The principle of vibration

Hermetic principles and geometry 4/8


« Nothing rests ; everything stirs ; everything vibrates. » [1]


The third prin­ciple sta­ted by Hermes, the prin­ciple of vibra­tion should be fami­liar to you if you have been fol­lo­wing this series since the begin­ning ! Indeed, as we saw in the article devo­ted to the prin­ciple of men­ta­lism, vibra­tion occu­pies a spe­cial place in her­me­tic tea­ching : it is consi­de­red the fourth dimen­sion of the universe.

This is a sta­te­ment that would have made more than one clas­si­cal phy­si­cist jump ! Some, such as Ernst Chladni, the pre­cur­sor of cyma­tics, or even Poincaré, who intro­du­ced the notion of reso­nance, had none­the­less unders­tood the impor­tance of vibra­tion [2]. But it is the time para­me­ter that has impo­sed itself in the equa­tions. Moreover, para­doxi­cal­ly, we also owe to Poincaré the notion of space-time, a fourth tem­po­ral dimen­sion that Einstein confir­med in the theo­ry of spe­cial rela­ti­vi­ty in 1905.

When quan­tum phy­sics arri­ved, it « redis­co­ve­red » vibra­tion so to speak. More contem­po­ra­ry phy­si­cists such as Joel Sternheimer and Nassim Haramein have brought it back to the fore­front by basing their theo­ry on reso­nance.

But what is a vibra­tion ? How does it pro­pa­gate ? How do vibra­tions attract each other ? In this article, I pro­pose to explore phy­sics from the point of view of the prin­ciple of vibration.


Principle of vibration and physics

What is a vibration ?

The vibra­tion that we are per­haps most fami­liar with, but do not neces­sa­ri­ly pay atten­tion to, is sound. Technically, sound is a mecha­ni­cal vibra­tion of a gaseous, liquid or solid medium, which pro­pa­gates in the form of waves thanks to the elas­tic defor­ma­tion of this medium. We feel this vibra­tion through our sense of hearing.

The expe­rience of silence could make us believe in the absence of vibra­tion. But if we had a direct expe­rience of the quan­tum level, we would see that this world is enti­re­ly and constant­ly gover­ned by vibra­tion. This is what the Hermetists unders­tood and why they made it a key principle. 


Field, frequency and energy

representation-atome-incorrecteprincipe-de-vibration-atomeEverything we observe at our scale, star­ting with our­selves, is made of atoms. Atoms are not solid and it is incor­rect to represent them as small balls. It is impos­sible to say where an atom begins and ends. An atom is sim­ply a small oscil­la­tion in a spe­ci­fic region of space, defi­ned by a wavelength.

More gene­ral­ly, we say that all par­ticles in the quan­tum world are fields.  A field is a rela­tion bet­ween a deli­mi­ted por­tion of space and a mea­su­rable phy­si­cal quan­ti­ty, in this case a wave­length, and the­re­fore a fre­quen­cy. Knowing this infor­ma­tion allows us to define both the size and the ener­gy of the par­ticles that make up the field [3].  

The quan­tum field is like a sea of vibra­to­ry ener­gy that fills all space. Each point that com­poses it allows the emer­gence or anni­hi­la­tion of par­ticles. It has infi­nite ener­gy [4].

At our scale, in default of per­cei­ving this vibra­tion, we can expe­rience that the ener­gy of a field fades in space. This is why, for example, we can no lon­ger pick up radio trans­mis­sions out­side of its pre­cise fre­quen­cy, cha­rac­te­ri­zed by an elec­tro­ma­gne­tic field.

But in concrete terms, what is a vibra­tion ? Cymatics can help us to get a bet­ter idea.



The Vedas, the oldest manus­cripts in the world [5], report the exis­tence of an ori­gi­nal vibra­tion. A pri­mor­dial sound which would have the pro­per­ty of pro­gres­si­ve­ly giving form to mat­ter until it soli­di­fies before retur­ning to this pri­mor­dial sound : OM [6]. This sacred sound would represent the highest fre­quen­cy waves, those that never rest !

