We often hear the statement – ‘wherever there is life, there is water’.
But there is more to this than we often realize.
Behind life and water there is always rhythm.
Leonardo da Vinci, amongst others, noted that life is carried on the waves of rhythm, and this article explains how wateris used to carry life-creating rhythms within nature. Water responds rhythmically to influences that impact on it. When water is still and a single impulse moves through it, beautiful rhythmical shapes appear in the water.
These occur as minute frequency waves caused by cosmic radiation, or as vast orderly currents coursing through an ocean. Rhythms also occur in forest streams as spiraling vortices or as waves within fertilized eggs helping to create the embryo chick.
Water, rhythm and life all occur in the same place together.
So what is rhythm? Rhythm, from the Ancient Greek ‘rhuthmos’ meaning ‘flow’, is the regular variation of length and strength of a series of events, often expressed as a balance of contraction and expansion. This provides the basis of all music and many languages and is associated with the rhythms of walking or dancing. Life processes such as our heart’s pulse and our breathing are obvious rhythms, as are the season’s yearly passage and the monthly waxing and waning of the moon.
Rhythm is as fundamental to our lives as sunlight or air.
Often we have not noticed these rhythms around us in nature, but they are everywhere. Once we know about them, we start to see them. In studying rhythms we find a key to open nature’s secrets of life. We can see rhythms of movement in the contraction and expansion of a flying butterfly, in small waves rolling across seaweed in a rockpool or in the rhythmic spiralling of millions of plankton in cold oceans. And of course, in pulsing hearts.
But as well as rhythms of movement experienced through time, there are also rhythms of shape. These rhythms of shape are not so familiar to us but they are there nevertheless. They can be seen in transforming leaves growing with mathematical repetition up the stem of annual plants or in the radiating five star symmetry of the petals of a wild rose. Another example is the rhythmic flow of seeds curving across a sunflower, or pinecone.
We can also see different types of spiral seashells as rhythms of shape, all being different variations of a single spiral theme. Many flowers also have a spiral form; the Canna lily being best known for this. Also consider the curving spiral horns of antelopes and goats. They are all metamorphic repetitions or shape-rhythms of a single creative watery idea, the spiral. We can see deeper into nature when we notice the laws of repeating symmetry where shapes transform but remains linked to an original gesture that is the basis of their shape.
This is the study of metamorphosis, put forward as a scientific method for the study of living nature by Goethe (b 1749 – d 1832). This is why he could say ‘nature is an open secret’.
Rhythms can therefore be entirely visual, expressed as three dimensional gestures that are recognized as repeated forms.
Once you become aware of this, everywhere in nature there are rhythms of pulsing time or symmetrical transforming shapes, often hidden until we learn to notice them.
And everything that is alive has come into life through the gate of water.
Even our bones were once soft as jelly, liquid in the womb.
For 40 years Foundation for Water colleagues have studied metamorphic rhythms at work in nature, to unlock some of nature’s secrets. This has led to an intimate understanding of the living language of nature, with insights into its amazing creative capacity.
From this understanding arose John Wilkes’ invention of Flowform resonance technology using nature’s own energy intensification methods.
Flowform surfaces bring water into a pulsing heart rhythm while flowing through a figure8 flow pattern over contours used by nature in its living processes.
Research is showing Flowform rhythmically processed water is better able to support life. Which is not surprising as the method is nature’s method, placed into manmade shapes.
Remembering wherever there is life, there is water and rhythm we can look further at this phenomena of rhythm.
So, how does rhythm start to manifest in water?
When water is taken out of gravity it goes into a ball shape. This sphere or drop shape is the form that water always seeks to return to.
Water floats as humidity in the air as millions of minute droplets and on joining together in the cold, falls as raindrops.
The seas’ surface waves are curving rhythms with high and low points, again moving into a circular shape when they curl over in shallower areas.
When water flows on the ground in streams, it moves in a meandering, semi-circular gesture especially on lower gradients, and out of this come circular spirals, contracting and expanding rhythmically, twisting downwards towards the streambed.
In outer nature strong rhythms are prevented from building up in streaming water because there are so many influences at work in different directions, creating semi-chaos.
Research has shown that all these rhythmical spirals and meanders rejuvenate the inner condition of water, wiping out old frequency memories in molecular cluster strands while creating many new internal water sheaths, rather similar to tiny muscle layers, that vibrate rhythmically.
But, once a body of water is still, and a single colored experimental waterstream enters it, then beautiful rhythmic flow patterns occur, taking on the shape of organic living forms.
These inky water patterns can make bones, butterflies, jellyfish and plant shapes, created in many amazing experiments in the work of Theodor Schwenk, George Adams and John Wilkes.
All of these forms develop from water’s inherent rhythmical response to movement impulses. This is what water does.
When nature creates a skin or shell around a still body of water, as in a turtle or bird’s egg, or in the womb of an animal or human being, these same amazing symmetrical forms are created inside it over longer time periods, out of rhythmical wave movement.
These embryos develop their limbs and organs, all their shapes, in a flowing rhythmical process of liquid creation in an environment that is similar to sea water, the original womb of life.
So rhythmical movements in flowing water clear and refresh it, while the rhythms of pulse and breath inside living organisms keep them alive.
Without water’s inherent rhythmic behavior none of this would happen. We are, remember, 70% water.
Furthermore water’s rhythmic power actually creates the very bodily shapes of all living things.
And somehow nature adds life and consciousness to these new living forms as well!
We can only be in awe of this process once we get to know it a little.
This is nature’s supremely wise intelligence working through water’s rhythmic character.
We will continue this theme of rhythm in the next article and take a glimpse at water’s part in the very creation of life. Regards
Iain Trousdell Co-Founder and Keynote Speaker Foundation for Water www.foundationforwater.org
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