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Nature is Sacred (Resurgence)


by ALICK BARTHOLOMEW   ( ”IN MY OWN WORDS” Resurgence mag.)

 MANY YEARS AGO, when I was doing my army National Service, I was stationed in the Scottish Highlands near Inverness, where the minister of the High Kirk was a remarkable man called Rory Murchison, an untypical highland churchman. We would go walking together on the Speyside hills. Rory inspired me with his profound knowledge of how all of Nature is filled with the spirit of God, from the immovable rock to the deer roaming the hills and the clouds above our heads. I realised that I knew this in my heart.

As a book publisher, most of my books related to a spiritual quest for truth about our world and ourselves. It was in 1979, well on in my publishing career, that I was given a book in Swedish about the extraordinary life and work of the Austrian naturalist Viktor Schauberger; here was something special I had to publish. Living Water is still many people’s favourite introduction to this new ‘Science of Nature’. As a result of this book, Callum Coats contacted me; he had spent three years in Austria studying with Viktor’s son Walter.

I commissioned Callum to write Living Energies, a major book on Viktor Schauberger’s work, which took eighteen years to write and which was followed by the Eco-Technology Series, four volumes of Viktor’s own writing, that Callum translated and edited. Twenty-three years after my first contact with Viktor’s work, I realised that his insights had to be made available more accessible to a wider audience book, so my own book Hidden Nature was, with Callum’s support.

Viktor’s research began by studying the fast flowing streams in the unspoilt Austrian Alps, where he worked as a forest warden. From his insights into water as a living organism, which he called “the blood of the Earth” came his nickname “the Water Wizard”. He became a self-trained engineer, eventually learning that Nature through implosion or centripetal movement, which releases energy 127 times more powerful than conventional power generation.

What really excited me about Schauberger’s science is its uncompromising explanation of this as a sacred process. Viktor describes Nature as purposeful, and evolution as the continual refinement of energies to promote greater complexity of inter-relationships, to facilitate the emergence, and to raise the consciousness, of higher life forms.

All of creation is imbued with the spirit; even a stone displays a living energy. Nature is the mirror of the supreme consciousness, and Schauberger recognised in Nature the kind of omnipotence that religions ascribe to God. This is little different to what humanity has believed through 99% of our time on Earth, but its implications for our present civilisation are enormous. We need to accept that we are indeed part of Nature, and subject to her laws.

This is contrary to the scepticism of our current materialistic science, which has little room for meaning and purpose. Yet, science too, has begun to rediscover holism, particularly through quantum physics and holistic biology. Conventional science [there are different kinds of science!] recognises certain natural laws which apply to the material world, but fails to see that they often become invalid in an energy dimension higher than the physical. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, for example, says that all systems degenerate into chaos. Schauberger discovered that a system can in fact generate energy spontaneously, and once started, no further energy input is necessary. This was the basis of his ‘free energy’ machines.

Viktor was much influenced by Theosophical thinking, from which he derived his hierarchy of energies and consciousness. We inhabit the physical, third dimensional level, and we can become aware of the greater insights of higher levels like the fourth and fifth only by raising our consciousness. Viktor continually remonstrated that, in order to understand Nature, we have to “think an octave higher”.

Schauberger describes how Nature requires a state of balance between species, between different qualities of energy and between environments. Yin and yang, negative and positive, feminine and masculine are always present in Nature’s processes. For the last 3,000 years, and increasingly in recent centuries, human society has been out of balance, operating in a predominantly masculine mode. There should be balance between chaos and order, egoism and altruism, quantity and quality (the last a particular confusion of our present society!).

He found that all life forms respond to each other by means of resonance — ‘Gaia’s glue’. It is the language of communication and response. Resonance is what holds Nature together; it is the law of attraction, bringing the lichen to the rock, the orchid to the tree, the butterfly to the buddleia. The quality of life is supported by vibrational energy. When this energy is compromised, the result is environmental decline. All life is also in motion, the quality of the movement determining whether a process is life-enhancing or shrivelling.

His work with water is fascinating. He found that water acts like a magnetic tape; it can carry information that may either enhance or degrade the quality of organisms. He foresaw that deforestation would deplete the world of water and destroy fertility, causing deserts and climatic chaos. Water is the medium that supports, maintains and regulates life and natural forests are the cradle of high quality water; loss of forests means loss of water. Our failure to understand the need to protect the quality of water is the principle cause of environmental degradation on this planet.

Schauberger’s insights into how Nature works are essential to show us where we have gone wrong and to indicate the way ahead. “How else should it be done?” he was often asked. His answer was straightforward and uncompromising: “Exactly the opposite way that it is done today!”


Alick Bartholomew is the author of Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger, and of The Schauberger Keys. Discover more about the Science of Nature on



The Water Man

The Water Man

My friends call me “The Water Man” because I am passionate about water. How did this passion start?
All my life, I’ve loved Nature. I was fortunate from the age of six to have a large 5-acre garden as my territory, with wonderful birdlife. I was also drawn very much to the wilderness, often walking or running on the Scottish hills.

When stationed at the Fort George barracks near Inverness I used to go the High Kirk. I got to know well the minister who had a bothy in the Cairngorms. Once he took me walking in those lovely hills and declaimed passionately about how sacred Nature is the mirror of God. I realised that I knew this in my heart.

In 1979 I published Living Water, an introduction to Viktor Schauberger’s life and his penetrating research into the energies of water. He was known as “the Water Wizard” because he was able to implement incredible power from the vortex with imploded water.

Schauberger came from a long line of forest wardens in the virgin Austrian Alpine forests. He refused to go to university, believing that an academic education would obstruct his intuitive learning. He wanted to learn directly from Nature; he listened to the stream telling him what it needed to be healthy.
Living Water received enthusiastic reviews and, considering it is hard to sell serious non-fiction books these days, it is still sells. I sent a copy of the book to Prince Charles suggesting chapters which might interest him, together with The Schauberger Keys. To my delight, he responded enthusiastically and asked me to tea at Highgrove that Christmas to talk about Schauberger’s ideas.

Viktor Schauberger had a quantum physics worldview before the term came to be used. He believed that, not only was water sacred, but that it had consciousness as well as meaning and purpose. This. While accepting that water is essential for life, mainstream reductionist scientists believe that water is merely a substance in which certain chemical reactions take place; subtle energies do not come into their radar.

