by Brendan D. Murphy
December 13, 2014

from WakeUp-World Website

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Brendan D. Murphy is an independent researcher and author who has been studying metaphysics, the occult, physics, and related subjects since a profound metaphysical awakening around the age of twenty. Now twenty-eight, Brendan has spent the past four years researching and assembling his forthcoming book series The Grand Illusion on a full-time basis in preparation for release in 2012.








Though previously a popular scientific concept (in the form of the lumeniferous ether), the notion of an ether (ether) had essentially become taboo in science after the infamous Michelson-Morley (M-M) experiment supposedly disproved its existence in 1887, even though at best (or worst) all it did was seemingly to disprove (or rather, fail to demonstrate) the existence of an inert material or mechanical ether, hanging in the air like a gas.


The adoption of Einstein's relativistic theories where space-time was dependent on (relative to) an observer's speed supposedly ruled out an etheric medium which rationally offered a single universal metric for space and for time.

Scientist and author Gregg Braden, in 'The Divine Matrix - Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief,' has referred to the M-M experiment as "history's greatest 'failed' experiment."







Independent researcher Gary Novak adds that not only did the M-M experiment fail to find an etheric medium in space for conducting light waves, it failed to produce any result at all:

"A looked-for diffraction pattern did not appear. The absence of a result is not a valid basis for conclusions in science. Any number of explanations exist for the result."

Continuing, Novak states frankly:

"Failing to find the etheric medium should have meant nothing…and a recent mathematical analysis is said to show that if the curvature of the earth were taken into account, the result would have been different." [1]

Other researchers have expressed the view that it is "totally absurd" to consider Einstein's relativity and the M-M experiment to be a disproof of an underlying etheric medium. [2]


As independent physicist Paul LaViolette points out in Genesis of the Cosmos, the ether theory wasn't abandoned because of experimental disproof; it just went out of style.

In contemporary particle physics, the ether has its counterpart in the zero point field (ZPF) and zero point energy - the quantum foam seething with its endless array of virtual particles bubbling momentarily into our reality and vanishing just as quick.


We need to stress:

The ether is not physical (like a gas), but it does produce physical effects.

In fact, it is the ZPF/ether and its abundant quantum activity that creates and sustains matter itself.

Former nuclear weapons technician in the US Air Force Henry C. Warren has pointed out that the M-M experiment,

"was an invalid test" and explains that what Einstein's general relativity effectively did "was to rename ether and call it space. This model preferentially uses expressions such as fabric of space or medium in space, without spelling out precisely the nature of that fabric or medium".

He adds that,

"any other model that is based on the inflow of a spatial medium or fabric…can meet all the same experimental tests that led to the acceptance of general relativity." [3]

Indeed, Einstein had said:

"Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter…


Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. In this way the concept 'empty space' loses its meaning… The particle can only appear as a limited region in space in which the field strength or the energy density are particularly high." [4]

In a 1920 lecture, after his theory of general relativity was fully developed, Einstein acknowledged the necessity for ether, and did so again in his book Relativity. [5]


More recently, the highly respected physicist William Tiller of "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" movie fame - also an original thinker and experimenter in consciousness research - has written that an ether is necessary when considering the subtler/occult forces and the origins of known forces and matter in general. [6]

Warren emphasizes:

"A vertically entrained ether theory is fully consistent with the [M-M] null results as Michelson and Lorentz of the Lorentz-FitzGerald formula firmly believed." [7]

As the ether theory illustrates, the spatial/etheric inflow towards the center of a celestial body creates the "pull" of gravity and the so-called "curvature" of Einstein's relativistic "curved space," which is merely the etheric medium renamed.


Space is not curved but Euclidian in this view.


In a heated defense of the 1933 Dayton Miller ether experiments, James DeMeo asserts that in combination, the small Michelson-Morley drift and the greater drift of the Dayton Miller experiments, which were performed at a higher altitude, actually support an entrained ether theory. [8]


In 1986, the journal Nature reported on the results of experiments conducted with more sensitive equipment than what was available to Michelson and Morley. A field with the characteristics of the ether was detected, and it behaved just as the older predictions had suggested it would a century before.


It was,

"precisely linked to the motion of the earth through space, just as had been predicted!" [9]

There were several theories that were proposed to explain the initial M-M null result, including Einstein's Special Relativity.


