The process of many unsynchronized vibrations coming into synchronized motion (concordance), first one with another, then at an ever quickening rate, the others fall into synchronous action with the first unit.
"Rhythm Restores Power"
What are these beats?
Our natural world is full of rhythms, sunrises, sunsets, tides, seasons, plant growth, fruit ripening and crops. It is also deep inside our body, our breathing, our heartbeats, walking, talking, walking, dancing and singing.
By nature, rhythm has an inherent logic, a natural order. Our lives are full of rhythm. The rhythm of inhaling and exhaling, that of sleeping and waking up accompany us throughout our lives. A pace of regular return has a healing effect on children and establish a feeling of security and confidence. They're not worried about what's coming next and what's expected to do.
Healthy and repetitive activities and rhythms ensure that learning is easier and effective as well as helping children go smoothly from one activity to the next.
Steiner suggested that directing the will of children does not consist in telling them once what is right, but in getting them to do it consistently today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow.
We must pay attention to the rhythms children need: daily rituals and routines, feeding, sleep, physical heat and attention when they are sick.
Children are more relaxed and comfortable, safer, less anxious and stressed when a predictable pace is the foundation of their daily life. They are usually less naughty or demanding because they know the adult they love and trust is guiding the flow of the day.
Rhythm is one of nature's best kept secrets. It is good to start with a ritual, adhere to it everyday without fail. Add more gradually as child is ready. Soon, the rhythm moves both child and adult. Rhythm and routine are necessary for children both at home and at school. [Rudolf Steiner]
"Since Savart and Chladni and Helmholtz and Tyndal, and others, have studied the notes of our diatonic scale by the aid of such instruments as mechanical art has put into the hands of science in these last days, we have come to have a much more perfect understanding of music in its acoustical domain, and have been given to behold the beautiful mathematical measurements which Nature has applied in the marshalling of this host of the lower heavens; and which may suggest similar, though grander, and probably more complicated rhythms and harmonies in the astral heavens far off." [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 21]
When the major scale has been generated, with its three chords, the subdominant, tonic, and dominant, by the primary mathematical ratios, it consists of forms and orders which in themselves are adapted to give outgrowth to other forms and orders by the law of duality and other laws. All the elements, orders, combinations, and progressions in music are the products of natural laws. The law of Ratio gives quantities, form, and organic structure. The law of Duality gives symmetry, producing the minor mode in response to the major in all that belongs to it. The laws of Permutations and Combinations give orders and rhythms to the elements. The law of Affinity gives continuity; continuity gives unity; and unity gives the sweetness of harmony. The law of Position gives the notes and chords their specific levities and gravities; and these two tendencies, the one upward and the other downward, constitute the vital principle of music. This is the spiritual constitution of music which the Peter Bell mathematicians have failed to discern: [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 37]
R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
"In fact, each of these individual members of the vegetable kingdom belongs to a genus, and this genus to a family; and these families belong to an original "lineage." At the head of this lineage is a Neter, a "Principle" synthesizing all the characteristics of this lineage; its number, its rhythm, its classification in the general harmony." [R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, The Temple in Man, page 63]
"Perfection of rhythm, balanced perfection of rhythm. Everything in Nature is expressed by rhythmic waves of light. Every thought and action is a light-wave of thought and action. If one interprets the God within one, one's thoughts and actions must be balanced rhythmic waves. Ugliness, fears, failures and diseases arise from unbalanced thoughts and actions. Therefore think beauty always if one desires vitality of body and happiness." [Walter Russell]
"Fig. 42. Three examples of tonal rhythms of the electric current. Every cycle of an electric current is a complete octave of four pairs and an inert gas keynote. All motion in Nature is tonal and rhythmic. Its rhythms are geometrically and mathematically cube-based." [Atomic Suicide, page 163]
"Harmony must be looked at in two ways at least: first, up the score from bottom to top—the perpendicular view; second, along the score from side to side—the horizontal view. Then as to its periods or pulsations—its to and fro, its flow and ebb. This brings us to rhythm and measure. At the bottom of these lie what is called stress or accent—emission and remission—strong and weak: of these the bar in modern music is an outward and visible sign of certain facts which ought to be in the music, but which, if not in the music, the presence of the bar is of no avail. The bar cannot give stress or accent. 'Wherever there is time, there must be accent;'* but the tick of a clock has no accent. Hullah (or Chorley) should have said life." "The semitone makes music. What operation has it upon the accent or to and fro? It creates the call, it supplies the answer." [This point, I believe, Dr. Gauntlett never alluded to with me, and I have feared that making no difference between tones and semitones might be considered a difficulty with regard to the scheme. In the working of the natural laws of harmony, they must all equally be employed.—F. J. H.] "Art (grand and true) does not depend upon the teaching of facts. The head is of less importance than the heart. Unless the tone of feeling, the habit and disposition, be well fixed, nothing enduring can come out of the misdirected artist." [Harmonies of Tones and Colours, Fragments from the Last Note-book, page 50]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
8. The inherent characteristic of Loving Intelligent Creative Power was RHYTHM.
I saw that there was a RHYTHM in operation in the world.
Everything was subject to seasons which gave a blossoming and burgeoning of life, a growing season coming up to the ripening and harvest, and the production of seeds which ensured the survival of plant life. Then there was the gradual dying away and rest period of winter. But nothing created and living was allowed to become extinct. The sun and moon expressed these characteristics within the universe. This rhythm could even be seen in the females of living things." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 15]
"...strives and drives the physical organs to move in a rhythm producing psychic/physical energy which gradually rises up into the brain, creating a higher and higher momentum of vibrational energy to reach a peak of near-delirium and delight, bursting into an explosion of momentary ecstasy and glorious fulfilment - and then follows release and a gradual descent into human consciousness again." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 7, page 9]
RHYTHM - Snell
Rhythmic Balanced Exchange
Rhythmic Balanced Interchange
14.00.01 - Rhythmic Balanced interexchange between Attraction and Repulsion
7.2 - Rhythmic Balanced Interchange