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Schuman Resonance

By L. Oliver Duffy

The indented parts are supposedly quotes from Gregg Braden's writing and that of Davis Campbell where noted. They were in a single email posted to an email group list to which I subscribe. This is my response to that email.

Well you finally got me to chime in here so this is my two cents. I already responded on another group so I will just copy it all here. Please correct me (as I know you will) if I have misstated anything.

Earth Changes TV February 15, 2001 Time Zero for Earth Geophysical Condition

1: Earth's Rising Base Frequency Earth's background base frequency, or "heartbeat," (called Schumann resonance, or SR) is rising dramatically. Though it varies among geographical regions, for decades the overall measurement was 7.8 cycles per second. This was once thought to be a constant; global military communications developed on this frequency. Recent reports set the rate at over 11 cycles, and climbing. Science doesn't know why, or what to make of it. Gregg Braden found data collected by Norwegian and Russian researchers on this; it's not widely reported in the U.S. (The only reference to SR to be found in the Seattle Library reference section, is tied to the weather. Science acknowledges SR as a sensitive indicator of temperature variations and worldwide weather conditions. Braden believes the fluctuating SR may be a factor in the severe storms, floods, and weather of recent years.)

I am familiar with Greg Braden's work and I have read his book Awakening to Zero Point. I find it interesting but I do have some disagreement with the Schumann resonance statements he and others make.

The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second at last measurement. The circumference of the Earth is about 24,000 miles. That means that an electrical impulse from a lightning strike will travel around the Earth approximately 7.8 times in one second (186/24 = 7.75).

The background base resonance is measured daily by the Navel Research Labs and is posted somewhere on the web. I have looked it up in the past. It has not changed at any time since it has been measured and is not changing now. The laws of physics still work the same way today as they have always worked.

Because the Earth has a magnetic field and it is a spherical resonator, it forms what is known as a circulator. This means that radio waves (and this is what we are talking about here) travel from West to East with less attenuation than they do from East to West. The difference is about 3 decibels more loss per 1000 miles from East to West. That is to say that the signals traveling from East to West loses about one 50% more of their power per 1000 miles than do the signals traveling from West to East. The signals traveling North and South are not affected. The velocity also is not affected enough to cause any measurable difference in the frequency of resonance.

Because lightning strikes are pulses, they contain many different frequencies and because the Earth is a resonator it takes these harmonic-containing spikes and filters them into multiples of the Earth's resonant frequency. Therefore, frequences of 7.8Hz, 15.6Hz, 23.4Hz etc. are all supported by the Earth's resonator. Also, locally, signals from lightning strikes that have yet to travel ample distance to allow for the filtering effect can be recorded with many different frequencies intact.

Braden's work also points to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field affects human nature as a function of its strength. Apparently it collapses every few thousand years and then reestablishes itself in a different direction. The collapse occurs over a matter of only a few years during which time the consciousness of the planet is somehow transformed. Apparently we are entering one of these times.

With the Earth's magnetic field diminishing we can expect to see the directional effects of the Earth's resonator diminishing as well. This will affect the ratio of harmonics found in the Schumann resonance and that may be what is being measured. But, it does not affect the fundamental frequency of 7.8Hz as dictated by the speed of light and the circumference of the Earth.

There may be other things taking place that are not covered by the above and I will read the article you pointed to at this time to see if any new information is available.

Geophysical Condition

2: Earth's Diminishing Magnetic Field: While earth's "pulse" rate is rising, her magnetic field strength, on the other hand, is declining. According to Professor Bannerjee of the University of New Mexico, the field has lost up to half its intensity in the last 4,000 years. And because a forerunner of magnetic polar reversals is this field strength, Prof. Bannerjee believes that another reversal is due. Braden believes that because these cyclical Shifts are associated with reversals, Earth's geological record indicating magnetic reversals also marks previous Shifts in history. And, within the enormous time scale represented, there were quite a few of them.

I'll let this stand without comment.

