Speech, Action, and the Human Condition: Hannah Arendt on How We Invent Ourselves and Reinvent the World

“The smallest act in the most limited circumstances bears the seed of the same boundlessness, because one deed, and sometimes one word, suffices to change every constellation.”

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Maria Popova
May 17, 2017

“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other,” Adrienne Rich wrote in her piercing 1975 meditation on how relationships refine our truths. But although our words may be the vehicle of our truths, their seedbed is action — we enact the truth of who and what we are as we move through the world. That’s what Anna Deavere Smith spoke to in her advice to young artists: “Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.”

That indelible relationship between speech and action in an honorable existence is what Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906–December 4, 1975) examines throughout The Human Condition (public library) — the immensely influential 1958 book that gave us Arendt on the crucial difference between how art and science illuminate life.

Hannah Arendt by Fred Stein, 1944 (Photograph courtesy of the Fred Stein Archive)

Arendt examines the dual root of speech and action:

Human plurality, the basic condition of both action and speech, has the twofold character of equality and distinction. If men were not equal, they could neither understand each other and those who came before them nor plan for the future and foresee the needs of those who will come after them. If men were not distinct, each human being distinguished from any other who is, was, or will ever be, they would need neither speech nor action to make themselves understood.

It is useful here to remember that Arendt is living, and therefore writing, nearly half a century before Ursula K. Le Guin unsexed “he” as the universal pronoun — Arendt’s “man,” of course, speaks to and for humanity it is entirety. In fact, she examines the vital complementarity of the universal and the unique. With an eye to the difference between human distinctness and otherness, she writes:

Otherness, it is true, is an important aspect of plurality, the reason why all our definitions are distinctions, why we are unable to say what anything is without distinguishing it from something else. Otherness in its most abstract form is found only in the sheer multiplication of inorganic objects, whereas all organic life already shows variations and distinctions, even between specimens of the same species. But only man can express this distinction and distinguish himself, and only he can communicate himself and not merely something—thirst or hunger, affection or hostility or fear. In man, otherness, which he shares with everything that is, and distinctness, which he shares with everything alive, become uniqueness, and human plurality is the paradoxical plurality of unique beings.

Speech and action reveal this unique distinctness. Through them, men distinguish themselves instead of being merely distinct; they are the modes in which human beings appear to each other, not indeed as physical objects, but qua men. This appearance, as distinguished from mere bodily existence, rests on initiative, but it is an initiative from which no human being can refrain and still be human.

Art by E.B. Lewis from Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim — the illustrated story of how civil rights leader John Lewis’s humble childhood shaped his heroic life at the intersection of speech and action

Not only is the interplay of speech and action our supreme mechanism of self-invention and self-reinvention, but, Arendt suggests, in inventing a self we are effectively inventing the world in which we want to live:

With word and deed we insert ourselves into the human world, and this insertion is like a second birth, in which we confirm and take upon ourselves the naked fact of our original physical appearance. This insertion is not forced upon us by necessity, like labor, and it is not prompted by utility, like work. It may be stimulated by the presence of others whose company we may wish to join, but it is never conditioned by them; its impulse springs from the beginning which came into the world when we were born and to which we respond by beginning something new on our own initiative. To act, in its most general sense, means to take an initiative, to begin (as the Greek word archein, “to begin,” “to lead,” and eventually “to rule,” indicates), to set something into motion (which is the original meaning of the Latin agere).

Action is therefore the most optimistic and miraculous of our faculties, for it alone gives rise to what hadn’t existed before — it is the supreme force of creation. Arendt writes:

It is in the nature of beginning that something new is started which cannot be expected from whatever may have happened before. This character of startling unexpectedness is inherent in all beginnings and in all origins… The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle. The fact that man is capable of action means that the unexpected can be expected from him, that he is able to perform what is infinitely improbable.

And yet, contrary to the popular indictment that speech is the cowardly absence of action, action cannot take place without speech. Above all, Arendt argues, it is through the integration of the two that we reveal ourselves to one another, as well as to ourselves:

No other human performance requires speech to the same extent as action. In all other performances speech plays a subordinate role, as a means of communication or a mere accompaniment to something that could also be achieved in silence.


In acting and speaking, men show who they are, reveal actively their unique personal identities and thus make their appearance in the human world… This disclosure of “who” in contradistinction to “what” somebody is — his qualities, gifts, talents, and shortcomings, which he may display or hide — is implicit in everything somebody says and does. It can be hidden only in complete silence and perfect passivity, but its disclosure can almost never be achieved as a willful purpose, as though one possessed and could dispose of this “who” in the same manner he has and can dispose of his qualities. On the contrary, it is more than likely that the “who,” which appears so clearly and unmistakably to others, remains hidden from the person himself, like the daimōn in Greek religion which accompanies each man throughout his life, always looking over his shoulder from behind and thus visible only to those he encounters.

