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 [3], 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 [4].

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 [5]. 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.

sept-sceaux-steinerAs 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 » [6].


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 [7] :


  1. By making the tetra­he­dron rotate like a vor­tex in a cube (contrac­tion move­ment)
  2. 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 [8]. A uni­verse whose expan­sion and contrac­tion depend pre­ci­se­ly on the dyna­mics of two struc­tures for­med of tetrahedrons :

etoile-tetraedriquecuboctaedreOn 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

chestaedre-etoile-de-davidFrank Chester dis­co­ve­red that in the centre of the ches­ta­he­dron there is a six-pointed star [9]. 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) [10].


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. » [11]


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) [13], 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 [14].

Dr. Thomas Cowan [15] 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

chestaedre-a-36-degresLet’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 andcoeur-36-degres 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 [16]. Oh ama­zing that the muscle bands that line the heart, the fle­shy tra­be­cu­lae, unfold in a frac­tal bran­ching pat­tern that helps main­tain car­diac per­for­mance ! [17]

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 :

heart-and-blood-circulation-an other-model

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 [18].

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.




Key points

  • There is a conver­gence bet­ween the sacred geo­me­try of the heart (Frank Chester’s ches­ta­he­dron) and its inter­ac­tion with the uni­verse (Nassim Haramein’s theo­ry of the connec­ted uni­verse): the struc­ture of the vacuum is at the heart of the chestahedron.

  • The heart is a double vor­tex : it houses the zero point which balances the pola­ri­ties and can neu­tra­lize the prin­ciple of rhythm.

  • The heart is not a pump : its func­tion is to give rhythm to the blood cir­cu­la­tion alrea­dy in motion.

  • The dyna­mics of the heart obey the 3 fun­da­men­tal expres­sions that govern the uni­verse : the cuboc­ta­he­dron, the torus and the spiral.



Notes and references

[1] Unless other­wise indi­ca­ted, all quo­ta­tions in ita­lics are from the Kybalion.

Can we define the rhythm

[2] VALERY Paul, quo­ted by the Dictionary of Literary Genres and Notions, Ed. Encyclopaedia Universalis, 2015
[3] For more infor­ma­tion on the vibra­to­ry conti­nuum and frac­tal dyna­mics, you can consult the sec­tion devo­ted to the prin­ciple of pola­ri­ty in the article.
[4] We speak of a pla­to­nic year lin­ked to the pre­ces­sion of the equi­noxes.
[5] Since the com­plete line inva­ria­bly returns to its star­ting point, the com­pass also teaches us that the extremes mean the same thing.

The heart, the human being and the universe

[6] STEINER Rudolph, Psychoanalysis and Spiritual Psychology, Hudson, NY : Anthroposophic Press, 1990, p. 126
[7] You can see the whole gene­sis of his work, and much more, by visi­ting his web­site frank​ches​ter​.com
[8] The tetra­he­dron is the smal­lest pos­sible geo­me­tric volume in rela­tion to the sur­face that contains it.
[9] The video that explains eve­ry­thing : Sacred geo­me­try and ches­ta­he­dron
[10] For more details on the rela­tion­ships bet­ween these geo­me­tries, you can consult the article Sacred connec­tion.

The expression of the principle of rhythm

[11] HARAMEIN Nassim, quo­ted by the The Resonance Project
[12] 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
[13] An ana­lo­gy with the rota­tion in the uni­verse that comes from the quan­tum scale, see the article on space-time.
[14] I refer you to the article on entro­py and dis­si­pa­tive struc­tures for a short course on the sub­ject.
[15] COWAN Thomas, Human heart, Cosmic heart, United States : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016, pp.11–18
[16] About lami­nar and tur­bu­lent flows, you can explore what hap­pens in an aneu­rysm.
[17] See this article from Sciences et Avenir (in french).

Neutralize the rhythm

[18] 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.



2 thoughts on “The principle of rhythm

  1. Thank you very much for sha­ring your expe­rience. It gave me chil­ls to read you… It is a beau­ti­ful way to pray.
    There is a kind of lost know­ledge that would have been trans­mit­ted in eso­te­ric tea­chings and that science is rediscovering…

  2. « The heart is a double vor­tex : it houses the zero point which balances the pola­ri­ties and can neu­tra­lize the prin­ciple of rhythm. » — about this I can add some­thing. I hope it will help at something..In the ortho­dox reli­gion, it is reco­men­ded that people will pray day and night, night and day, repea­ting a short prayer. The saints are able to say this prayer like all the time, even when they are tal­king with someone. This short prayer you say it with your mind, so you control it and, after some time, this prayer go down in the heart. So, you can lis­ten this prayer in the heart and this always gives to this people joy, light­ni­ness, it feeels like a per­pe­tual high, kind­ness, an extreme love for huma­ni­ty, nature ‚for eve­ry­thing that is around you. It’s a won­der­ful fee­ling. It is said that God gives this prayer in the heart and this beau­ti­ful fee­lings. I’ve tried to repeat the prayer and say it like I read it in some books who tell you how to say it in a intense and power­ful way , to acti­vate that joy and peace : you have to say the prayer and put to fin­gers to the heart and visua­lize the heart in some way. I can’t tell you the fee­lings I’ve got by doing this..I mean it was like I took some kind of drug, I was in exta­sy eve­ry day, I was hap­py and feel all the love in the world..But, after some days, I stop­ped saying it because I wasn’t able to control it..And that was because it’s not for eve­ry­bo­dy. Because I was smo­king, which is consi­de­red a sin because it makes you ill and unheal­thy for your­self, I was fee­ling guil­ty about it and the bad and the good can­not exist in the same place. This prayer is for eve­ry man and woman, but first you have to be clo­ser to God, not smo­king and living a balan­ced life. It is said that the Son of God is living in your heart so it was so ama­zing for me to dis­co­ver that even scien­tists dis­co­ve­red and the same thing you can find it in hin­duism, bud­dhism, in a way or ano­ther that heart is the cen­ter, the zero point. It’s ama­zing to dis­co­ver this things and that eve­ry­thing in the Hermes prin­ciples and his wri­tings are com­pa­tible with the ortho­dox reli­gion. I mean wow 🙂

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