The principle of rhythm
Hermetic principles and geometry 6/8
« Everything flows, within and without ; everything has its duration ; everything evolves and then degenerates ; The swing of the pendulum is manifest in everything ; the measure of its swing to the right is similar to the measure of its swing to the left ; the rhythm is constant. » 
After the publication of the article on the principle of polarity, I felt the need to take a break. In fact, I should say : I thought I was taking a break because I was interested in information that was not related to the principle of rhythm — it all started with unexpected and exciting discoveries about water - until the day when the obvious link between this information and this principle became clear to me.
So, as I was going along, the interdependence that I like to emphasize so often on this blog caught up with me ! As I continued my research, I discovered an amazing concept of the bloodstream and the heart. It was the moment the common point between the Kybalion, the work of the artist Frank Chester and that of the physicist Nassim Haramein was revealed. It was the moment I knew that all the information gathered would be part of this article.
But what can link the principle of rhythm, art and physics you may ask ? Nothing less than the sacred geometry of the heart and its interaction with the universe. I invite you to join me in this fascinating exploration, and to begin with, we will try to better understand rhythm…
Can we define the rhythm ?
« Rhythm arises in creation, imposes itself on perception, which then reconstitutes it, exclaiming, « Here comes rhythm ! » or better, « Here comes some rhythm ! », so much so does the word seem to escape any definite article, or even any definition. » 
Although our senses allow us to perceive rhythm, it is still mysterious. To perceive the alternation of day and night or the regularity of the seasons, to perceive for each phenomenon the beginning, the duration, the end and their repetition is rather familiar to us. But as the principle of polarity has shown us, each phenomenon is the manifestation of a vibration in a continuum located between two polarities. For where does the day begin and the night end ? The end of a phenomenon is only the beginning of its complement. The whole universe is thus subject to the laws of contraction and expansion.
The mystery of the rhythm thickens when we realize that these movements have a fractal dynamic , suggesting rhythms within the rhythm. For example, the human being breathes about 25,920 times per minute, while the sun passes through the 12 signs of the zodiac in 25,920 years .
The Kybalion uses the image of the pendulum to illustrate the principle of rhythm, but the compass is also interesting. As a typical geometrician’s instrument, it represents two polarities separated by an interval of more or less amplitude. Simply draw a circle and a lesson will appear : there is a centre, a stationary point between two polarities . This is the zero point, through which the pendulum passes again before going to the other extreme.
In the human being, this point, which balances the polarities, is located in the heart.
Heart, human being and universe
Are you ready to discover the sacred geometry hidden in the left ventricle of your heart ? It is a chestahedron, so named by Frank Chester, the sculptor who unveiled this shape.
Nassim Haramein’s work converges remarkably towards the chestahedron, from a philosophical and geometrical point of view. Both men seem to say the same thing in different ways about the true function of the heart in human beings.
As a physicist, Nassim Haramein speaks of the heart as a singularity, a point of access to infinity. Frank Chester evokes an organ that works to establish harmony between our physical body and our spiritual nature. He was inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s motif of the seven seals (opposite), and by one of his statements — to which I will return later — « the heart is not a pump » .
Between expansion and contraction, the chestaedron
Formed by 4 equilateral triangles and 3 kites, the chestahedron has 7 faces with equal surfaces and 3 axes of symmetry.
Frank Chester managed to build this polyhedron in two different ways, starting from a tetrahedron  :
- By making the tetrahedron rotate like a vortex in a cube (contraction movement)
- By opening the sides of the tetrahedron from one of its vertices, at an angle of 94.83 degrees (expansion movement). The 4 equilateral triangles of the tetrahedron are thus arranged in the same way as those of the chestahedron.
If these three keywords — contraction / expansion / tetrahedron — ring a bell, that’s normal ! They are the basis of Nassim Haramein’s theory, in which the tetrahedron is considered as the fundamental form of the universe . A universe whose expansion and contraction depend precisely on the dynamics of two structures formed of tetrahedrons :
On the left, the tetrahedral star, formed by 8 tetrahedrons pointing outwards (expansion). On the right, the cuboctahedron, formed by 8 tetrahedrons pointing inwards (contraction).
Surprisingly (or not…), the chestahedron and the cuboctahedron find their place — for different reasons — between the same two Platonic solids : the cube and the octahedron. Note that they also both have the particularity of being « irregular », composed of two basic polygons, and not of only one as the platonic solids are.
At the heart of the chestaedron : the vacuum
Frank Chester discovered that in the centre of the chestahedron there is a six-pointed star . My first instinct was to transform this geometry into a three-dimensional object, in order to have a homogeneous representation (one three-dimensional object in another). As you may know, the result of this transformation is… a tetrahedral star !
According to the principle of polarity, a tetrahedral star does not exist without its counterpart : the cuboctahedron. Together, these two geometries form the vacuum structure, discovered by Nassim Haramein. It is composed of 64 tetrahedrons and represents the balance between the forces of contraction and expansion. I believe this is the balance that Frank Chester sought in his work.
