Harold Saxton Burr

Harold Saxton Burr
Harold Saxton Burr

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Harold Saxton Burr (1889-1973) was E. K. Hunt Professor Emeritus, Anatomy at Yale University School of Medicine. Burr was a member of the faculty of medicine for over forty-three years.

From 1916 to the late 1950’s, he published, either alone or with others, more than ninety-three scientific papers. Burr is most well known for his claim that all living things are molded and controlled by electro-dynamic fields, which could be measured and mapped with standard voltmeters. He named them fields of life or simply the L-field.

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 show 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.

The Fields of Life, by Harold Saxton Burr
The Fields of Life, by Harold Saxton Burr

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.

—Leonard J. Ravitz

Most intriguingly, Ravitz demonstrated that the L-field as a whole disappears before physical death, and if this can be scientifically corroborated, we would have a sure indicator of somebody’s death, and I know this would be of great help in the hospital setting and in other situations.

While Burr expressed himself in a rather misleading terminology, speaking of ’electricity’ when he connoted that vital or life energy, and of ’electromagnetic fields’ when it’s all about The Field (Lynn Taggart), and thus the bioplasmatic life energy (that Dr. Emoto calls hado, which could be translated as ’vibration’ these hassles about terminology could not prevent most of the literature on energy and vibrational medicine to cite Burr as one of their pioneers.

Dr. Masaru Emoto points out in his book The Secret Life of Water:

About seven decades ago, a scientist named Harold Saxton Burr laid much of the basic foundation for the science of hado. Burr was a renowned professor of anatomy at Yale University. In his attempt to understand the mysteries of life, he gave us the term L-field or life field. Since all the cells without our bodies are replaced over a period of six months, why do we keep being reborn as the same person over and over? Like a mold used to make Jell-O, an invisible force enables this to happen, he believed, and he called it the ‘life field’. He believed that since the life field is an electrical field in nature, it could be measured, and he even developed his own measuring device using a voltage indicator and an electrode. He discovered that the measurements he took varied with the way the subject was feeling. He got higher voltage readings from subjects who were feeling blissful, and lower voltage readings from those feeling depressed./139

—Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water, p. 139.


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