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Four Experiments with the
Life-Energy Field Meter

Four Experiments with the
Life-Energy Field Meter

Below are a number of short reports with photos, on use of the new Life Energy Meter for different experimental purposes. Users are invited to submit their own controlled tests for inclusion.

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Experimental Report #1

Measuring the Life Energy Phenomena in an Impatience Plant Leaf

From Dave Marett of Heliognosis, Canada
(Copyright 2003, Reproduced with permission of author)


In Wilhelm Reich's work The Cancer Biopathy, Volume II of the Discovery of the Orgone (1948), he writes at length about his invention of an energy concentration device which he calls an Orgone Accumulator. This heretofor unknown energy it is claimed causes a local rise in temperature within the accumulator. He further mentions a second method of measuring this energy using a high voltage oscillating electric field connected unipolarly to a series of metal plates. A light bulb connected to these plates luminated when living things approached or were placed on the test plate. Reich claimed that a fresh fish placed on the test plate would yield a high lumination of the bulb. The longer the fish remained on the plate (after death) the weaker was this lumination. After several years of experimentation, Heliognosis has developed this method of life energy measurement into a compact electronic instrument. The following experiment illustrates the life energy measurement of a fresh leaf from the Impatience flower and shows how it diminishes with time after picking.


The Experimental Life Energy Meter was placed on a plywood table with the small plate electrode directly behind it. A leaf from the Impatience plant was cut from the stem and placed into a weighed tight fitting zip-lock bag. The air was fully removed from the bag before weighing. The initial weight of the leaf was 0.3g. The bag with the leaf inside was taped to the small plate electrode so that it was centered on the plate. The leaf could then be placed directly over the plate and then removed to one side for zeroing the meter by lifting one side of the masking tape. Measurements of the Energy of the leaf were made once a day with zeroing before and after to confirm the accuracy of the reading. All measurements were made on the x10 range and all other objects were kept at least 16 inches away from the meter.

Leaf moved away from plate for zeroing            Leaf on the plate for measuring


The leaf was intensely green and vibrant when it was picked. The leaf remained flat during the experiment but the green colour faded slightly over nine days to a dark olive colour and the taught appearance of the leaf tissue became flacid and slightly wrinkled. The leaf's dimensions remained the same at 4" long and 1 1/8" wide and the weight of the leaf remained constant. The readings of the energy diminished each day as indicated in the below graph.


The leaf's dimensions and weight remained constant, consistent with the prevention of water and mass loss by using the sealed zip-lock bag. The decrease in the energy readings could then only be caused by a loss of vitality as the leaf cells died after removal from the plant. This is initial evidence that leaves and perhaps all living or once living things contain an energy which dissipates with a loss of life or loss of vitality.

Experimental Report #2

Measuring Bio-Organic Versus Commercially-Grown Apples

Preliminary results of Life Energy Field Meter evaluation of "Bio-Organic" versus commercial (pesticide) apples, as determined by Mr. Ivan Duchini, of the EWO Water company in Italy. He states"We replicated the test 3 time in 3 Days with the same result." This form of evaluation needs tighter experimental controls (the two apples do not appear to have identical sizes or weights, for example) and additional replication, but is indicative of the potential experimental use of the meter.

Experimental Report #3

Preliminary Tests with the Experimental Life Energy Meter (at OBRL)

by James DeMeo, PhD.
Director, Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory (OBRL)
Ashland, Oregon, USA

Following are some typical but preliminary measurements obtained at OBRL:

                           Tube           Small
                      Electrode        Plate
Small Leaf             13%           10%
Large Leaf             20              17
Dead Leaf                0                1
Human Hand        33               60
Bowl of Water      50               54
Metal Plate            27               50
Tomato                 13               10
Apple                   32               30
Orange                 30               28
Old Wood              7                15

Our preliminary testing has suggested the following:

