An exploration of the vibrational qualities of the physical world by Mark Stephen John.

Tones of Cobalt




Cobalt is found only in chemically combined forms. The distinctive color, cobalt blue, is a compound of Cobalt, Aluminum and Oxygen. Like many discoveries, the Chinese have the earliest know uses of cobalt. Examples have been found in Tutankhamen’s tomb about 1350 BC, in Persian glass and jewelry and even back to the bronze age about 5000 years before present.


In the body, cobalt is an important micronutrient used in a coenzyme, B12. Also cobalt is important in blood formation and in the nervous system. Bacteria, fungi and algae also use cobalt in their metabolisms. On average, there is one milligram of cobalt in an adult body.


Cobalt Scale

Cobalt Sound Sketch


Tones of Silver


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Silver has been part of the human experience for at least 5,000 years. There is evidence of smelting the element in ancient excavations in the mid-east. Humans like crows and ravens seem attracted to shiny things. The Ag come from the Latin word “Argentum” and Silver comes from Middle English “Slolfur”.  It is the best reflector of light known. It also has the highest electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity of any metal. It is a relatively soft metal and has been used for trade for millennia. Although silver does not have a direct biological role in humans, it is well know for its antibacterial properties. It can even be used to purify water in the presence of oxygen replacing chlorine.

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Since silver is found in a pure state, it has also been considered one of the primary metals used in alchemy. Silver is connected with the moon, intuition, self-reflection, inner wisdom, Isis, the 6th chakra, divination, healing, protection, emotion, love, dreams, vision, clarity, awareness and focus. It has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine.

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Silver Scale

Silver Sound Sketch

Tones of Manganese

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Manganese is the 25th element in the Periodic Table. Manganese (Mn) is the element before Iron (Fe). It is found in combination with many minerals and often with iron. It is a silvery grey metal and it resembles iron. I just spent time being confused between the element Magnesium (Mg-12) and Manganese (Mn-25). The two have similar names and both are biologically essential in all life forms. (Hence my confusion- See the post on Magnesium for its fascinating similarity to hemoglobin in the chlorophyll molecule). Many enzymes contain Manganese and in photosynthesis it helps free Oxygen. In humans it strengthens bones and is active in many different physiological processes.

Manganse metal

Manganese Scale

Manganese Sound Sketch

Tones of Chromium


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Chromium is a hard silvery metal with a blue tinge. Like some of the other metals in this group, Chromium may or may not have a biological role in humans. There is some indication that it is an essential element in the assimilation of glucose and is found in brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and in kidney. The French chemist Nicholas Louis Vauquelin first isolated it and was amazed by the range of colors it produced in solution. He hence named it from the Greek word “chroma” meaning color. The green in emeralds and the red in rubies are from chromium.

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Chromium Scale

Chromium Sound Sketch


Tones of Vanadium


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Vanadium is the 23rd element in the periodic table. It is a silvery grey transition metal and is found almost exclusively in combination with other elements. There are some contradictory statements about whether vanadium is used in the body. The Royal Society of Chemistry states that the body takes in about 0.01mg per day of vanadium and that it might have a biological role in humans. Wikipedia and other sites indicate that vanadium is much more prevalent in sea creatures and with some birds, mammals and chickens (also a bird). Industrially vanadium is used in steel and as a strengthening alloy.


Vanadium Scale

Vanadium Sound Sketch

Tones of Titanium

22-Ti – Titanium

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Titanium is the 22nd element in the Periodic Table. It is a lustrous white metal that is very strong and light. Its primary uses are for airplanes and spacecraft because it easily alloys with aluminum, iron and molybdenum. It is also found in golf clubs, bicycles and other sports related equipment. Although there is no know biological role, titanium bonds with bones and is used for joint replacement and implants.