The vacuum structure is fractal, it unfolds continuously from the infinitely small to the infinitely large and back again, exchanging information. Isn’t it remarkable that Nassim Haramein has shown a similarity between the geometry that allows the exchange of information in the universe and the way a heart beats ?
To come full circle and return to a two-dimensional geometry, let us specify that the vacuum structure corresponds to the pattern of the flower of life (with 37 circles) .
And now the question is : how does the rhythm fit into this geometry ?
The expression of the principle of rhythm
Rhythm, or what we perceive as such, is linked to time… or what we perceive as such ! Beyond our temporal perception exists what Hermetists believe truly governs everything in the universe : vibration. Vibration gives both rhythm and form. Cymatics offers a concrete example of this, vibration being the point of convergence between rhythmic structures inscribed in time and geometric structures inscribed in space.
« If you want to describe the entire universe in a single unifying theory, you have to take into account and describe in detail the one thing that is present everywhere in the universe and that connects everything, at all scales from the smallest to the largest : space. » 
Space — and the rhythm expressed in it at all scales, I might add — can be described geometrically and mathematically through 3 fundamental expressions according to Nassim Haramein.
1. Scalar vector geometry : the cuboctahedron
The cuboctahedron is the only geometric solid with all vectors equal and is in perfect equilibrium.
However, the principle of rhythm teaches us that everything that goes up must come down, that everything that goes in must go out and vice versa. Thus, if the cuboctahedron is the structure through which the gravitational force acts, generating a contraction movement, the tetrahedral star is the structure through which the electromagnetic force acts, generating an expansion movement.
2. The dynamics of flows : the torus
These two forces form, as we have seen, the vacuum structure, and evolve in a double polarized movement. It is a double torus in which information circulates from the outside to the inside and vice versa, always passing through the center and being renewed each time. This is how the energy circulates in the double torus :
And here are the sometimes unsuspected forms that are also polarized double torus :
3. Field dynamics : the spiral
On the representation of the tetrahedral star below, in two dimensions, we observe 12 Fibonacci spirals. They all start from the same central point and meet at the 12 nodal points of the star, of which 6 points delimit a central hexagon (or cuboctahedron in 3D). Half of these spirals are oriented in one direction, and the other half in the other direction. These two inverted polarities reveal once again the geometric dynamics of the universe : the double torus.
Will you be surprised to learn that the musculature of the heart and arteries, right down to the pre-capillaries, is oriented in a spiral, thus increasing the movement of the blood ?
What ? Would the blood be moved by something other than the heart ? This is the track I invite you to explore now…
The example of the heart and blood circulation
« The first example in the scientific literature refuting the heart as a pump appeared in Germany in the 1930s around the same time as the first discussions of open physics systems. » 
System far from thermodynamic equilibrium, propulsive forces coming from a much smaller scale (microcirculation) , feedback…are all notions already explored on this blog. This was all it took for me to become very interested in the question posed by Professor of Anesthesiology Branko Furst : Is the heart driven by the blood, or the other way around ?
Well, I’m not going to beat around the bush : the heart doesn’t always look like what we were taught at school !
NB : If you are as familiar with the anatomy of the heart as I was before writing this article, you may want to check out this infographic now. It tries to illustrate the main information in this section.
The heart rhythms the flow of blood in motion
According to Branko Furst the bloodstream has its own dynamics. It evolves as a system far from equilibrium, in constant interaction with the capillary environment. Thus, it does not contradict the second law of thermodynamics .
Dr. Thomas Cowan  explains this dynamic by a particular state of water present in the body. It is a sort of gel between the solid and liquid states. This fourth state of water was discovered by researcher Dr Gerald Pollack. How is it obtained ? By immersing a hydrophilic surface (which has an affinity for water) in ordinary water : a structured water zone is then observed to form right next to it. This is how gelatin, for example, which is 96% water by volume, naturally « holds together ».
This property of water is crucial for biological life. Structured water is formed at 4°C, or at higher temperatures in the presence of proteins. Thus, water is mostly structured in the cells of the human body. Negatively charged, structured water has a high viscosity, a different pH than ordinary water, and a different molecular configuration : H3O2 instead of H2O.
If you roll a hydrophilic surface inside a tube, you get a hydraulic tube with a structured layer of water running all the way through. Under the influence of sunlight, and in particular infrared light, the electrical charges separate instantly and ordinary water — or in this case blood — begins to flow through the tube without interruption. Ultimately, it is the difference in electrical potential that triggers the flow of blood.
Naturally inserting itself into this already moving bloodstream, the heart’s dynamics are more like a hydraulic ram than a pump. Below are Thomas Cowan’s explanations :
The heart is a double vortex
Let’s go back to the geometry for a moment. The tip of the chestahedron corresponds to the tip of the left ventricle, called the apex. Frank Chester has shown that it fits perfectly into the angle of a cube when the chestahedron is oriented at 36° to the center. This is precisely the angle that the heart forms between the middle and the left of the chest. This orientation explains the asymmetrical shape of the heart. The artist has indeed observed that if a chestahedron is rotated vertically in water, it generates a stable vortex, whereas if it is tilted at 36°, a pocket of water is formed next to the first vortex, which recalls the shape of the right ventricle and its attachment to the left ventricle.
