Threatening to hang the fifty-eight-year-old man and to harm his family if he did not cooperate, Adolf Hitler forced an Austrian inventor to build a flying craft which levitated without burning any fuel. The inventor had previously produced electrical power from a unique suction turbine by the same implosion principles, using air or water in creating the force. The Third Reich wanted these inventions developed quickly. But the inventor took his time; understandably he did not want to give Hitler a technological advantage.
The Austrian, Viktor Schauberger, was known in his time as the Water Wizard. The courageous inventor built prototype examples of beneficial technology, in his effort to turn humanity away from death-dealing technologies. He defended Earth’s water, air and soil, but at the end he was out-maneuvered by people with lesser motives.
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.
“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,” he admonished in a voice stern with conviction.
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.
IN TUNE WITH NATURE
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.
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.
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.
LEARNING FROM THE SOURCE
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.
COULDN’T BELIEVE HIS EYES
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.
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.
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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.
PRINCE NEEDED CASH
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
Was anyone from academia listening?
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.”
“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.”
POWER FROM THE UNKNOWN
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.”
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.
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.
“it looked like an engineering and architectural association was behind this demand for a check-up.”
“BUILD MACHINES, OR DIE”
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.”
“This ‘flying disc’ had a diameter of 50 meters.”
“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.”
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.”
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.
PROMISES PROM THE USA
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.
“… 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.”
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 contract, 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.”
“I DON’T EVEN OWN MYSELF”
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?
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.
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.”
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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