activity produced by their brains as they meditated. The researchers compared the brain activity of the monks to a group of novice meditators (the study had these subjects meditate an hour a day for one week prior to empirical observation).
In a normal meditative state, both groups were shown to have similar brain activity. However, when the monks were told to generate an objective feeling of compassion during meditation, their brain activity began to fire in a rhythmic, coherent manner, suggesting neuronal structures were firing in harmony.
This was observed at a frequency of 25–40 Hz, the rhythm of gamma waves. These gamma-band oscillations in the monk’s brain signals were the largest seen in humans (apart from those in states such as seizures). Conversely, these gamma-band oscillations were scant in novice meditators. Though, a number of rhythmic signals did appear to strengthen in beginner meditators with further experience in the exercise, implying that the aptitude for one to produce gamma-band rhythm is trainable.
Such evidence and research in gamma-band oscillations may explain the heightened sense of consciousness, bliss, and intellectual acuity subsequent to meditation. Notably, meditation is known to have a number of health benefits such as stress reduction, mood elevation, and increased life expectancy of the mind and its cognitive functions.
Gamma brain waves are the fastest documented brain wave activity on an E.E.G. oscillating between 40 Hz and 100 Hz. Because they are the “fastest” brain wave activity, they also have the smallest amplitude on an E.E.G. (electroencephalogram) in comparison to the other major ranges of brain wave frequencies.
Gamma waves play a role in sensory-binding as well as information processing within the human brain. They are able to link and process information throughout the entire brain. Individuals with healthy gamma wave activity have been associated with having increased problem solving skills, compassion, self-control, and intelligence.
BENEFITS OF GAMMA WAVES
People with very high levels of gamma activity are exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, happy, and have excellent memories and strong self-control. IQ scores of people with high gamma wave activity are correspondingly high. High gamma activity also corresponds to a state of peak performance. Elite athletes, top-notch musicians and high achievers in all fields produce far more gamma waves than average.
The benefits of producing the gamma frequency are:
Increased memory recall: The 40 Hz frequency is known to regulate memory processing. People with high gamma activity have exceptionally vivid and rapid memory recall.
Increased sensory perception: Senses are heightened when the brain produces gamma waves. Food tastes better; vision and hearing sharpen; sense of smell becomes more powerful; and your brain becomes far more sensitive to all sensory input. This makes for a much richer sensory experience and a better perception of reality.
Increased focus: But this enhanced focus is not necessarily aimed at one individual object or task. In the gamma state, your brain is able to process all sensory information faster and more fully with greater sensitivity.
Gamma wave consciousness combines the whole scenario into a highly memorable experience. People with high gamma activity can recall everything about any memorable event – the food they ate, the music they heard, the conversations, the names of people they met, the air temperature, etc.
One of the most remarkable properties of the gamma state is the processing speed: the brain is able to process incredible amounts of information very quickly, remember it, and retrieve that memory later.
People with high gamma activity are naturally happier, calmer and more at peace. This is Nature’s best anti-depressant (people suffering from depression typically have very low gamma activity). Gamma waves are present during REM sleep and visualization.
Compassion comes from a feeling of One-ness with all creation. This is the “feeling of blessings” and ecstasy that accompanies high levels of gamma brainwave activity.
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH
Attention: Gamma waves have been documented to help with attention – specifically attentive-focus. Specifically when the brain increases the 40 Hz frequency various parts of the brain are able to function with efficiency and unison.
Binding of senses: Gamma waves bind all the senses together in the brain. In other words, they help your brain process smells, sights, and sounds simultaneously.
Focus: Individuals with high level mental processing and functioning tend to exhibit greater gamma activity throughout the brain.
Compassion: In a study with Buddhist monks, it was found that gamma activity increased when they entered a meditative state of compassion.
Consciousness: The gamma waves throughout your brain help you understand your environment and dictate your experience of consciousness.
Meditation: Advanced monks have been documented as having increased amounts of gamma activity. This is a result of their meditative practices.
Mental Processing: Your overall mental processing is influenced by your gamma brain waves.
Perception: Gamma waves direct how you perceive reality and how aware you are directly tied to all life while in 40 Hz gamma wave activity.
R.E.M. Sleep: Gamma brain waves play an important role in the R.E.M. or Rapid-Eye Movement sleep stage.
Unity of consciousness: One popular theory suggests that these brain waves contribute to “unity of consciousness.”
Arcturian summary notes:
It is through your Gamma Wave consciousness that you can combine your physical senses in such a manner that allows you to experience the Oneness of your daily life.
Furthermore, as you add the component of compassion for all life and Unconditional Love, your perceptions of reality can break free of the limitations of your 3D thinking to allow you consciously perceive your reality via the innate gamma wave consciousness of your Multidimensional Mind.
Suzanne Lie: Consciousness and Brainwaves Part 4 – Gamma Wave Research. By Suzanne Lie. http://tinyurl.com/q2ct9wo