Sound Throughout Time

In the center of the universe she sang. In the midst of the waters she sang. In the midst of heaven she sang. In the center she sang. Her singing made all the worlds. The worlds of the spirits. The worlds of the people. The worlds of the creatures. The words of the gods. In this way she separated the quarters. Singing, she separated. Upon the face of heaven she placed her song. Upon the face of water she placed her song. Thus she placed her song. Thus she placed her will. Thus wove she her design. Thus sang the Spider. Thus she thought. ”
–Laguna Pueblo Native American Indian myth creation story-P.G. Allen’s interpretation

Many cosmologic and theologic systems of thought share the same belief that the world was created through sound– vibration being the creative matrix of life, setting the universe in motion. The Christian belief of this concept is reflected in that statement from St. John, “In the Beginning was the Word, and the word was God.” Jonathan Goldman, in his article Sacred Sounds, Healing Sounds, shares further that “In Genesis, from the from the Old Testament, one of the fist statements is, ‘And the Lord said, “Let there be light!”‘  From the Vedas of the Hindu tradition comes the writing that, “In the beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word. And the Word is Brahman”. They state that creation arises from the first sound of the universe-the primordial sound Aum. 
The Ancient Egyptians believed that the god “Thot” created the world by voice alone.

 In the Popul Vuh, from the Mayan tradition, the first real humans are given life by the sole power of the word.

Many of us know of Pythagoras as the father of geometry…. In the 6th century BC in Greece, he had a school which taught not only the magic of numbers but the healing powers of music.  He taught of the Music of the Spheres and how the movement of the heavenly bodies could be perceived and reflected in the intervals of plucked strings.

Cymatics is the study of vibration and it’s effects on matter.  Dr. Hans Jenny is a Swiss medical doctor and scientist who has been researching this field for many years.  He photographed different substances—liquids, plastics, mushroom spores, pastes, powders, etc. as they were being vibrated by sound.  They show organic shapes that represent geometric figures, molecular structures, and sometimes moving organisms that resemble, starfish, human cells, and microscopic life.

This study, combined with the new findings in quantum physics, indicate that perhaps sound is indeed the primordial vibration underlying all of creation.  The new physics indicate that reality is the infinitely complex interaction of vibrational waveforms, and what we perceive as solid matter is merely differing densities of where frequencies—first set into motion at the “Big Bang”—interface.

According to the newly emerging string theory, everything in the universe—all of the particles that make up matter and forces—is comprised of what scientists call tiny vibrating fundamental strings. Every one of these strings is identical, however the only difference between one string and another, whether it’s a heavy particle that is part of an atom or a massless particle that carries light, is its resonant pattern, or how it vibrates. The vibrational pattern determines what kind of particle the string is. One resonant pattern makes it a photon, for example, while another makes it a heavy particle such as those found within the nucleus of an atom.

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