What is a Schumann Resonance? Believe it or not, the Earth behaves like an enormous electric circuit. The atmosphere is actually a weak conductor and if there were no sources of charge, it's existing electric charge would diffuse away in about 10 minutes. There is a 'cavity' defined by the surface of the Earth and the inner edge of the ionosphere 55 kilometers up. At any moment, the total charge residing in this cavity is 500,000 Coulombs. There is a vertical current flow between the ground and the ionosphere of 1 - 3 x 10^-12 Amperes per square meter. The resistance of the atmosphere is 200 Ohms. The voltage potential is 200,000 Volts.

The electrical current flow to the Earth, except through lightning, is a result of the highly ionized hydrogen particles spewed out from the sun. The positive charges, which are basically protons, have a relatively high mass as compared to the negatively charged electrons. These massive positive charges blast through the atmosphere and land on the Earth and can be considered an electrical current. We normally think of electrical current as the flow of electrons moving from a negative to a positive charge. Protrons move in the oposite way while transiting Earth's atmosphere. It would appear then, if measured using electron based measuring equipment, that the Earth is more negatively charged and the electron flow is moving upwards when something quite different is taking place and that is that the positive charged protrons are moving downwards.

The electrons that are sent by the sun meet up with the negatively charged ionosphere and are repelled or slowed down and accumulated. The Earth's atmosphere is an insulator to electrons and they do not have enough inertial energy to penetrate it. The ionosphere is highly negatively charged (electrons) and conductive. The charge keeps increasing until the atmosphere beaks down and the electrons find their way to the Earth in the form of lightning.

This ionospheric (sphere of ions) charge creates an electrical shield around the Earth. This shield then becomes the outer conductor of an electrical sphere (the Earth) within a sphere (the ionosphere). The atmosphere is a dielectric insulator, which separates the two. Thus a spherical capacitor as well as a spherical resonator is created and maintained. Electrical signals of sufficient wavelength (low frequency) are wave-guided around and around between this "sphere within a sphere" and is known as the base Schumann Resonance of 7.8Hz mainly traveling from West to East.

During a solar flare, the aurora borealis is seen as the electrical current through the upper atmosphere increases enough at that altitude to cause secondary emission in the form of light.

I do not believe that Earth's electrical charge would diffuse in about 10 minutes if the sun were to burn out. This is due to the insulative nature of the atmospheric gasses keeping the charges apart. It is much like a cup that is overflowing. When you stop pouring water in it stops overflowing but does not empty itself.

Remember that an electrical charge has to be relative to something, it has to have two poles. In the case of Earth's charge, it is between Earth itself and the ionosphere. It has been estimated that the total charge between these two poles is equivalent to about 100,000 volts or more per meter vertically. Not enough juice to break down the atmosphere at sea level. The imbalance does find its way into balance and can be seen as lightning. In addition to other causes, lightning is a function of these two opposite charges neutralizing themselves.

This brings up the question about lightning and weather. Does the weather create the lightning or does the electrical charge finding its way to Earth create the weather conditions necessary for this to happen?

There are about 1000 lightning storms at any given moment worldwide. Each produces 0.5 to 1 Ampere and these collectively account for the measured current flow in the Earth's 'electromagnetic' cavity. The Schumann Resonances are quasi standing wave electromagnetic waves that exist in this cavity. Like waves on a spring, they are not present all the time, but have to be 'excited' to be observed. They are not caused by anything internal to the Earth, its crust or its core. They seem to be related to electrical activity in the atmosphere, particularly during times of intense lightning activity. They occur at several frequencies between 6 and 50 cycles per second; specifically 7.8, 14, 20, 26, 33, 39 and 45 Hertz, with a daily variation of about +/- 0.5 Hertz.

The resonance is excited by random lightning strikes, much like blowing random wind noise over a Coke bottle and hearing a resonant tone. The daily variation is a function of the height of the ionosphere, which changes with solar activity.

So long as the properties of Earth's electromagnetic cavity remains about the same, these frequencies remain the same. Presumably there is some change due to the solar sunspot cycle as the Earth's ionosphere changes in response to the 11-year cycle of solar activity. Schumann resonances are most easily seen between 2000 and 2200 UT. Given that the earth's atmosphere carries a charge, a current and a voltage, it is not surprising to find such electromagnetic waves. The resonant properties of this terrestrial cavity were first predicted by the German physicist W. O. Schumann between 1952 and 1957, and first detected by Schumann and Konig in 1954. The first spectral representation of this phenomenon was prepared by Balser and Wagner in 1960. Much of the research in the last 20 years has been conducted by the Department of the Navy who investigate Extremely Low Frequency communication with submarines.

