Dirt vs. Soil and Their Relationship to Energy Fields, Vol. 1

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By J.T. Thon

Dirt: the name conjures up images of a dead undesirable thing.

When contrasted with the mental image of the word;

Soil: A word that is infused with life, the difference is obvious.

“This will be a series of articles discussing the relationship between energy, soil and crop health. It is too large a topic to cover in one article; so it will be discussed over 3 volumes. These articles hopefully will serve as a starting point for the reader to investigate further. This topic is an iceberg of information, but if the reader looks under the surface, this knowledge will hopefully contribute to the once common ability to bring life back into the dirt and transform it into self-maintaining life giving soil. It is my hope you enjoy the quest.” – J.t.Thon.

Michael Faraday discoverer of electromagnetic induction, said any magnet spinning freely in space is a dynamo. The earth is a large magnet spinning in space and thus by definition; a dynamo. This is the reason we have an electromagnetic shield protecting us from the sun, without which no life would be possible on earth. Modern main stream science has only just started to understand the intricate relationship between the health of the diverse micro-organism/fungal community which resides in soil and electromagnetic energy Fields; however, with recent archeological discoveries we now are learning that ancient societies around the world understood and utilized this knowledge. This is discussed in great detail in the book Seed of Knowledge stone of plenty by burke and halberg. Burke and halberg, explored many of the sacred sites in both the old and new world and found in the majority of cases a link between intentionally tuned energy fields and soil/seed health.  Ancient civilizations undertook huge building projects, many of which occurred during times of famine, to build what is essentially large waveform guides out of magnetically conductive rocks to tune and enhance the energy field of the earth in order to increase soil and seed health. 

Ancient societies used this knowledge to create huge food production surpluses without modern fertilizers or pesticides. For example; recent discoveries along the Amazon River using L.I.D.A.R (Light detection and Ranging) scans from air planes have found giant geometric shaped garden beds made from magnetically conductive stones which excavations have shown are comprised of a rich organic, soil up to 8-10ft deep, this special soil is called TERRA PRETA. These garden beds had been created over many generations and contained compost, worm casting, pottery shards (for aeration), and biochar. These elements when combined with supporting energy fields created the structure to support a super diverse and incredibly dense concentration of a beneficial and symbiotic micro-organism /fungal community, which turned the low nutrient content dirt of the amazon basin into a super nutrient rich soil all without modern industrial fertilizers and pesticides.

Scientist are now estimating that the terra preta raised beds in the amazon basin might have supported a population of 40+ million people pre European contact. In addition, a recent discovery in a previously inaccessible area of Columbia has found a 5klm long wall covered in pictographs from over fifteen thousand years ago which show the amazon basin was originally a giant grassland. When this information is combined with new DNA sequencing research that botanists are doing to identify the origins of major tree species and food and medicinal plants found in the amazon, it paints an incredible picture. It turns out the research is showing those plants and trees and even the soil fungus did not originate there but actually came from surrounding mountain regions. This suggests something truly amazing! That the current amazon jungle is in fact a runaway Forest garden. This is a feat on par with the creation of the pyramids or any modern city. The amazon forest was an intentionally created garden which supported a population of 40 +million. The complex rich forest garden was able to flourish in the region only because low nutrient dirt was converted into terra preta nutrient rich soil all without fertilizers or pesticides. In addition it was designed and set up so well that when the plague of small pox decimated the population the garden didn’t die from lack of attention it flourished and over grew the very civilization which created it. Can we say that our farms today would flourish in the same way if we didn’t maintain them? The intentionally created terra preta soil is so successful because of the quantity and Quality of the micro-organisms and symbiotic fungus contained in it. Local farmers in Brazil have said one shovel of Terra preta soil is enough to inoculate and improve the soil quality of 1 acre of land.

