Brain training and Schumann resonance
What is resonance?
All things that vibrate in this world have their own “natural” frequency with which they are most comfortable. When a thing is subjected to an external force that makes it vibrate at a frequency at which it vibrates the most, the thing responds with joy, vibrating at its maximum amplitude (energy). This phenomenon manifests itself throughout the universe. This natural frequency of that thing or body is known as its “resonant” or “resonant” frequency, and the phenomenon is known as “Resonance”.
Examples ahead. The accomplished guitarist keeps adjusting the different leads on his instrument and knows exactly where to strum a particular lead so that it vibrates at its natural frequency. The Minas Basin, an inlet in the Bay of Fundy, and the Leaf Basin in Unguva Bay (both in Canada) are the sites of the world’s highest tide. These tides are the result of tidal resonance caused by the moon playing with the waters every twelve hours or so. The dance of the Galilean moons – Ganymede, Europa and Io – around Jupiter is another divine resonant phenomenon that has been unfolding for eons. When you turn the dial on your radio to tune to a favorite station, you’re reaching the perfect resonance between your circuitry and the station’s frequencies.
Stretching the point further, we humans have different frequencies that we resonate at, at different times in our lives. Try chatting with a recently laid off employee about the impoverished conditions in certain parts of the world. They will not resonate. But send thoughts about a possible opening at a newly opened business in the neighborhood, and boy! See them ring! The topics on which there are millions of websites currently operating on the Internet are almost endless. But you clicked on this article to read about brain entrainment and Schumann resonance. Why? Because this is a topic that your mind resonates with. Well, it gets even more exciting from here on out.
The resonance of the earth
The Earth, our beloved Earth, is, as we all know, a huge ball with an equatorial radius of about 6,378 kilometers and an equatorial circumference of about 40,075 kilometers. Despite its enormous mass, as you read that last sentence, the planet was speeding along, and continues to do so, at 30 kilometers per second.
Surrounding this huge ball is the atmosphere, which is a dense mixture of gases near the surface but thins out as we go into space. From about 80-85 kilometers onwards and away from the Earth’s surface, the atmosphere is populated with a sizeable population of freely moving electrons and positive ions. The plasma resulting from differently charged particles at this height forms a belt around the earth and is known as the ionosphere. It is the sun’s activity, its sunspot cycles, solar flares, solar winds, and all the fireworks that determine how ionized the ionosphere will be at any given time. The internal magnetic field of the earth and its magnetosphere in the far reaches of the ionosphere together ensure that these free souls remain free and do not unite. (Oh well, life isn’t very social there.)
The Earth’s surface, ionosphere, and atmosphere together form a gigantic electrical circuit. This almost circular belt around the Earth’s surface acts as a “waveguide” that handles the continuous flow of electromagnetic waves. When the weather is “fine,” this belt acts like a cavity, with the ionospheric end maintaining a potential 200,000 to 500,000 volts higher than the land-surface end. The current during that time is about 0.002 nanoamps per square meter. Confined between the two extremes, electromagnetic waves undulate longitudinally from one extreme to the other and, when reflected, interfere with the advancing incident waves. The net result? Terrestrial standing waves. These waves gently undulate (hopefully) forever, at frequencies Earth likes and rejoices in.
It was in 1899 when the scientist Nikola Tesla discovered them, and it was in 1952 when Dr. Winfried Otto Schumann, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, detected the resonance. Dr. Schumann measured the extremely low frequency (ELF) band of these vibrating electromagnetic waves.
The lowest frequency at which resonance occurs is 7.83 Hz. The highest resonances occur at 14 Hz, then 20, then 26, 33, 39, and finally 45 Hz.
The Earth’s electrical circuit is extremely sensitive to diurnal, seasonal, and solar variations of fireworks. Scientists have gone ahead and calculated the Schumann resonance in exotic places like Venus, Mars, and Titan.
natural frequencies of the brain
The brain is also an electromagnetic device, with chemistry and physics (plus many other sciences) thrown in for good measure. EEG measurements have found that the brain loves to create electromagnetic waves in the following four frequency bands, and is quite happy when it is in one of the following bands. By remarkable coincidence (coincidence?), these frequency bands are the same ones in which Earth’s global electrical circuit also resonates.
