Incandescent Bulbs are Best: The Health Concerns of Lighting with LED Lights

I have yet to use an LED light source, whether it’s a bulb, a nightlight or the screen on a computer or phone, that has made me feel comfortable. There’s both a harshness to the light and a felt sense that I’m not getting something I need. My body just doesn’t like LED lighting, so I found it fascinating to read in the transcript of the interview link [below] that this ‘harshness’ and feeling of something missing is exactly accurate in the scientific analysis of LED light.

Light quality is one of the basics, along with air, water, food, and shelter, in terms of environmental factors. I light-bulb-question-mark-300x300-150x150would like to urge everyone to listen to the interview in the link below, or read the transcript, of photobiology expert Dr. Alexander Wunsch by Dr. Joseph Mercola. The interview contains a very detailed comparison of the way incandescent and LED lightbulbs work, including the unexpected health benefits of incandescent lighting and some significant health risks from LED generated light. There is plenty of science contained in the interview, so to really grasp what Dr. Wunsch is saying it may be more effective to read the transcript.

From Dr. Wunsch:  “I call these LEDs – I like to call them Trojan horses because they appear so practical to us. They appear to have so many advantages. They save energy; they are solid state, very robust, for example. So we invited them into our homes. But we are not aware that they have hidden properties, which are harmful to our system, harmful to our mental health, harmful to our retinal health, and also harmful to our hormonal health or endocrine health.”



The interview includes a discussion of what lighting is the healthiest and why.

When I started to investigate lighting a number of years ago, LED was considered to be the better alternative to incandescent compared to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) because of the lower EMF emissions, lack of radio frequency emissions, and of course LEDs don’t contain mercury and are not a biohazard. However, as a health choice LED lighting is a poor source of lighting compared with good old-fashioned incandescent light, as the interview with Dr. Wunsch makes abundantly clear. 

A huge benefit of incandescent is that – as Dr. Wunsch describes in detail – the lighting spectrum from incandescent bulbs incandescent_spectrum_graphincludes infrared light. Infrared light, particularly “near infrared” light, is healing. Without it, our bodies would not be able to repair. Take that in for a minute.

Important points to remember from the interview:

  • Incandescent light is “anti-aging” because it emits near infrared light. Infrared, especially “near infrared” which is beyond the visible spectrum and not a source of heat, promotes tissue repair.
  • Only 1/3 of the ATP energy production in our body is from food, the rest is related to infrared light’s contribution to the ATP cycle. Near infrared light is part of the production cycle of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the body. ATP is used by the cells for almost every process. Without it we would not survive more than 15 seconds. 
  • Blue light promotes aging. Light in the blue spectrum, which predominates in all LED bulbs, promotes tissue breakdown through oxidative stress. LEDs do not emit near infrared. 

Light is food. Consider that our cells and overall biology are driven by photons, or light. The quality of light as well as a balance within the total rainbow of the light spectrum is essential for health. Many if not most of us are living our days inside buildings with artificial light, or staring at computers or smart phones with LED screens directly affecting our eyes and brains. Light regulates the brain, which regulates the circadian rhythm governing our ability to rest and repair. Without quality light, health, mental acuity, emotional balance, quality of sleep,energy level, etc. all decline to a degree. Living in inferior lighting is like eating junk food and expecting to stay in good health without the proper building blocks of health.

In the face of all the information out there about dangers from electromagnetic frequencies, toxic chemicals, water pollution, and so on, I still don’t like to be an alarmist. Living in fear of one’s environment is toxic in itself. There are many solutions or ways to improve the health-supporting capacity of one’s environment when a person takes responsibility for that, becomes more educated and acts on their behalf. At this point in our understanding of environmental issues and solutions, there is a wealth of information and healthy resources available. Every step towards greater health contributes to a powerful cumulative effect.

What if you already have LED lighting and you want to be able to keep it, either because you like the look 91581of it or the money savings? As the interview points out, the main thing we want is to increase time in natural light and avoid over-exposure to LEDs, to too much blue light and the constant flicker and absence of life-giving infrared light, especially late in the day. Here are some simple ways to co-exist with your LEDs without over-exposing yourself:

  • Keep incandescent lights where you sleep, and other more restful areas. 
  • Include as much natural sunlight in your day as you can, even if it’s through windows. 
  • Use the LEDs in the areas where you need to be more alert. 
  • Try to limit your time in LED light to daytime hours.
  • Download the Flux program to your computer or cell phone. This free program will automatically reduce the blue light from your screen later in the day:
  • Bathe yourself in beautiful natural colors – get out in nature and let your eyes take in the natural broad pallet of colors with purely natural frequencies. Even a few minutes outside in a lovely place, or looking at something that nurtures you will help get you back in balance. There is a natural progression of light frequencies in natural sunlight during the course of the day that is designed to regulate our brains and bodies to be in tune with the planet and the universe. Get yourself outside during different times of day, especially those times of day you are more attracted to being outside. 
  • If you’re worried about the greater cost of incandescent lighting, look and see if you can reduce cost by turning off lights when you leave a room. If you don’t need to leave the lights blazing, then just flick the switch and save some money. And, if good light contributes to good health, it will probably save you money at the doctor’s office.

Soak in the beneficial rays – it’s an easy way to increase quality of life.


Partnering with Your Home for Transformational Improvements – A Feng Shui Communication Technique

Houses and properties have a certain presence to them. Each one is unique in different ways. When we want to improve something about our homes we tend to think of ourselves as fashioning a particular quality of environment thru doing something “to” the property, and that the structure and the land are things we act upon. As it happens, there’s a whole world of possibility that opens up through interacting with the “beingness” of our environment.

Think about it, hasn’t every place you’ve ever been to had a flavor or character to it that is unique? 

What I’ve discovered is that properties, just like people, animals and plants, flourish when they are invited to be co-creators with us through being heard, being invited to play with us. as partners in progress and creativity. There is an intelligence to everything around us that can come forward when we know it’s there and have the intention of tuning into the wisdom of a place. A loving heart and hand always bring out the best in anything they touch. Changes which are made that are individual rather than done in a cookie-cutter or forced way produce a living experience that is more personal to you. Also there is a relationship between a property owner or tenant and the property that is more intimate simply because that person has more responsibility and contact with the property than others do; as a result it’s more likely that very specific details that can lead to improvement are more easily accessed by the resident.

Here is a simple process to communicate with the place you live or work in. You may find that some of what is whispered to you may surprise you, as well as make things easier for you in whatever improvement you are contemplating.

1  Begin by sitting or lying comfortably, clearing your mind and awareness of any preoccupations. Breathe slowly and steadily, relaxing easily into an inner quiet – this will help you to be in a receptive state.

2  Be aware of what it is you are wanting to accomplish on your property. Perhaps you want to do some remodeling, redecorating or repairs. You might be going through a transition with work, or relationship, or a new baby and want to have your home be as functional and supportive as possible for this shift. You may have some persistent issues of disorganization or disharmony that you’d like to understand and resolve. Maybe you just want to expand into an even greater experience of satisfaction and well-being. Whatever your purpose for the communication, be aware of that now. Don’t try to figure out how you can get the result you want, just be aware of the goal you have in mind. The idea is that you are in a co-creative relationship with the place you live or work in and you’re opening a collaboration.

dsc01684-33  Have an intention to connect with the wisdom and intelligence of your home or property. When you feel connected and in rapport, describe in your mind and awareness what it is that you would like support for as though you are speaking to a friend who has your best interests at heart. This support from the wisdom of a place often comes in the form of intuitive nudges to do tasks in a particular order, direction to address something you may not even have been aware of, inspirational ideas, a sense of people you could work with, and so forth.  Pay attention to whatever you receive even if it doesn’t make much sense to you. It’s even possible that an even better idea will come to you. When you feel complete you can express some gratitude for the help you’ve been given.