In addition to the evidence that some of the most successful ancient cultures understood the link between electromagnetic energy, soil and plant health; some modern naturalists, traditional farmers, and scientist have observed that the micro-organisms and fungi are very sensitive to the electromagnetic energy state of the soil their communities are living in. Many studies have been done recently on the deleterious effects of 5G and Wi-Fi on human health. It turns out that the smaller the organism the more influenced it is by electromagnetic fields. For example; Austrian Genius Viktor Schauberger, in his book “The fertile Earth” By Viktor Schauberger on page 176 in the section on “Natural farm husbandry” talks about meeting an old traditional Austrian farmer who understood the inter-relationship between soil health and energy. Using techniques past down over many generations, the old farmer showed Viktor how he used specially prepared mineralized water and sprinkled it by hand over his harrowed (using only wooden implements) fields and after the water evaporated it left behind crystalline particles which formed negatively charged carrier structures. These carrier structures enhanced the energy field surrounding the soil, which in turn supported the soil biome. 

This subject is further discussed in great detail in the book which is the collected life work of Viktor Schauberger titled “LIVING ENERGIES” By callum coats, in chapter 19 titled:  Agriculture and soil fertility”; Viktor observed a marked difference in production, quality, and crop health between farmers that used tractor drawn steel ploughs and Farmers who were still using traditional wooden ploughs. farmers using wooden Ploughs, had extremely fertile abundantly healthy crops due to the rich soil while the farmers using steel plows had fields were the soil quality, soil moisture retention and of course crop yields were much lower. Using this as a starting point Viktor began his postwar agricultural research in collaboration with Franz Rosenberger, an engineer, and began a series of experiments designed to increase soil fertility without the use of industrial fertilizers. 

In Viktor’s view the use of steel ploughs had many detrimental effects on the soil. Viktor noted that as the steel plough shares are drawn rapidly through the soil, minute Ferro-electric and Ferro-magnetic currents are generated in the interaction of hard steel against soil which decomposes the nutrient-laden water molecules in the ground in a manner analogous to electrolysis, thereby discharging the soil’s potential and reducing the surface-tension of the water molecules. Furthermore, as they move the steel plough shares produce considerable warming friction and soil crushing pressure waves in the ground, due to the relative steep angle of the share. This destroys the delicate soil capillaries responsible for the delivery of nutrient laden water to the surface as well as some of the micro-organisms which process them, thereby, cutting off the normal supply from below and in consequence, soil fertility drops markedly. Schauberger, found in his research that application of fertilizer both natural and artificial, as well as the overall action of the steel plough is therefore extremely destructive to the natural balance of energies and potencies within the soil

To counter this insidious effect which was having disastrous consequences for the production of high quality food as well, as for productivity in general, in post war Austria, Viktor, started to experiment with copper due to its diamagnetic properties. Initially making use of a standard steel plough share overlaid with a sheet of thick copper, this plough became known as the “golden plough” because of the remarkable results it achieved. The use of a copper outer layer replaced the destructive Ferro-electromagnetic effects with beneficial bio-electromagnetic ones which through processes of bio-electromagnetic ionization enhanced growth and soil fertility. This boost to soil fertility and micro-organism health was decisively confirmed in field trails carried out in the Salzburg area of Austria, in 1948 and 1949. Here fields were ploughed in strips, using steel and copper plated ploughs alternatively. The difference between the two ploughs and their effects became quite apparent. Where the copper plough had been used the water retention and micro-organism count had been increased. In addition, the crops grown in the rows ploughed by the copper plough produced 40% greater yields in comparison to the steel ploughed control rows. The only thing that was different in the tests was the plough. One was steel and one was clad in copper. 

When Viktor examined the test fields he observed small particles of steel were abraded from the sheer-surfaces of the steel ploughshare covering the ground with a thin film of rust. This provides an ideal breeding ground for propagation of pathogenic bacteria, harmful to both soil and crops. The extra deposition of iron also increases the overall iron content of the ground and it is a known fact that soils high in iron are less water-retentive than soils where iron is not present. Compared with soils high in copper that have the capacity to retain greater quantities of water. Significant yield increases were also observed in subsequent tests in Kitzbuhel in the Tyrol region of Austria, with Rye and potatoes crops. Using no fertilizers and nothing other than the golden plough. The Rye had 104 grains each and the potatoes had as many as 20 “eye’s” each. As with the previous test the yields were again over 40% greater than the control fields without using any fertilizers. These test results encouraged Viktor to continue to work on and refine his ideas of creating farming implements which would enhance instead of reduce the soil energy states. 

