Sound is a universal force.  That has been suspected for a very long time, but there was no practical way to measure, analyze or quantify what that actually meant.  Sound is everywhere.  Some sound is pleasant; some sound is extremely unpleasant.  Sound as a universal force can heal.  Sound as a universal force can destroy.  Sound as a universal force can ameliorate mental illness.  It can entertain, cause fear, change moods, incite nervousness and even anger.

If we were to try to analyze sound thoroughly and pinpoint its myriad ramifications, it would take years of research and volumes upon volumes of explanatory text.  And impossible undertaking—-to what end?  But let’s look at a few amazing thing about sound.


Any philosophical ponderings about music have customarily been relegated to the field of rhetoric or journalism.  That is no longer the case.  we now are experiencing the emergence of an exciting new science called cymatics, and one of their prime accomplishments is to produce visual  images along with the sounds of music.  This new technology is providing a means of empirically documenting the theory that vibrational energy (sound) is the link to the formation of matter—-vibration does create form.

Above is a cymatiscopic image of the first twelve notes of the piano.  Each note was played and the shape or form made by that vibration or frequency was painstakingly recorded and photographed.  The amazing result is the images seen above, each one differing from the others.  Proof that frequencies do produce differing shapes.

The very exciting inference, which can now be looked at as fact, is that it is sound which brings form out of formlessness.  Consider this quote from the webpage on which these images are to be found:


“Music, in the absolute sense, is the invisible geometry of the cosmos, a delicate tracery of frequencies that harmonize with each other and from which all matter manifests. 

The conductor of this sublime symphony is the Creative Force of the cosmos, some people prefer to say: God.

Music, as sensed by humans, is a delicate tracery of audible frequencies that harmonize with each other and  generally please our emotions.”

What is not commonly known is that music has the almost magical power to create form from formlessness.———–“

The dichotomy comes into full view at this juncture:  it is between those who believe that there is a Sovereign God and those who do not.  It is my belief that if one were to open one’s mind to the possibilities without the constrictions of individual convictions and traditions, it would soon be obvious that the most wondrous thing is that there is a supremely Intelligent and Loving Creator behind all of the wonders of our universe.  And that could easily account for the unison and utterly complete harmony of all that we know and see.


King David, before becoming King and before writing so many of the Psalms, was a talented shepherd-boy who played the harp very well.  Then King Saul suffered from some sort of emotional or mental ills which frequently put him in deep, dark moods.  The young shepherd boy played for him, soothed him and eventually became something akin to being his page and valet who was often called upon to minister to the King with his music.

This is only one of many examples of the use of music as a healing tool.  Today, Alzhimer’s, geriatric dementia, schizophrenia and many other ailments of the brain and mind are treated with soothing strains of music.  Stutterers can sing when they cannot talk and stroke victims can be brought out of their dark valleys by singing.  I personally witnessed the healing and maturing power of music when I taught high school aged students classified with a number of mental and  emotional challenges.  They ranged in age from 14 to 21; some had high-functioning Down Syndrome; some were morbidly deformed and retarded.  All demonstrated a deep love for and propensity for music.  One physically and mentally challenged African -American girl would bring her audience to tears when she sang “All I Need Is Love, Sweet Love”.

I made a ‘G clef” and an ‘F clef’ on a painter’s drop cloth with duct tape, painted staff lines on both and devised a game of hopscotch with bean bags.  The bean bag would land on a line or a space, the owner of that particular bean bag would jump onto that spot and have to name the note that it represented.  Five or six of the students learned to read music well enough to play Kodaly xylophones and recorders with their knowledge and were able to perform at the state music educators convention several years running.  Needles to say, the self-esteem of those students and their quality of life were greatly enhanced.  Following is one example of how sound is used for extraordinary medical uses.


Professor James Gimsewski, of UCLA CA, is making great strides in his study of cellular function. He ‘listens’ to the sounds emitted by cells with the aid of an atomic force microscope.  He calls his studies “sonocytology”.  By the process which he has developed he can map the pulsations of a cell’s outer membrane; he calls these pulsations the “song” of the cell.  The inferences of this trail-blazing process are huge and fortify the idea that sound is a universal force, indeed.   Simply put, his findings substantiate the theory that every single cell has a sonic signature, and that the cells carry on a continual symphony of  dialogue with each other.

One of the most exciting discoveries made by Gimsewski and his team took place while they were investigating the cells preparation for replication.  Replication, after all, is the primary function of the cell; it is the life-sustaining function of the cell.  They monitored an healthy yeast cell “singing” spectrographically to other such cells.  They compared that “song” to the song  of a yeast cell after it had been traumatized by bathing it in acid.  Astoundingly, the traumatized cell emitted far higher frequencies than the un-assaulted cell had emitted—as if the cell were screaming.  Interesting!

As long as the “songs” sung by cell-communities  remain harmonic one with the other, all is well.  When one or more fall into disharmony or discord, dissonant song results and dysfunction or illness ensue.  One incredible inference is that if the harmonious song of the discordant cell is played back to it, there are growing opportunities for that cell to become re-tuned and fall back into harmony—healing takes place.




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