"North foehn wind in Maloja, Switzerland. Swirling snowflakes - in the glistening sun they resemble a ballet of crystals. Is it not nearly a miracle that each snowflake is said to have its own individual vibrational field and its own unique crystalline structure? Each snowflake is one of a kind. A miracle?" In this nonfiction book, Irene Zweifel-Lanz describes bioenergetic phenomena and invites her readers to reflect and call into question, to researchand to test. In appealing ways, she uses personal account to illustrate the diversity of Bioenergy.
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To my grandson Severin,
who, with childlike curiosity,
became interested in bioenergetic phenomena
in early childhood and, thanks to that,
taught me a few things.
RETROSPECT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
3.1 Fundamental notions
3.2 An overview of the characteristics of bioenergy
3.2.2 Theory and analogy
3.2.3 Experience and practice
3.3 Bioenergy today
THE PROVABILITY OF BIOENERGY
4.1 Testing bioenergy
4.2 The Tensor
4.2.1 Description of the instrument.
4.2.2 How it can be used
4.3 The three kinds of tests.
4.3.1 Direct testing
4.3.2 Concentrative testing
4.3.3 Mental testing
BIOENERGETICS OF THE EARTH: GEOPATHY AND GEOMANCY
5.1 Preliminary remarks.
5.2 The geopathic atmosphere
5.3 Ley lines and vortices
THE EARTH AS AN ORGANISM
6.1 The fundamental interconnectedness
6.2 The meaning, types, and consequences of the interaction between geopathic and geomantic phenomena
6.3 Geopathy and geomancy as consciously experienced resonance
THE UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE – RESONANCE, INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION
WATER – THE ENERGETIC PROPERTIES OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF LIFE
8.1 Water is life.
8.2 The repository of vibrations: material and energetic particularities of water.
8.3 Vibrational qualities of water
BIOENERGY IN HEALING
9.1 Ancient roots, ancient knowledge.
9.2 The Hippocratic healing tradition
9.3 Different European healing traditions up to the middle of the 19th century
9.4 Practical model application of synchronous therapy using the Tensor and BIOSYN device
9.4.1 General description of the treatment
9.4.2 Water treatment.
9.4.3 Isopathic application.
9.4.4 Harmonizing vibrations for the dying process.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What could bring an orthodox medical practitioner – or more precisely, a surgeon and experimental scientist – to write a foreword to a book about bioenergy?
The mundane, material answer is that bioenergy and its related method of healing freed me nearly completely from constant headaches, varying only in their intensity, which had accompanied me for over 40 years. Somewhat less mundane is the answer that orthodox medical practitioners are also aware that there are limits to what can be measured, and that “non-measurability” is not synonymous with “does not exist.” Every classical doctor has encountered cases in which both healing and resistance to healing cannot really be explained with our methods, and the wiser among us understand these phenomena, to the benefit of our patients, somewhat sooner. As a veterinarian and experimental researcher, I have long since learned, alongside objective results, to allow space for intuition and, according to circumstances, to trust its guidance. Energy is the basis for every cellular function; without it, no life would be possible. Since energy is not really tangible and confinable to a bottle, the thought itself suggests that energy is something that goes beyond the single cell, and thus also beyond our own limits, that everything in and around us is flowing, and that we are part of a whole.
To extend the answer to the more subtle dimension: Resonance is an important word in both science and in our own lives. No scientist gets good results in a tension-laden environment, just as life in the personal sphere can’t go well in such circumstances. Daily interaction with animals as patients – but also as important and inalienable members of the family – reveals in all its urgency the necessity of this vibrational resonance among all us different species of living beings, with nature around us and with other human beings. Not just that we need this resonance in order to be able to communicate with our animals; animals themselves are like resonating bodies and reflect back the vibrations that emanate from ourselves, true to life and unfiltered, as in a mirror. Throughout my life, I have let myself be led by my four-legged companions and their vibrational environment, and I have learned from them to perceive things and atmospheres that would have otherwise remained hidden to me at the intellectual and feeling levels.
From my dogs and cats, I learned to recognize my own positive and negative energies; while my Arabian horses taught me to expand my perceptual horizon with them from “straight ahead” to nearly 360° into the surrounding environment. They also taught me how harmonious movement and rapport – or simply being with them – can be healing for the body and soul while riding, in the same way that watching their wonderfully aesthetic bodies in the meadow can be. They showed me that these vibrations are essential for my life and indispensable to my soul. They are what makes it possible for me to be successful in classical, experimental medicine as well.
Orthodox medicine and bioenergy are thus not mutually exclusive; together, they are an ideal complement to each other. The refreshingly clear words of this book show beyond doubt that here, as well, communication is urgently needed and possible. The author’s immense experience and knowledge in the related fields of medicine, physics, and cultural history reflect her lifelong commitment and perseverance.
Brigitte von Rechenberg
Prof. Dr. med. vet. Dipl. ECVS
Zurich, February 2010
“Reflection is the courage to put up for question the truth
of one’s own presuppositions and the space of one’s own goals.”
