In the beautiful mountains of Switzerland lies Linden, a small, calm place surrounded by dozens of peaceful little villages.
The region is called Emmental, known for its Emmental cheese.
Linden itself is especially known for the Methernitha group that lives
there, and for their Thestatika machine, built by Methernitha's founder,
This machine attracts many people from all over the world, for it
produces electricity from what is called "free energy." Many think this
Thestatika machine could be the answer to our world energy needs, but
no-one outside of the Methernitha group knows how it works. And although
the Methernitha people have demonstrated their machine to many
scientists, the mystery of its operation remains a secret.
Methernitha — The Community
The story of Methernitha goes back a long time. Paul Baumann, its
founder, had many visions that led him both to God and to the Bible. And
in the fifties, he decided to form a community with others who, like
himself, wanted to live their lives based on Christian principles. Thus,
the Methernitha Alliance was formed, and the group started to live and
work together as a social community, free from outside influences — and
Paul Baumann grew up within the circles of the Bruderverein
(brotherhood), a Lutheran society, and its influence can still be
clearly felt. While it is emphasized that each individual must develop
his own spirituality, it is still regarded as desirable that God's Law
be adhered to in its entirety. For Baumann's wish was to found a
cooperative clearly based upon Christian ideals. To this day many of the
group (but not all) still follow strict guidelines, such as abstaining
The people are not organized like a club. They do not have a "guru," and
there are no subscription fees. They have no desire to proselytize.
They live on their own, and look after their own affairs.
Within Methernitha are departments specializing in precision mechanics,
the making of appliances, gardening, and carpentry. All Methernitha
members are aware of their responsibility within the social sphere and
the balance of nature, and accordingly, an exemplary heating-system,
based upon the incineration of wood-waste was installed.
Anyone can become a member of the cooperative who accepts its rules and is willing to do his best to supporting its aims.
The Mayor of Linden says of Methernitha:
They work and live within their community.
Their products are of high quality and are partly globally well known.
There are no fences or walls between Methernitha inhabitants and the
village. The inhabitants — roughly 120 people, including children — have
their own free opinion and philosophy, and also have their personal
freedom and freedom of action which they never try to impose on other
people. On a positive note, one has to take into account that their
supporters will be looked after in old age and, if necessary, be
provided with medical care and social welfare until death.
So today, Methernitha is a social model, proving the quality of its
ideals through having functioned so well for just over forty years.
Methernitha and Free Energy
Ever since the foundation of Methernitha, there has existed a department
for research, development, and electronics, which has been concerned
with the problem of alternative energy sources. Their focus is on
technologies suited to exploit the inherent forces of nature, thus
unlocking sources of energy without disturbing nature's ecological
Many believe that humankind's technology must serve us in the long run
and not just in immediate terms, but at Methernitha this idea is being
fully put into practice.
Although interested in many energy producing fields, Methernithans
started more than 30 years ago to concentrate their efforts on lesser
known, and even generally unknown, sources of energy. The result of this
scientific work was the Thestatika machine. This wonder-machine is
fueled from nature — nothing else.
The Methernitha people are very specific about why they could "make" the
machine, saying that it is their oneness with nature and their
isolation from society that opened up the knowledge.
"We are fortunate in gaining the experience that paradoxically the most
beautiful and useful results can be achieved by just using the most
simple means," they say. "Never did we use any borrowed capital, because
we want to stay free Swiss citizens, and not be hindered or bound in
any way in the pursuit of our aims."
was not possible to speak to the Methernitha people in time to create
this article, and not much is known about the Thestatika, so I will
simply report what the Methernitha group writes about it on their own
Two counterrotating discs generate an electrostatic charge. One disc
represents the earth, the other the clouds. The charges are bound using
grid electrodes. After that, they are collected by non-contacting
so-called "antenna keys," and then sorted.
The Methernithans realize that to the educated physicist, their machine
may seem impossible or even crazy. But they point out that, "A trained
specialist should remain free and independent in his thinking, and
should avoid being limited by the temporal framework of publicly
admitted knowledge in any science. It has to be remembered that the
established science has already been forced many times to change or give
up some of its most fundamental concepts."
After being initially turned on by hand, the discs rotate by themselves
according to the electrostatic laws of attraction and repulsion. A
rectifying diode keeps the cycles in a steady state. Otherwise, the
impulses of attraction and repulsion would accumulate and cause the
discs to run faster and faster — the correct speed is of great
importance. For optimal power generation, the discs have to run quite
steady and slow.
By means of grid condensers, the energy is stored and then uniformly
discharged, at the same time reducing the high voltage and building up
power with additional devices.
Finally, the machine supplies a uniform direct current, which varies
according to the size of the model. The machine furnishes about 3-4 kW
permanent output, depending on humidity, whereby the electric potential
ranges from 270 to 320 volts.
High humidity of the atmosphere prevents the build-up of electric
potential, so the drier the air, the better. No doubt, through the
so-far-achieved results, one main objective has been reached, namely, to
prove that it is possible to use free energy.
Nevertheless the research work is not yet completed.
The Methernithans compare today's science to the butterfly, which as a
larva must shed its cocoon to reveal the beauty that lies within. This
revelation, they feel, "is only possible when man becomes aware of his
true role within the whole creation, and again learns to recognize his
true tasks. Because the whole universe functions within a strict and
precisely structured order according to the will and word of the
creator. Therefore, also, man should recognize and realize the universal
laws that are valid within the whole and within every part of this
To evolve a free energy technology — no matter how ecologically sound this may be — is not enough.
Over the years the Thestatika has been demonstrated to various
technicians and engineers who have been invited to view different
versions of Thestatika machines. Most of these technicians and engineers
are now retired.
Hans Holzherr from Switzerland was one of those who attended a
demonstration. Here is part of his report, as translated by Stefan
I am referring in the following to the model with the 50-cm diameter
disks. This machine was already running when the visitors stepped into
the room, and was not halted during the whole time — we were there for
about 1.5 hours.
There is a great deal available on various websites concerning the
design and operation of the Thestatika machine. It's all very technical
and some of it is quite detailed. But as those who live and work at
Methernitha believe, there is probably not going to be a working
prototype developed outside Methernitha except by attention to the same
spiritual aspects with which the original Thestatika was developed.
As a first load, a 1000-Watt lamp was connected for approximately 10 seconds, whose brightness did NOT diminish . . .
The second load was a U-shaped heating element that Mr. Baumann handed
to me. It became so hot within one second that I had to put it down
immediately! What was particularly impressive was that while he pulled
back one of the contact wires (that was with the lamp, I believe), a
1-cm long arc appeared between the output electrode and the connecting
wire for approximately one second. The apparatus was under a Plexi-glass
hood. Near the base it had two holes which Baumann used to insert the
contact wires to touch the output electrodes. . . . .
It was really impressive! One can hardly believe it, with this slow
rotation. In any case, this cannot be explained in terms of bare
electrostatics in the sense of the Wimshurst machine. The perforated
sheets seem to have a key function. Beside the pick-up and the drive
electrodes there are a number of small plexiglass blocks with glued-on
perforated sheets, whose function is unknown.
As the Methernithans believe:
To understand nature and to perceive its voice, man is obliged to
experience silence and solitude. It was there that the knowledge about
this technology was obtained. . . . in valleys and forests, in
the mountains and on the shores of lakes, in places where, without
being disturbed, one can study nature, one's own being, and the creator
of all this universe in silence and concentration.
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