Good drinking-water is a basic need
Pure, natural water supports the healthy development of humans and nature. Yet every day, springs and ground water resources are being destroyed by human activity. This loss is unreplaceable. In the long term, every local intervention affects the entire water organism of the earth. Future solutions require a responsible relationship to water resources so that we will be able to maintain and protect water quality.
The Institute of Flow Sciences seeks to achieve a deeper appreciation and understanding for water, its special qualities and its connection to life. The Institute wants to contribute to an understanding of this essential element`s finer qualities and a cultivation of public awareness. It also wants to encourage appropriate solutions for practical problems. Our research is extended through an anthroposophical approach.
Our impulse is based on the work of Theodor Schwenk, who founded the Institute in 1961 and led it until 1975. He demonstrated that in fluid currents, especially in water currents, organic, formative principles are expressed. He presented this in his book „Sensitive Chaos“. The Institute continues this approach, aiming for a positive characterization of water, not only hygienically but also in respect to its positive, vitalizing properties.
The Institute`s Work
The Institute is a private, independent and non-profit charitable organization supported by donations and grants. Presently there are six honorary, part time and full time co-workers at the institute.
Areas and methods of research
– Drop Picture Method (fluid dynamics): Investigation of water´s formative dynamics
This research instrument pictorially records the richness of water`s ability to create differentiated forms of flow by comparing it to pure spring water as a standard of natural, healthy, activating water. A water’s chemical composition cannot be determined using his method. Refining this method, which we have shown to be particularly sensitive to more subtle aspects of water expressible through its mobility, is one of the research aims of the Institute.
– Investigation Using Algae: The influence of water quality on simple life-forms, using algae
This standard of investigation is already well established in toxicology. Broadened by us, it now allows for exploring the constitution of a water by means of changes in metabolism, reproductive capability and morphogenesis of water algae.
– Extended Sensory Analysis: Exploring the immediate effects of water and water quality
From the assessment of food by sensory analysis it is known that trained and experienced researcher can detect by sensory analysis a whole array of additional features beside the qualities of sweet, sour, salty or bitter. A few examples of them are full, rounded, hard, soft, heavy or sparkling. Such terms indicate that especially experienced tasters can describe the effects on their organism that they experience from the food. In the approach of extended sensory analysis, water is examined by trained observers who, through the application of intense awareness, are able to receive perceptions concerning the immediate effects of a particular water sample on the human constitution. These can be described or expressed in symbols and compared with the characteristics found when examining a known reference water such as pure spring water. In this way approved scientific practice of examination can be fulfilled.