Under cer­tain condi­tions, when a sound wave passes through mat­ter, it orga­nizes itself accor­ding to the nature of the vibra­tion and the mate­rial used to spon­ta­neous­ly pro­duce geo­me­tric pat­terns. The OM sound has thus been mate­ria­li­zed as a circle around a cen­tral point. The stu­dy of the visible form of sounds and vibra­tions is the sub­ject of cymatics.


Discovery and theories

principe-de-vibration-chladniThe father of modern acous­tics, the German phy­si­cist Ernst Chladni (1756 — 1827) was the first to demons­trate this par­ti­cu­lar orga­ni­za­tion of mat­ter. Using a vio­lin bow, he set a metal plate on which sand was pla­ced into vibra­tion. Maintaining this vibra­tion, he noti­ced that the sand moved thanks to the Chladni-figuresdefor­ma­tion of the sup­port cau­sed by the sound waves. Specifically, the sand moves from areas of strong vibra­tion to areas of weak or no vibra­tion, until it forms a sta­tio­na­ry geo­me­tric pat­tern [7]. However, the geo­me­tri­cal figures only appear when the fre­quen­cies emit­ted through the bow are in reso­nance [8] with those of the plate.

Continuing Chladni’s work with new tech­niques, the Swiss doc­tor Hans Jenny (1904 — 1972) mana­ged to recreate natu­ral forms such as spi­rals. He varied and mul­ti­plied the para­me­ters of reso­nance by using sand, iron filings, water, vis­cous sub­stances… Considered the father of cyma­tics, he sought a theo­ry of the orga­ni­za­tion of the uni­verse by vibra­tions.  

This is also the quest of Alexander Lauterwasser (born 1951). This German resear­cher and pho­to­gra­pher uses water as the main vec­tor of sound waves [9]. Taking up the work of Chladni and Jenny, he obser­ved a resem­blance bet­ween cyma­tic figures and cer­tain natu­ral struc­tures such as flo­wers, fruits, ske­le­tons… Then he deve­lo­ped the idea of a sono­ge­ne­sis of the uni­verse. For him, the order of the world would be of a sonic nature : the vibra­tion of sound would conti­nuous­ly sculpt and orga­nize matter…


In pictures

Demonstration of cyma­tics in pic­tures (Source : Wikipedia) :

We have a more accu­rate repre­sen­ta­tion of the vibra­tion ; now the ques­tion is : how it is transmitted ?


Ether or not ether ?

I have alrea­dy dis­cus­sed this ques­tion in the article Unity, from ether to space, I will just repeat here the essen­tial ele­ments, in order to put them in pers­pec­tive with the Hermetists’ point of view. According to them, ether exists and serves as a trans­mis­sion medium for waves such as heat, light, elec­tri­ci­ty, magne­tism… More pre­ci­se­ly, ether connects the forms of vibra­to­ry ener­gy bet­ween them. It is a sub­stance whose vibra­tion is higher than that of matter.

Classical phy­si­cists have long sought the ether. On the one hand to explain the forces that act at a dis­tance, such as gra­vi­ta­tion, and on the other hand to explain the tra­vel of light waves in the vacuum. These phy­si­cists pre­sup­po­sed the uni­form rec­ti­li­near motion of light, and they nee­ded a mate­rial ether to try to account for this motion.

Quantum phy­si­cists saw things dif­fe­rent­ly. They dis­co­ve­red that the world of the infi­ni­te­ly small is tee­ming with ephe­me­ral par­ticles. The vacuum is not emp­ty, it has an ener­gy that remains when all other forms of ener­gy have been remo­ved. This form of ener­gy is remi­nis­cent of the pro­per­ties of the ether as des­cri­bed by the Hermetists. But it is not named as such, we speak of quan­tum vacuum fluc­tua­tions.

principe-de-vibration-fleur-de-vieNassim Haramein shows that, far from being erra­tic, these fluc­tua­tions struc­ture space-time accor­ding to the pat­tern of the flo­wer of life [10], from the Planck field [11] to the cos­mo­lo­gi­cal scale.

You can see the dyna­mics of this struc­ture on the ani­ma­tion he pro­poses.

In short, this phy­si­cist links toge­ther the dif­ferent scales of the uni­verse, high­ligh­ting a phe­no­me­non of scale pro­pa­ga­tion.