Martin Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track
North foehn wind in Maloja, Switzerland. Swirling snowflakes – in the glistening sun they resemble a ballet of crystals. Is it not nearly a miracle that each snowflake is said to have its own individual vibrational field and its own unique crystalline structure? Each snowflake is one of a kind. A miracle? What is not reproducible is not scientific, but uniqueness seems to be a characteristic of life.
I would like to invite my readers to reflect and call into question, to research and to test. On the basis of many years of personal experience, in which I have been able to gather data, develop hypotheses, test and apply them in collaboration with a group of interested people, I describe and explain bioenergetic phenomena. This book was requested by clients and seminar participants and inspired by the intelligent and critical questions they asked, as well as innumerable conversations and discussions with family and friends. It is an attempt to (re-)awaken our sensitivity, receptivity or quite simply, curiosity for subtle energy – for the energy which life is made of and which, in what follows, I will call bioenergy.
Precisely because testing and description of bioenergetic phenomena have not stood up to strict scientific criteria until now, a systematic, bioenergetic testing method for making bioenergy visible and a therapeutic approach derived from it are of central importance. Researchers like Masaru Emoto and Fritz-Albert Popp, for example, have had to content themselves until now with “just making bioenergy visible.” It may be part of the very nature of bioenergy that, due to its subtle quality, it remains elusive to science.
Personal accounts will enliven and illustrate my text in some chapters. I would like to enable you, dear Reader, to share in my rediscovery and reworking of the ancient knowledge of subtle energy and its integration into a new, holistic worldview.
Since I have always worked independently of the tendencies in vogue, the literature listed in the appendix represents only a limited selection of the works that have enriched me on my path and do not claim to be exhaustive with respect to the subjects treated.
To everyone just becoming acquainted with the subject, and to everyone who has already had personal experience in the area – in short, to all inquiring minds – I wish you interesting discoveries while reading.
“People where you live,” the little prince said,
“grow five thousand roses in one garden ...
yet they don’t find what they’re looking for... […]
And yet what they’re looking for could be found
in a single rose, or a little water...”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
In 1983, doctor Elisabeth Kapovits from Bielefeld, Germany; teacher and naturopath Angela Paffrath from Kirchzarten, Germany; and electrical engineer Norbert Seiler from Kriens, Switzerland met during a course on bioplasma research given by doctor and author Josef Oberbach. From then on, as a team and full of pioneering spirit, they began to systematically research, test, apply, and disseminate knowledge about bioenergy.
Following studies with Franz Morell, inventor of a pioneering bioresonance device named after him (the Mora device), and drawing upon his own experience and research, Norbert Seiler created a bioresonance device he considered to be more consistent: the BIOSYN device. In addition, with the encouragement of Josef Oberbach, considered to be the “father” of the single-hand spring rod known as the Tensor, he developed a non-technical testing device, the BIONIK Tensor, which he also optimized through extensive experiments of his own.
Although technology in the fields of electrical engineering and electronics had been acquiring increasing importance in bioresonance therapy, Seiler remained true to his original conviction that resonance therapy should rely less on technical refinements and be oriented more directly toward the living person. In this way, energy tests were carried out by this group of like-minded people exclusively with the BIONIK Tensor, and Seiler’s BIOSYN device was correspondingly made use of. At the time, this device still functioned according to analog technology.
Over the years, Elisabeth Kapovits, Angela Paffrath, and Norbert Seiler developed courses for systematic testing of bioenergetic phenomena in both the human body and in nature. These courses were given at the time in Kirchzarten and Bielefeld, Germany. The basic courses were addressed to laypeople interested in understanding bioenergy, the advanced courses to people engaged in medical professions.
These three pioneers consciously concentrated on so-called “direct” testing (see Chapter 5.3.1). In this way, they set themselves apart from the esoteric New Age scene that was appearing at the time and, thanks to the systematic approach of “direct” testing, quickly awakened interest and understanding not only in mainstream medicine, but also – and particularly – in pedagogical and theological circles.
For decades, Norbert Seiler was also engaged in intensive studies of the energetic properties of water, particularly in the German study group of Johann Tikale (Igelsbach, Germany). Seiler worked on experiments with molds at Konstanz University on the subject of water quality. Around 1960, he recorded test results in Tikale’s group that until today, over 50 years later, have not yet been mentioned in the relevant literature. Seiler’s insights into the properties of water represent an important foundation for the fundamental understanding of bioenergy, as well as the therapeutic approach made possible by the biophysical wave and information therapy using the BIOSYN device he developed.
People are led by curiosity, amazement, intuition, personal concern, being deeply moved, and respect to set out on the path toward the great things of life – to the place where the secrets of life are slumbering, the place where the seemingly inexplicable and unsayable await explanation. A few years ago, a handful of people set out on this path with the goal of cultivating and further developing the knowledge passed on by Norbert Seiler.2 We have dedicated ourselves to the investigation of bioenergy and the responsible dissemination of knowledge on the subject, as well as its application for the benefit of humanity, animals, and plants. Our conviction is that in the places, according to current scientific research, where the boundaries between energy and matter are blurred, the secrets of life are to be found – secrets that have been accessible to pragmatic use and experience since time immemorial.
