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It is useful to think of quality light pertaining to Audio Visual Stimulation (AVS) in two ways. The
first is the waveform(s) present; while the second is the brightness factor.
Waveforms of light are expressed in light frequencies called nanometers. For example, red is
expressed as 660 nanometer (plus or minus). White light is expressed as a compendium of all
the visible light frequencies which include red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
Manufacturers of light and sound machines typically use incandescent bulbs or LEDs (light
Incandescent bulbs are what most people use in their homes. While they appear to be white,
they in fact contain a higher presence of yellow, and the warmer colors such as red and orange
are diminished in presence.
John Ott pointed out that house-hold use of incandescent light was cuasing seasonally-related
problems in northern latitudes of the northern hemisphere and in southerly latitudes of the
southern hemisphere during their winter months. He urged the use of fuller spectrum light which
matched more closely the spectrum of visible light radiated by the Sun.
Our Sun radiates a broad spectrum of electro-magnetic radiation of which a small percentage
manifests as visible light. Even the radiation from our Sun is incomplete as anomalies in space
absorb specific light frequencies radiated by the Sun eclipsing them from ever reaching the
Earth (Frauenhofer Lines).
Full spectrum light is man's best attempt to replicate the visible spectrum from our Sun. A noble
challenge for our industry is to somehow find a fuller-spectrum light to mount on light glasses.
Colored LEDs typically emit a narrow band of light frequencies which means that the colors are
bright and pure. This is called monochromatic light. The band frequencies of light you mix
together, the greyer or duller the colors become.
Brightness. The next issue of light quality is the brightness factor. The brighter the light, the
more interesting the colors and patterns your brain creates in response.
Dim lights create a "flickering effect". Brighter light generates a vivid display of colors and
patterns which dazzle the imagination. Dim light machines generally end up in the closet,
while bright light units are used over and over again.
Many early manufacturers of AVS machines had no choice as to quality of LEDs and therefore
used dim lights. LED technology has changed tremendously such that super bright LEDs are
now available in most colors including white.
Super bright LEDs mean that the light show you see with your eyes closed is spectacular. Also,
mental acquity is significantly increased with brighter light. Have you ever tried to read a book via
candle light versus turning on the standard lights in your room? There is a big difference.
Over fifteen years ago, would-be inventors brought me quite a number of versions of light and
sound machines they created in their garages. They used LEDs of many colors and
combinations of colors. Most of them were boring because the light show was not of any quality.
When ultra-bright blue light became available in light glasses, the results were stunning.
Ultra-bright blue LEDs puts the average person right out. Blue light never ever did that.
Ultra-bright yellow light produce yet other stunning results; the intellect process is expedited.
The use of color, however, is quite enigmatic. Medical research shows that the warmer colors
such as red are more excitatory (energizing), where as the use of cooler colors such as blue
are inhibitory (calming).
Color perception however is filtered through societal programming and also through personal
In the United States we have different societal significances of colors than say people do in
China. In the United States, white is worn at weddings; in China, white is worn at funerals. In
the United States, traffic signals program people to respond to colorations of red signifying stop,
green go and yellow caution.
Psychological impact of color is yet another filter we all experience. Green, for example, is
often associated with healing. What if, when you were growing up, green was the color of your
room and you had a troubled childhood?
The physiology of color is filtered through societal mores and psychological experiences making
it impossible to predict or attempt to understand its impact on any given individual.
When selecting color of light glasses, it is best therefore to give the public a choice. People on
their own cognition seem to gravitate towards particular colors. A "pro-choice" selection of light
color in light glasses is a superior way to go. Some people like a variety of available colors to
suit their mood.
"Eyes-open" color therapy is yet another great thing to try. Many people are using their
machines with their eyes open because they find a specific color has a more powerful effect.
Try red even for five minutes to help you get motivated for exercise. Turn the light intensity down
so your eyes are comfortable.
"Eyes-open" light glasses are now available. The lenses in the glasses are clear, allowing you
to see through them. The placement of the lights are further apart and not in the center giving
you the ability to clearly see through them.
