October 2, 2006 - October 30, 2006
2) - Rome, Tuscany, Assisi, Venice, and Mr. Schauberger October
Meeting with the grandson of genius inventor Viktor Schauberger
As we left Venice, a wonderful synchronicity occurred. I (Gabriel)
had been in contact with Joerg Schauberger, the grandson of
Viktor Schauberger. Many of my friends have heard me talk
about Viktor Schauberger. He was a genius who made his mark
in the earlier half of the 20th century, and what a mark it
was, except it was mostly unnoticed. He prophesized the impending
ecological (crisis leading to the devastation of the earth’s
systems (pollution of water, air and even the aspect of global
warming) back then. He developed principles and methods of
working with nature instead of against it, to heal the planet.
His ideas were way ahead of his time, and possibly ahead of
our time still. If his principles and understandings and inventions
were utilized today I believe they could change the destructive
course we are on.
Plays a Key Role in Our Meeting
Joerg Schauberger is the head of his grandfather’s PKS
institute (Pythagoras Kepler System) in Bad Ischl, Austria.
I would have loved to see Vienna, but I was especially compelled
to visit this
institute and learn more about this man, and how his ideas
were being carried on and developed today. I had emailed Joerg
earlier in the summer, but our journey was veering away from
Northern and Eastern Europe, and now as we prepared to leave
Italy, we were looking at the end of the trip, with not enough
time to finish our “plans” for Spain and Portugal.
We were preparing to take overnight trains to and from Austria,
and then rent a car and drive, to spend a few hours at the
institute. Then we received an email from Joerg that he would
be at a seminar in Italy during the time we wanted to visit
him in Austria.
this synchronicity unfolded, when Icasiana and I returned
from Venice to the town of Padova, where we had left the van,
we set out to find Joerg at his seminar. Amazingly, it was
only 10 miles away from where we were. We were honored with
being able to meet Joerg Schauberger at his hotel, and he
graciously met with us the next morning and shared his life
as a Schauberger, and where he intended to take the principles
he had grown up with and learned from his grandfather Viktor
and his father Walter Schauberger.
Our World Could Be?
I had a number or questions to ask him and was very glad that
Icasiana was with me, she has such a gift of bringing out
of people what is inside of them. Let me explain some of the
principles of Viktor Schauberger that have made such an impression
on me and have propelled me to learn more about them and then
see how they can be applied in our world today.
of all, his work is based upon the view that nature is to
be studied and then copied, let us work with nature, not against
nature. He was a forester in the still primeval (virgin) forests
of Austria. He studied the way that the natural cycles of life
manifested, and how healthy forests were so vital for the
replenishment of water supplies, in the springs, wells, and
He discovered how rivers intrinsically kept themselves vital
and alive. For example, he noticed that salmon were able to
swim upstream in the streams, and that trout could be still
in the water and maintain their position in a fast flowing
river. How is this possible? He discovered that there are
levitational forces that allow the fish to swim upstream or
maintain their position while being still. This phenomenon
is dependant upon the temperature, energy and motion of the
water. When he poured warm water upstream of the fish, they
would flow downstream and would no longer be able to levitate
and maintain their position. I found these discoveries fascinating
and intrigued about their implications, so I wanted to learn
Egg Shape of Life
Viktor Schauberger developed many applications for his profound
principles. The egg shape is what biological life has created
as the perfect form. And he utilizes this principle for example
in building compost in this shape as well as using this form
to contain water as well as other innovations. Another principle
is that life creates energy through an implosive process.
At present, our systems of energy creation for electricity
and cars, etc. is done through an explosive process. This
creates tremendous heat in the environment (adding to global
warming), as well as being a highly polluting process. His
implosive process of energy creation is envisioned as a non-polluting,
cooling one. During his lifetime, Viktor developed machines
that worked on creating energy through an implosive processes.