4  Next, investigate what you’ve been shown and see what comes of the experiment. Simply participating and acting on guidance can be illuminating and helpful. Acting on the guidance builds trust and understanding.

Over time, this communication with your house / work place and the lot can be repeated in a formal or informal manner depending upon what works best for you. You can take fifteen minutes or any comfortable length of time. You can always update. Part of your communication can include that it is NOW, and the building and land can release any frequencies held from prior periods that slow down the energy. We’re in a “faster” period now, and any held frequencies drag down the ambient energy field. Remember to view this as simple and easy. Don’t assume obstacles where there aren’t inherently any there.


This process came to me spontaneously one day in a home I rented several years ago. I had lived in the home for a few months and made a lot of conventional improvements, applied feng shui formulas, and they had all been effective to a degree. Still, the energy felt unbalanced in some way I couldn’t put my finger on. It occurred to me that perhaps I could just inwardly “ask” for assistance from the place itself. I sat, got quiet inside myself, and put forth the inquiry. I was soon aware of the west side of the house where I seldom went because outside the house there was just a narrow walkway strip between the building and some tall hedges along an upper slope. Casually looking at it, there wasn’t all that much other than hedge and dirt path to see, but after this process I decided I would act on what I was given. I started to notice some irregularities in the surface of the ground that I hadn’t seen before. I got a shovel and started to dig a little bit and I found a lot of pieces of old roofing material that must have been discarded years earlier and covered with dirt over time. I began to dig out and discard all the pieces. When I was through I noticed that the property felt simpler, fresher, more clarified and friendly. There was more life to it. The heaviness I had felt had lifted substantially. The buried materials had left a dull, more confused and lifeless feeling, blocking the natural resonance of the earth. When I had tried earlier to figure out where this feeling had come from I had no idea that all that old junk was buried by the house, so this really was a gift that came from my asking for help.Layout 1

In truth, we’re all connected to and an integral part of the whole, which makes it hard to say exactly “whose” perception and wisdom one is listening to. Only a small percentage of our total overall perception reaches our conscious mind most of the time, which means that an increased receptivity to help may be allowing our own environmental intelligence to have a voice.

There are lots of stories out there about people who have special communication with places. A few decades ago, stories written from the founders of Findhorn in Scotland brought forth the awareness that some individuals had the gift of being able to communicate with the subtle presence of the “devas” of particular plants or places in order to improve the health of plants and soil, and increase the yield. Cultures around the world have had intuitive ways of tapping this kind of guidance. It does not take a special gift to do this, however – what it really requires is an intention and receptivity to relate to and respect the wisdom of all things, and that we are all connected in a mutually supportive way. Guidance will come to you in a way that suits who and where you are.


Using Feng Shui to Reach Higher Ground, Part II

 A Family Home History Seen Thru the Lens of Compass School Feng Shui

After taking a look at the general overview of feng shui, let’s explore these different facets of feng shui and how they have played out in one particular property. The house I’ll be describing is my father’s home of over 40 years. I’m taking a look at how feng shui has shaped the lives lived in this particular home because I know it so well and got to see how people’s journeys unfolded there, with the range of successes and challenges my father and my stepmother experienced over the years.

My father is a retired mathematician who didn’t give a lot of traditional methods much credence, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to take a deeper look at his home, so I’m discovering the layers of this property along with you. This is probably the most personal article I’ve ever written because it concerns both my father and such a large portion of my own life in witnessing his life. Although I never personally lived in this home, it has been a part of my life for several decades. Some of the events of my father’s home are wonderful, some were more difficult, just as in the lives of everyone else.

Part of the motivation for me to talk about this home is that I can compare it to many homes I’ve worked as a feng shui practitioner which have a similar mix of beneficial and not so beneficial potential as revealed by the Flying Stars/Compass School method. This is a home where deliberate feng shui was never applied, so I can’t say what the effect of that might have been. However, I’ve worked with many other properties with these same or similar dynamics and I’ve seen the difference applying harmonizing feng shui methods can make.

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This Southern California ranch style home was built in 1948. A compass reading shows that the back side of the building, called the “sitting” direction, is aligned with 345 degrees, which gives it an orientation of 15 degrees West of due north. The compass used was a magnetic compass, not a GPS system such as in a smart phone because a GPS does not use magnetic north as the reference point – this means the measurement from a phone can vary quite a bit from the actual magnetic field position.
The characteristics of the energetic areas of a building are generated by the interaction of the form of the house and the magnetic field present at the time of construction. The house was built within a specific 20 year period of time known as a construction Period, spanning from 1944 to 1963. There is a larger complete cycle of 180 years which include nine periods of 20 years each, and this house’s birthday in 1948 was in Period #5 or the fifth 20 year period since the current cycle started in 1864. Every home built in the same construction period with the same compass orientation will have the very same directional set of energies. However, just like people with the same birthday, individual differences can create a different balance of strengths, weaknesses, and other energetic attributes. Factors such as architectural design, the land a house is built on, materials used, and so forth, will give a different emphasis to the different combinations of energy within the building. For example, if a particular sector has a closet in it vs. a main entrance or bedroom, then that sector will have far less importance because the energy within it is not stimulated by activity. Also, the specific individuals who move into a place will each draw forth different aspects of the total energies because of their own unique make-up, as well as thru their activities.

The floor plan shows the footprint of the house, room layout, with an overlay of where the different pie slice directional areas are located. The way of determining where the directional areas are is determined by where the center of the structure is. When I was originally trained in Compass School Feng Shui, or the “Flying Star” method, nine boxes were laid over the floor plan to represent the center area and the eight directions. Three feng shui teachers and different points of view later, I adopted the model I use of the directions emanating from the center of the building in alignment with the face of a compass centered over the building. When investigating which might be more effective I tested both methods on several properties and found that most of the time the resulting remedy placement was more accurate using the centering, pie slice method. It also shows more precisely what the orientation of the directions is relative to the house: if the orientation were to shift slightly one way or the other, that wheel of pie slices would rotate to show even the smallest difference. This is important because the quality of one area is often quite different from another and the zone of transition at the border between two pie slices is narrow.Franklin House


It should be emphasized that not everything will manifest that is there in potential. Sometimes a background energy is experienced as a feeling only rather than something that plays out as an actual event. What’s also true is that every single building everywhere has a mix of more and less beneficial energy combinations, so this is really just part of the fabric of human experience, or how human experience is reflected in creation. And, two different people of different birthdate, age bracket and gender, who occupy the same or different parts of the same building, can have very different experiences in the same place. In every scenario, however, when I ask people what their experience of living in a particular home has been, or how it’s been in their workplace, what they report is consistent with the general information about potential that I see when I do a feng shui evaluation.

