As part of my contextual research I wanted to look at some historical and cultural links to humans interaction with nature and visa versa. This blog post includes information about deep listening or Dadirri used by aboriginal people, the study on cymatics by Dr. Masaru Emoto and the Biophilia Hypothesis.
Starting with the Biophilia Hypothesis, it suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. “Biophilia” means “Love of life or living systems” and can be linked to many people who are nature orientated. Exploring this connection to nature and life, many photographers find their passion in capturing and dedicating their work to it. Highlighting our detachment of this philia due to technological advancements and time spent in buildings and vehicles, it is argued that this strengthens the disconnect of humans from nature. My work aims to reconnect people and myself with a part of nature, to immerse people back into that world even for a moment, it is in our genetics to be connected with the wild.
Dadirri comes from aboriginal people and was used to pass on stories vocally as they knew no writing. Listening was vital to reproduce accurately to the next generation. Dadirri describes the processes of deep and respectful listening not only to people but also to nature. People still practice this today “When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again. I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. They have lived for thousands of years with Nature’s quietness. My people today, recognize and experience in this quietness, the great Life-Giving Spirit, the Father of us all.” As part of my project I aim to use sound to its full effectiveness and to evoke Dadirri within whoever listens.
The science of Cymatics shows that sound can influence the structure of water which brings me onto Dr. Masaru Emoto who believes water can hold a ‘memory’ from the influence of light, sound and human intention. Using microscopes and water near or at freezing temperatures Emoto would use different words and music to create structures. (Figures 1-4). Positive words would create intricate crystals in the water, whereas negative words were observed to create disfigured structures in the water. It is believed that water conducts energy and is transformable as such, it would change depending on what the offering or intention is.
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s study – Above Figures 1-4 – https://thewellnessenterprise.com/emoto/
This all depends on if you believe and see it for yourself, much like the Wim Hof method but many believe this could be the origin for Holy Water which has been trusted for over two millenniums. Water was charged with healing intention through prayers or rituals, given to someone who was sick and when their health was restored, the practice was deemed useful and its use was continued. The practice of charging liquids, particularly herbal medicines with intention is widely practiced through many aboriginal and tribe people. I believe this charging of liquids could carry over to waterfalls, where the torrent of water is constantly turbulent this could produce its own energy. An example of this energy comes from the Japanese tradition Misogi. Misogi is a Japanese Shinto practice of ritual purification and many today use waterfalls to dispel impurity from the five senses and the mind of that person, again highlighting waters ability to cleanse the mind and body.