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Our Electromagnetic Universe, page 3: The Body Electric, part 2

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All matter, living and nonliving, is ultimately an electromagnetic phenomenon. The material world, at least as physics has penetrated, is an atomic structure held together by electromagnetic forces….

All of life on earth can be considered a unit, a glaze of sentience spread thinly over the crust. In toto its field would be a hollow, invisible sphere inscribed with a tracery of all the thoughts and emotions of all creatures. The Jesuit priest and paleontologist-philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin postulated the same thing, a noosphere,or ocean of mind, arising from the biosphere like a spume.  —Robert Becker, THE BODY ELECTRIC.

Tony Pics for SA BookBecker’s fascinating book is one of my most favorite. We know now the truth of our oneness with all life, knowledge that only emerged in modern thought in relatively recent times — well after Edison’s discovery of the light bulb and the proliferation of electrical appliances of every sort imaginable; well after the radio and television as well. But not before the proliferation age of microwave technology and the cell phone. We were warned as early as 1985 of the dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), sometimes called Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), to our health, physical as well as mental. Robert Becker warned science of this clear and present danger:

Since the earth’s electromagnetic activity has such a profound effect on life, the obvious question is: What are the consequences of our artificial energies?

He then painstakingly proceeded to publish such consequences. Of course, no one listened. The typical human attitude prevailed and prevails even today: If you can do it, you should, consequences to be dealt with later.

But what are some of these consequences? And how can we rationalize our use of artificial energy? A more profound question yet could be: Is it somehow included in the overall Plan of Evolution and the catalytic conversion of human flesh from a purely physical to a transmuted spiritual nature? Ah! Is there perchance method hidden in our madness, unbeknownst to even our own exalted intelligence?  Is evolution using artificial energy as a tool for transformation and ultimate transmutation?  Seeing how vast its presence and use is, we have to consider this possibility. Let’s explore . . . and inquire.


Except for light and infrared heat, electromagnetic radiation and fields cannot be seen or even perceived without instruments, so most people don’t realize how drastically and abruptly we have changed the electromagnetic environment in just one century. Here’s a brief history:

  • Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell showed mathematically in 1873 that light was but a small part of the vast undiscovered realm of radiation.
  • Heinrich Hertz first found some of the radio waves in 1888.
  • Thomas Edison had set up the first commercial electric-power system in New York in 1882.
  • Nikola Tesla lit the Chicago World’s Fair with the first AC power system in 1893, and two years later he began the modern era of electrical engineering by harnessing Niagara Falls. 
  • Guglielmo Marconi sent a radiotelegraph across the Atlantic in 1901, using without acknowledgment a machine designed by the prolific Tesla. 
  • The invention of the vacuum tube in 1907 led to the first voice transmission by radio in 1915 and the first commercial station in 1920. 
  • Shorter and shorter radio waves, bounced off the ionosphere for long-distance communication, began to be used before World War II.
  • The development of microwaves was impelled by the fight against fascism, which helped win the Battle of Britain, allowed all-weather bombing of Germany, and gave the American Navy a decisive edge over the Japanese. The conflict also produced other electronic devices of all types.
  • In 1947 Bell Telephone set up the first microwave phone relay towers between New York and Boston, the same year the first commercial television broadcasts, also transmitted by microwaves, began. Since then nearly every human action has involved an electrical appliance, and today we’re all awash in a sea of energies life has never before experienced. (Paraphrased and adapted from Becker’s book)

Here’s a list of only a few of these appliances in use in 1985 when Becker published his book:

  1. Everything that runs on a battery produces a DC magnetic field.
  2. Strong magnetic fields are used in industry to refine ore, concentrate and recycle scrap iron, purify sewage, soften water for steam boilers, and many other tasks.
  3. The starting and stopping of an electric train turns the power rail into a giant antenna that radiates ELF [low frequency electromagnetic fields] waves for over 100 miles.
  4. Electromagnetic fields vibrating at 60 hertz (50 hertz in Europe and Russia) surround nearly every person on earth from appliances at  home and machines at work.
  5. Over 500,000 miles of high-voltage power lines crisscross the United States. Innumerable smaller lines feed into every home, office, factory and military base, all producing AC and DC fields. Metal objects near the lines concentrate the fields to higher levels.
  6. In addition, high-voltage lines are, in effect, a gigantic antennae operating at 60 hertz in the ELF band, the largest “radio” transmitters in the world.
  7. AC magnetic fields vibrating at 100 to 10,000 hertz emanate from antitheft systems in stores and libraries, and from metal detectors in airports.
  8.  Low-frequency radio waves are used for air and sea navigation, time references, emergency signals, some amateur radio channels, and military communications.
  9. Medium frequencies between 535 and 1,604 kilohertz are reserved for AM radio transmitters, which are limited to 50,000 watts in this country but are sometimes much more powerful abroad. 
  10. HF and VHF channels are filled with chatter from the nation’s 35 million CB radios, as well as shortwave bands for more ham radios, air and seas navigation systems, military uses, spy satellites, and police and taxi radios. VHF television and FM radios also inhabit this region. There are now (1985) over ten thousand commercial radio and TV stations in the U.S. alone, and 7 million other radio transmissions, not counting the millions operated by the military. 
  11. Weather satellites, some kinds of radar, diathermy machines, upward of 10 million microwave ovens, more cop and cab radios, automatic garage-door openers, highway emergency call boxes, and UHF television compete for the low microwave frequencies.
  12. Higher microwave bands are crowded with more military talk, channels of radar, navigational beacons, commercial communications satellites, various kinds of walkie-talkies, and America’s two-hundred-fifty-thousand (plus) microwave phone and TV relay towers. [As of 2011, there are some 7,012,000,000 cell phones in the hands of nearly 80% of the world’s population.]
  13. Like the infrared rays above them in the spectrum, radio waves and microwaves produce heat when directed in high-intensity beams. Hence they’re used for all sorts of industrial chores — bonding plywood, vulcanizing rubber, manufacturing shoes, sterilizing food, making plastics, and heat sealing the trillions of plastic-wrapped products in our stores, even opening oysters. Modern electronics would be impossible without the perfect silicon and germanium crystals grown in microwave furnaces. (Becker)

Dr. Becker concludes this section with these fair warnings:

The human species has changed its electromagnetic background more than any other aspect of the environment. For example, the density of radio waves around us is now 100 million or 200 million times the natural level reaching us from the sun. Nor is there any end in sight. When superconducting cables are introduced, they’ll increase the field strength around power lines by a factor of ten or twenty. Electric cars, magnetically levitated transport vehicles, and microwave-beam satellites for transmitting solar power to earth would each add strong new sources of electromagnetic contamination. A proposed electromagnetic catapult that could shoot satellites into space from mile-long rails built up the side of a mountain would require the combined output of the country’s thousand generating stations for the few seconds of each launch.

A few years ago most investigators believed that each wavelength interacted mainly with objects comparable to it in size. This was a comforting notion that theoretically limited each frequency to one type of effect and predicted that really troublesome problems for humans would come from only one portion of the spectrum–the FM band. Now, however, we know there are primary effects on all life-forms at ELF frequencies, and in other parts of the spectrum there can be consequences for specific systems at any level, from the subatomic to the entire biosphere as a unit. 

The rest of this chapter deals with the specific detrimental effects of ELF radiation on human biology, physiology, hormonal chemistry and mental function, which are too numerous for a blog post — not to mention the disorienting effect microwave radiation is having on birds and insects — the bees, for example, who reportedly often can’t find their way home to their hives, impacting fruit and vegetable plants that depend on pollination for the production of our foods. Bird migration has been disrupted along with that of the mammoth whales in our vast oceans. 


Where is all this leading?  Where has it taken us? Are we destroying our natural habitat and committing suicide? Are we perhaps hastening the evolution of our species and facilitating the evolution of Gaia into a “Fourth-Density planet,” leaving it uninhabitable for third-density life — a direction in which David Wilcock proposes planet Earth is headed in his books The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key? Is electricity the very fire of bodily transmutation, an externalized force kindled and driven by the transmuting Fire of Love? Is this the fire of Armageddon that was prophesied to destroy the world? Ah, these are the questions I find thought provoking. What do you think? Or do you even think about such things?  Write me in the comment feature. I would love to hear your thoughts. ‘Till next we travel these thought currents together, 

Be love. Be loved.