Down the Rabbit Hole: One of Salvador Dalí’s rare 1969 illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

Echoing the Nobel-winning Indian poet and philosopher Tagore’s assertion that “relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance,” Arendt adds:

This revelatory quality of speech and action comes to the fore where people are with others and neither for nor against them — that is, in sheer human togetherness. Although nobody knows whom he reveals when he discloses himself in deed or word, he must be willing to risk the disclosure.


Without the disclosure of the agent in the act, action loses its specific character and becomes one form of achievement among others. It is then indeed no less a means to an end than making is a means to produce an object. This happens whenever human togetherness is lost, that is, when people are only for or against other people, as for instance in modern warfare, where men go into action and use means of violence in order to achieve certain objectives for their own side and against the enemy. In these instances, which of course have always existed, speech becomes indeed “mere talk,” simply one more means toward the end, whether it serves to deceive the enemy or to dazzle everybody with propaganda; here words reveal nothing, disclosure comes only from the deed itself, and this achievement, like all other achievements, cannot disclose the “who,” the unique and distinct identity of the agent.

In a passage that calls to mind philosopher Amelie Rorty’s taxonomy of the seven levels of personhood, Arendt suggests that action is what propels us from static selves to dynamic agents of change, and considers the immense potential of that agency:

The smallest act in the most limited circumstances bears the seed of the same boundlessness, because one deed, and sometimes one word, suffices to change every constellation.

In a sentiment which Rebecca Solnit would come to echo half a century later in her immensely vitalizing Hope in the Dark, where she asserted that “the grounds for hope are in the shadows, in the people who are inventing the world while no one looks, who themselves don’t know yet whether they will have any effect,” Arendt looks back on the history of humanity’s great intellectual and political revolutions, and adds:

It certainly is not without irony that those whom public opinion has persistently held to be the least practical and the least political members of society should have turned out to be the only ones left who still know how to act and how to act in concert. For their early organizations, which they founded in the seventeenth century for the conquest of nature and in which they developed their own moral standards and their own code of honor, have not only survived all vicissitudes of the modern age, but they have become one of the most potent power-generating groups in all history.

The Human Condition remains an indispensable read. Complement this particular portion with Vincent van Gogh on principles and talking vs. doing, then revisit Arendt on the crucial difference between truth and meaning, the power of being an outsider, how tyrants use isolation as a weapon of oppression, and our only effective antidote to the normalization of evil.

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Rediscovering the Art and Science of Sound Therapy

Rediscovering the Art and Science of Sound Therapy

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John Stuart Reid
February 19, 2017

John Stuart Reid and Annaliese Reid illustrate how sound is fast regaining its place as a powerful healing modality. Having first been used by the ancients, sound therapy has undergone a period of re-discovery and is now poised to reveal the intricacies of healing both at the cellular and psychological levels.

“Sound will be the medicine of the future.” ~   Edgar Cayce

Several ancient cultures used the seemingly magical power of sound to heal, but sound therapy had almost disappeared in the West until 1927 when Professor R. Wood and his assistant, Loomis, discovered ultrasound—high frequency sound—and its medical properties.1 With this discovery, research burgeoned and it is now established fact that ultrasound has powerful medical properties including its use in breaking up kidney stones and even shrinking tumours.2,3,4,5 In hospitals and sports injury clinics, in all parts of the world, therapeutic ultrasound is used to support or accelerate the healing of soft tissues and broken bones. In the 1980s, infrasound—very low frequency sound—and audible sound were also discovered to have healing properties and in recent years several commercial organizations have developed audible sound devices to support a wide range of physical ailments.6, 7, 8 The companies have documented many cases in which their sonic therapies benefited individuals. Audible sound is intrinsically safe and cannot be “overdosed,” while ultrasound, if not properly applied, can cause severe internal burning.

