Cymatics, Natural Ecosystem of Vibration:
Listen to our wonderful Natural Ecosystem around us! What amazing sounds!
What is Cymatics? Why is it important?
Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically, the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the exitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.
The term Cymatics was coined by Dr. Hans Jenny (1904 -1972). His work revolves around the ability to demonstrate acoustic phenomenon. For 14 years he conducted experiments animating inert powders, pastes, and liquids into life-like, flowing forms, which mirrored patterns found throughout nature, art and architecture. What’s more, all of these patterns were created using simple sine wave vibrations (pure tones) within the audible range. So what you see is a physical representation of vibration, or how sound manifests into form through the medium of various materials.
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 organizing power of sound and vibration by representing the frequencies visually. His method of developing these organized 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 produce harmonics and varying mandala-like patterns.
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.
Then the question and contemplation came 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’.
The shapes, figures and patterns of motion (shown above) that appeared proved to be primarily a function of frequency, amplitude, and the inherent characteristics of the various materials. He also discovered that under certain conditions he could make the shapes change continuously, despite his having altered neither frequency nor amplitude!
When Jenny experimented with fluids of various kinds, he produced wave motions, spirals, and wave-like patterns in continuous circulation. In his research with plant spores, he found an enormous variety and complexity; however, there was a unity in the shapes and dynamic developments that arose. With the help of iron filings, mercury, viscous liquids, plastic-like substances and gases, he investigated the three-dimensional aspects of the effect of vibration.
In his research with the tonoscope, Jenny noticed that when the vowels of the ancient languages of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the sand took the shape of the written symbols for these vowels, while our modern languages, on the other hand, did not generate the same result!
WHAT QUESTIONS AROSE?
How is this possible? Did the ancient Hebrews and Indians know this? Is there something to the concept of “sacred language,” which both of these are sometimes called? What qualities do these “sacred languages,” among which Tibetan, Egyptian and Chinese are often numbered, possess? Do they have the power to influence and transform physical reality, to create things through their inherent power, or, to take a concrete example, through the recitation or singing of sacred texts, to heal a person who has gone “out of tune”?