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Our Electromagnetic Universe, page 3, The Body Electric

The Body Electric

Robert O. Becker, MD

Robert O. Becker, MD

One of the most highlighted books in my library is Robert Becker’s 1985 THE BODY ELECTRIC . Just about every page has one or more lines highlighted.  Dr. Becker and his co-author, Gary Selden, teamed up to produce one of the most researched and documented scientific studies of our time.The entire book is a most fascinating journey through this doctor/scientist’s life’s work of proving and demonstrating how electricity coursing from the brain through the nerves of our bodies drives every anatomical and physiological function and more. It can even grow new limbs that have been amputated, or limbs where they don’t normally grow, which means it is intelligence. The same electrical current moving from atom to atom and cell to cell generates an electromagnetic field around the body. It also creates our mental capacity.  Today we call this current “life” but as early as the 1920’s no scientist would risk his career by as much as suggesting that life was in any sense electrical.

Becker went even further in his experiments to show how artificially generated low frequency electromagnetic fields around us, such as those produced by cell phones, microwave ovens and cellphone towers, and even toasters and electric heaters, influence the flow of electrical current through our bodies, often causing disruptions in normal function throughout the body-mind continuum, to the extent of even causing cancers and other diseases.  

Throughout his experiments he constantly asked questions and gotMedical World News, April 12, 1963 answers. (Click on the picture for a larger view)

It’s an axiom of science that the better an experiment is, the more new questions it raises after it has answered the one you asked. By that standard my first simple test had been pretty good. The new problems branched out like the fingers on those restored limbs: Where did the injury currents come from? Were they in fact related to the nervous system and, if so, how? It seemed unlikely that they sprang into action only after an amputation; they must have existed before. There must have been a preexisting substratum of direct current activity that responded to the injury. Did the voltages I measured really reflect such currents, and did they flow throughout the salamander’s body?  [He used lizards and frogs as test subjects.] Did other organisms have them? What structures carried them? What were their electrical properties? What were they doing the rest of the time, before injury and after healing? Could they be used to provoke regeneration where it was normally absent?


Becker shares his process of finding some of the answers with us throughout his book, but not without first taking the time to familiarize us with electrical terms and basic concepts essential to understanding his approach. 

Everything electrical stems from the phenomenon of charge. No one knows exactly what this is, except to say that it’s a fundamental property of matter that exists in two opposite forms, or polarities, which we arbitrarily call positive and negative. Protons, which are one of the two main types of particles in atomic nuclei, are positive; the other particles, the neutrons, are so named because they have no charge. Orbiting around the nucleus are electrons, in the same number as the protons inside the nucleus. Although an electron is 1,836 times less massive than a proton, the electron carries an equal but opposite (negative) charge. Because of their lightness and their position outside the nucleus, electrons are much more easily dislodged from atoms than are protons, so they are the main carriers of electrical charge. For the lay person’s purposes a negative charge can be thought of as a surplus of electrons, while a positive charge can be considered a scarcity of them. When electrons move away from an area, it becomes positively charged, and the area to which they move becomes negative.

A flow of electrons is called a current, and is measured in amperes, units named for an early-nineteenthcentury French physicist, Andre Marie Ampere. A direct current is a more or less even flow, as opposed to the instantaneous discharge of static electricity as sparks or lightning, or the back-and-forth flow of alternating current which powers most of our appliances.

It is this back-and-forth alternating (AC) current of our artificially produced electricity that disrupts the flow of the subtle energy of life in our bodies as a direct current (DC). We would be far better off healthwise with a DC current instead of our present AC current of electricity.  

Besides the amount of charge being moved, a current has another characteristic important for our narrative — its electromotive force. This can be visualized as the “pushbehind the current, and its measured in volts (named for Alessandro Volta).

