Music and our cells

Cymatics forms of notes

The above geometrical patterns have been created by the respective musical notes on a large plate which has a thin layer of particles, paste or liquid spread over it. The patterns are symmetrical and resemble certain molecular structures in nature. Each musical note produces a unique image. This is a branch of study called cymatics which came from the Greek word “wave”. This was a term coined by Hans Jenny. Jenny would put sand, dust and fluids on a metal plate connected to an oscillator which could produce a broad spectrum of frequencies. Depending on the frequency emitted by the oscillator, different patterns will emerge.  

Cymatics is the visual representation of the effect of sound at the molecular level. Alexander Lauterwasser developed the work of Jenny further by capturing the various forms in water created by sounds and music.

The following pictures were created by water in a round vessel (5-10 cm in diameter) with pure tones vibrating from below. They were taken from Lauterwasser’s website: The patterns created are placed next to forms that can be found in nature for comparison.

Flower forms and cymatics

Patterns created by music:

Cymatics by music

As early as 1981, Fabien Maman and Helene Grimal paired up to study the effects of sounds on normal and cancer cells. The inner structure of both normal and uterine cancer cells were studied as they were exposed to different acoustical musical instruments as well as singing. The most dramatic results were when musical scales were sang to the cells. “The structure disorganized extremely quickly. The human voice carries something in its vibration that makes it more powerful than any musical instrument: consciousness. . . . It appeared that the cancer cells were not able to support a progressive accumulation of vibratory frequencies. As soon as I introduced the third frequency in the sequence, the cells began to destabilize.” (Gaynor 2002)  

Other instruments like the gong with its rich overtones has been found to also be very effective in disintegrating the cancer cells. In another study, “Maman conducted experiments with two breast cancer patients, each of whom toned for three and a half hours a day over the course of a month. In one case, the tumor vanished”. (Gaynor 2002)

Following is a guiding principle held by Gaynor and many sound healers in alternative medicine:

“Many healers, myself among them, believe that healing can be achieved by restoring the normal vibratory frequency of the disharmonious- and therefore diseased- part of the body. If we accept that sound is vibration, and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is “heard” not only through our ears but through every cell in our body. The sound of our voices, entrained with the sound of the singing bowl, permeates our entire being. Our pulse rate slows and our breath is restored to its normal rhythm”. (Gaynor 2002)



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