"Matter is vibrating energy. Different vibratory rates denote the properties of matter. Frequency is the rate at which molecules or consciousness vibrates." (Lyssa Royal & Keith Priest, The Prism of Lyra)

Frequencies and altered states of consciousness

Brainwave activity is measured using an electroencephalogram (EEG) and can be categorized into different frequency bands, each corresponding to distinct states of consciousness. These brainwave frequencies are associated with various mental states, ranging from relaxed wakefulness to deep sleep and altered states of consciousness.

These are the main brainwave frequency bands and their associated states:

Beta Waves (12-30 Hz):

Alpha Waves (8-12 Hz):

Theta Waves (4-8 Hz):

Delta Waves (0.5-4 Hz):

Gamma Waves (above 30 Hz):

In altered states of consciousness, such as during deep meditation, hypnosis, or under the influence of certain psychoactive substances, the balance and intensity of these brainwave frequencies can shift. For example, experienced meditators may exhibit increased alpha and theta wave activity, indicating deeper states of relaxation and focus. However, it is essential to note that the study of brainwave activity in altered states of consciousness is complex, and more research is needed to fully understand the neurophysiological basis of these experiences.

Frequencies and subtle matter / energy

The concept of frequencies is also closely related to the ideas of subtle matter and subtle energy, which are found in certain belief systems and alternative philosophies, particularly in various Eastern spiritual traditions and some holistic healing practices. Not surprisingly, these concepts are not part (yet?) of mainstream Western scientific understanding.

Subtle Matter:

Subtle Energy:

Now, where frequencies come into play:

In some belief systems and holistic healing approaches, it is suggested that subtle matter and subtle energy can manifest at different frequencies. These frequencies may be described as vibrations, oscillations, or waves of energy, similar to how brainwave frequencies are described. Practitioners and proponents of these concepts may claim that different states of consciousness, health, and well-being are related to specific frequencies of subtle energy.

For example, practices like meditation, yoga, and energy healing modalities often aim to influence or balance the subtle energy flow in the body. Some practitioners might refer to the movement or manipulation of this energy as raising its frequency or attuning it to a particular resonance.