Music Therapy * The Power of Harmonics

In the beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word.' - Vedas
  • Do you know that SILENT and LISTEN are having the same letters?
  • Music as a Healing Sounds
  • The Power of Harmonics
  • Music as a Therapy
  • Sound as Medicine
  • As the ancients seemed to know, everything in the universe is in a state of vibration.
  • Saraswati, the Indian Goddess is of both music and knowledge (science).
  • Healing Sounds is a great gift for human kind." - Kitaro


    Terms Definitions
    Vocal harmonics Creating vocal harmonics is the process of creating two or more notes at the same time-- an ancient technique used by various spiritual and shamanic traditions including Tibetan Buddhism and Mongolian shamanism. Through sound it is possible to change the rhythms of our brainwaves, as well as our heartbeats and respiration. Jonathan Goldman states that "vocal harmonics can resonate the physical body and etheric fields; they can also vibrate different portions of the brain, which is quite extraordinary.

    Esoterically, vocal harmonics may be used to attune with different spirits and deities."

    Overtoning Overtoning is another, more advanced, aspect of this in which we can learn to project these harmonics into another person with whom we are working. Just as one can project healing energy through touch, as in Reiki, the same can be done with the voice. This is a powerful aspect of overtoning-- learning to project sacred sounds for healing another.
    Entrainment Entrainment is defined by Jonathan Goldman as "the ability of the more powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object to change the less powerful rhythmic vibrations of another object and cause the second object to synchronize its rhythms with the first object."
    Brain waves The brain produces shifting frequencies of its own during normal operation. During sleep, we experience very slow waves called delta that fluctuate between 0.5 Hz and 3 Hz (cycles per second). Waking brain function creates waves from 14 to 20 Hz and are called beta waves. Alpha waves are created during periods of meditation and trance, and cycle between 8 and 13 Hz. Theta waves, at cycles of 4 to 7 Hz are created during gateways between sleep and rational activity.
    Mantra and Chanting Mantras are single words, syllables or phrases that are repeated or sung in a continuous, rhythmic way. This focuses the mind, eliminates other thoughts, and assists in integrating heightened awareness and consciousness.
    The Chakra System Chakras are a complex web of wheels of energy within the body that are outlined extensively in Eastern medicine. They have been associated with the endocrine system of the body, particularly in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist practices, for thousands of years.

    Although some systems of nomenclature correlate specific sounds with each of the energy centers, in truth each individual possesses a unique range of harmonics-- as unique as one's fingerprint-- that constantly shift and change from moment to moment, like an intricate and complex symphony.

    Toning Toning is a practice which refers to the intentional elongation of a vowel sound using the voice. In other contexts, it is a term used used to refer to stimulating health, invigorating the body, or as in a 'tonic'-- a medicine to balance the body. Toning is usually done with one tone, which differentiates it from chanting which involves multiple notes in sequence. This is a process of allowing one's own voice to find and produce notes needed by one's own body. Don Campbell states that when we do this for long periods "...we can stimulate the limbic area [of the brain] to reduce stress and give us a sense of well-being. Toning creates a deep sense of being bonded within ourselves. We can reach a state of contentment in a safe and fully aware state of mind." Stephen Halpern suggests singing in the shower: "The hard, reflective acoustical surfaces in the bathroom enhance the voice… Just toning certain vowels by hitting a low note and creating a gradual glissando to a high pitch will trigger some interesting responses in the body."

    Toning in a group -- this creates a synergistic effect. When two or more people create separate harmonics, a third harmonic occurs. Barbara Marciniak in Bringers of the Dawn states, "When you tone with others, you have access to the group mind that you did not have prior to making the sound. It is a gigantic leap in consciousness. The key word is harmony. When the entire planet can create a harmonic of thought, the entire planet will change…a return to the power of the group mind and the simultaneous empowerment of the individual."