Scaling waves

Waves, in the clas­si­cal sense of the term, pro­pa­gate vibra­tions, such as the oscil­la­tion of a medium, from one point to ano­ther. They are cha­rac­te­ri­zed by a wave­length, a fre­quen­cy and a per­iod. They are the­re­fore spread out in time and space.

Scale waves, on the other hand, link the dif­ferent levels of struc­tu­ring of mat­ter from the fun­da­men­tal par­ticles to orga­nisms and their envi­ron­ment. The concept of scale waves puts the sub­ject back at the cen­ter of the des­crip­tion of phe­no­me­na. The uni­verse is no lon­ger des­cri­bed as an object seen from the out­side, but as a whole of which we are part [12].

The concept of scale waves was intro­du­ced by Joel Sternheimer (born 1943), pro­fes­sor at the European Research University, doc­tor in theo­re­ti­cal phy­sics and for­mer student of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Louis de Broglie (1892 — 1987). In 1992, he paten­ted the « epi­ge­ne­tic regu­la­tion pro­cess of pro­tein bio­syn­the­sis by scale reso­nance ». According to him, the scale dimen­sion is like an auto­no­mous dimen­sion in rela­tion to space-time.

So it would seem that on the one hand there are waves that depend on time and on the other hand waves that do not depend on time. What could be the mea­ning of this dis­tinc­tion for the Hermetists, who think only in terms of vibra­tion ?

Before tur­ning to the work of Joël Sternheimer, I would like to explore this ques­tion, in direct rela­tion to that of move­ment.


Vibration propagation

Motion — in terms of tra­jec­to­ry - occu­pies a cen­tral place in the theo­ries of clas­si­cal phy­sics, in par­ti­cu­lar the theo­ry of rela­ti­vi­ty. Indeed, for Einstein (1879 — 1955), eve­ry­thing is motion in a moving space-time. However, it is inter­es­ting to note that Poincaré (1854 — 1912) had intro­du­ced the notion of reso­nance in chao­tic sys­tems. Directly rela­ted to fre­quen­cies, and thus to vibra­tions, reso­nance sup­plan­ted the notion of tra­jec­to­ry. Quantum phy­si­cists also aban­do­ned this notion, repla­cing it with the des­crip­tion of the wave asso­cia­ted with par­ticles.

For Hermetists, vibra­tion is the com­mon deno­mi­na­tor of eve­ry­thing that mani­fests in the tem­po­ral sphere. Each com­ponent of crea­tion has its own vibra­to­ry signa­ture. Movement then results from the dif­fe­rences in vibra­to­ry den­si­ty bet­ween these components.

Nassim Haramein has a rather simi­lar point of view. According to him, the real move­ment crosses scales : all infor­ma­tion ema­nates from the Planck field and returns to it [13]. In doing so, the infor­ma­tion passes through dif­ferent vibra­tio­nal den­si­ties. The pas­sage from one scale to the next takes place through a frac­tal pro­cess, one level always contai­ning the infor­ma­tion to gene­rate the next.

poussiere-d-etoile  fractals-and-vacuum-geometry

If there is a point of conver­gence bet­ween rhyth­mic struc­tures ins­cri­bed in time and geo­me­tric struc­tures ins­cri­bed in space, it is per­haps bet­ween the theo­ry of Joël Sternheimer and that of Nassim Haramein that it lies… Let us conti­nue our exploration..


The music of proteins

A tailor-made score

« The ami­no acids that come into har­mo­ny to make the pro­tein are a sequence of waves simi­lar to a sequence of notes on a sheet of music. » [14]

Joël Sternheimer notes that, during pro­tein syn­the­sis, the ami­no acids of plants emit sequences of quan­tum vibra­tions. These vibra­tions pro­pa­gate in space-time, but also in a scale dimen­sion, for­ming a wave that links the scale of the ami­no acid to the scale of the pro­tein being formed.

Although they are inau­dible to the human ear, quan­tum vibra­tions can be trans­po­sed into the musi­cal sound range. Joël Sternheimer, also a musi­cian, has suc­cee­ded in asso­cia­ting a note with each of the sequences pro­du­ced by the ami­no acids, obtai­ning a series of har­mo­ni­zed sounds, a melo­dy spe­ci­fic to each pro­tein that he has cal­led « pro­teo­dy ». Proteody is sim­ply a reso­nance bet­ween a melo­dy and a pro­tein that has the same sequence of fre­quen­cies.

