The Vortex

Vortex drawing
Around the turn of the 19th century a brilliant Austrian naturalist and scientist named Victor Schauberger discovered the natural process of water regeneration: the vortex. Mr. Schauberger devoted his life to the study of water and the living energies that it contained. He developed many amazing inventions based on his studies of the vortex or implosion principle of water, including a machine that could levitate.

Implosion or the inward, centripetal movement of matter, Schauberger observed, was how molecules of water re-generated energy (literally creating life again). This is in opposition to an explosive or centrifugal movement of energy that moves outwardly and is destructive or degenerative (literally, takes away life). These vortex or centripetal properties were observed in nature as streams and rivers flowed downstream. The natural course of water is to meander and flow around river bends, rocks and various obstacles, churning and creating natural vortices and undercurrents, first one direction, then another. These vortices, with their inward, implosive flow, supercharge the water with oxygen and reestablish a coherent, intelligent crystalline pattern with the oxygenated water. (

What happens in a vortex?
There is a continuous, two-way rhythmical movement of water (or air), expanding and contracting. The water is moving at different speeds – slower at the edge and faster as it moves inwards and downwards and then up and out again. It is amazing that no particle of water is moving at the same speed as any other.

In a large enough body of water the particles furthest from the vortex do not move at all and become still. In a running stream you can see all kinds of intricate swirling and vortices as the water moves in many different ways at once.

The intricacies of vortices in nature have been described by Theodor Schwenk in Sensitive Chaos (1965). According to Schwenk, vortices are created when two streams of water move past each other at different speeds. A hollow develops, into which oxygen flows: ‘Boundary surfaces, with their rhythmical processes are the birthplaces of living things.’


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