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meditation on steroids

EEG charts measuring brain waves indicate the meditative state of consciousness.

Yesterday I finished reading THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE, Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk. In Chapter 19, there is a section on using electro encephalograms (EEG) for meditation. Meditating helps heal trauma. A EEG machine can monitor brain waves to indicate which states of meditative consciousness you are in.

A test subject is quoted as saying that using an EEG machine to monitor your brain waves is like “meditation on steroids.” It got me all fired up to purchase my own home EEG monitor. So I began researching affordable hardware and software.

THETA is the meditative state of consciousness

I have been meditating for over forty years and my meditation practice just keeps getting better and better. Anything new that I can learn about meditation really turns me on. I wanted to be able to know exactly when I was in THETA and ALPHA states of consciousness. THETA brain waves indicate meditative & intuitive states of consciousness. The next higher frequency are ALPHA waves indicating visualization & creative states of consciousness.

Save your money and just meditate

Yesterday afternoon I was ready to pull the trigger and purchase a $200 EEG head set on Amazon that included software to run on a mobile phone app. Then I read a review that stated: “Don’t waste your money, this does not do what a real EEG machine does, save your time and money and just meditate!”

Someday we will have home EEG machines just like we have home computers

The bottom line is that home EEG machines are just not here yet in the same way that home computers have arrived. You need to spend over $10,000 on head set hardware & hookups and the monthly software licensing is $200/per month.

Just visualizing these charts helps me tune my brain waves

Just viewing these wonderful royalty free charts helps me to gauge what state of consciousness I am in. In six months I will be on Medi-Care instead of my bargain basement insurance plan. I wonder if Medi-Care will cover the cost of a few sessions of real EEG monitoring?

Dr. van der Kolk’s book says that all you need are a few sessions hooked up to EEG monitoring to permanently lock in perfect meditation. Oh well, until then I will do like the man said and just keep meditating!