Geopathic Stress and Radiation

A Breakthrough in Earth Healing
©Copyright 1999 by Elora Gabriel, USA
(Explore Issue: Volume 9, Number 1)

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shakura Rei, an interdimensional healer and a woman of many talents. I had done personal work with Shakura in the past, and was always impressed with the power, clarity, and efficiency with which she tackled my congested inner landscape. Shakura is also the author of The Spiritual Warrior: An Interdimensional Technique Manual. Now, I had the opportunity to see her in a completely different milieu. Shakura explained to me that she had learned to clear geopathic stress in an unprecedented way.

What is geopathic stress? From my own research, I knew that it had to do with harmful electromagnetic energy flows within the earth's crust. Some areas are more affected than others. I had read that geopathic stress will block healing. Thus, if it is severe, it will be very difficult to resolve chronic illnesses while living in a geopathic stress zone. I also knew of a study done in Europe which showed that something like 90% of cancer patients were found to be living in major geopathic stress zones.

I was about to receive a far more thorough education in this subject. Shakura explained that geopathic stress has been found to be the common factor in many serious and minor illnesses and psychological conditions, especially those conditions in which the immune system is severely compromised. Cardiovascular deficiency, attention deficit disorder, immune deficiency disorders, chronic fatigue, and cancer, are samples of chronic geopathic stress influence. Some lesser effects of influence are chronic body pains, headaches, sudden signs of physical aging, irritability, and restless sleep. It is also a common factor in cases of infertility and miscarriages, learning difficulties, behavioral problems and neurological disabilities in children. When the home or work place of the affected person is neutralized, the geopathic stress conditions resolve themselves and the body begins to heal.

There are four lines of geopathic energy which can be detected and neutralized. The Hartmann Grids and Geopathic Zones adversely affect the cellular structure of living organisms. Interference Zones and Personal Zones affect one's emotions and objectives. Personal Zones may also affect one's physical health.

Hartmann Grids were discovered in 1950 by a German medical doctor, Ernst Hartmann. The lines form a grid around the earth, running north to south and east to west, and extend to a height of 60 to 600 feet. The north-south lines appear approximately every 6' 6", and the east-west lines appear approximately every 8' 2". According to Dr. Hartmann, the worst place that a person can sleep or work is over a Hartmann knot, where two Hartmann lines cross, as harmful radiation is intensified at this juncture.

Geopathic Zones have a range of influence from 2 to 200 feet, and reach a height of 600 to 30,000 feet. Their direction is random and may be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Geopathic zones can also be man made. These would include electromagnetic fields which emanate from such structures as high tension wires or satellite towers.

Personal Zones are also random in direction, with a variable range of influence and height. These zones produce energies that uniquely effect an individual on a personal level. Simply stated, they produce an energy that grates on the energy of any given person, producing a chronic subtly annoying and irritating effect. Animals are also affected by these zones.

Interference Lines, as with Personal Zones, are random in direction, with a variable range of influence and height, and produce an energy which interferes with one's personal goals. Interference lines were only discovered several months ago. I have heard incredible first hand accounts of the quick and incredibly positive changes that immediately occurred when these lines were neutralized. Shakura strongly recommends that one's house be checked for Interference lines if one has a home-based business which seems to be hindered in some way, or feels that "something" is blocking one's goals. Office buildings should also be neutralized to increase production and cash flow.

Neutralization of all geopathic lines is first accomplished by discovering the lines through dowsing. After finding the direction of flow and center of the line, copper wire is buried perpendicular to its center. This blocks the line, causing the energies to dome over the structure being neutralized.

The effect from Hartmann and geopathic lines can literally be seen in the atmosphere, as they tend to produce a gray, dull appearing sky, typically seen in many parts of the Midwestern U.S. When the lines are blocked, the atmosphere is suddenly relieved of these energies and a beautiful blue sky appears directly over the structure.
Through her personal research, Shakura has discovered another method of neutralizing geopathic lines using a more co-creative method with nature. This is done by assisting Nature's devas and elementals - nature spirits - to clear the atmosphere themselves.

When dowsers bury copper rods over a geopathic zone, they are basically using hardware - a third dimensional tool. This method works well and is excellent for those who need to see or do something physical before they can comfortably believe in an intended effect. It also works well for clearing small areas, such as under a house or a small plot of land. There are certain drawbacks to this method however, particularly when one considers the great masses of land that are in need of clearing. Also not only land, but all bodies of water, including the oceans and rivers, have geopathic zones coursing through them. These cannot be neutralized by burying rods.

Before discussing how nature spirits can neutralize geopathic stress zones, let's take a moment to explain the nature of devas and elementals. Excellent references here are the Findhorn writings and the works of Machaelle Small Wright. Elementals are the creators of form, or the "form builders." As an example, consider the process that occurs when a seed sprouts, grows and becomes a Ponderosa Pine tree. Consider the difference in appearance between a small seed from a pine cone, and the end result of that seed -- a towering adult tree. The elementals are the intelligent sparks of consciousness who work with the energy of the seed, eventually forming it into a tree. All living things take their form through the activities of an elemental.

A deva is an intelligent energy that works in conjunction with the elementals, but more in a overseeing capacity. The devas do not create form, but are responsible for the activities of the form builders. Where an elemental may have responsibility over a pine seed, the overseeing deva may have responsibility for the entire pine forest.

With this understanding, we can see the great ability and knowledge that nature spirits possess of their given environment. We also know that they can literally "build into" that environment certain elements or qualities. Therefore, if humans were aware of an element that would be helpful to the environment, and discussed it with the devas -- who agreed and chose to "build" it into their environment -- then we would be working co-creatively with Nature towards the healing of this Earth. And that is exactly what Shakura is doing when she neutralizes geopathic lines with the help of the devas and elementals.

