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Iona Miller's EARTH WORKS SERIES: GEOMAGNETISM -- Is the Earth Driving You Crazy? It's far more likely you will flip out than the Earth but we need to reaclimate our thinking.

Also see, Nexus Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 2 Feb/Mar ’05, Int’l; Mar/Apr ‘05 North America. “SIREN SONG OF THE EARTH: Investigating Vortex Theory & EM Signals with Ben Lonetree,” Ben Lonetree and Iona Miller, May 2004

Earth's geomagnetic field makes the compass work and protects the biosphere from cosmic radiation. The field has existed at least three billion years, although it fluctuates in strength and at times reverses polarity. When the field strength drops too low, life on Earth is imperiled by radiation. Substantial changes in the field happen as quickly as within only a thousand years at times, although stable periods of hundreds of thousands of years also occur. Temperature patterns within the lower mantle influence both the stability and intensity of the field. Complete geomagnetic reversals on average occur every 200 thousand years-- but the last one was 780,000 years ago. Massive changes in or on the Earth, including extinction events, follow a 26.6 million to 30 million year cycle over the last 250 million years. The solar system crosses the relatively dense galactic plane every 30 million years.

Electromagnetic fields are a fundamental aspect of reality. For humans, fluctuating geomagnetic effects lead to increased liminality and anomalous experiences. Field effects include hallucination and temporal lobe microseizures. As Earth’s field continues to weaken in certain areas, we can expect more reports of dramatic psychophysical phenomena emerging at an increasing rate.

Pioneering biophysics work has shown that DNA and living tissues interact with electric and magnetic fields in unexpected and dramatic ways. Sedlak discusses how a living organism is not only an information detector and generator, but is also a transformer of electromagnetic energy. Biological systems generate their own magnetic mediums through a process he calls "dia-par", or diamagnetic to paramagnetic transition. Sedlak proposes that the science of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) can be used to model living bioplasma. A wide spectrum of genetic mechanisms now appear to be under the influence of surrounding electromagnetic fields. (Roffey) Is there a correlation between the effects of electromagnetic fields and those of paranormal experience, mental intent on genetic regulation and living tissues?

Under certain conditions humans affect local geomagnetic fields. Field codes are context dependent. Local geomagnetic field fluctuations are seen to dramatically change as a function of directed mental protocols. These same fields are also changed and uniquely altered when measured in close coupling to the human body. It appears that mental protocols that send out thoughts and energy, even from distant points around the world, directly affect the local geomagnetic fields in accordance with intentions. Mankind is closely tied to Earth's geomagnetic fields, as quantum entanglement vehicles of information transfer, fields that underlie extraordinary forms of communication such as telepathy. (Chouinard). We might even find evidence that dark matter is charged (Pitkanen).

(1) We are complex electrodynamic, rather than merely chemical beings, sensitive to natural and artificial EM fields; (2) SR frequencies coincide with human brain waves, affecting subtle and gross brain-wave generation, regulating homoeostasis, healing and psi; (3) there is strong correlation between human behavioral disturbance and geomagnetic field turbulence or isolation from Schumann Wave frequencies. (Miller)


Keywords: geomagnetics, bioplasma, EMFs, coherence, resonance, liquid crystals, interference grids, photon polarization, psycho-physiological remodeling, nonlocal communication, temporal lobe transients

Geomagnetic Field Effects,
Paranormal Potential & the Biophysics of Anomalous Experiences

By Iona Miller, March 2009

Earth Energy State: Electromagnetism connects the entire Solar System in a profound way. Earth's geomagnetic field intensity, a dipole-dominated field, is dropping slowly but steadily. Earth's field is losing energy. At some time in the distant future -- Geomagnetic Zero Point -- the deep Earth reactor will stop spinning, melting magma, creating the aura of Earth’s geomagnetic field, and turn cold. The atmosphere will be relentlessly stripped away by the force of the solar winds, until our planet becomes a gamma ray bombarded husk like Mars. But long before that happens, we can expect normal reversals in the polarity of our magnetic field.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) is a new ultra-sensitive single atom counting method to determine the concentrations of the most relevant long-lived cosmogenic radionuclides. These isotopes are deposited chronologically in the archives of our earth, such as trees, polar ice, lake and deep sea sediments. By measuring their concentration profiles, which in most cases is possible with AMS only, information on past changes in solar activity, geomagnetic field and earth climate can be obtained over long time intervals.

Geopsychopathology: The geomagnetic field fluctuates continually. The geodynamic model has fractal properties. Even minor fluctuations in earth fields are related to psychophysical anomalies in human beings. Geomagnetism underlies and perturbs the human brain, cognitive/affective and sense perceptions. One study (Dimitrova and Stoylova) indicated that "most of the persons examined irrespective of their health status could be sensitive to the geomagnetic changes, which influence directly self-confidence and working ability." Another (Starbuck, et al, 2002) finds that motivation is influenced by geomagnetics. For some individuals and in certain locations on the globe, effects are even more pronounced and open the realm of paranormal experience. Locations with a negative effect are called geopathic stress zones because they interfere with normal immune function. They became places to avoid.

