In his book, Wachsmuth explores the dynamic interplay between the four grades of ether that surround and penetrate the Earth: Life Ether, Chemical Ether, Light Ether, and Warmth Ether.
When turned away from the sun, the four ethers tend to separate in response to their natural tendency, or will, to expand or contract. By mid-night a static condition is reached, with life ether and chemical ether settled into the surface, light ether above and then warmth ether extending outwards to the edge of space.
This condition, of the four ethers separated as concentric spheres, holds until morning. At sunrise, the influence of the sun energizes the ethers and drives them into activity, resulting in a great turbulence.
“While the earth in its totality as an organism has the tendancy to maintain this basic and normal arrangement of the forces (see diagram), the extra-terrestrial cosmic influences, and especially the sun influence, act upon this as upsetting, chaotic forces. The whole body of phenomena — atmospheric, meteorological, telluric — can, therefore, be understood only in the light of this muual opposition, this conflict — on one hand, the tendancy, the will, of the earth organism to bring about the four-fold stratification as a static condition, and on the other hand the action of the cosmic influences which will not permit this static condition to occur, but cause the layers mutually to whirl through one another and ever and again disturb the normal status of the earth structure…” p.46
Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner developed a new approach to arts and science by applying the scientific method to subjective phenomena. Steiner believed that data related to non-physical experiences can and should be studied with the same intensity as data from traditional sources.
Steiner was inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and authored seminal works in fields as diverse as Architecture, Education, Physics and Agriculture. Although his ideas about non-physical substance fall outside of mainstream thinking, they have been tested and applied for nearly 100 years. Examples may be found in Montessori Schools and in Biodynamic Agriculture.
Steiner’s personal assistant, Guenther Wachsmuth, embraced these ideas and explored the unseen world through the observation of natural phenomena. Wachsmuth published his masterwork, The Etheric Formative Forces in Cosmos, Earth & Man in 1932. This book is considered by many to be a primer of modern etheric physics. It has been out of print for many decades, but is essential reading and is available online at aetherforce.com.
The following passage by Wachsmuth is frequently quoted:
There are altogether seven etheric primal forces, formative forces, active in the cosmos; of these, however, only four reveal themselves in the space-and-time processes of our present phenomenal world. In what follows, therefore, we shall deal only with these four etheric formative forces.
Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophical science designates these four kinds of ether as:—
Chemical Ether (or Sound Ether), and
The four kinds of ether may be classified in two groups, and this distinction is of fundamental importance for the understanding of all that is to follow: — The first two, Warmth Ether and Light Ether, have the tendency to expand, the impulse to radiate out from a given central point; they act centrifugally; whereas the other two, Chemical Ether and Life Ether, have the tendency to draw in toward a centre, the impulse to concentrate all in a given central point; their action is suctional, centripetal. This polarity of the two ether groups—the centrifugal, radiating, self-expanding will, and the suctional, centripetal will to draw inward, to concentrate—is an ultimate elemental principle lying at the bottom of all natural phenomena.
Wachsmuth describes the earth as being surrounded and infused with the four ethers:
The suctional, inward-drawing forces of chemical ether and life ether have their principle spheres of activity, corresponding with their tendancy, concentrated at the earth, with its component solid and fluid parts (oceans, etc.)
The outward-tending, centrifugal forces of light ether and warmth ether, on the contrary, have their spheres of activity primarily in the gaseous atmosphere surrounding the globe. This gaseous atmosphere is surrounded by a mantle of warmth ether at the outer borders of the atmosphere towards the cosmos…
The two classes of ether, with their natural tendancy to expand or contract, illustrate a most important concept: the polarity of Point and Periphery. This concept is as valid and significant as the relationship between Hot and Cold (the basis of Thermodynamics) or Positive and Negative (as in Electrostatics) but is relatively unknown in mainstream Science.
A&P Electronic Media has published a free e-book called Solar Secrets: Debunking the Myths of the Solar Industry. I’ve read other ebooks from this publisher and the quality is very good. This one is a concise guide to understanding the principles behind a sustainable, off-the-grid solar power system.
Author Peter Lindemann examines the four basic system components: solar panel, charge controller, batteries, and inverter. He shows how typical industry recommendations are often incorrect and actually contribute to poor performance and high operating costs. Of particular interest is the material regarding charge controllers for lead-acid batteries.
Based on decades of research by John Bedini, the book explains how proper charge management can dramatically increase battery life. While conventional wisdom estimates that batteries will need to be replaced every 2-4 years, Lindemann writes:
Regardless of what you have been led to believe, the Lead-Acid Battery is one of the most perfect and durable “chemical machines” ever devised. It is easily capable of being charged and discharged more than 5,000 cycles, which translates to being charged and discharged once a day for 15 years without special maintenance or replacement. (p.21)
An interesting fact not mentioned, is that Lead-Acid batteries are essentially 100% recyclable. Thanks to effective regulation, over 98% of battery lead is recycled each year; a rate far higher than for any other consumer product.