Two individuals, Slim Spurling and Bob Dratch, combined their efforts and produced an audio tape called "Swept Clear." This tape contains holoforms of pure water, and emanates sound frequencies which are used to free stuck patterns. When played through Slim Spurling's Harmonizer, tremendous results have been seen with air pollution reduction in various cities. It was suggested that the frequencies produced by the holoform tape literally alter the structure of pollutants, and could neutralize emanations from geopathic zones. If this was true, then integrating the tape's frequency into the environment should produce a continuous reduction in air pollutants and an elimination of geopathic emanations.

Shakura explained to me that she had experimented with this theory by dowsing a lake near her home. She found a total of 12 Hartmann, geopathic, and personal stress zones. She requested the cooperation of the devas and elementals, played the tape, and then dowsed again. Not one geopathic line remained! The devas communicated to Shakura that they would incorporate the frequency over the entire 135 acre park in which the lake resided. This was the domain of the Park Deva. To check, she drove to all sides of the park and dowsed - no lines. She then looked up to the sky and the clouds parted, displaying blue sky over the entire circumference of the park. Shakura relates: "Later, I spoke to the devas of the city in which I am currently residing, Columbus, Ohio. They had heard what I had done at the lake and were waiting for me to invite them to take the frequency also. I played them the tape and they spread it throughout the entire city. Afterwards I drove all over Columbus dowsing, and there were no longer any geopathic emanations. This is exciting enough, but to add to the joy Columbus repeatedly stands in a circle of blue sky, while dark clouds and pollutants surround the city."

I personally live in a small town where pollution is not a major problem. However, when I witnessed Shakura perform a clearing for Black Mountain, Asheville, and the surrounding areas, I felt a wondrous sensation of peace and calm descend on the whole area. It felt like a wave of sweet order, washing away chaotic and negative energies.

Major reductions in both pollutants and crime have been reported in cities where this clearing work has been performed. The devas have stated that they are very excited at the potential of clearing the deserts and oceans throughout the world, and desire this technique spread throughout other countries.

Shakura Rei is available and willing to assist with planetary healing in this way. She will travel to various locations and is able to neutralize relatively large areas in a single clearing. She also offers workshops on Geopathic Clearing With the Devas. In these workshop participants will learn about geopathic zones and geopathic stress; how to dowse for geopathic zones; how to connect and communicate with the devas and elementals and introduce them to the frequency; how to spread the frequency without playing the tape; and how to manually neutralize geopathic zones.

Elora Gabriel is a writer and researcher who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She has published many articles on the subject of women's health, both nationally and internationally. Elora also spent eight years managing an organic garden for the Phoenicia Pathwork Center in the Catskills of New York State, and believes that cooperation with elemental and devic forces is instrumental in the healing of our planet.

Evidence Connecting Geopathic Stress to Illness

Geopathic stress has been found to be the common factor in many serious and minor illnesses and psychological conditions, especially those conditions in which the immune system is severely compromised.

The major issue is an increased risk of cancer. While geopathic stress does not directly cause cancer, it weakens the body and makes it much more likely to acquire cancer. Studies have shown that over 85% of patients who die from cancer had regular exposure to geopathic stress.

The late Dr. Hans Nieper, M.D., stated that 92% of all his cancer patients and 75% of his MS patients are geopathically stressed. Dr. Nieper was a world-renowned cancer and MS specialist and operated one of the largest MS practices in the world, located in Germany.

Gustav Freiherr Von Pohl proved to the Central Committee for Cancer Research in Berlin, almost 60 years ago, that one was unlikely to get cancer unless one spent some time in geopathically stressed places (mainly when sleeping).
Dr. Hager, M.D., found Geopathic Stress was present in all 5,348 cancer cases investigated.

The German physicist Robert Endros studied this question with Professor K. E. Lotz of the School of Architecture of Biberach. Their analysis of 400 deaths due to cancer revealed that 383 cases were related to dwelling - over geological faults, underground water veins and disturbances of the natural geomagnetic field.

Other potential problems of geopathic stress includes cardiovascular deficiency, attention deficit disorder, immune deficiency disorders, and chronic fatigue. Some lesser effects of influence are chronic body pains, headaches, sudden signs of physical aging, irritability, and restless sleep. It is also a common factor in cases of infertility and miscarriages, learning difficulties, behavioral problems and neurological disabilities in children. When the home or work place of the affected person is neutralized, the geopathic stress conditions resolve themselves and the body begins to heal.

Geopathic Stress And Sleep Sleeping in a geopathic stress fault is particularly stressful. During sleep your brain is supposed to rest half the time and is busy healing your body the other half. However, if you are exposed to geopathic stress during sleep your brain never receives the full rest it requires to repair and regenerate due to the geopathic stress. To have optimal health it is important to make certain you are not sleeping on one of the geopathic stress zones.

Physical Indicators of Geopathic Stress There are physical indications of geopathic stress such as cats, as they actually seek out sleeping over geopathic stress areas, owls, snakes, high infestations of slugs and snails, insects, parasites, bacteria, viruses, ants and termites nests, wasp nests and bees all like geopathic stress lines. Most mammals avoid geopathic stress. Horses and cows stabled over geopathic stress may become sick or injury prone.

Geopathic stress can cause lightning to strike trees, produce dead or stunted gaps in hedges and avenues of trees, non-productive fruit trees, tree cankers and twisted growth in trees. Fruit trees are the most sensitive; oaks (like to grow near underground water hence their attractiveness to lightning strike), redwoods, and ash are most resilient; and elders are attracted to geopathic stress.