Sacred Places Attuned to Nature: The field arising from magnetic materials in the Earth's crust varies on all spatial scales and is often referred to as the anomaly field. A knowledge of the crustal magnetic field is often very valuable as a geophysical exploration tool for determining the local geology. In prehistory, our ancestors survived geomagnetic reversals, which may be the source of some creation myths. Indigenous people identified mythical locations of geomagnetic anomalies and amplified their highly-charged effects by building sacred sites for healing, dream incubation, vision quests, and as portals to deeper levels of the spirit world. Some of these vortex sites remain active. Modern research (Hild, 2006, "Places and States of Mind for Healing") confirms evidence of psychophysical effects opening a deeper awareness of the interplay of spirit and matter through weak electromagnetic interactions of Earth's telluric and cosmic fields.

Turbulence & Polarity Transitions

Climate Change: Unexpected escalation of climate change demonstrates that perturbations in natural cycles can lead to cascades of cataclysmic change related to complex dynamics. Our climate is degrading much faster than most of us thought. Likewise for the ocean-conveyor, methane traps, and other threats to human survival. One small change, such as mantle-held flux, can disrupt a system already in motion, ultimately leading to cataclysmic results. Very little is known about the behavior of the magnetic field during the transition from a superchron (long periods without reversal) to a mixed polarity state, though we can imagine intense auroras surrounding the globe. Supernova gamma ray events, galactic superwaves (Laviolette, 1986) and cometary showers have been linked with geomagnetic excursions. Complex cycles of climate migration and Earth crust instability share 1) the sun-earth relationship, embedded in the solar system, 2) solar heliopsphere and bow shock of geomagnetic field, 3) Earth's connection to our galactic center plasma fields.

Polarity Intervals: Long before pole reversal-- or more accurately, geomagnetic reversal -- we might plausibly expect an amplification of experiential effects. Recognized phenomena might escalate in ratio with fluctuations even prior to ‘tipping points.’ Ecological cataclysm looms [Lovelock (2009) The Vanishing Face of Gaia] and geomagnetic cataclysm is also a possibility. In Australia around 28,000 B.P., a wandering di-pole event signaled sudden 3x expansion of the magnetic field. Some postulate a geomagnetic excursion around 12,500 B.P. that sent tribal villagers in the Levant back to nomadic life. (Mithen, 2004)

Paleomagnetosphere: Anomalous inclinations in the South Pacific are also recorded in the geological record for 2,500 and 12,500 years ago. (Lund, et al) There is also evidence of high-energy particle bombardment at the same time, associated with extinction events. 12,000, 32,000, 43,000 and 70,000 yrs ago the reduced magnetic field rendered Earth especially vulnerable to cosmic rays. Whether geomagnetic excursions admit cosmic radiation or the gamma blasts cause the excursions is uncertain. There have been some indications that geomagnetic reversals may occur astonishingly fast-- such as within only a matter of months, according to one location of 16 million year old lava flows.

Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable: Geomagnetic reversal is chaotic in nature. Large oscillations of directions precede or follow reversals, showing waveforms with amplitude amplified by the decrease of the dipole. There is no apparent preferred location for the virtual geomagnetic poles (VGP). Asymmetry between pre- and post-reversal phases is a dominant characteristic, indicating the importance of field regeneration to initiate a new stable polarity interval. Virtual Dipole Moments show as reversed (R) polarity, intermediate-normal-reversed (I-N-R) change and subsequent normal (N) periods. There is no way we can predict it. Yet, it is a normal pursuit of science to identify and extrapolate future scenarios, including geomorphology. The goal is to anticipate and mitigate effects on humanity and the biosphere. We are challenged not by single alterations but a complex confluence of unstable systems. This is not to say, “The End is coming,” but to identify phenomena, which might arise along the way to major earth changes. It is permissible to ask, "What if..."

Chaotic Dynamics: Geomorphological systems containing bifurcations have both deterministic (universal and necessary) and probabilistic (historical happenstance) elements. They have more than one solution (configuration) and this fact calls into question notions of process domains leading to the development of characteristic forms. They possess varying degrees of susceptibility to change induced by fluctuations. They respond differently to local, regional, and global fluctuations. Geomagnetic Field (GMF) is one of these parameters. When meteor impact occurs there may be a time lag from initiating event to actual field reversal of many thousands of years. During part of the interim the field may measurably weaken down to a certain plateau. Then, after perhaps more thousands of years have passed at or near the plateau, a relatively sudden reversal may take place. There is evidence for extraordinarily rapid change of the geomagnetic field during a reversal.