In high school most of us learned that a current flows only when a source of electrons (negatively charged material) is connected to a material having fewer free electrons (positively charged in relation to the source) by a conductor, through which the electrons can flow. This is what happens when you connect the negative terminal of a battery to its positive pole with a wire or a radios innards: You‘ve completed a circuit between negative and positive. If theres no conductor, and hence no circuit, theres only a hypothetical charge flow, or electric potential, between the two areas. The force of this latent current is also measured in volts by temporarily completing the circuit with a recording device, as I did in my experiment 

The potential can continue to build until a violent burst of current equalizes the charges; this is what happens when lightning strikes. Smaller potentials may remain stable, however. In this case they must be continuously fed by a direct current flowing from positive to negative, the opposite of the normal direction. In this part of a circuit, electrons actually flow from where they‘re scarce to where they’re more abundant.
As Volta found, such a flow is generated inside a battery by the electrical interaction of two metals.


An electric field forms around any electric charge. This means that any other charged object will be attracted (if the polarities are opposite) or repelled (if theyre the same) for a certain distance around the first object. The field is the region of space in which an electrical charge can be detected, and its measured in volts per unit of area. Electric fields must be distinguished from magnetic fields. Like charge, magnetism is a dimly understood intrinsic property of matter that manifests itself in two polarities. Any flow of electrons sets up a combined electric and magnetic field around the current, which in turn affects other electrons nearby. Around a direct current the electro-magnetic field is stable, whereas an alternating currents field collapses and reappears with its poles reversed every time the current changes direction. This reversal happens sixty times a second in our normal house currents. Just as a current produces a magnetic field. . . when it moves in relation to a conductor, induces a current. Any varying magnetic field, like that around household appliances, generates a current in nearby conductors. The weak magnetic fields well be discussing are measured in gauss, units named after a nineteenth-century German pioneer in the study of magnetism, Karl Friedrich Gauss

Both electric and magnetic fields are really just abstractions that scientists have made up to try to understand electricity’s and magnetisms action at a distance, produced by no known intervening material or energy, a phenomenon that used to be considered impossible until it became undeniable. A field is represented by lines of force, another abstraction, to indicate its direction and shape. Both kinds of fields decline with distance, but their influence is technically infinite: Every time you use your toaster, the fields around it perturb charged particles in the farthest galaxies ever so slightly

In addition, there’s a whole universe full of electromagnetic energy, radiation that somehow seems to be both waves in an electromagnetic field and particles at the same time. It exists in a spectrum of wavelengths that includes cosmic rays, gamma rays, X rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, infrared radiation, microwaves, and radio waves. Together, electro-magnetic fields and energies interact in many complex ways that have given rise to much of the natural world, not to mention the whole technology of electronics. 

Perhaps the one person who understood electromagnetism was Walter Russell, a mystery which he unravels quite eloquently in his wonderfully enlightening book THE SECRET OF LIGHT, where he defines electricity as. . 

“. . . the strain or tension set up by the two opposing desires of universal Mind thinking: the desire for balanced action and the desire for rest.

If you want to understand light and electricity, read his book. For Russell, there is only God and Creation, which are inseparably one. God is electricity. Electricity is Divine Mind in action creating phenomena like magnetic fields that draw atoms together to create the myriad forms of life we see around us, including our physical bodies.  Russell’s is a “two-way” universe where . . .

Electricity [God] is forever winding light up into hot spheres, surrounded by cold cube wave-fields of space, and likewise sequentially unwinding them for rewinding. While winding them into compressed light masses, they are simultaneously unwinding to a lesser extent. Conversely, while unwinding they are simultaneously rewinding to a lesser extent.

Every opposite of a pair charges in excess of its discharge for one half of its cycle. It then discharges in excess of its charging. Life and death are good examples. Life charges a body in excess of its discharge for one half of its cycle and death discharges it in excess [of its charging] for the other half.

. . . Man’s senses have misled him into believing in a force called magnetism which attracts compass needles and lifts tons of steel. These phenomena of motion are due to electricity and not to magnetism. The cosmic Light is absolutely still. It neither attracts nor repels. 

Tony's picture 2 from PeggyIn my next post I will discuss the impact that our artificial energy has on our bodies and minds.  Until then, I wish you all the blessings of a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Year!  

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