Bare patches in lawns, moss and fungi, stunted or mutated growth in veggie gardens particularly lie (or fall) on edge lines of geopathic stress. Ivy, bindweed, nettles, dock thistles, foxgloves, ferns and nightshades are attracted to and thrive in geopathic stress.

Animals and very young children have not lost their instinct to feel if a place is healthy or not. In the morning one can often see children cramped into one side of their beds. Oriented differently from when they were tucked in. It is wise to determine then if the bed is well positioned.

Animals in pastures will avoid a geopathic zone to the extent that one could follow their paths by looking at the area that has been grazed. Throughout history, animals have constituted the economical base of rural properties and the greatest care has been taken to build healthy shelters for them. We see very few old farm buildings built on a geopathic fault.

The conjunction of high power lines, underground water streams and grid crossings should be considered as extreme perturbation of the ambient field. It should be essential to have a correct positioning of beds in places where people have a diminished resistance and health, such as hospitals. According to the Institute of Geobiology of Lausanne (Switzerland) 30% of the patients studied showed signs of improvement after having their beds shifted from active zones.

According to B. Merz (Institute of Geobiology of Chardonne, Lausanne in Switzerland) just as a place can make us prone to disease or depression, another can lift us to more subtle levels of vibration, strengthening our body and spirit. Such places were sought-after throughout history and held as sacred.

Some are natural wonders like Ayers Rock (the Aborigines have long known this), the Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and countless other places on this planet which inspire the millions of modern pilgrims we call tourists. Other strong areas of geopathic stresses are man-made poles of attraction built on powerful sites by architects or priests obeying a sacred tradition, like the pyramids of Egypt, the statues of Easter Island or many Gothic cathedrals.

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What Is Geopathic Stress?

GEOPATHIC ZONES (or Geopathogenic Zones as Dr.Hartmann called them) are in effect places of radiation present at the points of the Earth's energy system grid crossings, but also radiation caused by subterranean running water, certain mineral concentrations, fault lines, underground cavities and combination of these.

These energies and zones are perfectly natural, even essential and play important role in nature. All of us come into contact with them every day and they don’t pose any danger when we spend only brief or shorter periods of time in contact with them. The problem arises when we start spending extended periods of time within these zones as when we sleep or have a work desk and a chair within such a zone. This gives rise to the phenomenon of GEOPATHIC STRESS.

While geopathic stress does not directly cause illnesses or poor health, it weakens the body and especially severely compromises the immune system. It may be first noticed as disturbances in sleep patterns, restlessness and/or chronic lethargy and poor health. Without intervention this can eventually contribute to the development of more complex diseases or prolong your recovery from illness. The major issue is an increased risk of cancer. Studies have shown that over 85% of patients who die from cancer had regular exposure to geopathic stress. Dr. E. Hartman MD claimed after treating thousands of cancer patients over 30 years in practice that CANCER IS A DISEASE OF LOCATION caused by Geopathic Stress.

Below are described major components of Earth's energy system grid that are causing or contributing to Geophatic Zones.

Benker Cubical System The Benker Cubical System, named after Austrian researcher Anton Benker, is formed by energy lines spaced approx. 33 feet (10 meters) apart. It could be imagined as square blocks stacked on each other and aligned magnetically North –South and East – West. The invisible, radioactive "walls" of these blocks are about 1 meter in diameter (divided between two neighbouring blocks). These blocks are also polarized alternatively plus and minus and oriented towards the Zenith of the Earth.

This radiation is measurable to a great height and depth from the Earth surface. The intersection points of this system are the places of strong Geopathic zones and are especially harmful and damaging to immune system if a person is exposed to these zones over extended periods of time. This network penetrates everywhere, whether over open ground or through dwellings.

Hartmann Net or Hartmann Lines The Hartmann Net appears as a structure of energy lines forming a integral part with the Benker Cubical System. These lines are also running North-South and East-West and within the blocks of Benker Cubical System. It is named after Dr. Ernst Hartmann, MD a well regarded German medical doctor, who first described it soon after the second world war.

Alternate lines are usually positively and negatively charged, so where the lines intersect it is possible to have double positive charges and double negative charges, or one positive and one negative charge. It is also the intersections that are a source of potential problems.

The Hartmann Net lines are approx. 8 inches (20 centimetres) wide. The North to South lines are spaced at intervals of approx. 6 ½ feet (2 metres), while from East to West they are 8 feet (2.5 metres) apart.
Between these geometric lines lies a neutral zone, an unperturbed micro-climate.

The Hartmann net has been defined using the Chinese terms of Yin and Yang. The Yin (North-South lines) is a cold energy which acts slowly, corresponds to winter, is related to cramps, humidity and all forms of rheumatism. The Yang (East-West lines) is a hot, dry rapidly acting energy. It is related to fire and is linked to inflammations.

The points formed by the intersection of these lines, whether positive or negative, are dynamic environments sensitive to the rhythms of the hours and the seasons.

Curry Lines
Curry lines also form a global grid network of electrically charged lines. These lines run diagonally to the poles and were first discovered by Dr. Manfred Curry and Dr.Wittmann. Although the distances between the lines can vary they are usually approximately 10 feet (3 metres) apart. Again the lines themselves are usually not a problem, only the points where they cross, and obviously lines which run in this way will have numerous intersecting points. As the lines are electrically charged, the intersecting points are either double positives, double negatives or one of each. From his studies Dr. Curry felt that the positively charged spots lead to a proliferation of cells, with the possibility of cancerous cell growth, whereas the negatively charged spots could lead to inflammation.

There are also spots where the Curry, Benker and Hartmann lines cross. These spots are generally seen to be more detrimental than a single crossing within the each system.

