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The L-field is an alleged common phenomenon of all life, which can be detected by standard voltmeters. It was proposed by Harold Saxton Burr to be a blueprint-like mold for all life. Whereas the voltage measurements themselves were not cast into doubt, Burr's interpretation failed to gather a lasting impression in science. The concept is still used in some branches of alternative medicine.
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Beginning in the 1930s with H.S. Burr's seminal work at Yale, there has been a gradual accumulation of hard data to support the hypothesis of subtle energy fields that govern the human body. Burr set up a series of ingenious experiments, later repeated by other researchers, which demonstrated that all living organisms are surrounded and encompassed by their own energy fields, which he called Life-fields (L-fields).
He showed that changes in the electrical potential of the L-field would lead to changes in the health of the organism. By leaving some trees on the Yale campus hooked up to his L-field detectors for decades, he was able to demonstrate that changes in environmental electromagnetic fields, caused by such things as the phases of the moon, sunspot activity, and thunderstorms, substantially affected the L-field. He found he could detect a specific field of energy in a frog's egg, and that the nervous system would later develop precisely within that field, suggesting that the L-field was the organizing matrix for the body.
In his work with humans, he was able to chart and predict the ovulation cycles of women, to locate internal scar tissue, and to diagnose potential physical ailments, all through the reading of the individual's L-field. This latter finding, leading to his insistence that the L-field forms primary to the physical, would eventually have Burr vilified for "wishful vitalism".
Student and colleague Leonard Ravitz carried Burr's work forward. Ravitz focused especially on the human dimension, beginning with a solid demonstration of the effects of the lunar cycle on the human L-field, reaching a peak of activity at the full moon. Through work with hypnotic subjects, he demonstrated that changes in the L-field directly relate to changes in a person's mental and emotional states. "Both emotional activity and stimuli of any sort involve mobilization of electrical energy, as indicated on the galvanometer, hence, both emotions and stimuli evoke the same energy. Emotions can be equated with energy." Most intriguingly, Ravitz showed that the L-field as a whole disappears before physical death.
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