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THE MORLEY MARTIN EXPERIMENTS
and the Experiments of Dr. Charles W. Littlefield
& Wilhelm Reich
To the great consternation of the scientific world, Morley Martin
succeeded in creating organic life forms in inert Precambrian
azoic rock! He proved that there is no death, only latency, and
that life is not special to this planet but is a spontaneous
universal phenomenon. Dr. Littlefield demonstrated life-forming
activity in the mineral realm, with life actually emerging from
‘dead’ rock! While crystallizing inorganic substances, he
described many organic forms imprinted into ‘inert’ substances.
Includes documentation on Andrew Crosse’s extraordinary
experiments where spider-like insects were created from ‘inert’
volcanic pumice, after being treated with galvanic currents. Learn
of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s ground-breaking bion experiments — the
creation of living, pulsating energy from heat-sterilized
substances! Also contains a brief description of disease diagnosis
through crystallized blood spots.
Theosophical Path Magazine
Vol. 44, #4 ( April 1935 )
THEOSOPHY, Vol. 28, No. 9, July, 1940
(Number 7 of an 8-part series)
THE ASTRAL BODY
HISTORICAL STUDIES: VII
A New concept appears in physics, the most important invention
since Newton's time: The field. It needed great scientific
imagination to realize that it is not the charges nor the
particles but the field in space between the charges and the
particles which is essential for the description of physical
In the beginning, the field concept was no more than a means of
facilitating the understanding of phenomena from the mechanical
point of view.... The recognition of the new concept grew
steadily, until substance was overshadowed by the field. It was
realized that something of great importance had happened in
physics. A new reality was created, a new concept for which there
was no place in the mechanical description. Slowly and by a
struggle the field concept established for itself a leading place
in physics and has remained as one of the basic physical concepts.
The electromagnetic field is, for the modern physicist, as real as
the chair on which he sits.(1) --ALBERT EINSTEIN.
AGAIN, physics has pointed out the way to biology. "Field
physics," Dr. H. S. Burr, anatomist of Yale University, told the
National Academy of Sciences in an address in April of last year,
"centers theory and experimentation upon the medium in which the
system as a whole is imbedded and upon its structure." The
physical doctrine of the field, together with certain facts of
embryology, Dr. Burr said, caused him and his colleague, Dr. F. S.
C. Northrop, Yale professor of Philosophy,(2) to formulate the
"electro-dynamic theory of life." In 1935, the anatomist, Dr.
Burr, working with a physicist, Dr. Cecil T. Lane, and a
physiologist, Dr. Leslie F. Nims, all of Yale, developed an
instrument capable of measuring electrical changes in the body as
small as five-millionths of a volt. With this sensitive device
they studied the subtle electrical variations which accompany all
growth processes and physiological changes. In November, 1936,
Waldemar Kaempffert, science editor of the New York Times,
reported on the early experiments with the "vacuum-tube
microvoltmeter," as the measuring instrument is called. He wrote:
Thousands of tests already made show that living creatures all
generate electricity in measurable amounts and that each species
has its characteristic, rather stable electrical pattern. The
pattern changes minutely and thus reflects variations in the
process of living....
They [Drs. Burr and Northrop] saw that living things are amazingly
constant. Flesh is cut open and bleeds and heals; tissues fall a
prey to disease but cure themselves. Somehow the integrity of the
whole organism is never lost.
No one knows why this should be so. In the field, thinks Prof.
Burr, may lie the causative factor that gives meaning to the unity
of nature and that explains why wholes tend to remain wholes and
atoms to form wholes, whether bits of wood or men....
Some years hence it may turn out that this instrument has revealed
a crucial element or pattern in the design of living things. So it
will be possible to explain how an animal grows from a single egg
into a complex man with arms, legs, a brain and heart, and
possible, also, to explain how the chromosomes in the cell
determine why our faces are what they are and why eyes are blue,
brown or black. In a word, "animal electricity," scoffed at since
Galvani's time, may manifest itself as life.(3)
In April, 1939 -- something less than three "years hence" -- Drs.
Burr and Northrop presented the epoch-making results of their
research, and the conclusion: "The simplest assumption with which
to explain all the evidence so far gathered is that of the
existence in the living organism of an electro-dynamic field."
This field, Dr. Burr added, is the "true" architect of the
organism.(4) Following are some of the findings of the Yale
experiments, as reported in the press:
In the growing embryo, the electrical pattern develops hand in
hand with the development of the whole organism. All else in the
body undergoes constant change; the individual cells of which the
body is made, excepting the germ cells, grow old and die, to be
replaced by other cells, but the electrical architect remains the
only constant throughout life, building new cells and organizing
them after the same pattern of the original cells, and thus, in a
literal sense, recreating the body....
The experimental evidence shows, according to Dr. Burr, that each
species of animal and very likely also the individuals within the
species have their characteristic electrical field, analogous to
the lines of force in a magnet. This electric field, having its
own pattern, fashions all the protoplasmic clay of life that comes
within its sphere of influence after its image, thus personifying
itself in the living flesh as the sculptor personifies his idea in
The Yale scientists have succeeded in revealing the master
architect at work, and even to catch the first outlines of his
configuration in space, showing him to be in absolute control of
the organism as a whole and of its parts, and at all times
correlating the workings of the parts with the whole.(5)
According to another account of the Yale investigations:
Electrical potentials in the living body build up at an extremely
rapid rate when it is in the embryonic state and during the first
third of the life span. Measurements made on mice indicated, Dr.
Burr said, that the electrical potentials increased during the
first third of life, remained stationary during the middle third
and then declined during the latter third.