Schumann Waves
Schumann waves are naturally occurring, beneficial electromagnetic waves that oscillate between the Earth and certain layers of the atmosphere. They were first identified in 1952 by Professor W.O. Schumann, a German scientist. He found that these waves have similar almost the same frequency as brain waves and follow a similar daily pattern. It has been suggested that these waves help regulate the body's internal clock, thus affecting sleep patterns, hormonal secretions, the menstrual cycle in women and so on.

The American space agency NASA became interested in this phenomenon when the early astronauts returned to Earth only after a short time in space feeling distressed and disorientated. Subsequently NASA installed equipment to generate Schumann waves artificially in their spacecraft. Some modern buildings with reinforced concrete and metal roofs can inadvertently shield occupants from these beneficial waves. Part of the reason why people suffer from jet lag is that Schumann waves are much weaker at normal aeroplane altitudes, and this effect is further weakened by the metal fuselage.

Geopathic Zones caused by subterranean running water and geological fault lines.

Underground water veins (sometimes called black streams) and fault lines are not a part of the above described global grid but they give off noxious radiations, which can be harmful to life above them.  This radiation rises in a vertical plane from the underground stream to the earth’s surface and above.  The stream may be anything from 1ft - 900ft (0.3 – 250 meters) deep and from 1ft - 300ft (0.3 – 100 meters) wide. The two edge lines and the centre line dowse as the strongest and are potentially the most dangerous places on the stream for habitual exposure. The streams may display tributaries and convergences, and dowsable echoes parallel to the main stream. They may display course changes, especially after earthquakes and droughts. The streams are known to be stronger at midday, mid-summer, full moon, and during periods of heightened solar flare (sunspot) activity. They are also known to be associated with higher levels of ionising radiation, and with lightning strikes and other atmospheric phenomena.

The path of a stream can often be traced within the home by following the piles of chronically unresolved clutter across a house. Other clues include piles of rubbish, cracks in glass, brick and plasterwork, recurring mechanical and electrical breakdowns, derelict areas, and accident blackspots both within the home and outside. Fruit and vegetables, grain, cheese, jam, wine and photographic film will all spoil quickly when stored in such place.

Sick building syndrome is generally rooted in the presence of streams under the property. In Feng Shui this radiation is called "Sha Chi" and can be spread from the path of the streams throughout a building by the steel construction frame, wiring and pipework.

Geological faults, underground caverns and natural mineral concentrations all exhibit effects similar to underground water streams. They are all associated with geomagnetic anomalies and also higher levels of radon gas.

Detection of Geopathic Zones

Investigators have tried many different instruments, such as geomagnetometers, but none have proved as consistently reliable, accurate or as quick as a human dowser. Most scientists measuring geopathic stress with instruments will take a dowser along to locate the radiation initially.

The ancient art of dowsing has been misunderstood and condemned throughout history, mainly because it could not be explained how, by dowsing, one could find out in great detail about people and places. Now dowsing is accepted and practiced by more and more people, including medical practitioners especially in Germany, Austria and France. Several of the authoritative figures from the history of dowsing were in fact medical dowsers, for example, Dr. Curry, who discovered the existence of network of earth lines named after him. Also government departments and public utilities both in North America and abroad, sometimes discretely, use dowsers.

I have been studying Earth energies and related subjects and working with this phenomena for more than 30 years. I advise my clients on how to avoid the danger of GEOPATHIC STRESS and other noxious energies and I provide this service free of charge. Important note: I am not a doctor and cannot provide medical advice. If you have a medical problem, please see your physician.
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Ley Lines Ley lines are a part of Earth's vital energy system.
The function of ley lines in nature could be compared to the blood circulation and nervous systems in the human body.

There are two systems of ley lines:
System of power ley lines System of interconnecting ley lines Power ley lines are those I would compare to the blood circulation system. They could be several miles to thousands of miles in length. The shorter ones are local and the long ones are global ley lines. Please note that I am not aware of any global ley line in proximity to Toronto but there are several local ones.

These lines run linearly through the countryside and copy it's topography, however there could be some minor weaving and changes in direction. They run partially above and partially below the ground and they are approx. 13 to 26 feet (4 to 8 meters) in width. A power ley line consists of a core stream of aprox. 2 ½ to 3 feet (0.75 to 0.9 meter) in diameter and numerous vortexes alongside this core stream, joined together like a chain. Core streams transmit the energy and other content and the vortexes are anchoring the ley lines in the Earth. But the most important function of the vortexes is to distribute the fresh vital etheric energy in the surrounding area but also to draw and absorb utilized energy and to renew it within the structure of the vortex.

Interconnecting ley lines are those that are comparable to the nervous system of the body. Their function in the Earth's vital energy system is quite different from the power ley lines. They are usually several to hundreds of miles in length. They don't have vortexes alongside of them but they are more of a cluster of longitudinal beams of energy. They are important for the place they originate from and they create a radial or star like center where usually seven to nine lines emanate from. They are outgoing in all directions and they are connected to the neighboring radial center. These radial centers are vital energy centers of the region, however there is a hierarchy of these radial centers with some of them being more important then others. These radial centers distribute vital etheric energy in the surrounding area and they also have some additional functions. In Toronto, one such radial center is the lower part of Donalda Golf Club course, North-West of DVP and Lawrence Ave. E.

The energies of ley lines are beneficial and they don't form any geopathic zones and don't cause geopathic stress. However, I still don't recommend spending too much time directly in the path of the ley line or living in a house build in the path of a lay line. But it is quite beneficial to live in a house or to stay for extended period of time close to a ley line or other vital Earth energy structure, especially for a person who is trying to recuperate from an illness.

I have mapped a structure of Toronto ley lines and the map with marked ley lines is available and could be seen in my office.