In the books I have read, it is suggested that he did build
a prototype during the war, but it was destroyed as a result
of events of the war. It seems to me that implosive technology
is what the future could be for safe, cool and clean forms
in the Man
Not only was Viktor an amazing revolutionary, I believe he
was a mystic who was able to travel within to the energy behind
the forms of life. He was able to delve into the inner nature
of water and understand it at a profound level. His insight
showed him that the way water moves is crucial for its health.
He saw that as water moves in a spiral, vortex motion it increases
its vitality, it raises its frequency, it takes on life energy.
When the flow of water is interfered with, it may not be able
to move in its natural vortical motion, and now, instead of
its motion increasing its vitality, it decreases its capacity
to carry life. These are my beliefs too as a healer and chiropractor
that the spiral motion is the basis of life, of all living
forms vis a vis the spiral of DNA. This is why rivers that
are put into canals become sick. Amazingly, Schauberger found
that when a river is polluted, if it can be allowed to move
in its natural way unhindered, it will restore its health
and vitality – it would clean its waters. This is an
amazing finding that has huge ramifications for how we manage
and care for our rivers and waterways; they can be revitalized
and brought back to health, as well as lessen the threats
Commitment to his Family’s Legacy
Joerg has decided to devote his energy to developing his grandfather’s
ideas about water. Water is the basis of life, essential for
our survival. Every living species needs access to good, healthy,
clean, and vital water. Based upon the principle that water
is made more vital by flowing in a vortex motion, he is developing
and making products that will create this motion of the water
for plumbing in the house, showers, for ponds and rivers to
help clean them up. He has also consulting with academics
and other governmental bodies in Austria to assist in the
management of waterways and farming with instruments that
promote life (copper and brass for farm implements, i.e. plows)
instead of diminishing soil fertility like steel does.
was able to clear up a number of questions I had and point
out a number of things that I hadn’t been aware of and
had never thought of. For example, I had read from Viktor
that when he put warm water upstream of the fish, they would
not be able to swim upstream or maintain their position in
the water as mentioned earlier. I had assumed that this occurred
when the warm water flowed to where the fish were. What Joerg
elucidated was that actually this phenomenon occurred as soon
as the warm water was put in the stream; it did not wait until
the water flowed to where the fish were. This seems to indicate
that it was not the warm water itself, but a disruption of the energetic dynamic of the water.
a Celebrity in my own Family
Joerg told us a funny story about how he started working with
his grandfather’s revolutionary work. He had been working
as a radio show host interviewing celebrities. He got to thinking
about it, and asked himself why he would be doing this, promoting
these celebrities when his own grandfather was a celebrity
himself, and bigger than they were for that matter. Why not
promote and develop what was his legacy? The irony is that
Viktor Schauberger’s work is so revolutionary and so profound, yet so little is known by the
world today. Joerg is on a mission to change this.
believe his ideas should be incorporated into public policy
and research. He was a naturalist before the term was invented.
He was an ecologist way before Rachel Carson’s book
Silent Spring, and he was green before anyone knew what it
was. I would like to see this revolutionary man’s ideas
understood by people of the world and utilized for the common
good. I encourage you to learn more about Schauberger’s
work. His philosophies and processes are elucidated in several
books written by Callum Coates that I would recommend. Especially
the book: “Living Energies” by Callum Coates.
Also, “Living Water” by Mr Olof Alexandersson.
can check these web sites about Viktor Schauberger:
(contact info for PKS institute and Joerg Schauberger)
(his books and websites)
(books about him and a brief bio)
let’s get back to what happened before this meeting
with Mr. Schauberger, sans children... (well almost...)
we left Damanhur, we (the parents) were alone without the
older kids. We had taken a leap and entrusted them with our
new friend Joan Kolari (from Marin County in California) who
lives at Damanhur. We were excited for them because they wanted to
stay at Damanhur, and that desire suggested to us they were
ready to stretch and learn about themselves in a whole new
we were ready to stretch ourselves and enjoy a little honeymoon,
albeit with our little baby, Elijah. First though we had to
experience the frustration of getting lost and getting stuck
in a major traffic jam through Torino (site of the recent
winter Olympics). Yes I (Gabriel) was getting very frustrated
and convinced that the road signs had all been neglected to
be put up on this part of the roads which was leading to my
making all wrong turns. It was amusing after awhile as we
joked that all roads led to Roma. Well it seemed that way
Friends, Ancient Sites and Remarkable Roma
After fits and starts we started to settle into life on the
road with the three of us. Well we just had a grand old time.
