THE SEDONA EFFECT: Earth Energies, Schumann Resonance & Brainwave Resonance
Geographically, Sedona is the virtual center of Arizona and certainly its spiritual heart. Many have made esoteric claims about the region, but no one has repeatedly demonstrated the SEDONA EFFECT to a scientific standard, until now. Can science confirm our intuitions?
Long hailed by Native Americans as the place where “Mother Earth speaks”, and more recently as home of the “mystical vortex”, Sedona with its redrock temples proves much more than a place of intense beauty. Many books have been written on the special “Vortex” energy field phenomena found in Sedona. Some say it cannot be measured while others claim it is electromagnetic in origin. Perhaps, both are true, because its ethereal effects are more than imaginal. Effects including entrainment or “recalibration”, biorapport and exhilaration are quantifiable.
Electrical engineer Ben Lonetree began as a skeptic of Sedona’s metaphysical claims, so he decided to monitor Mother Nature’s heartbeat, take her pulse, and listen carefully to what She had to say. Yes, Ben is a bit of a shaman, as well as a scientist. After 10 years of research using fluxgate magnetometers and large induction coils, Lonetree can definitively state that intense electromagnetic activity abounds in Sedona.
Proof of Sedona Vortex/Brainwave EEG synchronization can be demonstrated with portable equipment on site in the field, with simple biofeedback during “sudden magnetic impulse events”. In 2005, Lonetree announced results of nearly a decade of measurements.He repeatedly recorded inward, outward and circular magnetic anomalies in both known and unrecognized Vortex activity locations.
Sedona is rich in Fe2o3, (Iron Oxide), the element responsible for the red rocks, soil, and even the red color of the inner bark of trees. In addition to iron oxide the mineral Magnetite may also exist in large quantities. Concentrations of iron oxide and other metal/minerals have the effect of focusing the earth’s natural geomagnetism which is produced by the Earth’s molten outer core.
Lonetree also observed a correlation or amplification of vortex phenomena with Schumann Resonance (SR). A resonating cavity is formed between the conducting terrestrial surface and ionosphere. A respected scientist, Lonetree’s method for monitoring Schumann Resonance is cited by NASA in the 2003 report, “Investigations of Relatively Easy to Construct Antennas with Efficiency in Receiving Schumann Resonances.”
Possible applications of these antennas are global weather prediction, earthquake prediction, planetary exploration, communication, wireless transmission of power, or even a “free” energy source. Named for their discoverer, the Schumann Resonance (SR) provides an orchestrating pulse for life on our planet. Contrary to the New Age meme, SR is definitely not rising, according to Lonetree’s continuous monitoring.
The Schumann resonance (SR) is a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, excited by lightning. Resonance is created by lightning-induced electromagnetic radiation trapped in the spherical waveguide formed between the ionosphere and the earth. The cavity is naturally excited by energy from lightning strikes. Schumann resonance is due to the space between the surface of the Earth and the conductive ionosphere acting as a waveguide. The limited dimensions of the Earth cause this waveguide to act as a resonant cavity for electromagnetic waves in the ELF band.
We all march to the cadence of this cosmic drummer — our planetary heartbeat, which sets the tempo for health and well-being. There is a harmonic relationship between the earth and our bioelectronic mind/bodies. Earth’s low frequency isoelectric field, the magnetic field of the earth, and the electrostatic field that emerges from our bodies are closely interwoven.
Our internal rhythms interact with external rhythms, affecting our balance, REM patterns, health, and mental focus. The brain’s electric field is not a by-product; it is a feedback loop — a phase-locked loop. Neural networks can have numerous layers with different characteristics. Each of these layers may include feedback. Electric fields produced by the brain itself influence its own activity, and that activity can be recalibrated by geomagnetic fields.
Your brain is electric. Tiny impulses constantly race among billions of interconnected neurons, generating an electric field that surrounds the brain like an invisible cloud. A study in ‘Neuron‘ suggests that the brain’s electric field is not a passive by-product of its neural activity, as scientists once thought. The field may actively help regulate how the brain functions, especially during deep sleep. Although scientists have long known that external sources of electricity (such as electroshock therapy) can alter brain function, this is the first direct evidence that the brain’s native electric field changes the way the brain behaves. (Scientific American, The Mind)
Lonetree added the human element when he began monitoring volunteers with a brainwave interface headset that replaces cumbersome electrodes for EEG. The average of the main Schumann Resonance is 7.8Hz, closely matching the human alpha/theta range (Alpha is 7-8 Hz –12 Hz, with an average value of 10.5 Hz. Theta and beta rhythm signals also occur, and are identifiable by EEG below the 8 Hz and above the 12 Hz frequencies). Adding the third measurable parameter of brain wave activity demonstrates resonance and amplification among them. Brainwaves are not monitored for subject-induced meditative states, but for direct correlation in shifts with magnetic flux. No active effort is required. The subject remains neutral, relaxed and open but does not try to influence the readings in any way.
Using Fluxgate magnetometers and Neurosky EEG, he recorded the synchronous signals of geomagnetic anomalies with human brainwaves. Parameters include SR (amplifies effect), brainwave frequency and amplitude, and sudden magnetic events from multiple vortex spots. Evoked potentials include high well-being, healing, nature mystic experiences, ESP or anomalous cognition, and other psychophysical phenomena.
We suggest tiny magnetic crystals, biogenic magnetite, makes the human being highly sensitive to ELF field fluctuations. Now that magnetite has been found in human tissues and brain, research has just begun to evaluate the role of magnetite in health and disease. Magnetic mineral crystal, aligned in chains, is embedded in biological membranes. Formation of the chain is under genetic control, but the process that produces magnetite in organisms is still unknown. Magnetite could act as a transducer of both low frequency magnetic fields and RF fields. These models rely on the fact that magnetite will couple strongly to the magnetic fields either through ferromagnetic resonance effects or mechanical effects on membrane ion channels.
Paramagnetism is a weak magnetic condition of substances that have a positive but small susceptibility to magnetism. The question remains, “can it carry regenerative instructions?” Biological forms follow the energy patterns laid down by the waveforms of the environment. Electromagnetic vibration can rearrange molecules and macro-molecules into patterned forms (sound, RF, microwave, heat, light, etc.). Are EMF-induced changes in biological sensitivity and sensory transduction a model for biological detection of EM fields?
Each of these compass-like magnetite crystals have been shown to have a mechanical coupling to a mechanoreceptor in the cellular membrane. Thus, they act as a sensor to magnetic fields and signal the inner “machinery” of the cell. Some theorize that these magnetic particles interact with magnetic and electromagnetic fields and transduce their response into their host cell. Thus, they provide a means of responding to, and sensing our environment.
Trace levels of biogenic magnetite in virtually all human tissues examined suggests that similar biophysical processes may explain a variety of weak field ELF bioeffects. There may be more than a single electromagnetic coupling mechanism. For example, geomagnetic activity fluctuates most rapidly during upsurge of solar activity which alters brain rhythms and hormonal levels, or the downward part of the cycle, when sunspots are rapidly diminishing.
In arguably, the first scientific verification of the SEDONA EFFECT, Lonetree demonstrated close correlation between Sedona vortex magnetic anomalies (sudden magnetic events) and spontaneous brainwave changes in frequency and amplitude, that is further modulated by Schumann Resonance and plausibly accounts for reported psychophysical and psychosensory phenomena. Geomagnetic brainwave synchronization occurs spontaneously at vortex points during sudden magnetic events.