Radionics vs. Mechanics


Radionics vs. Mechanics


By Hugh Lovel


Since it takes life to beget more life, my rule is to work with the living realm which pulses and breathes and where the driving force is ever further enhancement. Thus using stirring machines, tractors, pumps and spray gear doesn’t really inspire me that much. These are mechanical devices with no life of their own. Of course, I’ve used these aids—powerful electric motors with their EMF fields and lumbering diesel tractors belching fumes and compacting the soil. I guess I could have gone on to airplanes or helicopters, but I went down a different path, more vibratory and transcendental it seems to me. It also seems a more direct link to spiritual essence rather than physical presence, though in this world of ours there is never one without the other. This is the path of quantum non-locality and entanglement, though it usually is known by the somewhat older label of radionics, and what originally was an invention of T. Galen Hieronymus (1895–1988) that I have come to call field broadcasting. (also see )

I tend to put a premium on results, as theories and talk are cheap while results can be dear. And while I don’t discount quantity, quality is a must, and quality is not nearly so difficult to measure as some would have us believe. As a chef and chemist, I’d say taste and smell are the two best indicators of vital, nutritious food; and I’ve found the flavor and aroma of biodynamic foods grown with radionics to be unexcelled in complexity and integrity—two key signs of life. I might add, this is not simply my own experience. Those growers I know who have used radionics for any length of time seem to all have a similar experience.

There was a time when I couldn’t imagine how a radionic instrument might work with life energy. Although experience soon convinced me at the gut level that it must be true. But I had only a vague idea of how life energy worked or what it was. It took me years to sort this out, and it hardly helped that erroneous ideas are often bandied about like confetti at an Italian wedding. Life energy builds. It grows. It is organizational and works just the opposite of things that run down, disperse and are entropic. Life energy is syntropic.

One of the easiest of the erroneous notions about radionics to dispel is that it is electrical or electromagnetic. This notion commonly circulates amongst those who condemn radionics without investigation. I could as easily say that music works with electricity. After all you can listen to music with an electrical device, but when it comes down to it electricity runs down and disperses while life energy—even though it often follows the same pathways—does not. Life energy concentrates. The electricity bit, along with notions such as radionics must be working with underworld demons, is misleading and hysterical, and setting the record straight is long overdue.


Take Rain, For Example


When we see a cloud gather in the moisture of the atmosphere and build into a thunderstorm, it grows. First it starts with rising spirals of warm, moist air that push up into cooler, upper layers, spilling these downward while turning into puffs of white cloud. Then not only the warm, moist air feeds the fledgling cloud, but the light works on this cloud so that it percolates ever more strongly creating inner updrafts and outer downdrafts until these become so strong one wouldn’t want to fly a light plane too close. Of course, like all living things the cloud only builds so long before it reaches a point of such fecundity that we have lightning, which is a condensation of warmth ether, and thunder, which is a condensation of light ether—and we get rain. Unlike evaporation, which is the result of water dispersing, rain is the result of water becoming organized and concentrated. And as just about any farmer knows, the rain that falls in this fashion stimulates the growth of crops far more than water from the irrigation channel. After all, it is the result of life energy. It is rich in the forces of growth instead of dispersion.

Some would say that lightning is electricity, but is it? Well, certainly it has electrical effects associated with it, but as I just stated, lightning is a condensation of warmth, and those who have watched those late summer pyrotechnic displays of heat lightning should have a sense of what I mean. The more I studied lightning the more I realized the light part is organizational, although I’d have to say Rudolf Steiner caught the true essence of electricity when he called it fallen light ether. As such, electricity is disorganizational where light is organizational. There is an enormous difference. The dynamics of clouds and rain are complex and I won’t go into further detail at the moment, but I mention cloud formation in passing because it is such an obvious example of life energy. Life energy flows from lower concentration to higher concentration, which is what atmospheric moisture has to do for rain to occur.


What Is Radionics?


In the above example of rain I have used the term ether, as in warmth ether and light ether. Ether, in the sense the word was used by spiritual scientist, Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), is life energy. It is organizational energy, which flows toward greater concentration. Three decades later when physicists were saying there was no ether, rather than argue, another Austrian scientist named Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) called ether ‘orgone’ energy. This is what radionic instruments work with. A radionic instrument uses patterns of resistance to concentrate energy and create a flow from lower concentration to higher concentration. This pattern energy is radiant rather than static. It is flowing, moving and accumulating where resistance concentrates it; and the nature and variation of the resistance influences the etheric patterns.