Titanium Scale

Titanium Sound Sketch

Tones of Strontium

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Strontium is the 38th element in the periodic table. It is classified as an alkaline earth metal. Strontium is found mainly in the minerals celestite and strontianite. The element is named after Strontian, Scottland. It is very reactive in air and water, catching fire in water and oxidizing to turn yellow in air. It is very similar in its characteristics to Calcium and is incorporated into bones in the same way. Some studies indicate that the use of Strontium increased bone density, however, there is not a known use for Strontium in the body.

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This appears to be the primary use in humans. Because of this similarity, radioactive Strontium-90 is also readily absorbed by the body and used by the bones and has been attributed to causing bone cancer. Strontium-90 is a radioactive product of nuclear testing and from nuclear power plant accidents.

Strontium Scale

Strontium Sound Sketch

See for the individual tones.

Elements of the Human Body

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After my last post, Restoration Agriculture, earlier this year, I took a break from publishing the elements. Several factors were drawing my attention away from this project. I became very much interested in the idea of harmonizing the earth and began the first steps of developing a permaculture on 7 acres of land in Wisconsin. A convergence of idea, land and people created the impetus to learn-listen-hear the land. How does it work to come into harmony with the earth. The entire, spring, summer and fall I immersed myself in learning to “farm.” What I am attempting to facilitate is the growing of soil. Soil, a much-misunderstood word, is much more than a medium for growing. Soil is a living organism. Everything alive springs from the soil, including us. These concepts I will explore at a later date as my experiment of reconnecting to the land continues. Let it suffice to say, that is one “excuse” for taking a break from this work.

Another is a bit more of a personal dilemma. When my father died a little under three years ago, I cleaned out his study. In it were notebooks full of numbers and graphs and various unintelligible scribbling. When I looked at my project, I saw a very similar picture and I wondered if I was leaving a similar legacy – stuff – only useful to me, and even then, for what purpose? When talking with my father, a nuclear chemist, I once asked him about the ‘force of life.’ He unequivocally stated that there was no such ‘force.’ And then he went out to the garden to battle the ‘non-existent force of life’ as it threatened to overrun his tomatoes, peppers and squash. So my second block was having a clear purpose to doing all of this analysis of the light of the elements.

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With the end of the season, the land with its contour swales carved into the hillside and the alleys sub-soiled to bring water and air into the long compacted fields, I have had a chance to reflect on what the initial impetus for this project was. I became overwhelmed with the magnitude of tones and number of elements and it was only this last week that I realized that focusing on the elements of the human body would be a great way to bring my work into something that has the potential to be useful and was in alignment with the original intent.

The body has 28 elements, more or less, and depending on who is counting. Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen make up 96% of the body by weight. Hydrogen, the lightest of the known elements, is also the most abundant in the body making up 62% of the total elements. Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine and Magnesium make up an additional 3.7%. So about 99.7% of the body’s weight is represented in these eleven elements. The rest of the elements show up in trace amounts and most of them have a beneficial relationship with all of the life forces within the body system. All of these percentages are like the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of nutrients. They are averages applicable to a tiny fraction of the human population. In other words, everyone has their own number, hence color and tone.

And when these elements combine, we have all of the water, fats, proteins, carbohydrates and DNA/RNA. Yet with all of these elements, vibrating, singing and dancing us onto the soil there are finer vibrations. Consciousness, awareness, connection with the force of life, pulsing and communicating with all of the elements that we can measure, are there too. When the force of life retreats, our bodies return to energy, the elements slow their dance, wander off, seek new adventures in other life forms. Each carries with it a bit of consciousness, experiences learned from their last home, perhaps vibrating just a bit differently, interacting in new ways, creating new life.

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This piece is part of the dance, the Song of the Elements. Earth Tones. Tones from the Bottom of the Sky. Tones as a gift. Tones as reflection.


This winter births the tones from the elements of the body. And from there, I can’t wait to see where the muse will lead.



Tones of Bromine


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Wikipedia describes Bromine as a fuming red-brown and one of two elements that are liquid liquid at room temperature. It is toxic and corrosive and although found in the body in trace amounts was not thought to be useful in human metabolism. Its main role appears to be in the immune system, combining to create a toxic response to various viral and bacterial invaders.


