Viktor Schauberger – Living Energy


Schauberger was a big full-bearded man and could be ferociously gruff; he had no patience with greed-motivated fools. But he was untiringly patient when learning from his teacher—the natural world. In Alpine forests, along rivers and in the fields of wise old traditional farmers, the forester/scientist learned about a life-enhancing energy which enters a substance such as water or air through inward-spiraling movements of the substance.

During his lifetime of study he copied nature’s motions in his own engineering.

“Prevailing technology uses the wrong forms of motion. It is based on entropy—on motions which nature uses to break down and scatter materials. Nature uses a different type of motion for creating order and new growth.”

The prevailing explosion based technology—fuel-burning and atom-splitting—fills the world with expanding, heat-generating centrifugal motion, he warned. On the other hand, energy production and other technologies could instead use inward-moving, cold-generating centripetal motion, w h i c h nature employs to build and enliven substances.

Even hydroelectric power plants use destructive motion, he said; they pressure water and chop it through turbines. The result is dead water. His suction turbine, on the other hand, invigorated water. The result, he said, was clean healthy water.


His stubborn certainty angered academics who assumed superiority over a largely self-educated man. It is not surprising that he was some-times abrasive; the Schauberger heritage included defiant courage. His ancestors were privileged Bavarian aristocracy with a manor named Schauburg, and in the thirteenth century this ancient family lost its royal privileges by publicly defying a powerful Bishop.


A few centuries later, about 1650 A.D., a family member moved to Austria and began a branch of the Schaubergers which specialized in caring for forest and wildlife. Breathing the scent of sun-warmed pines, generations of Schaubergers then lived their family motto of fidus in silvis silentibus— faithful to the silent forests. Viktor’s father was master woodsman in Holzschlag at Lake Plockenstein, and Viktor absorbed accumulated wisdom of generations of forest wardens. His mother also taught him to tune in to nature—to listen to its singing in a mountain stream as well as its whispering through the treetops, and to learn its cycles and rhythms.

The family’s closeness to their environment was not only on a spiritual or poetic level; it was based on practical observations. For example, Viktor’s elder relatives respected a certain vigor which they found in cool unpolluted water. So, instead of irrigating meadows in warm sunlight when the water was sluggish, they spent moonlit nights lifting gates on their irrigation canals so that the liveliest [most life-giving] water would flow onto their land. It grew noticeably more grain and grasses than did the neighboring lands.

From childhood Viktor aspired to be a forest warden like his father, grandfather and a line of great-grandfathers. As a boy he explored nearby woods and then roamed farther. He came to know the rumbling rivers and the musical streams which feed them, just as other young people know streets and hallways and sounds of their childhood. However, he noticed that natural waterways rarely flowed in straight corridors. Instead, a river undulates through the landscape, swerving to one side and then to the other. Within the larger meandering caused by Earth’s turning, water coils around a twisting central axis as it sweeps downstream. Keeping in mind this inward-spiraling motion, Schauberger later developed the basis for a technology in tune with nature.

When Viktor reached university age, his father wanted him to train as an arboriculturist. The young man resisted the pressure to limit his outlook to the academic viewpoint. He quit university, but later did graduate from forest school with state certification as a forest warden, and then apprenticed under an older warden.

Throughout his life he continued to learn, from books and wise observers as well as directly from nature.


Schauberger had the opportunity—rare in this century—of living for years in a vast unspoiled forest. After the First World War ended, Prince Adolf von Schaumburg-Lippe hired him to guard 21,000 hectares [51,870 acres] of mostly virgin forest in a remote district. As he patiently observed rhythms of life in this huge watershed, Schauberger saw phenomena which may be impossible to find today.

One terrifying example, which in the end impressed him with the self-regulation of nature, was a landlocked lake which rejuvenated itself before his eyes. One warm day he was about to strip and swim in the isolated lake, when it roared with sudden movement. Whorls appeared on the surface and half-submerged logs started to move. The debris circled, faster and faster while a massive whirlpool formed in the middle of the lake. Then the huge logs sucked into the center upended and disappeared into the whirlpool.