The Aboriginal people of Australia are reported to have used their “yidaki” (modern name, didgeridoo) as a healing tool for thousands of years and one tradition holds that its primordial sound created the world and everything in it. Stories passed down through many generations of their culture tell of healing broken bones, muscle tears and many kinds of illnesses using their enigmatic musical instrument. To our knowledge no medical studies have been conducted in which the yidaki’s healing power has been tested, although its acoustic output is in alignment with some modern audible sound therapy devices so it is not surprising that it has healing properties. Studies of the benefits of playing the yidaki instrument have been conducted and a paper in the Journal of Rural Health concluded that yidaki playing alleviated the symptoms of asthma in school children.9 Another study, reported in the British Medical Journal, concluded that it helped sleep apnea.10

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A yidaki, or didgeridoo, ancient musical instrument with therapeutic benefits. Image credit: Dan McGarry

The ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras of Samos, was reported to have used therapeutic sound by using music to treat physical as well as emotional maladies. One of his biographers, Iamblichus, writes, “Pythagoras was of the opinion that music contributed greatly to health, if used in an appropriate manner…[by using] music in the place of medicine.”11 Today, music therapy is an established clinical discipline widely used to assist people to overcome physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual challenges.12  There is some evidence that the ancient Egyptians used sound as medicine and a tradition exists in which Pythagoras is thought to have travelled in Egypt, suggesting that he may have gained his knowledge of this subject from their priests.13

Before discussing the mechanisms that underpin sound therapies let us take a brief look at the organizing power of sound.

 Sound: primordial organizer of the universe

Many spiritual traditions speak of sound as the formative force of creation. The prophetic opening words of St. John’s Gospel are a good example:

“In the beginning was the Word, [sound] and the word was with God, and the Word was God.” 

Another example is that of the Vedic Brahmanism tradition of northern India (circa 1500 BCE) in which the theme is strikingly similar to St. John’s Gospel,

“In the beginning was Brahman, with whom was Vak [the word] and the word is Brahman…by that word…he created all things whatsoever.”

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Shabako Stone (British Museum) 

A final example, of many, is that of the inscription on the Shabako stone in the British Museum, considered by Egyptologists to be one the most important hieroglyphic texts and second only to the Rosetta Stone. The Shabako Stone text tells of the god Ptah, the cosmic architect who created the entire Cosmos simply by uttering words. Predating the Old and New Testament by hundreds (and possibly thousands) of years, lines 56-57 of the ancient Shabako Stone text state:

Lo, every word of god came into being through the thoughts of the mind and the command by the tongue.”

The prophetic nature of such spiritual traditions has come to light due to recent studies pointing to sound (rather than gravity) as the prime organizing force of all matter in the early Universe. Sound cannot travel in the vacuum of space but sound can travel wherever matter is dense enough to allow atomic particles to collide; scientific theory suggests that the early Universe was filled with high density particles during the first 380,000 years of creation.14 It is this process of collisions between atomic particles that provides a clear definition of sound: Sound is the transfer of vibrational information at the moment of collision between any two atoms or molecules.

Sound may also have been a prime mover in the creation of life. It is generally held that life began in the vicinity of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, places where (even today) hot, mineral-rich gases bubble up from earth’s core into the seawater, making contact with molten lava. Yet, the structuring and organizing force that triggered life has always eluded theorists. Could it be that sound, one of the most potent organizing forces in the Universe, was involved? Although invisible, sound has holographic properties and has the power to structure matter at the atomic scale. In water sound acts to form “sonic scaffolding” that causes molecules to coalesce in an orderly manner. This dynamic, sonic mechanism may have sparked life.

The shape of sound and life

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Cyma Technologies Inc. “Cyma 1000” sound therapy device

The CymaScope is the world’s first scientific instrument that allows us to study the visual geometry created when sound encounters a membrane or fluid medium. (“Cyma” derives from the Greek, “kyma,” meaning wave). The device creates sound images called “CymaGlyphs” that are the imprint of sound on the surface and sub surface of pure water. Pure sinusoidal sounds contain many mathematical ratios, perhaps the most important of which is “phi” that is often referred to as the “Golden Mean” and is the ratio of 1 to approximately 1.618. Phi is prevalent in all living things, suggesting a link between sound and life, and Gyorgy Doczi’s wonderful book, The Power of Limits, illustrates this point with great flair. He analyzes sea creatures, shells, butterflies, flowers and many other life forms to validate the phi ratio as one of the defining characteristics of life.

Geometric sonic structures, typically containing the phi ratio, are commonly observed with the CymaScope instrument and provide us with a hypothetical model for the way in which the earliest life forms may have been shaped in the ancient seas. The surfaces of microscopic bubbles, created near hydrothermal vents, could have been host to geometric patterns of sonic vibration, providing nodal points in which the building blocks of life found safe haven. Simple creatures that exhibit clearly defined geometry, such as diatoms and starfish, offer support that sound may have been involved in the triggering and/or structuring of life.

