Chapter 2 - Hello, Brainwaves!
I started reading some articles on brainwaves and the different states of minds that are responsible for most of our beliefs and other emotions. For better understanding, brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other. It is fascinating to realize that all the fears, insecurity, doubt, joy, habits, etc have been formed within us because of this communication between neurons in our brain. I have read some books, watched many videos on YouTube, attended webinars about learning how the brain functions and how we can rewire them.
It took me a while to come to terms that there are certain things or habits that I possess which make no sense whatsoever but they are so strongly embedded inside of me that my body responds in a particular way when I am faced with a situation that triggers this action. I was raised in a family where books were often associated with Goddess Vidya Lakshmi or Goddess Saraswati. To step on a book and not apologize to the deity would not only be frowned upon but guarantee failure in the education sector. I did not question this practice as a kid but I outgrew that belief with time. I started to question why this rule was applicable only to books and not other reading materials like the little scrap of newspaper in which shopkeepers wrap things around? How come stepping on a book was bad but throwing around pages of that same book and stamping on it isn’t wrong? I did not get a convincing answer hence I tagged this belief as “Brule”, a word that I learned from an awesome man, Vishen Lakhiani, the co-founder and CEO of Mindvalley and the author of two books: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and The Buddha and the Badass.
In a nutshell, a Brule is a “bulls**t rule” that has become so obsolete that it’s time to replace them with a more logic-based belief system. Here is something weird that I noticed that made me read more about conscious, subconscious, and unconscious states of our mind. Although I had discarded that Brule consciously, my subconscious mind still followed it. Every time I would step on a book, almost instantaneously I would step off and ask for forgiveness. I was able to control this too with some practice but the feeling was still there inside me. Each time I would step on a book unconsciously, I would feel a sense of discomfort under my feet immediately and a faded sketch of a book under my feet would appear that would make me conscious about the fact that I had stepped on a book. I was unable to figure out what was the association of these physical phenomena that triggered this subconscious response in me.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, an American Biologist appeared as my guardian angel and helped me find answers to my growing curiosity on the topic. In a documentary on Netflix, “Heal”, Dr. Lipton mentioned that the dominant brainwave frequency of children until their 7 years of age is in the Theta range (3-8 Hz) which is technically the frequency a person is at during a state of hypnosis! Here’s a mind-boggling revelation he made: We learn things till we are about 7ish by observing people and things around us. We are in the state of hypnosis and everything that we see and or told becomes the guidelines that shape our beliefs, our understanding of the world, and the people around us. We absorb information from everything around us during this time and then we operate for the rest of our lives based on the beliefs that we formed during our hypnosis phase. Things started to make sense now that I was aware of the fact that my subconscious mind is just following what it learned during hypnosis. To bring a change in that area of my mind, I would need to deep dive into a meditative state and then rewire the system from within. I’ve been working on the surface of the problem till now and this new knowledge that I had gained was way too precious to let go of so I continued my journey to learn more about my brain.
I am going to shed some more light on the topic of brain frequencies, different states of mind, and how getting to know my brain has been the best investment of my time in the upcoming blogs.
~ Anila Andezhath