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About Cymatics

Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena, is a science pioneered by Swiss medical doctor and natural scientist, Hans Jenny (1904-1972).

Hans Jenny studied cymatics for over 14 years, performing meticulous experiments using audible sound to excite powders, pastes, and liquids into life-like, flowing forms. His experiments and detailed documentation of photographs and films reflect a variety of patterns found throughout nature, art, and architecture. 

Dr. Jenny’s images are awe-inspiring because of their visual beauty and because they demonstrate a fundamental principle of creation; resonance: the inherent responsiveness of matter to vibration. Hans Jenny articulated a concrete methodology, shedding light upon those abstract revelations of the ancient Greek philosophers Pythagoras and Plato, and the great Copernican cosmologists, Giordano Bruno and Johannes Kepler. Employing the phenomenological approach of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, his keen observations and penetrating insights offer a uniquely comprehensive understanding of our world.

Developing Cymatic Perception

The science of cymatics is essentially a study of the external world, articulating and describing in great detail, the fundamental principles of how matter responds to oscillation. Contemplating these phenomena and their inherent processes, I have experienced many profound insights into the nature of being and becoming. Cymatics, in and of itself, is NOT a spiritual practice. But to the devoted student, much of its allure lies in that it reveals precise visible analogies of processes that operate throughout the natural world, showing how inert matter may be animated by an invisible force. In this dimension, it is known as sound, yet at a higher harmonic, it has been called the Sound Current, or in Sanskrit, the Anhad Shabda.


Cymatics is a physical science that I like to call a living metaphor. It renders visible for detailed examination, a clear analogy of the invisible creative pulsation of life itself. This brief introduction is an allegory explaining cymatics, a body of detailed and replicable phenomena that one could intellectually dissect to no end. Instead, let us focus on that inherently fascinating moment of discovery in which we find ourselves moving inward, not outward, to awaken a deeper understanding. Cymatics can serve to shed its light upon this trail that we’re each uniquely blazing, as we proceed along our eternal journeys, unencumbered by beginnings or endings.

Jeff Volk, Publisher
December 27, 2023


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