How to Reach a Theta State of Mind Without Machines

It is easy to reach a Theta state of mind without binaural beats, metronomes or other nicknacks. Here you will learn how to enter a Theta state with a quick visualization exercise PLUS how to use it for intuitive work.

A Theta mind state gives a surprisingly powerful boost to intuitive work and your ability to access the subconscious mind.

Scroll down to get the instructions or watch the video.

Related: How to Open Your Third Eye Chakra – Guided Meditation Technique

First of all, you know what a Theta state is, right? Theta brainwaves correspond to a state of mind associated with dreams and waking dreams, as well as a deep meditative state.

Theta brainwaves are slower than the Beta and Alpha activity we normally have in daily life. They vibrate at between 4 and 8 cycles per second. Theta states are normally responsible for those “Eureka!” moments of well known inventors and scientists. They are highly creative states.

In a Theta state, you tap into the creative and intuitive resources of your mind. When you can consciously control this state of mind, then problem solving and tapping into your intuition becomes much easier. Goal achievement also becomes a much easier and more efficient process.

It really is super duper simple to achieve a Theta state without any gadgets or machines. I mean it. Honest. Just do the following visualization.

We’ll start with the optional grounding part. It is important to visualize going into the Earth, at least some of the time. Entering a Theta state of mind through this type of exercise can be very un-grounding.┬áIf you do this visualization often, you’ll want to do yourself a favor and keep grounded.

Grounding Exercise to Prepare for the Theta State

Credit: B.A. Bowen

Credit: B.A. Bowen

1. Close your eyes and relax. Imagine yourself as a ball of white light in the center of your chest.

2. Travel downward toward the belly, gathering your body consciousness into that ball. The ball becomes bigger and brighter as you gather that consciousness.

3. Travel down through the groin and through the thighs, knees, ankles and feet. You continue to become larger as you do this.

4. Go through the bottoms of the feet until you’re a few feet into the Earth.

5. Go a few hundred feet deeper into the Earth’s crust. Find a very large rock.

6. Attach a cord to yourself. Attach the other end of the cord to this very large rock.

7. Head back up to the bottoms of your feet. Go back up through your feet, ankles, knees, groin and belly. Gather your body consciousness even more.

Now you’re back where you started. Now we will continue with the beginning of the Theta exercise. This part is not optional.

Visualization for Entering a Theta Mind State

1. You are a ball of white light in the middle of your chest. Your eyes are closed.

2. Travel upward toward your neck, gathering your body consciousness into your ball. You, as the ball, are growing bigger and brighter as you do this.

4. Go through the jaw and the head while continuing to gather the body consciousness. Stop at the fontanel (crown) at the top of your head.

5. With a little bit of a pop, exit the fontanel and go three feet above your head. Look around. You are now in a Theta state, but we’re not done yet. We need to reinforce this state of mind.

6. Go up a few hundred feet and look around.

7. Keep going past the sun and the moon and through millions of galaxies.

8. Go past the universe.

9. In the distance is a ball of bluish white light. As you approach it, this ball gets bigger and bigger until it’s right there in front of you.

10. Enter this light. You are in a whole new plane. Keep going through this light until it is all that exists.

11. Let the light wash through you and cleanse all your tension and impurities. Bathe in the light.

As soon as you, as the little ball of light, exited through the crown, you reached a Theta brainwave state. You went up further, past the galaxies, past the universe, into the ball of light to the place where only the light exists. The extra steps in the visualization are to ensure that you are solidly in Theta.

You can use this Theta visualization as a meditation by sitting in the place of light that you entered in the visualization. You can also ask questions to tap into your intuition and solve problems, such as “What do I have to do today to get that job”.

If you practice visualization for manifestion work, you can do your visualizations in the place of light you entered in the exercise. This will enhance your ability to achieve your goal.

When you ask questions or visualize a goal after reaching a Theta state, do not be impatient. Intuitions will come through visual, kinesthetic, “direct knowing” and/or audio channels – but not necessarily right away.

Intuitions may come within a few seconds or minutes, or they may come the next day. They will manifest more quickly with practice. The key is to let go and allow these things to come up.

Do not try to interpret what comes up. Just take note of everything that goes through your mind. Write them down if you have to. Let your conscious mind process the information. Then, suddenly, you may have a “Eureka!” moment.

I find it easiest to use this method to answer other people’s questions. Try partnering up and let your partner ask the questions. Don’t interpret anything. Just tell them exactly what you see, feel, “know”, etc – no matter how ridiculous it seems. The feedback may surprise you.

For example, if you see a kangaroo playing double dutch with two little girls, tell them that. They might just say, “Oh my God! I once saw a kangaroo playing double dutch with two little girls when I was five years old!” Or the connection may be more subtle but profoundly meaningful.

If you partner up, rap up the session by going back up to the light and letting it rinse you.

If you want to solidly anchor yourself in a state of mind that is conducive to achieving your goals and really get the most out of the Theta brainwave state, I would recommend a solid meditation practice.

