Laying The Foundation
"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. Very 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 the 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?
Nikola Tesla will be used frequently in this blog series as he played a major part in the understanding 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.
Well, 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.