The Memory of Water: A Dawning Recognition of Ancient Understanding

Dr Philip Jamieson (with Marianne Schmidt)

The following jointly authored paper was published in Nexus: The Alternative News Magazine 29(3) (April-May 2022) 27-33, 84-85 (available, as published, at https://nexusmagazine.com/product/the-memory-of-water/?v=6cc98ba2045f). Philip enjoyed the opportunity to present on this paper to the Australian Homeopathic Association QLD on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

Water is fundamental to our existence. We are organisms principally composed of water, ultimately dependent upon water to live out our existence upon a planet primarily covered by water. Little wonder that water features prominently in myths, religious beliefs, folktales and other traditions.

Water and knowledge in myths and traditions

While water is central to many ancient myths, from creation to its role in healing and cleansing, one perhaps less well explored theme in that mythology and tradition has been its role as a source of knowledge and wisdom.

Water in wells[1]

Take the example of the Norse god Odin, who in a quest for knowledge gives one of his eyes to the waters of Mimir’s Well. In exchange he receives the opportunity to drink of its waters from which he receives the knowledge he sought. Nor are the waters a source of merely factual information for Odin, but rather of deeper understanding. In sacrificing his eye, limited in its perceptions, he gains a much more profound perception: wisdom and enlightenment.

The story of Mimir himself only reinforces this understanding. Drinking daily of the waters of the well that he guards, he is esteemed for his knowledge and wisdom. Significantly, his namenot only means the Rememberer or Wise One but is thought to bear a historical linguistic relationship with our English term “memory”.

Water in fountains and springs

Mimir’s Well brings to mind the common saying that someone who knows everything is “a fount of all knowledge”, presumably its origins lying in the Bible’s “fountain” or “wellspring” of wisdom in Proverbs 18:4. In a similar vein, Terri Windling has commented on the generality of the theme in fairy tales of “heroes … sent on long journeys to the Well at the End of the World, or to springs in the dark heart of the forest, ordered to retrieve a vial of the Water of Life”, a few drops of this water conferring wisdom amongst other gifts.[2]

Seawater[3]

We also find traditions associating seawater with knowledge and wisdom.

In Ancient Greek mythology, the god Proteus is “the old man of the sea” who is given the gift of prophecy by Poseidon and has knowledge of all things. Reference to the sea is also apparent in a tradition amongst the New Zealand Maori in which the god Tane journeys to the heavens to retrieve the knowledge to guide human existence on Earth. He receives three baskets of knowledge, along with two sacred stones. These stones, an allusion to seawater apparent in their names – Hukatai (Seafoam) and Rehutai (Seaspray) – facilitate the assimilation of that knowledge to ensure that the recipient can achieve wisdom. In Islamic tradition, al-Khiḍr is believed to possess divine wisdom with links particularly to sea travellers to whom he would reveal divine secrets. 

Rivers[4]

There are similarly narratives in which rivers feature linking water with knowledge. In Celtic mythology, Danu, the goddess of the rivers and other large bodies of water (and after whom the Danube River is named), breastfeeds the gods as the supreme matriarch and, in so doing, gives them wisdom and knowledge. Amongst the Celts, there is also the Irish myth of the Salmon of Knowledge which, having swum up a local river and found shelter in a quiet pool, devours all the knowledge of the world that is contained in the falling nuts of the surrounding hazel trees. Neith, an early Ancient Egyptian goddess, is also linked with both rivers and wisdom.In Sumerian myth, Enki is the Annunaki god of wisdom and (fresh) water. In some myths, he has a daughter, Innana (later Akkadian Ishtar), who is likely related to the later goddesses of water and wisdom, the Ancient Persian goddess Anahita and the Armenian goddess Annahit. In a further reflection of an Indo-Iranian tradition identifying water with wisdom, Ahurānīa Zoroastrian water goddess, enlightens thought, speech and acts.

These links between water and knowledge are also evident in the Hindu goddess and river deity, Saraswati. Associated with Persian Anahita, she is a goddess of knowledge, wisdom and the Saraswati River, for whom water has been described not only as her “very being” but also as a “symbol of inspired thought”.[5] In Bali, Indonesia, she is linked to the traditional ritual Banyu Pinaruh. The ritual, deriving its name from “banyu” meaning sacred water and “pinaruh” meaning knowledge, celebrates the sacred waters of knowledge. Indeed, the Vedic texts more generally identify water as a medium to attain spiritual enlightenment, a relationship that also brings to mind the rituals of baptism and similar traditions in other cultures.