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A Starfish from the Ordovician era, 450 million years ago, with geometry overlay, illustrating the golden mean ratio 

A virus with a geometric morphology and a lineage stretching back 3.5 billion years also provides some support for this hypothesis and was discovered in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, leading to the intriguing proposal that the earliest life forms may have been viruses. 15

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A Transmission Electron Micrograph of “Sulfolobus Icosahedral Turreted Virus” found in a thermal pool of Yellowstone National Park.
On the right, the unique lattice of this icosahedral virus is shown superimposed upon a cryo reconstruction.
Courtesy Dr George Rice, Mantana State University 

One of the greatest mysteries in understanding how life came into being concerns the helical nature of RNA and DNA. One possibility stems from CymaScope research in which vortices can be created in water by pure low frequency sounds in both the macro and micro realms, providing a form of scaffolding to which the molecules of life could have adhered. The dynamics necessary to create micro vortices in the ancient seas may have derived from the low frequency sounds generated by hydrothermal vents. The pure form of sound needed to power this mechanism may have derived from a certain class of hydrothermal vent bubbles. Pure tones have been detected emitting from hydrothermal vents and the largest vent bubbles are thought to act like Helmholtz Resonators, effectively tuning out all frequencies except those that resonate with the gas cavity formed by the bubble.16 It is intriguing to think that naturally occurring micro spiral vortices in water, created by pure sounds, may be part of the mechanism contributing to the origin of life. Although further research is needed to clarify this hypothesis it is clear that sound and life are inextricably linked. (For an expanded treatise on sound as a life-creating force, see Sound, the Trigger for Life at: www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/biology.html

Therapeutic sound principles

If sound was the trigger for life it should not be surprising that sound has the ability to support and heal life. Put simply, sound has the almost magical power to restore order to organisms that are malfunctioning–magical in the sense that we don’t yet fully understand the mechanisms at work. For example, studies have shown that audible sound in the form of music has significant healing properties in both humans and animals, inferring that music therapy is potentially healing on two levels: first as a result of the stimulation of the brain’s pleasure centres, leading to hormonal secretions and “feel good” effects, and second, due to the physical effects of sound at the cellular level. 17, 18, 19

Regarding the physical effects of sound at the cellular level, two main categories exist: Destructive and Constructive sound therapies. Lithotripsy is a well-known medical technique that employs high intensity ultrasound to shatter kidney stones and gallstones and employs a destructive sonic principle. 20 However, therapeutic ultrasound can employ either a constructive or a destructive sonic effect, depending on how it is deployed. For example, ultrasound can accelerate cellular division in soft tissues and accelerate bone growth (a constructive principle) while high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can be used to shrink tumours (a destructive principle)21.

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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (Hifu)
Professor Gail ter Haar’s experimental method for destruction of cancer masses.
Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Therapeutic audible sound generally employs a constructive sonic principle, but an intriguing possibility exists to use audible sound destructively in order to shrink tumours22, 23. Dr. James Gimzewski, of UCLA California, has taken a novel approach to studying cellular function. He uses an atomic force microscope to ‘listen’ to the sounds emitted by cells. The focus of this new science, which he has named “sonocytology,” is mapping the pulsations of a cell’s outer membrane, thus identifying the “song” of the cell. Gimzewski’s work suggests that every cell in our bodies has a unique sonic signature and “sings” to its neighbours. Sonocytology could be developed into a potentially powerful diagnostic tool for identifying the sounds of healthy cells versus those of injurious ones. It also offers an even more exciting prospect: the ability to play the destructive sounds of rogue cells back to themselves greatly amplified so that, by the simple law of resonance, the hostile cells implode and are destroyed. In this scenario there would be no collateral damage to surrounding cells since healthy cells would not be resonant* with these frequencies.

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Professor James Gimsewski and his Sonocytology research team, UCLA Berkley

The mechanism(s) by which constructive sound therapies trigger the body’s healing response are unknown but one possibility concerns the fact that when a system of cells is traumatized, for example due to physical trauma or by invasion of a pathogen, they go into a form of hibernation known as the G0 phase, or quiescent phase, in which they are effectively asleep and not replicating.24 To rejoin the normal cell cycle leading to normal replication and healing, the cell requires either good nutrition or rest or both, but, hypothetically, exposing quiescent cells to audible sounds of the correct frequencies acts as a catalyst that stimulates the cell to move to the G1 phase in which cells prepare for replication.25 We monitored a healthy yeast cell’s “song” spectrographically and compared it with the spectrograph of the same cell after it had been traumatized by acid. (The sound files were from Dr. Gimzewski’s lab). It was clear that the traumatized cell emitted far higher frequencies, as if the cell was screaming. Applying sounds to a system of traumatized cells may stimulate the cell’s Integral Membrane Proteins and imprint a cymatic pattern upon the cell that provides a form of energetic sonic nourishment, causing its frequencies to return to normal.