The term radionics comes from the realization that everything, without exception, radiates its own characteristic pattern or wave form. Even a hydrogen atom could not exist without radiating according to its specific pattern. A radionic instrument can be anything which channels such patterns. My favorite radionic instrument is a piece of paper called a projection wheel, which has an iris pattern printed on it. This concentrates energy, and is often used with the popular Sri Sanjeevini radionic pattern cards that are printed on paper and are used daily by hundreds of thousands of people in India and throughout the world. Anyone interested can find these cards at:

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                                                      Sanjeevini Cards










Life and Death


When thinking about life I distinguish between lively health and vitality and barely scraping along on the threshold of oblivion. What I’m referring to is the difference between syntropy and entropy. Entropy is a process of dispersal, dissolution and death, while syntropy is a process of increasing order, complexity, organization and life. Life is syntropic insofar as it defies entropy, and the more strongly it does this the more alive it is. Death runs down while life runs up.

I realize that many in our culture believe that only entropy exists—yet, strangely, many of these same people believe in evolution. If there was only entropy an embryo would never become a child or a mature adult. DNA would have long ago lost its ability to heal itself or to find more complex expressions. Clouds would not gather moisture into themselves so strongly that it rains. Forests would never grow, and what we know as fertile soil would never have been built. In the words of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Erwin Schrödinger (1887 — 1961), “Living organisms have the remarkable ability to concentrate a stream of order on themselves.”

It is good to think in terms of life energy streaming, as one of our problems in recognizing life processes is their dynamic qualities rather than their quantitative measurements. Life needs to be measured qualitatively, not by weight or volume like boulders or parked trucks. Would any farmer deny that some soils and some farms are more alive than others even though they may be of similar size or other physical measures? Likewise some foods are far richer in vitality, flavor, balance and wholesomeness than others, even though they may measure pretty much the same in most ways—just look at honey and sugar, raw milk and boiled milk or fresh fruits and processed foods.


Patterns and Boundaries


As paper radionics illustrates, radionics is about patterns. Patterns define boundaries and boundaries give rise to order. Order provides organization, which is what makes living organisms alive. Think of organization as a process that arises at boundaries and is the basis of life. While energy disperses when boundaries are ruptured or lost, boundaries provide the containment for life energy to build. When a point is reached in the process where an organism dies and its boundaries and syntropic processes fail, it becomes entropic and starts breaking down. Natural scientist and poet, Johann W. von Goethe (1749 – 1832) argued that a butterfly specimen on display in a museum was not a butterfly at all. The being that was the butterfly had fled its containment. What was on display was merely its corpse on its way to dissolution.

The power of boundaries is so quintessential it tends to escape our notice, as we require concepts in order to see occurrences. When IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, using computers, mapped boundaries with the concept Z = Z2 + C he calculated trillions of values for Z—and discovered to his amazement layer after layer of complex forms, giving rise to a branch of mathematics known today as fractals. The Mandelbrot Set—which arises from the equation above—is a classic case of beautiful, organic forms arising from boundaries. Below is a link to download a Mandelbrot Set generator that can be entertaining to play with.



Overview of the Mandelbrot Set (Z = Z2 + C) prior to magnification.





An important aspect of life is its dynamics. This goes beyond three dimensions as living organisms have length, breadth, height and continuity. I realize waves are often thought of and graphed as two dimensional, but are they really? Imagine that waves in three dimensions are vortices, and these vortices also have duration. Life involves more than three dimensions. Life processes have the nature of waves or oscillations, which change even as they endure. Any being that embodies life carries continuity within itself until the point this continuity flees its containment, at which point this containment ceases to be alive. Life pulses. It reaches and withdraws, engages and lets go.


