This article was originally published on 16 September 2009. See below for Update: 23 July 2013.
I read a chapter of a book titled “Alchemy of Nine Dimensions” written by Barbara Hand Clow. In a discussion on the nature of the 7th dimension, the author mentioned cymatics. This is the study of the patterns made by certain sound frequencies and was pioneered by Dr Hans Jenny. Cymatics, pronounced sigh-matt-ix, is the name Dr. Jenny (b. 1904 – d. 1972) gave to his work and is derived from the Greek Kyma or ta kymatika. These words refer to matters relating to waves.
Dr Jenny’s work related to the cyclic nature and interval between wave frequencies. His work was inspired by the sound and frequency project of Ernst Chladni (b. 1756 – d. 1827) who demonstrated the organising power of sound and vibration by representing the frequencies visually. His method of developing these organised regular geometric shapes very simple. He used a suspended metal plate, usually clamped at its centre while the majority of the plate remained reasonably free to vibrate. He would then use a violin bow to excite sand particles placed on the plate which in turn generated the geometric shapes. Placing bends in the plate at various points produced different harmonics and varying mandala-like patterns.
This was followed later by the work of an American singer, Margaret Watts-Hughes inventor of the eidophone, undertaken between 1885 and 1904. Dr. Jenny was also influenced by the teachings of Rudolph Steiner (b. 1864 – d. 1925), an Austrian philosopher, occultist, mystic and clairvoyant.
Dr. Jenny’s research was scrupulously recorded and is totally reproducible. For 14 years he experimented with sound frequencies, using them to excite various powders, pastes and liquids which resulted in the generation of flowing geometric patterns. He found these shapes reflected in nature, art and architecture. All the geometric forms were generated using pure tones within the audible sound range. When you look at Dr Jenny’s work you see is the physical representation of vibration. His work demonstrates effectively how sound is able to create geometric patterns in various materials.
I started wondering if there was a connection between the geometric shapes created by the sound waves and Sacred Geometry. Many ancient cultures describe in their creation myths a beginning point for all that exists in the world today. In many myths, sound or frequency is referred to either as a ‘Word’ or ‘Thought’. Some of these are:
Many other cultures speak of drums, wind, hammers etc. All of these indicate some form of frequency being used to ‘create’ something.
An early post on a sister site, Tranquility HQ (now no longer available but will be reproduced here in the future), was written about Sacred Geometry – The Architecture of the Universe. The article reviews six videos presented by Charles Gilchrist, a successful artist and modern-day shaman for sacred geometry. Viewing these videos is highly recommended as together they provide an insight into the fundamentals of sacred geometry. Sacred geometry is mystical, powerful and exciting. It is difficult to express in words, yet you can sense its influence. It is often easier to describe sacred geometry using images and sound which draws on emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual experiences.
In an earlier article on Timberwolf HQ titled, What does Sacred Geometry have to do with DNA?, I wrote:
Sacred Geometry can be found in the patterned beauty of Creation. That means that even the cells of our DNA hold sacred geometrical patterns. Just like a snow flake, our eye holds fractal patterns. We can see these patterns everywhere in nature. In a pine cone, especially in flower petals, the branches of trees, the nautilus shell so close to its ancient cousin the ammonite and these patterns extend into the universe. Our sun, the galaxy in whose outer spiral arm our solar system is located. All forms of life as we know and experience them flow from these ageless patterns.
- Tetrahedron (4 sides)
- Hexahedron (a.k.a cube, 6 sides)
- Octahedron (8 sides)
- Dodecahedron (12 sides) and
- Icosahedron (20 sides)
Plato is credited with their discovery and so they are named Platonic solids. He claimed that these solids were the building blocks of nature. As human beings, we are part of the natural order of things. It is then only a simple leap of faith to believe that our DNA, our building blocks, contain a version of Sacred Geometry.
Returning now to the book, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, 7 D is the dimension of cosmic sound. This in turn generates 6 D geometric forms through vibration. Sound (cosmic) is generated through the vibrational frequencies set up by the spinning/orbiting bodies in the universe.1 The 6th dimension is the region of Sacred Geometry and it is this dimension which is directly affected by the ‘cymatics’ of the 7th dimension. Therefore there is a connection between sound waves and Sacred Geometry.