My father has lived in his home for 48 years, 46 spent with my stepmother. In the reading of the house you see a real mix of potentials: good for money, not so good for money, good for academics and achievement, easy to fall sick, and a certain amount of contentious energies. Having a wide range of potentials is common to just about all properties. Let’s see how some of that played out.

Let’s set the scene a little bit first. It matters which areas are used the most because the potentials of the most activated areas are the most likely to manifest. Using a door, walking along a pathway over and over, sleeping or working in a space again and again – all of these activities are like putting water and fertilizer on a plant. This house is modest in size so a lot of it has been in daily use.

Most used areas:

  • Both entrances used, front door in the SE, and backdoor in the NE
  • Master bedroom, bed primarily in the NW, entrance in the W
  • Incoming driveway in the outside E
  • Kitchen table in NE
  • Both bathrooms NE and W
  • Couch in the den in the NW
  • Passage between living room and den stimulating center, and all the E directions
  • Guest bedroom used more in later years, in the SW

Areas least used:

  • Dining room in E
  • Intermittent use of Guest Bedroom in SW
Life in This House
Here are some of the highlights of the directional energies in my father’s home. These are energies of “potential” only, part of the energetic personality of the directional zones determined purely by when the house was built and its compass orientation. There are more possibilities associated with these combinations, but I’ve listed the ones most commonly looked for and experienced. There are also multiple other influences within this same property which have nothing to do with the compass reading and orientation. Here I list only the Compass School energetics to illustrate how strong they can be and how specific they are.
Following are summaries of what transpired.
     The center: Fire and Water – good for career and money, serious persons, “peach blossom” (romance), heart disease
Practitioners are of differing opinion as to whether the center of a building has much influence. In my experience it has a definite influence on the overall character of experience; it is truly a central energetic reference point.
My father was indeed a serious person, an idealistic scholar with an academic career in applied mathematics that began at age 16. He did well with money. He and his wife had a very “romantic” relationship with the “peach blossom” energy at the center of their lives, although this included aspects that were more troubled, where idealism made actual daily living somewhat disappointing. She fulfilled a traditional home-maker role. In a way each person lived according to a rather old-fashioned ideal of correct life, correct roles. This is an aspect of seriousness.

They did not have skin diseases or heart disease, except for the “broken heart” variety in different periods over the years. The center of the house has a fireplace which was not used. Fireplaces in the middle can be associated with heart issues if fires are often lit in them. In this case it was more of an empty space on a wall which partially divided the major front and back areas of the house. My father and his wife also dealt with a persistent inwardly felt sense of emptiness, or a striving to make something feel complete in their own core. The centrally placed fireplace may have mirrored some of their early life experience, something that was never fulfilled in either of their experiences of family and self.

     NorthEarth and Metal – not good for money, easy to fall sick, bone or head/brain issues, lung cancer

My father had persistent health issues and depression for a lot of his adult life. Much of what he suffered was finally diagnosed as multiple sclerosis, MS. In late life, the sliding glass door is often used, accenting the potential of the area. My father now suffers from Alzheimer’s as well. The “brain sickness” is central to his current life, but both the MS and Alzheimer’s had a very long onset. His wife also developed dementia in her last years, preceded by her own version of depression. “Not good for money” paired” paired with a large door can simply mean that a lot of money flies out the door, which it certainly does to support his health care.

     Northeast:  Wood and Wood – good for writing, academic achievement and creativity, good for romance for males, not good for older females

The backdoor was probably the most used of all the entrances. Every part of the NE has been in continuous use. My father wrote several books as part of his research in mathematics. He was also a fine classical pianist. Women tended to be attracted to my father as he was very charming and not above discreet flirting. My father’s wife had many health problems the older she got. All this is consistent with this area’s energies.

     East:  Metal and Earth – good for young female and male relationships, good for money

The kitchen portion of this area, back hall, and bathroom were in constant use. The dining room was not used much. The outside driveway, however, is on this side of the house, so the daily commute and walking up and down the driveway would also serve to potentiate the energies. It may have helped my father’s marriage when they were younger. It helped to support financial success and stability which except for the occasional stock market fluctuation were never lacking.

     Southeast:  Earth and Fire – generally auspicious, especially in Periods 8 & 9 (2004 – 2043) good for money, entertainment, arguments between old and young adults

Because of the closed door between the front entrance and the dining room there was less circulation of chi to a lot of this area. The use of the front porch and front yard area helped to potentiate this energy however. The auspicious nature of the area could have gotten more use, but still helped. Conflict between the generations was a factor in the families of both my father and his wife. They rarely entertained and tended to lead a rather isolated life, which was encouraged by the closed connecting door. The overall floor plan allows for a lot of freely circulating energy so that all areas of life could be nourished by incoming chi. However, if doors are kept closed, areas don’t receive this nourishing energy.

     South:  Wood and Earth – not good for creativity, easy to fall sick, skin diseases, breast cancer, gambling

This area was not used much as a sitting area. My father’s piano was used but it is more located in the SW. Other than activity in the stock market, which could be construed as “gambling”, not all aspects of this areas potential materialized, but that is consistent with its reduced use.

     Southwest:  Metal and Metal – competition at work, injuries from metal during fights, fighting, robbery involving metal

Academics can be quite competitive as there are many people with a lot of career ambition. Also, interestingly, the two Metal elements in the area energetically can refer classically as two metal weapons such as swords or guns. A few years after my father moved there he took up target practice and kept two revolvers in the house for self-protection. One of them was stolen by a gardener.

     West:  Earth and Wood – gossip, lawsuits, accidents, easy to fall sick, “bullfight” type conflict, not good for older females, arthritis

As much as my father and his wife had a romantic regard for each other, they also had some epic conflicts and arguments. They also tended to focus on conflicts or soap opera-type news events in the news, to the point of becoming obsessed by them. Family interactions often had elements of ongoing drama as well. Both of them had a myriad of health conditions in later years.

     Northwest:  Water and Earth – not good for spousal relationships, easy to fall sick, car accidents, abdominal problems, dominating wife or women

This energetic is common to many homes starting in Period 5 of the overall construction cycles. It can be very hard on marriages or romantic partnerships. Sometimes the woman can be perceived as a “fishwife” or domineering whether or not she actually is that way. It can lead to solitude and isolation. Over the years the two of them were increasingly at odds with each other even though they cared deeply, and finally separated due to unresolvable family issues. She moved away. When they sat in the den, often reading books, they both sat in the NW section, and both slept in it as well. Her separate twin bed was also opposite a large sliding glass window. Proximity to exits can often mean someone goes out into the world easily – or sometimes for good. Of all the influences in the home, this was one of the most potent because many hours in most days of the week were spent in it. It also has a potential for digestive disorders which particularly affected my father’s wife.

The two areas in the back of the house as it appears in the floor plan show extensions on either side, like a very short “U” shape. Every house I’ve worked with with this shape has had major relationship difficulty, and I believe it’s partly due to a propensity for energy to kind of ping-pong back and forth between the two sides. It’s like two people in a debate where the topic never gets resolved. When my father and his wife ultimately separated it was due to unresolvable differences involving health and younger members of her family in particular. The two bedroom doors are also directly opposite each other which can also create a sense of opposition and a feeling of enmeshment in each other’s affairs.

