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Altered States of Consciousness: The Key to Going Deeper

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“Hypnotic states are so common and natural we spend a majority of our life within them. Reading, singing, praying, driving, showering, can all induce a ‘hypnotic state. Hypnosis is nothing more than a relaxed and focused attention.” – Beyond Quantum Healing

As mentioned above, hypnotic states are a natural part of life. With enough practice, you can learn how to get into altered states of consciousness on demand.

Functions of Brain Wave States

Throughout the day, we transition through different brainwave states: beta, alpha, theta, and delta. Beta is the brainwave state with the most variation (14-30Hz) when measured with an EEG, and is associated with alertness and mental activity. Alpha exhibits calmer brainwave activity, where the individual feels calm, lucid, and relaxed (9-13Hz). The theta brainwave state is what we are in when we begin receiving sounds and visuals to dreams but aren’t quite asleep yet (4-8Hz). Delta is the brainwave state linked with deep, dreamless sleep, exhibiting slow wave pattern between 1-3 Hz.

The way I like to explain it is that your job isn't to close your eyelids and wait for something to happen -- you actually have to allow yourself to relax back into where the information is. What I've gathered through my experience as both a meditator and hypnotist is that the information first becomes available in the alpha state and becomes clearer as the brainwaves slow down. In other words, it may start out subtle and foggy but as you continue relaxing the details become far more vivid.

Below is a chart that really helped me understand brainwaves, the mental and physical characteristics of those cycles per second, and a visual graph of what those different states look like. As your hypnosis practitioner, I look for these signs to tell how deep you are, assist you in relaxing further, and then hold you in theta so you don't drift off to sleep.

chart of brainwave states by bruce goldberg
Chart of Brainwave States | by Bruce Goldberg

Functions of Brain Hemispheres

Isn't it mysterious how we experience duality in this dimension, and coincidentally have two hemispheres? Just as we see reflected in the outer world, our brains work better when the two sides can work together.

The functions of the left-brain are that of logic, analyzing, figuring out, thinking, rationalizing, strategizing, and putting things into place. The functions of the right-brain are all about creativity, imagination, metaphors, symbolism, and thinking beyond the constraints of logic.

Generally, society is set-up in a way that rewards heavy left-brain usage. Studying, getting a degree, doing coffee runs as an intern, coming up with solutions to turn more profits -- they promote a perpetuation of left hemisphere activity. Since the vast majority of the population spends most of their day in left-brain activity, it can be hard at first to even remember how to use your right-brain. Metaphorically speaking, the right-brain is an atrophied muscle that can feel frustrating to exercise. This is part of the reason why some struggle at first to give credit to the insights coming from the right-brain.

Left and Right hemispheres of brain
Kittisak_Taramas | Getty Images

Accessing altered states is a birthright. Every single person is capable and can do it. It may take some time as you work through a few obstacles, but I have never encountered someone who couldn't get through to the other side of their learning curve as long as they didn't give up.

The Connection Between Brainwaves and Hemispheres

For quite some time, I'd been trying to understand the relationship between brainwave states and the two hemispheres. I must have spent hours researching it trying to find something that would link the two concepts, but it got me nowhere. Ironically, it wasn't until I gave up my own left-brain dependency that I was able to discover the correlation for myself -- in meditation.

I asked for guidance and was shown the image of an elevator with just up and down arrows. The understanding was given to me that the left hemisphere takes you up and the right hemisphere takes you down in brainwave activity. That's why when you're getting vivid images in meditation but start to analyze them, it becomes more subtle and you have to work at getting the clarity back by letting go of the "up" button (left-brain activity) and pressing the "down button" (by activating right-brain activity).

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Eventually, if you keep holding the "down" button you'd end up asleep (pro-tip for those with insomnia). So the trick for me as a practitioner is to hold the "down" button long enough for you to get into an altered state where information is flowing, and then hold both the "up" and "down" button at the same time to keep you there preventing you from going into delta.

The Possibilities of a Fully Activated Brain

Exactly one year ago I traveled to Peru, and visited Sacsayhuamán for the first time. Sacsayhuamán is home to some of the heaviest magnetic megalithic stones on the planet, the largest weighing over 125 tons. To put that into perspective, some of these carved and carefully set stones literally more than a space shuttle. The reason I bring this up now, is because I learned that these stones were used by the ancients to harmonize the two hemispheres of the brain which would naturally induce a DMT experience. All they would have to do is simply sit near the stone and still their mind. You can watch a brief video on it here.

When DMT is released in the brain, it leads to an incredibly immersive altered state characterized by elaborate and vivid imagery, sounds, feelings, and sensations. By pressing the "left-brain" and "right-brain" buttons at the same time, we are essentially assisting the hemispheres in syncing up. I suspect this leads to the same release of DMT, which is why clients connection get stronger halfway through their QHHT session and they they eventually hand over their vocal chords to the "team" we are communicating with on the other side. This is precisely what drew me to Dolores Cannon's technique. I believe she knew she was onto something big, and that scale of potential is what she was referring to when she said, "Anything is possible. You are only limited by your own imagination.

I typically use this part of the session to facilitate a connection with the Higher Self, and team of guides to assist in bringing forth information and healing. This leads to incredible transformation for the individual I'm working with. There have been others who have used that the full power of the brain to instantly download foreign languages, channel schematics, and discover new technologies. Again, we are only scratching the surface of what is possible.

So that's it! That's the correlation my guides shared with me so I could help teach it to others. I recently just uploaded a new recording under the "Resources" tab on this website. It includes a brief lesson of the hemispheres, left and right hemispheres, what to pay attention to as you begin accessing altered states, and a few warm-up exercises to activate your right-brain. Be sure to check the demo out and let me know what you think!

You can find the new recording here

megalithic stones in cusco peru

Katie Christensen is a past-life regressionist, trained in BQH and Level 2 BQH. She also practices Crystalline Soul Healing for clients, and hosts the Meetup Group Awakening Through Explorations of Consciousness. To find out more, visit


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