Rhythm Shapes Matter
I first read about rhythm shaping matter in When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm, by Layne Redmond.* She describes Hans Jenney’s experiments that demonstrates sound waves move matter into symmetrical patterns with a mathematical precision. The lower tones shaped simple images and the higher tones generated more complex symmetrical patterns.
Scientists now theorize that all matter is energy vibrating at various frequencies and rhythms. It is also evident that one rhythm can influence another rhythm.
“This ability of one rhythm to draw another into harmonic resonance with it is called entrainment.”
– Layne Redmond, When the Drummers Were Women, p 174.
Being in Rhythm with Ourselves, One another, and the Divine
Everything is rhythm and vibration. Ms. Redmond offers examples of the power of one’s vibrant personal rhythm to entrain others to be in sync with her/him. She describes the rhythm of conversations that become entrained to achieve successful communication with others. And, the use of music or drumming to synchronize the rhythms of the right and left hemispheres of our brain, can entrain us to levels of consciousness that align with the divine (p 173-174).
Rhythm shapes us, shapes our relationships, shapes nature, and shapes the cosmos. Being in rhythm with ourselves, each other, and the earth contributes to a healthy, harmonious life. Being out of rhythm is destructive to our bodies, our relationships, and our planet.
Questions for Circle Discussion:
- When have you found yourself feeling fully entrained with another person? Or not feeling at all in rhythm with another? Describe what that feels like.
- When have you felt fully entrained with the divine? Or not felt in sync with the divine? Describe what that feels like.
- When have you felt fully entrained with a group of people? Or not felt a harmonious resonance with a group? Describe what that felt like.
- What does it mean to you to be in rhythm with your body? With others? With the divine?
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For additional information on women’s rhythms, read the chapter, Remembered Rhythms, in my book, The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart Is True, P 115-119.
*Redmond, Layne. When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997.
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