Living orga­nisms are able to reco­gnize pro­teo­dies. In a human being who hears a pro­teo­dy, two cir­cuits reso­nate — that of the brain and that of the hair cells of the ear — to sti­mu­late or inhi­bit the syn­the­sis of the cor­res­pon­ding pro­tein [15].

In plants, there are as many pro­teo­dies as there are plant varie­ties. Each spe­cies the­re­fore requires a spe­ci­fic par­ti­tion to acti­vate its growth pro­cess. It is also pos­sible to sti­mu­late a spe­cies and inhi­bit a para­site. Joël Sternheimer has thus found the pro­tein that enables toma­toes to resist drought and insect attacks. By fee­ding the cor­res­pon­ding pro­teo­dy to toma­to plants in Africa, he obtai­ned tal­ler plants, lar­ger fruits and a twenty-fold increase in yield !


The music of the masses

At the time he made these dis­co­ve­ries, the phy­si­cist was wor­king on the mass of par­ticles, based on the work of Louis de Broglie. In 1923, de Broglie had esta­bli­shed an equi­va­lence bet­ween the two ener­gy for­mu­las :

Einstein’s for­mu­la (E = mc²) and Planck’s for­mu­la (E = hν)

So mc² = hν, or m = νh/c²

(m is the mass, ν (nu) is the fre­quen­cy, h is Planck’s constant, and c is the speed of light)

According to de Broglie, a mass must have a cer­tain vibra­tion. That’s why Joël Sternheimer had the idea of trans­la­ting the masses of par­ticles into musi­cal fre­quen­cies. Then he rea­li­zed that these are dis­tri­bu­ted bet­ween them like the musi­cal notes in the tem­pe­red chro­ma­tic scale. This scale divides the octave [16] into 12 equal parts. What does this mean ? That the scale waves bring cohe­rence to masses !

The tem­pe­red range has the pro­per­ty of being trans­po­sable to all scales. This is all the more inter­es­ting since there are simi­la­ri­ties bet­ween the mass for­mu­las of par­ticles and the mass for­mu­las of black holes. Indeed, the mass of a par­ticle is given by the radius of cur­va­ture of its tra­jec­to­ry, and the mass of a black hole is given by the Schwarzschild radius — the radius below which all pho­tons have ellip­ti­cal tra­jec­to­ries and can­not escape the black hole.

The holo­gra­phic mass for­mu­la given by Nassim Haramein leaves no doubt on the mat­ter. This enti­re­ly geo­me­tri­cal solu­tion is the proof of scale inva­riance : it applies to par­ticles as well as to black holes since par­ticles are black holes [17] !



We are now going to start a tran­si­tion bet­ween the field of phy­sics and that of men­tal states, always with the prin­ciple of vibra­tion as a com­mon thread.


Principle of vibration and mental states

« The crea­tive force always locks itself into what it has created. »


The Hermetists teach that an object that rotates fas­ter and fas­ter will pass through all the forms of ener­gy of the vibra­to­ry conti­nuum to rein­te­grate the Whole, name­ly : sound, heat, color, invi­sible radia­tion, elec­tri­ci­ty, magne­tism, atoms, ether, men­tal stages, Spirit, and final­ly, rein­te­gra­tion of the Whole.

This means that ener­gy only changes its form, its vibra­to­ry den­si­ty. Between mat­ter and Spirit, there are indeed mil­lions and mil­lions of dif­ferent degrees of vibra­tion. Precisely, the various mani­fes­ta­tions of Matter, Energy, Soul, and even Spirit, are the conse­quence of an une­qual pro­por­tion of vibra­tions.

The higher forms of ener­gy are confi­ned within the various com­bi­na­tions of mat­ter. Thus we unders­tand how thought — the prin­ciple of men­ta­lism — lives within all mani­fes­ta­tion. And how, when it reaches a vibra­tion so high that it is beyond dua­li­ty, thought is suspended.