You can accelerate your mental acquity by using them while doing work. Adjust the light
intensity to be comfortable. Put your machine in manual mode so you can adjust the light
frequency. Try editing copy while in beta (13+ cycles per second [c/s]). Try creative writing
while in alpha (8-12c/s). Try doing art or playing an instrument while in theta (5-7 c/s).
Light intensity is a very important part of one's experience. Make sure that your eyes are always
very comfortable. When hooking up beginners, show them how to adjust the light intensity at any
time during their session. Too many times, beginners take off the glasses within just a few
minutes saying they did not like it; the light intensity was too bright. There are some people who
can only enjoy it when the intensity is about 2-5%.
Color therapy. You can create your own therapy device using your light and sound machine.
Purchase white glasses for your machine. Then you can place color filter gels over them. Here's
Put your white light glasses on top of a desk with the light shining towards you. Take a color
filter gel and lean it against the light glasses so the light shines through the filter. Use your
machine in manual operation so you can change the frequency.
Set the frequency at any rate you wish. Many professionals allow the patient to set the
frequency based on how it makes them feel. Then, meditate on the light with your eyes open.
The best quality color filters come from professional photographic supply companies. They
publish the nanometers of each color filter. I have a set of 120 different colors. Purer colors are
the best, monochromatic. They are called color filter gels.
Enhancing the light show. One of the best ways to enhance the light show is to do eye
exercises at the beginning of each session. Rotate your eyes clockwise, then move them up
and down, and finally left and right.
This sensitizes the photoreceptors in the retina and the colors and patterns you see will take
on more dimension and richness. Also, this will relax your eyes so you can enjoy the session
In the late 50's, when researchers first experimented with AVS machines
(Brainwave Synchronizers), clicks or tones were used for audio stimulation.
In the mid 80's, when entrepreneurs first began marketing AVS machines
to the public, manufacturers began offering a choice of a few audio
stimulation sounds. The two most common were a tone (a note such as middle
C) and surf (pink noise).
Many of today's machines offer a wide array of sounds. You'll find
tones with variable pitch, surf, chords with variable intervals, heartbeat,
Schumann Resonance, binaural beats, dual independent binaural beats, dual
monaural beats, and computer sound synthesizers...
When listening to these sounds, you will find that while you like some,
there are also those you may dislike. Sound waves are processed by our
emotional brain (limbic). Sound therefore, triggers emotion. When we hear
something we like, the response is pleasure. When we hear something we don't
like, the response is irritation.
To get more out of your light and sound sessions, listen to each of the
sounds in your machine noting which sounds you prefer. When sharing your
machine with others, let each person choose their own sounds.
Here is a basic description of some of the sounds:
Tone is the most common. Some machines offer several octaves of pitch
control. Ability to change the pitch of the tone comes in handy when
introducing external music. Adjust the pitch of the tone so it blends with
the music (consonant). Men generally prefer lower pitches, and women prefer
higher pitches. Lower pitches have a calming effect, while higher pitches
Surf is pink noise. Pink noise is the hissing sound heard when all
audible frequencies (excluding extremely high and extremely low) are
represented at the same intensity. Surf blocks out your awareness of other
sounds. It is a good choice when doing sessions in noisy
Heartbeat with variable speed can be used to keep someone more alert in
any brain state. The heartbeat has mostly been used by therapists. You can
set the heart rate a little faster than the resting heart rate to make a
patient more conscious during deep theta sessions when you are resolving
You can set the heart rate a little slower than the resting heart rate
during beta energy /focus sessions. This will help hyperactive people to
focus faster, and a lot more comfortably. A great plus for SMR training.
Chords are several notes, which you hear at the same time. Chords can
be set at different intervals such as thirds, and fifths. In music, chords
make the melody more complex. Complex melodies (chords) are useful to engage
and quiet an active mind where many thoughts are present. Single tones in
the melody are useful when the mind is already calm, single tones enhance
contemplation and meditation.