Global Field Effects

HiPsiFi: The brain is affected by geomagnetic fields. Fluctuating geomagnetic effects can lead to increased liminality and anomalous experiences by perturbing the human mindbody. Liminality is a dissociative weakening of the threshold between our rational and irrational minds and is relevant to paranormal experience, both "life-potentiating" and "life depotentiating."

Field effects include "creative" and "toxic" hallucinations and temporal lobe microseizures [Krippner and Persinger]. Liminality is mediated by the temporal lobes and modulated by fields. These experiences may changes one's beliefs or worldview. Weird, strange, ambiguous or supernatural events are assigned a high reality value. This is not to say all strange events are reduced to field effects. Some things remain mysteries.

Transliminality is a consciousness variable. Regardless of their initiating source, transliminal excursions are like brief trips to the Land of Oz. Transliminality is related to ungated temporal lobe functioning which conditions mystical, religious and "high weirdness" events. Those with higher transliminality, an index of neurological interconnectedness, will experience more perceptual anomalies. (Thalbourne, 2002)

Tiny magnetic field fluctuations can have dramatic effects. Some fluctuations are sudden and unexpected. If the GMF should destabilize, scientists tell us magnetic fields of flux both entering and flowing from the Earth would become much more randomized. That is not to say it will happen in our lifetimes, but that it can happen and surely will at some point in the future.

As Earth’s local and global fields continue to weaken, can we expect more reports of strange psychophysical phenomena emerging at an increasing rate? Known effects of geomagnetic pulsation include synesthesia, anomalous cognition and [lucid] dreams, psi events, and paranormal phenomena as well as heart attack, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Can ambient magnetic fields lead to disregulation of the mindbody creating magnetic hallucinations? Is our sanity at risk as the Earth’s field fluctuates more and more? Is Earth driving us crazy?

South Atlantic Anomaly

Incredible as it seems, the magnetic field occasionally flips over. Reversals are random events. But marked field fluctuations such as the South Atlantic anomaly (magnetic field intensity 60% of predicted value) precede them. In the last 20 years, the planet's magnetic field intensity has decreased by 1.7%, and in South Atlantic by 10%. In the last two hundred years, Earth's magnetic field decreased 10% in intensity.

The South Atlantic Anomaly (SSA) is above South America, about 200 - 300 kilometers off the coast of Brazil, extending over much of South America and the nearby portion of the Van Allen Belt. It is a weak spot in the geomagnetic field, Earth’s protective bubble. The envelope here is 1/3 of normal. As the geomagnetic field continues to weaken, the inner Van Allen belt gets closer to the Earth, with a related enlargement of the SAA at given altitudes. (Hsu)

Sudden fluid motions within the Earth's core can alter the magnetic envelope around our planet. Researchers have just begun to detect such rapid magnetic field changes taking place over just a few months.

The magnetic field in the inner core is opposite the polarity of the outer core. This stabilizes the field against a tendency to reverse more frequently. The last major reversal in the field took place about 780,000 years ago. A flip in the north and south poles typically involves a weakening in the magnetic field, followed by a period of rapid recovery and reorganization of opposite polarity. Some studies in recent years have suggested the next reversal might be imminent, but the jury is still out. Weakening of Earth's overall magnetic field by 10 percent over the past 150 years might also point to an approaching field reversal.

Earth Is A Dynamo

Earth itself acts as a magnet. The Earth's magnetic field extends about 36,000 miles (58,000 km) into space, generated from the spinning effect of the electrically conductive core that acts something like a giant electromagnet. In earlier geologic history the field was 20 times stronger. Movement of the liquid and the solid parts of the Earth's core generate an electric potential, making the planet a sort of an electric generator. We have evolved in the presence of this magnetic field, the magnetosphere that also protects us from solar radiation.

But the evidence of deep time shows the geomagnetic field changes rapidly and frequently. Paleomagnetic records show that the dipole polarity of the geomagnetic field has reversed many times in the past. Geologic evidence from Steens Mountain, Oregon reveals a detailed record of magnetic reversal with shifts of up to 6 degrees per day. The mean time between reversals is roughly 200,000 years with individual reversal events taking only a couple thousand years.

Convection in the fluid outer core is continually trying to reverse the field. However, the solid inner core inhibits magnetic reversals because the field in the inner core can only change on the much longer time scale of diffusion. Only once in many attempts is a reversal successful. This is probably the reason the times between reversals of the Earth's field are long and randomly distributed.

Considerable literature exists on the biological effects of magnetic fields. Organisms respond to natural and artificial magnetic fields of various intensities, frequencies and directions. Geomagnetic fields are also influential in mass extinction events. Field deprivation and geomagnetic field variations can produce anomalous psychophysical effects. The geomagnetic field modulates biological and artificial magnetic fields.