In the Japanese Buddhist goddess Benzaiten, whose origins lie in Saraswati, we find a goddess of everything that flows, concepts that also include both water and knowledge.

These are merely examples from an extensive body of myths and other traditions suggesting water to be a source of knowledge, and not simply of fact, but also of wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.

The science of water and knowledge

We are increasingly finding that developments in modern science are supporting the validity of many ancient traditions. So too this ancient belief that water contains information.

In scientific discussion, the idea that water can store and transmit information has been termed “water memory”. In its narrowest sense, this refers to “the ability of water to retain ‘memory’ of substances previously dissolved in it, even when there is a very high dilution factor to the point that no molecule of the substance remains in the solution”.[6] However, such molecular memory is only one aspect of the broader sense in which the term is popularly used, an ability to store and transmit knowledge – not merely factual information, but also of an energetic nature, like our emotions, thoughts, feelings and, as appears from the myths and beliefs we have related, even extending to inspired thought, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.

The somewhat tortured path to the growing, but still widely disputed, scientific recognition of the ability of water to store information is generally described as beginning with the publication in 1988 by the French immunologist Jacques Benveniste of a co-authored paper on “Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE”.[7] The rather unprepossessing title of the paper belies the consternation that followed its publication. The implications of the study reported were that water appeared to be capable of transmitting biological information about molecules that had at one time been in solution within it but were now absent.

This was treated by many as apparent proof of homeopathy, particularly as it was noted in the paper that the dilutions needed to be accompanied by vigorous shaking for the effects to be observed, an action similarly employed in homeopathy.

While it is at times asserted that the results of that study have never been successfully replicated,[8] there have been a number of studies in the years since pointing to a similar phenomenon. Two noted researchers have been the French virologist Luc Montagnier (who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his contribution to identifying HIV) and Professor Bernd Kröplin.

Montagnier’s research is particularly interesting.In laboratory experiments involving adjacent test tubes of pure water and DNA in water solution, the DNA appears to have been able to transmit information concerning its structure to the pure water in the adjacent test tube, where (with the addition of the appropriate ingredients to synthesize the DNA by polymerase chain reaction) a copy of that DNA was able to be produced.[9]

Further academic support for the existence of “water memory” has also come from Kröplin’s research. He and other researchers at Stuttgart University began studying the phenomenon in 1998. While he published on a number of occasions in the years following, his most recent text, Water and its memory: New astonishing insights in water research, published with Regine C. Henschel in 2017, outlines their supporting research.

Describing their research and its implications, Kröplin concludes:

… beyond [water’s] physical and chemical qualities also memory and information play a significant role in water, and these build a bridge from the immaterial to the material world. These subtle phenomena … can neither be studied nor detected by traditional experimental methods.

Hence, we use a different approach: we investigate the patterns that appear in a water drop after evaporation of the water and photograph them …. We can prove that the patterns correlate with information exposed to the water. …

… By the observed patterns, we realize that water has a particular kind of memorizing and storing information of things that it has experienced. From experiments, we can also see that living organisms, like plants, can “read” this information and act with a unique behavior to the information stored in the water.

Our findings prove the memory of water and also the communication between separate units of water [over a distance of about 1.5 meters] [10].

Dr Robert Schoch in his 2021 revision, with Catherine Ulissey, of his text Forgotten Civilization, points to a number of reviews of “the growing, if still controversial, evidence that water can carry information”, concluding that “[t]here is now strong evidence that liquid water, particularly in living systems, clusters into frameworks with the ability to store and transmit information and mediate chemical and biological functions”.[11]

The mechanism?

Acknowledging the evidence of the studies supporting the validity of “water memory”, the question remains how water functions in this way.

Schoch’s comments point to frameworks formed from clusters of water molecules as somehow lying behind the phenomenon. Underpinning these frameworks is the polarity of a water molecule. Composed of an oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms [H2O]), it has an asymmetrically charged structure in which the positive charge of a hydrogen atom of one water molecule is attracted to the negative charge of an adjacent water molecule’s oxygen atom, thereby resulting in a hydrogen bond and, in turn, clusters of water molecules. That frameworks formed from these clusters of water molecules might lie behind the phenomenon was evident even from Benveniste’s original study, the authors of the 1988 paper concluding that as the “dilutions needed to be accompanied by vigorous shaking for the effects to be observed, transmission of the biological information could be related to the molecular organization of water”.

