Were intuitives and ancients onto something big?

By Jeane Manning

The SAFIRE Project is testing the electric sun theory, with fascinating results that we’ll talk about in another blogpost. When I studied the SAFIRE Project website I thought of what the late Walter Russell said: “There are no limitations set by this electric universe” upon human multiplication of power.[i]

Were John Worrell Keely and Walter Russell ahead of us in understanding energy and the universe? Amazingly, neither Keely nor Russell learned in school the secrets of sound, light and ongoing creation.

John Worrell Keely, the musician/inventor you met in a previous post, tuned in acoustically to advanced knowledge. His lifetime overlaps that of artist Walter Russell (1871-1963), who had a refined visual sense and also that inner sense, as Keely had possessed, of hearing “the music of the spheres.”[ii]

Spiritual traditions, ancient and new, teach that special light and sublime sound are two aspects of how a divine source communicates with mortals. For example, the Christian Bible says that in the beginning was the Word. That same book also speaks of the Light of the world. In the Vedic tradition, Shabda is a word meaning the sound current vibrating in all creation. It is also referred to as the audible life stream or inner sound.

Russell legacy

Walter Russell’s nonconventional experiences taught him about the Light. (We capitalize the word to distinguish it from ordinary light.) Today, frontier scientists look to his books when they want to understand the invisible geometry of space in order to work in harmony with it.

Toby Grotz, whose adventures we chronicle in Hidden Energy, once wrote to Walter Russell’s widow Lao, and asked her if Nikola Tesla and Russell ever met. She replied that they had met and Tesla had advised Russell to lock up his information in the Smithsonian museum for a thousand years until humankind is ready for it.

What information might Tesla have considerd so advanced? Grotz figured it was Russell’s theory of light and electromagnetics and their relation to unlimited power supplies and transmutation of elements.

Walter Russell was exemplary as a person as well in intellect. He dealt with the discomforts of being ahead of the times in which he lived, yet was not known for reacting angrily as Keely had done. Instead, biographers say Russell and his second wife Lao modeled how to serenely and industriously create a balanced life.

Walter was not quite ten years old when his family’s financial problems forced him to leave school and get a job, first in a drygoods store earning $2.50 weekly and walking six miles daily to and from work. He put himself through art school and eventually became an acclaimed painter, sculptor, musician, builder, and author.

In the 1940s, an author named Glenn Clark went looking for someone who “would be so cosmically aware of the Light of God that he would know the spiritual cause of all effect.” Clark was told that Walter Russell was the man he wanted to meet.

When they met, Clark’s first impressions were that Russell had the Van Dyke beard of an artist and characteristics of both a philosopher and a man of action. “There was, besides, a light in his eye that showed that he was capable of great inspirations—that he lived close to the great unseen powers of the universe.”

“There was tremendous modesty in the man as he spoke, a quietness and dignity. There was simplicity and honesty…and a tremendous peace.”

How many people could be described that way?

Clark eventually wrote a biography, The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, about Walter Russell. Russell was quoted about gratitude for having escaped educational systems of information-cramming and memory-testing. After leaving school at such a young age he began to explore mysteries at a soul level—his inner self.


In May of 1921 Russell’s life was transformed by an inspiring event that came on him suddenly like a bolt of lightning. His consciousness was freed of bodily sensations and he found he was in what he later described as the mind universe of Light. A divine intelligence informed him about the unity of all things in the Light. Other secrets of the universe unfolded to him in simplicity.

He described the experience as a cosmic illumination that continued for days. During that time he could perceive the universe as being all in motion, and he was newly aware of everything. Russell’s trance-like ecstatic state alarmed his family, but their doctors said he did not seem in danger.

Five years later, Russell was ready to challenge theoretical physicists, having had time to digest what had been revealed to him. He expressed the download—the revelations he had been given about the universe—through painting and writing books.

He drew cosmic cubes and other geometries to show energy spiraling in continuous rhythmic motions of creation and destruction and creation and destruction, the energy endlessly swirling into and out of material existence.

He believed that the hidden electric processes he was shown gave a key to understanding “all the sciences, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy and mechanics, likewise all the underlying principles of creation; of life and the healing principle…”

What was revealed to Russell while “in the Light” was the subject matter of his The Divine Iliad, published later in two volumes.

Academy of Sciences recognition

Walter Russell’s Periodic Chart of the Elements, copyrighted in 1926, announced new isotopes of hydrogen that were later named deuterium and tritium. His chart also forecast the discovery of the elements neptunium and plutonium. The American Academy of Sciences in 1941 recognized his contributions to science by awarding an academic degree of Doctor of Science to Russell.

