by Anne Silk
“Paradoxes are merely Nature’s polite way of informing us – sotto voce – that our understanding of it is incomplete and erroneous”Thomas Gold “The Hot Deep Biosphere” Copernicus 1998
For many centuries there have been reports of strange effects and experiences at certain places, and by some people, but not all. As a clinician it has long been of interest to find the reasons why some arebadly affected at a place and others are not. The ‘genius loci’ of the Romans, or ‘Orte Punkt’ of the Germans has been noted and quoted over centuries and in many cultures. In parallel with my research has been an awareness, from people ranging from physicists to engineers, architects to housewives, teachers to therapists, that too much dowsing for
Earth energies can have very serious adverse health effects on the body and immune system. How can this be? What is happening? What energies and what radiations are involved? It is no longer good enough to say “it does not matter how dowsing it is enough that it does”.
When the Royal Institution was founded in the 19th century it was built with two staircases, one for the scientists and one for the rest – the artisans – ‘the lesser mortals’, as it was deemed at the time that it was not fitting that the two sets of people should meet upon the stairs. Happily the founding fathers of the RI soon realised that this was an idea right out of its time and one staircase was opened for all.
In the same way it is now time for the dowsing community to walk on the same staircase as the scientists. There are valid and logical reasons as to why the human body should be sensitive to very small changes in the geomagnetic field. It may also be possible to explain why some find lines and others do not and why some appear to run from magnetic North to magnetic South globally and others appear to run obliquely across the Earth. Think of a radio; there are many thousand transmissions going on globally at any one moment, but these can only be heard if the set is tuned to the exact wavelength of the particular station sought.
Certain parts of the human brain are particularly sensitive to magnetic fields, in particular three temporal lobes and their subcortical components, the amygdala and the hippocampus. Both are prone to kindling (the process whereby the tissues display electrical ‘impulses over time, as they are repeatedly and perhaps environmentally exposed to minute electrical currents. Over time, such tissue learns to microseizure, that is, it produces anomalous sensations or actions, beyond our physical control. Now let us suppose that the human body itself acts as a tuning device and can itself pick up one particular wavelength very strongly. We know from biology and physics that the human body acts as a half-wave dipole antenna. Electromagnetic radiation, including Earth radiations and static consist of an energy flux and therefore energy is conveyed into the tissues of the body itself. Some of this energy passes straight through (the magnetic field) and some is absorbed depending on the frequency, setting up eddy currents as it passes through. So with varying heights, weights, bone structure, body fat, we are all slightly different. In lectures all over the UK on Earth energy and seismology the opportunity was taken by the writer to ask those in the audiences who were sensitive and had the ability to dowse the questions. Anonymity was assured, age and sex only being requested.
The questions were, “How do you feel when you have done too much dowsing?” and “How do you feel when you are actually doing it?”
It must here be noted that normal sensitivity to fields varies with several factors: shape of skull, height, metallic implants (dental etc.) and previous closed head injury. Other very significant factors are whether the person has ever had an electric shock or shocks, and whether he or she has either been struck by lightning or been in what is known as a lightning ‘splash’, i.e. near to a lightning strike but not obviously struck. This can splash out as far as 100 metres from the point of the strike itself. As can be seen from lists many of the responses clearly point to effects on the nervous system and may be found in the vast continuum of health effects which may be classed as sub-clinical. That is to say, effects felt by the person, but which are not considered sufficiently serious to warrant reporting them to the doctor or otherwise seek treatment.
It is invisible, does not smell, and is neither wet nor dry, nor hot nor cold, we cannot hold or touch it, yet it controls our lives and well being from conception to death. Inexorably our cells, our brain and our nerves respond to its call. Normally, imperceptible magnetism announces its presence to our listening bodies in subtle ways. Many parts of our bodies are primed to listen and respond – the ethmoid sinus, the hippocampus, the Thymus, liver, spleen. pineal, heart, lungs and of course the haem in our blood. All contain magnetosomes in Magnetite or Greigite in what are known as biogenic magnetic sites.
Both ferro- and ferric iron particles are present, with iron oxides, quite normally in our bodies. We think about magnets as toys on fridge doors, small horseshoe school magnets, larger more powerful ceramic magnets, elements in doorbells, in telephones or the magnetic clips on handbags. ‘Men in the Earth magnetite, hematite, basalt (after being struck by lightning), ironstone deposits, the list goes on until we reach the vast magnetopause which encircles the Earth as it rushes through space, pushed out of shape by its headlong rush through the cosmos to resemble the bow wave of a ship.
