My finger represents a ground to which a charge wants to flow. My finger is a conductor. When I touch the ball, I make the ball a conductor. Being a conductor, it draws a charge from the rod. Electrostatic force is now flowing into the ball and into my finger. When I pull my finger away, the force is still flowing from the rod into the ball. The ball is now the same charge as the rod and so they repel each other. This simple experiment reveals a deep mystery. It was later expanded upon in the invention of the Leydenjar. Large glass balls were rotated with cranks while an operator rubbed the rotating ball with fur. The resulting charges were led into a glass jar with tin foil on the inside and on the outside. Strong opposite charges would accumulate on the inner and outer surfaces of the glass and the charge could be stored for a short period of time. In the Leydenjar, static electricity migrated to the surface of the tin and the glass but not into the substances themselves. This was proved through experiment. Very strong voltages could be stored in ajar. The surfaces of the glass are induced to take a charge even though the glass is an insulator. Remember that a conductor cannot be charged because it keeps drawing forces away. While an insulator, which is a poor conductor, can be induced to hold a charge. This is a key idea when we wish to understand the relationship between electro-magnetism and the life forces found in the etheric world.
Electrostatic induction causes more force to be taken into a body than exists there normally. The body becomes charged with energy. The surface of the body is where the charge tends to congregate, not in the center. The rounder the surface, the more force the body can assimilate. What this accurately describes is the principle of the organism in biology.
Studies of the electrical and magnetic properties of simple organisms point to the relationships between crystalline structures in the center (cell nucleus) and the tension in the cell wall or membrane, brought on by electrical or magnetic stimulation. The importance of the membrane and its ability to carry and disperse charges is well documented in scientific literature. Round surfaces tend to collect and store strong charges as do the surfaces of membranes. If we could imagine a round cylinder or sphere made of many fine layers of an insulating material such as quartz or mica, we would be seeing a prototype of the Leyden jar. Such a prototype exists in the fetal layers surrounding an embryo and in the brain and its surrounding tissues. If the form were a cone shape made of many layers of calcium, we would have a mollusk. If the cone were made of quartz, we would have a cow horn. Any place where nature wants to enhance life and build a charge, we find circular surfaces composed of many layers of an insulating material.
In these natural forms, it is of the utmost importance that the increased charge of energy inside the cell or the organ or the organism is maintained and not leaked out into the environment. Through such systems of outer membranes, life becomes possible. The membranes must function in two distinct and polar ways. They must allow weak charges to enter the cell through induction. As the cell or organ or organism becomes charged and filled with life, the membranes must be capable of sustaining a higher charge. To do this, it must expand in an elastic way like a balloon. The more air we put in, the more the rubber membrane pushes back. The ability of an organism to induce and concentrate energy by expanding is called capacitance or capacity. In electrical phenomenon, the function played by the membrane in biology is taken by insulating or dielectric materials. These materials repel electricity. Two of the best dielectric insulators in use are glass and mica. These substances are used in the production of condensers which concentrate electrical energy in a given area. A simple condenser is made of two metal plates (conductors) with a dielectric (glass or mica) plate between them. The scientist Allesandro Volta used such a device to build static electricity charges when he was studying the electrical properties of common substances. Most substances are so weakly charged that they cannot be measured. Volta put arnica plate or a thin coat of shellac between the metals he was testing with an electroscope and by having to pass across an insulator, the weak charge could build on the surface of the metal. The insulator, in the form of a thin membrane, gives a certain “elastic” force to a weak charge (like the pressure building inside a balloon). Circular forms made of many thin layers of a dielectric, condense weak charges and allow them to build in pressure (voltage). It is important to note that there is no conduction in the build up of an electrostatic charge. Induction of weak charges and the storing of them along membranes is a continual process in’ nature. Diverse phenomena such as thunder-storms, earthquakes, and digestion of substances all are induction related. The crystal lattices in the great mountain ranges are inducing cosmic weak energies and storing these energies in the membranous inner surfaces of the rocks. Induction then, is an on going organic process in nature. Capacitance or the concentrating of .weak energies into powerful ones requires very special properties and conditions.
In the cosmic pipe mentioned at the beginning of this essay, the PVC and the basalt were dielectric insulators. The round form of the PVC pipe acts to condense the weak forces inducted from the cosmos. The copper wire draws the capacity from the pipe and directs it to the ground. Condensers, by balancing capacitance andinduction, self regulate the flow of energies in a circuit. Indeed, this is often their purpose for being in a circuit, to act as a governor. Perhaps the wire in the cosmic pipe is conducting the life force before it has reached the proper stage. Whatever the case, the copper wire is an addition to a system which works best without conductors. The induction/capacitance model in electricity and magnetism is an objective, clear imagination at work in the complex energy exchanges involving the soil, plants, animals and human beings. We have found it as a model for diverse forms of horns, and organs in the animal world and in embryology.
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