The magnetosophere is a highly stable field constantly bombarded by energetically charged solar particles (solar wind). Normally, some days are magnetically stormy, while others are calm. Earth's magnetic field is currently changing dramatically as part of its normal cyclic behavior. Is the observed decrease of the dipole moment indicating a future polarity transition? What would be the effects of such a drastic change on system Earth? What positive or negative effects on our biosphere or even humans can be expected?

Affected by weather, the Moon and sunspots, regular daily and monthly fluctuations occur in the Geomagnetic Field (GMF). Fluctuations in the level of the GMF, a quasi-static magnetic field, and geomagnetic storms have been associated with a number of health effects and disorders in scientific literature for more than 50 years. Changes in the geomagnetic field have deviated from the predictions of the original International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) coefficients.

Pole Position

When will our compasses fail? Scientists from the Institute for Geomagnetism at the Russian Academy of Sciences say the Earth's magnet poles are gradually drifting towards the Equator, with the field intensity falling slowly, but steadily. The latter reaches zero point in about 2,000 years, which would be a disaster for living organisms. The rate of changes happening to the planet's liquid core, however, could mean that the polarity shift is going to happen much sooner.

No one would have believed a hundred years ago that the South and the North could switch places. Nevertheless, in 1906, research revealed that in the past magnetization of some rocks was opposite to that of the present day.

In 2001, an international polar expedition revealed that in the recent seven years the North magnetic pole shifted around 300 km (186.4 miles). Currently, it is drifting 40 km (24.85 miles) a year from the Canadian Arctic shelf towards Russia's Severnaya Zemlya islands. Scientists predict the North Pole could eventually be found in the South Atlantic, site of an extensive anomaly area with the magnetic field intensity at around 60% of the predicted value.

What are the dangers of such massive fluctuations? Russian scientists include our anti-radiation protection falling, with space flights becoming impossible and energy-dependent systems, including mobile phones and satellites, failing. Solar and space radiation would affect the genome of the organisms inhabiting the Earth, causing some of them to become extinct, and others to have a much larger per cent of mutations. Taking into account the solar flares, accompanied by extremely powerful electrojet currents, life is likely to become impossible on Earth before the full magnetic field collapses.

Sounds terrible. But it isn't imminent, though possible. Recent reports say that in the last 90 million years, the magnetic poles changed around every 500,000 years, with no total extinction or mass genetic mutations of living organisms taking place. The atmosphere remains a reliable guarantor of the Earth's biosphere.

On the other hand, scientists haven't established so far if the changes happening to the geomagnetic field are reversible. Nobody has ever found out why the Earth's history has seen times when the magnetic poles remained unshifted as long as 50 million years.

Pole Reversal

We know about pole shift from an examination of the geological record -- the magnetic poles reverse without the axis of the Earth flipping in any way. We can read the evidence of many magnetic reversals in the relentless march of the seabed floor. Valkovic links massive faunal extinctions with polarity reversals in earth’s geomagnetic field. He assumed that the concentration factor for essential trace elements is dependent on the magnetic field.

When lavas are deposited on the Earth’s surface, and subsequently freeze, and when sediments are deposited on ocean and lake bottoms, and subsequently solidify, they often preserve a signature of the ambient magnetic field at the time of deposition. This type of magnetization is known as 'paleomagnetism'. Sediment samples from Chalco Lake, Mexico "shows low frequency components with characteristic periods of 10,500, 3200–3400, 2900–3000, 1400–1500 and 800–900 years. In phase oscillations of inclination and intensity records point to drifting non dipole field anomalies." (B. Ortega-Guerrero and J. Urrutia-Fucugauchi, 1997)

Careful measurements of oriented samples of faintly magnetized rocks taken from many geographical sites allow scientists to work out the geological history of the magnetic field. We can tell, for example, that the Earth has had a magnetic field for at least 3.5 billion years, and that the field has always exhibited a certain amount of time-dependence, part of which is normal variation. Part of the cycle is an occasional reversal of polarity; the magnetic field occasionally flips over! The same effect occurs spontaneously in 3D computer models of the Geomagnetic Field. A similar reversal happens to the Sun every 11 years.

The geomagnetic poles are currently roughly coincident with the geographic poles, because the rotation of the Earth is an important dynamical force in the core, where the main part of the field is generated. Occasionally, however, the variation becomes sufficiently large so the magnetic poles end up being located rather distantly from the geographic poles. The poles have undergone an ‘excursion’ from their preferred state.

We know from physics that the Earth’s dynamo is just as capable of generating a magnetic field with a polarity like that which we have today, as it is capable of generating a field with the opposite polarity. The dynamo has no preference for a particular polarity. Therefore, after an excursional period, the magnetic field, upon returning to its usual state of rough alignment with the Earth’s rotational axis, could just as easily have one polarity as another.