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Isolated in 1825, Bromine has become an industrial product used in pharmaceuticals, agriculture and flame retardants, among other things. Bromine as a gas is a major chemical responsible for the degradation of the ozone layer in Antarctica. A large portion of this comes from agricultural herbicides and pesticides.


Here is the Bromine Scale.


This is a short sound sketch of the tones of Bromine.


Restoration Agriculture

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One year has elapsed since I began writing about healing and vibration, and, color and sound. What a wonder filled journey that has ranged far beyond my initial expectations and explorations that are in fields more diverse than vibrational healing. Little did I expect that along with crystals, aromatherapy, sound healing, song meditation and chakra balancing, that I would find agriculture as a major healing modality for the earth. Yet, even the most distant subjects have direct and prescient applications in World Healing. I wrote about the work of Masanabu Fukuoka, One Straw Revolution, and how his agricultural approach helped heal and enliven the earth. Stephen Harrod Buhner’s, The Secret Teachings of Plants, reconnects heart, plants and humans in the quest to regain health and balance. And now I am working with the concepts of “Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers” by Mark Shepard. Permaculture is a profound gesture towards shifting the energy of the earth from dissonance to consonance. When the earth is healthy, the creatures of the earth are healthy. We are intertwined.

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Shepard lays out a compelling story about the decimation of our Earth’s health through the act of conventional row crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat. He notes that every culture that has depended on row crops has collapsed. He shows that, contrary to the popular myth, the crops grown in the United States today, do not feed the world. In fact, on page 159 Shepard states that approximately 17% of the 12.1 billion bushels of corn are used for human consumption. The rest is used as livestock feed, to make ethanol and for industrial ingredients. There are more compelling statistics that include the actual nutritional value, or rather, the nutritional deficiencies of conventionally raised row crops. These, however, you can find by reading the book. (more…)

The Tones of Scandium

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Selenium is one of the more elusive elements. It is a low density silvery metal, almost as light as aluminum but with a much higher melting point. It combines easily with other elements and has a very low incidence on the earth. However, now it is being used in combination with other elements in bats, golf clubs and in some airplanes. It is sometimes viewed as one of the rare earth metals since it has a number of similar characteristics.


I looked to find other, more esoteric literature on Scandium, but was unable to find any real information; hence, a short post.

Here is a short sound sketch in the Key of Scandium

Atomic Tones – Healing Fields

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After a few months away from publishing, I am excited to return to the Web Log of my exploration of vibrations and their power to heal. This post inaugurates a new, rebuilt site where all of the work is accessible from one place. Now the periodic table with the tones and colors for those who want to see the specifics is on an individual tab and my musings about how it all interconnects is on its own page. I’ll be working and refining the site as I integrate the different aspects of this project.


Last February, while on Maui, I was given a copy of Frank Wilczek and Betsy Devine’s book, “Longing for the Harmonies: Themes and Variations from Modern Physics.” And though they would be somewhat or even greatly aghast that they were being quoted in such a venue, I find some of their work quite fascinating. Having grown up with a physicist and witnessing the apparent lack of resonance with the spiritual aspects of the world, I get a bit shy using some of their observations to support the research that I am doing. That said, on page 17 Wilczek and Devine write:

 “When a substance is heated and radiates light into empty space, we see a flame, or emission, spectrum. When the same substance is kept cold, it tends to absorb exactly the same pure colors it radiates when hot. In each case, energy flows between light and matter, from the hotter to the colder stuff. The bright lines of emission and the dark lines of absorption both indicate that certain colors of light exchange energy with a given substance more readily than do others.

When I read this, I literally had to pause to consider how much these few lines affected my perception. This seemed to indicate that matter is breathing light, out-when excited, and, in-when resting. Extending that observation, we are beings of light and breathe in and out specific colors based upon our physical, mental and spiritual composition. Each person, plant, animal, mineral has its own specific resonance with light. Therefore, what we do, eat, think, creates a resonance with light that is who we are. (more…)