Achieving the Highest Level of Awareness

On the Neurology of Gamma Brainwaves and the Psychology of Peak Experiences

Joshua Hehe
Live Your Life On Purpose


Among humans, there are five levels of consciousness, and these mental states correlate to brainwave activity. Of course, correlation does not equal causation. This is important to understand, particularly when it comes to physiological versus psychological phenomena.

Regardless, the point is that brainwaves, or neural oscillations, are rhythmic or repetitive patterns of neural activity in the central nervous system. As part of this, millions of different neurons in the brain and central nervous system synchronize for various lengths of time generating energy that can be detected as fleeting patterns of electricity with electrodes on the scalp using a technique called electroencephalography, or EEG.

As part of this, different regions of the brain are more commonly linked with certain waves. For instance, alpha waves are usually strongest at the back of the brain in the occipital lobe, which handles vision. Thus, your brain is abuzz with all different frequencies of waves, but certain ones are more dominant at any given moment, depending on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling.

So, there are lots of different electrical patterns, defined by their frequency, and measured…