432Hz: Aligning with Nature’s Heartbeat
We don’t always hear a lot of music tuned to 432Hz because almost everything we hear on the radio or at concerts is tuned to 440Hz (the accepted standard). However, when we do change that tuning, even by a measly 8 wave-cycles per second, the change to our consciousness and our bodies is dramatic. A 2016 study about listening to music during dental procedures found that music at 432Hz relieved anxiety, reduced heart rate and blood pressure, and improved perception of pain levels during surgery. But what is so magical about 432Hz? A key scientific factor in why this particular frequency has the power to calm us down and improve our state of mind lies in something called the Schumann Resonance.
German physicist, Winfried Otto Schumann first documented the Schumann Resonance, which is the frequency of the magnetic waves constantly resonating between Earth’s surface and the ionosphere (upper atmosphere). This frequency is about 8Hz and is sometimes called the heartbeat of the Earth because of its constant vibration. 8Hz is connected to 432Hz because the two frequencies resonate with each other. Not all combinations of frequencies resonate well with each other. Next time you’re at a piano, try pressing an adjacent set of white and black keys and you’ll hear them clash. Without getting into too much math, tuning A to 432 makes C-notes fall on powers of two in different octaves. So the lowest C we can hear is at 16Hz, then the next at 32Hz, and so on. The first C we cannot hear is 8Hz, the heartbeat of the earth. So even though we can’t hear 8Hz, when we play music tuned to 432Hz, we are playing music that is harmonized with the resonance of the Earth, as opposed to clashing with it. Though most music is tuned to 440Hz, adjusting that tuning by a mere 8Hz has the power to shape our moods, relieve anxiety, and lower our vital signs, demonstrating the unique power of music to change our lives.
This extraordinary feature of the world can allow you to attempt a new method of reducing anxiety, alleviating stress, and improving your overall mood.
Check out music that are tuned to this magical 432Hz on YouTube, and discover the relaxing effect it can have.