The Schumann Resonance in AVS machines is a program where the strobe
rate of the sound and/or light is set at 7.83 Hertz.It is said this is the
frequency of the Earth and using these programs is healing, deepens
meditations, and brings out psychic awareness.
In nature, the Schumann Resonances are a sequence of eleven ubiquitous
atmospheric resonances precipitated by the global sound of thunder in our
atmosphere. These resonances were named after the German physicist Schumann
in 1957. The base frequency is 7.83 Hertz, plus or minus 0.5 Hertz. Ten
additional frequencies resonate from this base. Some New Age references cite
that this base frequency is rising; not substantiated by the University of
Berkeley web site, which publishes these resonances daily.
In my experience, AVS users comment positively about Schumann Resonance
programs, more so than any other types of programs. The hypnogogic state
where consciousness and unconsciousness coincide, occurs between 6.8 and 8.3
Hertz, which is precisely the upper and lower range of the base Schumann
Binaural beats are generated by the interaction of two sound waves
similar in pitch. This interaction causes a raising and lowering of pitch at
the frequency matching the difference of the two pitches. If pitch one is
200 Hertz and pitch two is 205 Hertz, the beat frequency generated will be 5
Hertz. Beat frequencies result by any two sound waves whose pitches vary by
30 cycles per second or less. Because beat frequencies are sinusoidal
(gradually moving up and down), they are generally more pleasing than
strobing sounds, which are square waves (suddenly on, then off).
Dual binaural beats consist of two binaural beats at the same time. One
beat frequency might be in beta, and the other in theta; the idea being to
produce an alert dream state.
Dual monaural beats are a new innovation in AVS. This technology allows
you to create a beat frequency in one ear separate to that of the other ear.
You can create a delta frequency in the right ear to shut-off the
left-brain, and create a low alpha frequency in the left ear to accentuate
right brain creativity.
There are more sounds in AVS machines, but we have considered the most
Using your own music is one of the easiest ways to do your own
programming. Use any tapes or CDs you choose, mixing it in with your AVS
experience. Using a stereo patch cord, plug your AVS machine into the
headphone jack of any cassette, CD, radio, TV ...and turn down the strobe
sound so it is in the background. Choose the AVS program which makes the
most sense to you.
Choosing a program for your tapes /CDs (examples):
Tape/CD/Radio/TV AVS Program
---------------------------------------- Foreign language
Focus (beta)/learning (alpha) Learn pronunciation faster
Self improvement Focus (beta)
Keeps you in the zone
Radio show (information) Focus (beta)
Keeps you razor sharp
* Educational TV Focus (beta)
Behavior modification Learning (alpha)
Sports improvement Learning (alpha)
Peak performance zone
Creative visualization Visual (theta)
Hypnosis Visual (theta)
Music (learning) Visual (theta)
Hearing it as if ‘fresh'
Radio drama Visual (theta)
Nature sounds Clearing (delta)
Meditations Clearing (delta)
Behavior modification Clearing (delta)
Solving difficult problems
----------------------------------------------- * Use audio portion of AVS
machine only so you can enjoy the program as usual.
The best sound is what you are passionate about. Pick things which
really interest you, and interest you greatly at the time you are doing your
session. This assures peak experiences.
Most people use their favorite music with AVS sessions. Music has a
definite impact on your mood. Here are a few examples of styles of music and
A few musical periods:
Era (approximate dates) Some Composers
Gregorian (before 1550) Church driven
Renaissance (1550-1600) Byrd, Morley
Baroque (1650-1750) Bach, Mozart
Classical (1750-1850) Beethoven, Schubert
Romantic (1825-1900) Chopin, Schumann
Impressionistic (1890-1920) Debussy, Saint-Saens
Popular (after 1920) Andrews Sisters, Beatles
Quality headphones such as Sennheiser add untold value to your
experiences. Hearing more sound frequencies (high and low end) means that
you are experiencing sound just as if you are in the concert hall - live!