As long as its patterns resonate harmoniously, life energy builds. When life energy becomes dissonant the organism breaks up. Try looking at it this way:  If two boats are sailing across a body of water, separate from each other, they will create bow waves which will cross paths. Where the bow waves meet in phase, peak for peak and trough for trough, they double in size. Where they meet out of phase, and peaks meet troughs, they cancel each other. This same phenomenon occurs in homeopathy, which gets its name from treating like with like. The homeopath gives the patient a pattern that matches the condition the patient has— but with the pattern 180 degrees out of phase. When accomplished with precision this simply cancels the condition. Since radionics is a matter of vibratory patterns and their transfer, the same applies for radionics, only the patterns or frequencies can be transferred over any distance without loss because as patterns they are not local, they are universal. Radionics is simply used for pattern transfer.

In homeopathy what changes the phase of the pattern is the homeopathic potency, Some potencies may reinforce a condition while others may cancel it out. Moreover, if a desired pattern is absent, radionics can be used to establish it. A classic book about radionics is Virginia MacIvor and Sandra LaForest’s VIBRATIONS—Healing Through Color, Homeopathy and Radionics—published by Samuel Weiser, Inc. This book is a good read which went through at least ten printings and still can be found both new and used on the internet.



Prayer and Intent


Just as with prayer and intent, with radionics distance and time are irrelevant. Radionics is based on transfer of patterns that are mathematical and ideal, which means they are transcendental and not limited by space and time. These patterns can be transferred over any distance instantaneously with no loss of strength by a mathematical principle quantum physicists call Bell’s Theorem. Quantum physics also shows us that the observer is a determining factor, which means the observer influences what he observes. Likewise prayer and intent are choices we make and their patterns can influence the realities we live in and create as well. Although one sort of radionic instrument may use cards while another uses rates, both can use written intents. In some respects written intents are more powerful than cards or rates since they come directly from the human urge to transform things, particularly ourselves, into something more than we presently are. A farmer’s intent is the determining factor for what his farm becomes, and in this sense what he thinks he grows.



Intent cards for writing intents to be used as patterns. The card on the right contains an intent taken from Joey Korn’s book, Dowsing: A Path To Enlightenment.


The Instrument Is Not the Pattern


The mechanics of a radionic instrument affects the character of the patterns it transfers no more than the mechanics of a radio set affects the character of jazz or bluegrass music. As paper radionics shows, radionics simply conveys patterns over any distance without loss. There isn’t any transfer of matter or energy. Only the patterns which organize the matter and energy are transferred.

In terms of life or death the most important thing is whether the patterns are constructive and syntropic, like the biodynamic preparations, or destructive and entropic like alternating current electricity. Just as the drummer in the band sets the rhythm and the beat the others follow, it is the pattern aspect of the biodynamic preparations that draws life into the soil or into the air above it. BD prep patterns work with life processes, which is what makes them bio-dynamic. Lily Kolisko’s experiments, available in Agriculture of Tomorrow, demonstrate that the actual substances applied with biodynamics can be so slight as to be undetectable. Understandably people tend to be mystified by this if they focus on substance instead of dynamics, and in the past this has given biodynamics an unfortunate cult flavor.


Biodynamic Stirring

Stirring biodynamic preparations corresponds with potentization in both homeopathy and radionics, so I’d like to point out its considerable merits and let it be a matter of personal choice.

Let’s suppose I’m stirring something like horn silica in a 5 gallon bucket with my arm, or in a 55 gallon barrel with a stirring stick suspended from a swivel. First I stir round and round to create as strong a vortex as I can. When I do this the water separates and organizes itself in laminar layers so that the cooler, denser water moves to the middle and sinks while the warmer layers seek the edges and rise. The appearance is one of a spinning funnel, and the water has become organized and enlivened. Each time I develop a mature vortex, I then reverse and stir in the opposite direction. The water churns and froths with chaos until it forms into a new vortex. The chaos is important because life depends on organization flowing from virtually no organization toward higher and richer organization. Organization has to come from somewhere and it does this out of chaos.

Each time a new vortex is established a new generation of order is created in the water. When I reverse directions, again and again, back and forth for an hour, generation after generation after generation of order is built into the water, and the result is an evolution of order. This charges up the water with life energy and activates remedies beautifully. Then even a small droplet will be so rich in organization that it will continue to draw life force to itself once it is sprayed. This corresponds to a homeopathic potency for imparting patterns. It also carries human intentions and vibrations, and in the process the biodynamic remedies become vehicles for intent. This works a charm.

