by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© July 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


An extremely basic concept was stated by the famous Greek philosopher, Hermes.  He said, “As above, so below”.  By this he meant that the same laws that apply on a large scale, such as to the planets and stars, often apply as well to the much smaller physical world and also to microscopic and nano worlds, as well.  The octaves idea is related to this observation.

            To help understand this vital idea, here is another, longer quote from a famous 20th century author, Manly P. Hall.  It expresses the same idea:


“… there is an entire universe within the human body – that it has its worlds, its planes, and its gods and goddesses.  Millions of minute cells are its inhabitants.  These are grouped together into kingdoms, nations, and races.  These are the bone cells and the nerve cells, and millions of these tiny creatures grouped together become one thing composed of many parts. 

The Supreme Ruler and God of this great world is the consciousness in man which says “I am”.  This consciousness picks up its universe and moves to another town.  Every time it walks up and down the street, it takes a hundred million solar systems with it, but being so infinitesimal, man cannot realize that they are actually worlds.

            In like manner, we are individual cells in the body of an infinite creation which is hurling itself through infinity at unknown speed.  Suns, moons and stars are merely bones in a great skeleton composed of all the substances of the universe.  Our own little lives are merely part of that infinite life, throbbing and coursing through the arteries and veins of space.  But all this is so vast as to be beyond the comprehension of this little “I am” in us. 

Therefore, we may say that both extremes are equally incomprehensible.  We live in a middle world between infinite greatness on the one hand and infinite smallness on the other.  As we grow, gradually our world grows also, resulting in a corresponding increase in the scope of our understanding of these wonders.”




A very basic physics concept is that nature often works by setting up patterns that are based on the repetition of a simple number like 2 or 3.  This concept is called a fractal.  This, in fact, is how our bodies are built, and even how the chemical elements are arranged.


Fractals and hair analysis interpretation.  The concept of fractal design is actually essential to understand in order to figure out how to interpret a hair mineral analysis.   It is the reason that a simple ratio on a hair mineral test such as the sodium/potassium ratio, has so many meanings.  It just depends at which level one is considering.  The reason this works is because all living bodies, including ours, is built using a fractal design.


An octave is just a special case of a fractal that is repeated patterns of seven items.  The physical world is organized in octaves, or sets of seven items that repeat themselves at higher or lower frequencies.  This is the basic octave concept.

For those who know a little music theory, the octave concept is familiar.  Pianos, for example, have about 8 octaves.  For those not familiar with how the musical notes are constructed on a piano or most other Western instruments, it is a repeating pattern of seven notes, with each new octave at twice the frequency of the previous one.

For some strange reason, the multiple octaves sound beautiful when the notes are struck properly and combined properly.  It creates beautiful harmonics, for example, beautiful chords, and beautiful melodies.  Perhaps music is here to remind us of the amazing concept of octaves.




In fact, the minerals are organized into octaves, or repeating patterns of 7.  The tissues of the body are also organized this way.




            Fractals are nothing more than the repetition of simple, whole numbers in such a way that they create very complex patterns.  An octave is nothing more than a repeating 7 pattern. 


Here is an example of a fractal or repeating pattern from the internet.  You will notice parts of it appear like parts of our body or parts of a flower, and other areas appear like parts of a galaxy in space.  This is the nature of fractals, which can be tiny or gigantic:




            While this is a bit advanced, it turns out that minerals follow this octave pattern.  They can be organized into seven groups or classes.  This is done for you on the standard periodic table of the elements.  It can be refined further, but for the purposes of this article I just wanted to point out that the minerals in the body are also organized into octaves, and this helps explain their interesting properties.


            While the octave concept can be expanded greatly, the purpose of this article is simply to introduce the idea of octaves, as it can prove useful for the interpretation of a hair mineral analysis.  For example, one can interpret the test biochemically, looking at the levels and ratios of the major minerals and deducing or learning the meaning of the patterns in terms of physical illness and biochemistry.

            However, one can skip up an octave and look at the same levels, ratios, patterns, and progressions from a mental and emotional health perspective.  With some practice, one can skip up another octave and begin to identify what are called movement patterns, which have to do with a person’s life path or karma in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India.  This is how the octave concept is used in nutritional balancing science.

            Each octave is similar to the one below it, yet different, like playing the same piece on the piano in a different octave or even in a different key.  It sounds similar, but not quite the same.  This is also how the interpretation of a hair mineral analysis may be viewed.

            Without knowing about the octave concept, it seems almost magical that one can interpret the test from so many perspectives.  The octave concept simplifies all this, and it begins to make sense.



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