Conductivity alone does not appear to be centrally important to the readings on the LE Meter, and one cannot draw any straightforward relationships between the conductivity or mass of one metal object versus another -- variations in geometry will allow a lighter weight of metal of one shape to yield a higher reading than a heavier weight of metal of another shape. Insulators will also yield readings of significance, but generally lower than metals or living creatures. Layered combinations of insulators and metals, following the principles of Reich's orgone accumulator construction, will yield stronger readings than the readings which the individual components might predict. Orgone blankets placed on a Large-Plate Electrode, or which are measured with the Vacuum Tube Electrode while the meter is attached to a pistol-grip support, being moved towards or away from the orgone blankets while they are placed flat on a table, yield readings which increase in proportion to the ply-layerings and energy-charge of the blanket. As such, there is a general agreement between subjective sensations from orgone blankets and the readings on the Life Energy Meter. Measuring of the orgone energy charge in the open air of a larger orgone energy darkroom does not produce significant increases in reading, though one does get a strong reading from the walls. This is in agreement with Dr. Reich's original observation that the orgone radiation within an accumulator is primarily concentrated close to the walls, as something being radiated outwards or reflected off the walls of the accumulator.

Water in various containers produces uniformly strong reactions on the meter, but also in a manner not directly related to conductivity. A large chunk of iron will yield a lower reading than a jar of water of approximately the same volume, and which also weighs much less than the iron. A test-tube filled with distilled water may yield a reading of 60% on the 10x scale compared to 80% for good spring water, while a water sample charged inside an orgone accumulator will increase the readings by from 5% to 20% on the scale over a control water sample. Living water -- to use the terms of Viktor Schauberger -- from natural sources, yields higher readings than ordinary chemically-treated tap water or distilled water. Preliminary control experiments show that you can create a "dead water" sample from distilled water, which yields a lower reading on the Life Energy Field Meter as compared to a good "living water" sample from a spring or good well. If you use a conductivity meter on the two water samples, the distilled water also yields a lower conductivity, so a question arose, if the Life Energy Meter might be measuring conductivity indirectly. This was ruled out adding a small amount of table salt (NaCl) to the distilled water sample until it matched the higher conductivity of the living water. Comparison then with the Life Energy Meter still showed a higher reading than the distilled water with salt, though the differences between the two samples was reduced a bit. So the "alive" quality of living water as measured with the Life Energy Meter is not due only to ionic concentrations of naturally-occurring minerals. Conductivity cannot explain the phenomenon.

More significantly, living creatures such as people, animals and plants yield stronger readings than inanimate objects composed of metal, weighing just as much (ie, a refrigerator yields lower readings than a person, and a jar of water yields lower readings than a potted plant of equal weight). A large and lethargic person yields lower readings than a smaller lively person. People who work outdoors using their hands usually will give stronger hand-readings than people who work indoors doing primarily intellectual work, who instead might have a higher reading at the forehead. And your dominant hand (right-handed versus left-handed) will generally give a slightly higher reading, of around 5%, than the other hand. All of these factors reflect the generally higher levels of work-functions, which are in themselves an expression of life-energy.

We also see that fresh foods yield higher readings than the same food allowed to sit out for a period. A green leaf freshly cut yields more than the same leaf, still green, a few hours later, just as greens for your salad yield higher readings when fresh from the refrigerator, but lower readings later on, even if kept sealed in plastic to retain moisture content. A test-tube filled with whole milk or half-and-half yields higher readings than an identical test tube filled with non-fat or 2% milk. However, that is only when they are fresh. Older milks yield similar readings, no matter what the fat content, and oils yield uniformly low readings by comparison. Chilling a preparation will also restore some of its lost readings. For example, a test-tube filled with milk will yield higher readings when taken from the refrigerator, then lower readings after warming to room temperature, but the original higher readings may be restored, at least partly, by chilling it again. Also, if you hold a tube of warm milk in your hands for a minute, with the intention to "charge it up" as done by a healer, it yields higher readings again.