After the waters stilled momentarily, a gigantic waterspout startled Schauberger even more. Turning as it rose, the spout reached as high as a house then settled back, and the waters began to rise on the shore. The young gamekeeper ran; he had seen enough. But the incident added to the mystery of this substance which fascinated him—water. Schauberger was well-placed for developing his unique understanding of water; his workplace was big enough for interconnected life processes to mesh without hindrance there.
Life forms interacted in balance; it was still an unbroken web of life.

Six foot tall Viktor at that time of his life was said to be a picture of contentment—muscular good health from hiking the high country, and alert intelligence described in his facial features—farseeing eyes, the slight curve of his nose reminiscent of an eagle’s beak, and the determined but good-humored set to his mouth.

He wrote that this was a happy time, while he watched the larger animals migrate with the seasons and observed salmon and trout in cold mountain streams. Countless hours of studying the fish in motion gave him insights which later led to one of his inventions, called the trout turbine. Picture him at rest on a summer after-noon, his long frame stretched on a grassy riverbank. Sunlight filters through a canopy of leafy branches overhanging the river.
Deep in this pristine mountain setting, the combination of his sharply observant eyes and his intuition was synthesizing new knowledge.


He learned that water swirling over rocks in a tree-shaded natural setting carries a vitality which is real as an electric current carried by wires. And minerals carried along on that vitalized inward-curling water enrich the trees whose rootlets seek the mud. Trees and water, water and trees. Each needs to have the other growing in a natural state.

The young forest warden once hiked up a mountain with some hunters, old men who were familiar with the area. High on the mountain they found a heap of rocks which had been part of a stone hut which had arched over a mountain spring for as long as anyone could remember. Hikers traditionally would duck into the cool interior of the hut and ladle a drink of refreshing water. Now, however, someone had dismantled the hut and exposed the spring to sunlight. To the surprise of the old hunters who came there seasonally, the now exposed water shrank back into the earth; the spring dried up for the first time, and it stayed dry. After months and much head-scratching, they decided to rebuild the stone hut. Eventually the spring returned and continued to flow, season after season.

Incidents such as this taught Schauberger that water needs to be cool— about 4°C [Celsius]—even as it bubbles out of the ground. Without a shaded exit, he found, water will not “grow” to a great height underground and emerge as the mountaintop spring. As well as temperature, time spent maturing in underground rocks provides minerals which help make water sparkle with energy.

Schauberger noticed beautiful vegetation growing around natural springs —an indication of “mature” mineralized energetically-charged water. These concepts, of water having qualities such as strength and maturity, were not found in any textbooks or lecture notes. The brash forester later told hydrologists to abandon their microscopes and testing laboratories, and instead study water holistically in its environment. He found natural watercourses to be alive with inherent intelligence, and not to be mere movements of a chemical substance.

Another mystery which fascinated him was the sight of large trout and salmon lying nearly motionless in a stream while facing into a swift current. When the forester moved and startled the fish, they darted upstream headlong into the rushing current. Why didn’t they go with the obvious flow and escape downstream? Was there some invisible channel of energy running opposite to the current?

He decided to experiment on a sizable stream with rapids where a large trout often lay. Schauberger sent his woodsmen 500 meters upstream to build a bonfire. He instructed them to heat about a hundred liters of water and pour it in the stream on signal. This infusion of warm in water made no noticeable difference in the overall temperature of the stream. But the position of the large trout downstream immediately weakened, and de-spite thrashing its tail and fins, it was swept downstream. Schauberger was then sure of the connection between water temperature and some unknown flow of energy in the water.

This reinforced his belief that the sheltering tangle of willow branches overhanging a river is crucial; without cooling shade, excess warming would cause the water to lose an electrical-type potency.

One moonlit night brought both danger and a magical sight. He was sit-ting beside a waterfall waiting to catch a notorious fish poacher. To pass the time he watched trout swim in the crystal-clear pond below. Suddenly a much larger trout arrived and dominated the scene with a twisting under-water dance. It headed under the main fall of water, and soon reappeared for an instant, spinning vertically under a glittering cone-shaped stream of water. To Viktor’s amazement, the lone fish then stopped spinning and instead floated upward to a higher ledge of the waterfall. There it fell into the rush water and disappeared again with a swish of its tail.