The electrical potentials are found in the human body as well as
in the lower animals and their alterations from normal indicates
fundamental changes taking place in the body.(6)
In the light of these researches, it is safe for the theosophist
to conclude that the "field" concept will one day replace
altogether the mechanical theories of modern biologists in their
attempts to solve the mystery of form. Particle physics is now
subordinated to field physics. We may look forward to a future
time when the "particle" biology of chemo-physical theory will
yield to concentrated study of the "fields" of life.
The vital forces which become manifest within these fields are but
the tools and final means for the accomplishment of the purposes
of Nature, acting periodically, and apparently mechanically in
some respects, through an inward impulse mixed up with, but beyond
their material nature. The key to understanding biological field
phenomena is given by H. P. Blavatsky. She wrote in The Secret
Doctrine in 1888:
There is a purpose in every important act of Nature, whose acts
are all cyclic and periodical. But spiritual Forces having been
usually confused with the purely physical, the former are denied
by, and therefore, have to remain unknown to Science, because left
unexamined. Men of science will say: We deny, because nothing of
the kind has ever come within the scope of our experience. But, as
argued by Charles Richet, the physiologist: "So be it, but have
you at least demonstrated the contrary? ... Do not, at any rate,
deny a priori. Actual Science is not sufficiently advanced to give
you such right."(7)
While "spiritual Forces," scientists may say, are beyond our ken,
it is impossible for modern biology to deny, in the face of its
own data, that abundant evidence of the forces called astral in
Theosophy is now within the scope of scientific experience. A
statement from William Q. Judge will be found to integrate the new
biological knowledge of form far better than any of the current
scientific hypotheses. According to The Ocean of Theosophy,
published in 1893:
...the astral body precedes the material one.
The astral body is made of matter of very fine texture as compared
with the visible body, and has a great tensile strength, so that
it changes but little during a lifetime, while the physical alters
every moment.... The matter of which it is composed is electrical
and magnetic in its essence,...
The astral body is the guiding model for the physical one, and all
the other kingdoms have the same astral model. Vegetables,
minerals, and animals have the ethereal double, and this theory is
the only one which will answer the question how it is that the
seed produces its own kind and all sentient beings bring forth
their like. Biologists can only say that the facts are as we know
them, but can give no reason why the acorn will never grow
anything but an oak except that no man ever knew it to be
...the model for the growing child in the womb is the astral body
already perfect in shape before the child is born. It is on this
the molecules arrange themselves until the child is complete, and
the presence of the ethereal design-body will explain how the form
grows into shape, how the eyes push themselves out from within to
the surface of the face, and many other mysterious matters in
embryology which are passed over by medical men with a description
but with no explanation. This will also explain, as nothing else
can, the cases of marking of the child in the womb, sometimes
denied by physicians but well known by those who care to watch, to
be a fact of frequent occurrence. The growing physical form is
subject to the astral model; it is connected with the imagination
of the mother by physical and psychical organs; the mother makes a
strong picture from horror, fear, or otherwise, and the astral
model is then similarly affected. In the case of marking by being
born legless, the ideas and strong imagination of the mother act
so as to cut off or shrivel up the astral leg, and the result is
that the molecules, having no model of leg to work on, make no
physical leg whatever; and similarly in all such cases. But where
we find a man who still feels the leg which the surgeon has cut
off, or perceives the fingers that were amputated, then the astral
member has not been interfered with, and hence the man feels as if
it were still on his person. For knife or acid will not injure the
astral model, but in the first stages of its growth ideas and
imagination have the power of acid and sharpened steel.(8)
Taking together the discoveries at Yale and the
facts of development in embryonic growth and in regeneration, it
seems just to say that modern biology acknowledges an
electro-magnetic principle of formation which guides the
differentiation of the organism. This principle, whether it be
called "morphogenetic field," "organizer," or "metastructure," is
the astral body of Theosophic teaching. When a biologist speaks of
the development of organs as "the expression of an already
existing but invisible structural organization," he describes the
nature and function of the astral body in almost the same words as
those used by Mr. Judge.
The next step, obviously, is a recognition of the relation between
thought and all patterns of form, which would make thorough-going
Platonic realists of scientific investigators. The phenomena of
development are scientifically as well as philosophically
inexplicable without some conception of noumenal forms. The world
of noumena, however -- the world of Ideas as causes -- is for
modern scientists unknown, unconsidered, and save in a few
exceptional instances, wholly unsuspected. That is the reason why
the facts which support the Theosophical teachings on this phase
of the subject are ignored by the workers in research. The facts
are there, but they confirm no current theory and upset
materialistic preconceptions; hence, they receive no attention.
Mind can, visibly, mold the form of matter, and those desiring to
investigate thoroughly this occult proposition should read Isis
Unveiled.(9) Here, as a striking single instance of the power of
the mother's imagination over the physical form of her unborn
infant, a recent wonder of the medical world may be cited. In
Manila, on August 7 of last year, a child was born with its heart
exposed on the outside of its chest. The heart was abnormal in
size, and was covered only with a thin, transparent layer of
pericardial tissue, making the entire organ clearly visible. The
hope that an operation might place the heart in its normal bodily
cavity had to be abandoned because X-ray photographs showed that
no cavity existed. Why was the heart outside the body, and why did
the growing embryo provide no normal cavity? This extraordinary
malformation is absolutely without explanation from the medical
point of view, but is easily understood in the light of Theosophy.
