On the Nature of Water

Péter Hassmann On the Nature of Water


This is a Brief Summary of the ZOOM lecture on the 1st May 2021


Important people regarding studying water from the perspective of anthroposophy:

• John Wilkes (1930-2011)

• George Adams (1894-1963)

• Theodor Schwenk (1910-1986) (https://stroemungsinstitut.de/institute/)

And of course Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)


Water at rest seems to be „meaningless”. It has no colour, no taste, no odour, no form.

An explanation for this could be that „”gives up”, ”sacrifices” her own qualities:

    – her color, smell, taste, form –

    in order to provide these qualities for the other beings of Earth.

Therefore it can be said that water is the element of self-sacrifice, of selflessness.


Since this selflessness, water’s essence (her being) is hidden. She is not „talking” when she is still. We must seek, ask her. She will reveal her secrets by movement.

Searching for water’s hidden qualities we looked at some common phenomena.

In order to understand these I offered the explanation that water originally has the form of the sphere, which ont he Earth is transformed into the plain.

This transformation could be modelled by peeling an apple. The form of the peeled skin of the apple is a pattern that can be observed when water is under the influence of a single force.

In order to see the process when this happens I have shown the experiment where the so-called path of vortices can be seen.

Regarding this form I have shown a page from a notebook of Rudolf Steiner from 1906 where he wrote very remarkable comments to the drawing very similar to the form made by water.

I have also shown two other experiments where the forms arising when water is in movement can be observed.


When water is in movement it shows three characteristics, essential for life:

• Order

• Rhythm

• Metamorphosis



Flowforms are works of art through which Water can manifest it’s qualities of order, rhythm and metamorphosis.

These are sculptures made by human beings for the element of Water to be able to move the way She would like to move.

Flowforms are human beings’ „offering” to the element of Water


According to anthroposophical approach Life is not originating in complex lifeless processes.

On the contrary: Life is invisibly surrounding us, and the material world.

And it is able to „slip” into the physical world by the forms water in movement offers for it. (Wilkes)

This is why it is essential to keep and support water’s ability to create forms that can be used by life. (Flowforms do just that.)

These forms can be studied by the „Drop-picture method” created by Theodor Schwenk.


Our present consciousness – way of knowing things – is connected with solid (fixed) matter, the element of Earth.

Water’s proper study should lead us to Imagination

Air’s proper study should lead us to Inspiration

Fire’s proper study should lead us to Intuition


Further topics to study

• Projective geometry – a key to understand basic concepts of Anthroposophy

• Anatomy, embriology – how these concepts os projective geometry could be discovered in our human constitution

• Rudolf Steiner’s Representative of Humanity - how these concepts os projective geometry could be discovered in this very important statue


Recommended reading:

• Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air Paperback – 3 Feb 2014

by Theodor Schwenk

• Flowforms: The Rhythmic Power of Water (Rythmic Power of Water)Paperback – 2 Oct 2003

by John Wilkes

• Energizing Water: Flowform Technology and the Power of Nature Paperback – November 30, 2010

By by Jochen Schwuchow , John Wilkes, Iain Trousdell

• Water: The Element of Life

by Theodor Schwenk, Wolfram Schwenk

• Understanding Water: Developments from the Work of Theodor Schwenk Paperback – April 23, 2019

by Andreas Wilkens, Wolfram Schwenk, Michael Jacobi


A very important topic regarding water that we did not discussed this time is the vortex.



Hassmann Péter

Tel: +3630 858 1001

E-mail: remedium@t-online.hu

• Website (in Hungarian): www.remedium.hu , www.flowform.hu