Schumann Resonance: Planetary Rhythms, Human Regulation, & Psi

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By Iona Miller, author of


The Schumann resonance (SR) is defined as a set of resonant modes or spectrum peaks, between 7.83 and 45 Hz, in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. The fundamental Schumann Resonance is a standing wave in the atmosphere around 8 Hz. Human brainwaves are entrained to this pulse emitting theta and alpha frequencies in the same EMF region. Necessary for mammalian growth and repair, such signals in guidewaves in the geomagnetic cavity are the meta-drivers of biological processes, homeostasis and adaptation. We cannot thrive without them.

Cells respond between 3 – 25 Hz. Frequencies outside this range have little or no effect. Cell membranes oscillate, or resonate to create a “biological window”. Each “window” has measurable and definable frequency, amplitude and a phase that has discrete ranges projected on different characteristics of the wave. Active “windows” facilitate information transfer and adaptive activities. Changing windows creates functional changes called a phase change that helps us adapt to environmental changes.

Outside the earth’s magnetic field for extended periods, early cosmonauts lost 80% of their bone density. Michael Persinger developed Schumann wave generators (7.83 Hz) for space flights that overcame this side effect. Geomagnetic anomalies can amplify local SR in certain geological conditions potentially stimulating coherent resonance in alpha brainwave, forming a tuned system. Solar/geomagnetic interactions correlated with sunspots and solar flares significantly perturb SR.

Solar events release cosmic rays which enhance the ionization of the D-layer up to a factor of 10 with Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SID). Such ELF signals affect tissue electric gradients of ULF/ELF oscillating signals, involving non-linear resonant absorption of ULF/ELF oscillating signals into systems that use natural ion oscillation signals in the same frequency range. ULF/ELF signals can significantly alter cellular calcium ion fluxes and EEGs in brain tissue.

This article concurs with Lewis Hainsworth’s pioneering research on the health correlates of SR, and postulates, along with Pitkanin and Sidorov, that SR may be the substrate for a radar-type extrasensory perception mechanism common to all organisms. SR forms a sort of global guidance system for life. Resonant absorption of an oscillating signal and reaction is presumed as most brainwaves fall within the first five SR modes (0-35 Hz). Frequency matching amplifies even weak signals, even in the presence of other strong static and oscillating fields. It is vital in brain-to-cell and cell-to-cell communication.

KEYWORDS: EMF, Schumann Resonance, psi, ionosphere, resonance, solar flares, ULF/ELF, diurnal cycles, endocrine hormones,

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Planetary Rhythms

Geospace is the term that relates to the solar-terrestrial environment and the relevant space occupied by Earth and her fields. Schumann Resonance (SR), global electromagnetic resonances excited by [tropical] lightning, is one of the natural EM fields in our planetary environment. On average, there are about 200 scattered lightning strikes taking place each second. But resonances can be excited by any electromagnetic disturbance in the atmosphere, including geomagnetic micropulsations.

Solar or geomagnetic activity leads to changes of the dielectric permeability in the Schumann cavity. The fundamental SR mode roughly corresponds to a wave with a wavelength equal to the circumference of the Earth. It has existed since the Ionosphere formed and lightning began, pre-dating animal life. If a radio wave circles the globe, SR occurs when the phase delay of that wave equals 2?. SR is a global phenomenon, while transverse resonance is local. If the wave bounces between the ground and ionosphere, it is trapped between two ‘mirrors’, kindling transverse resonance.

Transverse resonance is predominantly a local phenomenon containing information on the local height and conductivity of the lower ionosphere and on nearby thunderstorm activity. Waves in the ULF range ULF range (i.e., below the first Schumann Resonance), will have wavelengths much larger than the circumference of the Earth.