In considering how its molecular organisation might be relevant, Benveniste and his fellow researchers speculated that water might act as a ‘template’, for the molecule that was substituted in their experiment, perhaps by an infinite hydrogen bonded network or through electric and magnetic fields. Amongst the various theories that have been advanced in the years since, this early speculation has been reflected in the two main (although not exhaustive) theoretical models that have emerged in explanation of the mechanism of water memory: hydrogen bonded clathrates and coherence domains associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs).[12]

The various theories that have been proposed have tended to emphasise processes that in some manner establish structured frameworks, water structures being described in terms such as “coherence domains”, “clathrate frames” [13] and “water pearl” chains,[14] that emerge from the application of some external influence (such as an electric or electromagnetic field, mechanical impact, abrupt temperature or pressure change) .[15]  The coherent framework that results provides the “memory” environment. In one description, analogy has been drawn to the way in which ferromagnetic ordering is used for storing information on a computer disk, proposing that electromagnetic transmission of biochemical information might be stored in the “electric dipole moments” of water.[16]

One further interesting development worthy of mention has been the potential role in explanation of water memory of a fourth phase of water, liquid crystalline in nature and termed “exclusion zone water”[17] (sometimes referred to as “structured water”).[18]

Relationship to homeopathy

It is also worth noting that much of the research into water memory has overlapped that undertaken into homeopathy. Certainly, those who use homeopathy believe in its benefits: practised in virtually every country in the world over the past 200 years,[19] Bill Gray notes its “explosive resurgence” in the United States with the growing popularity of alternative medicine.[20] While the science behind the practice remains widely disputed in mainstream circles, research and theory are also pointing towards similar mechanisms in support of its reality.[21]

Referencing just a few examples, Gray has proposed that the process of diluting and shaking in homeopathy creates clusters of water molecules aligned with associated EMFs. The theory that EMFs are important in the homeopathic process has also been supported by other researchers.[22] Quantum coherence domains (of around 100 nm in diameter) in water have been postulated as storing the original substance information in the form of electromagnetic frequencies.[23]  Utilising quantum electrodynamics principles, such “coherence domains” have been suggested to derive from the progressive dilution/succussion homeopathic processes, coding the original substance information (in terms of phase oscillations) which can then be transferred to patients (by phase resonance).[24]

What types of information may be stored and transmitted?

It is clear that there are a number of theoretical models that may account for the scientific experiments supporting the reality of water memory. Thus far we have been examining that science in the context of the storage and transmission of data and other forms of factual information; in Montagnier’s experiments, for example, information about the structure of the DNA that was in solution in the first test tube. That DNA apparently transmitted information about its structure (through extremely low frequency EMFs it emitted) to water in an adjacent test tube in a manner that enabled a copy of the DNA to be produced in that water.

This occurred between separate test tubes. The information was transmitted between the two via a non-physical means: low frequency electromagnetic waves. Every organ – indeed, every cell – in our bodies produces EMFs. Could the EMFs that we emit from our bodies transmit to water, in this same non-physical way, much more than merely factual information, but also energetic information, such as emotions, thoughts and feelings?

The work of the HeartMath Institute is instructive.[25] Their focus is particularly upon the EMFs emitted by the heart. The most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, they note that it produces a magnetic field more than100 times greater in strength than that generated by the brain and is able to be detected up to 3 feet away from the body.  They have also found that information about a person’s emotional state is encoded in the heart’s EMF. Via this field, that information is able to be communicated not only throughout the body but also into the external environment, including as between people.

It also appears from Montagnier’s experiments that water is able to record and transmit information via (at least certain) EMFs. Do the Institute’s findings as to the storage and transmission of emotions via the heart’s EMF suggest the possibility of storage and transmission of emotions within water via EMFs? And, if emotions, could this include other types of energetic information such as thoughts and feelings?

Long held myths and other traditions suggest so. While these are certainly consistent with the science supporting the storage and transmission of factual data through water memory, it is equally apparent from them that water memory might also encompass forms of knowledge much broader than merely factual information, even extending to encompass inspired thought, understanding, wisdom and enlightenment.