The consequences of polarity reversals for the compass are dramatic. Nowadays, the compass points roughly north, or, more precisely, the north end of the compass points roughly north at most geographical locations. However 780,000 years ago, the polarity was reversed, so a hypothetical compass pointed roughly south. Before that reversed state the polarity was like that which we have today, and the compass would have pointed roughly north, and so on. The timings of reversals forms the so-called 'geomagnetic polarity timescale'.

During a reversal the geometry of the magnetic field is much more complicated than it is now. A compass could point in almost any direction depending on one’s location on the Earth and the exact form of the mid-transitional magnetic field. There is no apparent periodicity to reversals. They are random events, happening as often as every 10 thousand years or so, and as infrequently as every 50 million years or more.

Human Effects

We know that the iron core of our earth vibrates at 40 Hertz (40 pulses per second.) Our earth's crust has a different vibrational speed at around 7.5 Hertz. When we are at the height of our brain thinking activity we record roughly 40 Hertz and in meditative states a 7.5 Hertz low brain activity. This draws a direct correlation between the earth’s core environment, the earth's outer crust environment pulse rate and our upper and lower end brain function.

Rhythmically changing electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields are ubiquitous in our environment. Some of these fields are natural; others are produced by household appliances and technologies. Many people are adversely affected by natural and/or artificial energy fields (clinically termed weather or electromagnetic sensitivity). Often affected individuals do not recognize the sources of their ailments.

There is positive correlation between EEG and geomagnetic activity. Disturbances in geomagnetic fields (e.g. caused by solar and terrestrial magnetic storms) have been correlated with the onset of a variety of disorders, including heart attacks, increased blood pressure, seizures and strokes. Also, decreases in nocturnal melatonin, enhanced anxiety, heart rate, sleep disturbance, psychiatric admissions (Persinger), light sensitivity, SIDS, depression, suicide and sudden death.

Persinger has conclusively demonstrated that electromagnetic fields can trigger mini-seizures. Geomagnetic fluctuations have been studied in this regard. Abnormalities in the temporal lobes (TLE) caused by genetics, injury, or infections can lead to amplification of "spiritual" characteristics in the personality.

Are some people predisposed to psychism, mystical visions, or religious zeal? What lies at the root of the personality to drive the "seeker" in a spiritual quest? How does one come by an intensely personal, even idiosyncratic perception of paranormal effects or presences, such as gods or demons, aliens or nature spirits? Are we hardwired for religious beliefs? Or do some of us just have more magnetite in our bodies?

Temporal lobe seizures mimic or perhaps even embody certain essentially religious experiences -- God Experiences. This tendency may be reinforced by a kindling process potentiating pathways to the amygdala and other parts of the brain. Emotional tone and multisensory content of these experiences is dependent on which lobe and portion of the temporal lobes become unstable and subject to seizures, clinical or sub-clinical.

The phenomena which appear pathologically in TLE can also appear in the general population, and are often even encouraged by the practice of meditation. The union of brain science and theology is called neurotheology, which studies all related religious and spiritual phenomena and their neurological roots. We might also look to the magnetic environment for subtle triggers. (Miller, 2003, )

If magnetic force is strong enough, TLTs can be kindled in normal individuals. Among the most electrically unstable portions of the brain, the temporal lobes are quite sensitive to extremely low magnetic frequencies (Persinger). Persinger has tickled the temporal lobes of enough individuals to define the parameters of electromagnetic shifts on brain function. Medical use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to relieve psychological symptoms such as depression indicates that the mind may be an electromagnetic field.

There is a continuum of temporal lobe lability or sensitivity, and even normal individuals have sub-clinical microseizures frequently, particularly during REM or dreams. The full-blown effects of such electrical storms are seen in petit mal and grand mal seizures of epilepsy.

Epileptic seizures propagate across the brain through a process called “kindling.” Nerve signals are amplified exponentially, resulting in a chaotic electrical storm that can entrain more than one brain area. For example, in temporal lobe epilepsy, spreading includes the temporal lobe, underlying limbic structures and hippocampus; all of them fire in an overexcited manner, especially if serotonin levels are low.

Epilepsy is triggered by different parts of the brain. Behavioral changes immediately preceding an epileptic seizure indicate what portion of the brain is the focus of the seizure. Electrical lability, or seizures in the temporal lobes do not usually cause physical convulsions, unless they propagate to the motor regions.

Not all those with intense spiritual experiences have temporal lobe epilepsy. Meditators often sit for years before experiencing the slightest tingles or visions of light. But often once manifestations begin, they increase in frequency and tend to stabilize. They can come as sounds, smells, intense feeling, visionary landscapes or forms of living entities, or amorphous lights. These inner experiences feel as real or seem more real than external perception.

