Segment From: The Spiritual Significance of Music
The element for the throat chakra is called ‘akasha’ in Sanskrit, ‘ether’ in English. Akasha is the subtlest of all the elements. According to Vedic philosophy it is the basis and essence of all things in the material world. It is the all-pervading etheric substance, which is imperceptible to the five senses.
The main characteristic of akasha is ‘shabda’ (sound). Sound vibrates in the akasha element creating form. The word akasha can also be translated as space. It is the space in which all created forms manifest. The emptiness of space is necessary for the existence of all life.
When we think, speak or sing it creates patterns of energy in the akasha. If these vibrations are constantly reinforced through repetition they will eventually take on a material form.
To see this in action we need to study the work of Hans Jenny. Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena, is a science pioneered by Swiss medical doctor and natural scientist, Hans Jenny (1904-1972).
For 14 years he conducted experiments using sound to animate inert powders, pastes, and liquids into life-like, flowing forms, which mirror patterns found in nature, art and architecture. All of these patterns were created using simple sine wave vibrations (pure tones) within the audible range. So what you see in his experiments is how sound manifests into form.
The Cymatic images are truly amazing (see above). They demonstrate clearly to us what the sages told us thousands of years ago and what scientists are telling us now, that the whole world is in vibration and was created by sound.
Lower frequency sounds produce simple patterns, higher frequency sounds produce more complex shapes.
John Stuart Reid has taken Hans Jenny’s work further. John Stuart Reid is the inventor of the CymaScope.
The CymaScope is a scientific instrument that can give us a visual image of sound and vibration, a cymatic image, helping us to understand our world in ways previously hidden from view.