We first went to Rome. We had the good fortune to be hosted
by new friends Stefano and Francesca who we were introduced to (through
email!) by my old friend John Fusco. They took us in like
long lost friends and made us feel so welcome, they even gave
us their master bedroom and made us meals and everything.
Icasiana especially loved the espresso coffee and the long
talks – two of her favorite things.
also had the privilege of spending time with Francesa’s
mother, Maria Louisa. She’s a Reiki Master and clairvoyant
(sensitive) who we all connected with, especially Elijah and
Icasiana felt a strong bond, as if they knew each other before
– what a surprise! We considered giving up the rest
of the trip and staying here, all right – just kidding.
took the train into Rome and left the van at their home, we
did not want to drive into Rome since we had heard horror
stories of theft, vandalism, and maniacal drivers. We walked
through the streets and enjoyed the sights and the street
theater in some of the plazas. We visited the famous St. Peter’s
Basilica and the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo in the Vatican
City, I found myself wondering about the affect of the Church
through the ages, of their ways of control and suppression of the people. Icasiana had told me that her uncle,
Uncle Jose had studied to become a Jesuit priest. He was sent
to the Vatican for his ordination. He was so disgusted and
disillusioned by the opulence and wealth of the Church amid
the poverty and oppression of the people, that he left Italy
and the order, never to return, and never to become a priest.
– Power to Incite Repulsion
I was fascinated to see the Coliseum and it did not disappoint
us in its capacity to incite feelings of horror and revulsion
in us. The ancient games played out here where the gladiators
would fight to the death, and where gladiators killed thousands
of animals for sport. And in between these events, the slaves
and other sundry sorts were fed to the lions, including Christians,
all for the viewing pleasure of the spectators in the Coliseum.
All of this viewing was paid for by the Senators, key influential
politicians of the day as a way to obtain popularity, some
things never change. As soon as we got there, both Icasiana
and I were sick to our stomachs, and Elijah didn’t stop
crying until we left. It sure was fun.
While in the area of Rome, Stefano and Francesca took us to
the Etruscan ruins. Etruscans were the people that inhabited
Italy prior to the Romans or the Italics. Their ancient tombs
were similar to the Egyptians; so much of their life was spent erecting
these massive underground, stone edifices for their and their
descendents’ burials. We visited several of these tombs
and found their structures quite amazing. They, like the Egyptians,
believed their work in the afterlife was even more important
than their current life.
Jewels and Jewish History Repeated
After enjoying being with our new friends in Rome we finally
pulled away and headed out to Tuscany, to see Siena, San Gimignano,
Vinci, and Assisi. Siena had an amazing plaza in the shape
of a clam shell. I loved being in the plaza, where all the
people came to congregate, partake in meals, and meet friends.
While in Sienna we also had the opportunity to visit the ancient
Jewish section of town.
like in many of the other places we have traveled, the Jews
were sequestered into a very small area of town, with walls
and gates erected to “keep them in their place.”
The synagogue was in excellent condition. We met a nice woman
from the United States, Linda Paul, who interpreted the Hebrew
in the temple for us. She also mentioned a place we must see
when we visit Portugal, Belmonte (beautiful mountain), that
holds a very unique history of the Jews. At the Synagogue
in Sienna they had a beautiful carved antique chair known
as “Elijah’s chair”, a. We thought, “how
perfect?”, we’d place our little Elijah on the
chair to see how it fit him. He screamed, cried and wriggled himself until we took him off, and then Linda
shared with us that this is the chair that Jewish babies are
circumcised in. Oh.
then traveled on to Assisi. Birthplace of St. Francis.
