A DEFINITION AND OVERVIEW
by Richard Creightmore
Various effects of underground water veins as illustrated
by Dr. Joseph Kopp
The term Geopathic Stress is used to describe negative energies, also known as ‘harmful earth rays’, which emanate from the earth and cause discomfort and ill health to those living above. Earth energies can be bad, good or neutral. The word “ geopathic” is derived from the Greek words, “Geo’ meaning ‘the Earth’, and “pathos” meaning ‘disease’ or ‘suffering’, so literally ‘suffering of the Earth’.
The surface of the earth is woven with a pattern of etheric threads identical in energy and importance to the acupuncture meridians of the human body. These are responsible for the health and growth of the natural kingdoms of the landscape, and any interruption to their strength and harmonious flow has subtle but profound effects upon the health of the local natural life.
The horror of Chinese geomancers at British attempts to construct railways across the Lung Mai or ‘dragon veins’ of their country resulted in a consortium of local businessmen buying and promptly dismantling the newly-completed railway line around Shanghai, in horror at the devastating impact it would have on the Feng Shui of the city.
In the British landscape, besides the obvious effects of environmental pollution, the etheric matrix suffers disruption and scarring from, for example, railway and motorway cuttings and embankments, bridges, quarries, tunnels, mines and underground bunkers, steel pilings, metal fence posts and road-sign stakes, buried gas, electricity and water mains, sewers, and building foundations.
The resulting etheric disharmony manifests as a lowered quality of the local natural life forces, often through the medium of what have been known in European geomancy as ‘Black Streams’ — local capillary meridians of energy associated with streams of underground water flow whose yin—yang balance haen distorted on the side of excessive yin. Ascendance of degenerative over generative and regenerative influences occurs in places lying directly over such streams. These “black streams” are known in the Feng Shui tradition as lines of underground “Sha” or toxic energy, in contradistinction to the “white streams” that carry healthy, generative and regenerative energy or “Sheng Qi”.
They may also however occur naturally, and a wide range of these and other naturally occurring energetic configurations in the landscape are known to have an influence on the quality of health of the local life forms.
Just as local geology determines the local soil and vegetation, and therefore the whole natural ecology of an area, so it also affects human consciousness. People who live and work on clay soils are different to those on chalk soils in their relationship to their environment; those in river valleys different from those on hilltops in their vision of life. Many of the centres of concentration of holistic thinkers in Britain today lie in sandstone districts, the higher quartz content of sandstone perhaps amplifying the spiritual possibilities of human consciousness. The anciently-venerated sacred places of Delos (Greece) and Deya (Majorca) are both set in rings of hills high in ironstone.
Granite districts are relatively high in non-corpuscular (natural) radioactive elements, such that the exposure to background ionising radiation of dwellers in moorland Cornwall or North-East Scotland is estimated at 25% above the United Kingdom national average, and 300% more for those who live in houses built of granite blocks.
Underground water streams, even when not ‘black’ or ‘Sha-bearing’, and geological faults are known to have an effect on the geomagnetic and etheric fields around them. The new science of geopathology is growing, initiated by the observations of dowsers and increasingly investigated by physicists and engineers, to the extent that much of the information is now couched in terms of electromagnetism.
The etheric earth forces have as a lower-octave reflex geomagnetic fields measurable with electromagnetic instruments. Where local disturbances in the geomagnetic flux occur, so-called areas of geopathic disturbance, there appears also some disruption to the biological regulating mechanisms of living organisms. The importance of the natural geomagnetic background to body equilibrium was comprehended in the early manned space flights.
Geopathically disturbed zones may differ from surrounding regions in the degree of ionisation, from altered electro magnetic field charges; in AC changes; in enhanced electrical resistance; in altered acoustic levels and radio reception; and in increased gamma radiation.
Associated also with such areas are increased ‘occult’ phenomena. The relationship between haunted houses and ley-line crossings is well known. Astral projection is easier and stronger along the paths of ley-lines. Vampirism is associated with the discharging energy fields (see below), and poltergeist phenomena and other materialisations with the charging field zones. Any geomagnetic disturbance is mirrored on every plane.
As the Earth rotates on its axis, it functions as an electro-magnet generating electrical currents in the molten metals found within its core, and an electromagnetic field on the surface which oscillates at an average frequency of 7.83 Hz, which is almost identical to the range of alpha human brainwaves. Life on earth has evolved with this background magnetic field, and creatures are accustomed to living within its presence and are able to cope with the slight fluctuations over time caused by electrical storms and the sun’s activity.
The Physicist W.O. Schumann identified this frequency in 1952, and it has become known as ‘brainwaves’ or Schumann Waves. The space agency NASA has had to build Schumann Resonators into their space shuttles in order to artificially generate this electromagnetic frequency, which is known to safeguard the health of astronauts when they are beyond the influence of the earth’s vital frequency.
Geopathic stress (GS) represents a distortion of this natural frequency by weak electromagnetic fields created by streams of water flowing underground, geological fault lines, underground caverns, and certain mineral deposits (notably coal, oil, and iron). For example, where the inner Earth's vibration of 7.83 Hz crosses a water vein 200 – 500 feet below ground, stress lines vibrating at up to 250 Hz can be created.
Man-made disturbances to the earth’s surface can give rise to further distortions, including quarries and mines; road and rail cuttings and embankments; building foundations, especially tall buildings with steel pilings; tunnels, sewers, drains, buried utility pipes and wires; as well as artificially created electromagnetic fields from overhead or underground cables and electricity-generating stations and sub-stations.
Any distortion of this 7.83 Hz level creates a stress with the potential to weaken the immune system of any mammal living above the distortion, leading to greater susceptibility to viruses, bacteria, parasites, environmental pollution, degenerative disease, and a wide range of health problems. Many dowsers use a 0 – 16 scale known as the Von Pohl scale (after its originator) to measure the strength of geopathic stress, in which 0 represents the healthy 7.83 Schumann frequency, and 16 an extremely strong locus corresponding to 250 Hz. For example, people who are sleeping on a GS locus of 9 or more (perhaps a combined score from the presence of several geopathic features) are likely to develop cancer.