The music seems vibrant and alive, versus hearing something as if it were
The Neurophone is a spectacular addition to use with AVS. Small
transducers are applied to the forehead using a headband. The music vibrates
the skin and bones bypassing the ear, so you hear the music in the middle of
The Neurophone accelerates learning languages, stories, music, or
anything you use with it. When you use sound therapy tapes such as the
Tomatis Effect, beat frequencies, or Ultra- Intelligence; you feel the
effect of this therapy immediately.
Do not plug quality headphones into your AVS machine, please. AVS
machines do not have the same high quality audio circuitry that your sound
system does. Quality sound assurance requires a splitter cord to merge your
sound system with your AVS machine into a single female plug, so your
headphones maintain the fidelity of your quality sound system.
Sound beds use transducers, which transduce the electrical signal of
sound (music) into mechanical motion or vibration. Transducers vibrate the
skin, which feels like a musical massage.
Transducers can be an incredible addition to your AVS experience when
used correctly. The skin is said to be the largest organ of the body, and
therefore has the maximum capacity to promote relaxation. The base tones in
music is what drives the transducers. Most music does not have sufficient
bass to produce a consistent vibration. Beat frequencies are therefore a
better choice to use with transducers because they provide consistent
You now have most of the tools you need to get the most from using
quality sound with your AVS machine.
Jeff Labno / Light % Sound
To do your own programs; or not to: that is the question. Fewer than 5%
of the people I talk to ever get around to do their own personal programs.
One of the most talked about reasons to do personalized programs is to
make the length of a program longer, or shorter. Some machines now have a
feature which allows you to quickly compress or expand program times.
The easiest way for you to do your own programs is to plug your AVS
machine into an external sound source (see your manual for details). When
you do this, turn the volume of the strobe sound down so it is in the
background, around 15% of the volume of your music.
External sound is the most obvious way to personalize programs. After
you select your music, then select a program which makes intuitive sense.
For a behavioral modification tape, you might choose a theta or
visualization program; for a language tape, an alpha or learning program;
for your favorite music, a theta or visual program.
CD players have excellent sound, so look at your favorite CDs for a
musical escape or getaway from the mundane. Your favorite music is an
excellent choice at night when you've finished everything you have to do.
Cassette players have many options for foreign language tapes,
behavioral modification, yogic guided visualizations and more.
If your radio has a headphone jack, try using it for foreign language
broadcasts, radio dramas (guided visualizations), popular music for energy
and mood enhancement, classical music for inspiration, and "oldies" to
exercise memory acuity.
Try using your AVS machine while watching television. Late at night,
there may be a program which really interests you, but you are too tired to
pay attention. Select a beta or energy program on your machine, use the
headphones only, and put the volume very low. Now watch your program and see
if your ability to stay alert and focused is much better.
Making your own programs from scratch can be done manually on some
machines, or by using computer software. Each machine manufacturer has its
own unique software and computer language.
Here are some guidelines to help you make your own programs successfully:
The more changes in frequency and mode/phase, the more colors and
patterns you will see. When the mode/phase is set so that the eyes flash
simultaneously, the patterns tend to be more square, alternating produces
round patterns. The slower the frequency, the larger the geometries; the
faster, the more intricate and complex.
Most programs consist of ramps (gradual frequency change of a set time)
and target zones (the same frequency set for a period of time). Using this
model, you ramp the frequency from 18 (alert) down to 6 (visual), leave it
at 6 for 20 minutes, then ramp back up to 18. This is obviously the simplest
of possible models.