The temporal lobes host many structures and functions including memory, orientation of self in space and time, interpretations of meaning and emotional significance, organization of audio and visual patterns, smell, and language. Local discharges can be potentiated by specific memory recall or extremely low biofrequency magnetic fields penetrating brain tissue.

Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is accompanied by classic personality changes. Though some researchers disagree, attributed characteristics include the following: loss of humor; intense affect; moodswings (peaks or highs, depressions, distortions, aggression); suggestibility; existential anxiety; neophobia; hypergraphia; an intense active interest in dreams, religion and philosophy; reports of psi experiences. Supreme faith is placed in the validity of subjective experience. Unusual experiences are assigned special personal meaning. They accept logical incongruities, displaying a rigid core of private beliefs.

This later spiritual interest can be rooted in subjective experiences of a variety of phenomena kindled by electrical instabilities in the brain. They include, but are not limited to depersonalization, time distortion, anxiety or panic, floating or falling sensations, peripheral imagery, a sense of presence either sacred or malefic, apparitions, downloading of memory sequences and false memory confabulations or fantasies, voices and visionary experiences ranging from heavenly to hellish, and a panoply of psychophysical manifestations.

Psi Is a Geomagnetic Field Correlate

Paranormal experiences (sensed presence, time distortion, information acquisition, death crisis, eccentric thinking) can be "induced" by a variety of fields. They are associated with geomagnetic activity or lack of it and neuronal activity of the temporal lobes. Sources of stimuli range from chaotic activity to field effects. Paranormal beliefs are related to paranormal experiences, often substituting for traditional religious beliefs.

We live in a dense soup of natural and artificial magnetic fields induced by electric charges moving through electric fields. Each event we experience as humans is centered in its own electromagnetic field. Psi phenomena [healing, telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, remote viewing, psychokinesis, poltergeists, hauntings] are complex field effects. A field is a matrix, a region of influence that invisibly connects two or more points in space or time with visible, informational or energetic effects.

A 1991 article in Bioelectromagnetics Magazine is called, "The Solar Wind and Hallucinations, --a possible relation due to magnetic disturbances.” Walter and Steffani Randall recount breakthrough research showing psychophysical correlations with increased GMF (geomagnetic field) periods. Data from the 19th century on hallucinations and magnetic disturbances were found to exhibit a direct and statistically significant correlation. Magnetic influences on the pineal hormone, melatonin, are suggested as a possible source of variation.

Geomagnetic activity is related to mental activity. Research suggests lower geomagnetic activity correlates with increased psi activity such as telepathy and anomalous dreams. Conversely, magnetically stormy days correlate with violent crime, bereavement hallucinations, (sleep) paralysis episodes, psychokinesis and poltergeist phenomena.

This nonlocal field may be enhanced or disrupted by a variety of environmental conditions [Krippner, Persinger, Spottiswoode, McTaggart, Lazslo]. Bursts of creativity in all cultural forms flourish in years of highest solar activity. The same covariance was found between hallucinations and magnetic disturbances.

Geomagnetic Field effects have yet to be conclusively demonstrated. Do geomagnetic fields carry psi information or effect the modulation of brainwave activity? We might suspect field coherence or resonance phenomena. Is this field phenomenon more perceptible in shamanic or altered states of consciousness?

In "Geomagnetic Field Effects in Anomalous Dreams and the Akashic Field," Krippner reports a relationship between geomagnetic fluctuations, lunar cycle, and sunspot activity with anomalous dreams, including telepathic, clairvoyant and precognitive content. Other factors, including the holographic mechanism (vacuum wave interference patterns) of the nonlocal zero-point field may also be influential. In psi tests, "hits" and "misses" are statistically significant relative to geomagnetic fields.

S. James P. Spottiswoode (1997) summarizes in “Geomagnetic fluctuations and free-response anomalous cognition: a new understanding,” as follows:

For some years there has been speculation that anomalous cognition (AC) performance may be correlated with global geomagnetic field (GMF) fluctuations. This idea arose from the work of Persinger (e.g., Persinger & Schout, 1988), who found that anecdotal cases of putative AC occurred on days when GMF fluctuations were significantly lower than on the preceding and following days. Many workers have investigated whether or not this interesting observation could be extended to laboratory anomalous cognition, but with mixed results.

Tart (1988) and Persinger and Krippner (1989) found an association between high-scoring AC trials and low GMF fluctuations, while Haraldsson and Gissurarson (1987) and Nelson and Dunne (1986) did not. In an unpublished meta-analysis, this author collected 1,468 free-response trials from 21 studies, reasoning that the effect, if it existed, would be most easily detected in a large database with high effect size; in fact, the overall correlation was a disappointing -0.0002 (Spearman's [Rho], N = 1,468, ns). The first step to understanding the physics of anomalous cognition will probably be the discovery of physical variables that unambiguously modulate the effect.