We wish to make a contribution by supplying the experiences of millennia and (conscious and unconscious) bioenergetic applications with a greater number of verifiable insights. We are continuously calling well-known bioenergetic test and therapeutic procedures into question – not least in order to be able to further develop and optimize our own procedures. In this way, a new generation of devices derived from Norbert Seiler’s user device has been developed with a modern electronic configuration and protection from external pollutants.
We would like to thank Elisabeth Kapovits, Angela Paffrath, and Norbert Seiler for their courage in investigating the foundations of the field of subtle energies, unnoticed as it was at the time in academic circles. This was, in fact, the investigation of the very energies that constitute life! We thank them for the knowledge and experience they have left to us as their legacy. It is for us a joy and duty to cultivate and further develop the knowledge we have received.
“The world of Dasein is a with-world [Mitwelt].
Being-in is Being-with Others. Their Being-in-themselves
within-the-world is Dasein-with [Mitdasein].”
Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
Bioenergy is usually defined as subtle energy with life information. We like to relate the term “bioenergy” to the above citation of Martin Heidegger in order to make clear in advance that bioenergy has nothing to do with the physical definition of the concept of energy. In different passages from his writings, the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) provides us with the somewhat simplified but, for an understanding of the essence of bioenergy, useful statement that energy is the truly being, and form the possibly being.3 Renowned research scientists, above all Albert Einstein and Max Planck, came to the conclusion in the course of their investigations that matter as such does not exist, and that matter is a concentration of vibrations in the smallest space. Thus vibrations are among the most fundamental characteristics of all beings. (Vibration is here defined as movement appearing in a regularly recurring, temporal interval.)
Put more simply: Form is condensed energy. The inverse line of reasoning is less familiar: that consequently, without energy there would be no form and therefore no material body. Without the existence of a soul, which doubtless belongs to the area of subtle energy, no living body would be manifest.
Inevitably, the philosophical subject of Being and Appearing, or of Having and Being in Martin Buber’s sense, suggests itself (Buber, M., (1973). Das dialogische Prinzip. Verlag Lambert Schneider GmbH Heidelberg).Many great authors and poets, initially and particularly those of Spain’s baroque age, the so-called “Golden Age,” made the subject of being and appearing their subject above all others, anticipating (knowing?) in their poetry and writings that behind the misleading ostensible form, behind the real world, there is a form-building force – an energy. In this way, a large number of poets and philosophers such as Heidegger have dealt in their own way, whether they intended to or not, with bioenergy – with the vibrational patterns and the bioenergetic fields that give form to our life and our world.
Martin Heidegger, in his citation at the beginning of this chapter, may in his own way be giving expression to this responsibility – also in relation to bioenergetic fields: He anticipates, philosophically, the modern-day themes of “information” and “being networked.” Speaking about bioenergy without including the keywords “information” and “being networked” is just as meaningless as speaking about information and being networked without having any idea what bioenergy is.
Figure 1: Aura – plants, animals, and humans are open, dissipative systems. (Illustration: Jacques Laesser)
From the viewpoint of modern physics as well, living systems (plants, animals, and humans) are open and dissipative: Everything is in relationship to everything, or expressed in more modern terms, everything is networked. Life is communication. And communication only takes place where networking through bioenergetic fields is present.
If we take as our basis the threefold body-soul-spirit in man, bioenergy is to be found at the juncture between body and soul. It encompasses the preforming patterns, the vital and shaping forces. For this reason, our well-being and mood, health and illness are directly connected with this shining, luminous force of the body and soul.
This is the reason why it is possible, through bioenergetically oriented, therapeutic measures, to have a positive influence on the will and psyche in moments of grief, depression, and other emotionally difficult situations (e.g. exams).
In principle, the vibrational field of bioenergy can be ordered, rhythmic, or harmonious, in which case it is helpful, strengthening, and uplifting. But it may also be unordered, disharmonious, and disintegrating, in which case it has a weakening effect, even draining one to the point of promoting illness.
A bioenergetic vibrational field can also be lacking, or form a so-called zero field, which drains the vitality of the corresponding energy body.
Figure 2: Spirit, soul, body. (Illustration: BIONIK AG)
The polar life energy, with the components plus and minus (yin and yang) that we call bioenergy, manifests itself throughout the world in sacred and religious buildings, as well as in places of healing and power. In Taoism and acupuncture it is known as chi and, according to the cultural background in question, is also referred to as vital energy, prana, galama, entelechy, od, forming forces, and so on.
Knowledge of this energy was already used in the earliest times, for example to find water and mineral resources. In addition, it formed the basis for healing methods, customs, rituals, and ceremonies.
One of the most impressive examples of the use of bioenergetic knowledge in our Western cultural milieu can be seen in the complex of Epidaurus on the Peloponnesian Peninsula in Greece. To this day it is still possible to experience and test the brilliant collaboration of architects, priests, and doctors. Knowledge of the intertwining of different subtle energetic fields seems to have been internalized at the time. Those who knew certainly sought out the location for this healing center. The theater, which served therapeutic purposes in ancient Greece and was for this reason erected directly beside the therapy building, is located – hardly by chance – on a crossing of powerful ley lines.
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