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“Were water actually what hydrologists deem it to be – a chemically inert substance – then a long time ago there would already have been no water and no life on this Earth. I regard water as the blood of the Earth. Its internal process, while not identical to that of our blood, is nonetheless very similar. It is this process that gives water

its movement.”


 Viktor Schauberger

Our Earth is the planet of water. Seventy percent of the world’s surface is covered by water. Our bodies are about two-thirds water. It is essential to all life. Yet, our present science understands little of its real nature.

The extraordinary list of more than 36 properties of water that are anomalies compared to other liquids or hydrogen compounds (e.g. that it should be a gas at ordinary temperatures)2 suggests that it may have even been designed to be the stage manager of the complex processes of life.

One of the most important functions of water is to facilitate cellular functions in the body. Because of its unusual hydrogen bonding, it has the unique ability through hydration to activate proteins, and through its strong electrical potential, water is able to marshal the positive and negative electrons through ionisation, to facilitate proton exchange and cell formation. Its particular quality to act as a solvent is essential in the action of salts and ionic compounds.

Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and glycogen. The glucose is available for immediate energy needs, while the glycogen, which holds a lot of water, is stored in the liver and muscles, and is released when the energy is needed for sudden exercise.

Western society has no respect for water; we use it for transporting inappropriate substances, and we waste fresh water profligately. We destroy its complex structures and its inherent energy by driving it through turbines, pipes or straightened riverbanks.

Many indigenous people treated water with reverence, as a sacred substance. The naturalist Viktor Schauberger called it a living organism, insisting that in its various forms, as blood, sap or biological water, it is the basis of all life.

As a young man, Schauberger had a remarkable experience while sitting by a rushing stream in his pristine Alpine refuge. Listening to its vivacious music, he intuited how water needs to move and behave in order to stay healthy, which was to inform the ground-breaking research that earned him the title of “the Water Wizard”.  Water needs to flow in a particular dynamic way, and must not become over-heated.

Movement and temperature are the key criteria for water, and therefore for all life. Still water is passive; it is amorphous and apparently lifeless. As soon as it begins to move, it is filled with surfaces that define little structures, convoluted in form, and with dancing vortical shapes. The nature of water is to move. When it is active it comes alive; in movement it fulfils its potential, which is to bring life.

In classical times water (and wine!) was stored in egg-shaped amphorae, because the egg shape stimulates fluids to move and circulate, which is why Nature uses it in emerging life forms.


When it is immature, water takes, absorbing minerals with a voracious appetite, to give back the much-needed nourishment to its environment only when mature as a mountain spring. A number of researchers claim that water has a memory;3 when we think we have ‘purified’ water of the chemicals and hormones we have mindlessly thrown in, in order to make it ‘safe’ to drink, the energy of these contaminants remain, polluting our energy bodies in the same way that chemicals affect our physical bodies. Because of its nature, water sacrifices itself entirely to the environment, for good or for ill.

In order to maintain its quality, water needs to behave like it does in a natural stream, dancing and cavorting in spirals and vortices, or in the ground, constantly moving sinuously in capillaries or circulating within its storage chambers. In a youthful stream water is most active, producing vortices down the stream length, which act like the river’s immune system.


The vortex introduces more complex molecular structures that can carry higher etheric energy which will drive the pathogenic or harmful organisms to the water’s edge where they are immobilised by the aggressive oxygen (see diagrams below), to be recycled later.

Schauberger built a wooden pipe with guide vanes to create a vortex to replicate the stream’s natural vortex. The following diagrams4 show its longitudinal and cross sections:


Viktor Schauberger created this wooden pipe to demonstrate how a slower flowing river has a longitudinal vortex running down its centre; the coldest part of the flow being in the centre. He added guide vanes to create torroidal counter-vortices to transfer impurities to the pipe walls. They also act like ball bearings to enhance forward movement.

A cross section of Schauberger’s pipe. The action of the torroidal vortex concentrates pathogenic bacteria round the pipes walls, where they are destroyed by a positively charged oxygen concentration. It acts like the river’s immune system.                           .


People mocked Viktor when he insisted that water behaves like a living organism. When it has reached maturity water displays amazing properties. He showed how, when it is vibrant and healthy, it pulsates, twists and spirals in a very specific way that maintains its vitality and purity, enabling it to fulfil its function as an energy channel and a conveyor of nutrients and waste for all organisms.


If you watch water streaming down an inclined road after a shower of rain, or a rivulet on the sloping beach running into the sea, we will notice how it pushes down in a jerky rhythm, as pulsations. That is because water is alive – it actually does pulsate, just as blood pulsates through the veins and arteries of the body.



  1. Hidden Nature by Alick Bartholomew, Floris, 2003

  2. See Martin Chaplin’s excellent website: www.lsbu.ac.uk/water

  3. See The Memory of Water by Michel Schiff, Thorsons 1995.

  4. See Living Energies, by Callum Coats, pp. 181-2, Gateway 1996


Alick Bartholomew is the author of HIDDEN NATURE – the Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger, and of THE STORY OF WATER – Source of Life (source)


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