Modern society is based upon internal combustion technology. Humanity has created some amazing things with this – a civilization with transportation systems, communication networks and power distribution capable of supporting populations of millions – so we can be forgiven if we tend to focus on refining internal combustion technology to make it work better and more efficiently when we study how to address resource, environmental and inequality problems. However, even when we explore new energy sources – nuclear fission, for example – our method is still to figure out a way to extract a specific resource and manipulate it in a certain way to produce energy that was not there previously.
But what if that’s not necessary? What if there was limitless energy flowing around us that we could tap into when we needed it? Most people will immediately point to solar power, which, I admit, is pretty darn cool, but to a large degree we have undertaken the development of solar power with the goal of making it fit and operate within the existing system of internal combustion. If we want to get away from a modern society based on oil, internal combustion, and the “bigger is better mindset,” we need a totally different approach and a totally different technology.
One man may have discovered – or rediscovered – just that. The late John Burke was a businessman and inventor with a background in physics. As co-founder and CEO of Pro Seed Technologies, Inc. he and his colleagues demonstrated in hundreds of tests (verified by third parties such as universities and agricultural companies), substantial gains in the growth, the yields and the stress tolerance of many types of crops by exposing the seeds to certain forms of electromagnetic energy (not powerful like microwaves, but something gentler, more akin to static electricity). In this process, very low-energy electrons coat the seed. As they are absorbed into the cell, they get absorbed into the mitochondria as well, where they are known to disrupt the oxygen processing in a way that increases the production of our free radicals. The cell’s anti-oxidant defenses get involved, and in the end you end up with a cell that can handle just about anything better.
When touring the Avebury stone circle in southern England, it occurred to Burke that the megaliths found around the world – pyramids, henges, mounds, and dolmans, etc. – might have a purpose other than the strictly ceremonial and religious purposes currently ascribed to them by archeologists. The time, labor and resources required to construct these monuments would have nearly crippled many pre-industrial populations had there been no benefit from it. Additionally, Burke discovered that these megaliths were not erected during a time of prosperity, but only after there was a crisis of agricultural productivity, and famine loomed. “The builders of mounds, pyramids, and henges were often fighting for survival when construction began, yet archaeological evidence shows they got wealthy soon after the buildings had been completed.” Given his background, Burke wondered whether there was something about the megaliths that enhanced agricultural production.
It was at Avebury that Burke, along with his coauthor Kaj Halberg, first started taking electric and magnetic readings – they eventually visited and took readings at over 80 megalithic sites in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. To ensure the scientific validity of the readings, the men used three different standard instruments:
- An electrostatic voltmeter measures the electric charge in the air or on objects (i.e., stone that might become electrified);
- A fluxgate magnetometer measures the magnetic changes in a location, these changes take place everywhere on earth every day; and
- Ground electrodes (connected with a length of wire – about 100 feet – and a voltmeter) to measure the DC charge in millivolts. This was used to locate and measure natural telluric currents running through the ground near the surface.
In Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty, Burke explains that the earth is continuously awash in magnetic and electric currents, and the engine for this is the earth’s magnetic field. Every day the earth’s magnetic field strengthens because of its’ interaction with the solar wind, then it drops off at night and becomes weaker – every place and every day. A few hours before dawn, the geomagnetic field at every spot comes rushing back. This generates the physical thing called induction – an electrical current in anything that will conduct electricity – which is a well-known principle of electronics. In certain spots, these forces were dramatically stronger, and energy is amplified hundreds of times stronger. Building a megalithic structure (such as a pyramid) on these sites has two complementary effects: It concentrates any electric charge in the ground at the top, and it bunches up the atmosphere’s electric field lines at the top. Similar results were obtained at Native American earthen mounds, pre-Columbian rock chambers in New England, and henges in Europe.