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Cells immersed in therapeutic sound frequencies (artist’s impression)

Modern audible sound therapy devices are non-invasive and are essentially like playing music to the body; in fact many traditional sound therapy music-based instruments, such as the harp, the gong, Tibetan bowls and crystal bowls emit rich soundscapes that provide sonic nourishment for cells. The piano and harp, in particular, are important because all of their sounds are harmonically related to each other; each higher frequency created by a piano or harp string is mathematically related to the string’s fundamental frequency, regardless of the choice of concert pitch. (The fundamental frequency of a given piano or harp string is called its “1st harmonic”, and the same string’s 2nd harmonic is twice the fundamental frequency, and the string’s 3rd harmonic is three times the fundamental frequency and so on.) This natural order means that when cells receive harp or piano sounds they are better able to absorb the sonic energy.  In the case of gongs and Tibetan bowls although their harmonic output is jumbled they can provide sonic nourishment for cells provided they are played at low or moderate levels; if played loudly such sounds would be a stressor for cells. However, audible sound therapy devices employ carefully targeted frequencies, unlike the broad range of frequencies provided by music and music-based instruments. This targeted approach has been found to be highly efficacious and Cyma Technologies Inc, for example, is pioneering a new era in therapeutic sound therapy devices in which specific sets of frequencies are employed, depending on the nature of the malady to be supported. We can envisage a future in which diagnostic and therapeutic beds, resembling a scene from a Star Trek sick bay, may become commonplace and in which sound therapy forms part of the clinician’s armoury of healing modalities.

The role of intention in sound healing

Sound therapy is a highly effective tool for the support of a wide range of health challenges and fortunately an individual does not need to believe in it for it to work. However, there is another factor that can greatly amplify the effectiveness of healing: creative intention. While mainstream medicine does not yet recognize the importance of a patient’s intention, in contrast, most vibrational energy practitioners, including sound therapy practitioners, use a holistic approach that addresses both mind and body. When the power of intention is held, the chances of a successful outcome are intensified. Intention consists of using your focused thoughts, feelings and visualizations to attract whatever is desired, such as enhancing one’s health.

American sound therapist, Jonathan Goldman, created this simple formula: Sound + Intention = Healing

The power of intention involves consciously drawing on the universal field of energy. Utilizing this potent universal force along with healing sounds has been found to dramatically accelerate the healing process. Many people fall into the trap of fear, or negative intention, particularly in regard to health issues. It is all too easy to fixate upon the possible consequences of a health challenge rather than on the positive expectation of enjoying a healthy, vital life. The Universe, it seems, is neutral and will return in kind whatever we focus upon. Whether we are aware of it or not, we use the power of intention either positively or negatively every moment of every day. Our thoughts, feelings and imaginings are the templates for the results and experiences of our lives. In this context, like attracts like.

When using creative intention, there is the sense of being deeply inspired. (The word inspiration means inspirit.) We are motivated to respond to a deeper calling with a firm belief, an absolute knowing, that our desire has already been fulfilled. When we merge the mind’s energizing force with the universal field of energy for the purpose of healing and creation, our health and the quality of our lives can be transformed. One may ask how it is possible to have absolute certainty about a desired outcome before there is any apparent proof. People tend to believe things only when they see them. However, the art of creative intention calls for a new way of thinking: when you believe it, you will see it.

It is highly beneficial to the creative process when you act as if you already have what you want. See, feel, and think as if your body is currently vital and whole. When you act as if your desired outcome has already happened, the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between what is factual and what is imagined and believes your intention is actual reality. The mind holds immense healing and creative powers and will continue to work on your behalf as long as you maintain your conscious focus of intention. Perhaps the most important element in “acting as if” is to feel the experience of having already manifested your desire.

Some people have used these and similar tools of intention but have not experienced the successful outcome for which they had hoped. Generally it is not because they have applied it incorrectly or missed an important element in the process. Their lack of success usually stems from unresolved issues and detrimental beliefs that are harbored as internal fears in the subconscious mind; issues so old and ingrained that the person may not even be aware of them.

Buried fear-based issues and limiting beliefs tend to set up an internal conflict. The conscious mind may want to create a desired outcome, but the overpowering, conflicting influence of unresolved issues and beliefs block success. Nothing can become a part of your reality unless your feelings and your conscious mind are in alignment with the more powerful subconscious mind. The magnificent power of intention fully engages when all systems are in alliance, when the thinking-feeling self aligns with the underlying belief system. Intention powered by the healing energy of sound is a key to improved health and other improvements in one’s life.