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----- Circle of Brodgar (9)
Location: Orkney, Scotland
Date: Circa 3000 BC Photo
Date: September 1999
Description: This stone circle is a place of profound silence and subtle power; there is an unspoiled presence here which is enhanced by its easy and uncluttered access. The purpose of the circle is a mystery and that is its purpose.
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Here's a starting place on Dr. Mercola's site:

I have known about this lines for many years. They can be doused for. My grandfather slept over one for many years, and died of cancer. We moved into that same house, and that is when I found the water vein he was sleeping over. I did some research and learned that royal blue will stop or at least redirect the lines. I painted the whole floor royal blue under the carpet. In another house I put royal blue sticks under the bed to redirect the grids into another room where we didn't sleep over them.

There is some other sites available to explain more about these. Do a search of the American Dowsing Society. They will have a lot of information on the subject.
Hope this helps.
James Einert, N.D.

Earth Energies and Geopathic Stress
By Alex Stark. Copyright 2001

Geopathic Stress (also known as geostress) is a form of trauma caused by disturbed or anomalous energies within the earth's mantle. The Earth is surrounded by an energy grid which contains and transmits vital forces. This grid is essential to life, and is part of the background radiation which supports life. However, this energetic grid can become traumatized and the energies which it contains and emanates can become harmful to life. Geopathic stress has been implicated in a number of undesirable effects to human health, from simple conditions such as sleeplessness or confusion to highly dangerous ones such as cancer, decreased fertility, and auto-immune dysfunction.

Western understanding of Geopathic stress, although still incipient, nevertheless recognizes a number of different causes for this perplexing phenomenon. Of the many possible scenarios, potentially the most dangerous are the harmful underground water veins known as "black streams". These usually involve underground water streams that have become harmful due to human activities such as road cuttings, foundations, excavation, mining, explosions, war, and others.

In addition to geopathic stress generated by dark streams, other factors such as ley lines, global geomagnetic grid crossings, geological faults, underground caverns, and natural mineral concentrations all exhibit effects similar to black streams. They are all associated with geomagnetic anomalies, increased magnetic fields, and/or higher levels of radon gas. Lately, the entire spectrum of AC pulsed electromagnetic fields and industrial and medical ionizing radiation sources have also been considered, as well as DC field disruptions caused by metallic objects such as reinforcing rods in cast concrete.

Black streams can be defined as underground water veins or streams that give off noxious radiations which can be harmful to life above them.

They can be conceptualized as earth meridians (Chinese: Mai) whose flow has become stagnant or polluted, giving rise to Negative Energy (Sha Qi). Th Harmful radiation rises in a vertical plane from the underground stream to the earth's surface and above as indicated in the diagram above.

Black Streams have been dowsed to be anywhere from 1 ft to 900ft deep and from 1ft to 300ft wide (the widest corresponding to a major ley line). The two edge lines and the center line dowse as the strongest, sharpest Qi and are potentially the most dangerous places on the stream for habitual exposure. The streams may display tributaries and convergences, and dowsable echoes parallel to the main stream.

Black Streams have been known to change their habitual course, especially after earthquakes and droughts. They are known to be stronger at midday, mid-summer, full moon, and during periods of heightened solar flare (sunspot) activity. They have been dowsed as inactive in the Canadian tundra during the frozen winter. They are also known to be associated with higher levels of ionising radiation, and with lightning strikes and other atmospheric phenomena.

Black Streams: Causes
A black stream is a sick earth meridian (Lung Mai). There is a well- established link between black streams and traumas to the earth's etheric web that have caused the flow of Qi to stagnate in these channels. Typical examples of such traumas include the building of railway and highway cuttings, tunnels and embankments, quarries and mines, and building foundations, especially those with steel footings.

Also implicated are heavy industry sites, power stations and electricity sub-stations, military bases, steel pilings, poles and even road signs.

Old battle grounds and historical sites involving trauma to the earth or to humans, such as witch-burning sites, execution grounds, and burial grounds can also retain much Sha Qi. Sometimes natural topography can exhibit similar effects, particularly if there are concentrations of iron ore below ground.

On a subtler level, a contemporary real estate development which has been undertaken without any traditional ground-breaking rituals (i.e. without a foundation-stone laying ceremony or without offerings made in good faith to the earth and nature spirits whose land has been taken for development) can display signs of stagnant Qi in the earth meridians as well as traumatized elemental energies.

Black Streams: Signs and Symptoms
There are many well-documented medical effects of prolonged exposure to black streams, arising principally as a result of the position of the bed in the path of this negative energy. Most notorious of these medical effects is cancer. The first well-documented study of the correlation between geopathic stress and cancer was conducted in the 20’s and 30’s by the German dowser Baron von Pohl.

Von Pohl was asked to dowse the small town of Vilsbiburg in 1929, having then the highest per capita cancer death rate in Bavaria at the time. He discovered a 100 per cent correlation between the beds of cancer victims and the paths of black streams passing through the town. He repeated the procedure in Grafenau in 1930, a town with the lowest cancer incidence in the province, and again found a 100 per cent correlation. He developed a scale to rate Geopathic stress of 1 to 16, where a combined tally of 9 or above gives rise to cancer.

Modern experience is that cancers of all types can grow where Geopathic stress is lower than this, possibly because we now have many more opportunities for exposure to ionising radiation (for example through modern medicine), carcinogenic pollutants, and other assaults on the immune system.

Other diseases in which Geopathic stress has been implicated include: multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's disease, and many other wasting and paralyzing diseases; endocrine disorders of all types; Crohn's disease; candidiasis; Down's syndrome and other congenital genetic disorders; schizophrenia and a host of mental disorders including obsessions, addictions, psycho-sexual disorders, suicides and location-specific depressions and anxieties.

