What is the Schumann Resonance?

Schumann Resonance and the Human Brain

Wikipedia’s rudimentary explanation of the Schumann Resonance3 includes the following text:

The Schumann resonances are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, generated and excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere.

Nexus Magazine published Iona Miller’s more detailed explanation of the Schumann Resonance4 in its April-May 2003 issue that contained these paragraphs:

Since life began, the Earth has been surrounding and protecting all living things with a natural frequency pulsation of 7.83 HZ—the ancient Indian Rishis called OM. “Schumann Resonance” refers to the frequency of the electromagnetic field of the earth. Whether by coincidence or not, it also happens to be a very powerful frequency to use with brainwave entrainment. The discovery, from 1954, has spurred much research… This frequency has been associated with high levels of hypnotizability, meditation, increased HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels and cerebral blood flow levels seem to be much higher while this frequency is being stimulated…

Citing Iona Miller’s report again5 reveals this text:

Mankind depends on two subtle environmental signals, the Yin from below and the Yang from above. The Schumann wave surrounding our planet being YANG and the weaker geomagnetic waves coming from below, from within the planet, being the YIN signal. Alpha brain Frequency of 7.83 HZ on the EEG, is also known popularly as Schumann’s Resonance. These frequencies start at 7.8 Hz and progress by approximately 5.9 Hz (7.8, 13.7, 19.6, 25.5, 31.4, 37.3, and 43.2 Hz).

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