2000 to 2200 UT is 12 noon to 2PM PST and 3PM to 5 PM EST. At least for the West Coast it is when the sun is directly overhead and delivering the greatest amount of ions locally. The most wind over the Coke bottle. This is aided by the intense ultra violet radiation being sent from the sun. It helps activate the lower ionosphere layers.

For more information, see: "Handbook of Atmospheric Electrodynamics, vol. I",by Hans Volland, 1995 published by the CRC Press. Chapter 11 is entirely on Schumann Resonances and is written by Davis Campbell at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK, 99775. There is also a history of this research and an extensive bibliography. POSSIBLE OUTCOMES

1. Time will appear to speed up as we approach Zero Point. A 24 hour day will seem to about 16 hours or less. Remember the Schumann Resonance (or "heart beat" of Mother Earth) has been 7.8 cycles for thousands of years, but has been rising since 1980. It is at about 12 cycles at present. It stops at 13 cycles.

I would love to know where he gets this information about the Schumann Resonance. I guess my point is that my expertise is in electrical measurements and I have witnessed highly educated individuals making poor quality measurements, taking the resulting questionable data and concluding some of the most off the wall things from it. I have become very suspicious of other's data and question its validity.

2. Zero Point or the Shift of the Ages has been predicted by ancient peoples for thousands of years. There have been many shifts including the one that always occurs every 13,000 years at each half of the 26,000 year, Procession of the Equinox.

This sounds really good but again, I need to see the evidence of this 13,000 year shift.

3. Zero Point or a flip of the magnetic poles will probably happen soon, within the next few years. It could possibly synchronize with the Earth's four cycle biorhythm that occurs every 20 years on the 12th of August. The next occurrence is 12th August 2003. The Philadelphia Experiment and Montauk Project (secret military time traveling) both locked up to the 12th August/20 year biorhythm.

The sun just flipped its magnetic poles. It does this every 11 years along with a solar max. The next flip should take place in 2012. Is not that an interesting year?

4. It is said that after Zero Point the Sun will rise in the west and set in the east, approx. Past occurrences of this change have been found in ancient records.

Well, if you use a magnetic compass then East and West will indicate opposite just as North and South will indicate the opposite of today. That said, yes, the sun will rise in the new magnetic West and set in the new magnetic East but it will still rise over the Atlantic and set over the Pacific here on the North American Continent.

5. Interestingly, the New World Order plan to be in power by 2003. This may or may not happen, depending on many factors and agendas. Stay centered and follow your intuition.

Always good advice!

6. The Zero Point flip will probably introduce us to the 4th dimension. Here, everything we think or desire will instantly manifest. This includes love and fear. Our INTENTION will be of utmost importance.

I intuitively know that we are awakening from the dream of only three dimensions so this statement is consistent with my beliefs. Intent is the focal point of any happening.

7. Most technology that we know will cease to operate. Possible exceptions could be technology based on so called "Zero Point" or free energy.

It should be noted here that "Zero Point" energy may or may not be the same thing as magnetic zero point that occurs during Earth's magnetic pole shift. During that time Earth's magnetic field collapses then re-establishes itself in a different direction. It does not just roll over. Technology is a word derived from tools. We will have different tools and therefore different technology.

8. Our physical body is changing as we approach Zero Point. Our DNA is being "upgraded" to 12 strand. A new light body is being created. We are becoming more intuitive.

I believe that this is happening at this time regardless of the "cause".

9. The Mayan Calendar predicted all the changes that are occurring now. They say we are going beyond technology and back to the natural cycles of nature and the Universe. By 2012 we will have entered the 5th Dimension (after the flip to the 4th Dimension at Zero Point).

10. All this information is not fearful. Be prepared for changes that will bring in the new age of light. We are going beyond money and time where fear based concepts are totally dissolved.

Amen! (the end), Oliver