Chapter 21 – For Love of the Life Force

This is a voyage into a new era of science. —Claude Swanson, PhD, physicist, author of Life Force: The Scientific Basis

The first time Paul Babcock ambled onstage at the energy science conference in northern Idaho, he introduced himself in a self-deprecating manner. The audience warmed to his humor. They saw a tall man wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt, sporting a ponytail and greying beard and speaking unpretentiously and directly. Nevertheless, he exuded dignity and a large presence, not only in physical size.

Babcock’s casual manner was refreshing, coming from someone introduced as an internationally-recognized technical expert.  He spoke with conviction as well. “At this time in our civilization we have to decentralize power. All I want to do is give you people the tools to advance the cause.”

He explained which electrical laws are never subject to change and which ones could be skirted in order to engineer electrical circuits that harness magnetism. Simple algebraic truths prove that magnetism imparts energy, he said.  Amplification of power is how the universe works and there are ways to tap magnetism.

Babcock was asked when his company  will develop the prototype of his energy invention into a commercial motor. Not until he can pay the million-dollar cost of product development himself, he replied vehemently.  Not until he doesn’t have to beg for start-up money and go to financial institutions for funding.

To raise the money needed to optimize the motor, his company Flyback Energy was making ultra-efficient industrial lighting products, expecting that they would be more acceptable to vested interests than free energy.

It didn’t turn out to be that easy.


The struggle to make a revolutionary energy breakthrough available to the human family requires strengths. Paul Babcock’s embattled yet often joyous boyhood prepared him.

Growing up in the rural center of Washington state in the 1960s meant freedom to roam outdoors and have access to the natural world—a good start for a scientifically inquiring mind. He was in an inventive family; an uncle invented farm machinery. Paul and his brother Dave were “electron-chasers” from childhood on, experimenting with electricity.

They had a pack of lively siblings and friends to run with and an abundance of both comedic and ethical examples at home. Their parents encouraged intellectual pursuits as well as insisting on values such as honesty.

The hurtful battles took place outside the home. The small town of Omak, Washington, prides itself on a Wild West heritage. But unlike cowboys-and-Indians movies with heroic good guys, real life in what he called a reservation town revealed ruder traits. The seven Babcock brothers and their two sisters encountered bullies and small-minded attitudes. Their mother and her family were tribal members and were targeted by local racists. The Babcock brothers learned how to fight.

Those blows toughened Paul Babcock. As it turned out, he needed a thick skin if he was going to promote inventions that disrupt established interest groups. He also questioned authority from a young age.


Babcock thanks his parents for his boyhood freedom to experience everything from hefty power tools to dangerous science experiments. He enjoyed “dogs, cats, terrariums, aquariums, snakes, lizards, fish, bugs, radios, electronics, model airplanes, minibikes, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, river running, sandlot sports, cars and more…always a lot of action going on at the Babcocks.”

Craving knowledge, he read avidly. The town library’s staff noticed what a range of science books young Paul Babcock borrowed, so they introduced him to Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s science based on a universal life force that Reich named orgone.  Public libraries at that time were pressured, apparently by a government agency, to pull books written by Dr. Reich off their shelves. The federal Food and Drug Administration had publicly burned Reich’s books. The Omak librarians quietly kept some. As a result, young Paul learned that scientific experiments prove the existence of that vital life force.


Babcock moved to Arizona and learned classical electrical physics in college. However, during his more than 30-year career in the industrial world he and his brother Dave saw phenomena that defied conventional understanding. While working with high-powered electrical systems in remote locations as a trouble-shooter, he would suddenly see bursts of electricity seemingly come out of nowhere.

Frustrated by the fact that the bursts didn’t relate to the standard Ohm’s law of electricity, he studied technical writings of Nikola Tesla and others such as inventor John Bedini. Something was missing from standard physics teachings.


Babcock’s life laid the groundwork for his conclusion that what is missing is the living process referred to as Mother Nature. “I love being a tech guy,” he said. “At the same time, I had to grab my backpack and head into the woods for weeks at a time. So, I lived in the Alaska bush for years… I’ve damn near died frozen on mountain tops, or in deserts for lack of water…. The ‘invisible hand’ has reached out and saved my life more times than I can count.”

