Vibrations – A Corresponding Reality
Over one hundred years ago German physicist Ernst Chlandni endeavored to render audible vibrations into physical form by scattering sand on steel disks and observing the changing patterns produced by playing various notes on a violin. The disks resonate to the violin only in certain places, shifting the sand to those areas which are inert creating what seemed at the time to be rather abstract figures. Chlandni’s experiments inspired Zurich physicist Hans Jenny to take the idea further by using more sophisticated equipment. Jenny also used disks and scattered them with liquids, plastics, metal filings and powders. He then vibrated the disks through the controlled medium of a crystal, observing that as the pitch ascended the musical scale, harmonic patterns on the disks also changed, many of them to organic shapes: the vanishing spirals of jelly, fish turrets, the concentric rings in plant growth, the patterns of tortoise shell or zebra stripes, the pentagonal stars of sea-urchins, the hexagonal cells of the honeycomb, etc.
All these are, of course, the same geometrical and vortical forms which one discerns underlying both the ordering of physical matter and the ordering of human consciousness into deeper dimensions of vision. With Chlandni figures, as well as with the crystals of sacred geometry, we see how symbols are not merely abstract ideas but actual ciphers and doorways to the vibrational music which knits us all together.