Francis of Assisi
I (Icasiana) have a strong connection to the village of Assisi;
this was a place I definitely wanted/needed to visit. As I
have an affinity with Mother Mary, I also feel an affinity
for St. Francis. Maybe it is because of his special connection with
the animals and with nature; what has made such a strong impression
on me is his huge heart and his deep conviction in his beliefs.
arrived in the area of Assisi and quickly found a nice campsite.
After dinner we drove up to the town of Assisi. It’s
a medieval walled city perched on a mountain. To get there
you pass through the road that winds back and forth until you reach
the peak. Along the pathways are several churches, monasteries
and commercial areas, all neat and well-kept. We arrived at
the Chapel of St. Francesco when it was dark, and closed,
but the outside lights were shining onto the church and the
courtyard below in a very soft and inviting manner. Gabriel
and I were both drawn to the church. There are actually two
churches, one built on top of the other, but both accessible and used today for services. I found out the next
day that the one below had much more of a pull for me, something
churches were built starting two years after St. Francis’s
death. The church below contained the crypt of St. Francis
and crypts for four of his very close disciples. We had also
learned about the life of St. Francis. He was a son of a wealthy
Italian merchant and a beautiful French woman. His father
was very disappointed with his son who had his own ideas for
his life and had no intention of following in his footsteps
to the merchant trade. Francis believed in a different life,
so spiritual and so different than his father that when Francis
was young his father locked him up in chains under their stairwell.
His mother who loved her son and wanted him to live his own life would free him from his shackles. It turns out that
Francis denounced his family’s fortune to follow his
calling. After his vision with Jesus he met with the Pope
and was able to form a very severe and austere order of priests
and nuns; the Franciscan Order. These people took a vow of
poverty, chastity and charity.
Message is Love
The following day, while praying in the crypt where St. Francis
was buried, I was instructed to visit the small church, just
outside of town, where Francis as a young man was visited
by Jesus through a crucifix hanging in the church. I was very
excited and anticipated some message or vision that would
be shown to me while at this Church. Gabriel, my trusted sidekick,
took Elijah into the courtyard to schmooze with the pilgrims
and visiting people, while I went into the church to meditate.
The first message was a simple one, a message directly for
me. Jesus told me that I don’t have to come to churches,
or sacred sites, or energy spots to have a connection with
the divine. I just need to take a moment; still the mind and
I will connect to the universal force that is the Creator.
I laugh every time I hear this message as I KNOW this to be
true, but I tend to do things my own way, even if they are
at times more difficult. I’m happy to admit, though,
that since that last message, I have been taking the time
every day to make this special connection. The second message
was for all of us. This was a message about our remembering.
Jesus told me how Creator has sent so many messengers, prophets,
messiahs and special people to help remind us of our own divinity
and our direct connection with the Creator. He even said that
most people have mis-interpreted the message of his own suffering
and the crucifixion by focusing more on the form than the
message. The message, he said, is to remind us of our own
power and our capacity to love. Jesus took the form of a man
so he could live among us and share God’s message of
love. Instead of receiving his simple message, it instead
incited fear and resistance among the ruling elite and the
religious leaders of the time. In seeking to maintain control
over the people, the leaders ignored his message and instead
ordered him killed.
the moments during his suffering and his imminent death, Jesus
continued to forgive his tormenters and prayed for their own
healing. The compassion he showed demonstrated his love for
humankind and his love for our Creator. His main message to
me is that focusing on the form of his death and dying, and
praying to an image of him crucified on the cross is missing
the purpose of his mission, his mission is to spread the message
of love. That was the Word, and the Word is love.
are we spreading this message? Is it through our work, our
artistry, our voices, our parenting, our friendships, our
deeds? Whatever or however we demonstrate this message, it
all supports the message of Samadhi (connectedness) to our
universe, our Creator and each other.