According to a United Press dispatch, the mother was a devout
Catholic, a Filipino woman who had been bed-ridden for three
months prior to the child's birth. During that time she gazed
constantly at two pictures on the wall, one of the Virgin Mary,
the other of Jesus Christ with heart exposed!
In Isis Unveiled, H. P. Blavatsky quotes from Dr. Henry More's
Immortality of the Soul (1659) to show the potency of the human
mind on the subtle forces of nature. She says:
The author, Dr. More, views the foetus as if it were a plastic
substance, which can be fashioned by the mother to an agreeable or
disagreeable shape, to resemble some person or in part several
persons, and to be stamped with the effigies, or as we might more
properly call it, the astrograph, of some object vividly presented
to her imagination. These effects may be produced by her
voluntarily or involuntarily, consciously or unconsciously, feebly
or forcibly, as the case may be. It depends upon her ignorance or
knowledge of the profound mysteries of nature.(10)
The fact that the mother can control the appearance of her unborn
child was so well known among the ancients that it was the custom
among wealthy Greeks to place fine statues near the bed, so that
she might have a perfect model constantly before her eyes. The
laws governing this process are described in Isis Unveiled. In
illustration of the principle to be detailed, H.P.B. cites the
case of a boy who was killed by lightning. Upon stripping his
body, she says, "there was found imprinted upon his breast the
faithful picture of a tree which grew near the window which he was
facing at the time of the catastrophe, and which was also felled
by the lightning."(11) This electrical photography furnishes an
analogy by which we may understand how the mental images of the
mother are transmitted to the unborn child. H.P.B. explains:
...a pregnant woman is physically and mentally in a highly
impressible state.... her intellectual faculties are weakened, and
... she is affected to an unusual degree by the most trifling
events.... Her pores are opened; she exudes an odic emanation
which is but another form of the akasa, the electricity, or
life-principle,... Magnetic currents develop themselves into
electricity upon their exit from the body. An object making a
violent impression on the mother's mind, its image is instantly
projected into the astral light, or the universal ether,... the
repository of the spiritual images of all forms, and even human
thoughts. Her magnetic emanations attract and unite themselves
with the descending current which already bears the image upon it.
It rebounds, and re-percussing more or less violently, impresses
itself upon the foetus, according to the very formula of
physiology which shows how every maternal feeling reacts on the
offspring.... As Phidias, gathering together the loose particles
of clay and moistening them with water, could give plastic shape
to the sublime idea evoked by his creative faculty, so the mother
who knows her power can fashion the coming child into whatever
form she likes. Ignorant of his powers, the sculptor produces only
an inanimate though ravishing figure of inert matter; while the
soul of the mother, violently affected by her imagination, blindly
projects into the astral light an image of the object which
impressed it, and, by re-percussion, that is stamped upon the
This law explains not only cases of the marking or malformation of
unborn children, but also the stigmata which sometimes appear on
the bodies of religious enthusiasts who think much of the
sufferings of Christ. Nearly one hundred cases of stigmatization
are reviewed in the Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edition), most
of which have occurred among residents in religious houses, after
the austerities of Lent, usually on Good Friday. In modern times
there is the case of Theresa Neumann, of Konnersreuth, Germany,
whose wounds on hand, foot, and brow have been acknowledged as
genuine, and without medical explanation, by such eminent
physicians as Baron Doctor von Aretin.(13)
If deviations from the normal, as in the case of the malformation
of children, can thus be shown to be the result of thought, then
it is natural to conclude that the normal is likewise a reflection
of idea. This is the universal principle on which Theosophical
explanation of all forms is based. In the words of H.P.B.:
There can be no objective form on Earth (nor in the Universe
either), without its astral prototype being first formed in Space.
From Phidias down to the humblest workman in the ceramic art -- a
sculptor has had to create first of all a model in his mind, then
sketch it in one and two dimensional lines, and then only can he
reproduce it in a three dimensional or objective figure. And if
human mind is a living demonstration of such successive stages in
the process of evolution -- how can it be otherwise when NATURE'S
MIND and creative powers are concerned?(14)
It is at this point that occult science must part company with
lagging pedestrian follower, modern empirical research, for where
is the "experiment" that will be accepted as proving the formative
power of the mind in nature? To the unprejudiced eye, all nature
itself is such a demonstration, incomprehensible except on the
theory that every form unfolds from an ideal existence on higher
planes, but to the scientific mind, schooled in the study of
minute particulars, this evidence is far too "universal" to be
admitted. And because the universal proposition is denied, such
particular instances of the process as are available for
scientific examination have been uniformly ignored, from the day
of Paracelsus to the present century.
