I started this series, in contemplation of my client’s broken arm, the negative words written on his cast, and how the energy of those words might be affecting his healing bone. So let’s first look at the vibration of energy.
Now, defining energy is a lot like defining the word “being”. Most people have an idea of what it is but that idea just doesn’t capture all of what means. So, let’s agree that energy is a measure of force applied to an object and that it comes in many forms. According to the law of conservation it can be converted from one form to another and back again without any increase or decrease of the energy in the process. What we start with is what we’re left with when we’re done.
We experience the vibration of energy all around us, yet we may only perceive a small part of the vibrational spectrum through our physical senses. For example, we can hear the vibration of the guitar string, but not see the sound wave. We can see and feel the ocean wave push us up and down as we float on the surface, but not hear it pass. Likewise, we can see the light of the sun, but the light wave that turns our skin red is just outside the color spectrum visible to our eyes. Whether we can perceive it or not, all of this energy moves around us and through us as waves.
Since a wave is a wave is a wave, let’s stick to the waves that we can physically sense for this discussion. Sound waves are a simple place to start. We understand the varying pitches of sound vibration and how they can be arranged to create music – or noise depending on the listener. Some of this sound is too high pitched for some to hear, yet it drives dogs crazy. Other pitches are so low that rather than hearing it with our ears we feel the air pressure against our chests – sometimes even a couple of car lengths away from the low rider producing it! Either way, the sound creates ripples of air pressure that we can perceive as illustrated in this video.
When we add two sources of sound we can create places (or nodes) where the waves cancel each other out. In the video below notice the “grey lines” created where the waves overlap.
If you stood in these nodes you would hear diminished sound or even no sound at all. These are points of stillness in the vibrational pattern.
When we use sound waves to vibrate a metal plate with sand on it, similar types of nodes are created that manipulate how the grains of sand arrange themselves on the plate. The sand grains align within these nodal areas of stillness. This process was first noted in 1630 by Galileo Galilei. Notice how as the pitch of the sound increases the intricacy of the design increases.
While the video doesn’t show it here, if we returned to the original sound pitch the original pattern would be re-established. The important point is that specific sounds have specific patterns that are reproducible.
We can look around nature to find similar types of patterns produced by wave energy. Look at these photos of natural phenomena and see if you can identify similar patterns that mirror those of the sound waves. You can click on each photo to see a larger image.
What’s remarkable is that while the forces at work may be different, the results are similar on different scales of space and time. This is where we can easily get lost – the different scales of space and time. As humans, we are so used to perceiving energy according to our scale of space and time that we discount other scales outside of what we can sense. In the next installments of this series, we’ll look at some examples of energy patterns within these different scales of space and time.
I welcome your thoughts and comments.