Sunday, March 13, 2005

"Water the element of life", by Theodor Schwenk

Based on Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy and their own experiments, the authors show that the earth is a living organism and that water is its sense organ, perceiving vital cosmic influences and forces and transmitting these into earthly life.

Theodor Schwenk (1910-1986) was a pioneer in water and flow research. He founded the Institute for Flow Sciences for the scientific study of water's movement and life-giving forces. As engineer Schwenk began work in the research institute at Voiths in Heidenheim. He moved to Aerodynamics before the war and was able to study the world literature on Flow Research and work with Viktor Schauberger. In 1946 he moved to Weleda in Schwaebisch Gmuend, where he could eventually set up a laboratory to study effects of constellations and potentisation on germination and plant growth. 'Grundlagen der Potenzforschung' 1954.

A well-known author and lecturer, at Weleda he contributed original insights and methods to the production of homeopathic, anthroposophic medicines. He developed "drop-pictures" for analyzing water quality and methods for healing polluted, "dead" water. Schwenk gained public recognition with the publication of Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air.

In a way, Theodor Schwenk reminds very much of Masaru Emoto, the author of "The Hidden Messages in Water" (or vice-versa, as you want to look at it).

In 1961, he was the co-founder and Director of the the German Institute of Flow Sciences [Institut für Stroemungswissenschaften], now directed by his son Wolfram Schwenk.

In relation to fresh water that is essential to all life and accounts for only 3% of all water resources on earth, the Institute for Flow Sciences in Herrischreid, Germany has pioneered methods of visually recording the internal movement and fluid structures of fresh water. A major goal of this work is to bring forth a new understanding of the sensitivity and complexity of water and to establish new benchmarks for judging the purity of public water.

"We are concerned that the natural sources of water be cared for and appreciated by the public both for their public utility and their essential beauty," says Wolfram Schwenk, a principal researcher and one of the directors of the Institute. "Wherever Water appears, as moisture in the soil from which it runs as brooks, streams, rivers to fill up ponds, lakes, and even oceans, water becomes the life-giver, and simultaneously provides a viable environment for an endless number of microorganisms, plants and animals."

"Once water is brought into motion, it reveals a wide variety of activities. It becomes the medium for all different sorts of shape-forming processes and the place wherein there is an inexhaustible activity of renewal and recreation of forms."

"Through methods pioneered by my father, Theodor Schwenk, we have developed a systematic way of looking at the internal behavior of water and documenting its movements. The characteristics distinguishing water as a means for sustaining life become activated when water is in motion, and water’s mobility is one of its most important characteristics.

When water is mobile, it has the potential to reorganize itself. If we incorporate mobility as a factor to be included in qualitative analyses of given samples of water, then we can expand efforts beyond traditional chemical analyses to determine water’s quality and its organizational potential.

Through the Drop-Picture Method pioneered by Theodor Schwenk, we have been able to develop a scientifically reliable procedure for revealing this aspect of water. And we have been able to establish a benchmark that can be used in conjunction with other analyses to determine the relative purity of different kinds of water."

The remarkable images developed by the Institute in recent years enable people to see movements of water normally invisible to the human eye. Fresh spring water, uncontaminated by pollutants, shows an almost infinite capacity for continuous and multi-formed movement, creating an enormous variety of complex shapes.

Among the green, tree-covered hills of the southern Black Forest, German engineer Theodor Schwenk found clear spring water that could serve as an example of water’s wondrous capacity for movement - the ability of the tiniest drop of water to create infinitely varied and beautiful shapes.

As one radiating circular form follows another in the Drop-Pictures, it is clear that the internal movements of water are never linear. The images create an enhanced understanding of water and its simultaneous ability to mold its surroundings and adapt to the external forms that surround it.

The refinement of this Drop-Picture methodology is drawing many waterworks professionals to the Institute to find ways to enhance more traditional measurements of the quality of water that cities and towns are delivering to their citizens. The city of Amsterdam is one beneficiary of the Institute’s investigations. In using the Drop-Picture Method alongside other analyses to develop new parameters for public water quality, Amsterdam was able to improve the quality of its public water and Amsterdam citizens are said to have among the best potable water in Europe today.

