The Alchemy of Water

There are two types of water: bulk water and activated or structured water. The water that comes out of the tap is bulk water - lifeless water piped from underground sources or deep reservoirs. Spring water or water from a bubbling stream is structured by sunlight and aeration. The biologist and chemist take bulk water from the tap, purify it through reverse osmosis or distillation, and then use it to reproduce, in the test tube, chemical reactions which normally occur in plants and in healthy animal cells next to cellular membranes under structured water conditions. (Mikesell, 1985)

The alchemist seeks to reproduce in the laboratory the structured water conditions found in nature. They vary their method of collecting and processing the water to find these qualities which are ignored even today. The procedures are aimed at either preserving the vital quality of the water found in nature, or reactivating the vitality of the water if it has been lost. Their sources of water are the collection of dew, rain, snow, or hail. Rain, snow, and hail are rather pure sources of this water, while dew, when collected from plants, contains trace minerals. The morning sunlight makes dew so vitally active, that walking barefoot in dew is a Native American method of healing the body; while walking on sand is used for increasing the body's vital energy. Sunlight acting on water in a plant leaf transfers a charge to the water. Water from a stream is activated both by sunlight and by flowing over quartz sand. Our research is investigating this structuring of water by the energy transferred from quartz crystals and sunlight into water.

Rain water and snow have both been used by modern alchemists at Paracelsus College (Parachemy 1977, Essentia 1980 & 82). Rain water was collected during a thunderstorm in insulated containers before it contacted the earth in order to prevent the high electrical charge from being grounded out. Pure rain water has a higher nitrogen content during an electrical storm (Parachemy 1977).

The present day rain water has an acid component. Therefore, the alchemist distills this water to remove the acids and re-electrifies it with a 500,000 volt, 59 microampere Van de Graff generator to give it the electrical charge lost during distillation. From this water is formed the Universal Gur,  considered by alchemists as one of the prime substances of life, similar to the amino acids and nucleic acids formed in modern laboratories by the electrification of atmospheric nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. This Universal Gur is used as the starting material for generating the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. To make the Gur, the water is covered with a cloth and allowed to stand in a warm, dark place for 1 to 3 months, during which time a purification takes place. This water is then fractionated through distillation. The first 1/4 fraction is distilled by simmering below 100 degrees C. The Gur is the thin honey-like substance left after the last fraction. Because care must be taken that the Gur is not burnt, it is dried at 80 degrees C. The other fractions are designated as the fire, air, water, and earth of water. Each fraction has a different pH, the Gur found after the last fraction having a pH of 8.0.

Another  procedure used by alchemists at Paracelsus College for fractionating water into its different components was described to me by Karl Lee from the Big Sur area. Water is placed in a tank with three sections. Each section is separated by a kidney dialysis membrane. At each end of the tank is placed a carbon electrode from a 12 volt D.C. current source. This arrangement produces water which is acid in one section, neutral in the middle, and alkaline in the other section. All three types of water have healing qualities. The acid portion of this water has been shown to dissolve calcification in arthritis. When used for this purpose, it is followed by some of the neutral water to stop its decalcifying action. Because the purification step is omitted, this method produces the purest activated water. I would expect this procedure to produce a structured water because it has been activated by the electrolytic separation.

Another way of producing activated water by alchemists is the use of sunlight, whether natural sunlight, sunlight separated into one of its colors with a prism, or sunlight shone through a flask of colored liquid. In general, red and yellow light will activate the water in an acid manner, while the blue and green light will activate the water in an alkaline manner. Each of these different color-activated waters have a distinct taste. Water structured with a yellow tungsten bulb has a different UV spectrum than water structured with a Kiva Light, which is a full spectrum Vita light centered in the green end of the spectrum. An example of the use of sunlight to activate H2O is the alchemical procedure of placing a flask of water and reactants half way into a dung heap. The dung heap provides steady heat from the thermophilic bacteria, while the sunlight both structures the water in the flask and causes daily evaporation and re-precipitation within the flask.

A magnet will structure water in an acidic manner with its south pole and in an alkaline manner with its north pole. Recent experiments have shown that the north pole water is an antibiotic water and the north pole of a magnet will stop bacterial infections and tumors (Mikesell, 1985). More work needs to be done in comparing the magnetic structuring of water to the crystal structuring of water.

We are using crystals to activate water. These quartz crystals are Vogel-cut® and double terminated. They are either 4, 6, or 8 sided and of clear quartz or a light yellow citrine quartz. These crystals are charged manually and will induce structuring in pure distilled water. However, the addition of 0.01% silica causes structuring to occur. This structuring is best assayed with a UV spectrophotometer where one finds an increase in UV absorption due to an increase in the water bonding from the water forming chains on itself. The magnetic moment of this water is increased by 0.07 gauss and there is also an increase in the pH and dielectric conductivity. Boiling of the water after structuring shows no change in the UV spectrum, so one can conclude that a permanent chemical change has taken place. When a drop of this structured silica water is dried on a slide and compared with untreated silica water, the photomicrograph shows the formation of needle-like silica crystals in the structured water drop, while the untreated water dried to an amorphous mass of silica gel. This shows that the process of structuring water produces a structuring or ordering effect on the solutes in solution.

Polywater is structured water which is condensed from unsaturated water vapor in narrow capillary tubes. Polywater, like structured water, has a higher density, more viscosity, and a lower freezing point than normal water (Perthing, 1979). It was originally thought to be composed of pure water, but subsequent investigations show the structuring of polywater was due to a small amount of sodium silicate in the water which leached out from the glass capillary tubes (Derjaguin and Churaev, 1973). Our research into this phenomenon has shown 0.01% of silica gel to have a maximum structuring effect on water activated by a crystal plus a xenon strobe.  It is then tested with the UV spectrophotometer. A small amount of dissolved silica is also a characteristic of the activated spring waters that we have investigated.

Another way of producing structured water is the alchemical procedure of succussive dilution. Succussive dilution is the homeopathic practice of making a dilute solution by starting with a 1/10th dilution, shaking the bottle 100 times and making another 1/10th dilution. This process of serial dilution and shaking is continued until the desired dilute solution is reached. Nowadays, only homeopaths us this technique. Dilution and succussion used to be the only method of preparing alchemical solutions, because the alchemist found they could get more activity from succussively compounded dilute solutions than from normal concentrated solutions. By the process of succussively adding 1/10th of a material and shaking the bottle, they were able to get more material into their solution. As we have seen from the dried silica gel experiments, these supersaturated solutions made up of structured water will form crystals upon further evaporation.

The shaking between solutions or dilutions increases hydration shells around each of the ions, which increases the distance between paired ions. This overcomes the natural tendency of pair ions, such as Na+Cl- to remain in closed association and results in a higher activity of these solutions when compared to normal dilutions. For example, HgCl2 when diluted beyond the point of having an HgCl2 present, that is beyond 10-23gm/L showed a dielectric conductivity comparable to a lower dilution (Mikesell 1985).

Succussively diluting chemical compounds and medicines, or preparing them with some form of structured water, results in a more dilute solution activating the chemical reactions when compared to standard dilutions made with bulk water. This structured water can be activated with crystals, sunlight, magnets, electrolytic separation, or re-electrification. The alchemists, by using these living waters, have discovered a different set of laws regulating chemistry and medicine under conditions which more closely resemble the living state.