So, what is earth energy?

Holmström Glacier on Spitzbergen (A Swirl of old Supercontinent Silt, 2020)

Over the years I have been asked many times ‘So what is this earth energy you talk about? What does it mean?’ The answers to these very valid questions can sound pompous, especially when the words ‘earth energy’ slip so glibly off the tongue as if to imply, everyone will automatically know what they mean. What follows is my own personal perspective and by no means a complete definition. Some will agree, some will question, some will disagree, but that’s OK because no one single person has all the answers; and the point of having this section here is to promote discussion about what can be a very hotly contested subject. 

The picture at the top of this webpage is taken from space. It shows the Holmström Glacier on Spitzbergen, where the glaciers grind-up ancient sandstone deposits, leaving an abundance of sediment that stains the meltwater (A Swirl of old Supercontinent Silt, 2020). It’s a physical example of the energy of the Earth; with nature curiously creating what looks like the image of a giant dragon or serpent in the landscape.

As a basic premise, the Earth can be considered to be a total ball of energy, which reflects the Universe; and everything we see, feel and touch, including all the things we don’t understand and can’t yet explain, are an integral part of that energy. The basic five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste are physical and scientifically proven. They allow us to function effectively in our physical world. In addition to these basic senses there are many aspects of energy that are considered to be known; because they can be scientifically proven, are repeatable and widely accepted as true. For example: the presence of gravity, electromagnetism and the existence of the Earth’s magnetic field (see section on Magnetic fields and the Earth’s Core). There are also other unknowns, which cannot necessarily be scientifically proven, but which personal experiences, understanding and instinct tell us are right. One example, is the existence of energy flows in, around and through a landscape (see section on Energy flows in the landscape). Some will question their existence, because they have not yet been scientifically proven; and they haven’t experienced them for themselves. That does not mean they don’t exist. On my travels I have met many people, from all walks of life and religious and spiritual backgrounds, who have a highly developed internal awareness of energy fields in people, landscapes and everything around us. For many, these energy fields are ‘visible’ and can be measured; including auras, vortices and energy meridians. Some individuals, can ‘feel’ these energy fields physically as pins and needles in their limbs; as energy waves flowing through their bodies; or as energy flowing up and down the spine, and even nausea. 

Fortunately, recent scientific discoveries have provided some answers which may go some way towards explaining these unknown energies. At this point, I must mention that I am no different from many people, in that I tend to ‘switch off’ or simply lose concentration at the simple mention of the words quantum physics and chemistry. This is partly out of ignorance, because I never really studied science subjects at school; and partly because the way in which these, often challenging topics are presented, can be difficult to understand and, some would say, quite frankly boring. But two decades ago, I started studying geology with the Open University, because I was fascinated by the rocks and landscapes, I saw around me; and wanted to know how they came to be the way they are. In other words, I wanted to know more about ‘how the earth works’. This meant a crash course in science subjects and a growing awareness of the importance of physics to the processes which create the landscapes we see; and the importance of chemistry to the crystals and minerals contained in these rocks. In other sections of this website I have explained that over many years, I have come to understand that it is the crystals and minerals contained in rocks, landscapes and our buildings that contribute towards the energy of a place (see section Energy Signatures and the Energy of Place).

Energy fields and Quantum Physics

If we go back to basics, quantum physics tells us there is nothing in this world which is truly solid. In fact, the terms ‘SOLID, LIQUID AND GAS’ describe superficial properties of matter. They are terms man has defined to describe some of the physical attributes he has observed. However, all matter, regardless of its state, is composed of minute particles invisible to the naked eye called atoms. Each atom is composed of a nucleus, protons, neutrons and electrons. It is the arrangement of these particles and, the forces which bind them together, that give any substance its special properties. The atoms of each chemical element found on earth, have a different configuration of protons, neutrons and electrons. An element is defined by its atomic number, which reflects its nuclear charge and electronic configuration; and electrons can have positive or negative charges, which is one of the attributes that attracts atoms together to create stable chemical compounds (a known combination of chemical elements). The element silica (Si), which is the basis for all silicon chips and computers of today, is a simple example. Silica is always attracted to oxygen (O) and commonly occurs as the quartz crystals of sand, with the chemical symbol of SiO₂ i.e. 2 atoms of oxygen attaching themselves to 1 atom of silica. 