    Tuning Forks Dr. John Beaulieu, teacher and musician, writes that "When we listen to intervals produced by the tuning forks we stimulate our vestibular nerves, [which is] the basis of our sense of space, proportion, and balance. [This process] harmonically organizes the motion of the individual cranial bones with the sacrum and the sound of the central nervous system." For this reason, he states, the nervous system entrains to and re-aligns with the intervals created by tuning forks, and other instruments as well.
    The Perfect Fifth Dr. Beaulieu notes that the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu referred to the "Perfect Fifth" (the interval created by the tones C and G) as the sound of Universal harmony, balancing yin and yang. In India, this interval is believed to create a sound by which Shiva calls Shakti to the dance of life, initiating the creation of all form. In the human body, the interval of the fifth is seen in the proportion of the ratio of the distance between the extended tow to the top of the sacrum relative to the distance from the top of the sacrum to the top of the head. These musical ratios exist throughout the body.

    Different brainwave rates have been equated to different states of consciousness. There are four basic categories of brainwaves, based upon cycles per second (hertz or hz), the measurements given to sound. They are :

    No.WavesHertzWhen found
    1 beta waves 14 to 20 hz Found in normal waking state of consciousness.
    2 alpha waves 8 to 13 hz Occur when we daydream or meditate.
    3 theta waves 4 to 7 hz Occur in state of deep meditation and sleep, as well as in shamanic activity.
    4 delta waves 0.5 to 3 hz Occur in deep sleep and have been found in very profound of meditation and healing.

    ... Frequency + Intention = Healing

    harmonics created using C vibrating at 256hz as the fundamental
    1 C Unison do (1) 1st partial 256 hz
    2 C Octave do (2) 2nd partial 512 hz
    3 G Perfect fifth sol (1) 3rd partial 768 hz
    4 C Octave do (3) 4th partial 1024 hz
    5 E Major third mi (1) 5th partial 1280 hz
    6 G Perfect fifth sol (2) 6th partial 1536 hz
    7 Bb- Minor seventh sib (1) 7th partial 1792 hz
    8 C Octave do (4) 8th partial 2048 hz
    9 D Major second re (1) 9th partial 2304 hz
    10 E Major third mi (1) 10th partial 2560 hz
    11 F#- Augmented fourth fa# (1) 11th partial 2816 hz
    12 G Perfect fifth sol (3) 12th partial 3072 hz
    13 A- Minor sixth lab (1) 13th partial 3328 hz
    14 Bb- Minor seventh sib (2) 14th partial 3584 hz
    15 B Major seventh si (1) 15th partial 3840 hz
    16 C Octave do (5) 16th partial 4096 hz

    Goethe * Music * Architecture

    Architecture is frozen Music - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the German man of writer, astrologer, scientific investigator.

    Kayser * Music * Architecture

    Indian Classical Music * Architecture

    Family Caste Color Island Rishi God Chhand Sentiment
    Peacock Dev Brahmin Red Jambu Agni Agni Anushtup Bravery,
    Chetak Rishi Kshatri Yellow Shak Brahman Brahma Gayatri Bravery,
    He-Goat Dev Vaishya Golden Kush Chandra Saraswati Trishtup Pity
    Karaunch Dev Brahmin Kund Karaunch Vishnu Mahadev Brihati Laughter, Make up
    Nightingale Pitri Brahmin Black Shalmali Narad Vishnu Pankti Laughter,
    Make up
    Frog Rishi Kshatri Pote Shavait Tumbru Ganesh Ushinak Surprise,
    Elephant Asur Vaishya Mixed Pushkar Tumbru Surya Jagti Pity


    NoSeasonMonths ( Vikramadi Calendar)Months (Gregorean Calendar)
    1 Basant Chaitra -  - Vaishakh Spring - 15 March - 15 May
    2 Greeshma Jeth - Ashad Hot - 16 May - 15 July
    3 Varsha Shravan - Bhadrapad Rainy - 15 July - 15 September
    4 Pat Jhar Ashwin - Kartik Autumn - 16 September - 15 November 
    5 Sharad Maghshirsh - Paush Cold - 16 November - 15 January
    6 Shishir Magh - Phagun Winter - 16 January - 14 March

    Note & Its Climatic Effects & Its Color

    Note Climatic EffectColor
    Sa C Colder Pink
    Re D Cold and Dry Orange
    Ga E Cold Green ( like leaves)
    Ma F Hot and Dry White like that of motia or nargis (Narcissus)
    Pa G Hot and Dry Red or deep brown
    Dha A Pleasant Black
    Nee B Cold and Dry Yellow

    There is relationship between notes and colours which is meant for brightening the lives of human beings through music. No wonder then that the ancient master musicians felt attracted by colours and linked them with the enchanting musical notes.


