How To Use Resonance To Awaken Dormant Functions Of The Brain
Using Brainwave Music & Breathwork
Music has since been used as therapy for many years and there has always been a belief amongst therapists that music and sound vibrations have a direct influence on our bodies at a physiological level.
Thankfully, in recent times, more and more research is confirming the magical effect music can have over your body and mind.
“Some of the most exciting and controversial research in the burgeoning field of alternative therapies has recently been introduced into Britain from France by Fabian Maman, a musician, acupuncturist and bio-energetician.
In relatively recent times Maman explained to doctors and therapists at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre the results of initial research he has been conducting with the biologist, Helene Grimal (of the University of Gusseau), which illustrates the effect of sound on cancer cells.
In a sequence of slides of cancer cells photographed, at 60-second intervals, while being subjected to a precise series of sound frequencies, he showed that systematic destruction of the cancer cells occurred. Maman emphasised that healthy cells were not affected by such frequencies.” Guardian 1988
“A study conducted in Colorado State University in 1991: Twenty-four undergraduate women had to swing their arms and hit a target with an object on completion of the downswing. They played music during this and the researchers found that when the women coordinated their movements and swings with the beat, instead of going at their own rate, they had more control over their muscles and it also enhanced their mood and motivation.”
To understand how music and sound has such a profound affect on your mind and body at a cellular level, you must first understand the basic physics of how sound and music is produced.
We know that sound is made of waves, or vibrations, of ENERGY moving in the air at about 340m/sec.
Each sound has its own specific frequency and you can hear from 20 frequencies per second to 20000 frequencies per second.
These waves travel through the air and your ear picks them up, turning them into electrical signals that move to your brain for translating into what you perceive as sound.
So, whether the sound is passing noise, music, or a person talking, your brain does an amazing job of differentiating exactly what signal is what.
The term Cymatics was coined by Dr. Hans Jenny (1904 -1972).
In 1960, Dr. Hans Jenny performed groundbreaking experiments to show for the first time the effect sound has on materials.
He coined the phrase Cymatics to name this new field of scientific research. For 14 years he conducted experiments that animated inert powders, pastes and liquids into life-like flowing forms that mirrored patterns found throughout nature, art and architecture.
To do this, he used single pure tones. What he observed is physical representation of the sound's vibration in the material world.
Hans Jenny has also pointed out in his research the resemblance between the shapes and patterns we see around us in physical reality and the shapes and patterns he generated in his investigations.
Jenny was convinced that biological evolution was a result of VIBRATIONS and their nature determined the ultimate outcome.
He speculated every cell had its own frequency and a number of cells with the same frequency created a new frequency that was in harmony with the original, which in its turn, possibly formed an organ that also created a new frequency in harmony with the two preceding ones.
Dr. Jenny was saying that the key to understanding how we can heal the body with the help of tones lies in our understanding of how different frequencies influence genes, cells and various structures in the body.
"The more one studies these things, the more one realizes that sound is the creative principle. It must be regarded as primordial. No single phenomenal category can be claimed as the aboriginal principle. We cannot say, in the beginning was number, or in the beginning was symmetry, etc. These are categorical properties, which are implicit in what brings forth and what is brought forth. By using them in description we approach the heart of the matter. They are not themselves the creative power. This power is inherent in tone, in sound." Hans Jenny
Through a process known as electroconformational coupling, resonant vibrational energy fields can alter the balance of charges in a protein. In a harmonic energy field, receptors will change their conformation. Consequently, cell membrane receptors respond to both physical and energetic environmental information. (Tsong, Trends in Biochem. Sci. 1989, 14:89-92),
Science has since proven that harmonic vibrational energy fields can actually alter the perception of your cell membrane and both sound and music are vibrational energy fields of specific frequencies.
So, if you listen to sounds and music you really love, that deeply resonate with you, they will have a resonant effect on your body, making your cells believe that the environment around them is safe, reducing stress and stimulating growth and repair.
Music is the a complex product of different sound frequencies interacting together in harmony, or even disharmony, depending on the music, often flowing rhythmically at a certain beat or tempo.
When you hear a piece of music that really resonates with you some amazing things can start to happen inside you.
Remarkable Proven Effects Of Music On Your Body
- Masking unpleasant sounds and feelings
- Slowing down and equalizing brain waves
- Influencing your respiration
- Influencing your heartbeat, pulse rate, and blood pressure
- Reducing tension in your muscles
- Influencing your body movement and coordination
- Influencing your body temperature
- Regulating stress-related hormones
- Boosting the immune function
- Changing your perception of space and time,
- Strengthening your memory and learning
- Aiding your productivity
- Enhancing romance and even your sex life
- Stimulating digestion
- Improving your endurance
- Giving you a sense of safety and well-being.
Get In Sync To The Rhythm Of Life
There are a few things that as a species we all share as a common bond. We all have the same color blood, we all have a heart that beats with a pulse, we even share the same brainwave states that correspond to different levels of mood and of course we are all born on the same planet Earth.
There is another little known thing that we all share, but this is not just between humans, but all life on this planet. Just like a cell has a thin tiny cell membrane surrounding it, the Earth has a relatively thin layer of its atmosphere known as the ionosphere.
The ionosphere acts like a filter and prevents any harmful radiation emitted from the sun from reaching the surface of the Earth.
The existence of the ionosphere is an absolute prerequisite for the development and persistence of life.
