All existing things we see or hear, which we perceive,
vibrate. If it were not for vibration, the precious stones
would not show us their color and their brilliance; it is
vibration which makes the trees grow, the fruit ripen, and
the flowers bloom. Our existence is also according to the
law of vibrations, not only the existence of our physical
body but also of our thoughts and feelings. If it were not
for vibrations, drugs and herbs would not have any effect
on us. If any explanation of electricity can be given, it
is that its mystery lies only in vibrations. Vibrations
are productive and produce electricity; electricity is composed
of vibrations. In other words that aspect of vibration which
produces form could not do so if it could not first produce
light. The Bible hints at this when it says that first there
was light and that then the world was produced. Light is
the first form, all other forms come afterwards.
Vibrations can be understood both as cause and as effect.
Vibration causes movement, rotation, and circulation; but
on the other hand it is the rotation of the planets and
the circulation of the blood which cause vibration. Thus
the cause as well as the effect of all that exists is vibration.
It depends upon the speed of the vibrations as to whether
a thing is visible or audible, perceptible or imperceptible.
Everything that is visible is audible at the same time,
and everything that is audible is visible also. If it does
not appear so, this only signifies the limitation or our
organs of perception. What our physical eyes cannot see
we say is not visible; this means that it is only not visible
to us; in itself it is visible. And what we cannot hear
we say is not audible; but it is only inaudible to our ears;
in itself it is audible.
This means that everything has its sound and its form.
Even things which are perceptible by us, though not visible
have a form. In the first place they could not be intelligible
if they had no form; although they have no physical form
they have form just the same, and it is through that form
that we can perceive them. If our physical eyes do not see
that form; the eyes of our mind can see it and recognize
it. This explains to us why there are things, which are
felt and things, which are seen or heard. It is only a difference
of vibrations, and of the plane on which the vibrations
take place. Vibrations cause life to take form; and it is
the different degrees of vibrations, which make that form
either visible or otherwise perceptible.
What we know about vibration is only what we perceive
through man-made instruments; what is moving beyond this
we do not recognize as vibration. But as there is no other
word this is the only one we can use for it, for it is the
same force which sets everything in motion on the physical
plane, and this continues on all other planes of existence,
setting them all in motion. It also explains to us that
it is vibration, a certain degree of vibration, which brings
to the earth the things of the inner world, the world that
is perceived though not seen; and a change of vibrations
takes away the things that are seen into the unseen world.
What we call life and death are both a recognized existence
within a certain degree of vibrations. For instance when
a person says, 'This leaf is dead,' what has made it dead
is a change in vibrations. It has no longer the same vibrations
that it had when it was on the tree; and yet it has not
lost its vibrations. It still has them. Thus according to
the vibrations it is not dead; it has only changed to a
different rhythm of vibrations. If that leaf were [dead],
then herbs would not have any effect upon man when he takes
them as medicine.
And so it is with the dead body of an animal or a man.
We may say that life has gone out of it, but it is only
the life which we recognize as life that has gone out of
it, for we recognize as life only a certain pitch of vibration;
anything beyond it or below it we do not recognize as living.
Yet it has not died; it is still vibrating. It is still
going on, for nothing can exist and not vibrate, and nothing
can vibrate and not be living in the real sense of the word.
One might say that there is no movement in a dead body,
that there is no heat in it, but do we not use fish and
flesh of slaughtered animals as food? If these did not possess
any life we would not be benefited by eating them, for it
is only life, which can help life go on. If they were really
dead, if all the property which is called life were gone
from them, they would do us harm instead of good. This shows
that though we call them dead there is some life left in
them, and that this change is only a question of degree
in the vibrations.
When a fruit has decayed, when a flower has faded, there
has been a change of vibrations. It is wonderful to watch
a flower when it is still a bud and to see how it grows
every day, how it vibrates differently every moment of the
day until it comes to such a culmination that it begins
to radiate, reflecting the sun. Besides its color and form
we can see something living in the flower, something sparkling.
It can best be seen when the flower is still on the plant.
And then, when it has reached its culmination, it begins
gradually to fade, and that again is according to the law
of vibrations. But even when its petals have dropped there
is still a form of life left, for even in the dry leaves
of the rose there is a fragrance, and from the dried rose
leaves an effective medicine can be made. This medicine
has a certain action on the blood and it also nourishes
the intestines; it is most purifying. In ancient Greek medicine
the rose was used in many ways. It is very cooling, it cools
the blood as well as being very strengthening.
There is great difference between the eating of fresh
vegetables and of preserved vegetables, a difference of
vibrations. The former are nearer to our life, and the latter
which have gone further from our life have less influence
on us. And so it is with everything. When we begin to see
life from this point of view it will appear that birth and
death are only our conceptions of life, that there is no
such thing as death and that all is living. It only changes
from one form to the other, subject to the law of vibrations.
The difference in the vibrations of dead and living bodies
is a difference of their speed; it is a difference of rhythm.
Furthermore, the different stages of life such as infancy,
childhood, youth, and old age and the different tendencies
arising naturally out of them, are all phenomenon of vibration.
Strength and weakness, the tendencies to action and repose,
all come from the different speed of the vibrations. And
it is no exaggeration to say that hidden behind every illness
are wrong vibrations which are its cause. Vibrations are
the cause and they are also the effect. It is interesting
that a scientist
1 should have reached this conclusion
too and tried his best to use it in medical science. He
did not live long, but if he had he would have surely have
accomplished something wonderful. By this system he tried
to discover the nature and character of diseases, and to
treat them according to the law of vibrations. No doubt
its development will be the work of perhaps hundreds of
years of experiment, but even to initiate such a method
is a step forward. The greater a thing is, the longer it
takes to develop. Some people are already benefiting from
this system, though it will be a long time before it is
brought to that perfection which will make it the
way of treatment surpassing anything else.