Guest Article by Buryl Payne, Ph.D.
Although the word ‘frequency’ is used for both sound and light, it
may be misleading our thinking. A pound of feathers is not related
to a pound of gold, nor is a cup of hot coffee related to a cup of
flour, even though we can stretch for some relationship if we try.
Furthermore, if one looks closely at light, as a wave, the
visualization of electric and magnetic components smoothly
propagating as orthogonal sine waves was made up years ago for
simplifying the equations. The word ‘magnetic’ comes from the
name of the place where lodestones were found in ancient Greece. It
has no intrinsic meaning, that is, no connection with anything
physical. Its continued use, as if it were a real ‘thing’ has, and still,
confuses the thinking of many. It’s time to discard the term
‘magnetism’ and replace with tone that describes the physical
structure of matter, as it is now thought to be. Lodestones were
formed by some electrons in iron ore spin-aligning with the great
spin of Earth.
It was found centuries later that electrons moving in a wire created
a spin force around the wire, also an effect like that observed in iron
ore that has been soaked in Earth’s spin force. This leads to the
inference that electrons moving in wires (current) may be spin-
But electrons are names made up (also from Greek). No one has
ever seen an electron. They are NOT little spinning round balls with
a covering of electric charge. The property which was called
electricity was found to appear in discrete amounts. These ‘chunks’
were called ‘electrons’ and were assumed to be things, since things
or nouns fit in our grammar. Later when those ‘things’ called
electrons were found to behave in some experiments like waves it
baffled many people (and still does!) For how can a thing be a wave?
Physics is a net of words strung together following the rules of
grammar, which are akin to the rules of logic as people using the
western and European languages have developed them. The made
up rules of grammar think for most people unless they are very
careful and critics to think about what is structurally, rather than
So what is to be done to clarify thinking about the relationship, if
there is one, between sound and light?
What’s going on? Eyes are for seeing light, ears for sound, and some
cells of the body sense both energy impingements. People often say
sound waves are ‘like water waves’. But are they really? Or is this
just a visual picture? Are they sinusoidal in shape? Are light waves
sinusoidal or is that a handy model requiring less mental energy to
comprehend? What’s happening compared with our verbal models
of what’s happening?
I don’t have the tools or knowledge to find out.
Consider this from another angle. What about the psycho
physiological effects of sound versus light?
The patterns of light as in ‘artistic’ drawings, and the patterns of
sounds as in music. Or the learned meanings of sound as in words,
or light as in written words or symbols.
Humans have very sensitive receptors. We can almost hear
individual molecules and almost see individual wavetrains called
photons. Frank Brown, a biologist who helped found Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod, believed every cell of the
body could detect variations in Earth’s magnetic field.
And then there are the psychological meanings and interpretation…
One way out of this complex situation is to use applied kinesiology
or muscle testing to evaluate the effect on a human of a particular
sound or light pulse or musical pattern or design.
Over the years I have found this to be accurate and have recently
designed an electronic muscle tester which is slightly more accurate
and can be used for self testing (See www.buryl.com). So a
particular musical pattern that is healing, or a particular light color
or mixture of colors or designs, can be determined.
Theories are linguistic or mathematical mode.