The stillness point

The stil­l­ness point is like the mate­ria­li­za­tion of the sound OM : a cen­tral point in the middle of a circle. The point repre­sents conscious­ness. The circle contains the ener­gy that unfolds from this point. Everything is ener­gy that vibrates at a dif­ferent fre­quen­cy, at a dif­ferent speed, in a dif­ferent direc­tion, in a dif­ferent way.

Does this mean that conscious­ness is sta­tic ? Fortunately not ! The point only appears to be motion­less because it is in a state of har­mo­nic reso­nance, it is in a rhyth­mic and balan­ced exchange of ener­gy, vibra­ting at very high inten­si­ty and speed.

mouvement-et-immobiliteThe remar­kable thing about Nassim Haramein’s theo­ry is that it accounts for this point of « immo­bi­li­ty ». Why does this phy­si­cist attach so much impor­tance to it ? Firstly, because he has found a way to access it in his per­so­nal inner expe­rience. And second­ly, because he believes that this point is neces­sa­ry for the dyna­mics of the uni­verse — without which there can be no per­so­nal expe­rience ! The stil­l­ness point is indeed the condi­tion of pos­si­bi­li­ty of all move­ment : it is the cen­tral sin­gu­la­ri­ty [18] that allows objects to turn, from the infi­ni­te­ly small to the infi­ni­te­ly large.

Everything meets at the stil­l­ness point. It is the space of form­less­ness and iden­ti­ty­less­ness. The point that contains eve­ry­thing without any move­ment in the tem­po­ral sense. The space in which nothing can be per­cei­ved, or rather eve­ry­thing can be per­cei­ved without pos­sible dis­tinc­tion, without dif­fe­ren­tial, without dis­cri­mi­na­tion. Stillness is conscious­ness without move­ment, a conscious­ness that is aware of itself without being able to « dis­so­ciate from itself » and expe­rience its aspects in energy.

But let us return to thought and men­tal states.


Principle of vibration, induction and mental transmutation

Some of the vibra­tions that accom­pa­ny men­tal states (thoughts, emo­tions, desire…) can influence other indi­vi­duals by induc­tion. Mental induc­tion is a natu­ral phe­no­me­non, based on the elec­tro­ma­gne­tic field gene­ra­ted by the mind. Thanks to induc­tion, the Masters can trans­mit, some­times by their mere pre­sence, a part of their strength and know­ledge to their dis­ciples [19]. But induc­tion can also be used nega­ti­ve­ly, in cases of col­lec­tive hyp­no­sis for example.

Unless we have rea­ched the state of awa­ke­ning, we are all poten­tial­ly influen­ced by induc­tion. And a for­tio­ri if we ignore the exis­tence of this phe­no­me­non ! Otherwise, the best way to pro­tect our­selves from nega­tive influences is to create and main­tain the highest vibra­tion pos­sible. Indeed, a higher vibra­tion always pre­vails over a lower vibration.

It is the men­tal trans­mu­ta­tion that allows us to do this. It is des­cri­bed by the Hermetists as the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of the prin­ciple of vibra­tion. According to them, as human beings, we can not only pro­duce vibra­tions at will on the men­tal plane, but also pola­rize our mind and make it reach the desi­red degree [20].


The law of attraction 

Have you ever had the expe­rience of recal­ling an event with someone who lived it with you, and found that you remem­ber it very dif­fe­rent­ly ? This is due to the emo­tio­nal com­ponent with which our memo­ries are sto­red. This com­ponent depends on :

- the emo­tio­nal reso­nance that the event in ques­tion had on us

- our emo­tio­nal matu­ri­ty of the moment, able to manage or not this reso­nance [21]

The vibra­tion offers, through reso­nance, a sup­port to the mani­fes­ta­tion, to our crea­tions. When we emit a vibra­tion, we emit the com­bi­na­tion of two things : what we think about most often and the emo­tion we asso­ciate with it. Our most intense and frequent thoughts and emo­tions shape our vibra­tio­nal state. A vibra­tion attracts a simi­lar vibra­tion. This is why an emo­tion calls up past events to which we have asso­cia­ted, even uncons­cious­ly, the same emotion.

correspondanceOur vibra­to­ry state is the infor­ma­tion we send to the uni­verse.  The uni­verse, sub­ject to the prin­ciple of cor­res­pon­dence, sends us back cir­cum­stances, people and events in reso­nance with this vibra­tion. Thus, what will mani­fest in our expe­rience will reflect what is most often hap­pe­ning inside us. We are constant­ly transmitting/receiving because we are bathed in the vibra­to­ry conti­nuum of the universe.