    From the first break of the dawn to the arrival of moonlight; from the thunder of dark languid clouds to the colorful blossoms of spring; Indian Classical Music has a rich treasure of Raags and Raginis portraying the beauty of all its colorful seasons, moods, festivities and celebrations. For centuries, these vivid Raginis have lent voice to a poet's imagination, an artist's rendition, a lover's passion. Inspiring and moving, at times; soothing and relaxing, on other occasions; this eternal collection of Ragini is our greatest inheritance and an inimitable gift - for the rest of the world. The sublime sounds of these Raginis are now captured and thoughtfully woven into artful pictures.


    Ragini - Todi : The music flowing from the veena of Ragini Todi mesmerizes even the deers of the forest. Traditionally she has been depicted as a young lady who can charm everyone by her music and beauty.  
      Ragini Vasanti : Vasanti symbolizes the advent of spring. New leaves, flower buds and her vibrant mood, all make the atmosphere fully enchanting.
    Ragini - Patamanjari : Living in separation from her loved one, Patamanjari has been depicted in a gloomy mood. The beauty of the nature around her doubles her grief. She finds solace caresing the pet whom her beloved likes so much.  
      Ragini Saveri : The monring rays bring with them a ray of hope, fragrance of flowers and a flight of imagination in the infinite sky for this Ragini. Her life is full of love and satisfaction.
    Ragini Gunkari : Gunakari waits in vain for her lover who is away singing throughout the night. Her single-minded devotion has been symbolized by the lamp that has been burning through the night.  
      Ragini Bhairavi : Ragini Bhairavi adores Lord Shiva (Bhairav) with Lotus flowers. She symbolizes pure love.
    Ragini Madhumadhavi : Totally satisfied with her love, Ragini Madhumadhavi considers herself a blessed one.  
      Ragini Malhari : Ragini Malhari sings a song of love in the memory of her loved one on the beats of "Damaru". The rainy-season has come but his beloved is still in a far-away land.
    Ragini Gujari : Ragini Gujari wears a fragrant garland and charms wild animals and birds alike as she touches the strings of her Veena.  
      Ragini Dhanashree : This teen-age Ragini is trying to forget the pangs of separation by watching animals play.
    Ragini Asavari : Ragini Asavari has been shown on the Malaya mountain. She is wearing a necklace of Pearls. Fragrance of her body attracts the serpents so much that they want to embrace her instead of sandal trees.  
      Ragini Kukubh : Holding a veena in her hand this Ragini draws peacocks closer to her. The melody of her music attracts even the branches of the trees towards her.

    About Sound and Form

    In the Yoga tradition there are certain mantras (sound syllables) and yantras (forms to meditate on) which belong together. The form which belongs to the mantra Om is said to be Sri Yantra, and vice versa.

    Is this relationship between form and sound a purely subjective experience - one that certain people claim to have seen within? Or can it be measured?

    Dr. Hans Jenny spent his life investigating the connection between sounds and forms. He was one of the world's foremost researchers in the field and the founder of the science of Cymatics. In his Wave Phenomena Research Institute in Switzerland, around 1970, he constructed what is called a tonoscope - an apparatus which converts sounds into forms. He wrote several books on Cymatics and documented through films and photos the influence of sounds on various materials.

    What the heck is Cymatics anyway....

    Cymatics is the study of the structure and dynamics of waves and vibrations. These are fundamentals of music and development of life. Without these waves & vibrations there is no creation, sound or music.

    in 1787, the musician, physicist and jurist, Ernst Chladni laid the foundations for the study of acoustics, the science of sound. Among Chladni´s successes was finding a way to make visible what sound waves generate. With the help of a violin bow which he played perpendicularly across the edge of flat plates covered with sand, he produced patterns and shapes today called Chladni figures. Chladni demonstrated that sound actually does affect physical matter and that it has the potential for creating geometric patterns.