Persinger has experimented with weak complex, time-varying magnetic fields applied to the brains of human subjects. Some people are more susceptible to field variance than others. This application has been dubbed EIF or Experience Inducing Fields. Not all magnetic anomalies have implications for experience. Ambient geomagnetic fields are usually considered too weak to initiate but always undergird anomalous events, including hallucination. Neural entrainment confuses the brain into hallucinations it accepts as sensory information). EIF’s are fluctuations on top of the local dynamic field.

Visual hallucinations include circles, ellipses and triangles. Persinger conjectures that geomagnetic activity may enhance the receptivity of the brain to extrasensory signals, noting in particular that sudden decreases in geomagnetic activity may decrease the likelihood of certain types of electrical seizures in the brain. Persinger contends that increases in geomagnetic activity tend to lower seizure thresholds and may even precipitate convulsions in epileptics.

Some scientists (e.g., Radin, McAlpine & Cunningham, 1994; and Adair, 1991) have, however, expressed skepticism that changes in the geomagnetic field would have sufficient strength to produce any physiological effects on the human body at all. As a second possibility, Persinger suggests that lowered geomagnetic activity might enhance the signal carrying the ESP message, which he has speculated may consist in part of extremely low frequency electromagnetic radiation.

Adrian Ryan [2008] reports,

Geomagnetic field measurements were collected from the SAMNET array of magnetometers in Northern Europe. Measurements were selected from the nearest operating magnetometer at the time of each ESP trial; the mean distance between magnetometer and ESP trial location was 126 km (minimum 2 km, maximum 261 km). The sampling interval was 5 seconds until mid-November 1995 and 1 second thereafter. The amplitude resolution of the measurements is 0.1 nT. The field measurements were converted by fast Fourier transform into power within five frequency bands. Pulsations with frequency > 0.1 Hz were found to be highly geographically localized, therefore data for these frequency bands were discarded for all but the 99 remote viewing trials conducted at in York, for which the magnetometer was also located in York.

Two patterns were observed: ESP was found to succeed only during periods of enhanced pulsation activity within the 0.2-0.5 Hz band, but ESP effect was absent during the most disturbed periods of activity in the 0.025-0.1 Hz band.

Analysis of the continuous record of geomagnetic field measurements between November 1996 and March 2005 revealed that activity in the 0.025-0.1 Hz range is strongly correlated with the global index of geomagnetic activity ap, but no such relationship exists between activity in the 0.2-0.5 Hz band and ap, which may account for the overall slight negative correlation between ESP and ap reported in the literature.

As each frequency band of geomagnetic pulsation exhibits distinct seasonal and/or interacting seasonal/daily variation, they make excellent candidates for explaining the associations between ESP and LST that have been reported in the literature. To explore this possibility, the ESP effect size for trials in the database was plotted by LST; the resultant pattern was similar to that found by Spottiswoode (1997a, 1997b). Modeling revealed that this shape was partially attributable to the pattern of ESP results by pulsation activity in the 0.2-0.5 Hz band.

Vortex Phenomena

Naturally occurring electromagnetic waves entrain human brainwaves. Unusual magnetic areas – “hotspots” -- provide mini-laboratories for investigating anomalous geomagnetic effects. They have been honored or feared by primal peoples from the dawn of time. Magnetic vortexes, such as those found in the iron-rich soil of Sedona, Southern Oregon and elsewhere are legendary places where unusual electromagnetic phenomena abound.

Hopi Indians say the earth energy field is damaged in some way. Like many indigenous people around the world who preserve the ancient wisdom, they insist that nuclear testing and the high-tech mining of ‘power places’ is somehow short-circuiting the system – that the "hoop of the world has been broken". In fact, the old people say, "The big blow is going to come again!" (White, 1993)

These hotspot areas of subtle earth energies often have a deep base of crystalline rock. Ten percent of the earth's total magnetic field fluctuates significantly over decade time scales, apparently reflecting the unsteady exchange of angular momentum between the core and the mantle in the velocity field.

Initially a skeptic, electrical engineer, Ben Lonetree < describes iron-rich soil as “focusing” non-dipole geomagnetism that exhibits upward and downward motion. This is a Vortex. Lonetree was able to conclusively demonstrate what others have long conjectured.
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During a vortex event, monitoring equipment detects no N-S polarity. Compass instabilities plus upswing and downswing in field intensity can indicate vortex activity. You can catch a vortex in the act of dramatically increasing local field activity by orders of magnitude. Lonetree calls this a “Sudden Magnetic Impulse event.”

