Your State of Mind

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water.  Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.  Now water can flow or it can crash.  Be water, my friend.”

Bruce Lee

Recently, I received this chart in an email from Nightingale Conant.  It can assist you in understanding the different states of mind as a result of brain wave patterns.  With meditation, you can achieve any of these states.  If you need some assistance, different sound patterns can influence your brain wave patterns similarly, as is the case for The Monroe Institute’s ‘hemi-sync’ tapes using binaural beat technology, developed at The Monroe Institute by Robert Monroe, Thomas Campbell and Dennis Mennerich in the 1970s.


13 – 30 Hz

Associated with normal waking states.  In beta states, you are computing, arranging, and organizing – making sense of the external world.  Increased in moments of stress and anxiety, beta enables you to manage solutions and solve immediate problems. 



7 – 13 Hz

Indicates an alert state with a quiet mind.  Attention may be focused outward for problem solving or inward to achieve an alert meditative state.  You may experience focused concentration or inner calm.  Increased alpha is often present in the brainwaves of people who practice meditation, yoga and tai chi 



3-7 Hz

Attuned to visualization, imagery, and creative inspiration, theta waves are produced during daydreaming and deep meditation.  They also correlate with ‘rapid eye movement’ (REM), or dreaming sleep.  During waking theta states you have access to intuitive knowledge, deep creativity, and a free flow of ideas. 



0.05 ­ 3 Hz

Associated with the deepest levels of physical relaxation Delta is the rhythm of dreamless sleep.  Its presence is usually associated with physical rejuvenation and healing.