The Institute is also studying how water’s capacity for movement can affect water’s capacity for self-purification after being contaminated with pollutants. In the mid 1990’s, the Institute participated in a study of the Mettma, a small Black Forest stream contaminated upstream by brewery and domestic wastewater. The contents of the water and organic life were analyzed over an eight-kilometer stretch of the water downstream from the point of wastewater discharge.

Taking water samples at various distances from the source of pollution and putting these samples through the drop-picture process, a remarkable documentation was developed. It shows the relationship between water quality and the differentiation of organic life in polluted and less polluted water. The images show a clear correlation between the point where the stream water was able to regain its pre-pollution condition and the development of more sophisticated life forms.

"Our concern at the Institute is to help people ‘see’ water in a new way," says Schwenk, "To appreciate its complexity and capacity to generate and serve life."

FotoFest 2004 presented a special exhibition of images of the hidden movements of water and the Institute’s development of the Drop-Picture Methodology. The exhibition will also show how sensitive water is to external materials, even the smallest amount of pollutant material. It will include the visual study of the Mettma stream.

The philosophy and work of the Institute has also inspired the work of German artist and urban designer Herbert Dreiseitl’s whose use of water in urban environments are attracting attention of cities throughout the world and top architects such as Sir Norman Foster and Renzo Piano.

"Long before the advent and popularity of the chaos theory, Theodor Schwenk had understood the relations between chaos, the emergence of form, and the sensitive dependence of initial conditions that characterize the chaotic state in nature and in theory. His important work has never been surpassed." Ralph Abraham, University of California Professor of Mathematics and author of "Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History"

"From space, the Earth is seen as a water planet; less than thirty percent is land. Our sister planets Mars and Venus were made of the same stuff when they started, but are now drier than any conceivable desert on Earth. We know that without water there can be no life, but also it is true that without life, there can be no water. In Sensitive Chaos, Theodor Schwenk teaches us about this wonderful connection between water and life. So movingly and well told is his tale that you will not want to put the book down until the end." James Lovelock, scientist and author of "Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth".

Water is more than a mere flow of energy or a useful means of transport. Why does water in streams and rivers always take a winding course? Do common principles and rhythms guide the movement of water, whether in the sea or in a plant or in the blood of a human being?

More than ever before, today we need "water consciousness" and we can begin with this essential and classic book on water as the universal bearer of living, formative processes. Beginning with simple flowing phenomena of water and air, Schwenk gradually builds up, with the help of marvelous photographs and drawings, the "letters" of an alphabet that will allow us to "read" the living meaning of water.

Schwenk's books gradually brought in the formative processes to light, and we come to see the creative word in the universe. This is an important work for a deeper understanding of a fundamental element of life.

These books are lavishly illustrated. Here is an Amazon link for it:


At March 19, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Blogger Paz said...

People should learn more about energy alternatives like electric cars. The new ones coming out are way better than gas cars. One of the main electric car companies, Zap, has delivered more than 100,000 electric vehicles (source: EV’s cost 1 to 3 cents per mile to run, compare that to regular cars!

At March 25, 2018 at 1:11 PM, Blogger Tree House Treats said...

Thank You so much for posting this. It needs saying every which way, and especially consciously bringing forward into Present Time. Theodor Schwenk is who inspired Betsy Damon and the phenomenal work she did in China on the Yangtze River.
See An Interview with Betsy Damon: Living Waterby Richard Whittaker [2009].

And Yay! for electric cars (your other post comment). In the meantime (since 2008/2009) Elon Musk has run the gauntlet of naysayers and ridicule, designed and produced Tesla, with Model 3 rolling out and mega-factories on more than one Continent last time I looked. Buckminster Fuller's vision of Spaceship earth beginning to really gain traction.


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