The house is situated on a hill, a gentle alluvial plane descending from the San Gabriel mountains to the north just a few streets behind the house. The energy of the mountains is palpable here. Because this house also falls in a category known as “good for people, good for money”, the mountains in the rear help to reinforce stability and health. And, they are gorgeous, a view to feed the soul.

Using Remedies
This brief overview of my father’s life in this home is a mix of successful, stable, accomplished and comfortable, with a lot of personal sadness and difficulty both relationally and in health. I tell you this story so you can see a somewhat typical amount of correlation of what I find in an overview of the Compass School Flying Star energies of a building and what actually transpires. I can’t think of any property I’ve worked with that didn’t have this correlation; this is one of the reasons I’ve come to trust this method of feng shui as a very useful tool for understanding and directing the quality of life thru environment.

I say this often, but it’s important to remember that feng shui does not determine a person’s life although it is a major influence. Consider this, of all the homes on the market at the time when my father was searching, he chose this one. These were the set of energies – along with the visible features of the property – that attracted him. These were a part of the dynamics of life’s potential that he was working with in the journey of his life. Before he moved here he was already someone with a promising academic career, ambition, with an interest in music. He was also already a romantic looking for the ideal love, and the ideal woman in the relationship template of the 1950’s, He already had certain physiological weak points, as did his wife. He already had a way in which he did not trust family, which may have led him to close off the area that would have had direct energetic relevance to refreshing that part of life with fresh, balanced chi.

What a property tends to do is to strongly reinforce a certain state of being, and this is especially true if it echoes dynamics we already carry within us as expectations of life.

What feng shui corrections can do, such as the powerful Five Elements Remedies among others, is to help a person achieve a higher and more harmonious experience of all of that potential. None of these potentials has to happen per se, nor has to be negative, even that which sounds most negative. I have not found that the Remedies alters specifically what is there in possibility, but they can dramatically improve the nature of the experience and in some cases act preventively. What is good becomes greater, and what is difficult can become a gift.

Stay tuned…
Next I will explore other facets of this property:
Issues due to electromagnetic (EMF) problems from the wiring of the house and plumbing, and geopathic stress. Feng Shui truly is a multi-factored analysis. Each aspect of a property has to be addressed for what it is whether it’s a subtle or very pragmatic intervention. Every correction helps the whole. Finally, we’ll take a look at the orchestration of all the different types of correction.

Holland Franklin ©2016

Using Feng Shui to Reach Higher Ground

Part 1 – Introduction

Every individual and culture is deeply influenced by the structures they inhabit to live and work in. A history of the world which tracks the effects of indigenous pyramidsarchitecture design – from the individual dwelling to community and nation planning – and all these influences over time would describe most of the scope of human experiences.  The use of techniques to create and sustain culture with a highly organized system of design in accordance with subtle principles of energy and manifestation is nearly universal. Europe, Egypt, India, China, Native America, etc. all have well-developed methods based on natural principle for using building design, siting, and city planning to support the goals of that particular culture. America as a nation is rare in that it does not have a system  developed here, although use of sacred geometry is apparent in government buildings and how they are sited. This knowledge of energetic design has its roots in Europe and in antiquity before that. Sacred Geometry is called “sacred” because it is an outer expression of perfection, or as close as the physical realm can come to perfection.

Physical forms literally emanate energies from the type of geometrical attributes they have. Use of natural principles to harness the power of place, form and timing have been crucial for bringing cultures to a higher ground of quality of life and cultural longevity.Owl-Capitol-Building

The same principles that apply to the macrocosm of a city or nation also apply to the microcosm of the individual and their personal dwelling places.

Compass School Feng Shui, also known as Flying Star, is one such system and it works by measuring the magnetic compass orientation of a building and the year it was built to determine the set of very specific energies that are located within and around a building. This method is based on the I Ching, the “Book of Changes”. These energies are related to form but were originally generated by the combination of orientation in the earth’s magnetic field, and the ambient energies present in that cycle of time. The physical form of the building interacts with these subtle energies, but the same set of subtle energies would be inside of any building built in that time period even though they would have different architecture.

A building has nine areas inside of it: the center plus the eight compass directions of North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West and Northwest. Just as an individual has a specific constitution with various strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies, a building also has an energetic constitution with strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. (The attached floor plan has two directional zones because the original building had a large structure attached to it in a later time period.)

Each one of those nine compass zones has within it a unique combination of two fixed energies generated at the time of construction when the roof went on and the building became a closed form. There are nine of these energies or “stars”. These fixed energies combine with an annual “time star” that migrates yearly from direction to direction, totaling three energies that interact with each other in any given direction.  It’s similar to having two people with individual traits, like your Uncle Henry and cousin Dave, who spend time for a year with your grandmother Eleanor.9 Direction Floorplan The following year Eleanor moves on to another direction with two other permanent residents in that area, and a new person moves in with Henry and Dave. Some of these archetypal energies are inherently more beneficial, and some are more difficult. The three subtle energy personalities have an influence through their interaction with us on how we feel when we’re in that part of a building, on events and also behaviors and health.

One of the fixed energies influences “people and health” and that is called the “mountain star”. The other fixed energy influences “career and finance” and is called the “water star”. The “time star” exerts its own influence on both the mountain and water stars separately. (To learn more about this system I recommend The Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui, by Elizabeth Moran and Joseph Yu.)

In addition to the Flying Star constitution of a building, there are also several other factors with significant energetic influence on a property:

  • architectural design
  • the nature of the land and the neighborhood surrounding it
  • materials used to create and furnish the building
  • water and air quality both inside and outside
  • whether or not there are strategic geopathic power spots to take advantage of
  • geopathic stress such as underground water or caves
  • the type of technology present and whether or not it’s generating any inharmonious electromagnetic or radio frequency fields coming from inside or outside
  • the individuals living or working in a building and their function there (family, business, etc.).

Each one of these factor must be balanced because they are all very important for well-being.

Some buildings and the property around them are inherently more vital and more balanced. Overall it’s like a bell curve: very few properties are exceptionally good, very few are extremely difficult, and most buildings are somewhere in the middle. In this, it is exactly like human beings:  regardless of the assets we start out with we all have to work at staying in balance and at bringing out the best in ourselves. It’s a life-long task. A building has its own bell curve of potential based on how it is balanced and maintained: the more it is taken care of harmoniously, the better the materials used and decor, cleaning products, water quality, and so forth, the more the best of that potential is realized.

Compass School Feng Shui identifies and locates the beneficial and more difficult energies that exist in every building and uses url-11 Five Element Remdies (among other techniques) to balance and bring forth the high side of a building’s possibilities. Using the Five Element Remedies is one of the most effective of all feng shui techniques available. The subtle energies are categorized as “fire, earth, metal, water and wood”. Because their subtle properties are closest to these natural phenomena we can materially identify and relate to as the physical components of life forms. Using physical objects such as plants (wood) or candles (fire) provide subtle energies that interact with the subtle energies inherently present in a physical place. The Five Elements are essentially what helps Uncle Henry, Cousin Dave, and Grandma Eleanor to bring out their stellar qualities and relate happily to each other because they are composed of the same elements themselves.

Balancing a building through all the possible techniques and improvements has many similarities to balancing the body. Chinese medicine nourishes, stimulates or sedates different subtle energies in the body using herbs and acupuncture: the meridians and acupuncture points are vessels and access points for the different internal five element dynamics, and herbs deliver subtle energies as well as gross nutrients.

