Sound Bringing Life to Matter: “Cymatics”

This video gives an overview on the field of cymatics, which studies the effects of sound wave phenomena on physical matter. The possibilities posed by this approach regarding potentials for healing are explored in the following article.

Sound, especially in the form of chanting, toning and drum rhythms, has been used for healing purposes in many world traditions for centuries. The psychological effects of music and sound on the mind are numerous and well known. The physiological effects of different types of music on the body go back to the 19th century. Studies linking changes in blood pressure and other bodily indicators to music were first noticed during the late 1800s. The effects of music and sound on our minds are being validated by studies in the last 50 years on brain chemistry and the endocrine system.

What is Cymatics?

In the 1600s Robert Hooke noticed the nodal patterns associated with the modes of vibration on glass plates. In the 1700s Ernst Chladni studied numerous geometrical wave patterns formed in sand particles on metal plates created by vibrating the plates with a violin bow. 20th century researchers discovered how sound could cause geometrical wave patterns to be set up in fluids. The term “cymatics” was coined by Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist who derived it from the Greek word kyma (wave). Jenny published a book about the structure, dynamics, and effects of sound vibrations in 1967. This new area of study opened new insights into the effects of sound waves not only on fluids, but on living tissue.

Present-day cymatic therapy was largely developed by Sir Peter Guy Manners, an English medical doctor and osteopath, starting in the 1960s. Practitioners of cymatic therapy believe that properly applied sound is capable of rearranging the structure of molecules, and is capable of restoring healthy patterns in tissues.

Can Sound Heal the Body?

Sound healers believe that all parts of the body vibrate and therefore produce sound, either at a healthy, “harmonious” frequency, or at an inharmonious, unhealthy frequency. Using a computerized instrument, cymatic therapists direct healing frequencies into the body to restore resonance and harmony. The healing frequencies are related to those emitted by a healthy organ or body part. In this way, cymatic healers say, the immune system and other natural regulatory functions are stimulated.

Cymatic therapy does not directly heal, practitioners say. Rather, it creates a near-optimal environment for organs or cells. In such an environment, they say, the body can heal itself without drugs or surgical intervention. The instrument produces as many as 800 controlled audible frequencies. The therapy may also be delivered without such equipment, with the use of instruments such as tuning forks.

Future Medicine?

Many practitioners claim to have successfully treated otherwise incurable and terminal diseases. At the same time, they acknowledge that some patients don’t seem to be significantly affected by sound therapy. The treatment has been used on patients with tumors, internal bruises, calcified joints, bacterial or viral infections, blood diseases, and other problems.*

The famous psychic and medium Edgar Cayce predicted that sound would be the medicine of the future. Some believe that sound as a tool for healing is a largely unexplored and untapped resource. In the coming years, as we explore deeper into the many ways that sound affects us as organisms, watch for cymatics in the headlines.

~ David

Please let us know what you think about this! Is this really “out there,” or can you envision using sound waves as a complementary therapy?

* Brentforton Scientific and Medical Trust. Brentforton Hall, Vale of Evesharm, Worcs., WR11 5JH England. Telephone: 01386-830537, and Sound Healers Association. P.O. Box 2240 Boulder, CO 80306. (303) 443-8181.

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