    Later in 1967 the late Hans Jenny, a Swiss doctor, artist, and researcher, published the bilingual book Kymatik -Wellen und Schwingungen mit ihrer Struktur und Dynamik/ Cymatics - The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations. In this book Jenny, like Chladni hundreds of years earlier, showed what happens when one takes various materials like sand, spores, iron filings, water, and viscous substances, and places them on vibrating metal plates. What then appears are shapes and motion- patterns which vary from the nearly perfectly ordered and stationary to those that are turbulently developing, organic, and constantly in motion. The tonoscope was constructed to make the human voice visible without any electronic apparatus as an intermediate link. This yielded the amazing possibility of being able to see the physical image of the vowel, tone or song a human being produced directly. Not only could you hear a melody, you could see it.

    "The universe, believe it or not, is nothing other than a giant musical instrument with a very special but predictable pattern of harmonically related  oscillations which determine the structure of everything from galactic clusters to subatomic particles. The single axiom of the Harmonics theory is that ... the universe consists of a wave which develops harmonics and each of these waves does the same."

     - Ray Tomes - Cycles In The Universe

    Author:As published in The Spirit of Ma'at (March 2001)

    A Re-Soundingly Successful Experiment

    Recently, in Germany, researchers took the DNA of a 17-year-old boy, recorded its sound frequencies, and saved them. The boy was accidentally killed, but the scientists still had his DNA frequency patterns. Later, the DNA frequencies of the 17-year-old were transmitted into the body of a man in his late thirties. And the man almost became the young boy. His skin became youthful, he became slim, his hair went back to its natural color. Today he's in his forties and he still looks like a much younger man.

    –Sir Peter Guy Manning, M.D.

    Cymatics As Science

    In the early 18th century, the German physicist Ernst Chladni, the ''father of acoustics,'' covered plates with thin layers of sand, set them vibrating, and observed the patterns that were made in response to different sound stimuli.

    In 1967, nearly three hundred years later, Hans Jenny, a Swiss doctor, artist, and researcher, published Cymatics – The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations. In this book, published in both German and English, Jenny, like his precursor, showed what happens when one takes various materials like sand, water, or iron filings, and places them on vibrating metal surfaces.

    When this is done, shapes and motion-patterns appear. Some of these patterns are nearly perfectly ordered and are stationary. Others develop in a turbulent, organic fashion, and are constantly in motion.

    Jenny used crystal oscillators, and invented what he called a ''tonoscope'' to set his plates and membranes vibrating. One of the most fascinating discoveries he made was that the vowels of Hebrew and Sanskrit, when toned into his media, formed the actual patterns of the letters themselves! Modern languages did not have this effect. All of which leads to the speculation that there may be some truth in the concept of a ''sacred language'' — an actual, physical reason why the recitation of sacred mantras and texts may have real healing properties.

    Jenny thought that evolution was a result of vibrations, with the vibrations of one level of organization, such as that of cells, each one unique, combining to create glands and organs and so on, each new level being a harmonic of the previous one. Jenny saw that we could heal the body with sound by understanding how different frequencies influence the genes, cells, and organs of the body.

    Out of Jenny's work, and that of other scientists in the late fifties, came the reality of using sound to transmute diseased cells into their healthy counterparts.

    Enter the Age of Miracles

    It was Sir Peter Guy Manners, British medical doctor and osteopath, who collated the work that had been done in cymatics research and developed from it the therapy of Cymatics. Stated most simply, Cymatics therapy uses a toning device to transmit into diseased areas of the body the signature vibrations of healthy organs and tissues.

    We called Dr. Manners at his academy in Bretforton, England. He told us that he had started off in ordinary medicine, but that a couple years into his training he'd reached a startling realization.