There is a new breed of quantum biologists like Mae-Wan Ho and Gerald Pollack researching the properties of water in the creation, maintenance, and evolution of life. They have focused on the extra-cellular structure of water, finding it is made up of liquid crystals that facilitate instant communication across the organism. What fascinates me is to learn about water’s role in bringing, not only nourishment to all of life, but also the information required for the balancing and maintenance of life and for its evolution.

Some quantum biologists have come to the conclusion that water is the servant of cosmic purposes, acting with a degree of consciousness to organise water, which in turn brings consciousness and order to

Callum Coats contacted me when he heard I was publishing Living Water. He had been working with Viktor Schauberger’s son Walter for several years, translating Viktor’s writings – his correspondence, magazine articles and small books. He was now editing them in a vast manuscript. He had also written a long account of Viktor Schauberger’s research and ideas.

contracted to publish his book as Living Energies. It took him over 15 years to complete it. Being educated partly in Germany, Callum’s writing style is a bit technical, but he agreed to some editing. I also contracted to publish his collection of Schauberger’s own writing, but he would not agree to use idiomatic English in case it changed the meaning of the original German. Nevertheless, we worked hard together arranging this material into four separate volumes by theme; publishing the text in one volume alone would have been too cumbersome. Four years after the publication of Living Energies, the last of this Eco-technology series came out.

During that time I learned much about Schauberger’s worldview and his understanding of Nature. Although Callum’s book was well received, many people were finding it quite technical. With Callum’s agreement, I decided to write Hidden Nature, the Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger, my own more accessible book about Schauberger’s research, based largely on Living Energies, using his excellent illustrations.
Living Energies sold well, because my enthusiasm for it helped its marketing. We sold some 12,000 copies in three years before I passed on most of the titles to Gill Macmillan of Dublin. Since then its sales have been quite disappointing, because they don’t really understand the book. At this moment of writing, Gill Macmillan is converting the four-volume Eco-technology series into e-books, which will put the volumes out of print. Hopefully Living Energies will continue as a book for a time.

There is a great interest in Schauberger’s ideas, mostly because of the remarkable machines he developed which use imploded energy to produce a lot of power: for propelling vehicles, and for space heating and cooling, and for making living water.

We decided to market water re-energising and restructuring products inspired by Schauberger in Sulis Health. The popular Living Water Vortex Jug is imported from Denmark. The Double-Eggs Vortexer we import from Germany. It was invented and is produced by an anthroposophical engineer. It is a beautiful experience to make the vortices in alternating directions, to produce living water.

The third one is a German invention, the Aqua-Vortex Funnel which spirals water through a silver spiral in a funnel. This works at a much lower energy level than the other two. In 2014 I started to promote greater awareness of the importance of water treatment. We had been selling excellent water filters for some years and now we had the vortex devices to transform the clean water into living water, raising its energy through the structure of the spinning vortex.

My original impulse, when I launched the Turnstone Press in 1971, was to publish books which reconciled science and spirituality. Some, on healing and dowsing acknowledged this intention. However it was not until I launched Schauberger that the wish was fully realised. As a pioneer of quantum science, it was inevitable that his insights would bridge the two.

How Can the World’s Crisis be Resolved?

How can the present World Crisis be resolved? by Alick Bartholomew

That’s a very big question, which may be better put in terms of: “Has our civilisation lost its way?” To find some clarity, we need to take a very broad view, and draw on psychological, as well as historical, insights.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the future. So much seems to be going wrong with society, and the domestic and world economies are clearly in trouble. One gets the feeling that those in charge really don’t know what to do, so the status quo continues. It seems to be very hard for people to change their mindset, particularly those in authority.

When you talk to people, often you get the impression that there is more wisdom out there in the population, especially amongst older people who have learned from their own experience what works and what doesn’t, than there is among the ‘experts’. There is a serious shortfall in democracy.
The values of society have certainly changed in the last 60 years. We have become more self-centred and seem to believe the hype of advertising ― that happiness comes from acquiring more of everything; are we really insatiable, or are we being programmed? We are told that there is nothing wrong with debt if it helps us get what we want. Credit and runaway worldwide debt are the main fuel for inflation and economic chaos.

The desire to make money and to become more prosperous have taken precedence over the values of personal integrity, concern for others, and preservation of the natural environment, especially among leaders in business, finance and government.

Our educational system does not teach us the imperative of a sustainable lifestyle ― living within our means, which is about as basic as you can get. It does not teach us the principles of holism ― that every action affects not only ourselves personally, but everything around us.
It is quite clear that the worldview or mindset of government, financial institutions and big business is founded on unsustainable principles. Is it not naive to believe that any institution should police its own code of conduct? Continual economic growth is clearly impossible. We allow banks to create theoretical money which is not the real wealth that is found in useful products and land.

Unfettered capitalism, with its laissez-faire world expansion of trade and economic globalisation, at the price of increasing inequalities and of damage to indigenous societies, is self-seeking and destructive. We also forget that the Earth’s resources are limited. We have been exploiting them with increasing abandon for the last century, and they are now being exhausted ― whether fresh water, fossil fuels, rare earths, precious metals, and above all, the forests. In the last hundred years, we have devastated the Earth more than at any time in human history. Tragically, world governments don’t yet accept that the destruction of the forests is destroying the balance of world climates, which will exacerbate the effects of global warming and will make life on Earth for humanity extremely hazardous.
The other thing that we forget is that our society has become very materialistic. Our science and our worldview sees everything in material terms, whether the human body or the Earth as machines rather than organisms, or denying the essential role of subtle energies in life processes. It sees the small, the literal, as a two-dimensional image of reality, rather than acknowledging the whole, with its energetic cohesion, as well as its physical nature.

So, what is the alternative to our present worldview and lifestyle? Visionaries of a sustainable future, like E.F.Schumacher (Small is Beautiful) see the way ahead in terms of downscaling and localising our activities, and adopting policies that really value people’s potentiality and skills, and which treat the Earth with respect.