Brainwave Chart (there are no precise state descriptions, these are
Beta High (18+Hz.) Focus
13+Hz. Medium (15-17Hz.) Energy
Low (13-14Hz.) Thinking, personal magnetism
Alpha High (12Hz.) Read fast, self-esteem
8-12Hz. Medium (10-11Hz.) Super learning
Low (8-9Hz.) Memory, free-flow, peak
Theta High (7Hz.) Bliss, altered states, sensual,
5-7Hz. Medium (6Hz.) Creativity, remote viewing, lucid
Low (5Hz.) Serenity, tranquility,
Delta High (4Hz.) Pain reduction
0.5-4Hz. Medium (2-3Hz.) Sleep, healing
Low (0.5-1Hz.) Trance, deep rest,
Another important factor in programming is mixing the parameters correctly:
Mode 1: Synchronous - active
Alternating - passive
Mode 2: Eyes - logical
Ears - emotional
Mode 3: Left brain - analytical
Right brain - artistic
To mix the above modes here is a chart to help you:
Eyes Active logic Passive logic
Ears Active emotions Passive emotions
Left / Right Focused thinking Synthesized thinking
Front / Back Balance Contemplating
Finally, here is a music chart to help you select the correct music for
Music selection suggestions:
Delta Theta Alpha Beta
Nature X X
Voice X X X
Gregorian X X X
Baroque X X
Romantic X X
Impressionistic X X X
Popular X X X
New Age X
Ethnic X X
Original Instruments X X
Children's Music X X X
HOW TO GET THE BEST VISUALS
WITH LIGHT & SOUND MACHINES...
By Jeff Labno
One of the most common questions I get about light and sound machines is about the light show. Where do all the colors come from? How come I don’t see all those colors any more? Why do I see just one color?…
To answer these questions, there are many factors to consider. The first consideration is the quality of the light. If you are using dim light, you probably won't see much of anything except a flicker effect. This means that all you see is a slightly pulsing field of light. When you use the newer ultra bright LEDs, you get rich colors and patterns. White usually produces the greatest array of colors. Red is otherwise the most energetic color, and you see lots of different colors using red. With other colors, you tend to see colors of the rainbow on either side of that color. When using yellow for example, you generally see orange, yellow, and green. With blue, you see green, blue, and violet. White incandescent light also produces spectacular visuals. The Synchro Energizer, made in the early 1980's, was tops in generating a fabulous color and visual display. It used white incandescent light shinned through a clear "round shaped" piece of plastic. This diffused the light all around the eye. Some light glasses use a "milk white" filter which diffuses the light throughout the eye, refracting . . . . the light towards the center of the eye because of the curve of the plastic filter. The color display is thus subdued.
Of course not everyone cares about seeing a wonderful color show when they use light and sound. At the same time, when I bought my first machine for $8,000, I would never have spent that kind of money if the light show were not extraordinary. I find that people tend to use their machine more frequently when the light show is spectacular, and therefore will consequently derive more benefits.
A newer generation of light glass colors been initiated using two colors, or bi-color. Blue and red combo is one, and another is red and green. Red and green, for some reason produces some very interesting colors. The color show is more hallucinagenic-type colors versus when white is used. People comment quite a lot using red and green combo, they truly like it.
Yet another factor in the light show is using true sine waves, not sinusoidal, also produce some very fluid visuals. Machines typically are manufactured in a fashion that turns the light on, then off. This is called a square wave. Sine waves, on the other hand, gradually increase in intensity to full illumination, then gradually decrease. Sine waves are what occur in nature, but are also much gentler on the eye when doing a program. You may have noticed when doing a sleep session where the light flicker is very slow, it can be uncomfortable at times, especially if the light is too bright. With sine waves, the eye remains more comfortable as the sine wave action is more fluid and gentle. Sine waves also produce a more fluid visual effect which is hard to describe. The new Innerpulse allows you to select sine waves. Also the Future Mind utilizes sine waves.
The time of day you use a session also impacts the light show. You will see more colors doing a session during daylight hours versus at night. This happens because the light receptors in the eye shift function from daylight to night. The cones which occur in the center of the eye process colors and are most active during daylight. When the sun sets, the cones are not active, and the rods which occur outside of the center of the eye more in the periphery become active. They do not process color, but instead process intensity of light.
You can produce greater colors and patterns at night and a greater sense of dimensionality in the light show during the day by doing eye exercises at the beginning of your session. All you need to do is move your eyes clockwise several times, then counterclockwise several time right at the beginning of your session. You will be very impressed at the results. The color display will not only be enhanced, but also the visuals appear much more 3-D!