"Spontaneous generation" is the phrase used by science to describe
the hypothetical origin of forms of life on earth. Thomas Huxley,
in an address intended to show that the emergence of living forms
from so-called "inanimate" matter had not been demonstrated to his
satisfaction, nevertheless affirmed his own philosophic faith in
"the evolution of living protoplasm from not living matter."(15)
But whenever a scientist has described experiments which seem to
demonstrate the reality of this process, he has been totally
ignored. The Scientific American for August 12, 1868, reported the
production of acari by Andrew Crosse, of England, in the following
Black flint burned to redness and reduced to powder was mixed with
carbonate of potash, and exposed to a strong heat for fifteen
minutes; and the mixture was poured into a blacklead crucible in
an air furnace. It was reduced to powder while warm, mixed with
boiling water; kept boiling for some minutes, and then
hydrochloric acid was added to supersaturation. After being
exposed to voltaic action for twenty-six days, a perfect insect of
the acari tribe made its appearance, and in the course of a few
weeks about a hundred more. The experiment was repeated with other
chemical fluids with like results.(16)
A French scientist of the same period, Antonie Béchamp, on whose
researches Pasteur rose to fame, described observations of similar
import, and the English physician, H. Charlton Bastian, performed
experiments showing that various microscopic organisms -- Bacilli,
Bacteria, Vibriones, Torulae and other fungus germs -- will appear
in sterile colloidal solutions after the latter have been
variously treated.(17) Whence these forms? Either they are
miracles having no natural explanation or they represent types
which pre-existed on the astral plane. "Spontaneous generation" is
simply an expression concealing modern scientific ignorance of the
process by which astral prototypes pass into objective physical
existence. According to The Secret Doctrine, "there are precise
domains wherein the astral merges into physical evolution,"(18)
and although "spontaneous generation has changed its methods now,
owing perhaps to accumulated material on hand, so as to almost
escape detection, it was in full swing in the genesis of
terrestrial life."(19) H.P.B. says further:
Astral matter, it must be noted, is fourth state matter, having,
like our gross matter, its own "protyle." There are several
"protyles" in Nature, corresponding to the various planes of
matter. The two sub-physical elemental kingdoms, the plane of mind
(manas, the fifth state matter), as also that of Buddhi (sixth
state matter), are each and all evolved from one of the six
"protyles" which constitute the basis of the Object-Universe. The
three "states," so-called of our terrestrial matter, known as the
"solid," "liquid," and "gaseous," are only, in strict accuracy,
SUB-states. As to the former reality of the descent into the
physical, which culminated in physiological man and animal, we
have a palpable testimony in the fact of the so-called
In all these instances a complete temporary mergence of the astral
into the physical takes place.(20)
Most astonishing of all the modern clues to the "mind" of Nature
are the discoveries of an English biochemist, Mr. Morley-Martin,
who died in 1938.(21) He reduced a piece of azoic rock to cinders
and slag by heating it to 2000-3000 degrees Fahrenheit in an
electric furnace. This material was then treated further in a
steam-sterilizer, a new substance being obtained which Mr.
Morley-Martin called "primordial protoplasm." In crystal form, the
latter was observed to give off a liquid which spread throughout
the container. When the container and its contents were exposed to
X-rays and ultra-violet rays, the crystals condensed, releasing
numerous organisms of microscopic dimensions. The formation of
multitudes of tiny fish, insects and plants was watched through a
microscope of magnifying power of two or three thousand diameters.
Perfect sterility was claimed by Morley-Martin for the conditions
of his experiments. The results, in the words of Maeterlinck, led
the biochemist to believe "that he had proved that life is
immortal, universal, indestructible, and that the idea, the image
or the prototype exists prior to that which we know as matter."
It seems evident that Morley-Martin hit upon a means of peering
into the Anima Mundi,(22) or of establishing under laboratory
control some transitional state between the astral and the
physical on a microscopic or germinal scale.(23) The forms
produced from the piece of azoic rock included tiny replicas of
creatures of the archaic past, particularly sea animals. Under the
observer's eye they live, move and consume the mother-protoplasm
from which they were born, and devour each other. In the one-inch
circle of microscopic observation, Morley-Martin counted some
15,000 tiny fish -- apparently the offspring of about forty
crystals of his "primordial protoplasm." They were indeed
immortal, for if placed in the electric furnace and reduced to
ashes they would afterward emerge from the residue and reorganize
Mr. Morley-Martin's philosophical conclusions are summarized by
According to Morley-Martin, the creatures which he awoke from
their immemorial slumber are the reincarnations of a specific and
eternal force. Life is not the expression of the organism, but, on
the contrary, the organism is the expression of some prior and
indestructible vital force. Nothing ever dies, and even if it
should be assimilated by the vegetable kingdom, animal life
maintains its identity and its capacity for self-resurrection.
Life's opposite is not death, but latency. Indeed, one is
compelled to conclude that man himself is latent in the earth's
rock. The portion of life that manifests itself bodily is
negligible beside that which remains uncorporeal.... one is
compelled to ask whether all humanity, past and future is not
imprisoned in latent form in the rocks and sands of our
We have only to quote in comparison a statement from The Secret
Doctrine to see how curiously exact is this materialized
reflection of the occult doctrine. H.P.B. wrote:
Everything that is, was, and will be, eternally IS, even the
countless forms, which are finite and perishable only in their
objective, not in their ideal Form. They existed as Ideas, in the
Eternity,(*26) and, when they pass away, will exist as
reflections. Neither the form of man, nor that of any animal,
plant or stone has ever been created, and it is only on this plane
of ours that it commenced "becoming," i.e., objectivising into its
present materiality, or expanding from within outwards, from the
most sublimated and supersensuous essence into its grossest
(1) Einstein and Infeld, The Evolution of Physics (New York: Simon
& Schuster, 1938), pp. 157-8, 259.
(2) See THEOSOPHY XXV, pp. 162 and 211, for a review of Science
and First Principles by Dr. Northrop. [Note: The two-part article
referred to here are numbers 68 and 69 in the 103-part series
entitled "Science and The Secret Doctrine", which is found in the
above "Additional Categories of Articles" link. --Compiler.]
(3) New York Times, November 15, 1936.
(4) New York Times, April 25, 1939.
(6) New York Herald Tribune, April 25, 1939.
(7) Op. cit., 640.
(8) Op. cit., p. 39-41.
(9) Particularly Volume I, 385-400.
(10) Op. cit., I, 385.
(11) Ibid., 394-5. See the similar case noted in THEOSOPHY for
December, 1939 (XXVIII, 90-1). [Note: A copy of this item, from
the "On the Lookout" section, is found at the end of this article.