In a paragraph above, I refer to our DNA as containing a version of Sacred Geometry. Given that, according to Barbara Hand Clow, 6 D Sacred Geometry is impacted on by 7 D cosmic sound, then these vibrational frequencies should both be received and affect our DNA. In my article, DNA Activation, I wrote:
Back in the 1980’s a team of researchers found that all living things emit photons from their DNA. These photons operate in the visible light spectrum from slightly off in the infrared to the ultraviolet. That’s right…DNA emits light, coherent light similar to an extremely weak laser.
It is a well known fact that light is a form of wave or frequency which operates in the same spectrum as sound, only at a much higher vibrational rate. Our DNA emits this light frequency or vibrational wave and this may be what creates the images caught during Kirlian photography or seen by people sensitive to auras.
Is it a stretch to say that sound could be used to resonate with the higher frequencies within our DNA to set up oscillations and feedback to either ‘activate or repair’ cellular damage? My article on the Solfeggio Frequencies and DNA indicated that this could be one effect.
David Hulse is credited with recognizing sound resonance as a basic principle of good health. He studied how certain sounds and frequencies could activate DNA and discovered that biochemists use the 528Hz frequency of the solfeggio scale to repair DNA.
Another researcher in this area is Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D. Dr. Beaulieu is a major innovator in the area of sound healing therapies pioneering a technique he calls BioSonic Repatterning. This is a natural method of healing using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the tonal vibrations intrinsic to nature. He also believes that the development of consciousness can be influenced by sound.
To conclude, Cymatics may be more than a way to study the patterns made by certain sound frequencies. In time, it may well reveal more about ourselves and the natural order of the universe and allow us to achieve a higher state of consciousness without psychadelics. One further question for you: What connection is there between cymatics, crop circles and 2012?
Update: 23 July 2013 – Information from John Stuart Reid from Cymascope.com
John has been a long time reader of my site and is a researcher into the subject of Cymatics. He recently contacted me to provide me with some updates on this article. John has asked that the following information be added to this article to provide more accurate detail to its content.
Above where I use the words, “it is a well known fact” in the first sentence of a paragraph on light as a wave form or frequency; John has asked that this be made more accurate. He has provided me with short extract from his published article, “Sound Gives Birth to Light“:
“While scientists agree that sound and light are different phenomena, much confusion exists among the general public concerning the true relationship between these two forms of energy. For example, online articles often appear in which a particular sound frequency is multiplied by forty octaves in an attempt to identify its equivalent light ‘color.’ In the chart below, colors of light are shown alongside their corresponding Ångström numbers (named after the Swedish physicist Anders Jonas Ångström) and these are compared with frequencies of sound given in Hertz. Without going into the finer points about what these different units mean, look, for example, at 392 Hertz, the musical note ‘G,’ shown as a deep red color. At first glance this artistic interpretation of sound as color appears valid until we realize that sound and light are in fact totally different forms of energy. It’s rather like comparing apples with oranges; they are plainly different. In reality this attempt at comparing light colors with sound frequencies is fundamentally flawed.”
The next sentence commences with our DNA emits; John has also asked for a more accurate description to be added. It follows:
“DNA, along with every living cell and molecule in one’s body, emits infrared light; and all sounds naturally generate infrared light (as described in my Sound Gives Birth to Light article), so the interaction between DNA and sound is far more likely to occur in the infrared spectrum than by any direct stimulation of DNA by sound. In addition, there exists a huge disparity between the sub microscopic dimensions of DNA and the (relatively) long wave lengths of all audible sounds, so natural resonances between DNA and a given audible sonic frequency would be diluted by several orders of magnitude.”
I would like to thank John for his continuing contributions to this article and the science of Cymatics. You can get some basic insight into his research in my review of their Cymascope website in my article Decoding the Language of the Universe Through Cymatics or by going directly to the site at Cymascope.com
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Image: Platonic solids
- Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Clow, Barbara Hand, 2004: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., p. 98 ↩