The bottom of the ionosphere and the surface of the Earth’s crust create a cavity that acts as a medium for electromagnetic waves.
Tesla in his studies with electricity discovered that when lightening is produced in the top of the earth’s atmosphere, extremely low frequency radiation is also produced that can penetrate the Earth.
He calculated that the resonant frequency of the planet is 8Hz.
Tesla’s findings on this subject were ignored until much later in 1952 German physicist Professor W.O.Schumann predicted that there are electromagnetic standing waves in the atmosphere, within the cavity formed by the surface of the earth and the ionosphere.
This was confirmed in 1954 when measurements by Schumann and König detected resonances at a main frequency of 7.83 Hz. Since this discovery, several investigators worldwide have researched the Schumann resonance and they now have much more clarity about its characteristics.
The Schumann Resonance has been called the Earth’s heartbeat, because every living thing has grown up with this “pulse” or “tone” going on in the background.
When Dr. Schumann published his results in the `Technische Physik’ journal, physician Dr Ankermueller immediately made the connection between Schumann resonance and the rhythm of brain waves.
He was excited to find that the earth had the same natural resonance as the human brain, and contacted Dr. Schumann, who then assigned Dr. Herbert König to look into the phenomenon.
Dr Konig did some deeper research into this and discovered that the main resonant frequencies of Schumann waves begin at 4 Hz then having harmonics around 8 and 14 hz correspond directly to theta, alpha and beta wave patterns in the brain.
The peak of around 8hz that is the fundamental frequency of Schumann waves corresponds to the alpha brainwave states of peak performance and creativity.
Could it be that our brains evolved in harmony with the Schumann resonant frequencies and that nature is directly tuned into this “pulse” of our planet?
Many scientists have shown in recent times that there could well be a very strong link between biology and the Schumann resonances.
One pioneering scientist, Dr Neil Cherry has been leading this research.
“Dr Cherry’s own research, published in the Natural Hazards journal, Cherry (2002), shows that a natural electromagnetic signal, called the Schumann Resonances, generated by a tropical thunderstorms, and radiating around the world in the resonant cavity created between earth’s surface and the bottom layer of the ionosphere, is resonantly absorbed, detected and responded to by the brain because of the ELF frequency matching the frequency range of the spectrum of the brain EEG rhythms.”
“The Schumann Resonance signals provide synchronization of the ELF, daily and annual functions of the brain. The latter two are in support of the normal diurnal and seasonal solar activity. This provides the biophysically plausible mechanism to explain how sunspots on the sun, solar storms and sunspot cycles modulate cancer, cardiac, reproductive and neurological effects through modulating the melatonin/serotonin cycle in human populations. This confirms the importance of and sensitivity of the melatonin protective activity, including being a highly potent antioxidant being with naturally produced (by breathing) oxygen free radicals.” Cherry Enviromental Health Consulting.
We live in world where the detection of Schumann waves has become increasingly difficult, especially in cities where there is large concentration of mobile phones, computers, T.V and radio signals creating an “electro smog”.
It has been hypothesized that this massive increase in electromagnetic interference has drowned out the normal exposure humans should get from the Schuman resonances.
This interference of the natural Schumann harmonics has linked to the rise in chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases of people who live in cities and other areas of high electromagnetic interference.
This is also explains why many people get “cabin fever” from staying in doors for pro longed periods of time.
Many people who suffer from chronic diseases who spend long periods either at home or in the office usually find great relief from taking a vacation and spending time outdoors.
So it is really important to get out doors and spend time in nature. We are living creatures and being outside in the fresh air with the sky visible above us is what is most natural to us.
The primary (strongest) Schumann frequency is 7.83 Hz. Others include: 14, 20, 26, 33, 39, and 45 Hz
The primary frequency of 7.83 Hz actually correspond to Alpha brainwaves.
Ancient mystics understood the presence of the Earth’s pulse thousands of years ago. The ancient mystics also used meditation techniques to reach alpha states of awareness where their own brain activity would be in perfect harmony with the pulse of the planet.
This is the living pulse of the infinite oneness of our planet Earth that brings life and harmony to all things.
Interestingly the Schumann resonance 7.83 Hz also corresponds to 117 BPM (beat per minute) that is the measure of tempo of music.
Arpeggiated pieces playing at 16th note intervals at this tempo, directly correspond to 7.83Hz
Music played with 16th note arpeggiated riffs at tempos up to 150 BPM fall within the alpha wave range.
It is quite interesting that many ancient ritual drumming patterns from African tribes correspond to this. So to do the more recent “trance” music genres of Goa trance and progressive trance made famous by DJ’s like Tiesto.
Tiesto has been voted many times as the worlds most popular DJ playing to audiences of up to 250,000 people in some cases.
“Could this link between the Earth’s very own resonant pulse and the alpha wave inducing trance and dance music genres explain the rise of this new global culture of 1000’s of people congregating to celebrate life at dance music events with a combined feeling of oneness and unity for all?”
Baroque music of around 60 BPM composed by musicians like Mozart has also been shown in many experiments to help people improve their moods.
At 60 BPM notes played in a baroque style corresponds to a frequency of around 4HZ that is another natural harmonic of Schumann waves in the theta brainwave range.
However in a study by Balakrishnan Nair in 2010, to see whether baroque music can help dementia patients, some discrepancies occurred in the results with a conclusion drawn that many baroque pieces have varying tempo that can agitate the patients.