In 1967, Hans Jenny, a Swiss
doctor, published the book
Cymatics - The Structure and Dynamics of Waves
In this book Jenny showed what happens when one takes various
materials like sand, spores, iron filings, water, etc., and places
them on vibrating metal plates. What appears are shapes and motion -
patterns which vary from the nearly perfectly ordered and stationary
to those that are excitingly chaotic and constantly in motion. Jenny
created an invention of his own called a tonoscope which made use of
crystal oscillators to set these metal plates into motion. Unlike in
Jenny could precisely control the rate of
vibration and repeat experiments attaining identical results.
"The tonoscope was constructed to
make the human voice visible without any electronic apparatus as
an intermediate link. This yielded the amazing possibility of
being able to see the physical image of the vowel, tone or song
a human being produced directly. Not only could you hear a
melody - you could see it."
of Jenny's most interesting results with the tonoscope was produced
when he took a vibrating plate covered with liquid and tilted it.
"The liquid did not yield to
gravitational influence and run off the vibrating plate but
stayed on and went on constructing new shapes as though nothing
If, however, the oscillation was then
turned off, the liquid began to run.
But if the tonoscope was turned
back on and the vibrations re-established, quickly, before the
liquid ran off the plate he not only could prevent the liquid from
leaving the plate but actually set it back into its original
According to Jenny, this was an example of an anti
gravitational effect created by vibrations.
Jenny, also, pointed out the resemblance between the shapes and
patterns we see around us in our physical reality and the shapes and
patterns he generated in his experiments.
Jenny stipulated the
theory that biological evolution was a result of vibrations.
"There is a similarity between
cymatic pictures and quantum particles. In both cases that which
appears to be a solid form is also a wave. They are both created
and simultaneously organized by the principle of pulse (the
principle of vibration). This is the great mystery with sound:
there is no solidity! A form that appears solid is actually
created by an underlying vibration."
In his book, Jenny says that the key to
understanding how we can heal the body lies in our understanding of
how different frequencies or "tones" influence our physical reality.
Cathie E. Guzetta,
"The forms of snowflakes and faces
of flowers may take on their shape because they are responding
to some sound in nature. Likewise, it is possible that crystals,
plants, and human beings may be, in some way, music that has
taken on visible form."