The Alpha State – Why Is It Essential to Psychic Development?

There are four types of brain wave that can occur while you’re thinking, sleeping, dreaming, concentrating and doing what you do – those brain waves are called beta, alpha, theta, and delta.

Put rather crudely, for certain states of consciousness and activities, certain brain waves occur.

Take a look at the brain wave states that occur with certain activities:

Cycles per second

Type of brain wave


21 > 14


Fully Conscious / Awake – the conscious mind is busy, concentrating and engaged in this state

14 > 7


Light Sleep / Dreams / Meditation / Daydreams/ Creative Visualization / Connection to the subconscious

7 > 4


Deep Sleep / Lucid dreaming / Deep Trance / Deep Hypnosis

3 > 1


Very deep sleep or an unconscious state

Beta is the brain wave that’s present for your normal waking state and all the busy-ness that happens during this state. Most of us are in beta (fully conscious/awake/concentrating) throughout the day. But note that you cannot usually receive psychic insights or intuitive guidance in a beta state. That’s the state where your conscious mind is fully engaged and operative and everything is busy, busy, busy.

You need to be in an alpha state (at the least) to receive psychic information.

Before I begin a reading, I always take myself down to an alpha state through meditation and visualization. I obviously don’t call it ‘putting myself in an alpha state’, but if I remain in beta (with my conscious mind engaged), I can’t read for someone – quite simply – I can’t connect with someone’s Spirit Guides in that state. If I tried, I wouldn’t get any information.

It would be like being tuned into the wrong radio station. I’m trying to connect to the frequency your guides are at (alpha) – the equivalent of some high-brow far-away longwave radio station, set on an island somewhere. But all I can hear is my mind chattering about anything and everything (in beta) – the equivalent of some rubbish local breakfast show with lots of adverts and small talk: “What shall I have for dinner tonight? Oh, it’s raining, someone needs to bring the washing in!”, “Hmm, my eczema’s really itchy today” etc, etc.

Likewise, if you’re trying to hear your own guides, you may just hear thoughts. You’re just listening to yourself. It’s because you’re in beta.

How to Take Yourself Down to the Alpha State

If you’re not used to doing this at will, you will probably need to practise. I’ve done several hundred readings now and I have to sit down and put myself in this state – every time. Plus, all the psychics I know have to put themselves in this state to do a reading for someone.

Here are some ways to put yourself in the alpha state:

1. Meditation.

Here’s how:

Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. You can sit in a traditional cross-legged posture or you can sit in a chair. Make sure your back is straight – this helps to prevent your mind from becoming sleepy. I don’t recommend that you lie down to meditate as you can fall asleep while you’re doing it.

Sit with your eyes closed and turn your attention to your breathing. Breathe through the nostrils, without trying to control your breath, just notice the sensation of the air going in and out of your nostrils. Focus on this sensation. As you’re doing this, your thoughts will continue to arise, but bring your attention back to your breath.

A lot of psychics/intuitives make meditation a part of their spiritual practice – mostly because it trains the mind to relax at will and enter the alpha state. It’s a hard skill to develop, but it’s worth it.

What if you find meditation really hard?

If you don’t like regular meditation, try guided visualization to put you in the alpha state.

Visualize what you want to happen tomorrow. Visualize meeting your spirit guides.

I like to visualize going down a staircase to visit my guides in a garden. Sometimes I imagine meeting them on a mountain top or a beach.

Even if you’re the one doing the visualizing and it’s not really your spirit guides, it doesn’t matter. Allow yourself to daydream – it’s good for your psychic development!

When you daydream and visualize and imagine, you’re in the alpha state. The more often you can put yourself in that state, the easier it is to do it next time you want to connect with your spirit guides at will. And the next time, they might actually show up because you can access them at the frequency of alpha.

2. Binaural Beats

Another recent discovery of mine that helps me to be in the alpha state is binaural beats. I first discovered this via a friend who put me together a hypnosis mp3 to help me sleep. Firstly, she sent a hypnosis mp3 with her talking. I listened to it a few times but it was hard to get my mind to shut up and pay attention. I wasn’t sure I was being hypnotized.

Then a few days later, she sent me an updated version of the hypnosis, with binaural beats in the background. When I listened to this mp3, straight away it was like it was speaking to a whole different part of me – that was present, and listening. I was hypnotized.

Once I saw what binaural beats could do, I decided to order an extra-sensory perception binaural beats mp3 from the Unexplainable Store, with the aim of training myself to reach the alpha state more easily and quickly. My plan is to listen to the mp3 for 21 days, to see whether it actually makes a difference to how easily I can tune into spirit (for myself and before readings) and then review it on my blog. I have listened to the binaural beats for 4 days in a row. So far, I have found it a really helpful tool for training myself to bypass my very busy and chatty mind and put me in a state where I can quickly access spiritual guidance. So much so that I plan on using it to replace my meditation that I do in the morning before readings. But I will write more on that in a couple of weeks time when I’ve finished my experiment.

Update: I wrote a review of Binaural beats for psychic development and quietening the mind here.

What do you do to relax your mind and hear your spirit guides and higher self? Please share below, in the comments!