Because all life is comprised of these same interactive building blocks of subtle energies when a building is in harmony it has a harmonious resonance, and through resonance we experience that harmony directly in our own subtle bodies which are composed of these very same subtle building blocks. Through resonance we are supported to be in greater harmony ourselves. A building is a resonant sound-box just like a piano or cello: feng shui techniques are like tuning the instrument so it can create beautiful sound inside and out. 

If a building is in a chaotic state of relative disorder we will feel that as well. When a person is in greater internal harmony than tune2where they live, they will sense this through the resonance and seek to bring greater harmony to their home, just like tuning the instrument that is out of tune. If a building is not corrected there will be a constant drain of personal energy to compensate for an environment that is inharmonious.  Just as we bring a property into a harmonious tuning or out of it, the building we’re in is also bringing us into or out of tune. When out of tune, one’s energy is subsequently not available for other things such as maintaining a deeper state of health, family, work, creativity, etc.

 Some individuals seem to have a gift for tuning into the resonance and spontaneously using furnishings, plants, art objects, etc. that interact in a balancing way with the subtle energies. Most of us are not so highly attuned in that way and our choices are more random. This can sometimes balance the environment but often will aggravate something in the background energy that isn’t copacetic to start with or may reduce the availability of an energy that is more beneficial and that we actually need more of.

Greater attunement can come through practice and feeling the greater harmony, but here’s the catch: most of us are already accustomed to a degree of background disharmony in our surroundings. Because this is much more common than not, we take a level of background tension or dullness for granted and may not even realize how much better it could be. The main reason we don’t notice this background disharmony is that we experience it within ourselves as anxiety, or dullness, tension, lack of focus, irritability, and so forth, and assume that our internally felt experience is only coming from within ourselves. If a person feels exactly the same no matter where they are then it’s likely that the disharmony is coming from within, but if the experience changes when you leave a place, or go from one room or one building to another, or changes in intensity or what we notice (headache, muscle tension, aches, lack of coordination, etc.), then the internal experience is a response to the external environment. Subtle energies, electrical, magnetic and radio field energies are only subtle in that we can’t see them, but otherwise they are not subtle at all. Human and other living beings are exquisitely sensitive.

The features of the energetic archetypes in a directional area of a building are also quite specific and detailed. For example:  potential for very specific types of successes and who is likely to experience them (relating to a person’s age and gender), where conversations will be harmonious and where they may include conflict, very particular types of health issues, legal problems, social activity, romance or loneliness, etc. are all part of the energetic potential of a place.

Here is an example. One detail I have always found fascinating is that starting in 1944 there was a 20 year period where a lot of homes incorporated a combination of mountain and water stars that were especially hard for couples, and ha89f6a9af-683a-4189-ba3f-661b89e5d4d4d an influence of promoting being single. The divorce rate in the US also went up rapidly in that particular period. Is this a bad thing? In one way perhaps, but the ability to step out of an inharmonious marriage would have benefitted many people in early periods if the culture had allowed it without shame or some other penalty. The influence was clearly there from the feng shui dynamics in homes, but as with everything else, assigning a meaning of “good” or “bad” to any particular energy is a limited perspective.

A professional Compass School practitioner uses an objective assessment of a home or workplace and reveals the subtle energies that are literally built into a particular building. The assessment also provides a specific plan for bringing forward all the good qualities of a place, while diminishing anything problematic. An individual’s experience within a building is also taken into account because it should reflect the subtle and physical features of the place in quality.

Even though the nature of an environment has a huge influence on all of us, let’s not be fatalistic about these imageeffects one way or the other. Travel back to the bell curve viewpoint: every place has a higher potential, a way it can be brought to a higher ground of experience. The people I’ve worked with who have a clarity of vision about intentions for their own quality of life, and who balance and improve their homes and workplaces in an educated and loving manner are the ones who have gotten the most gain. It’s a participatory venture, whether one is landscaping a garden or designing a city. The key is the “quality” of experience one desires. This is the thing to remember because every place has flaws relative to an ideal. This is not really about manifesting absolute perfection because there is no such thing as unchanging perfection in the physical plane. It’s about creating momentum in the direction of higher quality, and the transformational inner experiences we have in the process.  We’re always listening to the pure notes and tuning the instrument

Knowledge of principles together with the intuitive involvement of the individual is key.


Next, Part II will show a detailed example of one home and how the feng shui attributes of that home have manifested.

Holland Franklin ©2016



Garden Hose Dilemma: Structured Water to the Rescue

De-calcifying a Stuck Garden Faucet


Dynamically Enhanced Portable Structured  Water Unit

Structuring water is one of the very best influences that can be brought to a property. It provides healthy water for people, pets and plants, and also helps the upkeep of the property overall. One of the many practical properties of structured water is that it prevents the abundant calcium in water from plating to itself. We’ve all seen calcium deposits inside pipes and on surfaces of shower wall, faucets, and insides of appliances like dishwashers and washing machines, where it will obstruct water flow, and gum up and corrode surfaces.  Water that has been “de-structured” by flowing through over 300′ of straight pipe, or subjected to electrical current (municipal treatment plants, reverse osmosis or other drinking water systems, placement of incoming water pipes next to electric lines in buildings), is no longer living water and loses this ability to keep the calcium from adhering.

Here’s a recent story using a Structured Water Portable Unit to solve an outdoor plumbing problem involving calcium plated to an outdoor faucet.

The Problem

A garden faucet on the side of a residential house was connected to a hose thru a shorter section of a different hose connecting to a hose reel in an enclosure. A problem arose when the end of the short hose corroded and broke off of the hose reel, effectively detaching the main hose from the water source. The main issue, however, was at the other end of the short hose: it had been attached to the faucet on the side of the house by screwing on to a “goose neck” pipe, a short angled piece of hardware screwed on to the outdoor faucet because the faucet had been mounted so low on the wall that there was not enough clearance under it for a standard hose to screw on.  Over time the goose neck was practically fused by plated calcium at both ends to both faucet and short hose, making it impossible to detach the short hose from it and screw on the main garden hose.

What to do?

What Didn’t Work

1)  Applying Liquid Wrench:  Liquid Wrench is applied via a narrow tube, spraying a liquid solvent into the gap between the outer and inner threaded parts of the screwed on hose and the faucet. The angle of the goose neck on the hose end together with the amount of calcium that had accumulated all around the junction of the two, made using Liquid Wrench all but impossible to get the solvent where it needed to go in order to start breaking up the calcium.  No help there. The faucet end had a good angle for the Liquid Wrench to flow down between the threadings, but so much calcium there wasn’t much access to spray the product into anyway.


                  Serious Tools

1)  Helpful Muscular Neighbor with Serious Tools:  Burly neighbor then arrives, armed with two giant channel lock wrenches heavy enough to become a part of an overall fitness program; one to stabilize the pipe and one to unscrew the threaded rings. Surely brute force will cause this thing to budge! But, after a few attempts still no headway.

