POINTS OF COSMIC ENERGY
by Blanche Merz
Translated by Michele Carter Burdet.
Published by The C. W. Daniel Company Limited.
ISBN 0 85207 194 9
This is a book about the influence of what is often called "earth energies" on the human, animal and plant life at any location. In particular it focuses on patterns of lines dowsed by the author at many sacred sites, shrines and standing stones worldwide.
I read the book with great pleasure, occasioned as much by its style as its content. For the book is very French, even in translation.
The occult and paranormal traditions of Britain and France are curiously different: in a French occult bookshop you find another world, a whole different approach based more on names like Papus and Fulcanelli than on Crowley, Grant and Fortune. The effect is both fascinating and repellent: french occultism seems comparatively pompous and pseudo-scientific by our standards - I wonder if our stuff seems to them like wishy-washy psychologising?
It is hard to choose a typical passage from among these richly phrased pages with intriguing headings like "To have the soul of an explorer" and Fleeting Figures, Immortal Influences". Try this:
Silence is a ceremony in monastic rules; it is always a launching pad for a new surge. According to tradition there was a Silence before the Creation.
The energy contained in the silence of dawn, when the heavenly vault re-emerges still empty of colours, is rich in vital potential, in dynamic recharging.
Reading this I am first charmed by the sensuous Gallic phrasing, then my soul rebels: "Silence of dawn?? Rubbish! that`s when the birds make the biggest racket". The very next paragraph meets this objection and disarms me.
From the moment of first light, when change occurs progressively, birds set up a great chattering and melodious flights of song. He who observes carefully will note that, five minutes before the sun appears, our feathered friends become silent again. It is a solemn moment when energy seems to be condensed to a maximum, and when one concentrates, one does not chatter.
Wow! Is that true? I can`t wait to get up before dawn with my stop watch and see for myself!
That is typical of this book and the pleasure of reading it: lusciously worded statements with the sort of dogmatism that irritates in the most positive sense - because it inspires one to go out and put its ideas to the test.
The book describes a number of visual clues - based on shapes of trees, signs of damp moss - which anyone can look for, together with three types of measurements. The first is site radioactivity measured with a Geiger counter: I don`t have one so cannot comment on the readings given. The second is the "Hartmann Network": a regular rectangular grid which covers the Earth`s surface and which is divined with a copper wire dowsing instrument called a "lobe wand". The third is a measure of site intensity using a pendulum plus a simple scale called the "Bovis Biometer".
Neither the lobe wand nor the biometer are described properly in the book, but they are available here with instructions from a wondrous source of radionic and dowsing gadgets called Emerald Innovations of Gloucester. (I gather that they will also be organising another UK seminar with Blanche Merz in 1995). So I tried both.
In my house I immediately detected the Hartmann lines, although my network was rather more widely spaced than the 2m x 2m described in the book. Finding a crossing point at throat level where I was sleeping in my bedroom - and reading that these points are to be avoided for prolonged sitting or sleeping - I moved my bed to a free zone. Anticipating some subtle placebo-plus benefits over the next few weeks, I was surprised to wake the next morning with a clear positive feeling that I had not enjoyed since moving to my present house. A tiresome neck problem that nagged for those years cleared up within the week. I was impressed.
The biometer I tried out in a workshop with the author and we got all sorts of interesting intensity readings for different foods, crystals, locations around Glastonbury Abbey, and chakras on our bodies. I have since used it for choosing a diet, and the result was positive, but I can hardly claim to have tested the biometer at all strictly or conclusively.
In both cases the real value to me lay not in any pseudo-scientific experimentation, so much as the fact that both instruments provided a new way to explore my locality. It is too easy to separate out "earth energies" as something which happens "out there" at sacred sites - draining even more magic from our everyday existence and storing it up in other people`s holy places. Working with this book helped me to communicate with my own little patch and rediscover its own genius loci. The book served as a doorway which invites magic back into the everyday environment, it inspires one to locate and sanctify one`s own sacred sites - and that can`t be bad.
The book is also a wonderful contrast to Tom Graves` superb "Needles of Stone" - putting the two together epitomises the difference in our cultures. Tom begins from total subjectivity - the pendulum is just a sensitive indicator which the individual can use to create one`s own language of communication with the unconscious. From there, in simple, clear language he invites one to explore and see how much objective information can be divined through this channel. Blanche, on the other hand, begins with what looks like precise objective measurements, quoting figures from instruments (but never giving quite enough information as to the system of measurement and relevant parameters of time, weather conditions etc) and inviting us in rich metaphoric language to reach quite subjective conclusions. A large part of her book describes her experiments at sacred sites around the world, and is as fascinating as any travelogue.
Tom Graves would say, quite rightly, that you don`t need a special lobe wand or Bovis biometer: any dowsing instrument could be interrogated to get these measurements once one had grasped the principle behind them.
On the other hand, there is nothing quite like a new gadget or a fresh approach to liven up the quest. Reading Blanche Merz` book on the familiar topic of earth energies is like discovering a gem of a French restaurant in a provincial British suburb - it stimulates the taste buds and invites one to explore the menu much further.
by Lionell Snell
Points of Cosmic Energy by Blanche Merz [ISBN 0852071949] is recommended reading