Sound healing case studies

Cyma Technologies Inc. has underwritten a number of documented case studies to clinically validate their therapeutic sound device. Their therapeutic technique is called “cymatherapy.” Four brief Cyma Technologies examples are given below, along with links to case studies by the Medsonix company and a reference to the KKT, a sonic modality supporting spinal issues.

Only by undertaking and documenting case studies will audible sound therapy become accepted as a mainstream modality, leading to their use in hospitals and veterinary centers worldwide. http://cymatechnologies.com

Racehorse tendon injury

A thoroughbred racehorse had sustained a major tendon lesion during a race and in such cases horses are usually put down or, at best, relegated to pasture. A return to racing after a severe injury is extremely rare. Throughout this study the horse was under the care of a veterinarian and regular sonogram imaging was used to document the progress of the recovery. The images clearly showed the return to normal homogeneous tendon cell integrity. The tendon of the horse not only healed completely using cymatherapy, but there were no traces of scar tissue whatsoever. The horse returned to racing. Clearly, while the above study refers to a horse, muscle and tendon injuries in humans are just as readily supported with sound therapy devices.

Knee injury

A 56-year-old woman was involved in a car accident that left both knees debilitated. She needed the assistance of a walker or cane to move around and her condition was worsening. She was unable to sleep more than an hour or two at a time because of severe pain. Her doctor informed her there was nothing more he could do when he found that her knee joints were worn down to bone-on-bone. He recommended that she resign herself to buying a power wheelchair and expect to use it the rest of her days. This was harsh news for a woman who had led an active, athletic life. As a last resort, she had ten therapeutic sound sessions using cymatherapy.

Her life has turned around as a result. Today, she can walk–even run. She says, “I can climb flights of steps, dance, go bowling, garden, and play golf, besides doing all of the things I used to do prior to the accident.” She continues, “I have been given the extraordinary gift of having my life back, and the way I want to live it.”


A woman had a case of shingles on her upper chest and back. She could hardly stand up as a result of the severity of the pain. The only help her doctor could offer was to prescribe a drug to prevent a recurrence. It took the shingles about three months to heal but two years later the shingles reappeared in exactly the same areas. After the second cymatherapy treatment she reported that the areas tingled and then began to disappear. After using cymatherapy for four more days the shingles had completely disappeared and have not recurred.

Dental abscess

A client who had a tooth extraction appointment with her dentist decided to try cymatherapy as a last resort. She was suffering from a very painful abscessed tooth and had been told that the root had disengaged from the jawbone. She was taking 15 ibuprofen tablets a day for the excruciating pain. The tooth immediately began to feel better after a few days of sound healing and she was able to cut back on the painkillers. After half a dozen cymatherapy sessions she was totally pain-free and she retained her tooth. Her dentist was amazed.

*Resonance in the context of sound therapy can be described as the frequency of vibration that is most natural to a specific, cell or organ. This innate frequency is sometimes referred to as the prime resonance of the cell or organ. The resonance principle does not necessarily require the living system to emit a sound.

Finally, here are some other case histories and stories that report on the power of sound as a healing modality:

Medsonix company case studies:

The Effects of a Low Frequency Acoustic Waveform on Osteoarthritis: A Pilot Study



KKT Spine treatment:


Sound help for Alzheimers:


Sound help for Fibromyalgia:


Sound help for impotence:


Music making may help keep mind in tune in old age:


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1. Therapeutic ultrasound: some historical background and development in knowledge of its effect on healing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25026107

2. Dyson, M. Mechanisms involved in therapeutic ultrasound. Physiotherapy 73(3):116-120, 1987.

3. Dyson, M., Luke, D.A.: Induction of mast cell degranulation in skin by ultrasound, IEEE Trans. Ultrasonics. Ferroelectrics Frequency Control UFFC-33:194, 1986.

4. Hogan, R.D., Burke, K.M., and Franklin, T.D.: The effect of ultrasound on microvascular hemodynamics in skeletal muscle: effects during ischemia, Microvasc. Res. 23:370, 1982.

5. Pilla, A.A., Figueiredo, M., Nasser, P., et al: Non-invasive low intensity pulsed ultrasound: potent accelerator of bone repair, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, 1990.