His experiences ranged from swimming for miles with dolphins and being protected by them to being humbled by a caribou that stood still and gave its life so he could survive a winter. He felt gratitude for fish and seaweed that kept him alive on a rocky island near Hawaii and for seeing the hues of the life force. In Hawaii, more than one Kahuna gifted him with knowledge about the life force we inhale with every breath. In settings as varied as a prayer circle on a reservation or a whale hunt in the arctic, he learned from indigenous peoples about hidden energies.

Experiences such as seeing auras he mainly kept to himself; they weren’t topics to share on a job site. You don’t tell the guy on the barstool beside you that water is a conscious aware entity, Babcock realized. However, he was certain that a person’s inner senses are as valid as their physical senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.


Babcock went north to Alaska in 1978, worked in the aviation industry, then booked a year off for wilderness adventure. After that he went into radio communications. Job sites ranged from oil wells to mountaintop wind generators.

His quest for answers about energy intensified in 1988 in Alaska. During a run of bad luck, he was unemployed because his right arm had been injured in an accident and was in a cast. During a severe winter he survived with little money or food.

In his small cabin lit by a kerosene lamp, one night he heard a radio show whose guest was an inventor named Joseph Newman, talking about a “free-energy machine.” Newman’s claims about magnetism intrigued Babcock, so he scraped up fifty dollars and ordered Newman’s book.

“I got this big tome, a huge book…politics and ego and patent wars,” Babcock recalls. “But… Newman made this simple observation about magnetism: ‘the power you expend to make a magnetic field has nothing to do with the strength of the magnetic field you create!’” Babcock set out to learn how Newman’s finding relates to the known laws of electrical physics and what that would mean for humankind.

An “aha!” moment came when he was still in Alaska. He was sitting by the wood-burning stove at a friend’s house when he encountered new very powerful magnets made from an alloy of the element neodymium. The friend handed Babcock two magnets, about an inch and a half square each, and the men marveled at the super-strong forces of attraction and repulsion.

When Babcock reached out to give one back, his hand passed near the cast iron stove. The magnet suddenly leapt off his hand and accelerated. It hit the stove with such force that the magnet shattered and the metal stove rang like a bell.

Babcock realized that the acceleration—a huge expression of energy—had nothing to do with his hand’s motion which was relatively slow. Instead the magnet imparted the energy itself. He hadn’t lit a rocket or burned any fuel to make the magnet speed up so forcefully.

“Wow. That was an expression of work, of horsepower; it moved mass over a distance with foot-pounds of force!”

That incident fueled his quest to tap magnetism for a power gain in electrical circuits. First, he had to create an electronic circuit that can handle exceptionally strong magnetism. And it would require extremely fast electronic switching. How could he accomplish nano-second switching while living in Alaskan bush country with only occasional consulting jobs? The state-of-the-art electronic parts he needed were too expensive.

His brother Dave and their friend Phil Smith had the answer. They were working for a Seattle company that regularly discarded electronic parts the company wasn’t selling. Even if needing repair, the equipment his brothers shipped to Alaska was like gold to resourceful specialist Paul Babcock.

The brothers and Smith increasingly focused on evolving the circuit which would become a key part of the Babcock DC Motor and other products. Paul moved back to Washington state to rejoin his profession long enough to update on the latest in electronics.

Creating the circuit and motor involved further “aha” moments, perseverance and financial sacrifices from each partner. Paul Babcock jokes about them putting one prototype together with masking tape and bubble gum. High hopes often plummeted. Promised funding disappeared after the international trauma of September 11, 2001.

He emphasizes that the team never claimed to have a free energy machine, but rather a motor that is super-efficient because it captures wasted power and recycles electricity.


Babcock and his partners went on the road years later, expecting that experts would welcome revolutionary Babcock DC Motor. The crew could show a prototype in action, and they had professional accomplishments in the electrical industry as credentials. Further, Paul Babcock could explain in standard technical language why the motor can do what it does, despite textbook laws that say such performance is impossible.

The team didn’t get a chance to explain it at universities where the motor could have been tested. As soon as the professors realized that a demonstration could contradict accepted theories about electricity, they responded to the effect of “Get out of here, you crazy hippies!” and more restrained variations of hustling the Babcock crew out the door.

The rejections dimmed the likelihood of speedily engineering the prototype into a product you can buy. Commercial development takes millions of dollars, so an inventor must attract investors, but investors want to see signed papers showing “expert validation” for the invention. The “money guy” walks away if an inventor can’t get endorsements from professors at a university. However, the potential investor often does not realize that the professors are experts in a different paradigm.


