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Sacred Geometry and Cymatics

Jul 14, 2015

One big ‘keystone moment’ for me was when I realized that cymatic resonance patterns are directly related to the geometric figures descended from Hebrew gnosticism and the Egyptian mystery school (commonly known as ‘sacred geometry’). If you are not familiar with cymatics, this refers to the study of resonance patterns on plates sprinkled with powder.

The following image shows a comparison of the cymatic pattern produced by the first and fifth harmonic partials (a musical major third / minor sixth) with the geometrical figure known as Metatron’s cube (Hebrew Star of David). When the two are overlaid, it is easy to see the correspondence between the physical and mathematical representations.

Such vibratory pattern are naturally recursive or fractal, coherently nesting the same figure inside themselves. This phenomena is a natural result of overlapping harmonic waves. In this case, the inside cube and corresponding Metatron’s cube is actually the square root of the outer cube.

I think that sacred geometry was seen as sacred by the ancients because it occurs naturally in all harmonic waves, occurring not only in sound and music but also coherent light (such as laser and star light), atoms and even the event horizons of black holes. In fact, harmonics are the prime ordering principle and foundation of quantum physics, explaining everything from flowers to human consciousness as the musical geometry of harmonic interference just like this.


Richard Merrick

Richard Merrick was the founder and CEO of Postfuture, a pioneering rich-media communications provider for companies like Best Buy and Microsoft. Under his leadership, the company grew from a tiny start-up in 1999 into the top digital communications company of 2004 and 4th fastest growing technology company in Texas. Prior to this, he was the technology founder and elected CEO of 7th Level, a global CD-ROM game publisher and Internet technology company known for such award-winning titles as TuneLand Starring Howie Mandel and Monty Python's The Quest for the Holy Grail. Merrick's work spans many areas of digital media, including search engines, graphics operating systems, multi-media authoring applications, interactive games, voice-response Web agents and dynamically personalized Internet communications. Throughout his career he has been invited to speak around the world on the future of digital media and cited as an expert in leading publications. He is an improvisational pianist & composer, archetypal artist and independent researcher into the physics, history and social ramifications of harmonic science. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) and M.S.C.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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