6. Cyma Technologies Inc: http://cymatechnologies.com

7. Medsonix: http://www.medsonix.com

8. KKT International: http://www.kktspine.com

9. Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in Aboriginal Australians: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20105276

10. Didgeridoo playing as alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome: randomised controlled trial: http://www.bmj.com/content/332/7536/266

11. Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras. Inner Traditions International Ltd, page 59:

12. Music Therapy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_therapy

13. Egyptian Sonics: https://www.cymascope.com/shop/products/egyptian-sonics-pdf-download/

14. Big Bang Acoustics: http://people.virginia.edu/~dmw8f/BBA_web/index_frames.html

15. Ancient viruses: http://www.pnas.org/content/101/20/7716

16. Hydrothermal vent resonance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1762412/

17. Music Therapy for humans: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/11/music.aspx

18. Music Therapy for pets: http://www.livescience.com/4791-pets-enjoy-healing-power-music.html

19. Music’s feel good effects: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n2/abs/nn.2726.html

20. Lithotripsy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithotripsy

21. HIFU: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_focused_ultrasound

22. General article on Dr. James Gimzewski’s work in sonocytology: http://sciencenotes.ucsc.edu/0501/sound/index.html

23. Scholarly article on Sonocytology: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/596646?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

24. G0 phase of cells: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G0_phase

25. G1 phase of cells: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G1_phase

Stop Blaming Your Genes – You Are In Control of You

Source: PreventDisease.com
Mae Chan
September 1, 2016

There is a chronic anxiety among populations who focus on the diseases acquired by their genetic line. Many define the potential of their own health based on what happened to their father and mother. Although a great deal of who we are appears to have been written in our genes, our actual health potential is more determined by our lifestyle, what we consume, our environment but more than anything else, what we think.

Every thought creates a physiological response in the body, or in other words, every thought we think produces a physical reality. Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained.

Studies at the world-leading Minnesota Center for Twin and Family suggest that many of our traits are more than 50% inherited, including obedience to authority, vulnerability to stress, and risk-seeking. Researchers have even suggested that when it comes to issues such as religion and politics, our choices are much more determined by our genes than we think.

Many find this disturbing. The idea that unconscious biological forces drive our beliefs and actions would seem to pose a real threat to our free will. We like to think that we make choices on the basis of our own conscious deliberations. But isn’t all that thinking things over irrelevant if our final decision was already written in our genetic code? And doesn’t the whole edifice of personal responsibility collapse if we accept that “my genes made me do it”?

Genes are only part of our health story, explains Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, author of the book, Genetic Nutritioneering: How You Can Modify Inherited Traits and Live a Longer, Healthier Life. The propensity for certain health conditions that you inherit from your family is not, by a long shot, the sole determinant of whether or not most folks will get sick. Your lifestyle choices have a significant impact, especially when it comes to chronic illnesses such as heart disease.

Epigenetic Switch

In the fields of infant nutrition, diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic syndrome, the term “metabolic programming” has been coined to give a name to the observation that environmental experiences early in life may be “genomically” remembered and give rise to health outcomes manifesting later in life. Epigenetics emerges as an important mechanism underlying this phenomenon.

Epigenetics is the phenomena whereby genetically identical cells express their genes differently, resulting in different physical traits. Researchers from the Boston University Cancer Center published two articles about this in Anticancer Research and Epigenomics.

Cancer progression is extremely complex, however. It also is well known that new mutations and the activation of more cancer causing genes occur throughout the development and progression of cancer.

“If we believe that everything in nature occurs in an organized fashion, then it is logical to assume that cancer development cannot be as disorganized as it may seem,” said Sibaji Sarkar, PhD, instructor of medicine at BUSM and the articles corresponding author. “There should be a general mechanism that initiates cancer progression from predisposed progenitor cells, which likely involves epigenetic changes.”

Increasingly, biologists are finding that non-genetic variation acquired during the life of an organism can sometimes be passed on to offspring–a phenomenon known as epigenetic inheritance.

The majority of epigenetic changes occur at specific times in an individual’s life, from their time in the womb, to the development as newborns, then in puberty, and again in old age.

Environmental factors that influence epigenetic patterns — e.g., diet, epigenetic disruptors in the environment such as chemicals, etc. – may also have long term, multigenerational effects.

In recent years, faith in the explanatory power of genes has waned. Today, few scientists believe that there is a simple “gene for” anything. Almost all inherited features or traits are the products of complex interactions of numerous genes combined with processes we have no concept of. However, the fact that there is no one genetic trigger has not by itself undermined the claim that many of our deepest character traits, dispositions and even opinions are genetically determined. This worry is only slightly tempered by what we are learning about epigenetics, which shows how many inherited traits only get “switched on” in certain environments.

