Tuning Forks
Guiding Principles

There's No Place Like Ohm®

Listen as the vibrational pulse of the earth is expressed through the heartbeat and undulating drone of the Ohm tone. Sampled from the CD, There's No Place Like Ohm.

Ohm also is spelled Om and Aum, however we spell Ohm with an "h." Traditionally the "O" represents birth and the "M" represents death. The added "h" in our spelling for this symbol provides a visual axis mundi, "as above, so below", connecting spirit and matter. The phonetic addition of the "h" reflects our desire to emphasize the element of air, and thus breath, vital to life and the healing process.

Ohm (Om, Aum) is an ancient and beautiful symbol with many stylistic variations. The Sanskrit Om is most widely known.

According to current scientific thought, we know that the vibrational tone of Om is based on the measured frequency of the Earth’s elliptical orbit as it travels around the Sun through four seasons.

Based on this knowledge, we consider Ohm an Earth tone, and have replaced the "dot" that traditionally represents the Maya or transcendence with an image of the Earth. This stylistic change is intended to visually reflect the Hermetic axiom, "As Above, So Below."

Historically, Ohm symbolizes birth and death, the waking and dream states, and our corporal and transcendent selves. Through time, the ultimate mystery and message of Ohm continues to be explored. Respectfully, we contribute to the evolution of this beautiful symbol by including an image of the Earth, our home.

Because Ohm contains all sound, just as light contains all color, we think of Ohm as a Source Tone. Ohm is universally considered sacred and healing, and has been used for thousands of years by cultures throughout the world. The sound vibration of Ohm is restful and has a calming and healing effect as it grounds and centers. Because Ohm is omnipresent in nature and the Ohm tone is of the Earth, it is intrinsically soothing and centering.

The Ohm tone is based on the measured frequency of the elliptical orbit of the earth as it travels around the sun through 4 seasons. Astronomer and musician Johannes Kepler realized in the seventeenth century that planets have elliptical orbits. This gave basis for the modern calculation of planetary orbits, and their associated musical tones or frequencies. 136.10 hz is the numerical representation of the vibrational tone of Ohm.

The earth’s continuous and steadfast orbit connects us to the seasons, rhythms and cycles of our planet. When an organism is out of balance, it becomes weakened and vulnerable. Resonating with Ohm re-connects us to the earth, which positively affects our biological rhythms and circadian clock. We begin to sync or “entrain” with natural cycles, which enables us to find our balance.

What is the Shumann Resonance and how does it differ from Ohm?
The following Table of Comparison is from the book Sound Healing: Vibrational Healing with Ohm Tuning Forks (Lemniscate Music, 2008).

Ohm and C Sharp

Ohm exists in the harmonically rich valley between the diatonic musical notes of C and C sharp. Many people equate C# with Ohm, however there is subtle yet meaningful difference between these tones. The Ohm frequency is an alternative or "cosmic" tuning that predates keyboard or modern western tunings. Ancient cosmic tunings were based in sounds heard in nature, the rhythms of the earth and the movement of the cosmos.

To learn more about Ohm, please read our article on Sound Healing and the Origins of Ohm.