Delta: This is the band that lies between >0 and 3 Hz. These waves have the highest amplitude, and when they are dominant, the brain has the lowest awareness of the “physical” world (sensory systems take a break and slow down). relax).
Theta: This is the band that lies between >3 and 7.5 Hz. These waves are found to be dominant when the mind is internally focused, meditative, or spiritually aware.
Alpha: This is the band between 7.5 and 13 Hz. This is the main rhythm seen in normal adults: people are active, efficient, and involved in completing the task at hand.
Beta – This frequency range is between 13 and 30 Hz. As the mind shifts from lower to higher beta frequencies, one tends to become more alert, even agitated.
Gamma – In the landscape of the brain, this is the highest vibration, between 30 and 40 Hz. When an individual is in a situation that requires integrated memory processing, for example, these waves begin to form.
resonating with nature
Ah, from physics and atmospheric science to metaphysics and epistemology! this is where me the mind resonates more!
Science ends; and the phenomenology begins.
When we enter the state of meditation, either through internal stimuli (own efforts, aimed at staying still and becoming self-aware), or through external stimuli (using brain training CDs, etc.); we experience the calmness that we normally associate with other routine experiences, such as when we wake up in the morning after a deep sleep. In the meditative state, our brain dips from lower beta to alpha and from alpha to theta.
After a while, when we are able to hold ourselves at a particular level of ELF vibration, the same vibrations begin to be transduced throughout the nervous system, from the brain, spinal cord down to the last neuron that touches the pores of the skin. Over time, cells throughout the body resonate at the same frequency. Consciousness pervades the entire body.
It is not possible to know when this happens, but as we descend from alpha to theta, the cellular vibrations of the body align with the standing wave of the environment. It’s much like the two leaves of a bascule bridge lining up with each other. That is precisely the moment when consciousness (and the aura) have the opportunity to expand, go beyond the limitations of the body and extend to the vast expanse of the universe beyond. And this is an ineffable experience.
When two vibratory systems are in resonance with each other, an increase in the amplitude of the waves occurs. In our case, the resonance of the brain and the global electrical circuit causes an increase in the amplitude of the waves that dance in our brain. The increase in amplitude causes an increase in our energy of consciousness. Of course, at some point, damping forces are established that prevent the amplitude from exceeding a certain level. Which is also in our best interest, as this cushioning protects us from an experience we may not be ready for. The trick, therefore, is to keep reaching and playing this amplitude, and gradually increasing its levels (pushing the damping force further back).
I used to think that the hermits of yore would go to the mountains and to the tops of the hills to be more in tune with this circuit, until a research paper revealed that the “altitude profile” remains unchanged from the ground up to a height of 70 km (Everest is only about 8.8 km), and only beyond that point is any descent observed. (Unless the hermits knew something the scientists didn’t?)
Although popular literature suggests that the value of the Schumann resonance is increasing (and has jumped from 7.83 Hz in the 1970s to 11.00 Hz today), research conducted at the Earthquake Data Center of the Northern California shows that the SR has been stable in the 7.8 Hz range. But what if it does in fact go up in the future?
But wait, there’s more. There is a hypothesis that our own thought processes are not our own! That there is someone out there who is remotely controlling what thoughts should cross our mind. Now, when you connect this knowledge with the Schumann Resonance frequencies, you know that we don’t know anything about the universe, and what’s more, we don’t know anything about ourselves. Not a very enthusiastic thought, huh?
Meditation is known to rejuvenate the mind and body. For the materialistically minded, this translates into greater performance and efficiency in daily work. For the spiritually focused, meditation is the best route to connect with the higher realms of consciousness. The knowledge of Schumann’s resonance makes us aware of the different possible mechanisms in nature to achieve this connection. As for the concept of property of thought, he will leave it for another article.