For the budding light-worker or spiritual explorer, the principle of resonance is a pertinent and useful concept. It is interwoven within many New Age ideas and perhaps more importantly is at the heart of the sacred sciences known to the ancients, extending back to Egypt and beyond to the pre-historic, now mythic, culture of Atlantis. [Its legacy: pyramids, astronomical temples and standing stones]
You may have come across this principle in phrases like “good vibes” versus “bad vibes” and “high or low frequency”, and most of us get the gist of meaning in the broadest sense - we instinctively understand that high frequency is preferable to low frequency, and we want to avoid bad vibes. In this post I'm not going to jump into complex technical ideas about resonance, but aim to help those new to the idea understand why resonance matters, and how it can be used as a navigation tool for healing journeys and the awakening process.
The Third Hermetic Principle
Gnostic Hermeticism most probably has its roots in Atlantean prediluvial knowledge, and a key text called the Corpus Hermeticum (attributed to a character called Hermes Trismegistus, who appears in Thoth’s Prophecy on Egypt) outlines 7 primary tenets relating to cosmic laws governing reality. The text is believed to have been written around 200-400CE, but I suspect the knowledge is much older than this. Concepts from the Corpus Hermeticum reappeared in a book called the Kybalion published in 1908 with more modern language.
Tenet 3: The Principle of Vibration
"Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates." ~ The Kybalion
Everything is in a state of flux; nothing exists in a state of complete rest; everything moves or vibrates at the most fundamental level. That which we perceive within existence is vibratory energy manifesting itself in different ways. Nothing is solid as such; matter is energy in a state of vibration.
To vibrate is to oscillate; to move in a specific rhythm, and the speed of this movement has a frequency, which can be observed and measured. This movement can also be represented as a wave on a graph.
In Pop-Culture New Age thought, the tendency is to think in polarised terms where:
low-frequency = bad
high-frequency = good
This is a beginners-level approach, useful at times, but it isn’t strictly speaking true; we need only look at brain wave frequencies to see that low frequencies are not always reflective of undesirable states of being.
The Schumann Resonance is essential to health and wellbeing and is a low frequency wave
This short animation shows the Schumann Resonance excited by lightning discharges in the atmosphere. Many energy healers attune to the Schumann frequency when they work.
We Are Vibrational Beings
If reality is generated by vibrating patterns of energy, then we are vibrational beings; we are immersed in an ocean of energy fields, most of which we are unaware of. This ocean of energy patterns we can call ‘The Field of Potentiality’ and in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life model, is associated with the 3rd emanation of Binah - The Divine Feminine, and in Tarot is directly linked to Key 3 of the major arcana - The Empress.
Binah is often described as the primordial darkness out of which all things emerge; she is nothing, which is to say she is not one thing, but everything. In physics the colour black belongs to substances that absorb all light; black contains all waveforms of visible light, and so the darkness in this metaphor refers to all possibility.
And yet each of us are blissfully unaware of all of this: the human being is designed to be selective; we are tuning out of a vast amount of energetic information in order to experience a finite and personal reality. Enlightenment isn’t the capacity to tune into everything at once, but more about enjoying the freedom to move one’s consciousness across a spectrum of frequencies rather than be stuck in just one.
[note: the Tree of Life from the Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah describes the principle of involution; essentially the steps of creation unfolding or the lightning bolt of creation in a sequence from 1 - 10, and also the path of spiritual evolution in reverse from 10 back to1. There is cause to think this knowledge stems from ancient Egypt since the words Ka and Ba are Egyptian for the Etheric Double and the Soul respectively]
In science materialism, there is firm belief that the brain is the source of all our thoughts and experiences, but in sacred science (rooted in metaphysics) the brain is viewed as a processor for energy waves; a transducer converting information carried on waveforms into personal experiences in the form of perceptions, thoughts, feelings and emotions, much like a radio converting radio waves into sound; we don’t generate thoughts in the brain, we receive them from Source via the Higher-Self or through benevolent ‘others’ via telepathy (aka spirit guides, the Muses and helpers); we can also receive thought energy from negative entities and the False Matrix. Thoughts and emotions can also form into patterns, especially caused by painful or traumatic events. How many insomniacs can’t sleep because the mind keeps moving in circles? The task for the individual is to become self-mastered enough to be able to choose the quality of thoughts we are willing to receive and experience.