The Life Energy Field Meter also registers the day-to-day changes in background energy level as originally noted by Reich, and by other researchers such as Harold Saxton Burr. Working in the 1960s, Burr made graphs of changing energy levels in living trees, and in the background atmosphere as well, using sensitive millivoltmeters. He noted changes which cycled in accordance with the weather, and with lunar and sunspot cycles -- bright sunny days gave stronger readings than rainy and overcast days, while full and new moon periods, as well as the peak times of the sunspot cycle, always gave higher readings than the mid-points or low-points of the lunar and solar cycles. Burr also noted that states of disease and illness were characterized by lower bioelectrical skin potentials in humans. Reich noted similar phenomenon, in that orgone accumulators would lose their charge during rainy and overcast days, in coordination with a general lowering of energy levels at the Earth's surface. Under bright sunny conditions, his accumulators as well as people and animals would regain energy and become more active, due to the increased availability of atmospheric energy. Diurnal cycles also exist, with a peaking of energy level generally at solar noontime. Reich also noted the effects of weather, daily solar motion, lunar cycles and increased sunspot activity, very much in keeping with what Burr and Brown observed and documented in later years. For those who are serious about understanding life-energy functions in nature, and who wish to use the Life Energy Field Meter with more precision and understanding, it is important to review the published works of Dr. Reich, as well as those by Dr. Burr, and those of Dr. Frank Brown, who observed and documented similar biological energy phenomena in the laboratory.

These factors of cyclical variations in background energy charge have consequences for use of the Life Energy Field Meter. The meter may not yield identical results for identical people or objects from one day to the next, given the changing field-strengths of the Earth's overall energy field, and other factors. A person's hand that registers a reading of 80% on the 1x scale on a sunny day, might register 70% or less on a rainy day, and they will feel less energetic at that time. Likewise, if they are not feeling well, their readings will decline a bit. The same is true for inanimate objects or foodstuffs, which as Burr has shown, all will vary in the strength of their energy field in accordance with the Earth's own variations.

Practically speaking, this means:

A. One can follow changes in readings of an individual person or object over the course of a day, or from one day to the next, but interpretations of those changes must be made in the context of changes in background atmospheric energy charge and natural environmental cycles, primarily those of diurnal, lunar and weather. Sunspot or solar flare phenomena may be important for some kinds of evaluations, but much remains unknown on this matter.

B. One can contrast groups of different people or objects against each other, but this is best done within short time frames. Variations observed on one day may not exactly repeat on other days of changed environmental energy levels. For example, one day may show great differences between different people and objects, while another day may show readings which are closer together, with less differences. However the person with the highest reading on one day will probably also yield the highest readings on any other day, assuming everyone is in the same general state of health.

As Reich noted many years ago, one must review and interpret the readings functionally, and not mechanistically. There are many variables at work which the experimenter must consider and bring into consideration, which is why we emphasize the word "Experimental" in the description.

When measuring people or larger objects, use either the normal Vacuum Tube Electrode, Small Plate Electrode, or the Large Plate method, as per the instructions above. For measuring fluids or small objects, use the Small Plate Electrode with the appropriate vials or beakers for liquids.

The Small Plate Method is particularly good for measuring differences in life-energy charge in different liquid samples, which can be placed upon the Electrode in small identical containers. This method requires a Small Plate Electrode, provided with the meter on a flat wood plate for insulation from "table-top" influences. The Small Plate Electrode jack is inserted into the rear of the meter, with the selector switch on the Small Plate/Tube setting. One can then use this electrode to measure the comparative field strengths of your hand, fruits, vegetables, or small containers of liquids. Use the 1x or 10x settings for these kinds of measurements. The 100x setting can also be used for comparative readings, by placing one liquid container or object on the electrode, and "zeroing" the meter to the 50% center-point. The next object or container is then substituted, and the percentage change can be noted.

