by Jeff Volk, January 2001
Newmarket, New Hampshire, USA
Although I never met him, I hold Dr. Jenny in the highest esteem - so please don't expect these introductory notes to be as objective as were his experiments! My purpose in re-publishing these two volumes, which document his meticulous research into oscillation and its various manifestations, is to make sure that Hans Jenny's unique perspective does not fade into obscurity.
One might well ask "what's so fascinating about watching a bunch of pastes, powders and liquids being bounced, prodded and jiggled around?" And why has interest in this obscure branch of phenomenology continued to grow even though the books have long since gone out of print, the publisher gone out of business, and the author passed away nearly thirty years ago!?!
As you will see in these pages, not only was Dr. Jenny uncompromising in his methodology, but also in his discipline of always inquiring anew, of maintaining his "questing eye" unconstrained by doctrine, scientific or otherwise. A keen observer whose hawk-like intensity of focus was unclouded by the need to prove a theory, he, like Goethe whom he so greatly admired, learned by "pure observation" of Nature. This was not a technique, but an essential aspect of his character. Further insights into this remarkable man are provided in the Foreword by his long-time friend and associate, Christiaan Stuten.
Because Jenny's experiments were so thorough and exacting, and so well documented, this body of work, which he named Cymatics after the Greek ta kymatika, "matters pertaining to waves," could easily be applied to other fields. In fact, the principle underlying Cymatics, that of periodicity, is so ubiquitous in nature (and in Nature), that it is found in all manner of phenomena.
So here we have documentation of the highest caliber, of one of the most fundamental phenomena of matter vibration, or from the perspective of the life sciences, pulsation. Relevance to the medical profession is obvious, as all physiological processes exhibit this quality of periodicity. It is for this reason that I have included a commentary by John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., which relates the relevance of Cymatics to the field of vibrational medicine.
Personally, I am grateful to have had this opportunity to prepare these works for re-publication. What a gift it has been to pore over both volumes word by word, correcting misprints and searching for the perfect nuance to convey the intended meaning in what was sometimes overly complex syntax, or perhaps a little-too-literal translation from the original German. It is more than a bit ironic that over the past 15 years or so, I have sold thousands of the Cymatics books (Vol. II), and this without ever having read the book in its entirety!
It was 1983 when I got my first glimpse into the world of Cymatics. My introduction came via a video clip of one of the films which Dr. Jenny had made documenting some of the very experiments detailed in this volume. Even though this video was barely legible, I was immediately awestruck. I was particularly fascinated by one astonishing image of what appeared to be a snake, slowly undulating on screen, but stripped right down to its vertebrae. What was so amazing was that this was neither a reptile, nor was it even alive. What I was witnessing was a small pool of glycerin being "animated" by sound! The imaginary snake was actually light reflecting off a series of wave trains creating this delicate, flowing form in the vibrating liquid.
There were other images which mirrored biological forms and natural processes, as well as flowers, mandalas and intricate geometric designs - all this the result of audible vibration. These experiments seemed to reveal the hidden nature of creation, to lay bare the very principle through which matter coalesced into form.
It is no wonder to me that today, Dr. Jenny's experiments with cymatics are finding a wider and more enthusiastic audience than ever before. It is easy to look at the pictures, read a few captions, and let the imagination run wild. This is one approach that I know well. But there is also much to be gained in really studying the principles which underlie this body of exploration, and in contemplating what might well be Dr. Jenny's greatest legacy: that while the phenomenal world has much to teach, one must strive to penetrate the surface level of appearance, and not be too quick to judge as "cause" that which is merely "effect".
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