These two vortices exist within the heart, changing the nature of the blood flow. This is how the laminar blood flow that arrives in the right ventricle becomes a vortex. So does the blood flowing back from the lungs to the left ventricle. And just to make things a little more complex, remember that the vortex of the left ventricle is a double vortex itself…!
Laminar flows thus become turbulent, composed of large vortices that split into smaller vortices, like fractals . Oh amazing that the muscle bands that line the heart, the fleshy trabeculae, unfold in a fractal branching pattern that helps maintain cardiac performance ! 
Anatomist James Bell Pettigrew conducted detailed dissections of the heart, only to discover that at many points in the heart, the number of muscle fiber strata varies from one (for the apex) to seven. This model explains why the apex is never exposed to high-pressure dynamics, whereas the pump model does not.
The heart balances the polarities
« The principle of rhythm implies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured movement, a coming and going, an ebb and flow (…) Rhythm is manifested between the two poles of which the Principle of Polarity has shown the existence (…) There is always an action and a reaction, an advance and a retreat, a rise and a fall in all the phenomena of the universe. »
We have seen that the chestahedron fits precisely into a cube if it is oriented at 36°. According to Frank Chester, this orientation reflects the perfect balance between different polarities : up and down, right and left, front and back.
Other polarities are active in the human heart, balanced by the shape and orientation of the heart at 36° in the chest : contraction and expansion, acceleration and deceleration, clockwise and counter-clockwise. The movement between these polarities is the key to the rhythmic system of the human being.
Summary in infographic
And here is the previous information in perspective with the anatomy of the heart, all « summarized » in an infographic :
Did you find any clues that would suggest that the rhythm can be neutralized ? Let’s follow that trail now.
Neutralize the rhythm
The zero point
Motion is defined in relation to immobility, the reference point that allows us to fix the rotation. It is the zero point, at the center of all the double vortexes that constitute the universe and through which all information passes .
The left ventricle of the heart is one of these double vortices. The blood flows clockwise, then swirls around to emerge in the opposite direction. At the moment when the blood flow reverses, there is no movement, absolute immobility reigns. This is the point that balances the polarities.
The principle of correspondence tells us that any frequency attracts a similar frequency. So when the pendulum reaches a frequency, it goes back the other way, attracted by the corresponding frequency on the other side. Except at the zero point. At zero point is the stillness vibrating with vitality that resonates upon itself.
I’d like to digress for a moment in relation to the experience I had following the aneurysm I had a few years ago. My mind was unplugged, so to speak, allowing me to access my heart directly. Did I have a ground zero experience there ? I could indeed interpret the favorable aftermath of this accident as a neutralization of the damaging effects that could have occurred.
The law of neutralization
« Rhythm can be neutralized by the proper application of the art of polarization. »
The art of polarization is about mental transmutation. This consists in changing one’s level of vibration and thus modifying one’s inner state. The law of neutralization allows one to reach a particular state, a point of detachment that can be assimilated to the zero point.
Nothing can escape the influence of the principle of rhythm on the physical plane. However, by the law of neutralization, the Initiates manage to reduce the amplitude of the pendulum’s swing. Even to neutralize its rhythmic swing which would tend to carry them towards the other pole. They reach the zero point and manage to stay there, thus taking the true middle path.
As long as one does not master the rhythm, one remains subject to its incessant mechanics of flawless accuracy, that of cause and effect. The next article is dedicated to this theme.
Notes and references
 Unless otherwise indicated, all quotations in italics are from the Kybalion.
Can we define the rhythm
 VALERY Paul, quoted by the Dictionary of Literary Genres and Notions, Ed. Encyclopaedia Universalis, 2015
 For more information on the vibratory continuum and fractal dynamics, you can consult the section devoted to the principle of polarity in the article.
 We speak of a platonic year linked to the precession of the equinoxes.
 Since the complete line invariably returns to its starting point, the compass also teaches us that the extremes mean the same thing.
 STEINER Rudolph, Psychoanalysis and Spiritual Psychology, Hudson, NY : Anthroposophic Press, 1990, p. 126
 You can see the whole genesis of his work, and much more, by visiting his website frankchester.com
 The tetrahedron is the smallest possible geometric volume in relation to the surface that contains it.
 The video that explains everything : Sacred geometry and chestahedron
 For more details on the relationships between these geometries, you can consult the article Sacred connection.
 HARAMEIN Nassim, quoted by the The Resonance Project
 ALEXENDER Walter, Branko Furst’s Radical Alternative : Is the heart moved by the blood, rather than vice versa ? P&T®, Vol.42 No.1, 2017, pp.33–39
 An analogy with the rotation in the universe that comes from the quantum scale, see the article on space-time.
 I refer you to the article on entropy and dissipative structures for a short course on the subject.
 COWAN Thomas, Human heart, Cosmic heart, United States : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016, pp.11–18
 About laminar and turbulent flows, you can explore what happens in an aneurysm.
 See this article from Sciences et Avenir (in french).
 According to Nassim Haramein’s theory, double wormholes — or black holes — are fractally organized in the universe. They all have in common the zero point, the singularity that allows the feedback of information between vacuum and matter.