I’ve been asked to write something about my first expedition to Peru. It began a few years after the war, when I travelled halfway across Europe to visit my old friend Otto. A decade earlier, we had been separated when I joined the Poles on the eve of invasion. Otto stayed behind and worked for the Germans, at an airfield that had been converted to military production.
Soon after I arrived home, it became clear that I could not remain long in Pilsen. President Beneš had appointed a new cabinet, and there was trouble coming to the district of West Bohemia. I was tired of war and conflict and had little interest in living under communist rule.
Otto explained that he was planning a trip to the Amazon, and insisted that I join his expedition. We would be collecting exotic plants for export, and taking astronomical photographs from the Peruvian high country. It was a crazy idea, but Otto had made some kind of a deal with an American who provided all of the help we needed.
Our first destination was Zurich, where Otto withdrew funds from a numbered account and booked our passage to New York. He also secured accommodations for his wife Sophie, who would remain in Zurich while we were abroad. Pavel joined us there, a friend of Otto’s that I remembered from before the war. After less than a week, we started on the long journey to South America.
The first true engineer of etheric forces was Wilhelm Reich, who discovered what he termed orgone energy in 1939. Like Reichenbach a century before, Reich found that metals tended to conduct an invisible, fluid-like substance that could be sensed as a bioenergetic field. Reich’s contribution was the discovery that organic materials tended to absorb this energetic substance from the environment. By layering organic and metallic materials together, Reich caused a directional flow of orgone energy to occur.
Reich developed the first useful apparatus for collecting and concentrating ether. The orgone accumulator was a six-sided box with alternating layers of metal and organic material. Under controlled conditions, the device generated an unexplained rise in temperature on the inside. This was sufficient to engage the interest of Albert Einstein, who met with Reich in January, 1941.
Reich also developed a means of observing orgone energy directly called the orgonoscope. It was a hand-held device with lenses and a cellulose disk through which orgone energy could be observed. It is said that Einstein was so intrigued with this device, that he kept it for several months before reluctantly returning it to Reich.
Reich’s most significant discovery was the ability to induce bioenergetic effects at a distance. Reich found that long metal tubes could be arranged to project a linear ray of invisible force, sufficient to cause atmospheric disturbances. Reich experimented with the so-called cloudbuster for several years.
There is much more to the story of Wilhelm Reich. In 1948 he demonstrated a motor that ran on orgone energy, as confirmed by several witnesses. He also developed a method for causing orgone energy to luminese in a vacuum tube. He found that orgone could be electrically stimulated to create a halo of blue light. The same luminescence has been photographed around Apollo astronauts on the moon, suggesting that orgone energy is not a strictly atmospheric phenomenon.
Sadly, Reich’s life story doesn’t end well. He was prosecuted for the un-approved use of orgone accumulators as medical devices, and in 1954 a federal judge ordered most of his equipment, publications, and research journals to be destroyed. Reich died in Federal Prison in 1957, a few weeks before his scheduled parole hearing. Despite this unfortunate end, Reich’s contributions to the etheric sciences are monumental, and others have continued his research.
In 1901 Nikola Tesla was granted several patents for a system of radiant energy transmission and reception. The system utilized “natural media” such as the atmosphere and ground to transmit power with virtually no losses. The patents include a generalized radiant power receiving circuit, developed and optimized during his nine month stay in Colorado Springs.
The radiant energy system was revolutionary because it did away with wires and meters. Modest amounts of electric power would be available anywhere, at any time, for lighting and communications. Simply erect an elevated collector, attach the ground plate and begin drawing power from a distant transmission station. Tesla’s vision was to provide free electricity in the service of humanity. Industrial applications such as beaming power to electric airships was also planned.
A decade earlier, Tesla’s polyphase AC power system had destroyed the DC power industry, primarily because of it’s significant advantages in power transmission. By 1901, the major utilities were heavily invested in Tesla’s AC system, and the business of electrifying America’s cities and industries was underway. There was a huge, expanding market for electrical power transmisson equipment. With these new patents, Tesla was poised to revolutionize industry again with broadcast power distribution.
Scientific American carried a story on Tesla’s patents in the Nov. 30, 1901 issue (full text appears below.) Of particular interest is this paragraph:
In another method the energy stored is not, as in the previous instance, obtained from the energy of the disturbance effect transmitted from a distance, but from an independent source. The method in general consists in charging a storage device with energy from an independent source, controlling the charge of the device by the action of the effects or disturbances transmitted through the natural media and coincidently using the stored energy for operating a receiver. A condenser is used as the storage means.