Michelson, himself a Nobel laureate, rejected the Special Relativity theory and championed the "ether drag" theory, which had been proposed as early as 1831. [10]


Experiments by Michelson and Gale actually supported the case for a "physical" vacuum, though fundamentalized relativistic Science prefers to ignore this. [11]


Though the Priesthood of Official Science would never let on, many have criticized the theoretical removal of the ether, including Michelson himself. [12]


Other researchers have attempted to correct the misconception of the apparently failed ether hypothesis through the years, with little success, due to the perceived prestige of Einstein's entrenched theories and the assumptions carried with them.

Moreover, with the advent and establishment of Darwinism through the mid-to-late 1800s, the Western world was developing an incredible bias towards reductionist ways of viewing the universe and everything in it, and etheric models were inevitably going to be crushed.


"Scientific materialism" (an oxymoron in the context of a discussion on the origins of reality) became the dominant paradigm, and reached its zenith (or nadir, depending on your viewpoint) in the 1950s when Crick and Watson discovered the DNA helix, which the scientific world viewed as the material source of life.


With Darwinism and DNA primacy in full flight, unconscious mankind could not see that the source of life actually did not lie in this electrochemical "physical" reality at all.

In fact, the experiments and research of,

  • Georges Sagnac (early 1900s)

  • Herbert Ives (mid-1900s)

  • Panagiottis Pappas (1983)

  • Ernest Silvertooth (1987)

  • Peter Graneau (1980s),

...and others (including Ampère) have rendered invalid both special relativity and general relativity,

"and with [GR] goes the expanding-universe theory. Consequently the entire edifice of modern relativistic cosmology has begun to crumble." [13]


NOTE: Einstein's GR (General Relativity) equations demanded an expanding or contracting universe which caused him to introduce the cosmological constant notion whose purpose was to ensure a stationary space-time continuum, which he believed in. The expanding/Big Bang universe idea is not compatible with today's scientific evidence and does not afford the universe enough time to create stars and galaxies. [14]



Scientist and ether researcher David Thomson laments on his blog the nonsensical stance mainstream physics has taken towards the ether and the fabric of reality, and asks how much longer it will be before the popular PC theories essentially collapse under their own weight:

Mainstream science tells us the Ether does not exist because it is not physical. However, mainstream science talks about "electrical currents" and "twisted magnetic field lines" as though they were physical objects…


[C]urrent is not a physical object of itself. Also, magnetic field lines are considered by mainstream science to be mathematical structures, not physical structures. Like the Ether, magnetic flux lines are non-material. Students of the Ether Physics Model clearly understand that magnetic flux lines are Ether structures.


So the acknowledgement of the reality of magnetic flux lines is the acknowledgement of the reality of Ether! The more science learns the truth about existence, the closer they are getting to returning to the Ether theories of the past.


How much more strain can mainstream science take before they are forced to recognize the Ether Physics Model? [15]

Theoretical and conceptual genius and long-time researcher Lt. Col. Tom Bearden has also lamented the peculiar psychology of mainstream research regarding the potential of tapping the ether/vacuum for infinite energy. [16]


This is science in the theoretical no-man's land of ether-lessness. Etheric models of reality are the only viable remaining ones, and all ether theories agree that our "physical" dimension emerges from this intangible vibrating substrate. [17]


The highly respected physicist Paul Dirac wrote in an article in Nature in 1951 that,

"[w]e must make some profound alterations to the theoretical idea of the vacuum," and added that "with the new theory of electrodynamics we are rather forced to have an ether."

Sixty years on, Dirac's words are even more pertinent.


Others who have devoted many years of their life to promoting the ether theory are:

  • Maurice Allais (Nobel Prize 1988 - Economics)

  • physicist Harold Aspden

  • Steven Rado

  • Ken H. Sato

  • Gordon L. Ziegler,

...and many others.


The list of anti-relativity scientists is even longer (generally scientists are anti-relativity because the verifiable formulas of relativity can be derived from classical physics and in fact many of the formulas used in relativity existed before relativity). Many scientists are both pro-ether and anti-relativity. [18]


There are many experimental effects and research data that essentially necessitate an etheric model, as noted. A very brief list of such phenomena includes:

The Casimir Effect, wherein two parallel plates held very close to each other are pushed together by the invisible "virtual" forces of the vacuum/ether/zero point field surrounding them. [19]

The Aspden effect demonstrated that an object that has been rotated and returned to a stationary position can then be accelerated up to the same speed again using less energy than on the first go. [20]

The DePalma effect shows that when two balls - one of them spinning rapidly and the other not - are catapulted at the same speed and angle through a vacuum, the one that is spinning will travel higher, fall faster, and move farther overall than its non-spinning counterpart, defying all known "laws" of physics. [21]


The spinning motion seems to alter the amount of time "experienced" by the ball, as well as lessening its mass, thus allowing it to travel further and fall faster than the non-spinning ball.

