There are also two other states, known as Theta and Delta, these are associated with sleep. We are primarily interested in the Alpha state, because while you are in this state it is much easier for your subconscious mind to accept suggestions for change. This makes Alpha an incredibly beneficial state for learning and personal development.
Everybody experiences the Alpha state many times a day. It happens when we relax in the bath, are engrossed in a good book, watching a good film, gazing into the flames of a fire, making love or even just day dreaming. We also go through the Alpha state every night as
we fall asleep and again each morning as we wake.
To enter the Alpha state consciously, all you have to do is relax and focus on your breathing. If you have a specific meditation or relaxation technique that you enjoy then by all means use it as a vehicle to access Alpha. If you have never tried meditation before, then you donʼt have to over complicate the process, just relax and focus on your breathing.
You might like to mentally repeat the word ʻrelaxʼ nice and slowly on each out breath. When you enter the Alpha state you feel focused, calm and relaxed. You are able to concentrate on something so exclusively that you can easily lose awareness of the outside world. Most people will have noticed this experience while reading a good book.
A naturally occurring Alpha state is identical to the state achieved during hypnotic induction. Although many people do not realize it, everybody enters the state that we call hypnosis several times every single day. For the meditations in this book to be effective you should relax yourself into an Alpha state before you go through each meditation. You should also do the meditations often.
Research indicates that a period of 21 days of daily focus is required to create a lasting change at a subconscious level.
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