Nevertheless in today’s world a corresponding radionic patterning using biodynamic pattern cards and a map of a paddock or a farm is quick and easy and can be done morning and evening every day for months on end. Where a stir and spray event has a powerful initial effect which then fades, daily radionic patterning morning and evening gradually builds and builds.


The Edge Effect


Permaculturists often describe the pattern/boundary phenomenon as the edge effect, and the idea is to strive, insofar as possible, to maximize this edge effect in landscape design. This enriches the pattern density of an area and enlivens it. A palpable increase in the vitality of a landscape is observable as the edge effect intensifies, even though it is good to remember that vitality is measured qualitatively rather than quantitatively.

The human organism is a huge collection of boundaries and patterns from the outer boundaries of our skin, hair and nails to the double helix spirals of our DNA and the resonant wave patterns of our sub-atomic particles.

Since it took me a couple decades and several readings of Steiner’s Agriculture Course to understand how life processes arise out of chaos, I sympathize with anyone who struggles to gain familiarity with this concept. In our culture today we’ve been taught that life is some kind of absolute that cannot be evaluated—something is either alive or it isn’t. From this point of view a person on life support is fully alive—until he isn’t. Of course, we can generally tell when the life essence has fully departed, as the corpse left behind decomposes. But how can we ignore the difference between a tree in its prime and growing well and a tree that is hollow, rotten and riddled with termites? How can we pretend that each embody the same degree of aliveness?




It might give rise to ill-feeling to compare the vitality of our farm with our neighbors’. In the first place we’d do better comparing our paddocks to the roadside, since the roadside is more likely to be doing whatever the natural potential of the land is if left unfarmed. The paddocks we farmed before we gained insight into building carbon and life into the land may have been flogged almost to oblivion and just barely scraping by. Showing how our own paddocks are less flogged than someone else’s is hardly an answer to raising the game of the neighborhood to nature’s level and beyond. And we should be thinking about achieving the beyond part. All too often our fence rows and roadsides are drawing life from the cosmos and supporting our paddocks. If we only farmed restoratively our paddocks would be drawing carbon and nitrogen out of the air and life out of the cosmos. Then our farms would be feeding the roadsides and enlivening the entire earth.   

I believe when we compare stirring and spraying BD preps with radionic patterning we miss the point. The two are different approaches though both build life into the environment. It must be said that applying dynamic patterns via radionics is a Godsend. I would never have gained a hundredth as much experience with biodynamics if radionics wasn’t so quick and easy. To the consternation of critics, radionics encourages frequent and precise use of the biodynamic remedies, and growers using radionics learn a lot.

Of course stirring and spraying BD preps provides people—myself included—with am empathic and meditative modality that invites people to pour their souls into what they spray on their paddocks, and nature really responds to feelings. When we stir and spray with deep, heartfelt gratitude, nature responds wonderfully—so much so that I recommend feeling deep gratitude with radionics as well. But comparing stirring and radionics is like comparing peanuts with watermelons. Why would I only have one when I could have both? It makes sense to stir and spray my seed potatoes or around my field broadcaster.

                                  Biodynamic Pattern Cards from Australian Herbs


Pattern Cards


            The type of radionic card shown above was originally introduced by Malcolm Rae (1913 –1979), an early radionic pioneer. The design is more than symbolic as the rings provide boundaries, which give rise to organization and life. The sector marks within the circles provide resistance, which concentrates life energy according to each pattern. Since life energy flows to wherever it is most concentrated, it flows through the marks on the cards. These Malcolm Rae type cards are excellent for use with a paper projection wheel.

            Of course, more sophisticated radionic instruments offer advantages over paper radionics. I like the card type instrument, which was pioneered by Malcolm Rae. Below is a picture of the Japanese made Iyachiko instrument which features energy accumulators with both card readers and plates. The plates come in handy for materials if there are no corresponding cards, and the 0 to 999 potentiometers provide a complete range of homeopathic potencies. The sacred geometric proportions feel natural and organic, and the instrument has storage inside its lid for cards and other bits as well as protecting against dust or damage. A lead from the instrument can be used to transfer patterns into spray tanks, irrigation systems and liquid products such as compost teas, activated EM brews or foliar and fertigation products, while the well is useful for maps or other targets. Most importantly—since the essence of control is to use the exact amount of force necessary and no more or no less—the Iyachiko includes a timer and can automatically shut itself off instead of requiring the operator to come in from some remote paddock to shut the instrument off when pattern transfer is accomplished.