Russian biophysicist S.E. Shnoll's 30-plus years of research reveal the existence of a previously unknown relationship between fluctuations in the rates of radioactive and other processes in the laboratory, and major astronomical cycles, including the day, month, and year, [22] all of which would not be possible without a unified universal field or ether.

Russian electrophysiologist Dr. A. Podshibyakin discovered that by charting acupuncture points, a correlation is revealed between the human "bioplasma" energy field and changes on the surface of the sun - at the exact moment solar flares occur, there are changes in the electrical potential of the skin's acupuncture points. In some way, the bioplasma of the body is sensitive to these explosions the instant they occur, even though it takes about two days for the cosmic particles to actually reach the Earth.


The only plausible mechanism for such superluminal effects is torsion/scalar waves in the ether. Podshibyakin also established a correlation between solar flares and significant increases in road accidents.


Incidentally, it is cases like this that prove one of the fundamental underlying principles of astrology: everything is nonlocally interconnected.

Most interesting from an astrological point of view is the related evidence of John H. Nelson, a radio engineer, who has discovered that magnetic disturbance in the Earth's atmosphere (which corresponds to the incidence of solar flares) can be predicted according to the conjunctions and aspects formed by the major planets. When the planets line up in the traditionally "inharmonious" angles, magnetic disturbance is strongest; when they line up in traditionally "harmonious" angles, it is weakest. [23]


For instance, Nelson found that sunspots and therefore radio disturbances occurred when two or more planets were in line, at right angles, or arranged at 180° to the sun. [24]

Numerous predictions were made by LaViolette based on his etheric subquantum kinetics model, which were ultimately borne out by astronomical observation - one such prediction, made in 1985, being that light is, in fact, not a constant throughout the cosmos (vindicated in 2007 by astronomers). [25]


Another postulation subsequently validated by observation was that dwarf elliptical galaxies evolve into spirals and that spirals in turn gradually evolve into giant ellipticals. [26]


Such predictions are not made in conventional non-etheric cosmology. From that perspective, such findings are "anomalous."

Eli Cartan discovered in 1913 that the fabric (flow) of space and time in Einstein's general theory of relativity not only "curves" but also possesses a spinning or spiraling movement within itself known as "torsion" or torsion fields. It is now generally accepted that the space surrounding the Earth and perhaps the entire galaxy has "right-handed spin," meaning that energy is influenced to spin clockwise as it travels through the physical vacuum. [27]


Everything that spins - whether a quantum or a planet - creates torsion waves in the process. See my article on torsion fields and paranormal phenomena here:

The work of Russian scientist Dr. Nikolai A. Kozyrev (1908-83) showed that by shaking, spinning, heating, cooling, vibrating, impacting, or breaking physical objects, their weight can be increased or decreased by subtle but definite amounts. An object temporarily caused to lose mass in such a way has it return "from out of nowhere" in a "quantized" manner (in discontinuous jumps), rather than gradually in a smooth line. [28]

In the 1990s, Evgeny Podkletnov engineered a ceramic donut-shaped superconductor ring that shielded gravity by 2–5% in objects placed over it as it spun at 5,000 RPMs. A funnel of gravity 30 centimeters above and below the device was also identified. [29]

Kozyrev proved decades ago that torsion fields travel at superluminal speeds. Such a superluminal energy, separate from gravity and electromagnetism (and even more fundamental), represents a significant breakthrough in physics - one that demands that a zero-point energy or an ether must really exist. [30]

Torsion fields that travel far beyond light speed do so in reference frames we can refer to as hyperspace; the ether and its different density levels/dimensions are hyperspace itself.


The flow of energy and information between "parallel" dimensions/virtual realities is reciprocal: our reality can influence hyperspace and vice-versa.


With this conception we have moved far beyond the idea of ether as a gas-like substance lingering in the air and into concepts that once belonged to science fiction.

Bearden can speak with some authority on the subject.


He observes:

"Every fundamental constant of nature is dynamically constructed from - and due to - the zero-point, virtual vacuum interactions that constitute 'empty' space.