When we think of our personal unique vibration, it is less helpful to think of it as a frequency with a number; we each have a complex vibratory signature much like a fingerprint or DNA sequence. We can imagine this signature like a sound, for example the quality of sound produced by a Bansuri flute is quite different from the sound produced by an acoustic guitar even though both might play the same note.
So rather than simply using a high-frequency/low frequency metric to understand and work with the principle of vibration, it is more useful to think in terms of quality of vibration. Like a piano that has many strings, we a comprised of many elements and levels of being: our physical bodies for example are a complex milieu of trillions of cells all operating individually and collectively at the same time (in a healthy person) and in addition we are in a symbiotic relationship with many more bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites.
[Its interesting to note that proliferations of so called ‘negative’ organisms such as the fungus Candida albicans, are not technically uninvited intruders; the body allows Candida to grow because it is capable of locking away toxic heavy metals, making it the lesser of two negatives; a trade off against the more pernicious effects of mercury, lead and aluminium poisoning. The same can be said for parasites; in most cases they are employed by the body until no longer needed]
We also enjoy other subtle bodies, which generate energy vibrations through the nature of our feelings, thoughts, and emotions. For this reason, improving our overall frequency of being is much like tuning an instrument, which is to say its about harmonisation. If all the piano strings are out of tune with each other, then the quality of vibration we generate will be chaotic and the quality of life experience will be difficult and on the negative side. The more harmonised we become, the easier it is to elevate our core vibration to higher states of being i.e to enjoy a more joyful and loving life-approach.
The frequency signature of anything is highly complex, whether it be for a person, a tree, or a medicinal herb.
An easy way to appreciate this complexity is through cymatic imagery (the art of making sound and vibration visible)
We can add movement to get a sense of modulation and flux; we are never static but ever changing with a flow of thoughts and emotions...
When we think of frequency it helps to think in terms of the vertical and the horizontal. The vertical axis is spiritual in nature; timeless and infinite, and the notion of raising our overall frequency equates to rising up the central vertical column. The horizontal axis refers to the space-time dimensions, and this correlates to the idea of harmonisation as a means to raising ones vibration.
It is easier to rise up the vertical axis when one has a harmonised energy field; it is very difficult to elevate when one is out of balance.
Having established that our core vibratory signature is a complex waveform, and that everything in our outer experience also has a complex vibratory signature e.g. plants, rocks, animals, as well as inanimate objects such as furniture, buildings, and books (although the degree of complexity varies), lets now consider the law of resonance.
To get a feel for resonance, we can look at some simple sine waves. In the above image, three sine waves represent 3 different frequencies. Sine wave A is a lower frequency than sine waves B & C.
And yet despite their differences, they are all in resonance with each other. For each wave movement of A, there are 2 wave movements for B and 4 wave movements for C.
Another way to express this is:
A & B are in a 2:1 resonance
B & C are also in a 2:1 resonance
A & C are in a 4:1 resonance
If we overlay the sine waves in the image below, we can see that they all converge at the midway point.
In contrast non-resonant frequencies don’t do this. In the image below sine waves D & E are not resonant, and when overlaid in F we can see they don’t converge at the mid point but create dissonance.
In addition when two frequencies meet, as happens in relationships with two people, if they are in resonance with each other, the synergy of their combined energy creates what is called a standing wave. The two resonant frequencies generate a more amplified effect as can be seen in the moving image below. The black sine wave is the standing wave generated by the interaction of the blue and the red sine waves.
This can work both positively and negatively; if someone is operating at a high frequency and they come into relationship with someone in a lower frequency but still in resonance, not only will both parties feel the harmonious nature of their resonance, the person with the lower frequency can also feel uplifted by the standing wave they are co-creating. Equally if a person is in a low frequency state characterised by negativity, if they have the stronger energy, they can bring everyone else down with them, especially if there is resonance present.
This same principle applies to the use of ‘corrective’ frequencies we might employ for health and well-being. Effective healers either generate and channel a high frequency resonant energy wave, which together with another person generates a beneficial standing wave, or use tools or agents such as specific plant medicine or blend of medicines embodying a frequency, which generates a beneficial standing wave within the subtle bodies of an individual, shifting the overall vibration and improving health.
A related concept worth mentioning is the principle of entrainment. This occurs usually when a strong frequency is able to entrain other weaker ones. The best way to see entrainment working is with metronomes. A group of metronomes are placed on a moving platform. All of them are activated randomly, but after a few minutes they become entrained with each other until they all move in unison. Notably the metronomes are all set at the same frequency, and are therefore in natural resonance with each other.