A key thing to remember is that atoms are not solid. They are tiny solar systems, composed of infinitely small particles, revolving at tremendous speeds; and bound together by enormous forces. However, like our solar system, atoms are almost entirely empty space. The question then of course, is if there is so much empty space within each atom, why can’t a solid steel bar be thrown through a wall and what prevents us from walking through stone and rock? One answer, according to quantum physics, is that all matter exists in simultaneous states. As particles, which are concrete, localized and physical (hence the apparent solidity of a wall); and as waves, which are invisible, non-localized and energetic forces. 

Scientists have now taken this argument further: believing the quantum unit of the Universe is the quark and each quark is made up of two parts that vibrate, as pure energy, pure frequency. It seems the current thinking is that quarks give the impression of being matter, by creating a vibration which creates a physical response, including colours and sounds. Some now argue it is this paradox of both ‘being’ in a particle state and ‘becoming’ a wave state, which helps to explain various so-called magical phenomena such as divination, dowsing and precognition (Simpson, 1999). But, as you can imagine, not every scientist agrees with this perspective, which is a very complex area of study; and still, some would suggest, in its infancy.

Some of my thoughts about Energy: 

Whilst understanding the world of quantum physics is a challenge for most of us; a combination of decades of personal experience, discussions with other, like-minded people and information from many sources has provided some insights. Firstly, the actual amount of energy and frequency of energy in any given object depends on the constituent elements and the numbers of protons and electrons whizzing around in each atom. Many energy frequencies and vibrations are scientifically considered to be beyond our current visual and hearing capabilities, but they can be sensed and felt by some people and definitely by animals. For example, we now know elephants use infrasound/low frequency sound to communicate with each other over long distances. Just as dogs are able to hear high-pitched frequencies, which are not audible to most humans. During the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, which devastated huge parts of Thailand and Indonesia, it is believed that only one elephant died and that was because it was chained to a stake and couldn’t get away. The rest felt the vibrations of the earthquakes and tsunami through the soles of their very sensitive feet, immediately sensed danger and were able to escape the subsequent onslaught. Similarly, big cats are also said to be able to sense vibrations through their feet; snakes that have no external ears sense vibrations through the ground as potential predators and prey pass by; and zoologists would point to the detection of electric fields by sharks, skates and rays.

There are many instances throughout history, of psychics, clairvoyants, geomancers and spiritual wise women and men from all ancient and modern cultures, who have shown they can tune into so-called ‘unknown’ energies. Again, the example of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami provides another insight. Anthropologists studying remote tribes on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, were extremely concerned they would be wiped out by the tsunami. Late December was the time when they came down to the sea shore to harvest the bounty of fish and shell fish available in the shallow seas; and to celebrate this time of plenty at their beachside sacred places. Several months later and a return visit to the islands confirmed the population was fit and healthy and had not been wiped out by the tsunami. It seems their medicine man had ‘listened’ to the portents and insisted his people stay up in the hills out of danger. Despite the lure of abundant harvests, the people had obeyed and the whole tribe stayed away from the beach areas, which were destroyed by the wall of water that swept across the low-lying areas of the islands. 

Scientists are increasingly listening and open to finding new explanations for these so-called unexplained mysteries; and people who are sensitive to these energies and vibrations are less and less thought of as being a bit strange when they talk about their experiences. Nor are they likely to be burnt, hanged or drowned as witches any more.

From a purely philosophical and spiritual perspective, it is not unreasonable to consider this whole planet and every single part of it; whether a human being, a sentient being, a tree, forest, mountain, or the fabric of the ground beneath our feet, to be an intrinsic part of of this total ball of energy we call Earth. We are all connected and interconnected, like cells in a body, or synapses in a global brain. And it doesn’t stop there, because the Earth in turn is part of a much larger solar system, which is part of The Milky Way; just one single galaxy in an infinitesimal number of galaxies that make up the Universe. As some would say ‘We are all One’.

Works Cited

A Swirl of old Supercontinent Silt. (2020, December 8th). Retrieved from Nasa Earth Observatory Images:
Graves, T. (1978). Needles of Stone. London: Turnstone Books.
Simpson, L. (1999). The Healing Energies of Earth. London: Gaia Books Limited.

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