Further research over 2 years was carried out which resulted in the development of the “Bio-plough”. The form and function of this plough is completely different than traditional steel ploughshares. In order to keep the damage to the soil capillaries to a minimum; instead of the pressure-wave forming and shearing crush cut of the conventional ploughshare, the Bio-plough blade is designed to create a long slicing cut before the soil is involuted through the centripetal action of the curving swan-like wings of the ploughshare itself, emulating the burrowing action of a mole. Furthermore, instead of presenting a steeply inclined barrier to the soil, the bio-plough presents sharp cutting edges only. The soil   gliding through between the curved foils is gently rotated left and right or right and left depending on which side of the plough it passes. The ploughshare itself is constructed out of phosphor-bronze which is nearly as hard as steel, and therefore almost as durable. The slightly less durable material issue is off set by the vast increase on productivity. As a result of these experiments it was clearly established that the soil should never under any circumstances be worked with naked steel or iron but only with implements made of wood, cooper, or cooper alloys.

Viktor Schauberger lectured at length on the pernicious effects of artificial Fertilizers and their negative effects on soil energetics. In the book LIVING ENERGIES By callum coats, chapter 19, subsection 19.4 Viktor describes in detail the origin of the post war industrial fertilizer industry and the reasons it is detrimental to the vital energy state of soil. Of course, this is well known today through the work of organic and permaculture farmers. However, because Viktor predated these movements, his perspective is still relevant in its understanding of the reasoning behind avoiding artificial fertilizers. Anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of natural systems is strongly encouraged to procure and digest all the wisdom contained in this book. However, to summarize Viktor’s thoughts; in essence, it is because industrial fertilizers are produced with structure-disintegrating and energy depleting heat. With their use, the height of cereals and overall health of crops generally quickly diminished with each succeeding application further depleting the fundamental fertility of the soil as its organic base of living micro-organisms and fungus is gradually eroded. When applied as part of a highly mechanized farming system using steel implements, large tracts of mid-western America were reduced to dustbowls as a result, forcing the impoverished farmers to leave their land. Today the use of artificial fertilizers and steel implements continues unabated. They are slowly but surely, reducing the living soil into a lifeless mass of dirt. 

Although it may take longer to establish a healthy soil biome such as with Terra preta soils the advantage is the natural systems maintain and continue to develop over time without added cost and indeed the cost decreases over time due to natural systems working in synergy to continually renew and regenerate the elements of a healthy soil, when this is contrasted with industrial fertilizers which provide a short term gain but long term pain, in addition to every increasing costs due to the need to add ever more fertilizers to compensate for the living soil turning into dead dirt the conclusion is obvious: mimicking and enhancing natural systems is the only long term viable option. Successful farmers come to realize that before they farm whatever particular crops they are planning to harvest; in fact they are, growing and cultivating the living biome called soil, because healthy rich soil is the foundation of everything else. 

In vol. 2 of the series we will look at the Hunza people and their successes in energizing and re mineralizing their soil as well as take a deeper look into the concepts of permaculture and how to design self-supporting soil enhancing systems. To be continued….


1. Biochar is defined by the International Biochar Initiative as “the solid material obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment” in laymen’s terms that is when the green vegetative matter is burned while it’s still wet and thus the combustion is not complete. The charcoal and nutrients are broken down and available to inoculate the dirt and help it become a rich soil capable of providing the nutrients to feed and support the symbiotic micro-organisms needed to enhance nutrient uptake by crop roots

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3. The two types of electromagnetism are: Type A: comprises bio-magnetism and bio-electricity. It is the form of electromagnetism that energizes all life. Diamagnetic elements are: copper, bismuth, and hydrogen. Type B: comprises Ferro-magnetism usually just called magnetism and electricity. It is the form of electromagnetism used in our modern technical world. Ferro-magnetic elements are Iron, cobalt, and nickel.