Does anyone know where this idea came from?

Imho, this idea came from Einstein's geometric gravity that twist like a

space-time vortex in a

frame-dragging effect, the idea could be traced to have been originated from "

Vortex dynamics" of Hermann von Helmholtz.

Quite simply, Gravity is NOT a pull, Gravity is a PUSH from the zero point energy field into mass.

This is the mechanical explanations of gravitation without the use of any "action at a distance" in classical physics in an aether-filled three-dimensional Euclidean space with a temporal dimension of time.

Btw, WMAP in its empirical observations asserts that Euclidean geometry is experimentally true with high accuracy throughout most of the Universe; this is contrary to GR. Google this you will find it.

Einstein's cosmology with the cosmological constant describes gravity is a push-in effect of negative pressure. This explanation for gravity is

**not** a PUSH from the zero point energy field into mass, it is a push-in from the zero point energy field into

**matter**, this render the effect of mass.

"The Universe appears to have a smooth space-time continuum consisting of three spatial dimensions and one temporal (time) dimension. On the average, space is observed to be very nearly flat (close to zero curvature), meaning that Euclidean geometry is experimentally true with high accuracy throughout most of the Universe." - Excerpt from wikipedia in a section on "Universe".

Think of it as bubbles under water where the water is pressing on the bubble trying to implode it. In the case of matter, zero point energy pushes into the neutral centers of mass to not only create it but also give it materiality.

We are held to the planet like wind pushing flies against a wirescreen. As zero point energy flows into the neutral centres of mass, the effect of gravity and weight are produced.

I fully agree with your above proposition that comprehensively explains the causality of gravity, you only need to make a distinction for matter from mass.