Disorders which can have a Geopathic stress component include insomnia and nightmares, sudden infant death syndrome, infertility, myalgic encephalomyelitis (post viral fatigue syndrome), migraine, asthma, eczema, arthritis, and rheumatic disorders, and many other chronically depleted immune system conditions.

In terms of diagnosis for geopathic stress, it is believed in the acupuncture tradition that a point on the hand just distal to the fourth and fifth metacarpal junction (Triple Heater 3-1/3rd) is a prime Geopathic stress test point, for both diagnosis and treatment. Males often show pain if this point is pressed on the right hand, whereas females show weakness on the left hand.

Black Streams and the Animal Kindoms
In the animal realm, most mammals instinctively avoid spending time over black streams, gravitating instead to white streams (i.e. the healthy, free-flowing earth meridians). Birds are reckoned to be most sensitive, and horses most resilient, though many injury-prone horses are often seen to be stabled on black streams.

On the other hand, cats, owls, snakes, slugs and snails are attracted to black streams, and a cat's favorite sleeping place (in the absence of an obvious source of warmth) is very often a sure clue to the location of a black stream crossing. Insects, parasites, bacteria and viruses also thrive on black streams, and ant and wasp nests invariably provide a similar clue. A black stream is also the perfect location for a beehive.

Black Streams and the Vegetable Kindoms
Clues to the path of a black stream in the vegetable world include lightning-struck trees, dead or stunted gaps in hedges and avenues of trees, infertile fruit trees, cankers, and strangely twisted trees (usually in the direction of flow of the meridian current). Fruit trees are the most sensitive, while oaks, redwoods and ashes are more resilient, and elders seem to be positively attracted to dark streams.

Lawns will often betray bare patches, moss, silver weed and fungi. Vegetable gardens will reveal stunted or mutated growth, especially along the edge lines of the black streams. On the other hand, ivy, bindweed, nettles, docks, thistles, foxgloves, ferns and nightshades are naturally attracted to dark streams. In therapeutic terms it is believed that the appropriate medicinal herbs for a person who has fallen sick from a dark stream can be usually found in the garden along the path of a black stream running though their bed. This seems to echo homeopathic thinking.

Other Clues to Black Streams
The path of a black stream can often be traced within the home by following the piles of chronically unresolved clutter across a house. Other clues include piles of rubbish, cracks in glass, brick, sidewalks, and plasterwork, recurring mechanical and electrical breakdowns, derelict areas, and accident-prone "black spots" both within the home and outside of it. High accident locations on highways have also been correlated with geopathic stress activity. Fruit and vegetables, grain, ale, cheese, jam, wine, and photographic film will all spoil quickly when stored in the path of a dark stream.

Sick building syndrome, although a separate and distinct form of imbalance, can sometimes be rooted in the presence of black streams under the property. In addition, Sha Qi can be spread from the path of the streams throughout the rest of the building by the steel construction frame, electrical wiring, and pipe work, just as it can be spread along railway tracks. Thus a steel-framed structure with black streams running through it will usually dowse positive more readily than a brick or wood structure under the same conditions.

Bad neighbor syndrome can sometimes be traced to a black stream flowing from aggressor to victim. Hauntings of earth-bound human ghosts and other entities, including poltergeist activity, are often tied to negative earth energies. Similarly, nature spirits and landscape entities, if not properly considered, can hold trauma to the earth's etheric web within the landscape.


As mentioned above, in addition to black streams, there are other possible causes for geopathic disturbances. Ley lines are properly defined as straight over-ground energy lines that echo the sinuous paths of larger underground currents, including underground rivers. They carry positively charged Yang Qi and are a counterpart to the negatively charged Yin Qi of underground water. As such, they are associated with the Upper World in traditional societies, and are charged with Heavenly Consciousness. Because they act as a conduit for spiritual energies of various types, they are often referred to as "spirit lines".

Ley lines have been recognized by all cultures as specially sacred and have often been chosen for the location of temples and other sacred structures and ceremonial sites. These straight spirit paths (often over dozens of miles) are found everywhere in the world, and frequently define the processional routes to major palaces, temples and cathedrals.  Appropriate for sacred sites and ritual ceremony, these energy pathways are less suitable for secular living, and houses built on them can become a thoroughfare for all manner of disturbances, including spirits. Hence they can become associated with Sha Chi and geopathic stress, and the energy they convey is often negative to humans.

Ley lines are found in all parts of the world, and have been developed in some societies to an extremely complex degree. The Inka, for example, have left evidence of a ley line system know as the seques which radiated from the center of the Inka empire in Cuzco to the four corners of the empire. The care and maintenance of these lines required vast investments of manpower and wealth and was of supreme concern for the state.

In England, dowsers have determined that the majority of ancient temples and holy sites, including Christian churches up to the 18th century, have been sited on such ley lines. The crossings of ley line systems, in particular, attracted wide attention and were celebrated with cathedrals, abbeys, and other markers. Recent research suggests that ley line systems may be global and extend across whole continents. One such system has been described as connecting the sites of Avalon in England with the temples of Delphos in Greece. Unfortunately, we ignore these brilliant elaborations of Earth energy to our peril, as the path of ley lines, despite their usefulness as spiritual markers, can often be too strong to support successful human use. Structures unwittingly located above them can derive some of the same complications already mentioned for dark streams.


Global geomagnetic grids, of which there are several, are thought to arise from the earth's magnetic field as a form of vertical or (sometimes) horizontal, radiation. They follow laws of symmetry and direction, lining up with regularity at constant inclinations to the earth’s magnetic axis. Researchers have found that the grid lines can cause changes in the earth's magnetic field, the electrical conductivity of the ground, variations in ultra short wave receptions, increases in positive ions, differences in blood sedimentation rate, and at times increased gamma radiation.

