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Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith-Builders [Hardcover]

John Burke , Kaj Halberg
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31 Dec 2005
Could there be some sophisticated knowledge behind the designs of ancient monuments? Why would such a tremendous effort be made to construct huge mounds in North America, temples in South America, henges in Europe and the pyramids in Egypt when research shows that the structures were erected during desperate times of famine? Could the need to increase food production be the real purpose behind some of these structures? Burke and Halberg unravel the mysterious technology behind the ancient megaliths. The scientific findings point to the likelihood that these monuments were built for the use of amplifying naturally occurring electromagnetic fields in the earth in order to increase crop yields; a technology that has recently been replicated by modern science. Includes illustrations detailing their findings, dramatic photographs of electromagnetically charged orbs and maps of the locations of electromagnetic fields-- many as close as a day trip away from anywhere in North America.

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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (31 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571781846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571781840
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge between Mysticism and Science. 8 Mar 2006
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The authors present evidence which creates a direct connection between the world of the shaman and the world of the scientist. The book is well referenced and perhaps unusually the authors offer to assist others who would follow in their footsteps.
This is a breakthough book for those seriously interested in
ancient wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Break Through 1 Mar 2013
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This book opens up new insights into our broken and disconnected world. The application of pragmatic science, stepping out of the box and debunking well established but flawed ideas is refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking 20 Jan 2006
By Walter Cruttenden - Published on
Seed of Knowledge Stone of Plenty is an important book.

Many authors have hypothesized about the possible purpose or use of the thousands of mysterious henges, dolmens, cairns and other Neolithic structures found around the world. Most of the theories are based on little science and lots of conjecture. But author, scientist and businessman John Burke takes a different approach.

Using a magnetometer and electrostatic voltmeter Burke has taken hundreds of readings at approximately 80 different ancient sites including Carnac, Avebury, Stonehenge as well as assorted American mounds and Mesoamerican pyramids. The results are clear and compelling indicating that these ancient sites are places where subtle energies emanate from the Earth or are enhanced by the structure itself.

Beyond the extensive research Burke also conducts a number of agricultural experiments and finds that seeds placed at such sites are stressed by the ambient currents resulting in higher propagation rates, quicker maturity and improved crop yields. Thus it seems that ancient myth and folklore about taking seeds to "sacred sites to be blessed" may be true and indeed have a highly practical purpose.

While many modern scholars consider megalithic man a mere primitive, Seed of Knowledge shows he had wisdom well beyond our current understanding and put it to useful purpose. It will undoubtedly take further experimentation to fully understand all the energies and uses of the many different ancient sites and structures but Burke's work is sure to cause more research to be undertaken - and it might even encourage a few historians to reexamine their opinions of early man.

This is a well-written book that builds on itself and is supported by strong science and a number of excellent photos. Whether you understand a lot about ancient culture and want another perspective, or you just want to know what our ancestors were thinking, Seed of Knowledge Stone of Plenty is a great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robust hypothesis carefully presented 6 Sep 2007
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Leaving the northern hemisphere winter of 1995 I stopped off for a month or two in Egypt, Israel and Jordan, armed with a fresh copy of The Orion Mystery by BAUVAL and GILBERT. To my pleasure it opened up a whole different possibility and appreciation of the mysteries of the Giza pyramids than the conventional story told by the locals that they were tombs constructed for the ruling class who worshipped the Sun.

There are many commentators offering diverse opinions on the purpose and true age of the great pyramids and the Sphinx, ranging from UFO landing pads and interstellar navigation systems, to Temples housing chambers of frequency and sound that combine different hertz rates with low magnetism to simulate human emotions including fear and love.

A shaman once told me if the Earth's crust was laid out flat at the time of construction, the pyramids were positioned bang smack in the middle of the Earth's landmass, centered over ley lines to harness the enormous power of the Earth's gravitational field and used as generating stations. Some of the older indigenous traditions, as authors BURKE and HALBERG point out, speak of the connections between Mother Earth and Father Sun, in modern day terms telluric currents possibly creating nodes or ducts. Dr Bruce Lipton and Gregg Braden's efforts hypothesize that the human body, through its carbon base derived from Earth, provides the grounding for our consciousness from the Stars (environment) in such a way that we act as receptors on the crust (membrane) of the earth - in fractal and holographic language the same way the relationship between the membrane of our cells of the human body operate.