Most would-be reformers consider economics the most out of touch and dogma-ridden profession, and would like to see economic and financial institutions, as well as the boards of large companies democratised to bring in some commonsense and new ideas. A tax on financial transactions and on casino banking would be popular. The replacement of income tax and most benefits is well supported, to be replaced by a tax on energy use, particularly on fossil fuels, on unimproved land and empty homes. Some believe this revenue should support a basic level of individual income; that the introduction of 18 months’ national community service for all school leavers would do much to reduce unemployment and train the young for useful work.

A good example of localisation is the Transition Town movement, which encourages communities to become cohesive, resilient and self-reliant, growing their own food, generating their own energy, caring for people and giving everyone a sense of engagement and purpose. Controlling personalities are discouraged and everyone is encouraged to play a part.

As a holistic movement it has grown rapidly in only five years, initiating 175 Transition Towns in the British Isles, 135 in the United States, and is spreading in Australasia, Canada and Europe. Some communities have barter schemes, like LETS, and others have their own currencies to stimulate local businesses and discourage national chains.

Will those in power see the error of their ways and give up their control to local democracy? This is most unlikely, because they have invested everything in centralising power, the structures of which will have to collapse before localising policies can be introduced. History tells us that an old order has to crumble before a new direction can be implemented.

This will undoubtedly cause disruption in society, but chaos or confusion normally precedes change. I see the present economic confusion as training us to live within our means. Businesses and individuals will have to become more flexible and creative, as they have done in previous economic depressions; the weak will suffer most and the stronger may survive.
Protests and rebellion won’t themselves bring a more compassionate society, for what is required is a shift in consciousness to bring about a complete change in attitude. This is a spiritual rather than a political process.

We must learn how to live truly sustainably, to honour the Earth and respect the rights of all people, animals and forests. Only this, on an organic scale, can bring an end to our incipient extermination of humanity, and of so many life species and natural habitats.
The popular concept of sustainability is to do with solar panels, wind farms and recycling waste. This is simply not good enough. True sustainability implies, not just changing habits or worldview, but a personal epiphany.

In the Bible, the Greek word metanoia is usually translated as ‘repentance’. The true meaning of the word is much deeper: a change of heart, which implies Transformation of Being.

[I go into these issues in greater depth from cultural, ecological and eco-psychological points of view, in “Water & the role of Polarities in Nature”]

Nature’s Pathways

Nature’s Pathways
by Alick Bartholomew

We must recognise that it is Nature, not Man, that is omniscient on the Earth, but that if we continue to flout Nature’s laws, humanity may not have a future. This warning was given by Viktor Schauberger (1885 – 1958) whose extraordinary observations of how Nature works and particularly the importance of water as the precondition for life, have made him such a valuable visionary for our times. So where have we gone wrong?

Earlier civilisations understood more about how Nature works than we do today. The scientists were priests and vice versa; they saw the whole world as indivisible. The building designs of ancient Chinese cultures were informed by geomantic principles which recognised that straight lines fostered disruptive behaviour. Our geometry is Euclidean, using shapes and straight lines that Nature abhors. The Romans and Greeks had porous egg-shaped earthenware pots to keep water and wine in good heath; the Romans used wooden pipes to carry drinking water.

Modern times have seen two major evolutionary changes in humanity — greater emphasis on the intellect — and the globalisation of culture as never before. The biggest shift began about four hundred years ago when the Enlightenment brought the growth of rationalism, with its emphasis on the importance of the individual that has produced a collective amnesia in modern society. It is surely not a coincidence that, in the same period, we have progressively lost the connection with our roots, with the numinous and with the magical essence of place.

Rationalism has caused a great schism in society, a separation of thinking from experience, of head from heart. The outcome is that our culture now sees the world mainly in terms of a material closed system that produces a limited view of reality. Our science is the product of this world-view, as are our philosophy and education, our religion, our politics and our medicine. The so-called ‘Enlightenment’ produced an enduring belief in permanent progress (with no going back). Modern science still tends to think this way, in spite of two world wars and the potential threat of annihilation in a third.

The rationalist movement put Man on a pedestal, introducing the idea that humanity is separate from Nature, and started to interpret all phenomena by a process of reduction into smaller and smaller parts; for example, modern medicine cannot cope with the idea of the human being as an integral whole. Modern science believes that the Earth is basically dead, and Nature is observed as one would a mechanical system. As a result, we now practise a philosophy that Man can exploit and manipulate Nature with impunity for the imagined benefit of humanity.

This has resulted in a deep split in the human psyche between our memory of being part of the spiritual soul of the Earth — and, in its most positive aspect, the need for independent thinking in order to pursue individual creativity and expanded consciousness,

Though we have almost ceased to pass down our oral traditions, there still seems to survive in our collective consciousness a memory of connection with place and with Nature. During the so-called ‘National Debate’ on genetically modified crops in the summer of 2003, most objectors insisted they knew in their hearts that GM is against Nature, and were deeply disturbed that Man feels he can do anything he wants with Planet Earth. Such a strong revulsion, alien to contemporary morality, may have come from a residual memory.

Our natural world is essentially an indivisible unity, but we human beings are condemned to apprehend it from two different directions – through our senses (perception) or through our minds (conceptual). A child just observes and marvels, but as our rational minds become trained we are taught to interpret what we see, usually through other peoples’ ideas, in order to ‘make sense’ of our sensory experience. Both are forms of reality, but unless we are able to bring the two aspects meaningfully together, the world will present nothing but incomprehensible riddles to us.

This, in fact, is the basic shortcoming of our present human society. It is the great weakness of the prevailing scientific orthodoxy. Some of the pioneers of science were able to bridge this dichotomy. Their way was to immerse themselves so deeply in the world of pure observation and experience, that out of these perceptions the concepts would speak for themselves. Viktor Schauberger (1885–1958) possessed this rare gift. He noted:

The majority believes that everything hard to comprehend must be very profound. This is incorrect. What is hard to understand is what is immature, unclear and often false. The highest wisdom is simple and passes through the brain directly into the heart.

We have experiences every day that fall outside the accepted conventions of reality; like little synchronicities, anticipation of events, the sensing of different qualities of ‘atmosphere’ as emanations from people, situations or places, the power of thought over action, intuitive communication with other people and with animals. At best these phenomena might be labeled wooly, like ‘psychic’ experiences. We are lost because there is no system or structure to ‘make sense’ of an important part of our lives. They are not part of conventional wisdom.

