GEOPATHIC STRESS: IS IT JUST FOR THE GULLIBLE?

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Acupunc­ture for the Earth? I can hear the whip-crack of turn­ing pages blind­ing this fea­ture for­ever. Still, let me smartly break ground on this con­tentious topic — the world is more than we know.

Geopathic stress (GS) as it is termed, is sug­gested as safe elec­tro­mag­netic waves re­leased from deep within the Earth’s core, which come to the sur­face. These nat­u­ral and harm­less vi­bra­tions can, it is claimed, be dis­torted by the flow of un­der­ground wa­ter­courses play­ing on the en­ergy re­lease, cre­at­ing GS, which can over time im­pact our en­joy­ment of our liv­ing spa­ces and even dam­age our health.

The wa­ter in­volved could, it is said, be con­ducted by man-made drains and pipes, or could run along nat­u­ral streams run­ning through cracks and crevices and al­lu­vial springs be­neath the ground.

The wa­ter and/or cer­tain ge­o­log­i­cal faults are be­lieved to dis­turb and in­ten­sify the har­mony of the vi­bra­tions in the hu­man body (mea­sured in Hertz and said to be safe at 7.8 Hz).

These rogue forces can, it is claimed, be “cleared” or tuned out, by a ded­i­cated en­ergy spe­cial­ist or shamanic healer.

(The pseu­do­science scep­tics are now on the Wishlist pages of Es­ther Mccarthy, putting all this hi­lar­i­ous “quack­ery” be­hind them with the prospect of a nice scat­ter cush­ion). The rest of you — stay with me and open-minded for a few hun­dred words more, please.

GS is of­ten mashed up by its true be­liev­ers with elec­tro­mag­netic fields (EMF or EM fields) and the gen­uinely trou­bling is­sues sur­round­ing elec­tro-smog and “sick build­ing syn­drome”. Sci­en­tific, bi­o­log­i­cal and ge­o­log­i­cal ter­mi­nol­ogy from brain wave ac­tiv­ity to plate tec­ton­ics, is widely ap­pro­pri­ated.

The bat­tle for recog­ni­tion of EMFS neg­a­tive phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal in­flu­ences rages on. GS and EMF and ra­dio fre­quen­cies (RF) are not one and the same. EMF is largely cre­ated by elec­tri­cal de­vices in­doors, power masts and large elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions out­doors. The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tin­ues to pa­tiently fund re­search on EMF, but does not recognise GS as even ex­ist­ing.

Sug­gested GS “dis­or­ders” arise reg­u­larly in on­line fea­tures in nat­u­ral heal­ing cir­cles, in the ad­ver­tis­ing of GS clear­ing ser­vices and de­clared in niche, non-academic in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in the area swirling around com­ple­men­tary health prac­tices.

Health prob­lems al­lied to GS anom­alies are sug­gested to range from sleep dis­tur­bances to more se­ri­ous ail­ments aris­ing from the pro­posed “low­er­ing of the im­mune sys­tem”. These al­most al­ways fea­ture (in a wor­ry­ing laun­dry-list backed up by some mid-cen­tury “ev­i­dence” dear to the GS divi­sion) — can­cers. Cancer is click-bait for just about all of us. You won’t find ev­i­dence, ac­cep­tance or ad­vo­cacy of GS in any mod­ern main­stream med­i­cal, sci­en­tific or en­gi­neer­ing peer-re­viewed re­search paper or jour­nals. Where you will see sup­port is in the sto­ries, anec­dotes and pas­sion­ate feed­back of­fered by clients of GS clear­ing in Ire­land and across the world.

Does GS clear­ing sim­ply rely on be­lief to suc­ceed?

GS “clear­ing” and the low­er­ing of po­ten­tially harm­ful en­ergy flows, utilises the art of dows­ing to test for prob­lem ar­eas be­neath and around the home and even out across farmed land. Now, the most gran­ite-faced builder or farmer will sto­ically de­ploy a di­viner for find­ing wells and wa­ter di­rec­tions. Is it un­der­stood? No, but it’s a tra­di­tional, su­per­nat­u­ral favourite. My own well was found in about six min­utes by a lo­cal man, dows­ing with a split stick.

Most GPS I’ve gone to in the past twenty years have been open to the neb­u­lous, teas­ing pos­i­tives of ev­ery­thing from med­i­ta­tive prac­tices to Reiki and home­opa­thy (whose med­i­cal mer­its are fa­mously hard to pin down). It’s worth at least giv­ing a prac­ti­tioner in GS or space-clear­ing a hear­ing.

You can fol­low both GS and dows­ing through Curry and Hart­mann grids, elec­tro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal stud­ies and Schu­mann res­o­nances down all the by­ways of the World Wide Web. Ger­man dowser Gus­tav Frei­herr von Pohl (1873-1938) is your first stop, as he’s gen­er­ally ac­knowl­edged as the founder of the GS move­ment.

Ed­win Flavin is a young shamanic healer based in Dun­gar­van, Co Water­ford and well known for his work in Reiki and med­i­ta­tive heal­ing at the Yoga House in Dou­glas, Cork.

He’s the least hard-sell style in­di­vid­ual I have ever met, but qui­etly pas­sion­ate about all as­pects of his work. Chal­leng­ing him on the lack of hard proof of the phe­nom­ena of GS, I find his cu­rios­ity, com­mit­ment and open delight in the ef­fi­cacy of en­ergy heal­ing, in­clud­ing GS re­bal­anc­ing, to be con­sis­tent and com­pelling.

“Be­lief does have a part to play in what I call ‘light­en­ing’ en­ergy prob­lems like GS,” Ed­win ex­plains, “all I can tell you is that it works.

“My clients re­port real changes in their ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in the house fol­low­ing my visit. Of­ten they will ask me not to make it ob­vi­ous to their neigh­bours or even fam­ily, why I am there.

“They are em­bar­rassed, but not em­bar­rassed enough to turn away from their feel­ings that some­thing is wrong in an area of the house. Peo­ple come to me, I don’t seek clients out.”

Would he wel­come up-to-date, mean­ing­ful sci­en­tific re­search into GS? “Ab­so­lutely.”

Fif­teen years ago, I had my own house “space-cleared” for a news­pa­per fea­ture. The ex­pe­ri­ence ended up hav­ing more to do with the ex­pul­sion of evil en­ti­ties than the

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