The dangerous poacher was forgotten, after the spectacle of a silvery fish floating up the moonlit waterfall. Schauberger filled his pipe and slowly, thoughtfully, walked home. Again, it seemed the wild stream must generate some type of energy.

Years later, Schauberger would devise an experiment which clearly demonstrated an electric charge present in moving water.


Another clear night, in late winter, he again rubbed his sharply observant eyes in disbelief. Exploring a rushing stream in bright moonlight, he stood on the bank looking down into a deep pool. The water was so clear that he could see the bottom, several meters below the surface. Large stones on the bottom were jostling about.

Even more amazing, an egg-shaped stone about the size of a human head started circling in the same way as a trout does before jumping a waterfall. Suddenly the rock broke the surface of the pond, and slowly a circle of ice formed around the floating stone. Was this a cold-generating instead of a heat-generating process? Then one by one nearly all the egg-shaped stones circled up and appeared on the surface. Stones of other shapes remained unmoving on the bottom.

What metals did the dancing stones contain? Why the egg shape? What force develops in this pristine water? What is motion, anyway?

Schauberger had a lot of solitude for mulling these questions, and eventually he developed a theory about different types of motion. He saw that water needed freedom to move in a vortexian motion (three dimensional spiraling).

He saw the spiraling shape in the growth of vines, ferns, snail shells, whirlpools, galaxies and countless other formations. The hyperbolic spiral was everywhere, as if acting out some underlying universal motion. In uncaged rivers, the spiral was seen in the horizontal tightening twists of the layered current. He became certain that the contracting vortex created a very real energy in the water as it flowed.

Schauberger learned how colder, denser, stronger water in streams carried heavy natural debris without silting, and how undisturbed rivers man-aged seasonal torrents without seriously eroding their banks.

Schauberger proved to be a skilled engineer who turned his insights into practical devices. But even his first invention was controversial.


While Schauberger was studying nature’s habits, outside the forest others were more entranced by worldly ways. The aging prince who owned the wilderness had a young wife who liked to gamble, so he needed quick cash to pay his wife’s debts. The prince eyed his remote forests and saw lumber which could be sold. The prince’s predicament placed a challenge before his forester—could Schauberger make a miles-long wooden water-slide which would carry logs from the high mountain slopes down to the valley?

Experts said it was impossible—heavy logs would scrape to a halt on the wooden slide. Or if they somehow gathered speed, they would smash the sides of a flume. However, from his father and from observing wild rivers, Schauberger knew how to bolster the strength of water just as nature does, so that even heavy beech-wood would ride high on the shallow stream. He hired men to build a strange structure which curved and twisted down the steep mountain. At points along the route, his design included valves for inlets and outlets which poured in cold water from other streams and released sun-warmed water from the chute.

The day before the deadline, a log started down the new chute for a test run, then it stalled and stuck in place. The workmen snickered, they had no faith in this zigzagging construction.

Schauberger sent them home so that he could think. While sitting on a rock looking down at his log-sorting dams, he felt a snake under his leather trousers. After he jumped up and threw it away, it landed in the dam. Observing it through binoculars, he wondered how a snake can swim so quickly without fins. As if in answer to his problem of transporting logs, the snake twisted in both vertical and horizontal curves.

“Understand Nature, then copy Nature,” was Schauberger’s motto.

From the sawmill he ordered lengths of wood, and his workers hammered all night, nailing short timbers within the curves of the flume to add the up-down snakelike motion to the water.
When the Prince and Princess and other dignitaries arrived for the demonstration the next day, there had been no time for a test run. None of the men believed the flimsy-appearing structure could carry even one of the massive logs without disaster. But it did work. The cold water floated heavy logs and the shape of the chute spiraled the water, which swept the logs always toward the centre of the current and away from the sides of the wooden flume.

The serpentine movement was a success.