How does this Earth energy enter the body? The body acts , as previously described, as an antenna. Electromotive force is applied with all movements through space, whether walking, running, jumping, nodding, swaying etc. Eddy currents are set up in the brain and the brain ‘sees’ the changing magnetic field as the body proceeds along its way. As Faraday proved, a moving magnetic field generates electrical charges, and a moving electrical field generates a magnetic field as a mirror image of itself at 90 degrees to the direction of current. So passing over the static fieldof the Earth’s surface, charges, albeit small, will be generated within the body. The millions of minute magnetic particles within our body will all respond to field changes in just the same was as do iron filings when we hold a magnet near them. They spin and dance and under certain circumstances will align in parallel, and can then themselves be capable of emitting magnetic fields that can be picked up by a Squid or MRI Unit or indeed very possibly a sensitive healer.
Science has for too long tended to write off the lore and knowledge of local and native people. Around the globe traditional knowledge, based on experience over thousands of years and handed down through the generations to today has, until recently, been dismissed. But Dr Daniel Buckle who is a senior scientist at the Canadian Government Development Research Institute Center in Ottawa is quoted as saying “Science is standing on the shoulders of centuries of innovation by traditional healers, hunters and farmers”. It is then very refreshing to read Professor Herman Tributsch’s brilliant book “When the Snakes Awake”, which describes in great detail after hundreds of interviews with people, villagers, farmers and herdsmen in many countries the very many effects that Earth energies and high static fields, with positive ionization, can have on animals, birds, fish and snakes.
Tributsch quotes that on Kamchatka Peninsula (which links Russia and Alaska and is very prone to earthquakes) the local population depend on bear behaviour for timely information regarding impending eruptions. In China and Japan the behaviour of fish as well as animals indicates, by strange behaviour, the precursor warnings of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Folk wisdom and local lore always deserve respect g many of the popular sayings are not just the fruits of individual observations but have been repeatedly tested down many generations. The explorer Alexander Von Humboldt observed on the banks of the Orinoco River that one day the frightful mosquitoes that plagued him and his men had all disappeared. They congratulated themselves on their lucky release from the insects until the local Indians told them that, the disappearance of the insects meant that an earthquake was about to happen. Then when the insects did return, they were greeted ‘with pleasure’. Mosquito stings were a far lesser hazard to the explorers than earthquakes.
In my own diaries over several recent years are notes from Geoffrey Allen, an architect in the Dumfries area, who would telephone me some 36 hours prior to major quakes, which might be anywhere on the globe. He, and his cat, of whom more later, are extremely sensitive to earth energies. He could sense the changes in natural energies, the precursors to events at 6 on the Richter Scale and above. He would suffer unusual pains, feel very depressed, and ‘know’ that as his stress built up, a powerful event was very close in time. And sure enough, on every occasion, the media would announce that a very large quake had happened within 36 hours. Then, as the energies returned to the normal background values, Geoffrey would feel fine again. That is until he drove across a fault. Here too he would feel pain and not at all ‘right’ and sometimes it took him a great effort to continue on his journey. But these effects were far less strong than the earthquake sensations.
Just as Tributsch has written, ‘four legged animals show great nervousness’, Geoffrey’s cat was also aware of the build-up of energies. He would change from a placid cat, with his favourite sitting places to a wild animal, leaping about the house, never settling, except that when he did sit down, he sat ‘m one place only, where he never usually sat, beside a wall, facing inwards looking at the wall itself. Curious behaviour for a cat? But Gregor, for that was his name, had a metallic implant in one leg fitted by a vet after an accident a few years ago. Such an implant would amplify and re-radiate ambient signals from whatever source. There are very many human visual effects that can happen when sensitive people are passing through or over high-energy places, hopefully to be the subject of a future paper.