Another important element in the visuals comes vis a vis the music you select to listen to when doing a session. Music directs the visuals you actually see in an extraordinary way. Your eyes are not the actual agent that produces visual, but instead it is your brain that produces the visuals. When you select any particular music which "pushes your buttons," the visuals change dramatically. It is irrelevant which style of music you choose, except that higher frequencies of sound have a more energizing effect on the brain. The third octave above middle C on the piano is where the ear is the most sensitive. Higher frequencies that that produce more overtones, and even though the ear actually hears frequencies up to 20,000 to 24,000; the ear is sensitive to frequencies as high as 40,000 Hertz. So, you may not hear the sound, but your ear is still processing the sound in those higher realms.
Using standard headphones however limits the frequency range, because the electronics inside the headphones can't process the lower and higher frequencies in the first place. You can spend up to $10,000 on headphones, however check out Sennheiser because they have a good frequency range, and are also very comfortable.
An even better technology for increasing the high frequency range is vibrational transducers. Separate from headphones, you put two transducers on the forehead with a runner's-style headband. Tactile information is processed by a completely different part of the brain, and brings a more engaging focused experience to your session. Vibration also increases the harmonics you experience in the higher frequency range. Specifically you get more of the frequencies generated above 20,000 Hertz! The Neurophone and also the Echofone are great delivery systems for this technology.
When you introduce higher frequencies into the light and sound experience, you begin to enter an arena called "synaesthesia." Synaesthesia is a mixing of the senses. You might start to see colors from hearing sounds, or hear sounds by being introduced to colors.
AudioStrobe CDs were created specifically to amplify the synaesthetic experience. Not all machines are configured for AudioStrobe, but you truly enjoy these CDs because the light show follows the music.
An incredible synaesthetic experience can easily be induced by introducing aromatics to your session. Studies using the Mind Mirror have shown that aromas very quickly and effectively influence your brainwave state. Try smelling any aroma during your session, and the colors and patterns will immediately change and take you on a very different type of experience.
The music you choose distinctly impacts the light show. When it comes to introducing music you can use popular music to induce “flash-back” memories of eras gone by. Gregorian chants work well to put you in a religious or contemplative mood. Baroque music helps organize your mind and gives you lots of energy. Classical, Impressionistic, and Romantic music are great for drifting and bring forth imaginative states.
Not all aromas are created equally. High quality aromas smell like having that fruit or flower right in your hand, as if you were smelling it fresh. No chemical smell should be present either. Quality aromas also last a very long time the effect lingers for quite some time because they are concentrated. If you smell the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, the effect lasts only about 30 seconds. If you smell a quality lemon aroma, the effect lasts for up to five minutes!
You will find hundreds of different scents available, so how do you choose? It is best to stick with "single tone" aromas and not use blends. Men tend to prefer aromas created from the lower part of plants such as barks; while women tend to prefer the aromas generated from efflorescences of plants and trees such as flowers. Citrus is generally energizing while lavender is used for relaxation. There are aromas which induce romantic states such as gardenia, rose, and ylang ylang. For focus, peppermint is often used. You can even induce joy with aromas such as blood orange.
Try lining up several aromas to use during your light and sound adventure. Here is an example of how to proceed for a "romance-type" session. Line up the aromas in a precise order that you have pre-determined for a specific effect and where you can easily reach them while hooked up to your machine. Smell each aroma in the order you have set them up and wait about five minutes before smelling the next aroma. For a romance session, first use lavender to relax and let go, then use pepperment to focus on the type of person you would like to meet, then use ylang ylang to generate a romantic response to that person, finally use frankincense to meditate on achieving that goal.
You can set up many different types of sessions by being creative. Also pick romantic music to set the mood for your session and finally the type of light and sound program which best represents the brainwave state appropriate for you.
Finally you can use foods to help enhance your experience. So how can eating an orange, or drinking a cup of coffee impact the visuals? You will never know unless you try of course, but this helps the synaesthesia overall.
Foods have very different effects on different people. But here are a few examples based on my personal experience and how foods effect me. You will have to find out for yourself what works the best, however, whole foods, picked when ripe, unprocessed are the best ones to use.