In gratitude the Prince appointed Schauberger as head warden of all his hunting and forest districts. Then Schauberger was awarded a further honor—the position of State Consultant for Timber Flotation Installations. Not everyone was pleased, however. Experts with academics degrees resented the fact that a non-academic had landed such a high-salaried position, and the fact that they had to consult with him.

Finally the pay-scale furore reached high levels, and the federal minister who hired Schauberger had to cut his salary in half. Schauberger was welcome to stay on the job, though, and the minister offered to make up the missing half of his wages out of the minister’s “black funds.” Schauberger would have nothing to do with such sleazy practices, however, and he immediately resigned.

He was then hired by a private building contractor to construct log flumes in various European countries until 1934, when Schauberger again criticized an employer’s manipulations.

Why would a natural philosopher like Schauberger get involved in log transport, anyway?

The answer is complex. Earlier as a forester, it was his job to plan how to move wind-felled timber from high slopes down to valleys where people could use it for firewood and building. Schauberger opposed what he saw as exploitation of horses; he objected to the practice of forcing draft animals to burst their sinews pulling heavy logs down mountainsides. Also, his biographer Olaf Alexandersson writes, Schauberger naively tried to restrict tree-cutting by reducing transport costs—the companies would not need to cut as many trees in order to make the same amount of profit.

At the same time as he was flume-building, he gave speeches and wrote articles about the result of clearing a forest area totally—loss of healthy water downstream and, eventually, drought.

“Every economic death of a people is always preceded by the death of its forests,” he warned.

Forests were not as checkered with clear-cuts at that time, and local sawmills were not all bought up by large companies which were to become voracious in their appetite for timber.
However, Schauberger was alarmed at what he saw forthcoming:

“Reckless deforestation results in the drying out of mountain sources, dying of whole forests, uncontrollable moun-tain streams, silting of water and the sinking of subterranean water stores near where human interference took place.”

“Water follows the same laws as the blood in our bodies and the sap in plants; it has analogically the right of being treated as the blood of earth.”
He sharply criticized hydrologists—the experts on water—and said that they had only their own careers in mind and had failed radically to understand what was happening in watercourses.

“They did nothing, except reinforce… quite haphazardly, some banks of rivers and brooks, but managed to forget everything about the water itself as if it had no concern.”


Hydrologists scorned Schauberger’s non-academic warnings. He had learned that river water is made up of layers of different densities and the lamination has a purpose in generating a charge in healthy water. Water is not merely a chemical compound, he insisted; it should not be recklessly chopped up in hydro-electric turbines, much less injected with chlorine or unnecessarily exposed to heating.

The experts hooted when he pointed out that in a person, a temperature change of only a tenth of a degree Celsius could mean sickness or health.
Was he comparing a planet with a person? Did he think Earth was a living organism with biologically-active bloodstream?
They ignored the heretical concepts.

Schauberger offered to organize a job creation project to rebuild water-courses. If artificially-channeled rivers were to be uncaged and restored to their meanders and oxbows sheltered by vegetation, would the rivers again keep their own channels clean and stop their own wild flooding? Schauberger was never given the chance to find out.

He was realistic enough to look for a more feasible way of rebuilding, and in 1929 he patented a system of braking barriers to be inserted along a troublesome watercourse. The barriers would redirect the axis of flow toward the middle of a stream, reducing the amount of soil carried away from the banks. Another complex Schauberger patent offered to both control the action of outlet water from holding dams and to strengthen the dams by including factors of temperature and motion.

Was anyone from academia listening?

One renowned hydrologist eventually was; he started out by denigrating Schauberger and ended up following him around in the woods and even into a chilly river. Professor Forcheimer literally waded into Schauberger’s teachings about the laws governing water’s behavior, and the professor decided that the self-educated man actually based theories on facts. Unlike colleagues who were in the middle of academic careers, Forcheimer would not lose financially by championing a heretic; the professor was in his seventies and, as it turned out, near the end of his life.

Regardless of his bitter battles with the scientific community, Schauberger believed in the scientific method. He experimented on liquids and gases in a small laboratory he set up. His aim however, was to develop a science which actually worked [on principles opposite to the orthodox viewpoint].