The phenomenon of entrainment is pertinent to group dynamics and is often used to advantage in advertising and social engineering. Repeat something long enough on television and eventually whole communities will become entrained to an idea or pattern of behaviour. In a similar way, peaceful protestors can be manipulated into negative destructive behaviour, if the group is infiltrated by enough low frequency individuals behaving badly.
We all know how pleasant two complimentary notes on a well tuned piano can sound. We also know that it is less pleasant to hear two notes out of tune with each other. In these examples the principle of resonance is in play. Resonance feels good to us, while dissonance most of the time feels uncomfortable. It is through resonance that we can effectively navigate the frequency arena.
To consciously work with energetic resonance, we need to have clear access to our feelings; resonance is something we feel rather than think. For most of us, in order to become attuned to resonance we will need to overcome social conditioning, often received at school, which blocks our capacity to trust and pay attention to our feeling nature. [It is common for the highly educated to be more out of touch with their feelings than others.]
For the beginner it helps to realise that only over time and through attention and practice will access to feelings improve. This means that at the beginning, the signal can be ‘noisy’, weak and ‘muddy’, and there can be confusion, error and doubt as a result. This is our current normal, because modern education is left-brain dominant and the intuitive feeling-side of our nature is processed by the right brain.
How often do we feel something is wrong in a situation and ignore this type of information in favour of logic and reason, often with unfavourable results?
Anyone interested in spiritual development must necessarily become resonance savvy, because often the direction we need to take in life goes against our preconceived idea of things, and logic & reason on their own often prove insufficient or inefficient modes with which to navigate the unseen dimensions of life.
Resonance plays a key role in relationships, but we need to know the difference between resonance and compulsion. In modernity there is much confusion over this; we rely on perennial stereotypical ideas of love and compatibility e.g. going weak at the knees or constantly thinking about someone as signs we are in love - in my experience these signs are more typical of compulsions arising from the unconscious, which may not always be productive and sometimes are destructive. Movies do little to elevate our understanding, and often mislead us.
Resonant relationships will more often feel balanced, peaceful, gentle and stable; resonance is unlikely to make us feel discomfort or intense destabilisation.
The Law of Attraction
The principle of resonance however does mean that whatever we attract into our lives is a match to our core vibration, and in this way relationships often act as mirrors for aspects of ourselves we are not fully conscious of. If these are shadow aspects, then we will not identify with the mirroring offered from others, and be challenged more often than not. We might ask “why is this person in my life? I don’t like them! etc, and yet they linger and persist despite attempts to avoid or ignore them; this is the power of resonance in action and its better to cooperate with it rather than resist it.
In this sense, whatever appears in our life is ultimately there for our benefit; it has something to tell us or teach us if we are willing to learn. If we cooperate and consciously work with what is in front of us, asking the relevant questions when needed, difficult relationships will often resolve quickly and troublesome characters either change for the better or disappear from our lives.
In a quickened time of transformation and transition, with accelerated evolution, we may find that even the best relationships undergo radical and unexpected changes. Again this is the law of resonance at work; if two people are evolving at different rates or in different directions, quite suddenly strong stable relationships can end. We shouldn’t be overly hard on them or ourselves in these cases; we are simply completing growth and learning and making space for a new path of development. The law of resonance is impartial and we don’t have to take things personally when good things come to an end; quite often we have done nothing wrong and no one is to blame, and if we give time for sincere self-reflection we can become clear about this. If it is hard to let the past go, then we can be assured this is what we most need to work on.
For the spiritual wanderer, mastering resonance is a fundamental part of awakening, because without this awareness we are unable to navigate effectively. In fact the principle of resonance allows us to wake up in the first place; it's only when things don’t resonate properly that we begin to question them.
There are a number of factors we need to consider if we want to unleash the power of resonance in our lives:
Mind control and social conditioning create obstacles to feelings, and without access to the feeling function we can’t perceive resonance or dissonance properly. The way of the False Matrix is to devalue the feminine principle, and we are trained to tune out of feelings, lock them away and judge them negatively. At this time the False Matrix has not yet fully culminated (and hopefully will not), so even the most emotionally numb individual still has a capacity to perceive vibrational resonance (albeit very limited), and yet the tendency due to social conditioning is to ignore information coming from the feeling function. Part of the awakening process is to gradually, over time, liberate from mind control programs and patterns of social conditioning that connect us to the False Matrix.
This liberation process is ongoing for all of us and as we purify the auric field of false patterns, distortions and toxic energies, we come more and more online with the Living Matrix, and our capacity to navigate through resonance gets better.