When we gaze in awe up at the Milky Way on a cloudless night, or when we reach the top of a mountain with a view as far as the eye can see, and feel the joyous humility of being a tiny part of a wondrous world — to describe rationally the immense feeling of oneness with the Universe or with Nature is quite inconceivable.

Schauberger’s insights may help us to see our world better as an interconnected whole that resonates with the principle ‘as above, so below’. If Nature is the mirror of the Divine, then one would expect her to have some of its attributes. Viktor Schauberger was so moved by the enormously intricate interdependent and closely linked natural processes, that he became convinced that Nature was guided by the highest intelligence, and was redolent with both meaning and purpose.

Schauberger was able to make startling breakthroughs in understanding the purpose of Nature because he had not been, as he would say, “brainwashed”, by scientific training. Nature was his teacher. From his childhood he spent his days in the virgin forests observing Nature in the raw. Endowed with extraordinary powers of observation which kept him grounded, he had also a keen intuition and sensitivity. He spoke of sitting by a stream and “allowing the water’s consciousness to enter my being and tell me what it needed in order to stay healthy”. In a similar manner, he discovered how a trout could stand motionless in a raging torrent, or surmount a high waterfall.

Known as “The Water Wizard”, Viktor Schauberger has greatly increased our understanding of water’s role in the life process of all organisms. Water is so basic to life that one could call it ‘Nature’s pathways’. It provides life-giving nourishment, for all organisms require water to stay alive; it carries information and nutrients specific to each organism; water helps to create the most beneficial micro environment, it moderates climate; it carries energy healing and removes wastes. We all know how calming water can be. Linked to the human emotions, water can also be a source of inspiration, whether it is moving or still.

Water is a living organism; Schauberger called it “the blood of the Earth”. Natural forests are the cradle of high quality water; loss of forest means loss of water. Our failure to understand the need to protect the quality of water is the principle cause of environmental degradation on this planet.
A healthy river is self-cleansing. By creating a vortex down the river length, it concentrates into the cold center-stream negatively-charged carbonous elements that drive impurities to the outer stream where the positively-charged oxygen-rich elements transform the impurities into harmless substances. This is the river’s immune system, just as trees and mammals have immune systems to keep disease-causing organisms in check.

In recent years pioneers like Jacques Beneviste have demonstrated how water has memory. Water is like a magnetic tape; it can carry information that may either enhance or degrade the quality of organisms. Viktor knew that and much more. Not only do water/sap/blood (they are all basically water) carry nutrients, but in their own way they have consciousness.

This business of consciousness is hard for us to understand, for we have little real awareness of holism — every thing being dependent on everything else. For every participant in a natural process to play, to ‘know’, its part in the operation, there must be a level of consciousness. Just imagine how human society might operate on Nature’s principles, if it had not been poisoned by ego concern and anthropocentricity! Nature always makes use of everything, even elements like pathogens which, when they get out of hand can cause disease but, when cooperating with the evolutionary process, break down, in order to recycle, organisms whose life force has expired.

An essential condition of Nature’s evolutionary process is the need for balance — balance between species, between energies and environments. Nature is always striving for balance between active polarities, for she is never at rest. Yin and yang, negative and positive, feminine and masculine are always present in Nature’s processes. For creative evolution to proceed, all processes should be weighted towards the yin or feminine. For the last three thousand years, and increasingly in the last centuries, human society has been out of balance, operating in a predominantly masculine mode. There should be this form of weighted balance between chaos and order, egoism and altruism, quantity and quality (the last a particular confusion of our present culture).

Basic to Schauberger’s world-view is the purpose of Nature. He defined evolution as the continual refinement of energies to promote greater complexity of inter-relationships; to facilitate the emergence, and to raise the consciousness, of higher life forms. Human society urgently needs to understand Nature’s imperative for diversity — in human society, in husbandry, in agriculture, fishing and forestry.

None of the vital processes governing the creation of life can be understood from a purely material perspective (the 3rd dimensional aspect of contemporary science). Nature’s processes operate at subtler and more rarefied levels (the energy domains of the 4th & 5th dimensions (see diagram). Schauberger would constantly remind us “we need to think an octave higher”.

The supreme consciousness (or God) has endowed higher sentient beings with a need for meaning, without which human beings have difficulty in striving creatively. Schauberger pointed out that the extraordinary fecundity of Nature, as indeed all her processes, are endowed with both purpose and meaning. While purpose is like a community of bees at work, meaning lies in the one-ness, the unity, of all creation.

Life forms respond to each other by means of resonance, ‘Gaia’s glue’. It is the language of communication and response. Resonance is what holds Nature together; it is the law of attraction, bringing the lichen to the rock, the orchid to the tree, the butterfly to the buddleia. The quality of life is supported by vibrational energy. When this energy is compromised, the result is environmental decline.

All life is in motion, the quality of the movement determining whether a process is life-enhancing or for breaking down or recycling. Temperature is Nature’s catalyst: small changes in temperature, and whether falling or rising, also determines quality enhancement or degeneration.

There is no morality in Nature, whose evolutionary imperative is part of the Divine Master Plan of creation. Similarly, Nature’s cosmic face, Gaia, is required by the Plan to ensure the most favourable environment for life on Earth, despite the Sun’s inconsistent output of energy. The Divine experiment to grant humans free will, self-reflection and a moral sensibility seems to have required periodic visitations by emissaries of the Supreme Intelligence to keep us descending into moral depravity.

Viktor Schauberger was a genius whose ideas were far ahead of his time. Passionate about trees, he warned that deforestation would deplete the world of water and destroy fertility, causing deserts and climatic chaos. He developed implosion technology that produced prodigious amounts of sustainable energy, with no waste, pollution or damage to Earth’s fragile ecosystems.

Schauberger’s insights into how Nature works are essential to show us where we have gone wrong and to indicate the way ahead. “How else should it be done?”, he was often asked. His answer was straightforward and uncompromising — “Exactly the opposite way that it is done today!”