(12) Ibid., 394-7.
(13) See THEOSOPHY, XXVI, 428-9.
(14) The Secret Doctrine II, 660 fn.
(15) Discourses and Biological Essays (New York: D. Appleton,
1896), pp. 255-7.
(16) Quoted in Isis I, 465 (See also Theosophist VI, 5, for
further details of this experiment).
(17) See The Origin of Life, by Dr. Bastian (New York: Putnam's
Sons, 1911), and E. Douglas Hume, Béchamp or Pasteur (London: C.
W. Daniel Co., 1932); also the Pamphlet, The Laws of Healing, pp.
(18) S.D. II, 257.
(19) Ibid., 151.
(20) Ibid., 737.
(21) His experiments are described in a recent book by Maurice
Maeterlinck, The Great Door (Paris: Charpentier), a portion of
which is translated in the Magazine Digest for July, 1939.
(22) The lower aspect of the Anima Mundi, H.P.B. says, "is the
life-principle of every living creature, and furnishes the astral
soul, the fluidic perisprit, to men, animals, fowls of the air,
and everything living." (S.D. I, 196-7.)
(23) Dr. Bastian spoke of the "germinality" of his colloidal
preparations (Op. cit., pp. 17-23).
(24) Magazine Digest, July, 1939.
(25) Op. cit., I, 282.
(*26) Occultism teaches that no form can be given to anything,
either by nature or by man, whose ideal type does not already
exist on the subjective plane. More than this; that no such form
or shape can possibly enter man's consciousness, or evolve in his
imagination, which does not exist in prototype, at least as an
Morley Martin: Another Juan Rodolfo
...In 1927 in his private laboratory in Andover, the
Englishman Morley martin took a piece of Archeozoic rock and
subjected it to a process of calcination until it was reduced to
ashes: from these ashes via a secret and complicated chemical
process, he extracted a certain quantity of primordial protoplasm.
Carefully avoiding any contact with the surrounding air, Martin
subjected the substance to X-rays and slowly witnessed the
emergence on the optic field of an incredible quantity of living
microscopic animals and vegetables and above all small fish. In a
few squared centimetres, the researcher succeeded in counting
fifteen thousand minute fish.
This obviously meant that these organisms had remained in a latent
life-state for billions of years from the Archeozoic era until
1927. This dismaying discovery was published in a pamphlet
entitled ‘The Reincarnation of Animal and Plant Life from
Protoplasm Isolated from the Mineral Kingdom‘ (1934). To this
discovery the writer Maurice Maeterlinck dedicated a chapter of
his book ‘La Grande Porte‘ (1939). Nowadays, the booklet of Martin
is almost impossible to find but one is able to read a description
of this remarkable experiment in the Maeterlinck volume:
Grown in size under the lens of the microscope, one could glimpse
the appearance of certain globules inside the protoplasm: several
vertebrae were formed in these globules, these then formed a
column in which there clearly appears the member, the head and the
eyes. Usually such transformations took place very slowly
requiring days but at times they would take place under the eyes
of the observers. A crustacean, for example, hardly had it
developed its legs would leave the microscopic field and
disappear. These living forms move at times and grow as long as
they find sufficient nutrition in the protoplasm that has given
birth to them. Afterwards, they either stop growing or else devour
each other. Morley Martin has, however, succeeded in keeping them
alive thanks to a secret serum of his...
MORLEY MARTIN ET LA RÉINCARNATION
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No form of life is extinguished. Nothing dies and the identity of
animal life survives even after assimilation in plant where it can
be awakened. The opposite of life is not death, but latency. The
man is latent in rock.
Strange character William Morley Martin, whom Maurice Maeterlinck
devoted a chapter of his book The Great Gate in 1939. After living
16 Penryn Street, Redruth, in Cornwall, and worked as a chemist
metallurgist in mining (1), he used the money he reported some of
its patents (2) to open a pharmacy in Andover, Hampshire County,
where he consecrated in 1927 most of its leisure to cultivate his
passion for inorganic chemistry.
Morley Martin soon made a sensational discovery. In experimenting
on azo rocks, it
claimed to have managed to reincarnate of primitive life forms
from original protoplasm, and have seen reconstruct and develop
gradually under a microscope, in through all stages of
He published in 1934 a summary of its work in a booklet published
in The Reincarnation of Animal and Plant Life from Protoplasm
Isolated from the Mineral Kingdom in which however, it revealed
nothing of his processes, except for using a furnace high
temperature electrical furnace and exposure of residues obtained
"Life is indestructible, even by fire. There have been no more
than Birth of life. As time, like space, life has no beginning nor
end. This is a mistake think that life is a state of the body. The
truth is that the body is a state of life. "(3)
His first discoveries about life organic were soon to be relayed
by a series of articles in Theosophical Society, which earned him
an ephemeral notoriety while contributing mainly to discredit his
work with the scientific world.
To believe the Jewish Tribune, Mauritius Maeterlinck seems to have
Morley works by Martin letters communicated to him one of his
friends, Mr Genette.
Morley Martin died at South Harrow, to London, in 1938, in near
obscurity; they say he left behind encrypted notes could not be
Anyway, William Morley Martin was a misunderstood genius or a
simple scientific illuminated Porte open is pleased to report
tribute today to share with you this amazing photo of a
"protoplasmic fish "
(1) His name appears in The Photographic Journal in 1904 : «
Twenty-eight photographs illustrating the radio-activity of
Cornish Pitch-blende and method of frictionally separating its
radio-active principle, » or, in February and May 1916, the
summary Mining Magazine of London, where he brings corrections on
the tables percentage of glass and concentration on comparative
tests of resistance glass and wood.