Emotions, thoughts and feelings are energetic foundations for our development of frameworks of such understanding. If these are capable of storage and transmission by water, their transmission arguably also implies the possible receipt of consequential constructs, like wisdom and enlightenment, by the recipient of the transmission. There are studies that do indeed suggest that energetic information such as our emotions may be the subject of “water memory”.

Memory of emotions, thoughts and feelings?

We noted earlier that Kröplin found that patterns in water drops after evaporation of the water correlated with information to which the water has been exposed. The types of information that it was found impacted the patterns included emotions and music (together with such things as mobile phone emissions and even stones and plants).

This research supports the similar conclusions of others such as Viktor Kovalenko and Russian scientists Konstantin Korotkov and Stanislav Zenin,[26] supporting the existence of water’s ability to remember energetic influences such as emotions. Perhaps most well known is the work of Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto.

Over many years of research, Emoto took thousands of photographs of crystals made from freezing water, having first exposed the water to words of a positive or negative nature. On examining the photographs he found that positively exposed crystals were balanced and well formed, while those subject to negative words were deformed and broken.[27] The water reflected the energy of the words.

The role of vibration?

But how can words alone, kind or otherwise, influence a crystal’s appearance? Emoto says the answer lies in vibration. As Emoto comments, words are a form of vibration. It is the vibration of the words that influences the crystal’s appearance in its formation.

Emoto points to the fact that the entire universe is in a state of vibration. Everything within the universe is vibrating, and at its own frequency. Water has the capacity to mirror those vibrations that it receives.

Emoto is not alone in recognising vibration in some form as the ultimate foundation for water memory. Amongst others who have identified a foundational role for vibration, Physicist Auguste Meesen, for example, has recently postulated that chains of “water pearls” (spherical nano-particles formed by the electric field of charged parts of biologically active molecules) become information carriers when set in rotation at the frequency of the vibrating charged part of the molecules. Cell biologist Bruce Lipton, in postulating a form of hydrogen bonded communication network between water molecules, suggests that the bonds are conduits for vibrational information.[28] Even where the information has been removed, he suggests that so long as “you still have the vibration in the [vibrational energy] field, the water molecules will apparently maintain the continued vibration, so that you can have the information transferred”.

Austrian inventor Viktor Schauberger utilised his understanding of the role of vibration in water memory in designing machinery to generate the ‘living water’ that exists in nature when water flows energetically in spirals and vortices. Information is able to be carried in the resulting microclusters of vibrating energy centres, stored as vibrational impressions or imprints. The more powerful this vortical action, the greater the information storage. Schauberger postulated that where these imprints are beneficial, free of pollutants and toxins, they may be able to restore healthy resonance in the human body.[29] In the context of homeopathy, Gray makes a related observation in proposing that a homeopathic remedy works through vibration, effective when the remedy “vibration” resonates with the patient’s symptoms. In homeopathy too, the diluted substance is vigorously shaken to increase the effectiveness of information storing.

Schumann resonances

As early as 1991 the German biophysicist Wolfgang Ludwig made similar observations about the mechanism of homeopathy. He also focussed upon vibration as fundamental to water memory.[30] In particular, he noted that while a single water molecule has many vibrations and emits electromagnetic signals in a wide frequency region, the molecular structures that result from the hydrogen bond linkages in water may produce a much larger number of vibrational frequencies again. Water is able to both store and transmit these frequencies. Some of these frequencies may be harmful to human health but others he argued may be beneficial and, in particular, the naturally existing frequency of 7.8 Hz, the base Schumann resonances frequency.

Montagnier’s experiments are particularly interesting in this regard, because, in order for the DNA-water solution to emit the information-bearing EMFs, it was necessary that it be stimulated by a very low frequency electromagnetic background. This could either be produced from natural sources, the Schumann resonances which start at 7.83 Hz, or from artificial electromagnetic backgrounds with frequencies similar to the Schumann ones.[31] Does this role of the Schumann resonances in water memory suggest a broader connection to the postulated existence of some form of global information field, a field that utilises Earth’s magnetic fields to carry biologically relevant information connecting all living systems and consciousness? In drawing attention in a previous paper to the body of developing research supporting the existence of such a global information field, we observed how science is increasingly suggesting that, through our collective consciousness, we may use this global information field to impact not only our natural environment but also each other.[32]

Our influence on others as “water beings”?