                  Japanese made Iyachiko


Polarity and Balance


            Finally, polarity and balance are hugely important, and radionics has the potential of being very helpful with this. Steiner envisioned that if the biodynamic preparations were in widespread use all over the world they would bring a new impulse to our planet by providing human beings with the balanced life forces needed to rein in our personal ambitions, illusions and petty jealousies and ground ourselves. And yet, biodynamic growers themselves sometimes have little to show in terms of spiritual progress. Why is this?

Steiner pointed out that nature’s polarities are lime and silica, while clay mediates between these poles. He described lime as a grasping fellow while silica is an open, generous aristocrat. Neither extreme is integrated without clay, which he characterized as allying itself with silica.

Unfortunately the majority of BD growers in the world—especially the conventional ones—use the lime polarity horn manure far more than they use its opposite, horn silica. Moreover, many do nothing whatsoever in regard to clay. US preparation maker, Hugh Courtney, has been emphasizing the need to balance the application of horn manure (500) with horn silica (501) for nigh on 30 years, but he admits the message doesn’t seem to get across as preparation sales of 500 far outstrip the 501. “When they don’t have 501, how can they put it on?” He worries.

It is easy to see how this situation developed, and once developed how it perpetuated itself. It takes a lot of doing to stir and spray 3 or 4 gallons per acre of horn manure with large fields to cover. Even a market garden operation would have to spend three or four hours extra of an evening to stir and spray horn manure. To get up early the next day and spend another three or four hours stirring and spraying horn silica, to maintain optimum balance, is a big task.

As for clay, adding horn clay or esophageal clay to the horn manure and horn silica is not much extra, but the clay preparations were developed after Steiner’s death, which means they are not used in the more traditional operations. This ensures that most biodynamic farms grow food that does not fully accomplish what Steiner intended. It may taste better than the ordinary and be more nutritious simply because so much horn manure was used, but lest we forget, lime is a grasping fellow. We have an exceedingly greedy culture already, in part because silica is widely ignored while lime is used extensively and clay not at all. I was as guilty of this as anyone in my early days of farming, and radionics was very helpful in correcting these imbalances on my farm.




Hugh Lovel and Adam Collins setting up an array of radionic instruments to improve atmospheric organization and the chances of rain at Albury, NSW after the fires in February 2003. One of the instruments shown was a variable capacitance Kelly instrument made in Lakemont, Georgia.



Why Use Radionics and Field Broadcasting?


They not only work with life energy, they are cheap, easy, accurate, effective, swift and sure. Using a map as the link, I can pattern my whole property with whichever biodynamic preparation or preparations I need at any given time, and I can apply whatever preparation patterns I currently need to enhance my foliar or fertigation applications. If I wake up in the middle of the night to a sudden transition from dry to wet conditions I can quickly compensate for the shift within minutes without leaving the house by radionically applying the Oak Bark preparation (BD 505) in tandem or in concert with the Horsetail preparation (BD 508). This sops up the flush of nitrates released by the rain while strengthening silica to avoid weak, watery growth. Radionics makes a hard life easier and I don’t have to set foot in soggy paddocks. I can also moderate weeds or insect invasions, and I use it in plant breeding as well. Dealing with animal ailments is simple, and I can use any homeopathic remedy in the repertory. Even better, when I can’t afford to apply physical amendments with something expensive like molybdenum or kelp I can reduce the physical application to one part in a thousandth (3x) and use radionics to get a brilliant response.



Using an Australian made Prue Instrument to impart Horn Manure and Cow Pat Pit to a farm property via a map. Although the instrument itself is no more alive than a bucket or spray rig, the dynamic pattern it transmits is the essence of life itself.


Actually I only know a fraction of the things I can do with radionics, but I have to admit because it is so easy to use I find myself applying my biodynamic preparations in far more instances than were ever possible stirring the raw preps. In the process I have learned to appreciate what each preparation does and when best to apply it.