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3.1 The Nature of Living Water
Victor Schauberger believed that water was a sacred organism and had the motto of “observe and copy nature.” As a forest warden he cared for the preservation and health of forests in various parts of Austria. His intuitive nature allowed him to understand the complexity of life and how everything is interconnected and interdependent, impossible for us mere humans to control. One project propelled by his interest in water centered on the influence of temperature on the movement and energy of water, found in his book Living Water.
Earth Without Water
Without water life would not exist. Without water the composition of air would change, temperatures would swing from extreme to extreme and the ground would be mere dust, sensitive to any changes in temperatures. The various states of water are beneficial in many ways and is the key to the survival of any organism. Water cools the earth, warms it when it is cool, purifies, cushions any movement, has a softening ability but can use it’s great power to cause damage, wiping away any remnants of previous life. It is present in all stages of life, it is necessary for life to begin and it is where life starts and comes to end. However, humans think of water as their servant, a force that can be harnessed and used for their own wishes. Water is our life giver, a force that created humans and can also determine our survival.
Qualities of Water
Water lamina are the sheets of different spirals within water. Water molecules move as a sheet with different temperatures and velocities of those around them. Water moves as a vortex with a central, dense core.
Water contains chemical memory because of its energetic membrane. Water can be cleaned through vibration.
Spring water in the upper reaches of a mountain is 4°C, which is the anomaly point of water. At this temperature, water is at its densest, even denser than ice. As rainwater falls onto earth, it seeps into the groundwater to pools at the anomaly point. When de-vegetation occurs, the water table and salts ride to the surface of the earth and create a salty crust. When the water table is deep, however, roots can access the water within the earth and handle the salts at that depth. The temperature gradient affects how effectively rain can infiltrate and rehydrate the ground. Cooler land absorbs water; warmer earth releases water. Shaded banks bring in water and nutrients and help to recharge the groundwater.
Visit our Library for a list of recommended books, videos, articles, and websites.
The Water Harvester: Episodes from the Inspired Life of Zephaniah Phiri
by Mary Witoshynsky
by Brad Lancaster
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