The grids are at their strongest between 12:00 midnight and 3:00a.m. and at their weakest at 5:00p.m.; they are influenced by earthquakes and weather conditions, and are weaker in fog; they do not rise vertically but at an angle which can change a few degrees during the night; and, unlike underground streams, they are not influenced by phases of the moon. In addition, they show varying weak zones of resonance (echoes) outside the main line.

In the Stone Age standing stones were set up on grid line crossings; the Chinese, Indian, Greek, Roman, Native American, and European Medieval civilizations knew of them, as the location of temples, monuments and cathedrals bears witness.

1. The Hartmann Grid This was described by Dr . Hartmann in the 1960's. The network appears as a structure of radiations rising vertically from the ground like invisible radioactive walls. From north to south they are 25cm. wide and encountered at constant intervals of 2m., while from east to west they are 15cm. wide and the distance apart varies according to latitude from 1.2m. in Reykjavik, Iceland (63.36"N) to 2.06m. in Ried, Switzerland (40.50"N). Between these geometric lines lies a neutral zone.

The north-south rays are Yin and linked to humidity, cramps and all forms of rheumatism. The east-west rays are Yang and are linked to inflammations.

Wherever two rays cross (a "Hartmann Knot") a geopathogenic point is found. This is especially so at crossings of double negative lines which repeat at approximately 35m. intervals. Sleeping over these knots can cause nervous disturbances, headaches, cramps and rheumatic illnesses.

Where the intersections coincide with black streams the effect is greatly increased The intensity of these lines increases three to four-fold at night when there are less free ions (for similar reasons radio waves are received better at night). Twenty-four hours before the arrival of an atmospheric low pressure zone, a 100% increase of gamma rays is found on the knots (up to 300% on volcanic soil).

Twelve hours before an earthquake the thickness of the ray triples: beside the central ray appear two other weaker rays to left and right which are not normally detectable. At this time dogs howl, birds flutter madly in their cages, some cats hide under the quilt, and some people feel sick or need to sleep. During an earthquake the Hartmann network becomes twisted and distorted, but is restored to symmetry half an hour later.

This network penetrates everywhere in dwellings or on open ground, but Merz has found the grid to be pushed outside certain sacred structures such as the Egyptian pyramids or temples as well as Himalayan Buddhist stupas. These structures seem to create a dense protective perimeter composed of up to seven rays around the perimeter, and a ray-free interior.

2. The Curry Grid This grid, described by Wittman and Curry in the 1970's, has much in common with the Hartmann grid, but is oriented 45o from north. The south-west to north-east grid lines repeat every 2.36m, and the south-east to north-west lines every 2.7m. The lines are approximately 15cm. wide, with medically significant double negative lines repeating every 50m. Crossings of these lines are considered more harmful than the equivalent Hartmann knots.

The double negative crossings are associated with sleep disturbances, depression, and other nervous reactions, inflammations and rheumatic diseases; and also with the sites of stocks and pillories, and hellebore plants. Double positive crossings encourage enhanced cell enlargement and proliferation, even to the point of cancerous growth.

3. The Schneider Grid This was described by Schneider in the 1980's as a positive grid, oriented 45o east of north with lines l7cm. wide, a repeating interval of 294m, and a north-south and east-west energy flow. The lines of this grid are supposed to increase powers of thought and speech, and pulpits and lecterns are often found on its crossing points.

Schneck described a mirror image negative version of this grid, oriented 45o west of north, and with the opposite energy flows and mental effects.

4. The Second Schneider Grid Schneider also described a positive grid oriented 28o east of north with lines 21cm. wide and a repeating interval of 267m.

Hawthorns like to grow on the lines of this grid, which are associated with strength and physical healing, and are often followed by stretches of Roman roads. On its lines crossings are found holy wells, chapels, shrines, way-side crosses, stone-age camps and castles, Roman forts, standing stones and cup-stones. Especially powerful lines occur, and Chalice Well, Glastonbury is on such a crossing.

Schneck again describes a mirror-image negative grid.

5. Other Global Magnetic Grids In addition to the global geomagnetic grids mentions above, there are many others, of which the most important are the Broad Curry Grid, the Double Curry Gird, and Schenck’s Cemetery Grid. The positive lines in these grids are all associated with dolmens, stone circles, ancient sites, holy wells, chapels, and holy trees. Their negative counterparts, similarly, are associated with prisons, execution sites and, where they converge with other negative lines such as black streams, "cancer points" can be found.


There is much that can be done to ameliorate or remove Geopathic stress.  To shield a residence from the path and effects of a black stream traditional Chinese devices include the building of a Dragon wall (a screen wall with an undulating ridge), the digging of a ditch, or the burying of a protective talisman at an appropriate point on the path of the stream. Modern Western methods include the careful placing of crystals, copper coils, and ankhs or the installation of radionic devices such as the Raditech machine.

To cure a black stream the Sha Qi (negative energy) of the affected meridian can be transformed into Sheng Qi (positive energy) by the practice of Earth Acupuncture. This can be performed using wood, metal, stone, or crystal "needles" applied to the appropriate earth acupuncture points (Xue) for a variable time, perhaps as briefly as for a few seconds, but on average for about two hours. The black streams are thus transformed into white streams. With larger meridians, or with geological faults, a needle may need to be left in place permanently.

Fire, in the form of candles, incense, moxa, sage, or a bon-fire may also be employed. The old Beacon hills of Britain are moxibustion points in the landscape for the purification of the land. They are fired at the appropriate moments in the cycle of the seasons. In time these became the fire festivals.