Balance and the Pulsation of Life

Balance & Polarities in Life Processes: Alick Bartholomew rev 17 Mr 15

One of the most interesting problem areas in physics is the question of balance between polarities in life processes. In fact evolution depends on the quality of this balance.
Balance is found in the very womb of life. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern seeks to reproduce conditions immediately after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. In the standard mathematical model of elementary particles, the building blocks of matter (quarks, leptons, electrons, neutrons, mesons etc) are in perfect balance with energetic force mediators (photons, gluons, W & Z bosons etc). In the same way, the model shows that matter and antimatter should be in perfect balance; (at Cern they call this ‘symmetry’).

However, the universe cannot tolerate perfect balance, as the two polarities would cancel themselves and evolution would not have occurred. Nature is more concerned with an interplay between positive and negative. The Chinese were more concerned with this dance than with the either/or alternatives of positive and negative.

The idea that the universe is filled with energy that connects all of creation is indeed ancient. This has been called the etheric field, and more recently the quantum field. The world of particle physics calls it the Higgs Field, which is believed to have been created moments after the Big Bang. The research at Cern follows the theory that the discovery of the Higgs boson will prove the existence of the Higgs Field. A priority of the LHC experiments is to detect this rogue boson, a massive elementary particle believed to have broken the initial symmetry, giving substance to all other particles in the universe, and enabling evolution to begin.

On Tuesday, 13 December 2011, at an extraordinary meeting at Cern, two groups independently reported experiments discerning exceptional signals with the same value on the mass weight scale, which was accepted as evidence for the Higgs boson. Matter and antimatter carry different electromagnetic charges (matter positive and antimatter negative). A crucial difference has been found in the behaviour of the matter and antimatter varieties of particles called B-mesons: positive B meson particles in the LHC decay to negative b-particles at a rate of 7000 to the 6000 decay rate of the b-antiparticles. It is believed that the Higgs gave different mass to different kinds of particles. So far, scientists have been unable to find enough instances of this asymmetry to explain all the matter we know is in the universe. It is thought that the reason that we exist is because the symmetry that scientists believe to exist between matter and antimatter was broken.

The symmetry that we find in Nature, particularly geometric symmetries like a snow crystal, Prof Michio Kaku (City Univ. N.Y.) believes are throwbacks to the original symmetry and perfection created at the Big Bang. Prof James Gates (Univ. of Maryland) has been engaged in a search for unity in creation, and puts his money on supersymmetry, which holds that every type of particle is balanced by a super twin, a theory that suggests a polarity between upper and lower levels of vibrational quality.
Viktor Schauberger (1885–1958), the Austrian naturalist, saw the primal creative force as unpolarised. The expression of this primal energy, in the process of creative evolution, he said, requires movement, which brings instability and, eventually – through balance – order.

The ability of Nature (Gaia) to maintain climatic conditions within the narrow limits required for life, in spite of large variations in the Sun’s energy output, is the supreme balancing mechanism. In the geological timescale: the alternating of hot and cold conditions,
biodiversity and species collapse, the role of the Moon in stimulating evolution; in climate the changing of the seasons; the metamorphosis of life from decay and death to renewal — are all rhythms which play their part in purposeful evolution.

The constant seeking of balance and harmony that Gaia demonstrates suggests that evolution has, at its core, a quality of meaning and purpose. This is particularly seen in the extraordinarily intricate balancing of interdependencies at all levels of living systems. It is life itself which creates the optimum conditions for its own evolution on Planet Earth.

Balance is defined as reconciling polarities, which must be at the heart of Nature’s unique configuration. The Sun, as the representative of the primal Creator, is the engine of creation for life on Earth. As the outpouring of energy from the Sun reduces in velocity and vibrational rate, Schauberger claimed its atoms, through their spiralled vortical movement, became polarised. The primary elements, hydrogen and oxygen (plus silver, zinc and silica), he regarded as masculine; all the other elements and their compounds as feminine. Hydrogen is the cosmic element, and oxygen is required for organic growth and development.

Schauberger observed simple Alpine farmers practising a centuries-old ritual in the making of highly potentised fertilisers. They would fill a barrel with pure water, add minerals according to an understood balance of their polarities, and stir the brew alternately in opposite directions, while at the same time singing rising and falling tones into the water.
The manner in which these polarised energies interact, alternating between attraction and repulsion, sets up a pulsation which varies according to the season. This pulsation, at a macro level, is sometimes described as ‘in-breathing and out-breathing’, much as the Sun is said to pulsate every 160 minutes.

Chemistry is founded on polarity. Atoms are composed of a nucleus of a positively charged proton and an uncharged neutron ― and a varying number of negatively charged electrons which orbit around the nucleus like planets do around the Sun. Take the gregarious oxygen element, for example; it has two inner electrons and a ring of six outer electrons orbiting around the positive proton; the positive and negative charges are balanced. Particles of opposite polarities are attracted to each other, while those of the same polarity are repelled. “Aristotle said that two mysterious forces run the universe – attraction and repulsion. He saw in this the action of anima mundi, the ineluctable interiority that lies at the heart of matter-energy.”

We don’t normally think of water carrying an electric charge, but its bioelectrical sensitivity is one of the most significant qualities in its importance for life. The electro-magnetic qualities of mineral-rich or saline water allow it to steer processes and evolution by constantly shifting the energy treciprocally between positive and negative charges.

Vikor Schauberger’s pivotal research on natural energies: biomagnetism, the behaviour of water, tree metabolism and biological agriculture is based on an understanding of electro-magnetic polarities and balance. When there exists a sophisticated, but fragile, balance in a natural environment, a level of energy is present which is refined and creative.

Schauberger showed that a natural river flowing sinuously across the landscape recharges its energy towards the positive (or yang) on a right-hand bend and towards the negative (or yin) on a left-hand bend. This constant accumulation of positive and negative charges raises the energy level of the water (by drawing higher energies from the quantum field) so that it can perform its true role in nurturing the environment. The same happens with our biological water.

The egg shape is the only form in Nature in which water can circulate naturally to maintain its energy level. Schauberger demonstrated that the egg with the pointy end downwards projects energy outwards as a yang manifestation , while with the pointy end up (the yin dynamic) the energy is concentrated within the egg. He invented implosion machines with the pointy end down to generate fantastic amounts of energy. With the pointy end up, he used to mature fertiliser mixtures.