and Disconnection – Our Own Cross to Bear
Our suffering, our own “dying on the cross” comes
from the feeling of disconnection. Our purpose here on earth
may not be clear, our reason for being is not known, and our
separation from Creator is immense. All of these moments,
or possibly lifetimes, are rooted in fear, not love. If we
can only re-member who we are and how we were created in the
image of God, our suffering will end. I was elated to be reminded
of this message. As I emerged from the church I could hear
Elijah’s sweet voice, laughing and cooing –he
makes friends with everyone. It helps to have a small child
reminding us of our connection to all beings.
Hometown of Vinci
Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo daVinci was not what we
expected. The museum there was very disappointing. We had
driven a long way to get to Vinci and thought there would
have been a lot more to see. Unfortunately, many of his drawings
were on display at the Uffizia Museum in Firenze (Florence).
We had waited in the line to get in to the Museum while in
Firenze, but our friend Jim Vecchi arrived to meet us and
so we decided to spend time with him and his friend Kat instead
of waiting in line. When we returned from lunch, we waited
in the line again. Just a few minutes before we reached the
ticket office, the guards told us that the museum was closed
due to a death – well, that was our best interpretation
of what was spoken to us in rapid Italian. A bit disappointed,
we left Florence to continue our journey.
time in Tuscany was short, but oh so sweet.
I (Icasiana) had always wanted to go to Venice. My fantasy
was to ride a Gondola through the canals with my beloved.
I didn’t have a “beloved” at that time so
I was sure glad Gabriel decided to marry me and take me to
Venice. On our second night at sunset, Gabriel and I had our
ride. It was so wonderful, better than what I had imagined
it to be. The lights reflecting on the water was magical.
As we moved through the water, the rhythm of the boat, and
the gentle gliding of the gondolier’s oar left me feeling
blissful as I held the hand of my beloved Gabriel. I closed
my eyes and reveled in the moment. It was delightful, I will
treasure those moments for a lifetime.
Meaning of “Geto” (pronounced Jeto)
In Venice we were able to visit the Jewish quarters. We spent
an entire afternoon in the museum and three of the five synagogues
in the Jewish section of Venice. Surprisingly, they were in
a more central area of the city. Usually Jews were segregated
in the outskirts of a city beginning in the 1200’s of
Europe. In Venice, the area where they lived had been the
ironworks foundries which were called the geto. The word ghetto
comes from this adaptation of the word geto and is the first
time in history it was used. The Jewish people had three gates
that allowed their passage during the day but they had to
wear a yellow hat when out of their Ghetto area At night the
gates were shut and locked up, like a prison with guards to
ensure they didn’t venture out. As we now know, Hitler
was not the first to institute this kind of segregation and
persecution; it was practiced in medieval times throughout
many areas of Europe that we visited, not to mention ancient
Egypt. We saw it here in Italy in towns such as Siena and
Venice, we saw it in Greece, (Gabriel’s grandparents
lived in the Jewish ghetto of Janina), we heard about it in
Portugal, and we would see it later on the trip to Spain,
There were two Sephardic and three Ashkenazi synagogues in
Venice. We visited one of the Sephardic and two of the Ashkenazi.
They were surprisingly quite ornate. Previously, when I first
went to temple with Gabriel I remarked how plain the temple
is (coming from a Catholic background, it seemed odd). He
had told me that synagogues were plain by intent. There was
no worshiping of idols. This was the way of the Jewish people
to not be ostentatious in the building of their sacred places.
Very different from the churches and cathedrals we had visited.
Well, I suppose the Venetian Jews thought differently because
these synagogues were quite elaborate and ornate. The marble
and the carvings were fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed our
time in the ghetto, learning about the Jews of this area.
Again, though, all the Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz.
Out of the hundreds sent, only 6 people returned. Today there
is a very small community of 500
Jews in Venice.