One can of course decide to conscious­ly create a men­tal state through men­tal trans­mu­ta­tion. However, in order to attract the cor­res­pon­ding vibra­tion, one must also be able to main­tain this state in dura­tion and inten­si­ty, just like the vibra­tion one must main­tain to create a sta­tio­na­ry Chladni figure…!




Key points

  • The vibra­to­ry conti­nuum of the uni­verse unfolds from the sound vibration.

  • Vibrations struc­ture the uni­verse by scale pro­pa­ga­tion from the infi­ni­te­ly small to the infi­ni­te­ly large. They fol­low a frac­tal pro­gres­sion, cros­sing dif­ferent vibra­tio­nal densities.

  • Vibration is the com­mon deno­mi­na­tor of all that mani­fests in the tem­po­ral sphere.

  • Mental trans­mu­ta­tion is the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of the prin­ciple of vibration.






Notes and references

Principle of vibration and physics

[1] Unless other­wise noted, all quotes are from the Kybalion.
[2] So did inven­tor Nikola Tesla (1856 — 1943), who said, « If you want to find the secrets of the uni­verse, think in terms of ener­gy, fre­quen­cy, infor­ma­tion, and vibra­tion. »
[3] This is Planck’s for­mu­la, the basis of quan­tum phy­sics, which relates fre­quen­cy to ener­gy : E = h ν (E is ener­gy, h is Planck’s constant and ν (nu) is fre­quen­cy).
[4] See also the sec­tion on quan­tum field theo­ry.
[5] The Vedas mate­ria­lize an oral tea­ching given for mil­len­nia.
[6] If you wish to know more, I invite you to consult this article on the pri­mor­dial sound (in french)
[7] A stan­ding wave results from the super­po­si­tion of two waves of oppo­site direc­tion, of same fre­quen­cy but not neces­sa­ri­ly of same ampli­tude. We then observe a vibra­tion that stays in place, of dif­ferent inten­si­ty at each obser­ved point.
[8] A sti­mu­la­tion and an object enter into reso­nance when their fre­quen­cies agree.
[9] See his book Images sonores d’eau, la musique créa­trice de l’u­ni­vers [Sound images of water, the crea­tive music of the uni­verse], Médicis Editions, 2019
[10] To learn more, you can consult the article dedi­ca­ted to space-time.
[11] The Planck field is the smal­lest oscil­la­tion that deter­mines our rela­tion­ship to the universe.

Scales waves

[12] See, in reso­nance with this pro­ble­ma­tic, the article Objectivity and sub­jec­ti­vi­ty : uni­fied per­cep­tion.
[13] See also the article Movement and per­cep­tion.
[14] STERNHEIMER Joël, quo­ted by DOMINGUEZ Pauline A., Le savant qui fait chan­ter les par­ti­cules [The scien­tist who makes par­ticles sing], Usbek & Rica, August 17, 2016
[15] To learn more, read his talk at the Tokyo Academy of Sciences (in french).
[16] In music, the octave is the inter­val bet­ween two notes of the same name. It is a ratio bet­ween a fre­quen­cy and twice that fre­quen­cy.
[17] For more infor­ma­tion, see the article on the Schwarzschild pro­ton.

Principle of vibration and mental states

[18] In phy­sics, a sin­gu­la­ri­ty is an area of space-time where the den­si­ty of mat­ter, tem­pe­ra­ture, ener­gy… become infi­nite.
[19] This is pro­ba­bly what hap­pe­ned bet­ween Madeleine and me when my aneu­rysm burst.
[20] See also this sec­tion on men­tal trans­mu­ta­tion.
[21] Moral : pro­ba­bly nei­ther per­son has the right memo­ry, because in any case this com­ponent limits the unders­tan­ding of what real­ly happened.


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