The virtual 'sea' of seething waves and particles that is empty vacuum is actually an ether - a Lorentz-invariant, nonmaterial (virtual) ether, perfectly admissible by the Michelson-Morley experiment and the entire experimental basis of physics.


Indeed, Einstein once proposed naming the vacuum and its contained fields the "ether," but his suggestion was not heeded." [31]

"The message is", in the pioneering Harold Aspden's words, "[a]ccept the ether is real and has structure and you can understand how matter is created - but ignore the ether and you live in ignorance!" [32]

In mainstream physics there is the concept of the "Higgs Ocean," named after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs who conceived the idea of the Higgs Ocean and its particulate force-carrier - the Higgs boson - in 1964 while out taking a walk in the countryside.


Like the ether, the Higgs Ocean/Field is described as an all-pervading fluid-like field composed of Higgs particles which creates and maintains the physical universe and accounts for the phenomenon of inertia. A scalar field (having magnitude but no direction), it possesses a non-zero energy value, accounts for the mass of particles, and is required to keep the Standard Model mathematically consistent. [33]

In mid-2012 - and with much fanfare - the Higgs boson was said to have been discovered with a high degree of certainty (it was born out of the chaos resulting from protons being smashed together at high speeds in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland).


In Higgs' model it is the specific subatomic particle responsible for providing matter with its mass, and its momentous (not quite certain) discovery means that physicists do not have to scrap the standard model altogether. [34]


The discovery of the Higgs boson further indirectly supports the case for a fluid-like "etheric" source of creation, or "Higgs Field." Particles have to come from somewhere, after all.

In TGI 1 (and 2) I show the reader that the etheric medium and its torsion/scalar fields are the key to life itself, and the foundation and sine qua non of a science of consciousness.


Science of the 21st and 22nd centuries will increasingly become ether/consciousness science (or perhaps "conscious ether science"!), as physicists gradually acknowledge that the creative medium of our universe which spawned all known forces, subatomic particles, and minds is innately conscious.


This is, of course, axiomatic for any serious student of the nature of consciousness and/or reality.




[1] Gary Novak, Relativity,
[2] See R.W. Kehr, The Study of Ether, Ch. 1.
[3] H. C. Warren, The Entrained Spatial Medium Gravitational Sink Model.
[5] Warren, Op. cit.
[6] See W. Tiller, Psychoenergetic Science.
[7] Warren, Op. Cit.
[8] Ibid.
[9] G. Braden, The Divine Matrix, 19–21.
[10] Kehr, Op. Cit., 8.
[11] D. G. Yurth, Seeing Past the Edge, 140.
[12] Further reading on Michelson-Morley and ether:, and
[13] P. LaViolette, Genesis of the Cosmos, 270–2.
[14] Ibid., Ch. 13.
[15] D. Thomson, Ether in Space is Fluid.
[16] Lt. Col. T. Bearden, Energy Density of the Vacuum.
[17] D. Wilcoc, The Science of Oneness, Ch. 2.
[18] See Kehr, Op. Cit., Ch. 1.
[19] See B. D. Murphy, The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality - Book 1.
[20] H. Aspden, Discovery of Virtual Inertia.
[21] The Science of Oneness, Ch. 4.12 and Divine Cosmos, Ch. 1.12. See also
[22] J. Tennenbaum, Russian Discovery Challenges Existence of Absolute Time.
[23] Astrology.
[24] L. Watson, Supernature, 38.
[25] P. LaViolette, Subquantum Kinetics. See also Yurth, Seeing Past the Edge, for more on the speed of light as a constant idea.
[26] Ibid., 94.
[27] See The Ether Science of Dr. N.A. Kozyrev, Nexus, 14(3).
[28] Ibid. See also "Convergence" series, in particular The Divine Cosmos, Ch. 1, for how Kozyrev identified torsion forces. The Source Field Investigations (Dutton, 2011) discusses these experiments at length. Torsion is discussed in relation to psychic phenomena at length in The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality.
[29] M. D. Jones, PSIence, 169.
[30] D. Wilcoc, Nexus, Op. Cit.
[31] Lt. Col. T. Bearden, Excalibur Briefing, 258–61.
[32] H. Aspden, Physics Without Einstein, 33.
[33] See L. Susskind, The Cosmic Landscape; see also Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos.
[34] R. Waugh & F. Macrae, Higgs boson found,