However relevant it may be to any of this, SEED of KNOWLEDGE, STONE of PLENTY provides yet more interesting speculation for the purpose of constructing these, and other, massive megalithic structures around the world. The harnessing of electromagnetism to promote growth in seeds to meet the needs of civilization during times of crises is well within the bounds of possibility. The ionization of the atmosphere through the concentrated focus of these energies caused by deliberate intention is hard to debate. Tesla, the founding father of alternating current, is purported to also have experimented with ionization.

SEED of KNOWLEDGE, STONE of PLENTY links ball lightening, balls of light, geology, minerals, stone placements such as Avebury and Stonehenge, and American Indian mounds with people's quest for channeling earth energies to enhance fertility and agriculture. While certainly one possible outcome I find it difficult to accept that this would be the sole use for these magnificent icons. While BURKE and HALBERG steer clear of any references to the enhanced growth of seeds from genuine crop circles which mainly manifest in the chalk aquifer areas of southern England, this probably reflects their practical and pragmatic approach to the subject matter. Often this detachment is sadly lacking from the controversial and misleading information that surrounds that phenomenon.

In addition to ten well written chapters including diagrams and colour photos, the references, notes and appendix section is close on 80 pages long - highly recommended. My thanks to Walter Cruttenden's free podcast monthly radio show THE COSMIC INFLUENCE on iTUNES which included an interview with John Burke and was how I found out about this material.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bridge between Mysticism and Science 8 Mar 2006
By Meredon - Published on
The authors present evidence which creates a direct connection between the world of the shaman and the world of the scientist. The book is well referenced and, perhaps unusually, the authors offer to assist others who would follow in their footsteps.

This is a breakthough book for those seriously interested in

ancient wisdom.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New thoughts on ancient structures 26 Nov 2006
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This book was a pleasant surprise. I was intrigued enough by the blurbs to read Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty, but began it without great expectations. I have read many books about ancient monuments and earth energies and found few to be as rich in new facts and solid science. What a find! The authors lay out one new fact after another and document them all with hundreds of solid academic references; essentially, they document every statement. The theme of the book reveals an entirely new way to look at these ancient engineering marvels. An appreciated bonus was the appendix listing dozens of sites you can visit in the U.S. (I only wish it were longer!) Another appendix tells how you can confirm or refute their work by performing the same tests they did at these sites, some of which I hope to do next summer.

The thesis of the book is that ancient cultures built megalithic structures (e.g., pyramids and henges) where there were geologically-based electro-magnetic energies in order to concentrate these energies and that they did this to achieve a very practical physical benefit. The authors' experiments testing these effects were the best part. Some eye-popping photos of their tests prop up what might otherwise seem to be incredulous claims if you are a natural skeptic (that's me!). They also present sources from the scientific literature explaining why and how these effects can be achieved with these energies.

Seed of Knowledge comes right out of left field with a whole new take on these ancient structures. Even if you were already an admirer of ancient civilizations, this book will raise your image of them. It is rich in information and also a fairly easy read. Any fan of the past will enjoy this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering the Seed of Knowledge 19 Jan 2006
By Kimberly K. Doenges - Published on
Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty is an intriguing exploration of the power man culls from nature with the most basic tools. The theory is a fascinating eyeopener. Basically, the authors of this book enlightened me concerning the use of ancient pyramids and Native American mounds to engender better seed growth. The pictures and the graphs help prove the authors' thesis. Forget genetic modification, this book explains how you can grow bigger better plants by channeling the forces of nature to enhance seeds. What a fantastic discovery in this age of organic preference. Also captivating, the book chronicles, scientifically, all the ways these communities prospered by channeling these natural forces. There is even a "do it yourself" section with simple instructions for those who want to try this at home. Any enviromentalist will be entranced by the findings in this book as I am.
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