To return to Tributsch – he states that an earth is on its way if the following are observed:
- Four legged animals show great nervousness without apparent reason
- Birds become excited and give unusual calls
- Dogs howl in unison
- Roosters crow persistently at night
- Roosting chickens leave their roosts and cackle excitedly
- Wild animals appear to become tame and seek the company of people
- Flies and insects suddenly disappear
- Snakes leave their lairs and flee outdoors
- Birds flock together, fly high and circle conspicuously
- Bears leave their winter lairs prematurely
- Cats cry nervously, run around houses excitedly then flee indoors
Another architect, a member of the BSD, wrote to me recently to describe how he felt when visiting Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire last year. He is very sensitive to earth energy and had some idea of what to expect at the site. But as he wrote to me, he was totally wrong. He had thought “Oh yes, I have experienced these energy lines before, but when I walked on it, I felt as though I was standing on a million volts and would not have been surprised if I had caught fire and disappeared in cloud of smoke”. Was there a very high static field at that spot? If so, and this zipped through his body, the hypothalamus, the temperature regulator of the body, would have had an electrical ‘kick’ which would have produced just such an effect. It was very unlikely indeed to have been infrared energy, as he would have commented on skin effects also, which he did not. But another person, equally sensitive to seismic energy told my friend later that when she had visited Fountains Abbey some years before, she had had to spend the next three days in bed.
There is a very wide range, or continuum, of anomalous effects that humans and animals can experience when coupling of the body to earth is maximal. External stimuli, however sourced, can stimulate deep areas of the brain (the magnetic element) and surface areas of skin (the electrical element). Kindling is the process whereby the tissue displays electrical sensitivity over time, as it is subjected again and again to the same electrical current. Over time it learns to react to extremely low levels of the same frequency, indeed this is where we find people developing the condition now known as electrical hypersensitivity. This is not new to the 20th C. but centuries ago, the silk -worker Angelique Cottin in France who, by passing near to the looms when angry, caused mayhem in the work-shop, is one example. Today these electrically sensitive people affect computer bank cash machines, shop tills, and one another, giving off electric shocks and sparks in extreme cases.
All sensory modalities may be involved, sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Some effects may be thought of as hallucinations but as Professor Zeki, the neurologist, has stated “What is not in doubt is that they are usually visually normal and derived from normal visual experience.” He goes on to say, “Hallucinations, like dreams, are therefore visually normal”. Zeki also states that “during dreaming, there is a massive increase in cerebral blood flow not only in the visual areas of the cortex but also in the striate cortex itself.” It is therefore logical to ask whether an exogenous energy source with the ability to itself cause a massive increase in cerebral blood flow, such as a very high natural Earth energy field, might not also produce visual hallucinations? Which brings us back very neatly to the special places of our land and ‘signs and wonders’ recorded over the centuries and to this day.
One American researcher, Salvatore Trento, has travelled to many of the ancient sacred sites of the American Indians. He has measured these sites with a geomagnetometer, noting not only the field strength in milligaus but also the dip, or angle, of the magnetic field. He has found some astonishing results. In the USA, at a place named Gyngywamp, near Croton, Connecticut, there is a place where visitors to the site very frequently become depressed, gums start to bleed, and epistaxis (nosebleeds) occur. They generally feel very ill, for no apparent reason. In women unexpected commencement of menstruation is often reported. Indeed in the town nearby, doctors and nurses are familiar with this sudden onset of illness in visitors to this old Indian sacred site. But of especial interest is the fact that within a few metres the geomagnetic field varies from 330 milligauss at an 80-degree dip to 700 milligauss at a 59-degree dip. This is an extremely high magnetic gradient for those walking through the area (700 milligauss = 7,000 nano Tesla). Trento lists dozens of other sites in the US together with the human effects reported there, including his own personal experiences, many of which parallel unusual medical conditions – but it is very doubtful whether medics in the UK are even aware of magnetic field effects, let alone local anomalies.
This is where the EEG and the enquiring minds of its members can make a start on the facts and figures of ‘place’. Gather the facts, take the measurements, note the human effects and write up. In conversation with any EEG member it is very clear that there is an awful lot of valid information ‘out there’ -it simply needs writing up, sending in and publishing. It is past the time to keep odd facts and observations to oneself, the Editor and this writer would be delighted to hear your own experiences.
S Zeki’A Vision of the Brain! Blackwell(1993)
H Tributsch ‘When the Snakes Awake’ MIT Press (1983)
R C Lee ‘Electrical Trauma! CUP (1992)
S Trento “Field Guide to Mysterious Places of the East Coast’ Henry Holt NY (1996)
T G Bolwig ‘The Clinical Relevance of Kindling’ John Wiley (1989)
© 1999 Anne Silk & BSD EEG