Lesson 2 - Cosmos & Us



Through the pioneering work of Ernst Chladni (1756 - 1829) and Dr. Hans Jenny, it has been shown that sound affects physical matter. Chladni drew a violin bow across the edge of metal plates which were sprinkled with fine sand. Different rates (frequencies) produced certain geometrical patterns.
With more modern technology, the Swiss Dr Hans Jenny investigated what happens when sand, fungal spores, dust, water, etc, are vibrated by sound waves. He used crystal oscillators which can maintain an exact frequency, and invented a machine called the tonoscope, which allowed him to view the result of changing the sound in any way.
Using the tonoscope he was able to see the physical image, or "dimension" of a human vowel or tone. He called this area of research cymatics, and published his results in the bi-lingual 2 volume set Kymatik - Wellen und Schwingungen mit ihrer Struktur und Dynamik / Cymatics - The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations. (Recently republished in one volume with many colour illustrations - see resources).
Amongst his more amazing findings was the discovery that when the ancient vowels of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the shape produced on the tonoscope was that of the written symbols for those vowels. With modern languages there was no such effect. Also, when AUM is sounded the shape produced is that of the ancient written symbol for AUM (the Sri Yandra). This suggests that the ancients knew something! Perhaps when sounding in meditation, the vibration created the form in their minds. Hebrew, Sanskrit, Egyptian and Tibetan are generally considered to be "sacred" languages.



Morphic Resonance

The universe is more like an organism than a machine. […] “I am going to discuss the concept of collective memory as a background for understanding Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious only makes sense in the context of some notion of collective memory. This then takes us into a very wide-ranging examination of the nature and principle of memory-not just in human beings and not just in the animal kingdom; not even just in the realm of life-but in the universe as a whole. Such an encompassing perspective is part of a very profound paradigm shift that is taking place in science: the shift from the mechanistic to an evolutionary and wholistic world view.
[…] The alternative is that the universe is more like an organism than a machine. […]. With this organic alternative, it might make sense to think of the laws of nature as more like habits; perhaps the laws of nature are habits of the universe, and perhaps the universe has an in-built memory.


The mystery of mind

The approach I am putting forward is very similar to Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious. The main difference is that Jung’s idea was applied primarily to human experience and human collective memory. What I am suggesting is that a very similar principle operates throughout the entire universe, not just in human beings. If the kind of radical paradigm shift I am talking about goes on within biology-if the hypothesis of morphic resonance is even approximately correct-then Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious would become a mainstream idea: Morphogenic fields and the concept of the collective unconscious would completely change the context of modern psychology”

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake article on the internet: http://www.sheldrake.org/homepage.html

Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan (Sufi is a sect of Islam): Man is not only formed of vibrations, but he lives and moves in them; they surround him as the fish is surrounded by water, and he contains them within him as the tank contains the water. His different moods, inclinations, affairs, successes and failures, and all conditions of life depend upon a certain activity of vibration, whether these be thoughts, emotions, or feelings

Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan 1983 p. 5, here from Carlisle Bergquist:
“Doorways in Consciousness”


Every thought creates an accompanying vibration a vibratory energy that tends to materialize for good or for ill.”

Sri Daya Mata, president of Self Realization Fellowship


Cosmos can be seen as an interlocking series of lives or consciousness centres
“The concept of cosmos seen as an interlocking series of lives or consciousness centres can be extended to the earth, which is also formed of individual lives, such as the minerals, vegetables, animals and humans. Here it is easier to see the individuality of the various subordinate beings than it is to detect the impress of the earth’s magnetism or vibrational identity upon them. […] Scientists are only beginning to discover the energic or magnetic relations between the planet as a whole and all its parts.
Expanding our perspective further, the earth can be viewed as an organ within the solar system. […]”

Edited from Sunrise magazine, October 1975; Copyright © 1975 by Theosophical University Press) http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/brother/br-svm.htm