By the time that Babcock was invited to present to a more open-minded audience, the 2012 Energy Science and Technology Conference in Hayden, Idaho, his motor was gathering dust in a home workshop. He was spending long days in a high-ceilinged warehouse in Spokane Valley where he and his brothers and Phil Smith developed an industrial lighting product that incorporated their revolutionary electronic circuitry. They hoped the product would soon bring in money for further development of the original motor.

They named their company Flyback Energy. Flyback is the burst of energy that suddenly appears when an electrical current’s flow through a conductor is interrupted and as a result the magnetic field that had been produced by current flow collapses, creating an electrical discharge. Although physicists have believed the electrical kick is not energy, the company turned the problematic kick into a solution for their business of magnetic energy recovery.

Their company’s struggles reveal how much is involved in bringing even a niche product such as ultra-efficient ballast for industrial lighting into the marketplace. It costs millions of dollars to get patent protection and Underwriters Laboratory certification. Each round of fund raising cost the partners in different ways, such as losing some control of their company. And the company holds the patents.

Babcock no longer talks publicly about the Flyback history except to say, “No one can screw up a project like the guy with the checkbook can.”


Following his first presentation to the energy technology conferences in Hayden, Idaho, Babcock was invited back as a speaker each summer. The conference venue is a fraternal lodge in a semi-rural area, yet engineers from far-flung countries meet across tables in the lunchroom or bar between speeches in the main hall.

That’s where Babcock and Jim Murray (Chapter 10) met and discovered a synchronicity. Babcock’s toroidal motor sitting in his workshop was feature-for-feature almost identical in concept to a toroid-shaped motor back in Oklahoma that Murray had independently invented. The two inventors joined forces for a project—a few months of intense work adding Babcock’s nanoseconds-switching breakthrough to Murray’s Switched Energy Resonant Power Supply. They also succeeded in working out the mathematics.

Babcock notes how Murray’s work relates to past and present discoveries. “Nikola Tesla used high voltage and particular forms of resonance to confuse and manipulate electron motion for the purpose of tapping ‘Radiant Energy,’ in modern times known as zero-point energy.”


Babcock’s life took a turn into alternative research for health. His colleague Dr. Peter Lindemann built a device whose inventor  had named the Multiwave Oscillator. The MWO was based on the principle that life-forms absorb energy. Babcock built a powerful MWO and presented his findings at the Energy Science and Technology Conference in Idaho.

When Babcock took the stage at the 2018 conference, he surprised those who only knew of him as a seasoned technician or an inventor who created products based on recovery of magnetic energy.

His presentation The Living Earth went beyond technology, starting with the need to balance logic with intuition. “Science based solely on hard reason and the five senses…harmed mankind more than it helped…Denial that we’re a spirit being as well as a physical being degrades the sacredness of life.” Babcock also said his life had taught him that every soul is here in their physical life to play as well as learn. “We are conscious creators with the Big Holy…it’s utterly fun.”

The audience applauded his admission that, “I love free energy; it’s very necessary for us, but if we don’t grow as human beings, if we don’t find who we really are, if we don’t master ourselves better, what’s the point? One day it dawned on me…‘If I give the world this stuff and all it does is make cheaper electricity so people can watch more TV, what have I really done?’”

The buoyant mood in the room sobered as Babcock warned about metal particles found in the fallout from airplanes’ aerosol droppings. He said barium and aluminum particles create electrically-conductive paths that degrade the atmosphere’s ability to electrically support life.  He explained that fluffy cumulus clouds, which children instinctively love to draw, interact with natural lines of force as they move along. That electrical process replenishes, and water stores, the life force energy, he said. Healthy clouds can carry tons of water held together by static electricity forces.

He found that solar flares and weather events affect how his Multiwave Oscillator behaves.  A properly grounded MWO with a field of more than 100,000 volts interacts with the atmosphere. He concluded that coordinated use of MWO devices operating at Earth friendly frequencies could restore the local dielectric field in the atmosphere by interrupting the unnatural activities.

However, there is a better way to deal with the human-caused problem than technological solutions, Babcock said. “The real solution is for human beings to embrace their full talents as reality creators and take conscious control of our relationship with the living vibrating medium.”

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