Getting In Tune with the Schumann Resonances ~
Goodhart, February 2019
resonances, plural there's more than
with many ideas and practices in the sound healing and new
age scenes there is much misunderstanding floating about,
and the reality of the Schumann Resonances is no exception.
That such misunderstandings (and maybe sometimes intentional
misinformation?) commonly exist is enough of a challenge,
but that such erroneous information is too often propagated
by well-known and respected new age gurus only adds significantly
to the confusion. Videos and written statements by some
of these teachers are often rife with errors. (And this
article has nothing to do with Rife, a topic in itself that
is too often rife with errors!)
begin with, it isn't "the Schumann resonance",
singular, as it is often referred to, but the Schumann resonances,
plural. There are many, at intervals of approximately 6.5Hz.
Thus, beginning with the primary and most quoted resonance
of 7.83Hz, we then have 14.3Hz, 20.8Hz, 27.3Hz, 33.8Hz and
more. There is also a lower one that doesn't follow the
pattern and fluctuates between about 3.5 - 4Hz or so. All
of these numbers are averages as they all fluctuate depending
on atmospheric conditions, magnetic field activity, and
primarily on solar activity. It is significant to note that
these resonances are not in any in tune harmonic
relationship with each other.
common and primary misconception is to call the most prominent
one, the 7.83Hz resonance, "the electromagnetic frequency
of the earth" or the resonance of the earth,
the fundamental tone of the planet or the
correct frequency of the earth etc, but this is not
accurate, not even close. There isn't a singular electromagnetic
frequency of the earth. The magnetic field of the earth,
which is believed to be generated by electromagnetic process
deep within the earth's core, has a wide range of fluctuating
frequencies and that which are very much not the Schumann
resonances. Further, the Schumann resonances are electromagnetic
resonances found in the space between the earth's
surface and the ionosphere a condition and artifact
of the atmosphere, not of any vibrations emanating from
the planet itself. These atmospheric resonances are activated
by lightening, and their oddly inharmonic frequencies are
determined by the imperfectly spherical atmospheric cavity.
The resonance fluctuations are caused by the varying size
and shape of the upper atmosphere/ionosphere layer extremity,
and this variability is most significantly caused by solar
the Schumann resonances are not of the earth,
are not generated by nor are a resonance of the physical
body of the earth. And again, it is lightening that actually
activates these resonances, not that lightening causes an
earth frequency to fluctuate, as some have stated.
Being clear about this, I also realize that one can make
the case for our earth's atmosphere to itself be of
the earth, and of course it is this atmosphere that
we live and breath in. This reality isn't lost on me, nor
do I believe it to be an insignificant consideration. However,
when one then speaks of our natural condition to be in the
resonant field of 7.83Hz, and that is our fundamental tuning
note, and that increasing our 'dosage' of this tone will
somehow give us greater health or awaken our consciousness
to higher realms, one then also needs to consider the full
expression of Schumann resonances. As mentioned earlier
they are not harmonically in tune with themselves**. What
then does it mean to be attuned to, or existing in the resonant
field of such a collection of inharmonic tones? I have no
idea. However, being that the amplitude of the Schumann
waves electrical field is so significantly smaller than
the amplitude of the static fair-weather electrical field
(around 300 microvolts per meter compared to around 150
Volts per meter); and the Schumann resonances magnetic field
amplitude is many orders of magnitude smaller than the earth's
magnetic field, it is quite possible that there is exactly
no felt or measurable effect on us from the Schumann resonances,
regardless of how dissonant the intervals are.
of course all know that there is no shortage of misinformation
on the internet about all sorts of topics, and in regard
to the Schumann resonances one can easily find more than
what I've mentioned here in this brief article. One additional
and common example that I'll address is the claim that the
Schumann resonance is rising and that this is an indication
of planetary changes even an indicator of awakening
or heightening consciousness among earth's inhabitants.
One very science appearing and claiming website
addresses this by saying: "Schumann resonance has
been...pulsating exactly at 7.83 Hz for thousands of years",
and that since June 2014 there have been significant increases.
