From "Dashed Against the Rock" by W. J. Colville, 1894
(heavily influenced if not written by John W. Keely)
Placed in the public domain on August 30, 1989 by
Keely's Model of Molecular Structure
Each molecule has three envelopes. The most external one may be
illustrated by an india-rubber ball on which are traced a number of
On another ball, three envelopes are represented. The outer
hemisphere of one of the envelopes is removed to show the under
envelope, the outer hemisphere of which is removed in still another
part of the diagram to show the inmost envelope.
A third diagram shows the position of the atoms which the rotating
A fourth diagram shows the lines of interference of the rotating
envelopes. There being three perfect envelopes, these of necessity
must have six poles, to which add the neutral centre of the sphere
itself, comprising the origin of the septenary (7) of mysticism which
is universal in nature.
The fifth diagram shows the subdivision of matter into atomic,
atomolic, and atomolinic. A black disc representing a sphere shows the
negative atom; two white discs also representing spheres, illustrate
the two positive atoms in the triad, completing the tertiary
aggregation forming the molecule.
Each atom is in turn composed of three atomoles; in the negative
atom are three positive atomoles, positive in the sense of activity; in
the positive atom are also three atomoles, two of which are negative,
i.e. passive, and one positive.
The negative is always that which seeks the neutral centre; for
instance, the sun is a medium for transmitting radiant energy of
positive order, which all the planets receive negatively, i.e. it
focalizes upon their neutral centres. This order extends to infinity.
The final diagram presented was simply intended to further elucidate
the action of the rotating envelopes, illustrating the compressing
force of the rotating spheral and the protection of the neutral poles.
In the rotating envelopes force acts in the opposite direction to
its action in the revolution of the earth, where the centrifugal action
is greatest at the equator; and the greater the speed of rotation, the
greater the centre-fleeing force.
In the case of the etheric envelope, however, the greater the speed
of rotation, the more powerful is the centripetal (centre-seeking)
force which compresses the atoms within; the pressure, therefore, is
greatest at the equator and gradually lessens toward the poles.
If there were only one envelope, the tendency would be for the atoms
to be oblate, to fly out at the poles, where the pressure is least.
A beautiful provision of nature obviates this, by providing three
envelopes, rotating one within the other, like three shells; the line
of greatest internal pressure in each one of which being protected by
the equatorial lines, the line of greatest pressure covering the line
of least pressure on the others. Each of the three atoms is placed
directly under one pole of each of the three envelopes.
If the rotating envelope of the molecule were in any way checked in
its motion, the enclosed matter would immediately burst forth,
producing the phenomenon of integration, releasing from its previously
pent-up condition a volume of matter many times as great as that before
disintegration took place.
Sound-force moving at certain rates of vibration negatizes the
action of the rotating envelopes, producing conditions which result in
their breaking up, followed by the separation of the atoms contained in
those envelopes, and also of inter-molecular substance occupying space
not taken up by the atoms.
By successive orders of vibration the atoms, atomoles, and atomolini
are disintegrated, and so on to the luminous order, where all control
The human brain being formed of an inestimable number of spherical
resonators, termed in medical science NERVE CELLS, forming the gray
matter of the brain, these minute spheres take up the THOUGHT FORCE
which permeates all space in endless waves, eternally active.
This force we term ATOMOLIC; the cells are composed of ATOMOLES,
whose vibratory motions under the action of universal THOUGHT FORCE
result in the phenomena of thought, cognition, intellection, etc.
Understanding this, no one should continue to feel surprise at the
varying emotions and impulses of a human being in an undeveloped state,
as only by developed WILL can the motions of this force be directed.
The entire human economy, in the action of all its functions,
assimilations, and motions, is the result of differentiation of this
unitary force, all tending to supply the instrument connecting the
organism with this force (the brain) with certain gases whereby it
sustains its ceaseless action from birth to death: these gases supply
the rotating envelopes with necessary substance for their continued
activity. Were this supply cut off, death would immediately ensue; it
is a fact well demonstrated that the resonating brain-structure is the
first to undergo decomposition.
In all embodied conditions of the manifested universe, the law of
harmony reigns supreme; the cause of this manifestation is the result
of the positive being stronger than the negative; the positive is
everywhere the dominant order of the universe; this reality is
perfectly embodied in the word I AM; it is the reason why annihilation
is both inconceivable and impossible in the universe.
The truth of this statement can be experimentally demonstrated; its
law is found in all threefold aggregations, and there is a UNIVERSAL
trinity composed of two positives and one negative.
Eternal consciousness, immortal life, and an infinite order of
beings is the result, whilst every provision is made in the order of
creation for the happiness and enjoyment of all manifested beings.
Conditions are also provided whereby satiety falls to the lot of none.
The eternally conscious entity - call it by whatever name we please
- moves in cycles as eternal and infinite as itself; it oscillates and
vibrates perpetually and is never unconscious of any present condition,
be it pain or pleasure, joy or sorrow, shame or glory; like the
pendulum of a clock or the sun, moon, or tides, it swings from the one
to the other of these conditions, now in pleasure, now in pain, by its
contact with the extremes of all varying conditions, like a child which
throws up its head and laughing for joy exclaims, I KNOW I AM.
So much for W. J. Colville, whoever he was.
For further reading on Keely's theories I have included the following dissertation, also reputedly from Colville's "metaphysical novel" Dashed against the Rock,
Keely's Forty Laws of Sympathetic Vibratory Physics in the appendix.
COMMENTS ON KEELY'S THEORIES
Hans von Lieven, copyright