“Humanity has committed a great crime by ignoring the use of cycloidal motion of water,” he said. “For example, the current water-pumping devices were not only uneconomical,” he said, “they cause water to degenerate by depriving it of its biological values.”

Attempts to explain connections between cycloidal motion and levitation to a scientist are useless, Schauberger said bitterly.

Nor are world leaders any help,”because they lean on the ignorance of the masses, including the scientists, as well as… current physical laws, to safeguard their vested interests and positions.”

Conventional energy conversion—burning of fossil fuels or atom-splitting—turns order into chaos. Schauberger proposed processes which would add order and energy to substances such as water, instead of destroying it, while generating useful electric power.


Schauberger believed that an invisible field structure permeated everything and was necessary for life, but he observed that technologies could propel the unknown field structure into either motions harmful to bio-systems or helpful to bio-systems. In other words, he held technical planners responsible for the life or death of biological systems.

How did he prove his ideas?

Not one to stay at the vapor-ware [designed but not yet produced] level of ideas, Schauberger picked up his tools and built hardware. From water-courses to agricultural implements, his constructions attracted praise from users. Then he turned to extracting electrical energy directly from the flow of water and air.

“They contain all the power we need.”

Hitler had heard of the Living Water Man through an industrialist. After Germany took over Austria in 1938, word came to Schauberger that he would be hired to plan log flotation structures in Bavaria, Bohemia and North Austria, and that furthermore he could use a professor’s laboratory in Nuremburg for his research.

Viktor Schauberger sent for his son Walter (born July 26, 1914). Walter had studied physics in university and found that some of his father’s concepts were foreign to the way he had been taught to think.

However, Walter’s skepticism crumbled during the experiments they conducted. Walter contributed useful techniques himself, and the duo were soon extracting 50,000 volts from fine jets of water at low pressures. A physicist from a nearby technical college came; his first action was to search for hidden wires. When he could find none, he lost his temper and asked Walter where he had hidden the electrical leads. Eventually he had to admit that there was no trick involved; the experiment was valid. However, he could not explain such a high charge from water.

The Second World War interrupted their experiments, and Walter [was] drafted. Viktor was ordered to undergo a physical examination supposedly related to his forthcoming pension.

However, says biographer Alexandersson,

“it looked like an engineering and architectural association was behind this demand for a check-up.”

Viktor Schauberger unsuspectingly showed up, but was whisked away to another clinic. He was told it was for a special exam, but to his horror he found himself being questioned in a psychiatric clinic. He forced himself to answer the questions in a peaceful non-abrasive way; if he displayed anger he might be locked up. Two doctors tested him and found him perfectly sane as well as highly intelligent.

They never found out who had arranged to get him into the mental hospital.


He himself was drafted in 1943, despite his age. After a brief stint as commander of a parachute group in Italy, he was ordered by Himmler [Hitler’s chief lieutenant] to the Mauthausen concentration camp. Himmler’s greeting, passed on by the camp’s military leader, gave him a choice—death by hanging, or develop machines which used the energy he had discovered. He was told to lead a scientific team of the best engineers and stress-analysts from among the prisoners.

The work was based on Schauberger’s discovery of how to develop a low-pressure zone at the atomic level. This had happened in seconds when his laboratory device whirled air or water “radially and axially” at a falling temperature. He referred to the resulting force as diamagnetic levitation power. He emphasized that nature uses indirect—what Schauberger called reactionary—suction force.

He insisted that the technical team from the concentration camp be treated as free men would. After their research headquarters was bombed, they were transferred to Leonstein and started a flying disc project to be powered with his trout-inspired turbine which rotated air into a twisting type of oscillation resulting in a buildup of immense power causing levitation. A small model which crashed against the ceiling glowed blue-green at first as it rose, then trailed a silvery glow.

According to researcher Norbert Harthun, his devices were no more than laboratory models by the end of the War. However, the American military officers who showed up a few days after the model hit the ceiling seemed to know what he was doing. They seized everything. He was interrogated by a high-ranking officer, and put in “protective custody” for six months. The officers also heavily questioned his helpers. Russian members of the team later returned to the Soviet Union.