A typical example was Tikal’s Lost World Pyramid in Guatemala. The ground electrodes showed that the pyramid was sited over a telluric current, with readings up to 600 millivolts/kilometer (which is a very strong reading for a telluric current). The voltmeter registered 1,100 volts near the ground to 1,720 volts when they lifted the voltmeter over their heads to about eight feet (while airborne readings typically vary with height, a difference of eight feet is normally no more than 90 volts). While these levels may sound dangerously high, electric charge in the air is different than the kind you have in your household – even 1,000 volts is not dangerous. In fact, you can generate a stronger charge by rubbing your hair with a balloon. Nevertheless, those readings are way out of the normal range and can have significant biological effects.
And it’s not just a case of identifying a telluric current and erecting some sort of structure over it; people can physically improve a site to manipulate the flow of earth energy and amplify it. Examples given by Burke include the henges and stone circles commonly found in southern England. While visitors normally focus on the stones of Avebury Circle or Stonehenge, the shallow ditches around them are just as if not more important. The builders of these sites scraped away the topsoil, which better exposed the chalk underneath. Water seeping through the chalk when it rained separated into negative and positive charges, causing an electrical current in the ground with an associated magnetic field. (If you’re into the science behind this, look here.)
And the Point Is….
Since his company had developed a process to increase seed propagation using exposure to low levels of electromagnetism, Burke theorized that exposing seed to the electromagnetism found in the megaliths would similarly increase crop yield. This is not an enormous leap to make since there is considerable evidence that ancient peoples brought and placed their seed in or on top of megalithic structures for “blessings” (some indigenous peoples in Central America still do so). Burke experimented with corn seeds, and found that those seeds placed in the megalithic structures showed dramatically improved growth compared with a control located nearby. (Note: I’ve done my own experiments with pyramids and seed sprouting, although I did so before I ever heard of telluric currents and other natural earth energies. Were my pyramids located near or on a telluric current? I don’t know, but it is said that ash trees grow particularly well near telluric currents – and the biggest ash tree in town is in my back yard.)
The possibility that megaliths were used to increase crop yield and food security provides a possible answer to many questions. It explains why impoverished and dying populations were willing to dedicate so much time and resources to erecting these monuments at a time when their own survival was in question. It clarifies why these populations experienced a significant improvement in their conditions when the buildings were finished. It also provides a reason for why Native American communities with mounds were better off than their close neighbors who had none.
Interestingly, the megalith-as-a-seed-propagation-device theory also gives us a motive for why Stonehenge fell into disuse around 1500 BC. After all, if a site such as Stonehenge so improved agricultural production, why would it have been abandoned? Burke explains that people stopped going to Stonehenge at the same time that fertilizer and crop rotation were introduced. English farmers realized that adding animal dung to their fields would keep them fertile. Additionally, the systematic growing of legumes like peas and Celtic beans was started, fixing nitrogen in the soil and generating its fertility. With these discoveries, the farmer could now get improvement in yield without having to make the long trek to the henges. So, people stopped traveling to Stonehenge.
In Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty, Burke makes a very good case – backed by some amazing science – that megaliths are a form of ancient technology created by our ancient ancestors to increase seed propagation and ensure both their survival and prosperity. And while this is interesting, …so what? It’s not as if we’re going to throw away our Miracle-Gro in favor of building a pyramid.
But what we can do is figure out what else we might be able to do with this energy. What’s it good for? Some people might argue that the energy is too weak – too subtle – to be of any use; we are accustomed to admire the enormous power plants with their outputs of hundreds of megawatts. But this is exactly the point at which we need to start thinking about a new approach, a new type of energy, a different kind of society.
Bigger isn’t always better – or even always effective. Burke’s work in Pro Seed Technologies, Inc. proved that certain low levels of electromagnetic energy could change the cells in plants. Could the same be true of cells in human beings? While there is tradition associating many of these megalithic sites with human healing, is there any scientific evidence that it could be true?
