Cymatics - Sound Creates Form

It’s been said in ancient traditions that our universe began with the sound OM, and with those vibrations came the “big bang”, light and matter. We know on a personal level the importance of sound in our lives. Our bodies are made up of 60% pure H20, not to mention other biological matter. Not only is music and sound moving our emotions in a positive or negative way, it’s also been understood that the body can be healed with sound waves. Why is it so powerful for us? 


Clearly, something is going on if we take the time to understand sound and it’s affect on physical material. Proof of visible sound, cymatics, is greek for the word “wave”. The term was coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972), a Swiss follower of Rudolf Steiner, a believer in the esoteric connection between science and spirituality at the turn of the 20th century. He wrote books which could probably be found in your local bookstore in the New Age section, he was quite the pioneer! You can find his work today with titles such as, “How to Know Higher Worlds” and the “Occult of Science.” In fact there was an interesting post-industrial metaphysical movement during that era, which might be another fun topic to discuss down the road. Another source of inspiration for Jenny’s work was the late Ernest Chladni’s experiment’s during the 1700s, testing dust, sand or powder on metal plates with the bow of a violin. The various tones in the bow created geometric patterns with each specific note & vibration. This was quite impressive at the time and worth exploring further.  


By then it was the 1950s and 60s. Jenny’s idea was to use similar metal plates, but this time use liquids and well as some powders and connect them by wires to an oscillator which was able to create many unique frequencies from high to low. The experiments were stunning, the shapes created were mandalas and familiar geometric patterns as the vibrations were adjusted. It was clear there was an invisible forcefield at work. The sound was indeed creating the geometry! In fact, if you adjusted the sound away and then back to the same frequency, the same designs would reappear. Clearly, the sound waves are holding the key to harmonic order in the universe. (Wow!) We highly recommend you view his body of work in the book titled “Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena and Vibration.” You can find it on Amazon and other major book sellers.  


It’s interesting to note that as these geometric forms are shaped in the liquid or sand, the chemical structure of the material is not altered. The sound itself is moving the matter. So think about that before asking your friend help you move your sofa next time. All right we’re kidding. But the ancients knew this technique. It’s likely how major sacred sites were built, such as Stonehenge and so on. If anything it’s a skill we have lost and perhaps if we put are heart into it, we can relearn it as a species. 

February 24, 2018 by Rebecca Wolfe

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