You could earn SmartPoints on this page!SmartPoint Coin

September 6, 2012 at 1:07 PMComments: 12 Faves: 1

Laying The Foundation

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wrote, briefly, on my small obsession with sonic frequencies and vibrations last week and, much to my surprise, the idea caught the attention of some minds that I have a great deal of respect for. So, it is with a rather excited hand that I will be writing much more on the topic of cymatics and the overall composition of the world we live in.

First, there are some very fundamental principles (and a unit of measurement) that need to be understood, and accepted, before we can proceed.


Hertz are a standard of measurement that we will be using frequently in these discussions. Veryfoundation4 simply, you must understand that they are defined as the number of cycles per second of a periodic occurrence. That's it, just keep them in mind.

The Space Between

During our very brief time on this planet we have become rather sure of ourselves and the methods in which we operate. Unfortunately our most basic perception is completely false...that we are solid objects. Truth be told, we are beings of pure energy that vibrate at an extremely dense frequency, allowing us to coalesce into the forms that we see today.

Imagine, if you will, a single red blood cell traversing the many pathways of your body. At any given point in time this cell is performing one of the many extraordinary processes that allow you to live. Dig a little bit deeper and you will see the very blueprint that you are built upon.

Statistically, human beings use approximately only 3% of the DNA contained within. The other 97% either remains untapped or unlabeled as of yet. Either way, much like the 90% of the brain power not being used, this 97% remains a mysterious source of constant energy dwelling within each of us. As a side note, the attempts to unlock these potential energies (psychic phenomena, meditation, Chakra studies, etc.) should never be scoffed at. I am, and shall always remain, a skeptic, but we should never fault people for attempting to unlock the mysteries of the universe. That being said, if you have to pay for it, it's probably a scam.

On we go down the rabbit hole. Finally, we arrive at the very atomic structures that allow our existence. I would speak on subatomic particles, but that is so far beyond my scope of understanding that, at this juncture, I would risk making an even larger fool of myself than this entry holds the potential to already do.

Anywho, I would love to entertain the idea that everyone retained every bit of elementary chemistry they received in high school, but obviously this isn't possible. So, to drive home thefoundation3 point that there is a massive (relatively) amount of "empty" space present in each atom that allows you to take form, take a glance at the provided picture. Pretty, right? Accurate? Not so much, but you get the point.

Now, take that idea of empty space contained within the atom and multiply it by the number contained within, let's say, a 155 pound person. The number of atoms contained within this rather small body would be approximately 7x10(27). That's right, 7 followed by 27 zeros: 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Gives a whole new meaning to full of hot air doesn't it?

Sympathetic Vibrations

Nikola Tesla will be used frequently in this blog series as he played a major part in the foundation2understanding of how absolutely fundamental vibration is to our existence.

While most know Tesla as the true creator of the alternating current electrical system that powers our world, he was far more than that. First, and foremost, if Tesla had been able to control the distribution of his creation, we wouldn't be paying out the rump for our electricity, as he always believed that type of power should be free. In addition to that, there wouldn't be massive lines carrying this power everywhere as he was in the process of perfecting wireless energy transfer. Free and efficient? No wonder he was called a quack...

Sympathetic vibrations are where we find ourselves looking to Tesla in our journey towards a greater understanding of our world. While many of the stories concerning Tesla's experiments are considered legend, there isn't a single myth or legend that doesn't trace its roots back to a real occurrence. With that in mind I'd like to share a couple about the man who would have changed the world in so many ways had greed not stepped in and, who serves as a key inspiration for this series.

Rock n' Roll

Sympathetic vibrations deal with creating a frequency that matches exactly to a certain substance or object. Once these frequencies match, the very atomic foundation of the substance or object can be broken down, much like the opera singer and the wine glass.

foundation 5Well, the story goes that, while at his Manhattan laboratory, Tesla created a simple device, a piston suspended in a cylinder. He created this oscillation device to begin proving his hypothesis of resonance and its affect on the world.

By about 1897 he had perfected his machine and was ready to begin real world testing. He first affixed his machine to a steel link, tuned it to the vibrational frequency of the steel (this was a continuous process that had to be tweaked throughout the experiment) and, well...nothing for a while. After about 12 minutes the alarm clock size contraption and the two foot long, two inch thick piece of steel began to vibrate in harmony. It wasn't very much longer that the solid steel shattered at the point of connection.

Two inches of solid steel! You could hammer away at that with a sledge and come away with broken hands before you achieved the same. Tesla did it with a contraption whose base force is the equivalent of a droplet of rain hitting your face.

The best part of this story? Much like the heroes of our species, Tesla wasn't even close to satisfied. Immediately after the link broke, he grabbed up his creation and found the nearest construction site with an exposed steel framework, placed the machine, tuned to the right frequency, and took a step back, adoring his experiment much like a parent observing their child discovering the greatness of the world that we occupy.

Sure enough, grown men came screaming from the building as it began to shake itself apart. Tesla disengaged his creation and strolled away, a smile on his face I'm sure.

Check Yourself Twain

Mark Twain, an admirer, friend, and frequent visitor of Tesla's one day stopped by to see what the genius was working on. Upon entering the room, Tesla promptly asked him to step onto an elevated platform located in the center of the lab. Obviously trusting Tesla, Twain did so without hesitation. Little did he know that the platform was Tesla's latest extension of his oscillation device.