Alexandersson’s book quotes a letter from Schauberger saying he was confined by the occupying forces for nearly a year because of his knowledge of atomic energy (even though his research was directed toward implosion—which was labeled fusion—rather than toward the destructive fission approach to the atom).

A few tantalizing bits of lore about Hitler’s “flying saucers” rose into public awareness years later. The July 27, 1956 Munich publication Da Neue Zeitalter said that,

“.. . Viktor Schauberger was the inventor and discoverer of this new motive power—implosion, which, with the use of only air and water, generated light, heat and motion.”

The first unmanned flying disc was tested February 19, 1945 near Prague, the German periodical claimed; the disc could hover motionless in the air and could fly as fast backwards as forwards.

“This ‘flying disc’ had a diameter of 50 meters.”

Viktor wrote to a friend in 1958 that the craft test-flown near Prague was built according to the model he made at the concentration camp, and it rose to 15,000 meters in three minutes. It then flew horizontally at 2,200 kilometers per hour.

“It was only after the war that I came to hear, through one of the workers under my direction, a Czech, that further intensive development was in progress; however, there was no answer to my enquiry.”

There is no doubt Viktor Schauberger knew how to build an implosion device which levitated. His problem was how to brake it. Test models generated so much energy that an entire engine lifted itself off the floor, levitated in the high-ceilinged test hall, and crashed against the ceiling.
At the end of the Second World War, American and Russian military confiscated his models, diagrams and even the materials he used. Reportedly the Russians even burned his apartment in case they had missed any technological secrets hidden there. Did anyone carry on the levitation-craft work after Schauberger’s wartime research team was split up? The answer may be buried in some country’s classified defense files.

After the Far East Treaty was signed, Schauberger took up his research again. He had lost his financial assets in the war, but he stubbornly persisted from his home at Linz, and took out patents. Despite having no money, he thought he could help the world by turning his inventive genius and his insights toward agriculture.

Bitter about the effects of both the chemical industry and deforestation upon agriculture, he stated,

“The farmers work hand-in-hand with our foresters. The blood of the earth continuously weakens, and the productivity of the soil decreases.”

When forests can no longer nurture water sources which supply vitality, then farmland downstream cannot build up a voltage in the ground which is necessary for keeping parasitic bacteria in balance, he observed. Noticing that soil dried out after being ploughed with iron ploughs, he built copper-plated ploughs. The ploughs successfully increased crops, but the greed of special-interest groups stopped the venture.
Schauberger continued to come up with innovations to help grow healthy crops, until all his work was halted in 1958. Walter and Viktor were in the United States from June 26 through September 20, 1958, living together day and night, and Walter emerged from the experience with a new appreciation of Viktor’s knowledge.
But their joint attempt to get his implosion generator funded and developed was derailed.


Little is known publicly about their trip to America except a few key aspects. In the winter of 1958 two men, which European researchers refer to as “American agents,” visited Viktor and convinced him to go to America for what they promised would be only three months. He was led to believe that the purpose would be to finally convert his knowledge into the manufacturing of beneficial devices.

It turned out to be an ordeal which the father and son had not expected. They were flown to a sweltering hot climate—Texas in summer— which stressed Viktor’s health. He was now nearly 73 years old. Over the months Viktor became increasingly angry because the men and their associates now were in no hurry to set up a facility and develop implosion motors to generate clean power. “Now we have plenty of time,” was their reply.

At first trusting the sincerity of his hosts, Schauberger had brought all his documents and devices to Texas, and was then asked to write down everything he knew. He co-operated and the material was sent to an atomic technology expert who met with the Schaubergers for three days in September.
According to Olaf Alexandersson, the expert from New York said,

“… The path which Mr. Schauberger in his treatise and with his models has followed is the biotechnical path of the future. What Schauberger proposes and asserts is correct. In four years, all this will be confirmed.”