For a focus session, try drinking a cup of expresso! For romantic sessions try tropical fruit. Freshly picked ripe apricots are an aphrodesiac for me. When I drink orange juice freshly squeezed picked ripe from local trees, I feel suddenly extremely alert.
Well that just about wraps it up on ideas for you to increase the visuals while using light and sound machines.
Enjoy your sessions!
Dr. Schumann and Your AVS Machine:
Surfing the Schumann Resonance
About 20 years ago, I first became aware of atmospheric resonances, and boy
was I stunned concerning their power and consequences.
Early one morning in the late seventies, I was having breakfast with my
friend, Dr. Bob Beck. This conversation became the start of a whole new
understanding for me.
He said that he had been asked by the U.S. Navy to check out and find the
cause of some very strange happenings in Eugene, Oregon. People driving
around town were falling asleep while behind the wheel. I remembered reading
something about that in the newspaper, but never thought much about it.
At that time, Bob was making small and portable brainwave machines for NASA.
The astronauts used them to prepare for the unusual brainwave states that
occur when in zero gravity.
Using very sensitive equipment, Bob detected a very low frequency of 7.25Hz
resonating in the atmosphere at Eugene. He said it was being transmitted
Bob's story was like something you read about in science fiction. I needed
someone else to convince me that an atmospheric frequency could affect
brainwaves so dramatically.
A few months later, my dad joined us for breakfast to listen to Bob's story.
My dad worked on Mach aircraft and spacecraft as a vibration specialist.
After breakfast, my dad confirmed that the technology existed for such
things to happen, and the Russians were using low frequencies to communicate
with submarines. He was very impressed with Bob Beck's findings!
One day, Bob showed me an array of strobing magnetic devices developed to
counter the atmospheric frequencies that were putting people to sleep. They
were made in East Germany which then was being bombarded with low frequency
Russian communication transmissions. These protection devices were in the
shape of pens, or tiny metallic boxes which you could put in your front
shirt pocket. The Max Stress Controller is an example of this type of
In 1980, I set up a biofeedback workshop for Bob Beck where he mentioned
that listening to an audio simulation of the Schumann Resonance Frequency,
you could learn to match your brainwaves with that frequency while hooked up
to a biofeedback machine. This would produce a state of mind where you could
see things clearly with your mind - remote viewing.
So, what's up with the Schumann Resonance? What is it, and what does it
In the early ‘50's physicist W.O. Schumann made known the existence of
atmospheric resonances precipitated by the 300 lightning strikes per minute
and the resultant sonic booms called thunder. In the early ‘60's, magnetic
transducers were developed to record these atmospheric resonances, now known
as the Schumann Resonances.
These resonances consist of a base frequency of around 8.73 Hertz, and ten
overtones; the main ones being 14, 20, 26, 33, 39, and 45 Hertz with a daily
variation of plus/minus 0.5 Hertz. The frequency fluctuates depending on
atmospheric factors such as tides, magnetosphere, and day time versus night
time. This gets complicated, but if you want to research it, look on the web
for Martin Fullekrug at the Institut fur Meteorologie and Geophysik, Univ.
The source of this atmospheric activity is the sun converting hydrogen into
helium which produces the solar wind. The solar wind carries highly charged
particles through space, some of which collect in the Earth's magnetosphere.
These ions traveling faster than the speed of sound ionize atmospheric gases
producing the Northern Lights, plus feed into the moisture of thunderclouds
from the ionosphere causing lightning.
UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory pioneered the installation of two
triaxial magnetic transducer measurement stations at Hollister and
Parkfield, California, in order to measure and record the Schumann
Resonances. Any increase in these frequencies would indicate increased
activity on the sun, which is useful for forecasting seismic activity on
Earth. They publish them daily at: http://www.quake.geo.berkeley.edu.
Two other monitoring sites are located in the Negev Desert, Israel, and
another run by the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan.
A site by Scott Fusare with details on building your own Schumann Resonance
transducer is: http://radio-research.bei.t-online.de/project5/zchumann1.pdf.
