The Schumann resonance is a naturally occurring phenomenon that refers to the extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic waves that exist in and between the Earth’s ionosphere and the geomagnetic field of our planet itself. It was first discovered by German physicist Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Schumann in 1952.

The Schumann Resonance is generated by lightning strikes around the world which create electromagnetic waves that get trapped and resonate between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere. The primary frequency of the resonance is typically around 7.83 Hz, although the range can fluctuate depending on various factors such as the location, time of day, and season.

Some researchers have noted that the Schumann Resonance may play a role in synchronizing bodily systems and regulating the body’s circadian rhythms, and may have a calming effect on the nervous system and other physiological processes. It’s being noted that exposure to the resonance may have beneficial effects on health and well-being, although more research is needed to fully understand its effect on biological systems and how it actually works.

The Schumann Resonance Spectrum

Although these frequencies are not fixed and can vary slightly depending on atmospheric conditions and other factors, the following values are more or less an average. These can be influenced by natural events such as solar flares and changes in the Earth’s magnetic field.

The first five Schumann resonances and their frequencies are:

  • Fundamental frequency (first resonance): approximately 7.83 Hz
  • First harmonic (second resonance): approximately 14.1 Hz
  • Second harmonic (third resonance): approximately 20.3 Hz
  • Third harmonic (fourth resonance): approximately 26.4 Hz
  • Fourth harmonic (fifth resonance): approximately 32.4 Hz

Only a limited number of higher harmonics have been observed and studied, reaching 64.5 Hertz at the tenth harmonic, however, as the frequency of the harmonics increases, their amplitudes become weaker and harder to detect.

Schumann Resonance Therapy

Although there is no doubt that being out in nature, or in the midst of a thunderstorm can have various often inspiring/relaxing/rejuvenating effects on our psychological and emotional states – and this, nature, is where we are most likely to feel and be influenced by the Schumann Resonances – there is much that we are still investigating to scientifically quantify.

Each of these frequencies have been found to have different properties and potential effects.

The fundamental frequency, 7.83 Hz, has been suggested to play a role in regulating biological rhythms, such as the circadian rhythm, and to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The second harmonic has been linked to increased activity and alertness, while the third harmonic has been associated with deep relaxation and meditation. The fourth harmonic may be associated with creativity and inspiration, as well as with higher states of consciousness such as transcendence and spiritual experiences, but it’s worth noting here that these particular claims are based on anecdotal evidence and are not supported by robust scientific studies.

Overall, however, although the different Schumann Resonances do have effects on living organisms, the research in this area is still ongoing and there is much that is not yet fully understood.

Why Schumann Resonance is Significant

Even with everything that we are still learning about our electromagnetic world and how we as electromagnetic beings exist within it, there is growing evidence that these fields are not simply a component of life, but are actually necessary for good health.

Studies with volunteers found that being isolated from the naturally occurring electromagnetic fields within the Earth actually caused deterioration in health – emotionally, mentally, and physically – to such extent that even changes in the kidneys were documented. As soon as these volunteers were reintroduced to low frequency electromagnetic fields, those health concerns began to restore.

This is fascinatingly significant not just for the sake of the future of healthcare, but for the sake of how we continue to live and exist with the natural world. We need nature, but even just the nature of our comfortable existence separates us further and further each year from our natural world. Our homes insulate us from the ground, our shoes disconnect us from the earth, and we are surrounded by high frequency EMF in our walls, and even in our very own pockets. Not surprisingly, more and more people are struggling with mental health, and incidences of things like cancer seem to rise every year.

Although most of these electronics that produce electromagnetic fields do so at levels that are considered safe, we are not in a position yet to understand the long-term effects. The technology is simply too new, and newer more powerful and even higher frequency technology is coming out every year.

PEMF Therapy and the Schumann Resonance

Similar to the Schumann Resonance, PEMF therapy utilizes low frequency electromagnetic waves of no more than 100 Hertz to stimulate biological tissue. It’s the closest thing we have to artificially recreating the geomagnetic fields generated by the Earth, but it gives us the power to increase the intensity in order to channel it for therapeutic effect.

More and more studies are proving that exposure to even artificial low frequency electromagnetic fields like those that mimic the Schumann Resonance, such as those generated by PEMF devices, do in fact have health benefits, and have demonstrated positive effects for nearly every ailment and health condition.

How? Read about PEMF at the cellular level here.

We are electromagnetic beings that evolved on an electromagnetic planet, and low frequency electromagnetic waves like those that we evolved with help to bring us back into alignment.

It’s an incredible field of study, and I am personally thrilled to watch for each new studies as we come to better understand and scientifically quantify that state of wellness that we feel from nature, and now from PEMF.