(2) He received several patents for methods to treat ores.
(3) Interview by Claude Rickard in 1937. See the article by
Marianne, reproduced below.
LE MYSTÈRE DE LA VIE -- UN SAVANT ANGLAIS A PRODUIT DES ANIMAUX
Starting from protoplasm extract various minerals, eternal
substance, indestructible when life is in a latent state
ANDOVER (Hampshire), July.
Creation of life is a problem that, since centuries,
countless scholars have pondered. Their considerable work been
very many volumes discussed. During the last century, around 1832,
the English thought Andrew Cross now be able to produce life
animal. It was not. The illustrious Michael Faraday, the physicist
and chemist at which we must discover the current induction,
attacked as for a time the question without get either result. And
the French Leduc, among many others, has not happier than his
But one English, Mr. W. Morley Martin demonstrates through simple
it advance rapidly towards the solution mystery by means of which
it is the inventor and he jealously guards the secret.
I came here to see this man Extraordinary and me to explain his
works. After a meeting that lasted more than three hours, I left
the astonished at the highest point, marveled that he showed me
and asking me how, if its discovery is really what says, it is not
now at highest honors.
But let me introduce Mr. Morley Martin. For many years, this
scientist has made to science eminent services. metallurgical
chemist's trade, having wielded the long rays X, he invented, here
are twenty-five years, a glove protecting operators dermatitis.
During the war, he has its science to defense provision National.
But all this does not have it enriched, and as he must live -
science, as everyone knows, do not paying his man - he became
pharmacist and holds today, on Market Square, Andover, a
dispensary in which he prepares orders doctors in the region,
devoting his rare moments of leisure in pursuit his research on
In 1927 he started at last. Tirelessly he worked all night and
after two years
for the first time, under the objective of his microscope, he saw
Small bubbles are soon coagulated and took the shape of these
primitive animals and tiny, which appeared like the jellyfish well
known to all who visit the seaside. Mr. Morley Martin defnies, it
immediately, to have created life.
"I was told by this man in his sixties whose glance
reflects sincerity, that it is reincarnated life, and that is my
great discovery. Science is in part, from the beginning,
based on false data. We are at beginning of the largest of
controversies that have ever occurred since the world began! "
And as I pressed Mr. Morley Martin, he explained:
"It is a serious mistake to think that the Life is a state of
the body. Well instead, the body is one of the states of life
because the protoplasm, substance constituting the cell alive, is
an eternal thing, indestructible, whose time nor the fire can not
be right. It is why I do not want to be told that I create life. I
reincarnates, which is quite different, for me, as the basis for
my works, protoplasm that, by methods chemicals that are personal
to me, I extract from various minerals, such as chalk or
limestone, the sponge dust or oil Cod liver. And it is working it
protoplasm I managed, after countless experiences, to produce Life
of formations which here examples. "
The infinitely small
And the scholar, setting me before a microscope, scroll under
number of small glass slides on which he was able to set some
training who have experienced some hours on other days. It is Then
I saw, magnified several thousands of times, insects
infinitesimal, kinds of fish tiny, worms gracefully ringed and
other engineering marvels of reincarnator Mr. Morley Martin. But
it did better. He has photographed the evolution of these
animalculae reincarnating since time, amalgamating simple cells,
they began to build up one where they took shape, ultimately,
though very primitive, after passing through all intermediate
Examining these series photomicrographs fixing the various
internship this life protoplasmic renaissance is one of the
largest wonders he has ever given me to contemplate. Without
quality appreciate the work of Mr Morley Martin, without being
able to ensure in the case indeed a reincarnation through a rot
germ found in the sides of the earth, I do not think too move me
saying he may well be a discovery truly sensational.
But like all precursors, Morley Martin has his detractors. He
fought by the princes of science, because its theories go against
all those admitted so far. Without let down by numerous setbacks,
he continues unabated and experiences it expects to produce more
animal feature yet as I been able to observe for those confused
who refuse to have faith in him.
"You have just seen, he said, some something that looks like the
skeleton of a prehistoric animal whose species is off. You noticed
that there a spine, ribs and embryos head and feet, while
surrounded by a kind of jelly. You have also noticed, thanks to
photomicrographs I just showed how this skeleton is formed. I
myself grew up starting from the simple protoplasm when small
cells began to move when the spine is composed while I fed this
sort of serum, which is the basis of all, by means of which, for
obvious reasons, I want to keep still secret.
Several of my friends, controls it not to suspect, followed by end
to end my experiences. They were able to observe the efforts made
to live by these animals primitive reincarnated. In many cases, we
noted an attempt to breathing through gills almost normally
constituted. One day, perhaps be, I can give these animalcules a
real life, but for that you need me first discover the ideal
conditions own to achieve this phenomenon.
