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Gamma Waves....Meditation Bliss

Updated: Mar 12, 2022

Summary: Gamma brain waves are responsible for your learning, memory, information processing, and cognitive functioning. Find out more about what they can do for your brain.

Did you know your brain is bustling with electrical activity? The neurons in your brain send electrical signals to each other to communicate. And these signals are called brain waves. There are five types of brain waves ranging from slow to fast. One of those brain waves is gamma waves. What Are The Different Brain Waves? There are five brain wave states with different frequency components.

  • Delta waves (below 3 Hz)

  • Theta waves (from 3 to 8 Hz)

  • Alpha waves (from 8 to 12 Hz)

  • Beta waves (from 12 to 38 Hz)

  • Gamma waves (from 38 to 80 Hz)

There’s also the frequency of high-gamma or high-frequency activity, which is anything above 80 Hz.

What Are Gamma Brain Waves?

Gamma brain waves are the fastest brainwave frequency with the smallest amplitude. They are responsible for your learning, memory, information processing, and cognitive functioning.

Neuroscientists believe that gamma waves are able to link information from all parts of the brain.

What Is The Frequency Of Gamma Waves?

As mentioned before, the frequency of gamma waves measures between 38 and 80 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).

Now, neuroscientists are beginning to discover the marvelous properties of the brain when it produces the gamma frequency.

What Do Gamma Waves Do?

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 in a rapid “full sweep” action. This makes the gamma state one of peak mental and physical performance. Gamma is the brainwave state of being “in the zone.”

Gamma brain waves are associated with the “feeling of blessings” reported by experienced meditators, such as monks and nuns. Gamma waves are associated with peak concentration and high levels of cognitive functioning.

Everyone has gamma wave activity in the brain, but the number of gamma waves produced varies. Low amounts of gamma brainwave activity have been linked to learning difficulties, poor memory, and impaired mental processing.

What Do Gamma Binaural Beats Do?

Gamma binaural beats are shown to positively affect our memory, and can even slow certain medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

How? Well, Alzheimer’s disease is the result of plaque (beta-amyloid) building up between our neurons. Scientists believe that gamma waves positively affect our immune system, and tells it to attack this disease-causing plaque.

In fact, Nobelist Sir Francis Crick explains that 40 Hz of frequency may be the key to the act of cognition.

What Are The Benefits Of Gamma?

People with very high levels of gamma frequency are exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, and have 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:

  • Memory recall. People with high gamma activity have exceptionally vivid and rapid memory recall.

  • Sensory perception. When the brain produces gamma waves, the senses are heightened. Food tastes better; vision and hearing sharpen; a 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.

  • Focus. In the gamma state, your brain is able to process all sensory information faster and more fully with greater sensitivity; and combine 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.

  • Processing speed. 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.

  • Happiness. 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).

  • Creativity. Gamma waves are present during REM sleep and visualization.

How To Increase Gamma Brain Wave Activity 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. According to neuroscientists, people can train themselves to increase their gamma frequency. In fact, by focusing on compassion and love, we can increase our gamma output. 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. It’s as simple as putting on your headphones and using your favorite meditation audio to gently guide you into a relaxed state. Once your brain and body are relaxed, focus on love and compassion. Scientific Studies On Gamma Brain Waves One of the most famous studies on meditation was performed with Tibetan Buddhist monks and Celestine nuns. Both groups demonstrated the ability to produce gamma waves during meditation. The studies showed a significant increase in brain activity in the left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain associated with self-control, happiness, and compassion. It also showed 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 brains immediately moved into the gamma frequency in a rhythmic and coherent pattern. As you meditate with the help of meditation music, you may begin feeling that wonderful warmth of oneness 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!

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