Measurements of people or hands should be made at identical distances on the 10x or 100x scales, or with direct contact at the 1x scale. A lowered sensitivity will allow direct contact with the electrode, but will reveal only minor differences between different people. A higher sensitivity will show people-differences more definitively, but may not allow direct contact with the electrode -- in this case, set the hand or person at a set distance from the Small Plate or Vacuum Tube to make your readings. For liquid samples, to obtain meaningful readings, one must use identical quantities and containers. Ideal for this purpose are small 10 ml vials or 50 ml plastic beakers with graduated markings (see our Accessory list). Measure an empty container as a standard, and then measure each individual sample holding from 10-50 ml of the test fluids, subtracting the value of the empty standard. Or, use distilled water as your comparison standard. Be sure to zero the meter periodically, being sure to make a series of 5-10 measurements per sample which can later be averaged. Keep unused samples and materials clear of the Electrode, measuring wire, instrument and power cord, especially at higher sensitivities, as these can all influence the readings. Even smaller quantities of a fluid may be measured in glass vials. Quantities of fluid, as well as geometrical configurations of containers and location (centering) over the Electrode, will all cause subtle variations in the readings.

Also be aware, that for some table or counter-top surfaces, the insulated wood base may not be sufficient to eliminate "table-top" effects. You can determine this by zero-adjusting the meter, and then placing your hands flat on the table next to the wood platform. If the needle moves, then it is picking up your field through the table surface. To avoid such effects, you must be cautious about touching the table when making measurements, and place some insulating cardboard or other material underneath the wood base of the Small Plate Electrode.

The Large Plate Method is primarily used to detect energy fields at a greater distance, and is available only as an optional accessory. Its surface area, of 1' x 2' is comparable to the plates used by Wilhelm Reich in his original Orgone Field Meter. It is especialy suitable for measurements of human body fields when the subject stands on the plate. Other large objects such as plants, fish, animals and larger water samples can also be conveniently measured. As always, proper zero calibrations are necessary to make meaningful comparative measurements. The Large Plate electrode is also useful to increase the overall sensitivity of the Life Energy Meter, allowing for detection of energy fields at much greater distances.

Experimental Report #4

Liquid Comparison using the Experimental Life Energy Meter (at Heliognosis)

From Dave Marett of Heliognosis, Canada
(Copyright 2003, Reproduced with permission of author)

The following experiment used the LM3 Revision D (LM3-D) of the Experimental Life Energy Meter. This revision features greater stability of readings at high amplification, affording a 10x decrease in long term drift and rapid fluctuations. This has dramatically improved the efficacy of the x100, x1000 and x2000 ranges. A list of liquids alongside their relative and absolute readings using the new instrument will be added to this paper as more samples are measured.

Figure 1

Experimental Life Energy Meter rev. D with small flat plate electrode. From left to right: Olive oil, Flax seed oil, Sunflower Oil, Tap Water, Black Tea, Orange Juice, Milk, Luso Water, Aloe Vera.

Data from the tests: All samples are 10.0 mL. Empty glass test tube absolute reading 0.2%

sample relative absolute brand
olive oil 46 (x100) 0.46% Colavita
sunflower oil 47 (x100) 0.47% Unico
flax seed oil 50 (x100) 0.50% Omega Nutrition, Organic
Tap water 50 (x100) 3.20% Oakville, Ontario, Canada
spring water 55 (x100) 3.25% Luso (Portugal)
Milk 60 (x100) 3.30% Neilson 2%
Orange Juice (pure) 60 (x100) 3.30% Tropicana squeezed
Coffee 64 (x100) 3.34% Loblaws no name
Aloe Vera (99.9%) 68 (x100) 3.38% Fruit of the Earth, Organic
Black Tea 70 (x100) 3.40% Loblaws no name

Absolute readings were achieved by placing an empty test tube on the small flat plate and setting the meter to zero, followed by measuring the sample. For relative readings, the fluids to be measured were grouped according to whether they were water or oil-based. One fluid was selected as the reference sample from each group; flax seed oil for the oil group, and tap water from Oakville, Ontario for the water-based fluids. The reference fluid was calibrated to 50% on the x100 range. Other fluids from the appropriate group were then placed on the plate and measured one at a time. The readings were checked by placing the reference fluid on the plate periodically and adjusting the zero controls to 50% as necessary.

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