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 ↩
True G is 396 Hz not 392 Hz
Thank you for your insight Tewz.
You may be aware of this video, but since I see no mention of it, I share the following.
Sonic Geometry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd92ksKzTKY&t=1490s
Thank you for sharing that video. It was amazing.
Gentle Reader, I’m writing to you from Bali. Been here 20 years. I have no idea how your page lurched in to my world just now. I was reading about Potassium as it pertains to fixation on high CEC soil types. It’s my hope to convey respect to you and your readership. I’m just a little freaked. Sacred geometry is just that…sacred. The subject has just become safe to talk about again. I’m serious.
Please look at your forearm.The soft exudate is called fur. The subject we entertain this evening, (for myself at least) is how to arrive at a formula to generate a replicable product. It’s not known if this product is going to be the least common denominator that I’ve always let run riot through my artwork. If so, replication of a result is beyond me and my fur. I live in the Islamic area of Bali. I hang out at the Madras-a next door now and then. The kids embrace pristine ignorance as purity. Take off your shoes, we might get a knock back.
Hi Timberwolf, I am also a seeker of “The Way” And thankyou from the heart for taking the time to share your wisdom, God bless you my friend, Walk in peace, And live in love,
I honour the place within you where the Universe resides. Thank you for visiting TimberwolfHQ and leaving your comment.
Researching this subject for a friend who went in for ‘minor’neck surgery and was left paralyzed. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Nice to see you drop by. I hope you enjoyed the article.
Dear Josh, thank you very much, somehow the Youtube-URL changed over the time – my video (slideshow) is called “Cymatics in Sacred Architecture” + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT35SDCxMYY + if someone is still interested.
DNA has a (quasi-)crystal hexagonal structure and can also be associated with the Penrose patterns of islamic mosques. If you know Jeremy Narby, you will discover that DNA is in fact a medium for communication. And there is much more about it we yet do not know or understand. You can explore Dan Winter a is a great source about DNA, too.
Vibrational symphatetic resonance medicine is based on the idea that all illness or disease is characterized by a blockage of the energy channels on some level. When there is a blockage, the organ in question stops vibrating at a healthy frequency and thus it results in some kind of illness. This software maybe usefull for experimenting with chords of healing frequencies.
I made a slideshow how standing waves play an important role in interpretating sacred architecture:
Thank you for visiting my site and providing another link to some amazing information about cymatics.
oh, also, an Egyptian Elder in a History Channel documentary claimed that his ancestors knew how to heal human bodies through sound alone, and that the internal structure of the pyramids facilitated this healing. How fascinating!
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Timberwolf, did you ever come across something called the “Coral Castle?” As I was going through some of your articles, they jogged my memory of a string of related videos I saw over the past week. According to some theorists, levitation or anti-gravity can be achieved through the precise use of sound – specifically, harmonics. They say that this method was used to create the Great Pyramids, as well as the coral in the aforementioned Coral Castle. A real eye-opener.
These articles are always great to come back to 🙂
John Stuart Reid
The human body doesn’t have just one sound. Every type of cell in our bodies has a song, they literally emit complex sounds, as the work of Nobel laureate Jim Gimzewski has shown. We are able to image the songs of cells on the CymaScope and some of them will be published in our forthcoming book on cymatics.
Regarding computer simulations of sounds, this is not our field since we are focused on real rather than simulated sound visualization. The CymaScope uses the surface tension of water onto which we imprint a given sound sample. The geometry, thus revealed, does indeed hold the keys to the Universe. John Stuart Reid
I’ve thought about this as well. What would the form of the human body sound like? What is the formula to visualize sound within a sphere using computer graphics? Would the formula reveal the structure of nature?
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Thanks for the comment. Perhaps this is one for John Stuart Reid to answer. He is researching ways in which to ‘visualise’ sound through use of the Cymascope.
John Stuart Reid
There are so many subject areas to investigate I haven’t yet imaged the solfeggio frequencies. It needs doing though so I’ve added it to my list. Here’s one you might like though, we recently imaged 432 Hertz, the natural tuning frequency. Are you familiar with the argument that’s raging in musical circles on this subject?
Oddly 432 Hertz popped out as a triangle every time I imaged it. I thought there was something wrong with the CymaScope but after trying for more than an hour I concluded that the number 3 was somehow universally connected to 432 Hertz. I captured it on video also and it looks like it’s alive! It writhes and pulsates and refuses to take up any other form.
I now see why:
When A is tuned to 432 Hz the frequencies of the other A’s shift to 27 Hz, 54, 108, 216, 864, 1728 in other octaves.
D becomes 576 Hz which becomes 9 Hz, 18, 36, 72, 144, 288, 1152 in other octaves.
E becomes 324 Hz which becomes 81 Hz, 162, 648, 1296 in other octaves.
What do all these frequencies share in common?
They are all divisible by 3! So the CymaScope once again unveils an aspect of Nature and confirms what musicologists have been saying for a long time.
John Stuart Reid
Science uses the language of mathematics to describe Nature, however, Nature doesn’t use or need mathematics. It just is. Like almost everything else in Nature, sound is based on ‘periodic movement.’ Such movements can of course be described mathematically and when plotted on a graph the shape looks wave-like so the scientific community erroneously use the term ‘sound wave’ to describe sound. However, the space-form of audible sound is actually spheroidal–a bubble–so we should be describing it as such. If we could see sound bubbles the world would be seen to have another level of beauty, shimmering around us, each with a kaleidoscopic-like pattern on its surface. What the CymaScope does can be likened to an MRI scanner taking a slice through a body. The CymaScope shows us an analog of the interior structure of a sound bubble and for harmonic sounds the patterns are like sacred geometry come to life, created naturally, imprinted on the surface of pure water on the CymaScope membrane. Sound bubbles are also responsible for creating the Chladni plate patterns seen on this web site. Imagine the plate as the slice through a sound bubble. Interestingly, dissonant sounds create chaotic, irregular forms. It’s almost as though Nature is providing a finger post and saying this way for beauty and this way for darkness. John Stuart Reid / CymaScope.com
Thank you for the outstanding comment. I appreciate the science behind your assertion of sound being spherical as I have spent some time now on your site, Cymascope.com
I love the way the information is laid out in simple English for ease of understanding. Wonderful stuff. I have a question for you however, you mention the Gregorian chant’s in the Egyptology section of your site. How do the Solfeggio Frequencies appear on the Cymascope?
What a paradigm shift! Thinking about this as reading it felt like my rain shook and then splitting the bubble and getting an mri scan on the plate…. Love it 🙂 i can imagine these rainbowed soap bubbles execept we are inside the bubble.
Which brings to mind that old painting of “as above so below” where that guy is peerintheough the edge of a “dome” looking out at night… Very cool!
If that’s true would this mean we are essentially seeing the 3rd dimension representation of sound? That the “slice of” analogy is the same as the hypercube and is simply the 3rd dimension representation of a 4th dimension finding?