In this passage, Tesla’s receiver is extracting power not from the transmitting station, but from an independant source. It is an oblique reference; the patents cited here do not identify the independant source of energy. Many believe that Tesla refers to background, environmental energy. Indeed, the answer to this mystery is not hard to find.
About 20 years ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the Boston Public Library on Copley Square. This magnificent granite structure offers many treasures to the public in the form of literature and fine art. The research collection includes more than 1.7 million rare books and manuscripts, including several early editions of William Shakespeare. It was there that I discovered an impressive scientific volume by Thomas Preston called The Theory of Light, first published in 1890. I examined the 5th Edition, 1928, by Macmillan and Co., London.
The chapter on Electromagnetic Radiation presents the justification for the existence of a light-bearing ether, and its relation to the observable phenomena of electricity and magnetism, that was prevalent among leading physicists at the time (p.585):
To account for the propagation of light — that is, of radiant energy — we have postulated the existence of a medium filling all space. But the transference of the energy of radiant heat and light is not the only evidence we have in favour of the existence of an ether. Electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic phenomena (and gravitation itself) point in the same direction…
Formerly an electrified body was supposed to have something called electricity residing upon it which caused the electrical phenomena, and an electric current was regarded as a flow of electricity travelling along the wire, while the energy which appeared at any part of the circuit (if considered at all) was supposed to have been conveyed along the wire by the current. The existence of induction, however, and electromagnetic actions between bodies situated at a distance from each other, led us to look upon the medium around the conductors as playing a very important part in the development of the phenomena. It is, is fact, the storehouse of the energy.
Upon this basis Maxwell founded his theory of electricity and magnetism, and determined the distribution of the energy in the various parts of the field in terms of electric and magnetic forces. The conclusions to which Maxwell came were that the ether around an electrified body is charged with energy, and that the electrical phenomena are manifestations of this energy, and that the imaginary electric fluid distributed over the conductor was either not there at all, or at any rate, took only a very subsidiary part in phenomena.
I was surprised recently by the sudden onset of my recurring illness. The calendar confirmed that this episode had arrived weeks earlier than expected. With an eye on my dwindling supplies, I set about preparing the maté.
As on previous occasions, I was ill for several days. I had arranged temporary accommodation near the ship, and directed my assistant to leave me undisturbed. The hanger where I slept was dark, and quiet. There were times when I could sense the presence of others, watching but not quite visible in the gloom. If they were real, or just fever-induced phantoms, I can not say.
Drinking the bitter tea kept me alive but with little comfort. It was a long and weary time, with occasional periods of deep sleep laced with strange visions. Eventually, the symptoms began to wane and health returned.
Today completes my first week back to normal. My old familiar strength has returned, and I chuckle at my appearance in the mirror.
Baron von Reichenbach (1788-1869) was a prominent Prussian scientist and industrial chemist. He devoted the latter years of his life to the study of a previously unknown force, related to electricity, magnetism, and sunlight. The force could be directly sensed by certain people he called sensitives.
After Reichenbach’s subjects waited in absolute darkness for a period of time, most were able to see streams of energy eminating from crystals, magnets and other objects. Highly sentistive people could sense this result after only 15 minutes, while those of average sensitivity required two hours or more of total darkness, before their eyes were able to perceive such energies. Who knows what I could see, if I had the patience to wait that long!
His masterwork, a 600+ page scientific tome, is largely forgotten today. But a much shorter version, written as a series of letters to a popular periodical, is still readily available. These have been collected and released in book form under several different tiles, including Letters on OD and Magnetism, and The Mysterious Odic Force.
The book is packed with useful info and careful observations of what Reichenbach called OD or odic force. This is an excellent introduction to the study of subtle energies, and how people can sense them directly.
A few excerpts follow; interested readers are encouraged to acquire a copy of this fascinating book.
Thomas Brown, Zanesville Youth, Tells of Developing it by Electric Current.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio. Feb 17
Success in tapping “cosmic energy” in actual demonstration is asserted by Thomas Townsend Brown of this city, a member of the American Physical Society. He says he has a “gravitator” that works and points to a basic patent in Great Britian.
There are two ideas in his experiments, that power is inherent in normally inert matter and that it is possible to release and use such power. It is asserted that his tests back Dr. Einstein’s theory that there is a definite relationship between the electric field and the gravitational field.
Commercial applications of his development are alleged to be limited only by the fact that a power line must be tapped to provide the small amount if electrical energy desired to release his “cosmic” force.
According to Brown his system, by making mass itself move by virtue of power within, eliminates power losses due to heat and friction and holds enormous possibilities for commercial economies.
His method is to surround or impregnate a mass of non-conducting material with an electric-static condition. This is done by applying a high voltage, low amperage current to opposite ends of material that does not transmit electric force…