This thesis of a “collective consciousness” has an obvious relationship with the concept of water memory. If, as we believe the foundation for water memory ultimately lies in vibration, there would seem to be the same opportunity for us to use water memory to effect positive change in our social and natural environments. If water has the ability to mirror the vibrations we generate, our vibrations can ultimately energetically impact not only the influenced water but also the recipient of those vibrations transmitted by that water. As some 70% of the human body comprises water, how we feel, how we react to what is around us and how we perceive our place in the world may have profound implications for how we might influence others by communication of those reactions and perceptions through water memory. It is important to appreciate that while clearly this “water communication” may have a positive effect on the recipient where the water has been exposed to a positive external influence, it may equally have a negative effect where reflecting a negative influence. It is for this reason that Emoto invites us to keep love and gratitude in our hearts and to share positive vibration with those around us.[33]

Conclusion

Some years ago, a study of organic matter dissolved in water[34] surprised in finding that “water does not forget”,[35] but retains a chemical memory of the organic material to which it has been exposed. Equally, the nature of water memory appears to be of far wider compass. Not only does water apparently have the capacity to retain a memory of substances previously dissolved in it even when there is such a dilution factor that no molecule of the original substance remains in the solution, there is evidence to suggest that the memory of water is not limited to matters of a purely factual nature. Science is suggesting that water memory may equally encompass wider forms of knowledge, energetic information, such as emotions, that provide foundations for the development of frameworks of understanding such as wisdom and enlightenment. These revelations about the memory of water are consistent with numerous myths, religious beliefs, folktales and other traditions. Nor does water appear merely to have the capacity to store the information that it receives – at least in certain circumstances, it also appears to be able to transmit that information.

While there are various theories postulated for the mechanism underlying water memory, we believe that the evidence is pointing towards its foundation as ultimately lying in vibration, that water can mirror the vibrations it receives. As Nikola Tesla so aptly observed, “[i]f you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”.

As we are all mostly water, the vibrations we generate through our emotions, thoughts and feelings may determine the “memories” we create in water and how therefore we may influence others. Many indigenous cultures have long pointed to the unity of all things – that everything is one – the collective whole. As individuals, we are each responsible for the vibrations we emit and the effect they have, not only on other individuals, but also on that whole.


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[5] Ludvik, supra at 32.

[6] Deyhle, A. and GCI Research Team, “Properties of Water – Does Water Have Memory or Consciousness?” (7 October 2012) HeartMath Institute (https://www.heartmath.org/gci-commentaries/properties-of-water-does-water-have-memory-or-consciousness/).

[7] Davenas, E., et al. “Human Basophil Degranulation Triggered by Very Dilute Antiserum Against IgE.” (1983) 333 Nature 816–18.

[8] For example, Wikipedia contributors, “Water memory” (2 December 2021) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Water_memory&oldid=1058185890).

[9] Montagnier, L. et al, “DNA waves and water”(2011) J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 306 012007 (https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/306/1/012007/pdf); Montagnier, L. et al, “Transduction of DNA information through water and electromagnetic waves” (2015) 34(2) Electromagn Biol Med 106 – 112 (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270594226_Transduction_of_DNA_information_through_water_and_electromagnetic_waves).

[10] Quote from Kröplin, B., “Memory and communication in water”, World in a Drop (https://www.weltimtropfen.de/index_english.html); also “Research: The communication of water – water and sympathy”(September 2016) World in a Drop (Interview with Regine C. Henschel by Ulrich Hinsen for ManagementRadio Germany) (https://www.weltimtropfen.de/forschung_kommunikation_english.html).

[11] Schoch, R. with Ulissey, C., Forgotten Civilization: New Discoveries on the Solar-Induced Dark Age (Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, 2021) at 278.

[12] As noted in Meessen, A., “Water Memory Due to Chains of Nano-Pearls” (2018) 9 Journal of Modern Physics 2657-2724 (https://www.scirp.org/%28S%28351jmbntvnsjt1aadkozje%29%29/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=89620); Upadhyay R., “The Possible Mechanism of Memory through Nanoparticles and Exclusion Zones” (20 February 2017) 7 Water 158 – 176 (https://www.waterjournal.org/uploads/vol7/upadhyay/WATER.2016.4.Upadhyay.pdf).

[13] Vysotskii, V. & Kornilova, A., “The Spatial Structure of Water and the Problem of Controlled Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions in Water Matrix” (2006) 10.1142/9789812774354_0042 (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237397381_The_Spatial_Structure_of_Water_and_the_Problem_of_Controlled_Low-Energy_Nuclear_Reactions_in_Water_Matrix).