Indian scientists did a study (“Effect of Magnetic Micropulsations on the Biological Systems,” International Journal of Biometerology, 1985) to look at how household electric fields might be affecting our minds and bodies. They placed human volunteers, as well as rats, flat on their backs and passed a ring over their bodies, simulating the 110-volt Alternating Current fields in our homes, which oscillate 55-60 times/second. They measured blood pressure, pulse, brain waves, and neurotransmitter levels in the blood. They found no changes. Then they decided to lower the rate oscillation and see if that would produce physiological changes. It didn’t – until they got all the way down to 0.01 oscillations/second (one oscillation per one hundred seconds). This slow rate of oscillation is what frequently occurs in the wee hours of the morning as the earth’s magnetic field starts coming back; oscillations of one per hundred seconds are not what we call Alternating Current (AC), but are really more of a disturbance in Direct Current (DC), which is what is found in nature. The strength of the magnetic field produced was 50 gammas, equivalent to the strength of the earth’s natural daily perturbations. At one oscillation per hundred seconds both humans and rats showed disruptions in every vital sign being monitored. Additionally, humans who lay with their heads pointed towards the east experienced “blissful reverie.” Those who lay with their heads pointed towards the north experienced anxiety, distress, panic and nausea (the rats screamed). Essentially, the volunteers were far more susceptible to effects mimicking natural magnetic fields than they were to the stronger magnetic fields similar to those in their homes.
The Russians have also conducted some interesting experiments with pyramids (there is no information as to whether they sited these structures in telluric currents or whether the Russian researchers are even aware of them) in which exposure to pyramids increased the immune system of organisms, the specific properties of medicines, and the yield of agricultural seeds, as well as decreased the pathogenic strength of different viruses and bacteria. These studies have suggested that other improvements in daily life (for example, in the weather) also have occurred in the neighborhoods in which the pyramids have been sited.
Dowsers, who traditionally work with earth energies, can also make a significant contribution to this discussion. In her book Earth Radiation, Austrian school teacher and dowser Kathe Bachler described the results of her investigations of over 11,000 people in over 3,000 houses, apartments and work places, in which she found that sleeping or working over areas where lines from the Curry or Hartmann grids intersected often resulted in cancer, allergies, arthritis, insomnia, learning disabilities, and many other diseases. When the affected people changed where they slept to an area the dowser said was free of these earth energies, health improved.
So now what? The truth is these earth energies are not very compatible with a fast-paced, profit-motivated culture. As John Burke found out, it is challenging to make money off of them (despite the demonstrated efficiency of Burke’s electron seed technology in improving agricultural yields, our society instead opted to invest in GMOs and stronger pesticides). Our population has been trained to associate healing with drugs and machines rather than with identifying the location of earth energies and then either avoiding or immersing themselves in them. Any scientist who explores earth energies and their possible uses risks losing his or her funding and being relegated to that scorned category of researchers who dabble in fringe science. Because of this, the likelihood is small that science or industry will investigate other possible end uses of earth energies.
Earth energies are free energies, and the possible applications are amazing. Unfortunately our society often looks down on that which is freely provided, preferring to wrest something from the earth, and then polish it up before buying and selling it. Dipping into and manipulating naturally occurring energy currents is somehow not good enough.
Aside from those few individuals who adopt earth energies for their personal use (this is my shout-out to dowsers!), it is unlikely that there will be any significant investment in developing and exploring the possible applications of earth energies. In order to do so, we would need a re-education of the general population, a decrease in the influence of vested interests …and politicians willing to risk ridicule. In short, we would need a complete re-engineering of society as we know it. I don’t believe the majority of us are willing.
But there is hope. And it comes from outer space.
No, I’m not talking about aliens; I’m talking about NASA. The Cassini-Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn. In order to get it there successfully, NASA had to program the spacecraft to first go around Venus, then Earth, and then Jupiter in order to get free gravitational “boosts” on its way to Saturn. So even though the scientific community may dismiss the electric and magnetic currents of our planet to be of little benefit to society, the astrophysicists at NASA consider the natural electric and magnetic currents of the cosmos to be critical for the successful exploration of deep space. While I can’t say that a smart inventor and his or her funders will ever make the conceptional leap from NASA’s harnessing of gravitational fields in space to the possibility of using the Earth’s natural energies for other purposes, the possibility definitely exists. And the fact that NASA is employing naturally occurring energies in an effective and cost-effective manner is an illustration of what we can achieve.
If we are willing.