Building specialized transducers (Schumann Transducers) has many hidden
challenges. My first job involved building transducers and data systems to
measure vibration resulting from earthquakes on the containment vessels of
nuclear power plants.
What makes the Schumann Resonance so interesting, is that so many AVS
machines use it for meditation programs. Quite a number of other types of
Schumann Resonance products have also appeared on the market.
The first Schumann Resonance product was developed in 1974 by Dr. Ludwig in
Germany. It is a small box which emits this resonance in the form of
magnetic strobe. He worked with NASA to install a Schumann device on manned
spacecraft. Dr. Ludwig worked at the Institute of Frequency Technology, is a
doctorate of Physics, and currently develops medical therapy devices.
Another researcher, Dr. Andrija Puharich developed the Teslar watch in 1986.
Dr. Puharich and his friends were known as the "Round Table Foundation of
Electrobiology". Some of the illuminaries were John Hammond, Nikola Tesla's
only student, and Warren McCulloch (Cybernetics).
I first began doing detailed research on the resonance because of the many
conflicting definitions that were out there. A popular geologist, Gregg
Braden, says for example, that the frequency for this resonance is rising.
When you check out the published frequencies on Berkeley's website, you can
see for yourself that there is no evidence of it rising, it remains at 7.83
In 1999, a product specialist paid a visit to Gregg Braden at a Sedona
workshop to ask him about this discrepancy. Gregg admitted that it is not
the Schumann Resonance (atmospheric frequency) that is rising, but instead,
the frequency of the Earth itself. He said that transducers deep in the
Earth at a secret location in Russia and Norway are the basis for his
research. He says that increased activity of people, buildings, cities...are
the cause of Earth's frequency rising.
When you look at the state of affairs of life in the city, it is easy to see
how all the noises of the city take your brainwaves and body rhythms on a
"wild ride". Then we have the invisible world of EMFs strobing at additional
frequencies. It is interesting to note that people living in the country are
much calmer than those living in the city.
So, what's the benefit of using a Schumann Resonance product? It works well
for EMF protection because it keeps your body's rhythms in tune with those
of nature, enhancing your ability to heal. This frequency is also at the
transition point from consciousness to being unconscious; that is why it is
used for meditation. The Yogis call this the point of bindu - conscious
unconsciousness. Some people say that it helps them be more creative, do
remote viewing and even sleep better.
The first AVS machine to use the Schumann Resonance was the Mind's Eye
(1988) by Synetic Systems. Now, Schumann Earth Frequency programs are common
to most machines. The companies that use this resonance are Synetic Systems,
DAVID Paradise, MindGear and Photosonix. There is a significant public
response to using these programs, people really like them! These programs
work by pulsing a sound tone at 7.83 cycles per second.
Other types of Schumann Resonance products (Magnetic Field Generator, Mini
Harmonizer) strobe a magnetic field at 7.83 cycles per second.
The most popular Schumann product is the Teslar watch; wearing a watch is
quite convenient. In his design, Dr. Puharich put a scalar 7.83 oscillator
inside a watch shielding it from 60Hz alternating current with a copper
plate with a mobius loop to cancel out the effects of alternating current.
Wearing the watch, people report a greater sense of wellness, relief from
jet lag, and greater overall energy.
This wraps up my story on the Schumann Resonances. Pending reader response
to this story; there could be a follow-up piece.
Just for fun, check out these research abstracts about the Schumann
Resonance on "Pubmed" website.
Davydov B.I., Karpov V.N., Constant low-frequency electrical and
electromagnetic fields (biological action and hygienic evaluation), Kosm
Biol Aviakosm Med 1982 Sept-Oct; 16(5): 18 - 23.
Plagenhoef S., The measurement of extremely low environmental frequencies,
Neurosci Biobehav Rev 1992 Winter; 16(4) 473-80.
Special thanks to (for providing details for this story):
Dr. Robert Beck, Ken Chane, Michael Thau, Michael Landgraf,Christopher Oliver and