[14] Meessen (2018) and as described in Meessen, A., “Virus Destruction by Resonance” (2020) 11 Journal of Modern Physics 2011-2052 (https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=106157).

[15] As noted in Vysotskii & Kornilova, supra.

[16] Widom, A. et al. “The Biophysical Basis of Benveniste Experiments: Entropy, Structure, and Information in Water” (2010) 110(1) International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 252 – 256 (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229869574_The_Biophysical_Basis_of_Benveniste_Experiments_Entropy_Structure_and_Information_in_Water).

[17] See, for example, Upadhyay, supra; Ullman D., “Exploring Possible Mechanisms of Hormesis and Homeopathy in the Light of Nanopharmacology and Ultra-High Dilutions. (April 2021) 19(2) Dose-Response” (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/15593258211022983).

[18] See, for example, the wellness enterprise, What is Structured Water? (1 July 2014) (https://thewellnessenterprise.com/what-is-structured-water/)

[19] Ullman, supra.

[20] Bill Gray, An Introduction to Homepathy (https://billgrayhomeopathy.com/introduction-to-homeopathy/).

[21] A recent consideration of possible mechanisms appears in Tournier, A. et al, “Physicochemical Investigations of Homeopathic Preparations: A Systematic Review and Bibliometric Analysis—Part 3” (2021) 27(1) The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 45–57.

[22] Recent examples include Vithoulkas G and Berghian-Grosan C., “The Spin of Electrons and the Proof for the Action of Homeopathic Remedies” (2020) 13(3) J Med Life 278-282 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7550134/).

[23] Del Giudice, E. and Preparata, G., “Coherence electrodynamics in water” in Schulte, J. and Endler, C. (ed), Fundamental Research in Ultrahigh Dilution and Homeopathy; 1998: 89 – 100 (referred to in Ullman, supra).

[24] Manzalini A. and Galeazzi, B., “Explaining Homeopathy with Quantum Electrodynamics. Homeopathy” (August 2019) 108(3) Homeopathy 169-176 (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30901775/).

[25] HeartMath Institute, Science of the Heart: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance – Chapter 6 Energetic Communication (https://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/energetic-communication/).

[26] Kovalenko, V., “Spin Nature of Water Memory” (2013) Science Journal of Physics Article ID sjp-206 (https://www.sjpub.org/sjp/sjp-206.pdf); Kovalenko, V., “Analogy of Memory Properties of Water and the Ones of the Brain” (2013) Science Journal of Physics Article ID sjp-261 (https://www.sjpub.org/sjp/sjp-261.pdf); Somabandhu Kodikara, Discussion With Pro. Korotkov – Part 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZH3al0gBI); Vladimir B.. (trans. Pulich Pravda Ru, A.), Do Not Offend Water – It Remembers Every Word You Say (17 June 2006) (https://www.energytherapy.me/do-not-offend-water—it-remembers-every-word-you-say.html).

[27] Emoto, M., (trans. Thayne, D.), The Miracle of Water (Atria Paperback, 2011) (esp at vii-viii); Emoto (trans. Thayne, D.), The Hidden Messages in Water (Beyond Words Publishing, Oregon, 2004).

[28] McLeod, S., Bruce Lipton on Homeopathy – Karma Singh interviews Dr. Bruce Lipton in July 2010 (22 July 2015) Little Mountain homeopathy (https://www.littlemountainhomeopathy.com/?s=lipton). See also Lipton, B., The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (1st Hay House edition, 2008).

[29] Discussed in Bartholomew, A., Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger (Floris Books, 2014).

[30] Wolfgang Ludwig (interview) (http://www.umh-umwelttechnologien.at/pdf_englisch/engl_ludwig_art.pdf) ; Ludwig, W., “Wolfgang Ludwig: The Memory of Water.” (2003) (https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Wolfgang-Ludwig-:-The-Memory-of-Water-Ludwig/2920c1f1ee3cf553f63e68ce958bb80717106cf5).

[31] Montagnier L. et al (2011). Potential relevant applications of the Schuman resonance are considered in Alrais, A. et al, (2017). “Schumann Resonances and Their Potential Applications: a Review Article” (2017) 27 Mordovia University Bulletin 476-489 (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321916355_Schumann_Resonances_and_Their_Potential_Applications_a_Review_Article).