These two dynamics of the egg are ingeniously incorporated by an Anthroposophical engineer, Ralf Roessner, in his invention of the Double Egg Vortexer to restructure and re-energise water. (see image) Two eggs are joined at their pointy ends by a plastic neck. The upper egg is filled with water and the Vortexer is placed, like an egg timer, on a cork ring. The upper, full egg, is quickly rotated clockwise to produce a yang vortex projecting energy outwards in a yang dynamic. The water empties chaotically through the neck into the lower (yin) egg which concentrates and amplifies the energy in the water.
The Vortexer is then upended and this time the top egg is rotated in the opposite direction, to produce a yin vortex. This alternating of yin and yang vortices replicates what happens in a natural stream as described above, quickly raising the energy level of the water. The vortex is a link to a higher high dimension of energy held in the quantum field, which is stored in the water’s battery-like laminar structure.

Natural law, as Viktor Schauberger describes, requires that, for creative evolution to be maintained, the polarities are not 50/50, which would result in atrophy, but are unevenly balanced towards the yin or negative. [diagram ‘The Fateful Choice’]

This weighting was defined by the Chinese as 60% (2/5:3/5). Viktor Schauberger, working with temperature gradients in water, came up with 66.7% (1/3:2/3). Callum Coats relates the proportion to the sacred geometric ratio which is 5:8, giving the negative share of 62.5%. Human society today is heavily weighting the positive, causing breakdown.

If the negative proportion drops significantly, evolution is arrested and degeneration takes place. This applies to all qualities like egoism and altruism, quantity and quality, electricity and magnetism, centrifugence and centripetance, entropy and ectropy.

An important distinction must be made be made here. The LHC showed that, in the creative moment, the weighting of the positively charged B-mesons against the negatively charged anti-B-mesons is 54% (7:6). What this suggests is that, for creation, for initiation of a new impulse or to bring change, the positive (yang) energy must be stronger than the negative (yin).*
* Was matter created before antimatter? The way the Book of Genesis tells it, God first created Adam, then took one of Adam’s ribs to create Eve.

All normal biological activity and processes require a weighting towards the yin. Balance is achieved when the appropriate amount of yin and yang are expressed in a given situation. When a process gets out of balance, as it is seriously in human society today, we must recognise that our presence on Earth is unsustainable.

Balance is not something you can work out rationally. You either feel it or you don’t; it requires sensitivity and awareness, which tend to be subdued by a yang temperament.
Most of us consider our society to be advanced ― at the peak of human evolution. We can send men to the Moon, build Hadron colliders, analyse DNA, do prostheses and heart transplants. In spite of all these achievements, we nevertheless have broken Nature’s primary rule. Our technologies, our populations, our medicine, our economic and social institutions are not sustainable. We are failing because our worldview is anthropocentric and out of balance with our environment, which is why our civilisation is at a critical turning point.

One of the best indicators of the health of Gaia is the degree of biological biodiversity. One of the easiest ways to measure this is in the decline of bird species, some of which, in Europe, have shown declines of 50% to 80% in the last 30 years,. More fundamental, is the decline of marine species; the oceans carry 90% of all life. Many marine species have significantly declined in the last 50 years.
Yet, with the rise of the green movement and concern about ecological issues, there is now a profound shift in values starting to take place towards the yin — from admiration of large-scale enterprises to ‘small is beautiful’, from self-centred living to community-based resilience; from material consumption to voluntary simplicity. This is being promoted by the human potential movement, by feminism, by holistic approaches to health, and by emphasis on the quest for meaning and spiritual dimensions of life. But we still have a long way to go.

The Inuit, the St Kildans, the Kogi Indians and the Aborigines all had one thing in common — they lived in tune with their environment. Nature is the great teacher of balance — it is her imperative.
Nature is founded far more on cooperation than on competition, because it is only through harmonious interplay that physical formation can occur and structures can be built up. At the heart of the creative process in Nature are positive and negative polarities, such as chaos and order, quantity and quality, gravitation and levitation, electricity and magnetism. In every case, for any natural process to be harmonious, one polarity cannot be present without the other, and each needs the other to make up the whole.

Viktor Schauberger described the dance of creation as the harmonious interplay through attraction and repulsion of polarised atoms. The mutual attraction of 2x positive H and 1x negative O gives birth to the marvel of water. He showed how the catalytic role of dual polarity initiated by the positive charge of the Sun, the inseminator of life, melds with the Earth’s receptive and feminine energy. Together they are essential components for all biological processes. For example, he studied biomagnetism and bioelectricity as two complementary qualities.

Probably the most in-depth study of balance in Nature (and in human behaviour) was the concept of yin and yang polarities developed under the Taoist tradition of early Buddhism (5th century BCE). It saw Nature as a whole system depending on two opposing energies in balance. I’d like to explore how far its use as a system might help in the understanding of life’s harmony.

Yin/Yang balance
In Chinese tradition, the Sun emits a positive, yang (masculine) energy. The Earth balances this with a yin, or feminine (negative) energy. Without this interplay, there would be no water, plants, nor chemical compounds. Johannes von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner and Viktor Schauberger were proponents of these concepts.

Yin and yang are dynamic in the sense that their energy fluctuates — when one grows, the other shrinks. The concentration of energy is a yin process, while the tendency to move and disperse it is yang.
Western thought tends to consider yin and yang as fixed states, but in the Chinese tradition
they are constantly shifting. Thus in every man there is a woman and in every woman a man, these tendencies varying in different situations. And so it is in Nature; mornings tend to have yang energy, and evenings yin.

Fritjof Capra believes that the root of our problems lies in a profound imbalance in all aspects of our culture — in our thoughts and feelings, our values and our social/political structures. In the West we give yin and yang a moral connotation, seeing them as ‘either/or’. The classical Chinese tradition, however, views them as extreme qualities of a single whole in dynamic balance; only what is in imbalance is harmful.

In Chinese terminology, yin corresponds to all that is contractive, responsive and conservative; yang to the expansive, aggressive and demanding. They believe that all men and women go through yin and yang phases. In Western thought all men are supposed to be masculine, creative and active, while women are considered feminine, receptive and passive — a rationale for keeping women in a subordinate role, and for men taking the leading roles and most of society’s privileges.