The two Schaubergers expected to go home now; three months had passed. But the Texas group apparently demanded that the father and son remain in the United States of America and live in the Arizona desert. The Schaubergers refused. After much argument, the Americans relented and said Viktor could travel home, but first he had to sign a contract and agree to take a course in English. Unfortunately the contract was in English and Viktor did not know the language. His biographers say he was pressured to sign quickly; their flight would leave shortly and there was no time to quibble.
Viktor at that point only wanted to get out of the hellish heat and away from these deceptive people. He signed. Walter refused to sign. He would be on dangerous ground with immigrant authorities if he signed such a contact, for one thing.

After Viktor gave in and signed, suddenly there was ample time before they needed to go to the airport. Champagne corks popped and their hosts celebrated.

One can only imagine the conversation between father and son on the flight home. At last we can go home; get away from those thieves. But what have we done?

Walter probably had the heartbreaking task of spelling it out to his father.

“Yes, it is as I told you when they were pressuring you to sign; the contract says that now you can’t write about or even talk about your past-and-future discoveries, and you are bound to give everything you know to that boss of the Texas consortium. Their contract says they now have all the rights to the ‘Schauberger business’ as they put it.”

Was Schauberger’s implosion process considered by the American officials to be “cold fusion”?
The Austrian observer of nature apparently did arrive at results related to modern sub-atomic research. In the late 1980s, an independent researcher tried to get information on the Texas incident.
Erwin Krieger’s attempt to get information through the Freedom of Information Act failed; he was told by a form letter that the material may be related to national security.


Viktor Schauberger was at the end a despairing man. In the last few days of his life he reportedly cried over and over, “They took everything from me, everything. I don’t even own myself!” Stripped of hope, he died five days after they returned home.

His passion for learning nature’s ways and then applying that knowledge to life-enhancing technology, and his efforts to interest those who could fund its development, had let him a long way from the peaceful forest. The more recent loss was the legal right to work on his implosion technology. But how did that compare to what seemed like the loss of his lifetime of hard-won insights?

The world had ignored warnings—from him and others—about what would happen if natural forests disappeared en masse, and his planet’s weather, water, soil and air deteriorated as a result. Nature was thrown out of balance. Too much of the life-destructive motions and not enough of the life-creative motions? In Schauberger’s despairing view, humanity was headed towards a mental and spiritual sluggishness, easily controlled by dictators who step in at a time of food shortages.

More than thirty-five years after Viktor Schauberger’s death, there is a surge of concern for the planet’s health. The health of its inhabitants—in the sea and on land—is in turn deteriorating.

Will humanity turn toward Viktor Schauberger’s insights?
There are signs: maverick scientists are developing theories such as how a subtle energy (unknown field structure) may be drawn into use by shapes and vortexian movements.

In Europe, new books and magazines bring out Schauberger’s teachings; non-conventional scientists teach that the opposite poles in nature (light and dark, warm and cold, pressure and suction, male and female and so on) are necessary to create movement. Further, these books say, without movement there is no life, and the force created in healthy moving water is the life force.
Cambridge-educated John Davidson of England looks at, “a possible similarity between magnetic alignment of atoms in iron, and alignment of molecules of water moved in Schauberger-advocated hyperbolic spirals … we create effects which were not apparent beforehand.”

Across the Atlantic, nuclear physicist Dan Davidson suggested mathematical research into natural river meanders, naturally occurring spirals and other geometric patterns in nature, to find equations for tapping the diamagnetic forces which Viktor Schauberger used.

Meanwhile in Europe, Walter Schauberger snubbed Americans who tried to communicate with him; so deep was his anger at the way his father was treated. But Walter is reportedly doing all he can to carry on his father’s work, at his secluded private institute. Among other teams doing scientifically-rigorous related research are the Scandinavian Institutes of Ecological Technique.

In New Mexico, William Baumgartner dedicated years to experimenting on building implosion hardware such as a version of Schauberger’s “trout motor” and a water-energizing device, and he expects to have a reliable suction turbine built by the time this is in print. Baumgartner also lectures on Schauberger’s innovations for agriculture and water treatment, as does Callum Coates in Australia and others in Europe and Canada.

Life-oriented technology may yet arrive in time.


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