|Written by Karen Kingston|
My book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, contains a whole chapter on geopathic stress, explaining what it is and how it affects the health and behaviour of people, animals and plants. I consider this to be such essential knowledge for everyone that most of the chapter has been reproduced here.
Geopathic stress is the name given to the harmful effects of unstable or disrupted natural electromagnetic fields emanating from the earth. Extensive research in Europe over the last 80 years has led many experts there to conclude that being exposed to these rays for extended periods of time can weaken one's immune system and increase the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
In the process of compiling her authoritative book, Earth Radiation, Käthe Bachler dowsed over 11,000 beds in over 3000 homes in 14 countries, and presents very convincing evidence to this effect. Similarly, Dr Hager of the Scientific Association of Medical Doctors conducted a huge survey of the houses of 5348 people who had died of cancer in the town of Stettin in Poland and established that strong earth rays crossed their homes in all cases. Myalgic encephalomyeltis (ME), multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic depression, suicide, cot deaths, high blood pressure and many other serious ailments have also been linked to geopathic stress.
Such a huge body of evidence has been built up in Germany, Austria and France that many medical doctors now routinely do dowsing themselves or enlist the help of qualified dowsers to test that their patients' beds are safely positioned, and some Austrian authorities insist that plots of land are dowsed for harmful earth rays before they will give planning permission for certain kinds of buildings to be erected.
Harmful earth rays
It is important to understand that these rays are not 'bad'. They are simply harmful to humans. Other life forms thrive on them, as I will explain later.
Beneficial earth rays
How to know if your home has geopathic stress
You can also learn to dowse yourself. Sig Lonegren's Dowsing Rod Kit includes two dowsing rods and a book of instructions. Rolf Gordon's book, Are You Sleeping in a Safe Place?, gives very simple and easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own dowsing rods and begin dowsing in your own home. Dowsing rods and pendulums can also be purchased commercially, and are inexpensive. Advanced dowsers need no equipment.
How you sleep in your bed
People who are sensitive intuitively move away from geopathically stressed areas in their sleep. Time and time again I have had this confirmed by parents who find their baby or young child scrunched up at one end or one side of the bed every morning. They are trying to escape from harmful earth rays crossing through a section of the bed. Parents need to take note of this and immediately move the bed. Other clues are if the child frequently has nightmares, wakes up crying in the night or wets their bed. There may be other causes involved, but geopathic stress should be investigated.
Ray seekers and ray avoiders
Chickens, ducks and most birds, on the other hand, do not like to be near earth rays and will usually become ill or even die. This gives new insight into the old saying that it is lucky to have a stork nest in your roof.
One client I visited had bought a bird and hung its cage in a corner of her sitting room. It soon died, cause unknown and so she replaced it. That one died too, and the next one. At this point she gave up on the idea of having a bird in the house. She told me this after I had dowsed the area and found harmful earth energies radiating up into that particular corner of the room. If she had only placed the cage a short distance away, the birds need not have died.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to build your own home, one way to check that key positions will be clear of geopathic stress is to use an old Bavarian technique. Place an ant-heap there. If the ants stay put, do not build; if they move away, you're OK.
Never build a home at a place where lightning has struck. This is because lightning always strikes where two subterranean streams cross at a substantial difference in depth. An old oak tree is not a good tree to shelter under in a thunderstorm because they thrive at the crossing points of underground streams and are frequently struck by lightning.
Some trees do not thrive in geopathically stressed areas and will either contort unnaturally in an attempt to grow away or will develop cancerous growths and die. Fruit trees may blossom but never produce fruit. Cut flowers, when placed in areas that are geopathically stressed, will last only half as long as they normally would. Mechanical equipment placed over harmful earth rays frequently breaks down and light bulbs repeatedly blow.
Remedies for geopathic stress
The best remedy for geopathic stress is to arrange your furniture so that your bed, desk, favourite armchair, etc, are all in geopathically stress-free positions. Avoidance is always the best policy.
I do not subscribe to the practice of diverting or clearing geopathic stress through such techniques as earth acupuncture. Diverting is unethical (you may be OK but how will your neighbours be affected?) and causes convolutions of planetary energy flows. Some types of geopathic stress clearing can help to relieve toxic build-ups but the notion of entirely clearing geopathic stress makes no sense at all - it is the Earth's way of 'perspiring' to release toxic energies.
These quick fix techniques are also not a permanent solution. Just as one session of acupuncture on the human body does not magically cure all ills for ever more, so earth acupuncture is not a magical cure-all either. It may seem to work for a while but needs regular checking and re-doing. I would certainly never trust my own health or the health of my loved ones to this technique, and I have seen the lives and health of many people suffer greatly as a result of placing their trust in practitioners of this method.
I repeat: Avoidance of earth lines is always the best policy. And if the design of your home makes this impossible, do the best you can in the situation you have, and find a way to move to a new home as soon as you possibly can.
Copyright © Karen Kingston, 1996-2014