The common mistake people make is to assume that if, for example, a disease is 90% heritable, then 90% of people with that disease inherited the condition from their parents. But heritability is not about “chance or risk of passing it on”, said Tim Spector, Professor of Genetics and Author. “It simply means how much of the variation within a given population is down to genes. Crucially, this will be different according to the environment of that population.

Cellular Inheritance

Biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level. The different kinds of cells in our bodies provide an example. Skin cells and brain cells have different forms and functions, despite having exactly the same DNA. There must be mechanisms–other than DNA–that make sure skin cells stay skin cells when they divide.

The existence of this epigenetic switch is indirectly supported by the fact that tumors develop through different stages. When cells rapidly grow during cancer progression, they become stuck in their current stage of development and their cell characteristics do not change. This is the reason that there are so many types of leukemia — the characteristics that a leukemia cell possesses when it begins to rapidly grow and expand are the characteristics that it will keep until the rapid growth stops.

Dr. Bruce Lipton
refers to the work of Dr. Dean Ornish to extrapolate. “Dr. Ornish has taken conventional cardiovascular patients, provided them with important lifestyle insights (better diet, stress-reduction techniques, and so on), and without drugs, the cardiovascular disease was resolved. Ornish relayed that if he’d gotten the same results with a drug, every doctor would be prescribing it.”

Even the strictest lifestyle changes don’t cure cancer in everyone. What about genetic predispositions to getting the disease? “It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer,” Lipton admitted, “but with epigenetics, all of that has changed.”

“If we believe that all of the irreversible changes, mutations and effects of carcinogens make cells rapidly grow, then the mechanism that allows cells to stop growing and assume new changes in character must be of great importance,” added Sarkar. “The study of cancer progression is key to understanding how cancer cells continue to differentiate.”During cancer progression, there are different stages of rapid growth and differentiation. The control that allows for this switch between growth and differentiation can only be achieved through reversible mechanisms, such as epigenetic changes.

If we believe that all of the irreversible changes, mutations and effects of carcinogens make cells rapidly grow, then the mechanism that allows cells to stop growing and assume new changes in character must be of great importance,” added Sarkar. “The study of cancer progression is key to understanding how cancer cells continue to differentiate.”During cancer progression, there are different stages of rapid growth and differentiation. The control that allows for this switch between growth and differentiation can only be achieved through reversible mechanisms, such as epigenetic changes.

Sarkar and colleagues have previously proposed that epigenetic changes are involved in cancer progenitor cell formation and cancer progression. They also believe that epigenetic changes have the ability to control rapid growth and change of characteristics (different grades/types of tumors) which may involve physiological processes that the cancer cells are subjected to within the body’s terrain.

Identical twins show us that in the nature-versus-nurture debate, there is no winner. Both have their role to play in shaping who we are. But although we have reason to doubt that our genes determine our lives in some absolute way, this does not solve a bigger worry about whether or not we have free will.

Who we are appears to be a product of both nature, nurture and consciousness itself in whatever proportion they contribute. You are often shaped by forces beyond yourself, and can choose what you become. And so when you go on to make the choices in life that really matter, you do so on the basis of beliefs, values and dispositions that you have chosen whether you are conscious of those choices or not.

It is very possible that our entire reality is define but what we feel and this shapes what we are. We always have free choice and will to make ourselves into something that we believe we are. The question is, do you believe it?

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Study Reveals How Food Labels Make Us Buy Certain Products

The Word Healthy Seems To Turn Off People

Source: NaturalSociety.com
Julie Fidler
April 17, 2016

University of Minnesota researchers say that people are more likely to purchase a healthy food if it is labeled with a symbol suggesting it is healthy, as opposed to having the actual word healthy on it.

Lead researcher Dr. Traci Mann of the University of Minnesota, had this to say:

“The word ‘healthy’ seems to turn people off, particularly when it appears on foods that are obviously healthy. The subtle health message, such as the healthy heart symbol, seemed to be more effective at leading people to choose a healthy option.”

One of Mann’s studies involved 400 adults in a lab setting, where 65% of the participants took an apple instead of candy if there was a heart symbol on it. Only 45% of adults chose an apple if the fruit was labeled with the word healthy.

Food Psychology: How Children Ate 4x More Broccoli

In another study involving 300 adults and carrots, Mann and her colleagues found just 20% of participants chose carrots over chips when the carrots had healthy on them. But when the carrots were labeled with a heart symbol, 30% of the adults chose them over candy.

The researchers also took their experiments to elementary school cafeterias. They found children were 4 times more likely to eat broccoli or red peppers if the vegetables were served first. The students were far less likely to choose the vegetables when they were served alongside other food offerings. The team got the same results when they tried the experiment in a lab setting and offered various snack foods alongside veggies.