“There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras
It has been over two months since my last post and I must apologize. I have been chewing on the subject of resonance and reading a lot about string theory. In my research I have come to see resonance as a resounding thing indeed! It is the most powerful principal in our world and I will try to convey a little bit about this – hopefully in a “meaningful” and resonate way.
Many of the early Ionian Philosophers held that any form of matter could be transformed into any other. Thales believed that what appears to be different substances are in fact different forms of the same substance. According to string theory all our “elementary” quantum particles and the fundamental forces of nature are comprised of very tiny, fundamental strings that are identical to each other, i.e., one string. The differences and the corresponding properties of energy and matter are found in the string’s resonance pattern, i.e., how it vibrates or is struck.
String theory is a theory of everything. It is a theory about resonance and relationships. We find these everywhere and in everything. Therefore, as the building blocks of nature, resonance and relationships are important principals in our world. We use them both in any successful or failed endeavor.
A Snippet from The Eloquent Universe for Visualizing String Theory
To understand resonance we can use the analogy of a stringed instrument. The string of a cello when plucked will mainly have one tone. That tone is its fundamental resonant pattern or frequency. Each resonant pattern or overtones of a string is a multiple of its fundamental frequency. The fundamental is half of a complete wave, the second harmonic is a complete wave, the third harmonic is one and a half waves, and the fourth harmonic is two waves. From this we get various second, third, fourth and fifth harmonics, etc. This pattern continues. As the speed of the wave motion (energy) is applied to the string, its vibration increases or decreases respectively.
In addition to the string itself, the body of the instrument also has resonance that amplifies and/or dampens the sound created by the string. The properties of sympathetic resonances are at work here in a collective way adding to the final tone of the instrument.
All of us have experienced or used resonance in nature. Perhaps the most familiar use is a swing. As children we discover quickly that the best time for a push is at the top of the swing cycle. At that point the energy applied amplifies or resonates with the fundamental energy present in the swing. By the use of resonance we achieve higher levels than what we experienced previously with our innocent joy.
We use the properties of resonance in all of our modern communication systems. Our ability to probe nature at the atomic level is based upon an ability to develop receivers that vibrate or are activated at certain resonant frequencies. These probes have certain resonance capacities or sensitivities. We use sensitive receivers to tune into various radio or television broadcasts.
We often use resonance to work more easily or effectively, doing a lot with an energetic “little”. We use resonance in any type of relational activity. Resonance is synergy in motion. During such, the energies of the common resonant frequencies are intensified for all resonance identities involved. To paraphrase a collective aspect of sympathetic resonance, “identities manifest as wave distributions of diverse sub-identities and while certain general rules may apply, for any given collective these rules can be dynamic, non-linear and non-absolute”.
For example, consider the theatre. As a new world appears on the stage in a darkened room the audience becomes one, immersed in the story as it unfolds. It breathes, gasps, laughs, and cries at the appropriate time as though the fiction is real. The same is true in a concert hall where various tonal configurations evoke collective melancholy or joy. The same thing happens for many in an ashram, synagogue, mosque or church. It happens in a football stadium or at a rock concert.
Resonance implies a common association. “It rang true for me”, is a form of synergy where we talk about being on the “same wavelength”. Each resonate experience will vary for each individual based on their own perspective. During collective resonance, the complex frequencies of the individuals aren’t the same but only similar in respect to the common or emergent group resonance – the whole. Collective resonance is an emergent form of resonance where the individual wave functions are distributed across the whole and contain within them individual points of view, contributing to final holographic form.
To say it another way, collective resonance can be used to create altered states of consciousness. Chanting, singing songs together, sweat lodges, meditation, story telling and other such techniques all contribute to an ability to relax our egos and merge into a stream of the collective whole; a whole that is other than we are ourselves alone.
Cymatic Study: The Stave Angel – Music Cipher at The Rosslyn Chapel
However, it doesn’t have to be a calm or meditative whole. Collective resonance or perhaps a lack of it, depending on your own perspective or resonant frequencies, can be felt in swift aggressive states of consciousness such as at a football game or a Nazi rally tuning in to Adolph Hitler. Therefore, we should be careful about what we allow to influence us or hijack our conscious points of view into a collective whole.
Collective resonances produce synergistic emergent and often heightened states of mass consciousness. It can cause dampening effects too via feedback loops into this whole. Sometimes they are needed. Either can be on a global scale. As we see, resonance is a powerful tool for either. It has great organizational and self-emergent power.
Besides collective resonance, at the individual level, one can use the principal of resonance to explore various dimensions of consciousness and identity itself. With the use of proper techniques and or the assistance of synaptic resonance we can each experience various levels where we resonate with our world below the so-called “thresholds of consciousness”. These levels are subtle and require the right sensitivities and environments or envelopes for revealing their resonant structures. Often our consciousness is only excited or dampened by strong stimulus from the outside sensory world. To reach these subtler levels we must often “die-down” our normal threshold of awareness, i.e., our ego, bodily senses or that chattering monkey mind, in order to experience other aspect of awareness and identity.
Discovering the Unseen: Evan Grant on Making Sound Visible Through Cymatics
This subject of resonance is very broad and one could go on forever with the discoveries and applications of its intricacy not only with consciousness but other domains as well. After all, it is a theory of everything. Herman Hesse Magister Ludi: The Glass Bead Game reminds me of such an effort. Indeed we are talking about the Logos, the Word, OM, the fundamental entity and connective principal itself. Alas, these paragraphs are only a few things I have been chewing these last two months. We have barely scratched the surface here but this is a blog and as such I have babbled on further than one should.
To wrap things up then; we have looked briefly at the principle of resonance and how it is the fundamental building block of nature. It works at both local and global, micro and macroscopic levels, for individuals and collective consciousness. Resonance is synergistic and relational in effect. It is a powerful principal that we can use to our own advantage. We should understand and be sensitive to where we channel our vibrations and energies and from where we receive them. If we work together in harmony “resonance” with each other and ourselves we can succeed together as a unique species on this planet. As such we can survive as a whole, as a collective ocean of humanity that is a positive force for good in our world.
The next and final post of this series – The Principals of Success – is about Intent.
So, stay tuned.