By taking the right paths we are led back to Nature and hence to the source of life, to healthy water. The higher up such water springs forth from Mother Earth the healthier it is. Borne up by inner energies it emerges only when ripe—when it has achieved its proper physical composition and when it must leave the Earth. The absorbed air content of such water consists of about 96% gaseous, physically dissolved carbones. As a result the psyche or the character of water can be described as being of very high calibre.
There are some springs which exhibit such a high content of carbonic acid (this expression is in any case incorrect) that when small animals inhale the vapour from it in the surrounding atmosphere they die almost instantly—the Dog Spring in Naples being an example. This water is also dangerous for people who suck it into their mouths directly from the spring, and inhale its rising gases at the same time. Mountain folk call such springs ‘poisonous water’. Today springs can still be found which people avoid and which are fenced off to prevent access by grazing cattle.
According to folklore these springs are inhabited by ‘Waterworm’ which, if swallowed, irrevocably cause death within a few days. If a metal container is filled with such water and placed in the open air, the water heats up inordinately quickly, displaying a slight effervescence at the surface. Incidentally this phenomenon also sometimes happens when wells are bored. Whenever these events occur, the exposed water quickly subsides and the well is soon dry. When such water is exposed to the air, the emergence of an abundance of bacterial life is soon observed. The warmer the water becomes, the less complex and the more primitive the bacteria. If warmed-up rainwater is poured into this water, a few drops of oil are added and the whole container sealed, the contents of the container very soon explode.
What has happened here? The negative atmosphere, the psyche contained in the high-grade spring water oxidises. It interacts with warm, heavily-oxygenated and consequently predominantly positively-charged air. When this interactive expansion encounters an obstacle and when a high-grade carbone is present—for example, in the form of oil—it shatters the container.
If such water is drunk quickly when the body is hot, the same phenomenon occurs in the body of the drinker. The affected person feels a stabbing pain in the lungs and dies within a few days. Alpine farmers describe this rapid sickening as the ‘vanishing lung disease’ (galloping consumption). If such cases are less frequent today than in earlier times, this is only because such high-grade water is now rarely found.
By means of the above interactions, energies will be either freed or bound. The defining factors connected with this encompass the diverse composition of the atmosphere and the varying effect of light, both of which are conditional on the season and the height of the Sun. The longer the water is exposed to the influence of light and the more it comes into contact with the air during flow or through mechanical motion (stirring action), the more it will relinquish its former geospheric characteristics, absorb those of the atmosphere and become warm, stale and insipid.
The more immature (juvenile) the water emerging from seepage springs or otherwise extracted from the ground, and the smaller the difference between contrasting magnitudes originally present, the weaker will be the interactions. The more inferior the quality of the products of this energy-exchange, the less complex are the micro-organisms which evolve. This necessarily results in the mental and physical degeneration of all those organisms that use this low-quality water in order to function. If the vitally important oxidising processes can no longer occur in an appropriate high-grade form, it is unreasonable to expect to find high-grade properties and processes continuing in water that is no longer able to maintain its inner ripeness or has lost its previously mature characteristics. It should therefore come as no surprise if, in such water, a variety of more primitive life-forms come into existence, which ultimately pose a threat even to human life.
Whereas an initial supply of oxygen was necessary for the emergence and development of these organisms, an excessive concentration of oxygen or an over-supply of a lower-grade oxygen would tend to be fatal to them. In this regard the same sort of thing happens to us. If we wish to visit the sphere of oxygen, the stratosphere, we must take with us oxygen of the same composition normally encountered in our own sphere. The same holds true for the supply of fresh water on ocean voyages. If excessive quantities of oxygen are injected into water then, in the long run, such water can support neither bacterium nor human being. Since the bacterium has no other way to breathe it must die immediately—whereas the human being, who at least still has a chance to gulp down some healthy air, perishes only in the course of time.
The body’s metabolic processes are dependent on a specific composition of basic elements—the carbone and oxygen groups contained in water. Similarly, the development of qualitatively high-grade vegetation is dependent upon there being a particular ratio between the quantities and qualities of these substances in the basic formative substance—water. These quantities and qualities generate a particular internal temperature appropriate to each organism in which they are taken up (whether by breathing, through the consumption of food or the direct supply of water) as a result of the interactions occurring during these reciprocal oxidising processes.
A particular inner temperature produces a certain physical form which in turn generates the special kind of immaterial energy we encounter as character. Hence the old saying mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body). If the composition of basic substances should in any way be altered, not only must the metabolic basis for further growth of the body change but so must its spiritual and intellectual growth and further development.
Briefly summarised: healthy air, healthy food and healthy water produce not only a healthy body but also good character traits.