It is easy to make the mistake (especially as we begin to awaken to our spiritual nature) of assuming that everything we resonate with is good for us. In the early stages of awakening we are yet to become fully aware of the power of programming and habitual patterns. In fact we probably won’t realise just how much mental control has been imposed upon us. Until we understand through experience the difference between true resonance and addiction, or compulsion based on invasive energetic patterns, we should take more time reflecting inwardly before we make big life decisions in order to make sure we are not fooling ourselves.
One of my life strategies is to take my time, knowing that if something is meant for me it will wait for me, or come around again if I miss out. If I feel resonance with someone I have just met, I take my time with my feelings so I can better understand what it is about them that I am resonating with. In most cases time is an ally - if the soul has booked in an opportunity or a relationship for us to experience, then we will be given ample time to do our due diligence to figure out at the ego level what is right for us. Resonance can show up in relationships not just as soul contracts, but also short term life lessons, so we need to be able to discern the difference between the two, to avoid disappointment and confusion.
It is also worth noting that we can be in partial resonance with someone; we can resonate with some of their values or ideas, and yet may not be able to relate to certain patterns of behaviour. Again it is useful to reflect on these types of connection to become clear about what we resonate with and what we don't, if only to practise correct distance.
Past life patterns may also act as obstacles to feelings. The False Matrix has been contaminating the human experience on Earth for many millennia (around 13,000 years as a general idea linked to the last major cataclysm), which means many of us will have had prior incarnations operating within the False Matrix and will be deeply affected by it. A by-product of the False Matrix is distortion, for example the Monotheistic religious idea that God is only masculine creates a bias toward valuing the masculine principle over the feminine. Or the religious idea that sexual desire and sexual pleasure are bad, stimulates sexual repression, leading to illness, restricted awareness, frustration and sexual distortions or abuse.
False ideas and beliefs absorbed during prior lifetimes in different eras can carry forward into this one, and until they are purged, will block healthy access to the feeling function.
Any unresolved trauma from either past lives or the current one will also inhibit our ability to wield the feeling function well. There will certainly be aspects of life that can trigger strong emotions obscuring or distorting information coming via the feeling function. Healing and trauma-resolution go hand in hand with awakening.
Other people can also act as obstacles to our capacity to trust in what our feelings are telling us, especially if they are more attuned to the False Matrix, are more disconnected from their own feelings and hiding out in their mental body. The influence of more limited minds can induce fear and doubt over our perceptions, and in their company we can sabotage our intuitive feeling function in order to avoid ridicule and judgement.
Dissonance shouldn't be seen as wholly bad; it plays a fundamental role in evolution. When we experience acute dissonance with someone it tells us we have no business with them. Partial dissonance may either put a time limit on a relationship or it necessitates correct distance. We may tolerate a partially dissonant relationship if we only see someone occasionally, but things would be more uncomfortable if we saw them too much. A good example is when two friends who get on well enough meeting in cafes and restaurants lose their friendship when they go on holiday together or try to share the same house.
Dissonance also occurs in life cycles, when structures start to break down. When existing reality starts to fall apart it is because we have moved on energetically and are no longer in resonance with it. Dissonance manifests as chaos out of which new realities are birthed. In Tarot, key 16 ~ The Tower represents the principle of dissonance creating a break down of personal structures, in order to evolve and awaken. Change is one of life's constants and it happens through dissonance.
Another way to get a feel for the way that resonance and dissonance (correlating to order and chaos) interrelate as part of a natural cycle of creativity is to watch pendulum waves. In the following video clip, pendulums of differing heights are put into motion at the same time, and it becomes apparent how order moves into chaos and from chaos order reemerges as part of an evolutionary wave cycle. We can apply this understanding to both our personal lives as well as the world at large. Right now we are experiencing planetary dissonance as structures break down, but we can expect new order to emerge. In the same way, if our personal lives enter into a dissonant phase, we can take strength from the knowledge that it will pass and order and harmony will eventually be restored.
Reconnection to the Living Matrix is one of the primary first steps on the awakening journey, and for a substantial part, much of the inner work is focussed on the transition out of the False Matrix, which keeps us essentially blind, powerless and ignorant. To live in accordance with Natural Law, from which a true high-culture on Earth can be created, requires all of us to become proficient in understanding the Law of Resonance and how it serves us. Through paying attention to resonance, we can hone our discernment skills, and move into a co-creative relationship with Divine Intelligence.
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