Since the invention of the electroencephalogram (EEG) in the 1930’s, scientists have been able to measure the electrical activity of the brain. Our brain pulses and vibrates like everything in this Universe. The brain pulse is measured like sound in cycles per second or Hertz. Brainwaves are categorized in 4 categories : Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.Intervening between waking brain wave activity and sleeping brain waves, is a rhythmic form of brain activity known as Alpha Waves. Alpha rhythms (8 to 13 cps) appear when your eyes are closed and your mind is in a quiet state of relaxation.

When your brain is in an alpha rhythm state, the right brain is most active, while the critical censoring function performed by your left brain is “half asleep.” Thus when in the alpha state, your feelings and images can more easily pass through the “gate-keeper” of your left hemisphere, unaffected by judgment, and into your conscious mind.

Scientists have shown that highly creative people have different brain waves from normal and non-creative people. In order to have a creative inspiration, your brain needs to be able to generate a big burst of Alpha brain waves, mostly on the right side of the brain. The brains of creative people can generate these big Alpha brain wave bursts, and do so when they are faced with problems to solve. Normal and non-creative people tend to be unable to produce Alpha brainwave increases when they are faced with problems, and so they have more difficulty coming up with creative ideas and solutions. Any time you have an insight or an inspiration, you know your brain just produced more Alpha waves than usual. Scientists have also shown in experiments,Buddhist monks in meditation also experience significant Alpha brain wave activity.

Alpha brain waves occur naturally as you are falling asleep or day dreaming, and alpha wave activity is at its height when you first wake up. Concrete thoughts, physical activity, or light on the retina of the eye can send the brain out of alpha and into beta wave activity. Thus, the ideal time for exploring the subconscious mind in the alpha state occurs as you are falling asleep and as you are awakening.

We can naturally enter the alpha state when we slowly and naturally wake up.The blast of the alarm clock will shatter through this state.Suggestions include:

* As you awaken, just lie in bed and consciously direct your thoughts to the learning material you are covering, or the topics that you need to address.This is particularly easy when you have no pressure to get out of bed, say on a weekend.

* Use a non-alarm type alarm clock. Instead use one of those that just wakes you up gently, for example with quiet music that very slowly builds up.


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