Tesla started the machine and, for the first few moments, Twain commented on how invigorating the experience was. It was at this time that Tesla warned Twain that he shouldn't remain on the platform much longer. As you would expect, Twain hushed him and, before Tesla could explain that the vibration would quite literally shake the excrement and urine out of him, Mark Twain messed himself terribly.

With a grace that seems lost to us, Mark Twain recalls this story with great fondness.

Next time we delve deeply into the unknown...class dismissed.

More from E.M. Wollof from SLN Others Are Reading


  • Love it! Excited for more! Also... Tesla rules!

  • Thanks Kyle. Good to know there are some more Teslanites.

  • That's 2 hits for me! Very interesting stuff, E.

    But why did the thing tear apart steal and not Twain? Could it have, you think? How different is the frequency of one person to another and what do you think affects it?

  • The oscillation device was attached directly to the steel link and framework, which are both much simpler and easier to match. Since the human body is constantly in motion and comprised of multiple elements, meaning multiple frequencies, Tesla's initial iteration of the device wouldn't have the power nor the know-how to tear apart Twain.

    As for the difference in vibration between people, that can vary dependent upon the situation, as each person reacts differently to stimuli. For instance, sad and happy are two very different frequencies.

  • Hmm... Interesting point about happy and sad. Do you think that we as humans get used to a frequency and that is why we are eternally depressed, or are so happy and excited that we drive others crazy?

  • Rex, that question involves two very primal human conditions. One, once we become comfortable with an area, knowing that it provides us with a base amount of sustainability, we tend to linger there longer than our emotional intelligence may allow. The most prevalent example of this being, staying with a job because of the money, not your happiness or well being.

    Second, thinking of our emotional intelligence as a separate entity from the environment we surround ourselves with is a massive mistake. If you think about cymatically, putting yourself in a position that does not resonate with you will always cause you sadness, and vice versa.

    So, to answer your question, yes I do think that we get "used" to a frequency of happiness or sadness based on our own personal choices. Obviously the choice to spend time in environments that resonate with you is a great one and it leads to gloriously happy people and long lives. On the flip side, those who dwell in environments that do not resonate with them tend to turn an angry shoulder on what life has to offer.

    All that being said, I am much like yourself Rex, where the average explanation of happiness may not resonate with us. I enjoy dwelling in the darkness some days, I resonate with that darkness. In the end that resonating environment makes me happy, completing a circle mysterious to all those who live outside themselves.

  • Yup, I'm hooked. Need the next blog now. Totally serious though, when your sub-heading Rock 'n' Roll came up, I was sure you were going to work the Beach Boys into this somehow.

  • Haha, I'm glad that you are interested Sprouty. I would like to keep music involved with this as much as possible since it is such a prime example of how vibration effects us.

  • 2 things...

    First, this is an amazing blog series.

    Second, I find this almost disturbing that the idea of clean and efficient wireless energy is such a valid endeavor but the human race views it as something of fiction. Why in the world would we let the decisions of a handful of long dead men, who's names no one remembers, govern our ability to move forward with such an obviously practical technology? I realize that our entire infrastructure is built on fossil fuels being burned and thus being generated into electricity and sent to countless millions using ac current...but wouldn't the benefit of the change, massive as it may be, be worth it?

    I have only been briefly exposed to the concept of such ideas that Tesla promoted though. How would such a system of not only free, but wireless energy work on a large scale? What would be the technical aspect of receiving said energy on a mobile platform? All of it boggles me a bit, but is super interesting to theorize. It would be more exciting to put into practice though. Look forward to the next installment!

  • Dayton, while I do agree with you in that the implications of the technology that Tesla was dealing with are extremely exciting, putting them into practice holds many a problem.

    First and foremost, the infrastructure of our country would need to be tore down in order to facilitate the building of a world such as this. We would literally need to relearn how to interact with our culture as a whole. Imagine if the energy that powered all that you do was free and accessible to all? The pure implication of this requires that we change our mode of thought.

    Second, our civilization is run by wealth. Every decision that is made has money tied to it and technology like Tesla's would sound the end of that era. Do you think that these titans of industry would let that happen without a fight?

  • The electricity still needs to be generated, so I'm thinking that free is not the correct term to use when talking about wireless power. There would be a new infrastructure of transmission points. The big difference would be that billing individuals for power use would be virtually impossible. My guess is that if this ever came to fruition, the lifetime energy 'cost' would be applied to whatever electronic gizmo you purchase.

  • Sprouty, I would hope that our leaders were smart enough to understand that charging people for something that is generated naturally is a lost, and unsustainable, cause. Look at where we are right now, America is about to hit another debt ceiling, European economies are in shambles, weapons are still being stockpiled, people are rioting in the streets, and trust in our way of life is at an all time low.

    With all this, there are still men and women of incredible intelligence toiling away at the future of our species. They continually come up with solutions to our problems that would involve a drastic change in reference, yet we continue to stay the course. We are nearing a crossroads in our evolution. Very soon there will come a time when all are asked to shed the skin of the lives they currently live and move into the next phase of humanity.

    I have tried hard to ignore the feeling that we are on the cusp of something great, but I have learned to trust my intuition and have come to embrace this idea. I know the idea of actual freedom is a tough one to swallow Sprouty, but it is the only way.

Comment on the Smart Living Network

Site Feedback