[32]Jamieson, P. and Schmidt, M., Plugged into the Planet – Timeless understanding in a time of global need (8 July 2020) (https://wordpress.com/post/innerscribe.home.blog/207).

[33] Emoto (2011) at 141.

[34]Koch, B. and Kattner, G., Preface “Sources and rapid biogeochemical transformation of dissolved organic matter in the Atlantic surface ocean” (2012) 9 Biogeosciences 2597–2602 (https://bg.copernicus.org/articles/9/2597/2012/bg-9-2597-2012.pdf).

[35] Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. “Science News: Chemical memory of seawater: Scientists examine biomolecules dissolved in the ocean and read them like a history book” (2012) ScienceDaily (www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121001102433.htm).

Australia’s Enigmatic Boab Tree Seeding The Out-Of-Australia-Theory

A piece I prepared on this topic was published on Ancient Origins on 2 August 2021. The link appears below:

https://members.ancient-origins.net/articles/australian-boab

Ancient Origins is a thoroughly engaging ancient history website that aims to inspire open-minded learning about our past for the betterment of our future through the sharing of research, education and knowledge.

Awakening our Spiritual Power: A Cosmic Seeing Eye Glass 

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

Featured image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

As the search for the origins of the viral pandemic continues, one theory that resonates strongly with us is that put forward by Professor Chandra Wickramsignhe who (in a recent joint publication) concluded that it “was probably linked to the arrival of a pure culture of the virus contained in cometary debris”; interestingly an event that he had foreshadowed in 2019. This is a reflection of his broader thesis that life is distributed through the Universe by cosmic visitors such as comets and meteorites (‘Panspermia’). In New Dawn last year he commented that “[t]he evidence is stunningly clear that the first life on Earth in the form of bacteria came with impacting comets”. As Wickramsignhe and his colleagues noted last year, nor is this potential impact limited merely to the initial origins of life on Earth, but embraces equally its ongoing evolution.

Tunguska impact event

Tunguska

By ru:Евгений Леонидович Кринов, member of the expedition to the Tunguska event in 1929. – [1] (original, black and white version of photo) / Vokrug Sveta, 1931 (current, color version of photo), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=200531

The 1908 Tunguska impact event may provide evidence supportive of this evolutionary impact. Jacques Van Impe has recently suggested that genetic mutations resulting from the 1908 event provide the most likely explanation for the subsequent extinction of a particular species of goose. Van Impe’s theory draws upon the work of Zurab Silagadze who drew attention to genetic anomalies that had been reported in plants, insects – and people – in the Tunguska region after the event. Silgadze also noted that an increased rate of biological mutation was found not only within the epicentre of the impact event, but also along the trajectory of the cosmic body responsible. Even in its flight it appears to have been accompanied by “some unknown agent” capable not only of inducing remote ecological change but perhaps even genetic changes. Silgadze postulates that agent may be electromagnetic radiation – powerful ELF/VLF electromagnetic radiation from the cosmic body and ionizing radiation due to lightning accompanying the explosion. Certainly, this may well be part of the explanation, but is there perhaps some even wider agency also at work?

Continue reading “Awakening our Spiritual Power: A Cosmic Seeing Eye Glass “

Footprint of Comet Encke?

Featured image: Detail of Astrology Manuscript, ink on silk, BCE 2th century, Han, unearthed from Mawangdui tomb 3rd, Chansha, Hunan Province, China. Hunan Province Museum by Unknown author – China Arts, Volume 1st, Wen Wu Publishing, Beijing, China, 1979-10, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19264187 

Philip Jamieson and Marianne Schmidt

In the last weeks of 2020 the Sydney Dance Company performed Indian-Australian Raghav Handa’s Cult of the Titans, a work exploring the Nazi appropriation of the swastika from Hindu culture. The Company was so concerned at the depth of animosity in the community towards the symbol that it provided a content warning that the work contained swastika images and invited concerned audience members to leave if they wished. In a video introduction, Handa explained his piece as an attempt to reclaim from its horrific association with Nazism the Swastika’s ancient symbolism in Hinduism of light and peace.

