Is the Earth’s “heartbeat” of 7.83 Hz influencing human behavior?
The Schumann Resonances are a series of frequencies created by electromagnetic waves in the lower ionosphere of the Earth. Thunderstorm and lightning frequencies range from 7.83 Hz, known as the Earth’s “heartbeat,” to 33.8 Hz. The Schumann Resonance has been studied for its impact on both the planet and humanity.
Flashes of lightning that strike around the earth about 50 times every second create low frequency electromagnetic waves that encompass the planet. Some scientists believe that these waves, known as Schumann Resonances, have an effect on human behavior.
The Schumann Resonances can be discovered in the waves that go up to roughly 60 miles above in our atmosphere, kept up by the 2,000 or more thunderstorms that (according to NASA) batter our planet every moment. According to Interesting Engineering, they stay up there due to electric conductivity in the ionosphere, which includes charged ions that are separated from neutral gas atoms in the area by solar radiation. This allows the ionosphere to capture electromagnetic waves.
The Schumann Resonances encircle the earth, repeating the beat used to study the planet’s electromagnetic environment, weather, and seasons. The crests and troughs of the waves as they flow around our planet align in resonance to amplify the initial signal.
In honor of his seminal work on worldwide resonances in the mid-1950s, the waves were named after Winfried Otto Schumann. First measured in the early 1960s, the very low-frequency waves (with the base at 7.83 Hertz) oscillate between greater and lower energy. The frequency of 7.83 Hz has been called the Earth’s “heartbeat.” At around 14.3, 20.8, 27.3, and 33.8 Hz, weaker harmonics have been observed.
The resonances fluctuate with variations in the ionosphere, with the intensity of solar radiation playing a major part. That section of the ionosphere, for example, thins out at night.
The strength of the resonance is also affected by the world’s lighting hotspots in Asia, Africa, and South America, where storms are seasonal and affected by whether it is night or day.
The effects of these waves on humans have also been explored. According to a 2006 study, the frequencies may be associated with distinct types of brain waves. The researchers described “real time coherence between variations in the Schumann and brain activity spectra within the 6–16 Hz band.” The authors of a 2016 paper from Canada’s Laurentian University’s Behaviour Neuroscience Laboratory discovered that 238 measurements from 184 people over a 3.5 year period “demonstrated unexpected similarities in the spectral patterns and strengths of electromagnetic fields generated by the human brain and the earth-ionospheric cavity.”
Some have linked the Schumann Resonance of 7.83 Hz to hypnosis, meditation, and even human growth hormones, however there is less rigorous scientific evidence of those connections at this time.
Can our bodies truly be affected by electromagnetic frequencies generated by incessant lighting strikes? Some of the theory certainly goes into new age science. Some believe that a spike in the resonance can influence people and animals, while others believe that a reversal is possible, in which human consciousness can both be influenced by and influence the Schumann Resonances. According to this logic, a sudden source of global stress that causes global tension could change the resonances. Some have even blamed the stress caused by the Schumann Resonances that resulted from the ancient Chicxulub impact event, when a huge asteroid struck Mexico, for the demise of the dinosaurs.
While the imaginative impacts of the Schumann Resonances need much more scientific investigation, the fascination with this one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon continues.