Patterns of Consciousness

Whether meditation is silent or active, as in the awakened mind, it is a descent into lower and slower brainwave frequencies and neuronal (brain cell) clusters. This descent is illustrated in the brainwave drawings on this page.


If you do not have access to a certified awakened mind trainer or a Mind Mirror, you can use the Table of Subjective Landmarks on this page like a biofeedback device to gauge your progress with meditation and awakened mind development. After your practice, consult the Table to find descriptions that match your felt states of awareness. Use the 0-6 Lesh scale to approximate the depth you reached.


Chronicling your experiences and Lesh numbers (in the left column of the Table) will reveal what helps or hinders your practice. The result will be meditative mastery.

The brainwave categories of consciousness

BETA (30-14 Hz)

The conscious mind of active, external, verbal thought

Logic and analysis, list-making and decision-making

DELTA (4-0.5 Hz)

Personal unconscious, a door to universal awareness

Empathy and psychic awareness; dreamless sleep

ALPHA (14-8 Hz)

Relaxed, sensory awareness; daydreaming; imaging

Bridge from the conscious to the subconscious mind

EPSILON (0.5-0.0 Hz)

Not measurable on the Mind Mirror

Associated with yogic suspended animation

THETA (8-4 Hz)

The subconscious mind of long-term memory

Creativity, insight, spirituality, dreaming sleep

GAMMA (30-100 Hz)

"Rides" on high-amplitude theta/delta as a harmonic

Experienced as peace, transcendence, super-lucidity

Associated with compassion and spiritual ecstasy


The meditative descent into higher awareness


The beta waves of random thinking and mind chatter (top of the pattern)

No mid-range alpha or theta

Delta's radar-like empathy or psychic awareness, present in most people (bottom of the pattern)


Beta begins to reduce (dotted lines)

Intermittent flares of alpha bridge and deeper subconscious theta

Delta still present


Reduced beta

Intermittent but stronger flares of alpha, no theta

Delta still present


Highly reduced beta

Continuous alpha

Intermittent theta, possible flashes of imagery related to subconscious memories


Light but relatively stable meditation

Highly reduced beta and continuous alpha

Possibly more continuous theta, with increased mental focus and concentration


Continuing and strengthening meditation state

Highly reduced beta

Continuous alpha, Increased theta


Meditation pattern

Deep, strong, stable alpha-theta meditation pattern

Little to no beta, with or without the presence of delta

Alpha and theta in proper ratio to each other and the rest of the pattern



The awakened mind of creative flow and peak performance

Meditation pattern with quiet, rounded-in beta for problem-solving

Characterized by strong intuitive insights into questions, issues and challenges


The evolved mind of oneness, bliss and illumination

As categories unite, self-separation dissolves into universal awareness

Transcendent state of unity consciousness

CATEGORY 6  (7th State of Consciousness) **

Superconscious mind: gamma frequencies (30-64 Hz) over an awakened mind

Compassion, spiritual ecstasy, mystical transcendence, attentional awareness

Aha insights, super-lucidity, hyper-intuition, kundalini energy

Formation of new brain cells (neurogenesis); rewiring via neuroplasticity

Constant flow of creative energy used in compassionate service

CATEGORY 6  (8th State of Consciousness) **

Universal consciousness: gamma frequencies over an evolved mind pattern

Spiritual oneness, mystical union, gamma-induced neurogenesis and neuroplasticity

Joy and bliss in complete spiritual surrender


** Note: Max Cade predicted that more advanced technology would reveal the brainwave patterns of the 7th and 8th States of Consciousness, defined here as the Superconscious Mind and Universal Consciousness. (See Cade's eight states of consciousness.) The Vilistus Mind Mirror, with its additional two bands of gamma (44-64 Hz) has identified the brainwave patterns of these highest-known levels of awareness. So far, they have been observed only in advanced meditators, psychics, healers, and Qi Gong masters: highly developed and spiritually conscious people who possess super-ordinary attentional awareness and compassion that they use in their own conscious evolution and in dedicated service to others. Read Cade's "The Transcendent Self: The Mysticism of Action."