For a few years I employed neurofeedback therapy (also called EEG biofeedback) in my private practice. The only reason I stopped is that I closed my practice, for a while anyway. Neurofeedback is an amazing therapeutic tool. I can attest that it can be very effective in treating PTSD, ADD/ADHD, and many other maladies. Essentially, it assists the person undergoing treatment to be able to change the pattern of vibrational frequencies their brain is employing, or may be stuck at. Neurofeedback doesn’t change a person’s brainwave pattern itself, it just provides a tool for a person to be able to do it themselves. It employs our innate knowledge of what we need for our own health!
Two basic terms needed in understanding our energy/vibrational functioning are frequency and amplitude.
Frequency, according to Merriam-Webster, is: “3: the number of repetitions of a periodic process in a unit of time: as a : the number of complete alternations per second of an alternating current b : the number of complete oscillations per second of energy (as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in the form of waves”, in short, the number of complete (up and down) waves per second as shown in the graphic. Frequency is measured in cycles per second or hertz (hz).
Amplitude, again according to Merriam-Webster, amplitude is: “3: the extent or range of a quality, property, process, or phenomenon: as a : the extent of a vibratory movement (as of a pendulum) measured from the mean position to an extreme b : the maximum departure of the value of an alternating current or wave from the average value” In neurofeedback practice one can think of the amplitude as representing the amount of energy the brain/being is putting into that particular frequency. It shows up as the height of the wave on the graph. Looking at the graphic above, if there were a red wave line with two complete up and down movements within the 1 second time frame but this wave were twice as high as the blue wave line; the red (2 hz) wave line would be the dominant frequency. The frequency of higher voltage. (Conversely if the blue (1 hz) wave line were higher on the graph it would be dominant.) The dominant frequency is the one with the most amplitude.
For me learning about and seeing the powerful reality of neurofeedback was my introduction to our reality of vibration/frequency/amplitude and how important these three aspects of our reality are to us. Our health, our mental acuity, our mental/emotional stability, our ability to exist at all as human beings, are all part of and affected by the electromagnetic reality, the various frequencies and amplitudes which underlie our existence and that of everything else. The electromagnetic waves in our environment matter because the frequencies in our environment affect/influence the frequency of vibration of our bodies, our organs including our brain, and can enhance or disrupt our ability to function as healthy, whole human beings.
When I go to websites that purport to provide information on the frequencies of our bodies, of human beings what I routinely find are listings of frequencies in the hundreds of hertz. But not all, this website contains frequencies all below 100 hz. Both of these listings are very strange to me and what practitioners of neurofeedback deal with. When we have a person connected to an EEG machine we see ongoing frequencies of vibration occurring between .5 and 45 hz. The frequency of the highest amplitude is the dominant frequency and primarily defines the state of our conscious functioning. For the most part, when awake, our brain puts most of it’s energy into activity between 9 and 18 hz. Relative to the frequencies of commercial radio these are very low frequencies. Relative to musical tones these are very low frequencies. In fact, these frequencies are called Extremely Low Frequency (ELF). If a practitioner were to try to train a person to raise their brainwave activity to, say, 25 hz., that person would become a nervous wreck with real problems sleeping. That is, if their brain would even allow itself to be trained to such relatively high frequency. A person may just “tune out” the training because it would probably be uncomfortable. Our frequency reality is one in which higher is not always better.
Where do the authors who give human vibrational frequencies in the high double digit or triple digit ranges get their data? I have no idea. I would be interested in knowing. Does the human spirit body, ethereal body, subtly vibrate at higher frequencies but at too low an amplitude to be detected by EEG equipment? If so, how do we know what those frequencies are? And, because we are essentially energy beings, is the physical reality of our cellular make up vibrating at a much higher frequency than our brain wave activity occurs at and at too low an amplitude to affect EEG equipment? Again, if so, how do we know what those frequencies are?