Permanent needles may take the form of moving water features, sculptures and statues, standing stones, stone cairns (piles), stupas, or a specially planted tree. In this sense, a grave stone may be seen as a form of earth acupuncture needle which balances the Yin Qi of the corpse with a Yang sculptural form to reunite the Qi of Heaven and Earth. On a larger scale, pagodas, temples, churches, and cathedrals can all function as earth acupuncture needles to the same effect.

Earth acupuncture techniques which have been used to promote the flow of Qi in a blocked meridian under a house will often have an instantaneous effect in dispelling an accumulation of radon. Where the radon concentration derives from black streams the effect is usually permanent as long as the streams remain white (clear). Where radon derives from geological faults it will generally build up again, and more permanent physical remedial action is necessary.

What all these cures have in common is a therapeutic intention, often in a sacred ceremonial context. Earth Acupuncture has to be performed within this sacred ritual context, because it is only through the use of ritual that the energies of the Earth can be made to shift. All traditional peoples have recognized this fact. In many cultures stone piles, standing stones, or specially designated trees are used to both cure the geopathic stress as well as to create a secondary and more beneficial effect through the use of prayer, meditation or shamanic practices. Usually the spirit world is addressed directly, in its manifestations in both the Upper and Lower Worlds (the worlds of heavenly consciousness and base ego). Training for geopathic cures therefore invariably involves spiritual education at an advanced level.


  • The Bibliography at the end of this paper contains references to most of the available research on this topic. However, a brief overview of the field would have to include the following:
  • Baron Gustav von Pohl. Germany (1920s) Von Pohl was able to determine that 2.5 of all the homes surveyed had some form of geopathic stress. He also determined that 95% of all cancer cases had connections to geostress.
  • Ernst Hartmann. Germany (1940s-60s) Hartmann was the first to describe the global geomagnetic grids and their influence on geostress. After extensive testing that spanned over 30 years of research, he concluded that cancer is a disease of location.
  • Manfred Curry. Germany (1950s-70s) Curry continued on HartmannÕs work, describing other global grids and their influences.
  • Blanche Merz. Switzerland (1920s) Merz was able to correlate geostresses to cancer, noting full moon variations, as well as correlations of north/south lines to cramps and rheumatism, and east/west lines to inflammation.
  • Ralf Gordon. England (1980s-90s) Gordon correlated cancers of the lung, breast, and cervix with geostress in 90% of all cases he studied.
  • Otto Bergmann. Austria (1987-89) In a two year trial which included over
    462,000 measurements in 6,942 tests, Bergmann found geopathic stress effects on blood sedimentation, blood pressure, blood circulation, heart beat, breathing, skin resistance, and electrical conductivity of muscle points.
  • Kathe Bacheler. Austria (1989) In a survey that included 3,000 apartments and over 11,000 people, Bacheler discovered 100% correlations between geopathic stress and 500 cases of cancer she studied. She also found 95% correlation with ÒproblemÓ children.
  • Pallegard. Denmark (1990) In a much publicized study, Pallegard correlated geostress in 14 out of 18 crib deaths.
  • Roger Rose. England (1990s) In a sample of 50 patients with myalic encephalomyelitis, Rose found 100 % correlation to geostress.
  • Christopher McNaney. England (1990s) In a sample of 175 nomadic gypsy families, he found only 1% cancer and 0% heart disease.
  • Robert Endrost & Klotz Biberach. Germany (1990s) In a study performed by architectural students surveying homes, Endrost & Biberach found 383 cases of geostress in a sample of 400 cancer patients.


  • Kathe Bacheler, Earth Radiation, Wordmasters, 1989
  • Paul Broadhurst & Hamish Miller, The Dance of the Dragon, Pendragon, 2000
  • David Cowan & Rodney Girdlestone, Safe as Houses: Ill Health and Electro-stress at Home, Gateway, 1996
  • Paul Devereux, Places of Power, Blanford, 1990
  • Paul Devereux & Ian Thomson, The Ley Hunter’s Companion, Thames & Hudson, 1979
  • Ralf Gordon, Are You Sleeping in a Safe Place?, London, 1990
  • Tom Graves, Needles of Stone, Turnstone, 1978
  • Freiherr Gustav von Pohl, Earth Currents as Pathogenic Agents for Illness and the Development of Cancer, Frieich Verlag, Feucht, 1983
  • Christopher Bird, The Divining Hand, Dutton, 1979
  • Richard Fortey, The Hidden Landscape-A Journey into the Geological Past, Pimlico, 1993
  • Derham Groves, Feng Shui and the Western Building Ceremonies, Brash, 1991
  • Alan Hall, Water, Electricity and Health, Hawthorn, 1997
  • Sig Lonegren, Spiritual Dowsing, Gothic Image, 1986
  • Blanche Merz, Points of Cosmic Energy, Daniel, 1987
  • John Michell, The Earth Spirit, Thames & Hudson, 1975
  • Hamish Miller & Paul Broadhurst, The Sun and the Serpent, Pendragon, 1989
  • Nigel Pennick, Lines in the Landscape, Hale, 1989
  • Nigel Pennick, The Ancient Science of Geomancy, Hale, 1980
  • Marko Pogacnik, Nature Spirits & Elemental Beings, Findhorn, 1995
  • Dr. G. Schneck, Global Grid Lines, in the Journal of the British Society of Dowsers, June 1995.
  • Dr. Glen Swartwout, Electromagnetic Pollution, Aerai, 1991
  • Jane Thurnell-Read, Geopathic Stress-How Earth Energies affect our lives, London, 1998
  • Tom Williamson, Dowsing, 1993, Ch.3