Not going to make of all this I'm about, in the present state of
my research, produce a be human ! We are at the beginning of an
era of new science and I do not know you far better than the first
results of latent life, transformed into manifested life may lead
me. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that man is latent in that his
rock body became dust. May the Truth turn out to be on my side. "
Bernard Laporte, in Le Matin, Vol. 48, No. 17274, Monday, July
6, 1931 ; the article was reproduced in full in Impartial, daily
newspaper and leaf ads appearing in La Chaux-of-Funds, Vol. 51,
No. 15487, Tuesday, July 14, 1931; he was summarized in Hansard
political and literary J., Vol. 143, No. 187, Tuesday, July 7,
1931 in The Freeman, big newspaper daily morning nineteenth year,
No. 5462, and L'Echo d'Alger, twentieth year, No. 7941, on the
same day, and finally in Valais Le Nouvelliste, daily newspaper,
Vol. 28, 157, Thursday, July 9, 1931
C. J. Ryan, in The Theosophical Path, vol. XLIV, n° 3,
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The astonishing theory of an English scholar
This theory is pretty fantastic. I also did not take the
account. It comes from an English scholar, Mr. Morley W. Martin,
which to me subject. And instead of "subject," I should say
rather, exposed the belief, violence and passion that gives
certainty of the truth!
For Mr. Martin, we do not die, we never die. But there is no
relationship between this idea and those, Christian or Hindu, for
survival the soul and reincarnation. No, Mr. Martin does not
create a new religion; it is a biologist, nothing more; he This
physical phenomena, it s' based on concrete experiences. And alone
these experiments, although they provide no evidence Ultimately,
that are worth speaking of the extraordinary man who carries them
Mr. Morley Martin is a self taught a so very special. The need for
money forced him to work at his young age to pursue and persist
fairly expensive studies, but its frenzied individualism prevented
him from monitor compliance with the most current known and read
with joy the the least disputed doctrines. Also he said, for the
physical sciences, the young Pascal had done for mathematics: he
re-discovered it reinvented what he could have found in books.
We can discuss this form of education, the result is not only Mr.
Morley Martin succeeds studies extremely bright, but its mind was,
by habit, continually turned to the discovery. In England, an
inventor is not necessarily in misery. And Mr. Morley Martin, with
more than ninety patents Invention sold poorly, arrived in honest
What he called "the discovery of his life "brought him there ten
years ago, an inexpressible happiness at the same time that she
was the cause of his ruin and his worries.
This had happened before his eyes was a phenomenon so important,
he saw for him such as extensions scientific and philosophical
that now sacrificed his time and all its resources to the
development of a revolutionary and godless system.
The experience that was had struck the next: a mineral medium in
which everything had been destroyed by germ the "baking" at the
temperature great electric oven, he created a tiny creature who,
having passed through all stages of embryonic development, had
expressed as a living being.
"I have not created this being, I am not a Dr. Frankenstein. And
only not this "mineral" that spawned this "animal," says Mr.
And an absolutely crazy assumption to eyes of his colleagues
seized his mind.
"Suppose life (not the soul) is independent of the body; suppose
that what we call death, at the disintegration of the body, life
takes refuge to "sleep" at a point of this land where it sits
dormant. So the phenomenon is explained. the middle I treated
mineral was the seat of the life of my little animal, dead,
perhaps be, there are over one hundred thousand years. "
Thus, by a process which he keeps jealously secret, Mr. Morley
Martin would awake to life and latent would have made him an
Ten years have passed and conviction of English scientist has only
strengthen. If it has changed four times residential to always go
to a cottage more modest, less costly, the walls of these cottages
have covered documents which are, for the most part, enlargements
of microphotographs. Some of these have several meters in length
and can be examined, in every detail, structure animals
Mr. Morley Martin apologizes for experiment on the infinitely
small, but what is true of the infinitely little is also the
infinitely large and the general medium.
"I realized ten thousand similar experiences, if he cries
violently, and few of them have failed. For a few moments, a few
minutes, few hours I revived under the microscopic beings that had
already appeared on earth and whose life eternal, locked in a
latent state in a grain of sand, salt or a piece of chalk, had
resisted 3000 degrees centigrade electric oven. "
He said, "Life is indestructible, even by fire. There have been no
more than Birth of life. As time, like space, life has no
beginning nor end. This is a mistake think that life is a state of
the body. The truth is that the body is a state of life. "
This is the conviction of this man, whose experiences, we can not
deny it, are of extraordinary interest, but scientific findings
and are philosophical, saying his fellow, full of artifice and
And when we ask him:
"If we were always what we are, if we existed in a latent state
(With plants and animals that we surround), when the earth was not
that a melt, what do you the doctrine of Evolution? of the
doctrine of Darwin? "
Mr. Morley Martin answers the question with magnificent fanaticism
"Darwin is the biggest fool the world has brought! "
Charles Rickard, in Marianne, Vol. 5, No. 252, Wednesday, August
In the last chapter of his book Great Gate just published (in
Fasquelle, Paris), Mr. Maurice Maeterlinck wrote:
Last year died in South Harrow, London suburb, a chemist biologist
named Morley Martin, who made Andover, a small town five to six
thousand inhabitants, in Hampshire, the most extraordinary
discovery that science has been recording since the gravitation of
Newton and the invention of radium.
Driven by an indescribable feeling great, he acquired gradually
the conviction as plants and animals, at least vertebrates and
mainly fish continue to live reduction and latent in rocks
geologists call azo who formed the first crust and the world in
which we never found traces of organisms.
In short, he believes he has proved that life is immortal,
universal, indestructible; the idea-mother image or any ProType
predates it we call matter.
He began his research in 1927, devoted to the installation of
elementary laboratory small fortune given to him by selling many
patents; and in indifference and General ignorance, he continued
his experiences until the end of his life.
Surprised by death, Martin Morley has published a slim pamphlet
that not reveal its methods. (1) The essential of what is known is
in a bundle ofletters sent in July 1931 to September 1937 to his
confidant Mr. Genette (who communicated them to Mr. Maeterlinck).
According to Martin Morley, it forms torn from their sleep are
immemorial reincarnations of a force specific, fixed and eternal.