Russell had a fresh concept of the universe, explaining relationships between matter and energy and between electricity and magnetism and the law of balance.

He had learned that everything is made out of one substance, and that differences among the elements are dimensional and not a difference of substance.

Dr. Russell’s theories pointed toward practical transmutation—changing one element into another—as well as clean energy abundance.

Walter Russell’s spirits were at a low point as World War II approached. While supervising the casting of his famous sculptures representing Four Freedoms, he was living alone in a studio at Carnegie Hall while his estranged wife Helen lived in Connecticut. He needed to rejuvenate his health and spirit.

After the war years, a phone call changed his life. Daisy Stebbing, an immigrant to Boston from England, had read Glenn Clark’s biography of Russell. Two years later, Walter at age 77 divorced his first wife and married Daisy, age 44.

She changed her name to Lao in honor of the Chinese illuminate Lao-Tzu, and she and Walter took a cross-country automobile trip looking for a place to establish a museum for his work.

They found Swannanoa—the abandoned estate of a railroad magnate—on a mountaintop near Waynesboro, Virginia. The couple signed a fifty-year lease, and established a museum and Walter Russell Foundation. In 1957 the state granted a charter for their correspondence school, the University of Science and Philosophy. Even today, students are buying its home study course The Universal One.


Dr. Russell built a device, the Russell Optical Dynamo Generator, that he claimed had captured cosmic energy.

He worked on it with scientists from both the Raytheon Corporation and the defense agency North American Air Defense Command (NORAD.)

NORAD’s interest in the generator may have resulted from Dr. Russell’s claim that it could not only produce more energy than it took in, but could also be used to create new types of extremely powerful radar.

Officers from NORAD in Colorado Springs visited Walter and Lao, who was his research assistant as well as hiswife, at their home in Virginia in 1959. They agreed that the Russells would report their findings. Two years later the couple reported that their generator had worked, and that a new, safe power source was available for the world.

However, the Russells’ conviction that they had demonstrated a way to convert cosmic energy into electric power failed to capture the interest of anyone except NORAD, and there is no public record of what NORAD did with it. At the time, conventional science termed the discovery “nonscientific” and the public never heard of it.

Today’s independent researchers are interested in the theories behind the Russell generator. Russell had not only said that the universe consisted of electric energy, he was certain that nature multiplies power by concentrating this electricity until it forms matter such as a star or a planet.

Dr. Russell’s device may have recreated this natural accumulation of power.

The wrong direction

Dr. Russell wrote that the main error of modern science is shutting the Creator out of creation. He never referred to an anthropomorphic god. Instead, he wrote that “God is the invisible, motionless, sexless, undivided, and unconditioned white Magnetic Light of Mind which centers all things.” He added, “The locatable motionless Light which man calls magnetism is the Light which God is.”

We don’t know anyone who has proven that in their laboratory, but the SuperLight theory of Dr. John Milewski that we included in our Hidden Energy book similarly emphasizes magnetism.

And many independent scientists and philosophers agree with Dr. Russell that spirituality and science will come together.

For an academic discussion of related topics today, we recommend the writings of Harvard astrophysicist Rudolph Schild, Ph.D. One of his points in a recent paper is that understanding consciousness scientifically requires understanding and accepting the reality of cosmic intelligence and Soul, or eternal being.

Walter and Lao collaborated on books, including Atomic Suicide? which predicted serious consequences if radioactivity is used as a fuel. The Secret of Light (1947) and A New Concept of the Universe (1953) further explained the two-way universe aspect of the Russell cosmogony. The concept is that gravity and radioactivity are opposite pressure conditions which perpetually void themselves by each giving to the other.

Dr. Russell learned to look for the cause behind everything; analyzing effects was seen as a waste of time.

He wrote, “For within the secret of Light is vast knowledge not yet revealed to man. Light is all there is. “If science knew what Light actually is…a new civilization would arise from that fact alone.” [iii]

Dr. Walter Russell was fortunate to have a marriage based on equality, with a woman who shared his ideals. He also earned enough from his profession that he didn’t need to fall in with schemers, as Keely and others have done, in order to finance his experiments.

Walter and Lao’s books continue to be distributed worldwide. [iv] Dr. Russell’s work was never disproven by scientists as far as we know, but was basically ignored.

[i] Clark, Glenn, The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, p 50, quoting Walter Russell.

[ii] Ibid. p.44

[iii] https://everipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Russell/

[iv] https://www.philosophy.org/ for W. Russell books/courses