Rather than the Western concept of passive/active polarity, the Chinese is of yin as responsive, consolidating, cooperative activity, and yang as aggressive, competitive and expanding; yin conscious of the environment, yang of the self. One can see that our society has favoured the yang over the yin — rational knowledge over intuitive wisdom; science over spirituality, competition over cooperation, exploitation over conservation. Capra writes:
Excessive self-assertion, which is characteristic of the yang mode of behaviour, manifests itself as power, control and domination of others by force; and those are, indeed, the patterns prevalent in our society.

In order to understand balance, we must recognise that yin and yang are each two-faceted: one side has appropriate, constructive attributes, and the other inappropriate or destructive. The appropriate use of yang energy produces initiative, optimism, get-up-and-go energy, forward-looking and thoroughness. Constructive yin is considerate, inclusive, aware, compassionate, prefers simplicity. In its destructive mode it produces a victim mentality, self-blame, wimpishness, introversion, passivity, disinterest, forgetfulness.

Modern human beings have more complicated behaviour patterns than other animals. Although in-depth psychological profiling is complex, some insights may be gained from considering individual yin/yang imbalances.The mature person learns through experience what are appropriate attitudes and behaviour. However, most of us, usually in childhood, have probably had a traumatic or distressing 4experience, since forgotten, the emotional effect of which may prevent us being dispassionate and balanced in situations which trigger that trauma. This impediment to objectivity and balance can unconsciously haunt us throughout our lives, preventing us from realising our full potential, unless we are able to relive that trauma consciously in a safe situation and put it in perspective. This often requires the assistance of an experienced therapist.

My book, The Story of Water, recounts the extraordinary role of water in creating and sustaining life; how it stimulates evolution and balances the environment through an hour. Nokia, you are you yes find out for you interplay of yin/yang energies, constantly encouraging greater complexity, inter-dependence and integrity in all of creation. Some quantum biologists believe it to be the medium of communication within and between organisms.

Schauberger said that polarities are the mechanism of creation. I believe that the reason why impure water is so electromagnetically active is because it is the vehicle for communication between life forms on our Earth. The world is governed by the yin and the yang.

Because the quantum or etheric field is universal and water is common in the Universe, associated with life or potential life, it seems natural to view them as complementary, working together. The etheric (sometimes called “the God field”) may be seen as the masculine (yang), initiating polarity; while the water medium has the receptive, feminine (yin) role. It may be that water is brought into being through the quantum field, a case of the stronger yang begetting the yin.
It is apparent from the LHC research that creation of anything completely new is dependent on a dominant yang. Yet it is clear that, for any new initiative to succeed there needs to be also a strong balancing yin. If el: their role in creating and sustaining life and balancing the environment; how water stimulates evolution by constantly encouraging greater compley, interdependence and integrity in all of creation;

What I propose is that the water medium and the quantum field are two complementary aspects in the balanced mediation, sustenance and evolution of life. Water acts as ‘the medium’ (the melody or music) — cosmic information (script or templates) as ‘the message’. You might call this a candidate for the ‘Unified Field Theory’. However, this implies that they are separate. In holistic reality they are inseparable aspects of the one process of unfolding life.

Some researchers believe the templates for the physical structures of living organisms are held in the etheric or quantum field, and may sometimes be interpreted through sacred geometry. For example the ubiquitous container for the emergence of new life is the egg shape: the egg and similar shapes like the pine cone, or spiral structures such as seashells or leaf designs have a symmetry defined by phi (Φ) or ‘The Golden Section’. These symmetries have a yin/yang ratio which can be defined mathematically by the number 1:1.618033988, which seems always to be associated in Nature with the transmutation of energy into form.

The issue of balance has fascinated scientists over the centuries. I think we have much to learn from ancient Chinese Taoist philosophy, which saw balance as the resolution of appropriate yin and yang polarities in every situation.

Alick Bartholomew is author of The Story of Water (UK ed) / The Spiritual Life of Water (US ed), and of Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger. He studied geology and geography at the University of Cambridge, with graduate studies at the University of Chicago. For 12 years he practised as a Transpersonal Psychology therapist. Website:

Likelihood of Change

The Likelihood of Change [Alick Bartholomew]
If things are as dire as you say, why don’t we hear more about it in the media?
It’s not in the media’s interest to scare people, and certainly the political establishment would try to stop this being published, as it’s not in their interests either. It’s a taboo topic.
[We’re blinded by our comfortable lifestyle, blocking concerns about future changes]

Inequalities: Financial inequalities are one of the main stokers of social tension. It’s not just the size of bonuses, which are infuriating to most of us, it is the discrepancy between the highest and the lowest paid for the work they do. It used to be that the average wage of the highest paid was no more than 100 times the lowest; now it is more than 1000, which really is obscene. The argument for incentive may apply to reasonable income levels; it is irrelevant for millionaires, unless you want to maximise their greed.
Likelihood of change: poor

Population: Before 2050, unless there is an unexpected cosmic or geological event there is unlikely to be a spectacular die-off. After that it’s a lottery.
Depletion of Resources: No matter how counter-productive this may be, we’re likely to see a continuation of exploitation of the Earth’s resources on a quite unsustainable level. The oil companies will be encouraged to go to extraordinary steps to maintain supplies, regardless of the danger or damage to the environment.

Climate change: There is every likelihood that the rise in carbon levels in the atmosphere will continue unabated. The majority want to see business as usual. It is likely that we shall reach 450ppm carbon dioxide levels by 2050, after which runaway global warming may be unstoppable, making most of the planet virtually uninhabitable, even by the end of the century.
An exception would be the occurrence of a cosmic collision or the eruption of a super volcano (caldera) which might plunge the Earth into cold and darkness, making food growing extremely difficult, but slowing down global warming.

Climate change is not limited to global warming. There can also be cooling in specific areas, just as there are exceptions to all the world’s glaciers receding.
Abuses of Technology: This will almost certainly continue at an increasing rate, making disasters more likely.
Destruction of Biodiversity: All the evidence points to the urgent need to remove chemicals from the growing of food and for a return to organic and mixed farming techniques. This is unlikely to happen without a complete collapse of the system.
Spiritual and Moral collapse: There is a large investment in extreme religious and political dogma, and brainwashing pressure to follow the expectations of those in power, which robs people of choice. Until individuals can exercise their freedom to choose, religious and racial conflict, with terrorism and other behaviours of mass violence, will continue. The great tragedy is that most of humanity seems acquiescent to manipulation.