When the event passes, a compass will once again behave normally as outflow or inflow ceases. Lonetree has verified his readings by observing Schumann Resonances (SR), difficult to filter from ambient, artificial electronic noise or “smog.” He uses one computer to monitor SR and another to monitor magnetic intensity. Lonetree also makes it clear, despite the pseudo-scientific assertions of others, that SR is NOT rising, as his longterm readings clearly show.

Lonetree made observations, locally and globally, of Schumann Resonances in various areas of Arizona to see if distinctions emerged in the vortex hotspots. Schumann Resonance is 20,000 times less in intensity than the earth’s magnetic field. The SR pulse acts as a "driver" of our brains and might also potentially carry information. Entrainment is a process of synchronization where vibrations cause an object to oscillate at the same rate, affecting psychology and physiology.

He generated spectrographs to, “provide a point of reference to discuss and demonstrate Geomagnetic affects on the first resonance." Each of the seven Schumann Resonances occupies a bandwidth of 1 Hz. In other words, each of the resonances is 1 Hz. wide: 7.83 Hz, 14 Hz, 21 Hz, 26 Hz, 33 Hz, 39 Hz, and 45 Hz.

“Vortex Action” increases the intensity (strength) of correlated SR readings. For example, the 7.83 Hz Resonance increases in strength relative to that of the vortex event. The peak of the magnetic amplitude is coincidental with the peak of SR amplitude.

Certain geophysical conditions also function like amplifiers and speakers, making the natural electromagnetic ‘voice’ of the planet louder. Lonetree’s gut-feeling is that these are not waves of electromagnetic energy, but rather a gentle oscillation of the Earth’s magnetosphere.

This frequency also happens to fall between two of the human brainwaves, Alpha and Theta. There are four altogether: Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Theta. When our brain is functioning restfully in the predominantly alpha/theta zone, we become more relaxed or peaceful. The human brain acts like an electrical circuit called a phase-lock loop. A local external (outside the body) electromagnetic signal, as long as it is stronger than our brainwaves, initiates a resonance effect where the brain locks onto and resonates at that frequency.

Inflow and outflow are intermittent with typical events lasting 90 seconds to 2 minutes – a spike in magnetic activity. Twisted, rotating spiral or circular lines of magnetic force enter and emerge from the earth in specific local areas. They can be monitored electronically with Fluxgate detectors, induction coils or proton precession magnetometers, measuring the strength and direction of the local field.

Vortex activity causes trees to grow in gnarled and twisted patterns, creating other observational and perceptual clues to their existence, beyond the subjective. They are also purported to have unique psychophysical effects on certain individuals, mostly relevant to health and well-being.

We are complex electrodynamic, rather than chemical beings. We are subject to natural and artificial EM fields. SR frequencies coincide with human brain waves. There is a strong correlation between human behavioral disturbance or enhancement and geomagnetic field turbulence.

Hot Spot Alpha

One of the effects of meditation is to "quiet the mind" to facilitate the "free-run" (or silent thalamic periods) that allows entrainment by natural geophysical rhythms. This tuning or "magnetoreception" is mediated by the pineal gland, (30% of its cells are magnetically sensitive), and organic magnetite-containing tissues.

Up-flow Vortexes are said to boost healing, creativity, visions, spiritual skills, exhilaration, and expand consciousness. Many claim to experience increases in UFO sightings and presence. Places labeled as a magnetic vortex are areas of inflow energy. Some claim an area labeled an electric vortex is an area of up-flow energy.

Lonetree laudes the virtues of magnetically-supercharged brainwave entrainment. With his spectrographic evidence, he knowledgeably declares, “Sitting on top of a magnetic outflow while the first Schumann Resonance promotes a state of Alpha / Theta is an experience you will never forget!”



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Geomagnetism Geoscience Australia maintains a national network of geomagnetic observatories, which are part of a global network. It aims to 'promote public safety through the provision of compass and magnetometer calibration information, and help mitigate the potential hazardous effects of magnetic storms on radio and satellite communications, radar, global positioning system (GPS), spacecraft, powerlines and pipelines'. Geoscience Australia's geomagnetism site provides geomagnetism data, information and reports. It includes Australian geomagnetic reference field values, minute values, geomagnetic indices, real time magnetograms from the Canberra observatory, and the Australian Geomagnetism Report (PDF format, Adobe Reader required).

USGS GEOMAG Realtime Readings -
Because the Earth’s magnetic field is complicated in space and time, because it has such a variety of causes and affects, and because it is of both scientific interest and practical importance, the USGS Geomagnetism Program has, for over a century, monitored the field through a network of magnetic observatories and conducted scientific analysis on those data.


©2009 Iona Miller is a nonfiction writer for the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. She is a participant, not just commentator. Her conspirituality work is an omni-sensory fusion of intelligence, science-art, new physics and emergent paradigm shift, melding many social issues into a new view of society. She is interested in the effects of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Website: