History of brain frequencies
by Jose Silva
When I was studying psychology, I came across the term hypnosis and I went
into that field to study it. I came across parapsychology and I went into
that field to study it. Along came the term electroencephalography and I
went into electroencephalography to study it. I started experimenting,
checking people's brains.
Now, what am I going to do with the electroencephalograph. Brain frequencies
- okay, check the brain frequencies. Now, I found we had delta and theta and
alpha and beta. I wanted to know which is the strongest of all these
frequencies? What level should we operate on more than anywhere else?
I found that 90 percent, average, were thinking on beta. I noticed that. I
put a digital counter on the EEG to see in numbers the brain waves, not
wiggles on a chart. So then I would be looking at the digital counter when I
would start talking to individuals. I would ask him a question, and he
answers the question, on 20 cycles per second. How would you solve a
problem? Still 20 cycles.
Then 10 percent, I would ask them a question, and to answer it, they would
go to 10, and then come back to 20 and give me the answer. It was as though
they went to alpha to get the answer, and give it to me on 20.
I said, What's going on here?
So I found out that 90 percent were using 20 to think on, and 10 percent
were using 10. I wanted to know, Which is the better of the two?
First I went for synchronization. Which is the more stable of the two. Is 10
more stable than 20? Or 20 more stable than 10? Which is more synchronized?
I found that 10 is more synchronized than 20.
Interesting, I said. Now what else could I do?
Which is the stronger of the two? Just to say something. Again, 10 was
stronger than 20.
I said, Can you imagine, if this is the best place to think on, and 90
percent of the people are doing their thinking on 20?
Now you can hook up a child: 20. Then ask them, How would you solve this
problem? What would you do about this problem? Well, the child, maybe 10 or
12 years old, ask him, How would you clean a car? How would you brighten it
up? Well, I would wash the car. What else would you do? Just the car? No,
the wheels too. Okay, the car, the wheels... Well, the radiator, also. And
then I could polish it up, and so on. Until he runs out of ideas.
Get him to 10, and he gives you more ideas.
Things like: Ask him how you could use a pencil. How many uses can you use a
Well, to erase, to write, to stick in my ear, whatever it is. They give you
all kinds of uses for the pencil. But at 20 they run out of answers, or
ideas, and when you get them to 10, they come up with more, even though they
thought they had run out of them.
There is more information at alpha. That is the benefit. The benefit is, you
have information to solve more problems.
All problems require information to get the solution, to correct them. And
information is spiritual. Information is to be developed...information is
This is one of the major benefits of alpha.
Now we are dealing with a different field all together. We are the pioneers
in this field.
We were the first to prove that we could activate our mind at different
brain frequencies. Scientists thought that was impossible. They thought the
only way to produce alpha was in a state or reverie, non-thinking mind, a
We said No, it is a learning process, one can learn to do it.
We went and proved it.
They were surprised. They didn't know it could be done.
(Transcribed from a lecture in 1995)