What positive changes may we see? A breakthrough could come with the replacement of carbon fuels with a hydrogen economy. Progress is being made in the development of hydrogen-powered cars which could become commercially viable within 10 years, making it then possible to ban petrol and oil-fuelled vehicles.
The power breakthrough will be the development of economically viable nuclear fusion, which could replace all our present and damaging methods of producing energy. This may not happen for another 20 years, and might not avert the tipping of global warming into dangerous levels.

Think positive! If the outcomes are less rosy than you hoped, there are ways that you can make a difference. You might try to do something positive or constructive every day, doing your little bit to bring about change. You can join a group of like-minded people, for once the critical mass gets to a certain tipping point, big changes can take place. Unlike the positive feedback of climate change, if there are enough people with a similar creative intention to make change, positive feedback can turn this intention into a large-scale movement.

Looking at the big picture, we are at the end of an interglacial interruption of the Pleistocene ice age. Human intervention may delay the onset of the next advance of the ice, and The-All-That-Is [God?] that planned Gaia’s evolution may have further plans for the homo sapiens experiment, which could yet have an unexpected outcome. We know from geological evidence that, after the end of one epoch, new and higher consciousness life forms have been introduced as part of Gaia’s evolution.

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Schauberger’s Vision

Viktor Schauberger, Water Guru in A Hundred 20th Century Visionaries (Green Bks, 2007)
by Alick Bartholomew

“This civilisation is the work of man, who high-handedly and ignorant of the true workings of Nature, has created a world without meaning or foundation, which now threatens to destroy him, for through his behaviour and his activities, he, who should be her master, has disturbed Nature’s inherent unity.”
“We must recognise that it is Nature, not Man, that is omniscient on the Earth, but that if we continue to flout her laws, humanity is undoubtedly doomed.” This was the startling declaration of Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958), whose life was dedicated to unlocking the secrets of Nature’s energies and making non-destructive energy available to society.

Viktor Schauberger made an extraordinary contribution to knowledge of the natural world. He is celebrated for his discoveries in the water sciences, in agricultural techniques and in the energy domain – which energies enhance and which harm life. Schauberger provides us with a comprehensive and holistic approach to understanding Nature.

His insights form the foundations of what might be called a ‘science of Nature’. He developed energy devices, using Nature’s methods, to release people from enslavement to destructive sources of energy. He developed agricultural methods to enhance the quality of soil and crops.

Viktor’s father urged him to follow his brothers to university, but seeing how their theoretical studies inhibited insight, he elected to follow his intuition to study Nature’s processes in the then unspoilt wilderness of the Austrian Alps, following his forebears who had been custodians of the forest. His scepticism of the scientific world-view made him hard to work with. After he had been forced to develop a flying saucer programme for the Third Reich, and an American group tried to steal his ideas, he suspected everybody’s ulterior motives. He insisted that understanding Nature must come before developing free-energy machines.

Inspired by Goethe, da Vinci, Paracelsus and Heraclitus, Schauberger was a visionary who saw life’s processed as an indivisible whole, linked by continually spiralling movement. He found two forms of motion in Nature: outward, expanding flow that is used to break down, and inward-spiralling which Nature uses to build up and energise. Minute changes in temperature affect the outcome of an energetic process. The balance between the attraction and repulsion of polarised atoms is the engine of creation.

One of the scientists observing Viktor studying a stream’s flow was astonished that a tiny change of temperature, only 0.1°C, could make a large difference to the quality of the water. These three characteristics – movement polarity and temperature – need to be studied simultaneously for a natural; process to be understood, for they determine whether a process is working towards enhanced order and stability (evolution of life) or towards disorder and chaos (death).

The revelation that opened his eyes to the miracle of movement came when, as a young man, he disturbed a trout that darted quickly upstream against a swift current. How could it do this? Even more challenging was to discover how a salmon could leap up a high waterfall against the power of water falling by gravity. This led him to discover the complement of gravity – levity – as a powerful compensating force in the centre of the falling column of water which can pull the heavy fish up to the top of the falls. Viktor’s engineer’s mind wanted to understand how things work in Nature.

Schauberger saw water as an organism – the blood of the Earth – which carries information as well as nourishment to all life. He believed that the degeneration of our society stems from our mistreatment of water. He described three forms of life energies: those that determine quality, those of dynamism and those that encourage fruitfulness. He observed that Nature uses the egg-shape to give birth and to obtain energy. His knowledge of what is required to help healthy, sustainable growth of organisms was formidable; as was his understanding of bioelectricity and biomagnetism in the soil and in trees. He describes the intimate interchange between cosmic and planetary energies – how cosmic movements are mirrored at the micro level.

Today’s scientists are trained in the particular, not the general. They are expert at splitting, but they are limited by the physical, the surface appearance, and have difficulty in understanding that the energies that create matter work at a higher level of being than matter, which is only decaying energy. Schauberger frequently castigated conventional thinking, insisting that we have to think an octave higher.

In the last 200 years, the application of increasingly complex technologies has greatly accelerated, overwhelming the far more subtle energy systems of Nature, with dire consequences for us all. For while some will argue that these have brought benefits to many on the material level, the quality of life on the planet has seriously deteriorated, with severe damage to ecosystems and to essential biodiversity. No one explains as convincingly as Schauberger just how this came about. The energy our technology propagates is destructive of the evolutionary impulses in life forms, precipitating instead a downward spiral in the quality of organisms, and in human quality of life.

Schauberger argued that when the natural ecosystems are in balance and biodiversity rules, there is great creativity and evolution of higher and more complex life forms, but there is also order and stability. When humans walked lightly on the Earth, we cooperated with Nature. Although still part of Nature, we behave as though we are above it, dominating and abusing it. Viktor warned eighty years ago that if we continued to go against Nature, the Earth’s ecosystems would become sick, the climate destructive and human society would break down, with extreme violence, greed and pandemic illnesses. His insights are vital for us today when the prevailing scientific paradigm sees the Earth as inert matter, and Nature observed as a mechanical system, its resources exploited for humanity’s benefit, contributing to the appalling desecration of the environment, and to climate change.