be well, be love.
the breathing of the earth
with vladislav lugovenko
by carol hiltner
this article represents the first presentation to the english-speaking world of lugovenko's important work.
if, as mystical tradition tells us, the earth is a living system, how might she be doing that most fundamental process of life known as breathing? might evidence for the earth's breathing not be winessed as oscillations in the flow of subtle energies through and between the earth and the cosmos?
this was the thinking of russian astrophysicist vladisvlav lugoveko. and in the course of a lifetime of research, he has devised experiments that detect and measure just such an oscillation in this flow. moreover, his experiments have been replicated.
during the past decade, lugovenko's experimental data has revealed not only that the earth breathes — with striking similarities to the breathing patterns of human beings — but that her breathing is dynamically affected not only by events in the cosmos but also by human thought.
what is this "breathing" of the earth?
first of all, lugovenko has found, there is a daily rhythm. the breathing is quiet at night. then, as the earth spins toward the sunrise, the particular pattern and amplitude of that day moves like a wave around the earth, varying gradually according to other influences like sun spots, meteorological disturbances, earthquakes, and human activity.
there are seasonal fluctuations. for example, the earth's breathing is quieter in the winter. and there appear to be longer breathing cycles — periods of years — that seem to be affected by celestial bodies such as comets.