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Geopathic Stress



Geopathic stress is not new. It’s been known about at least since the 1920’s when German scientist-dowsers started documenting ‘Krebshausen’ – houses with an unusually high incidence of cancer cases that they discovered were situated over geological fault lines.

In very basic terms, it describes changes in the natural geomagnetic field of the earth caused by fault lines, mineral deposits, underground water flows, quarries, mine workings or other features. More subtle earth energy meridians – energy leys, geomagnetic grids and so on – also play their part, and nowadays we tend to include psychic disturbances under the general geopathic stress umbrella.

Technopathic stress is a more recent phenomenon, caused by our modern love affair with gadgets and wireless technology; but since many of the  symptoms are similar to those of geopathic stress, it also has to be considered as part of the overall picture.

Effects of geopathic stress

Spending long periods of time in such disturbance zones – for example, having your bed situated over one – will gradually deplete the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to recover from ailments and disease. Poor sleep patterns and feelings of exhaustion are common first indicators, and the effects are insidious and relentless if left untreated.

A good holistic practitioner such as a vibrational homoeopath or a health kinesiologist should be able to tell you if you are suffering from geopathic stress. It is in their interest to do so as the geopathic stress will interfere with the body’s natural healing process.

What can we do about it?

The traditional fix for geopathic stress that most dowsers (myself included) adopt is to apply techniques of earth acupuncture – using metal rods, wands, standing stones or other devices – at nodal points to rebalance the energetic matrix surrounding the property.

More high-tech proprietary devices for reducing or neutralising geopathic stress can also be purchased for installation inside the home or office, and in certain circumstances – for example an urban apartment –  these may be more appropriate.

In either case, it is advisable that a dowser or geomancer provides an overall assessment of the space throughout the whole treatment process. Most places can be cleared in a single visit, or at most a short succession of visits spaced over a period of weeks. A further check with your holistic practitioner is also recommended to ensure that the work has been successful.

Is Western Geomancy like Feng-Shui?

The aims and many of the underlying concepts are similar, but the methods differ. Feng-Shui is the system of geomancy that developed in China, just as Vaastu Shastra is the Indian system. Every culture has its own geomantic traditions. Feng-Shui has a pedigree extending back many thousands of years and is deeply rooted in Eastern cultures. Because of this, many of the concepts do not translate well to the Western mindset; the landscapes, the society, the cultural references and so forth are all very different to ours. Western Geomancy works within a European cultural framework and Westerners generally find it easier to engage with.

I need more information!

There is plenty of information about geopathic stress on the internet that a simple search will turn up.

For a gentle overview, I recommend my colleague Dr. Patrick MacManaway’s article ‘A Wee Introduction to Geopathic Stress’. For a more in-depth research paper, try Richard Creightmore’s article over at The Geomancy Group.