ULF waves, at approximately 1 mHz to 1 Hz, play a major role in propagating energy throughout the magnetospheric system. At the lowest end of this frequency band, the wavelength of ULF waves is comparable to the entire magnetosphere. In this frequency range, the global structure of the magnetosphere can lead to global cavity resonances and waveguide modes. The structure of these modes is determined by the gradients in the Alfvén and fast mode speeds in the magnetospheric system. (Lysak)

SR is not the internally-generated resonant frequency of our planet, which is 10 – 11.75 Hz as Tesla discovered. Earth itself emits a predominantly infrared wave from its hot core and re-radiated solar energy it absorbs. Schumann fields are weak compared to the earth’s much larger static geomagnetic field, SR is electromagnetic oscillations — the Earth’s global electric circuit consisting of the frequencies that play through the ionospheric cavity (space between the ground and ionosphere) as waves in a plasma. It rings like a tuning-fork. The ionosphere is a highly-conductive region of cosmic plasma, a sea of free electrons – ions.

Earth’s cavity responds to solar fluctuations like a tuning fork, tuned to 7.83 Hz. The solar-terrestrial environment is modulated by solar cycles which affect the global climate and all organisms in the biosphere. Interference patterns are the transducers of energy, which at its most fundamental is described as information. Earth functions like a planet-sized electrical capacitor or condenser, storing electrical potential.

Ducted Propagation

The space between Earth and the ionosphere is a dissipative closed cavity between 50-375 miles that can sustain quasi-standing waves at wave lengths of planetary dimension. Electrical conductivity in the atmosphere is driven largely by cosmic rays that generate a torsion field. Conductivity increases exponentially with altitude because the lower atmosphere buffers collision frequency.

The ionosphere begins about 50 miles out from the Earth’s surface and extends out over 180 miles. It consists of charged particles. This highly dynamic region is constantly exposed to harsh ultraviolet radiation from the Sun. It breaks down molecules and atoms. Highly charged ions and free electrons therefore fill the ionospheric layers creating a “spectral power station”.

Through ducted propagation, lightning radiates broadband EM fields that spread laterally into the cavity. Global thunderstorms excite the Schumann resonances, which can be observed around 7.8, 14, 20, 26, 33, 39 and 45 Hz. Changes occurring in these frequencies are quite normal and do not indicate anything out of the ordinary. All of these frequencies fluctuate around their nominal values. The resonant spectrum is a superposition of global lightning discharge. For these resonant values to change, the planet would have to change diameter.

The Schumann resonance modes, like other low-frequency modes, are able to leak into the ionosphere, particularly at night when the plasma density is lower:

Using measurements from the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, we report, for the first time, Schumann resonance signatures detected well beyond the upper boundary of the cavity. These results offer new means for investigating atmospheric electricity, tropospheric-ionospheric coupling mechanisms related to lightning activity, and wave propagation in the ionosphere. The detection of Schumann resonances in the ionosphere calls for revisions to the existing models of extremely low frequency wave propagation in the surface-ionosphere cavity. (Simoes)

Frequencies describe periodic cycles per second, measured in hertz (Hz). Such frequencies have wrapped earth’s biosphere since its inception. Normal daily variation ranges ± 0.5 Hertz. Another normal source of fluctuation is Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun that leads to proton bombardment. Bursts may increase of the Schumann frequency by 3.5%. These effects are explained by changes of the height and dielectric permeability of the Earth-ionosphere cavity.

In the early to mid-1950s, geophysicist Schumann suggested that electromagnetic signals might circulate at extremely low frequencies in the electrically resonant cavity between the Earth and the ionosphere. He was right. The signals came to be called “Schumann’s resonances”. One major component was originally predicated at a frequency of about 10 Hz. In 1959 it was measured to be slightly different. Meanwhile, the military co-opted the discovery for using ELF signals in submarine communications.

The first mode of these circulating signals has an average value of 7.8 Hz, with a typical diurnal range of from 7.2 to 8.8 Hz, and the second mode has an average value of 14.1 Hz and a range of from 13.2 to 15.8 Hz. These match the brain-wave theta rhythm and beta rhythm nicely. The blank range between the two modes is a very reasonable match with the normal frequency range of the human alpha rhythm, between 8 to 12 Hz or cycles.

Additionally, it was found that there is minimum (zero) power circulating in the Earth/ionosphere cavity at 10.4 Hz–which is virtually an exact match for the average value of the alpha rhythm. The existence of these natural signals and the close relationship of their frequencies of oscillation to key human rhythms were unknown to senior neurologists and mental health specialists as late as 1975. But recent years have seen escalating interest in geophysics in both the public and academic sectors, including its effects on our psychobiology.

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