    As part of my training, I and my fellow students would observe doctors in the process of treating their patients. And so we are sitting there with this doctor, and some patient comes in with a headache, and the doctor says, 'Take these two tablets.' And the patient goes off. But he comes back in a fortnight or so, a couple weeks, and he says, 'Those tablets did the trick, but now I've got a little tummy upset.' And we watch the doctor give him some different tablets, and he goes off. And then later this same patient is back again, 'Oh, those tablets were wonderful, but now I've got a bit of diarrhea, you see.'

    ''And I realized, we started out with one patient, and now we've got three!''
    Knowing that there had to be a better way of healing than what was taught to him in medical school, Dr. Manners traveled all over the world seeking to find out what other options existed for treating patients. He spent time studying with scientists in Germany (''I liked the kind of research they were doing''), Russia, and the United States.

    Somewhere in his travels, Manners met up with Hans Jenny. ''He was interested in making forms and shapes with sound, and these coincided with the forms and shapes of anatomy and physiology,'' Dr. Manners said. Out of this observation came Cymatics, or Bioresonance, therapy – the use of sound to transform diseased tissue into its healthy counterpart.

    Cymatics probes are used to transmit bioresonance energy, in the form of electronic pulses, from the Cymatics instrument directly to human tissue. Another method of application is through fluids. Water or a homeopathic preparation is placed on a Bioresonance Energizer, which imprints the bioenergetic patterns into the solution. Also, there are units which can transmit bioenergy patterns into a bathtub or hydrotherapy unit. Yet another unit combines bioenergetic frequencies with color.

    You can see how all of this works by realizing that there is no difference between the energetic pattern of an object and the object itself. We are made of energy. If we transmit a healthy frequency into diseased tissue, we cause it to take on the frequency — and thus, the actuality — of healthy tissue.

    When asked what brings people to Cymatics therapy, Dr. Manners said, ''They choose it because a tremendous percentage want to move out of the drug scene.'' And he stresses that, at least in the U.K., Cymatics has earned scientific recognition. "Scientists like it because its techniques can be explained and quantified, and the results are predictable. We know scientifically what will happen,'' Manners said, ''if we transmit a certain combination of frequencies into the tissue.''

    The instrument that is used to transmit sound vibrations into the human body is currently known as the Mark VI. It has replaced Mark I through V. ''This instrument,'' Dr. Manners says, ''holds up to 390 commutations of frequencies, sounds which will regenerate organs and tissues in the body.''

    Cymatics and the Fountain of Youth

    Perhaps the most exciting possible application of Cymatics, as we indicate in the story that leads off this article, is its potential to reverse the aging process.

    ''When you're born,'' Dr. Manners said, ''every cell multiplies. Then, at puberty, the frequency patterns of the cells change, and instead of multiplying, cell replaces cell. As we age, cells still replace each other, but the tempo slows down.

    ''Within a few years of time we will be able to prevent this slowing down of cell replacement. And this can all be done with sound. If we take a frequency sample of your DNA at age 18, and save it, then later, if we transmit this frequency to your cells, they will rejuvenate.''

    The Future of Advanced Medicine

    Sir Peter Guy Manners is an M.D. ''But I don't administer drugs,'' he says. Drugs, he claims, are destructive. The type of medicine he practices is constructive. And although in the United States constructive healing modalities go under the name of ''alternative therapy,'' in the United Kingdom they are referred to as Advanced Medicine. And the doctors who practice Advanced Medicine, instead of being hounded by professional and governmental organizations, may even aspire to knighthood.

    ''It used to be, when doctors didn't know how to heal an arm or a leg, they just amputated it,'' Manners said. ''By the year 2010, medicine as it's known today will be as out of date as chopping off limbs. Prepare to accept the wonders of technology as established, scientific fact. Miracles will become the natural thing.

    ''Miracles,'' concludes Dr. Manners, ''were simply things people didn't understand. Today, we can explain miracles. Miracles fit right in with advanced technology.''

    There are Cymatics clinics in many countries, and more Cymatics therapists are needed. If you would personally like to pursue Cymatics therapy, as a subject or as a career, Dr. Manners invites you to call or write to him. His contact information, biography, and more information about Cymatics can be found at