While this positive symbolism in Hinduism is indeed millenia old, the origins of the swastika are actually far more ancient and its original meaning still the subject of much speculation. While long found in Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, its use is also found in many ancient cultures around the world, in some cases dating from the Neolithic and even late Paleolithic Periods. The earliest known example, excavated at an Ice Age site at Mezin in the Ukraine and dating from at least 12,000 years ago (in some accounts 15,000 years old and possibly even older), is a bird figurine carved from mammoth ivory tusk, its torso displaying what Mukti Jain Campion has elegantly described as “an intricate meander pattern of joined-up swastikas”. Photos of the figurine can be seen in her article at https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29644591.

So what might this swastika imagery have been intended to represent in antiquity? Continue reading “Footprint of Comet Encke?”

Central Australian Dreaming Sparks a Glimmer of Hope at a Time of Global Crisis

Featured image is of the Butterfly Nebula by NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team – http://www.hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/25/image/f/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7777740

Marianne Schmidt and Philip Jamieson

Earlier this year, we attended the Cosmic Conciousness Conference at Uluru. There we had the opportunity on 12 January to experience at this sacred site a rare Saturn/Pluto conjunct and, indeed, the more rare for the fact that their conjunction was in Capricorn, something that had not occurred in more than 500 years.

Pluto and Saturn are two of the most feared planets in astrology. Pluto is a force of transformation and Saturn a force of responsibility, restriction and limitation, representing authority and structures like government and rules. So when they meet up in Capricorn, which rules governments, corporations and the economy, we can expect a tumultuous shakeup of antiquated global structures and institutions. When in 1518, Pluto and Saturn last met in Capricorn we saw the burgeoning of both the African slave trade (actions taken by Charles 1 of Spain in August 1518 resulted in a nearly 10 fold increase in the numbers of transatlantic slaves) and the Reformation movement (Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses spread swiftly after their translation from Latin into German in January 1518). Now again, 500 years later, during the period of this astrologically significant conjunction, half of global humanity sits in various stages of lockdown around the world as we experience a viral pandemic, wreaking transformation across all aspects of our global institutions, economic structures and indeed our very way of life – we find ourselves restricted, largely confined to our homes, and with our economic and social lives in disarray.

Continue reading “Central Australian Dreaming Sparks a Glimmer of Hope at a Time of Global Crisis”

Denisovan Origins of the Zodiac?

Featured image is of Denisova Cave by Демин Алексей Барнаул – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48890364

In New Dawn magazine last year,[1] I explored the work of two British academics (Dr Martin Sweatman and Alistair Coombs) pushing back the origins of the Western zodiac to a time more than 40,000 years or more in the past.[2] As I noted in that article, they have apparently identified an ancient zodiac code that continues to inform the one we use today. In fact, it appears that we still use exactly the same zodiacal constellations. The authors allow though that there are some differences in the symbolism we now use to represent the constellations. Not only would the symbolism in this ancient zodiac likely have been subject to many local variations, some constellations that were apparently previously represented by animals are no longer in our modern zodiac and a few other constellations are now represented by different animals.

Key to finding that this zodiac code dates back at least 40,000 years is the analysis by Sweatman and Coombs of its application to the ancient Lion Man figurine from Stadel Cave in Hohlenstein, Germany, although they have concluded that the lion is actually one of the animal symbols that has been switched. In our modern Western Zodiac, the lion is of course the symbol for Leo. However, they conclude that in this ancient code Leo is likely to have been represented by horse symbolism while the feline symbol appears to have represented Cancer. For them, the Lion Man figurine represents Cancer on the Winter solstice around 40,000 years ago.[3]

These symbolic associations have been questioned as part of a broader criticism of their theory.[4] While I find many of their conclusions persuasive, in my earlier paper I also queried their view that the lion was not associated with Leo in this ancient code. I believe there are reasonable grounds for suggesting that the lion was then, as it remains to this day, the symbolic representation for this zodiac constellation. And since my earlier article was published I believe that those grounds may have been strengthened by recent findings at the Denisova Cave in Siberia. These findings may even support the view that the ancient zodiac code identified by Sweatman and Coombs is an inheritance from the Denisosovans. Continue reading “Denisovan Origins of the Zodiac?”

Ancient Origins of the Zodiac


A piece I prepared on this topic was published in 176 (September – October 2019) New Dawn 61-64.

This is an updated, broader and more well developed revision of an earlier piece I wrote on The Lion Man and the Age of Leo.

New Dawn is an excellent magazine first published back in 1991. It publishes material exploring ancient wisdom and new thinking.

New Dawn has an online presence at https://www.newdawnmagazine.com/