The frequencies we encounter in our environment do affect us. Vibrations around us which are at a higher amplitude (not frequency, amplitude) will affect us more than those at a lower amplitude. Some people report being affected by fluorescent tube lighting. The music we listen to can definitely affect us. The colors around us can affect us. In essence: vibration affects us! Tone of voice, even the color of the text has an affect. After all, we are energy beings. This is I think one of the most important areas of study there is at this time: learning more about our energy/vibrational make-up and how to care for ourselves on this foundational level of our existence. I can tell you there are people within governments that are interested in it! The power and control oriented among us have already designed and employed manipulative tools/weapons that operate by affecting human vibrational frequencies. Some devices with weapon potential, such as HAARP, have the potential to affect weather as well as the mental state of human beings, even at a long distance. Conspiracy theory? No, just plain fact. HAARP can affect the weather because, if for no other reason, by affecting vibrational frequency of the air, the air temperature can be affected. Even a 1 or 2 degree shift can make a difference. With people it’s essentially just as simple a process.
In neurofeedback practice sometimes we encounter a client who is stuck within certain frequencies, unable to shift their functioning to work primarily on a different frequency. In these cases a practitioner can employ a vibrating cushion or pillow. Inside the cushion or pillow there is a device which will produce a vibration at the frequency which is the “target” frequency of the training. Say, if you’re trying to help a client produce brainwaves at a frequency of 12 hz, the cushion/pillow will vibrate at 12 hz. The vibration of the cushion/pillow will, in effect, “drive” the client’s brainwaves to the desired frequency. Then, once they have experienced 12 hz and become familiar with what 12 hz feels like, the cushion is no longer needed and the client’s brain can go there on it’s own. The client has added another frequency of mental activity to their thought/focus repertoire!
Now think for a minute, what if you’re not an honest, ethical neurofeedback practitioner? What if you’re a person with an agenda who doesn’t care about the health and well-being of others? What is there to prevent such a person from directing electromagnetic waves at specific frequencies at high enough amplitude to make a difference at another person? (This would work in the same way as the cushion/pillow to “drive” another’s brainwaves.) If such a person or group possesses the relatively simple equipment it would take and has an ample power source, at this time there’s little to nothing to stop them from affecting other people or even communities. What can be accomplished by doing such a thing? At very low frequencies (approx. 9 hz and lower): drowsiness, lethargy would affect most. Paradoxically some might show symptoms of anxiety and paranoia. At higher frequencies (19 hz and above): anxiety, fearfulness, anger, paranoia could be induced. I don’t think I need to go into a lot of explanation at why someone might want to induce these symptoms. Use your imagination.
Because the waves can be broadcast over as large an area as the person doing so has the equipment and power source to accomplish, there are implications for population manipulation involving whole cities. This reality conjures up thoughts of the “disrupters” the crew of the Enterprise used in Star Trek episodes. The commonly cited range for human hearing is between 20 hz to 20 khz. So we may or may not be able to hear such electromagnetic wave activity. Even if the “target” frequency wasn’t outside the realm of day to day functioning, having our mind induced via high amplitude wave bombardment to constant activity within the beta range, at 17 or 18 hz, would over time (a matter of hours or days depending upon personal stamina) become quite tiring and would wear us down. I suspect it would eventually drive us quite mad. As with many things a slight difference in our brainwave frequencies over time can be just as devastating (or beneficial) as a large difference happening suddenly.
So for better or for worse humankind has woken up to the reality of the energetic foundation of our reality. It is really no different than all the other discoveries humankind has made; fire, tools, gunpowder, dynamite, electricity, jet and rocket engines, atomic/nuclear power, solar power, lasers. They are all just things. Things that can be used to our benefit or our detriment. And that is how it is with our burgeoning knowledge of our energetic foundation. What will make the difference is what is inside us: our motives, dreams, desires, intentions. Will we move into our work in this area with mutuality and harmony in our hearts and flourish? Or…
In closing I want to reinforce that neurofeedback is about training a voluntary shift in brainwave activity, not compelling a person to conform. Also that meditative practices can and do affect the frequencies of our brainwave production. Having a meditative practice which either calms and relaxes us or one that teaches us improved concentration and focus can be very valuable. Here are a couple links to related articles:
How Meditation Changes Your Brain Frequency
Brainwaves and Meditation
We are composed of energy, we are energy beings. The frequency and amplitude of our being and the electromagnetic wave reality of our environment are inherently important aspects of our lives! Facts and logic inform us that having a healthful environment in terms of the electromagnetic wave reality around us is as important as clean air and clean water!