When Professor John Roy Robert Searl was only 4-1/2 years old he started to have innovative dreams.

The dreams came in pairs - there was dream one and then a short time later dream two, which occurred twice a year for six years.

It is from these dreams as a young boy of 14 he says he built a device which defied gravity and flew up in the air and hit the ceiling of the room where he assembled it.

This came as a surprise because he was trying to build a generator not a flying machine.

This device he claims can make a better world for mankind by saving the atmosphere and our natural resources.

And that his secret technology can create a pollution-free generator to answer our energy needs and a Levity Disc, or Inverse G vehicle, which would open the doorway to safe and inexpensive space travel as well as efficient fast transportation here on earth.

He called this device a Searl Effect Generator (SEG).

The English professor is currently giving a number of lectures throughout Australia to gauge people's interest in his secret technology and with the hope of finding an investor.

For 30 years he ran his house in England on one of his generators until he was accused of stealing from the power company.

"They called it stealing electricity, because electricity was supplied to your house and you weren't using it," he said.

"You had electricity, but you were suppose to be using their electricity."

"Today, I assume, that if you put up a power generator of any kind, you could ask them to take off their electricity.

"But you couldn't in the time we're talking about - it was forbidden."

The professor was arrested and all the wiring torn out of his house.

The electricity board still could not figure out how he was generating the power, so they went back to the house and stole the generator.

They never returned the generator to him even after he made several attempts to retrieve it.

He was kept in prison for 10 months on various charges.

During his time in prison, the professor's wife destroyed all his work by fire because she could not cope with the publicity it was creating.

The professor said when they had finished his family left him high and dry.

Even though everything he believed in and stood for was burnt in the fires, he was determined not to dwell on it and get on with the future.

Professor Searl also believes the SEG to have a healing effect.

He said he had given an SEG to two individuals who were diagnosed as having lung ailments and only a matter of months to live.

"One of the benefits of the device is that it produces tremendous ion discharge," he said.

"An electron discharge has the effect of healing and it will heal people's lungs"

The professor said he had been in an accident involving a pan of very hot oil which spilt on him.

He said he was not only burnt but bleeding.

"Fourteen days later you couldn't see a scar - so the SEG must have a healing effect," he said.

His technology has been offered to all countries, but he claims there have been a number of efforts to discredit him and his work.

The professor offered the technology to his country first in the 1970s.

He went to the Queen and told her about his device and how he could generate power, make a new type of spacecraft or just a flying craft to take the place of airplanes.

However, his information fell on deaf ears.

He then offered it to the United States and gave a demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base.

During the demonstration, he made a remote controlled aircraft turn to the tune of 25 Gs, which would kill anyone inside the plane.

The people at Edwards said his invention was too dangerous.

In 1989, he offered his technology to Munich, Germany, to a group of scientists, who received a research grant to work on his technology.

But the grant was for research and development, not manufacturing.

The professor believes his work is a real and immediate threat to the financial well being of utility, airline and oil companies.

And today his work is done in secret because of this.

John Thomas, author of the book Antigravity: The Dream Made Reality, The Story of John R.R. Searl, Direct International Science Consortium (DISC) vice-president and technical representative for the professor, has made a plea for people not to turn a blind eye to this technology.

"We're looking for the visionaries of today to move ahead now in order to save the people of this planet," he said.

"We no longer have the luxury of saying someday, somebody else will do it."