Structured Water to the Rescue

Remembering that structured water will stop calcium from plating to itself, a plan was hatched to somehow soak the goose neck piece in structured water to free up both ends.  The pipe was very awkwardly placed, so close to the ground (maybe 1/3” clearance) that it wasn’t possible to get a deeper container up under it soak the entire thing, so a very shallow tray was placed under the end joining the short hose and the goose neck piece. Water was poured into a Dynamically Enhanced Portable Unit, and then covering both ends of the Unit with two hands, the Portable was shaken up and down for about a minute to add even more energy to the structured water than one pass thru the Portable would create. The tray only held enough depth of water to soak the pipe about half way up the height of the gooseneck pipe. The pipe was left in the tray overnight to soak.DSCN7212

Next morning when the pipe was checked, there were lots of small chunks of calcium and incorporated other minerals in the tray, and the top ring (connecting goose neck to faucet) was entirely freed up and the goose neck + hose could be unscrewed from the faucet. The interesting thing was that the freed-up part of the goose neck piece wasn’t even in the water, but whatever water was inside the hose and goose neck would have gotten structured as well.

It turned out there was damage preventing the hose end ring from moving freely and unscrewing, but that wasn’t clear until the structured water had removed all the outer plated-on calcium to be able to take a closer look. There was so much calcium that the puncture in the side of the goose-neck wasn’t even visible. The overall corrosion was visible as well, the accumulated damage from the calcium layer.

A new goose neck piece has replaced the old damaged one, and now water for this garden hose is available again.

Freedom from Calcium in House and Garden: One of the Many Benefits of Living Structured Water to Overall Feng Shui

If this house had had structured water flowing through the pipes to begin with, the pipe damage and frozen hose would not have occurred in the first place!

Calcium plating slows water pressure, and clogs shower heads and other small openings for water flow. Calcium can also damage fixtures like indoor faucets so that they’re no longer visually attractive, and they can lose functioning over time if the corrosion goes deep enough.10456024_1647193332233313_313053951791238999_n

Besides property value, there’s an energetic resonance that Feng Shui considers as a factor that influences the people in a property with this build-up happening in the pipes: Clogged passageways of any kind can be associated with health conditions involving “stagnation”, or reduced flow because of narrowed openings, in our body’s own “pipes”, such as lymph system issues or blood flow. Calcium build-up is an issue for our bodies as well as on properties. Otherwise, stagnant energy from reduced flow on a property makes it harder to “flow” easily in the world as well, harder to get going. Whatever is happening around us is present in the resonant energy field that we feel through our extraordinary sensitivity as human beings. When a particular limiting resonance is continuously present around us it becomes we eventually consider to be “normal” for our experience of life, and we don’t even realize that it is coming from outside of us and can be remedied. 

It is said that the water most of us have available to us is “dead water”, water that has lost its living attributes because of how it has been altered when it leaves its natural setting in the wild. Water that has regained the natural structure from nature is living water. The resonance of “live” water is something we feel and it gives us vitality, makes us feel alive too.  

Structured water can solve practical problems without need for toxic products or great effort and expense.  Structured water can benefit the sale value of a property through maintaining the integrity of pipes, fixtures and surfaces, as well as the hugely important aspect of improving the energy quality on the property when an abundant flow of healthy water is available inside and outside a building. Even the most sophisticated water purification system, though it can remove excess or toxic minerals, can’t bring living water back to a property, but Structured Water Units can.

Holland Franklin ©2016


Children and Feng Shui

The feng shui of a home has a big influence on our children.  Although the emphasis in a child’s life is different than hand-drawing-children-style_23-2147494186that of an adult, children benefit from all the same principles that help to create health and harmony for adults.  Working along with a child to increase the beneficial feng shui can be an asset not only right now, but potentially for their whole life.

Children are rapidly developing and their brains and nervous systems are wide open to be educated and “imprinted” by every influence around them. They are also more vulnerable than adults are because of the relative immaturity of these same brains and nervous systems, which means that living in a way that is appropriate to that particular child and in a safe environment is of paramount importance.  This piece is written with younger children in mind, but the information applies to older children and teenagers as well.

Children come into this world as whole individuals, complete with all the unique traits they will carry with them 12390973_709671212763_2768812301738494571_nthroughout life.  They have valuable input to contribute to help to tailor their world to suit their unique needs, and they also have perceptions that parents may not have, which will help to contribute to a more whole and complete experience of living in a home for everyone who lives together there.  As early as possible, include your child’s input on what they need to thrive in their room, in particular, and in the entire home in general. Observe what makes them happy, what areas they naturally gravitate to, what areas they may avoid, etc.; these observations will help you and your child to tailor their experience of living and working with the home environment to be both creative and satisfying.  They will also gain a sense that their experience and contribution is valued by others and valuable to others, and that they have some control over their own quality of life.


Classical Feng Shui

Technically, anything that impacts the capability of a property to support quality of life is a facet of Feng Shui.

Traditional Compass School Feng Shui considers the inherent energies in a building acquired when it was built, and the individuals living in a property based on gender, birthdate, their relationship to others in the same building, and their activities.  A full assessment is available for your property on request, and it will always reveal deeper ways to bring a property into balance, but there are many things one can do to support children and family life on one’s own.

Ming Gua / Good Personal Directions    The “Ming Gua” is based on our gender and year of birth, and can show what our personal best directions are in any property.  Ming Gua calculators are available thru a web search if you are interested.  For the sake of simplicity I’m not including the Ming Gua information here for a couple of reasons: While some people are very sensitive to the compass directions, others are not so much so, so this does not seem in my experience to be a universal concern.  Those who are sensitive to it can usually tell if they feel better with their body oriented towards specific directions.  Second, other energies on a property can be and often are more influential than our own personal directions.  For example, a good health personal direction may coincide in a particular home with an area of the building that has some energetic or physical influences which are not healthy at all, so to assume that an area is good because it is a good personal direction could be misguided. The reverse is also true, that a section of a building has very beneficial energies, but it is not a supposedly good personal direction. Much of the time, the building’s energies are a bigger factor than our personal directions.  Asking a child how they feel in a location, and observing them over time, can reveal if a particular location is right for them or not. I always include the Ming Gua directions with an in depth assessment, but with the caveat to pay attention to one’s individual experience.

Bed and Bed Location    As much as possible, a child’s sleeping area and bed in particular, should be out of busy pathways, and  in a relatively quiet spot, in full view of the door to the room so they can see who is coming in easily from the bed.  Natural light (not too much or too little) nourishes healthy alertness during the day, and the circadian rhythm is aligned with the resting cycle of the planet itself at night.  If possible, avoid bunk beds, but if you do have them make sure they are very solidly and safely constructed, ideally from wood, but not from particle board which can outgas chemicals.  Air flow is important, but once again not too much or too little; it is better if a bed is between windows rather than right under a window where the flow of air across a bed may be strong enough that it interferes with rest.  There are “chi pathways” that exist between windows or doorways, any route that allows for more rapid movement of air, and it’s best not to place a bed within a pathway.