The Life is not an expression of power from the body ; the body is
the expression of preexisting life force and indestructible. He
thinks vertebrates existed on our planet before (?) that there
should be land or sea. He does not say as Thomas Huxley that
protoplasm is the physical basis of life, but the physical basis
This protoplasm is what can perpetuate his physical life. The
animal loses body but does not lose life. There is nothing
inanimate. No form of life is off. Nothing dies and identity
animal life survives even after assimilation in a plant where it
can be awake. The opposite of life is not death, but latency. The
man is latent in the rock.
It is arbitrary to consider the still alleged matter and matter
vibrant and contrast the reigns organic vegetable-mineral animal.
he Only one universal substance with its purpose, which is
revealed to us by incessant game of shapes, materials, and we
perceive with our senses that tiny fraction of the entire process.
One can say that these tests of explanation does not shed a the
blinding light phenomenon question. But if the experiences of
Morley and Martin were confirmed classified in science, it would
assume that everything exists in power, in essence, in idea to the
state latent for humans.
In any case, this still life, but immortal, who is hiding in all
places and wait for an opportunity conducive to animate and
manifest, would be a more fantastic revelations that we would
What is the value of experience and Morley Martin findings? At
first, skeptics and misonéistes professionals, descendants of
those who snickered around Galileo, William Harvey, Newton,
Pasteur there will be a huge pseudoscientific fraud. This question
shall be determined by the facts, when you know the secret of his
works. If we do not find this secret, Therefore, with the
indications we put on the road: the oven electrical, ultraviolet
rays, rocks used, it would be impossible to again what he knew to
do without help without predecessors, and not yet knowing nothing
he tells us?
In order to leave nothing in the dark, Mr. Maeterlinck adds that,
according to the most Recent theories, we would not reached azo
rocks properly say. All rocks we would know of origin sedimentary,
that is to say by registered waters, as well as limestone granites
and gneisses. Waiting azo certainties discovery Morley Martin is
not less prodigious. What will the physical, scientific
consequences, practices, metaphysical and moral?
(1) This is The Reincarnation of Animal and Plant Life from
Protoplasm Isolated from the Mineral Kingdom, 1934. This brochure
account of author, published in small numbers, is now extremely
rare. [Note Mr. N]
In The Jewish Tribune, Paris-Strasbourg, Vol. 21, No. 10, March
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Forgotten Science: Strange Ideas from
the Scrapheap of History
S. D. Tucker
Improvements in or relating to the Dressing of Tin Ores.
Tin-containing pulps, concentrates, slimes, &c. are
treated with carbonic acid gas under pressure, in order to
facilitate the separation of gelatinous silica from tin oxide
&c. The separated silica may be heated and re-concentrated to
recover any remaining tin oxide. An alkali may be added
concurrently or successively with the carbonic acid.
Improvements relating to the Separation by Magnetic Influence of
Zinc, Copper and other Sulphide Ores.
Roasting; treating ores to facilitate concentration.-In
separating the constituents of complex sulphides, especially those
containing copper and zinc, the ore or concentrate is heated with
an oxidizing-agent either in solution or in a powdered state, then
partially reduced, and finally subjected to magnetic
Improved Process for the Separation of Complex Ores.
Complex ores are rendered more amenable to concentration by
subjection to a roasting or calcining operation so conducted that
one or more of the constituents are oxidized before the rest, such
roasting &c. taking place after the treatment with an
oxidizing-agent, as described in Specifications 4531/09, 9300/09,
and 18,176/09, and before the concentration. The roasting and
concentrating operations may be repeated.
An Improved Process for Separating Complex Ores, or their
A solid oxidizing-agent, such as a nitrate, is mixed with a
ground complex ore, instead of using a solution of the
oxidizing-agent in the process described in Specification 4531/09,
for the purpose of rendering the ore more amenable to
concentration. The Provisional Specification also refers to the
use of hydrocarbon oils, and the waste from nitric-acid
manufacture, and states that the materials may be dissolved in
water and the solution used to damp the ore.
X Ray Obstructing Material.
Powdered metals such as bismuth, copper, zinc, lead, and
others opaque to X rays, or salts of such metals such as nitrates,
carbonates, oxides, sulphates, &c., are incorporated in
various materials to produce a shield opaque to X rays. Any of
these substances or a mixture of them either alone or with barytes
may be used incorporated in india-rubber, oil cloth, or other
flexible material for making gloves, bandages, or sheeting. The
mixture may be incorporated in celluloid, wood pulp, &c. to
make partially flexible or rigid envelopes for the X-ray tubes or
to make shields to protect against the action of X rays. The
mixture may be incorporated in the glass of parts of the X-ray
tubes, or in varnish used to coat the inside or outside of the
tubes. Gloves and the like may be dipped into a rubber solution
containing the powdered metals &c. in suspension and so coated
with the metals &c.
Improved Apparatus for the Water Concentration of Ores or the
Improved Apparatus for the Water Concentration of Ores or the
Improved Apparatus for the Water Concentration of Ores and more
APPARATUS FOR THE WATER CONCENTRATION OF ORES OR THE LIKE.
APPARATUS FOR THE WATER CONCENTRATION OF ORES, SLIMES, AND THE
TREATING COMPLEX ORES OR THEIR CONCENTRATES.
TREATING COMPLEX ORES OR THEIR CONCENTRATES.
PROCESS FOR THE SEPARATION OF COMPLEX ORES.
Procédé perfectionné pour la éparation des minerais
Procédé perfectionné pour la séparation des minerais
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