They go on to say: "It is concluded that these changes
clearly show that the planet is changing." Unfortunately
(or maybe fortunately!) no such conclusion has been made
by reputable science, particularly since there hasn't been
any such changes observed. Winfried Otto Schumann mathematically
predicted these resonances in 1952 and they were first successfully
measured in the early 1960's. No significant changes in
frequency since then have been noted (regardless of the
colorful charts we might see claiming so), other than usual
solar flare induced fluctuations. Also, again, 7.83Hz is
an average it hardly pulsates exactly at 7.83Hz
for a whole day let alone for thousands of years
(usual variation is around +/- 0.5Hz every day, with larger
variations during extreme solar activity). It is
likely that the averages have been consistent for quite
a bit longer than thousands of years.
far as being able to "uncode the mysteries of our planet
earth" or access higher consciousness by
attuning to that one particular frequency (as some have
suggested), well, have those who believe this been able
to do so? I'll leave it to others to research that question
if they wish.
note regarding our brains and brain waves: there are many
different and fluctuating frequency electromagnetic waves
happening all the time in our brains. The Theta range is
generally considered to be 4-7Hz, or 4-8Hz, and the Alpha
range 8-12Hz (these numbers often vary slightly depending
on source quoted - it is not an exact science). Thus, the
7.83Hz Schumann resonance occurs at the transition of Alpha
to Theta. What does this mean, beyond coincidence? I don't
know and I'm not sure that anyone knows. The lower 3-4Hz
Schumann resonance is at the top of the Delta range, bottom
of Theta. The next in line 14.8Hz Schumann resonance is
in lower Beta range. Tuning forks that create a sub-aural
7.83Hz difference tone between them, and other products
that create (or claim to create) a 7.83Hz vibration, may
or may not have an effect on our consciousness and/or biology.
Will it be more significant, more special, more
mystically or cosmically profound than 7.5Hz or 8.2Hz or
9.31Hz etc (if any effect is in actuality created and measurable)?
If so, I'd be most glad to see some research on it, or detectable
evidence of such effects.
~ copyright 2019, Rich Goodhart ~
Some proponents like to round off the 7.83Hz to a convenient
8Hz, thinking it's close enough, and then do
the Pythagorean Fifths math that shows it in alignment with
16x2=32, 32x2=64, 64x2=128
128 x 1.5=192, 192 x 1.5=288, 288 x 1.5 = 432
However, if we stick with the actual average primary Schumann
resonance frequency of 7.83Hz and do the math we arrive
..not exactly evidence of 432 in
nature, not nearly close enough.
Now if we look at several of the other Schumann resonances,
and bring them up four octaves each into audible range:
first interval is actually an approximately 3Hz sharp minor
7th, in Just Intonation.
Frequency math wizards, have fun with those numbers and
let us know what other relationships you might find!
Maybe someone would be willing
to make and upload at The
Sound Healing Forum a sound file of those five tones
played simultaneously as a chord The Schumann
Chord TM it could be
the Next Big Thing!! ;-)
Note: Two more notable false claims found in the literature
This number (7.83Hz) is important because its
the same frequency our brains use to survive and thrive.
- Sorry, but no scientific or medical evidence that our
brains use this or any other specific frequency to survive,
thrive or even operate at a basic level with. Our brains
generate many frequencies and when healthy are in continuous
variability. Whether or not our brains in some way "calibrate"
or "tune up" to a planetary "reference tone"
is an idea that may have merit but one that has yet to be
In early space missions, astronauts became surprisingly
weak and ill when they went into space and left the resonance
of the earth behind. They (NASA) now alleviate this distress
by having a vibrational device attached to the ships that
resonates at the Schumann Resonance.
- Simply stated, NASA does not do this.
(Most of the many cross-referenced sources for the information
in this article were found on the internet and are available
for all to see and corroborate, or explore further. Always
check your sources sources, whenever possible! ~ R.G.)
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