Ventilation and Chi Flow    Fresh air is a fundamental need.  If you live in an older home that’s built more like a sieve, this is actually to your benefit because you are probably getting some inadvertent ventilation from that alone.  The more modern “air tight” homes with recirculated air from heating or cooling systems, contribute to a build-up of positively ionized air, chemical toxins, mold, radon, etc. Fresh air with an abundance of negative ions improves mood, concentration and mental clarity, and supports the immune system by reducing stress and directly disabling pathogens with a positive ionic charge to them.  Stagnant areas with poor chi flow make connection to life and healthy activity harder, and toxins can pool there.  Besides air being vented in through the outside, and open windows, negative ion generators placed up high, and some plants can be used to improve air quality (making sure very young children can’t reach and disturb them).  Natural materials and avoidance of synthetics and chemicals reduce the toxicity and positive ions.  Using a Structured Water Portable Unit with a fan can also add negative ions back into the air thru the phenomenon of “structuring” the moisture in the air.  Consider not using pesticides or chemical fertilizers on any garden area adjacent to a child’s window (or any window!).  A Himalayan Salt Lamp can add negative ions and soft friendly lighting, and possible function as a night light if needed.

Organization    Keeping things in order helps to provide an inner sense of responsibility and consistency, and makes all books, toys and clothes more accessible.  Shelves, boxes, baskets and anything used to help to organize what is in the room, should be easy for a child to use, and something they like looking at and interacting with, which will make it more likely that they will keep their belongings in order willingly.  The task of organizing can have a relaxed feel built into how you approach it so that organizing happens enough to be useful, but is not so rigid that there is an interruption to creativity and play, or any undue anxiety about consequences of not being organized.

Different children with different personalities will vary greatly in their inherent natural inclination to have an orderly environment, so the organizing system and reinforcement of being tidy will be tailored to the individual child to some degree.  Some amount of flexibility can help to encourage imagination and spontaneity without creating chaos.

If a child has a lot of toys, rotating them so that the bedroom or play area are not overly packed will help the child take better advantage of what is there, and create greater chi flow when areas are not chock full.

Colors and Imagery    The colors and imagery in a room help to set a lot of the feeling tone for well-being, and to bedroom_for_kids_v1nyysupport one of the primary tasks of childhood which is the development of a healthy imagination.  Having an array of natural colors that are not too stimulating or too subdued, nourishes the body as well as the brain.  Sometimes there is such an emphasis on “stimulation”, there can be an overwhelm of colors and objects resulting in sensory overload.  This can make concentration and organizing more difficult and encourage a tendency to be distracted.  Colors which gently stimulate allow a child to remain relaxed.

Imagery should be friendly, enlivening and help to instill confidence and security.  Avoid anything that is at all fearful or in some other way uncomfortable for the child.  Even imagery that seems humorous or purely fanciful from our adult point of view can provoke trepidation in children, so we as adults have to step into the shoes of a child’s perception to see what an image might elicit in them; we may know an evil queen from a story, or a ninja warrior is not real, but a child may not.

A Place to Connect with You    Children need their own places to call their own, to play and study in, but they alsomother-child_2521964b benefit by a “place to connect” with you:  A dedicated chair or sofa to read stories, a place at the table to go over some homework, a chair by their bedside where they feel comfortable telling you about their day, their excitements, questions or concerns.  A developing individual goes back and forth between connecting with themselves internally, to connecting with others and the outer world and having new experiences, to connecting internally to integrate experience.  Places of interaction with parents and any others in the household that promote meaningful interaction enrich everyone and help to give a child a sense of belonging and being important.

Physical Play / Technology    Human beings are designed to learn through an abundance of physical interaction with the curiouschild.jpeg.size_.xxlarge.letterboxworld, especially before the age of seven, and an excess of technology can – paradoxically – actually create an experiential deficit.  Our initial learning is really “embodied” learning from physical interaction.  An environment in a child’s room and the house and yard in general which encourages physical play and experimentation, will give them a richer learning resource in the long run and contribute to their ability to experience balance, to imagine and think things through.

Technology of all sorts, from baby monitors to many types of games, TV and even cell phones and the internet, have crept into what we consider a normal presence in a child’s life.  Most of it has the potential to entrain a child’s brain through how electrical or wireless technology functions and the visual display, creating an abnormal stimulation of their brain and nervous system, and a false dependence on devices.  Our electrically sensitive brains and nervous systems respond to strong fields around us which can cause the brain to literally become regulated by the specific types of waves coming from the devices because they are biologically active frequencies.  This regulation can become a stronger regulating influence than other people, so strong is the effect of prolonged exposure to wireless devices at close range.  Also, various hand-held games and TV that provide a lot of stimulating imagery can replace physical interaction and play as a way of creating a lot of personal experience-based imagery within a child’s data bank.images

An environment that has enough open space for creative physical movement and physical play either alone or with others is important to help children develop in a more balanced way that is more normal for the brain as well as the rest of the body.  This also encourages a more natural way of relating to other children and adults.  Physical play is a fundamental activity of all mammals, so it must be extremely important to our lives overall if it so universal.


Building Biology

Building Biology is the study of all physical environmental factors that can have an effect on health and well being, as well as a sustainable healthy impact on the larger environment of neighborhood, city, land, air, and so forth.  Classical Feng Shui considers both health and safety factors from a physical and chemical perspective as well as traditional methods for determining how to increase beneficial energies for all occupants in a home by working with subtle energies and forms.  Either way, anything that impinges on the fundamental energies or “chi” on a property should be corrected.

Basic Needs, and Safety   The foundation of health and happiness for anyone in a house is how well basic needs Maslow_Needs_Hierarchy1are met, and how safe someone is, and this is even more true for children.  Children need to be able to sleep well, be safeguarded from any physical hazards, and feel like they have easy access to their parents’ love and protection.  When a child feels safe in his or her environment, (s)he is in more of a receptive mode to learn in a relaxed way, which increases the ability to both learn and be creative.  Safety, the experience of being safe, is something that is learned as well as all the other information involved in growing up.

Here is a basic list of environmental factors to attend to create safe conditions:

  • Anything that is not in good repair, such as furniture, appliances, safe electrical outlets, chipping paint, etc.
  • Chemical outgassing from mattresses, particle board, synthetic carpeting, chemical cleaners, certain plastics
  • Mold
  • Elevated electromagnetic fields (EMF) or digital radio frequency (RF) fields from wireless technology
  • Geopathic stress
  • Anything obstructing access to helpful adults, or ability to exit a building in case of emergency

Many of the items in this list are obvious, and something one would automatically take care of to insure safety for children and adults.  Some factors are less obvious, such as chemical outgassing, EMF/RF and geopathic stress.  Each of these is a relatively invisible influence, and reactions to them could be confused with many other things.

If children have any difficulty sleeping, it’s possible that one or more of these pervasive influences are interfering.  If you see a child wake up unrefreshed or anxious, if a child seems to avoid part of the bed when they sleep, it is possible that either EMF/RF or geopathic stress are affecting their sleeping area.  Either one of these factors can aggravate anything else that has a negative impact on health, such as outgassing of chemicals from synthetic fabrics in mattresses and pillows, glues from furniture construction or carpets, new or old paint, and so forth.  

Physical influences like these can precipitate health issues of all sorts, emotional issues, and learning and behavioral difficulties.  If a younger child always wants to sleep in the parents’ bed, or complains of being afraid where they sleep, has headaches, etc., but does sleep well elsewhere or seems more at ease in other locations, then suspect that something in the locale of their bed is an issue.  In general, if a child’s demeanor, behavior, mood, ability to relax and be focused, seem to change when they leave a room or a building,  it is likely that one or more environmental factors in the home is something that your child is sensitive to.  This applies to schools or any other sort of location as well.

