Science as metaphor for the spiritual (and vice versa?) – Magnetism and Harmonization

Magnetic lines of force of a bar magnet shown by iron filings on paper

Science as metaphor for the spiritual (and vice versa?) – Magnetism and Harmonization

Recently I was knocked out when a colleague mention in his presentation on physics and spirituality the use of – iron filings, paper and a magnet – to show harmony and magnetic patterning.

It was the only thing I remembered from my rather dodgy science lessons – but as a metaphor it has influenced me deeply all my life.

‘’ has done a very good job at showing what I vaguely remember from many years ago –

Steven Halpern has been working on sound and healing for decades

In this video they use an (unnecessarily complicated?) machine to show the effects of his chanting in a pyramid.

I don’t actually like much of Halpern’s music – too electronic.

However this guy blows me away –


What he’s chanting here roughly means, Oh God. How I revel in you, you are the fragrance of life. Help me know wisdom. Like the fruit on the vine, eventually it will fall and rot away, and then begin anew as another vine. Like the fruit bound to the vine, such am I bound to the unnecessities of life. Help me become free of them so that my spirit can grow and become one with you again.

It is a lesson in mystical oneness and perennial philosophy, which I summarize as Awaken:Detach:Serve. However it is also a lesson in how true depth – in this case of this Dutchman’s art of chanting – can reach across cultural and religious gaps – 1.3 millions hits so far. (Astonishing!)

As a metaphor the magnet-harmonics of iron filings has greatest relevance for me to the idea of psycho-spiritual integration within – and/or ‘at-one-ment’.

But it also relates to healing – for example chanting Om or just humming causes the chest to vibrate – personally I’m hoping that is good for IPF!

Interestingly one spiritual source appears to present love as a magnetic force;

Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.1


“Ai,” the traditional Chinese character for love (愛) consists of a heart (心, middle) inside of “accept,” “feel,” or “perceive,” (受) which shows a graceful emotion. It can also be interpreted as a hand offering ones heart to another hand.


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