The exercise you learned is an adaptation of Vianna Stibal’s Theta Healing visualization. The basis of Theta Healing is to reach a Theta mind state and use that for all kinds of applications from changing subconscious beliefs to spiritual healing and psychic work. Her visualization is a little more elaborate to allow for advanced Theta state applications.

Related: How to Open Your Third Eye Chakra – Guided Meditation Technique

tom-von-deck-meditation-authorTom Von Deck is a meditation trainer, speaker and author of Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course. Tom specializes in making meditation a much easier and more customized process for busy and non-busy people from all backgrounds and paths. He is the Mackdaddy of The Deeper Meditation Blog and DeeperMeditation.Net.

What are your experiences with Theta mind states? Share them in the comments below.


How to Reach a Theta State of Mind Without Machines — 23 Comments

  1. This felt so good! I could feel something going through my entire body. I felt much better and will keep doing this often! :)

  2. Is it common to have significantly increased heart rates both during and for hours following this Theta meditation?
    I’m enjoying this new experience, which comes at a critical time in my life, the passing of my husband.Thank you so much!

    • I experienced this as well my heart rate was increasing and I felt weird sensations in my stomach. I believe I was in theta and it was a definite shift in my body!!

  3. You stumped me on that one. I would think slower heart rate. Some people get an increased heart rate during OBE’s and such. This Theta state could have maybe brought you some place similar as far as the brain is concerned. Was there any anxiety happening? If you want to be safe, you can always ask a doctor. It’s possible that you might be slightly ungrounded because you’re not used to this yet. Shortening your time in Theta and maybe doing things that are more grounding before Theta might help. Also, sometimes the heart might get excited when there’s a lot of new energy flowing through you.

  4. Is it really this easy? I’ve done exercises much more advanced than this and I didn’t feel any different. Are there any ways to test whether I’m in Theta yet?

    • Oh my lord, I was almost at the part with the huge ball of bluish light, and then I felt some sensation in my head. Is this normal? :o

      • You may feel stuff. It’s certainly normal. Some people won’t feel anything. At least not the first 100 times. All of that’s normal.

  5. thank you…this was very helpful and effective. I was considering whether to purchase expensive recordings to help meditation brain wave states

    • If you do that, go with the Delta. Especially the multi-level ones like Centerpointe’s “The End” program.

  6. Hey Tom, I have a question about writing down what comes through my mind when I’m in the state. If I open my eyes to write something down, wouldn’t that bring me out of theta?

    • It can. If you need to write things down, make it as easy as possible to do so. If you do happen to slip out of that state, go right back into it. With practice, you can go back into it in one second. It doesn’t have to be an incredibly vivid visualization. The visual component of my imagination is very vague and abstract, but this stuff still works.

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  8. Hi Tom,

    I mediatate though not regularly. There is a youtube vedio by Naomi on Angel Contact and healing. I find it very useful and it helps me see beautiful spiritual world that is full of pleasent joy. Naomi also grounds you and connect you to the central sun to get you coonected. I have beautiful visions in my mediatative state. I love it, suddenly after reading your article on theta healing, i realized its the same state where I go but i never knew i can ask questions there, actually i feel so happy in that moment that I just get swayed.

  9. Tom,

    This is quite amazing. I have a question; I had kinda lost my way here for some years. Got taken by the clutter and havee not meditated in years. Would you recommend me to do this exercise? If so, do you think I’d be able to reach Theta? If you don’t recommend it, what ‘would’ you recommend for me to get back in alignment?



    • If you want to use this as a meditation, go for it. You can hang out in that place of light. Otherwise, just ease yourself into it. Build a momentum by practicing meditation every day. Use some of the tips on other posts to integrate it into daily life. That’s not a prerequisite for this Theta exercise though.

  10. Tom, thank you very much for this deep explanation. I really am stuck in becoming a white ball of light and gathering consciousness while travelling through my body. Is it my inexperience (i.e. I have not tried sufficiently) or am I doing it wrong? When you become a ball of light do you dissociate – are you looking from outside to the ball or are you in the ball.

    Sorry for this basic question but I am really eager to learn this.

  11. I’ve been trying to follow this meditation, but don’t seem to be able to stay with it. I keep drifting off at tangents and just can’t keep the visualization going. If I ‘see’ the things suggested at all I can only hold the images for a second or less, and usually begin to fall asleep at that point.

    I have always been very literal-minded, and suggestions such as “gather the body consciousness” have no meaning at all for me. I think I may have to stick to binaural beats, although these tend to send me to sleep very quickly. I need another way.

    • You can try binaural beats. As for this visualization, it might take some practice as the brain isn’t used to it yet.

  12. I did the theta state once for about an hour. Before entering, I managed to gain a state of mind where I already had everything I wanted. Within an hour my ex-husband rang me (I had achieved the state of mind to be over him) and the next day I woke up to find my email full of offers of work(I am a freelancer). This area of life and thinking should receive more funding for investigation. People think we are advanced as a race but I believe we are only just beginning to find out what the human mind can do

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