In the case of EMF or wireless effects, children are far more susceptible to elevated EMF or wireless than adults are.  Not all children will react in an obvious way, just as not all adults are greatly affected or will react in a way that is easy to correlate to the presence of EMF or wireless effects.  What has been found is that wireless, in particular, may interfere with the ability to rest, with normal heart function, can contribute to headaches, asthma and allergies, anxiety or generalized stress, and compromise the immune system in general.  It is also associated with a weakened tight junction in the gut and the blood brain barrier, which means that gut issues, or uptake of toxins into the bloodstream and brain may be exacerbated by chronic exposure to either unsafe levels of electromagnetic fields or any wireless technology, particularly (but not limited to) what is closest to the sleeping area.  If you suspect that there may be some kind of electromagnetic disturbance in a child’s room, have a qualified electrician check all of your wiring – code violations resulting in dangerous faulty wiring are all too common, especially in older buildings.  A Pulsor® Vortex Energy Filter can also add a lot of safety and peace to a room, but never skip the step of checking out the wiring as well.

Any one of these environmental safety issues can compound any others that are present; for example, mold can become more toxic in wireless areas.  It’s hard, when multiple environmental health hazards are present, to say what is causing what because they each can increase the effect of the others.  When creating an environmentally friendly space for a child, everything should be as natural as possible, and as technology-free from effect as possible, especially during sleep hours.  If you have a wireless router, strongly consider switching it off at night.  Don’t allow children to sleep with any wireless devices “on” near them while they sleep.

This doesn’t mean (most of the time) that a child can’t use technology, or that everything has to be perfect. It does mean that every effort to minimize contact, especially chronic exposure, with a potentially immune-compromising substance or technology, will be valuable.  The health effects from environmental toxins are accumulative so even small amounts of chronic exposure can become significant later on.  Once again, children are different, and some are much more sturdy in the face of environmental toxicity than others, but everyone shows physiological responses to electromagnetic and radio frequency/wireless signals when tested, whether or not they have a conscious perception of being affected.

20 years ago when I was raising my children, I would have concentrated primarily on the classical aspects of feng shui, and indeed they are very important.  The precipitous rise of home technology and wifi in schools, plus increased chemical exposure from multiple sources, has placed a lot more importance on establishing a physically healthy environment in partnership with traditional feng shui.  In my experience, the very best results come from attending the entire spectrum of influences on a property.  The rise in childhood illnesses, autism spectrum, and behavioral and concentration issues definitely has an environmental component which is not insignificant.


Ask Your Child


Children can be so very perceptive about the world around them as well as their experience of their own internal experience and degree of well being.  Remember how good you felt when adults took you seriously when you were young?  They need our recognition and acknowledgment, and we also need their input to create a balanced home which benefits everyone.  I encourage you to consult with your children about how they feel, what they notice, what would make improvements?  Of course not every suggestion or perception may be spot on, but it is a teamwork situation in which everyone’s contribution counts.  If your child says they don’t feel well in their room, take them seriously and find out what’s going on.  If they are doing fabulously in their life, you can be sure that the feng shui of their living space is serving them well.  While it’s true that feng shui is not everything and can’t explain all of our experiences, I have yet to see a person who was doing either well or not so well without a corresponding reflection in the state of balance and influence of their personal environment.  Children, in this regard, are just as subject to the state of their surroundings as we grown ups are, and so any improvement can raise the quality of their lives.  This is an investment in their future as well as their present.

Holland Franklin ©2016


How Reducing the Metal in Your Bedroom May Help You Rest

 Sleep is central to health and balance in every part of life.  There are many ways to use Feng Shui to improve sleep quality, but it’s worth paying attention to one particular way to improve your sleep environment which is usually missed:  removing items made from metal from the bedroom.

Metal is not inherently a problem.  In fact it is often used as one of the balancing Five Element 4103uMUcX9L._SX300_Remedies for Compass School Feng Shui recommendations.  However, it is a conductor for ambient electrical waves and will also resonate with vibrational patterns in the environment whether they are healthy or not.

Most of us have a fair amount of technology surrounding us, and each particular source of electromagnetic or radio frequency signals is emitting a wave pattern for some distance beyond the source.  Metal, such as lamp poles, art objects, metal bed frames and springs in the bed, head- and foot-boards made of metal, etc., can each amplify the energetic distortion in an environment, agitating and robbing you of needed rest.  The bodies of living things – humans, animals, and plants – are very sensitive to electrical and magnetic frequencies because they are all electrically conductive.

A client of mine called one evening in a lot of distress, concerned about possible effects from a meter on her home.  She felt very agitated and unable to calm down.  I knew that in the short run that if there were any issues from her meter, there was little we could do about it just then.  She was talking to me from a phone in her bedroom, and so I inquired about the possibility of removing items made of metal from the room as a way of reducing anything that could be amplifying an inharmonious field from something transmitting at a distance.  She removed some metal lamps and unplugged a few things in the room that had the chunky transformer plugs, and soon reported that she felt noticeably better.

Here are some simple suggestions for improvement your bedroom to help deeper rest and relaxation:

unplug1) Remove, switch off, unplug, all the electronics you can during sleep or when not in use.  Unplugging is best, or as with clocks, replacing with something battery operated.  This includes removing cordless phones and not using your cell phone for an alarm clock.  By switch off, I really mean, turn all the way off!  Anything which is passively “on”, such as a laptop in sleep mode, or a flatscreen TV which can respond to a remote control, is not entirely off until switched off and unplugged.  Anything with a chunky transformer plug, such as a cell phone charger, can be unplugged from the wall during sleep.  Really.

Barnwood-Lamp2) Remove or replace any furnishing items made of metal with the natural material of wood, for those sensitive to plastics or synthetic materials in general, or something with as little metal as possible.

3) The metal objects holding and transmitting charge which cannot be removed or replaced easily, such as built-in fixtures or metal bed frame, can be neutralized with Pulsor® Section Cards or other Pulsor® items affixed directly to the metal, and this will convert the distortion to coherent waveforms.  (See Pulsor® Product Info here.)

4) Take off any jewelry, because even small amounts of metal when worn are conducting directly through your skin.  Metal and crystals such as precious stones, can hold and conduct energetically, so the longer something is worn, the greater the effect in that part of the body.

5) Check the rooms on the other sides of your bedroom walls for anything there which you are able to unplug during sleep, because the frequencies will travel either thru the walls, or along the electrical circuits in the walls.

nature-design-bedroom-windy-point-bed-linens-coyuchi-organic-cotton-bedding-material-organic-cotton-percale-pillow-cases-organic-cotton-percale-flat-sheet6) Consider replacing mattresses with metal springs with mattresses constructed with the most natural materials available.  Replacing with memory foam, for instance, introduces the risk of chemical outgassing from the synthetic materials.  This is a bigger investment in time and money to do, but if your bedding is making you unwell in any way, it is well worth it.  Websearches for either non-toxic mattresses, or consulting with someone trained in creating non-toxic environments such as a Building Biologist (or Bau Biology) practitioner will provide good resources.

Any reduction in active electronics and conducting metal in the bedroom will help you rest more deeply.  Our bodies are designed to use the natural rhythms of nature to trigger and reinforce our own circadian rhythms.  Eliminating interfering man-made rhythms allows our bodies to reconnect back to the rhythms of the planet.

Holland Franklin ©2015