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The Light of your Life

I’m going to start right out by warning you there’s a little bit of physics and biology coming your way.  Theoretical physics, no less.  But don’t run away too fast, because I’ll present it as quickly and simply as I can and then get to the heart of the matter.

Everything is energy.  Light is energy that radiates from the sun – a small band of electromagnetic frequencies among all that exist in the universe.  Everything you think of as solid is also energy, vibrating at frequencies that are aligned with those of the light we can perceive (and probably more). Within what we understand to be solid, below the molecular level, the atomic level, and the subatomic particles we are aware of, there is energy.  Every solid object on this planet (and everywhere else.)  is made up of 99.999999999% space.  I know that’s hard to wrap your mind around, but go with me on this for a bit and you’ll learn something interesting and valuable.

Assuming this is correct, and that space is filled with energy, that means we are all 99.999999999% energy.  AND, the energy that is the foundation of our physical  bodies  vibrates at frequencies in resonance with the frequencies of light – and therefore color.  You know that color is light, separated into even smaller bands of frequencies. The  different areas of our bodies resonate with the more specific frequencies of light that we perceive as different colors .

Ok. Physics and Biology classes are over.  The purpose of sharing all of this with you is to let you know that you are LIGHT. And being light, you thrive in light.  Natural light.  From the sun.  Does this make sense so far?

Assuming you’re still reading this, let’s explore what that means in terms of your home and how that relationship might be affecting your life.

1.  How much natural light do you experience in your home?  Do you close your blinds or curtains during the day to shut out the light, or open them wide to let it in?  Melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland, regulates sleep patterns and may be deficient in your body if you aren’t allowing adequate sunlight into your home.  Opening drapes or blinds to natural light can help you sleep better! If you must close them for privacy, look into a selection that blocks the view into your home but allows light to enter, like multiple layers of sheers, or plantation shutters or venetian blinds with blades you can adjust.  Any blinds or shades that you can drop down from the top can help.

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How much time to you spend outdoors?

Do you know that your body produces Vitamin D  in direct proportion to your exposure to natural, unfiltered sunlight?  Studies have shown that you need at least 10-30 minutes  of exposure daily (depending on age, skin color and medications within your body) to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. That’s outdoor sun. Indoors and in winter it’s harder to get the sunlight you need, but open windows in spring and summer help.

See this link for more details.

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2.  What form of artificial light do you have in your home? Is it incandescent, fluorescent or LED?

Although NO artificial light can take the place of sunlight in supporting your health and well-being; and as life has come to include many hours indoors and civilization is no longer in sync with the rhythms of light in Nature, it is incumbent upon everyone to find that artificial light which best supports their lives and their health.

There are many reasons why incandescent light is really better for you than any other kind we have developed so far.  The primary reason being that the light emitted from it is a smooth curve across the entire spectrum, with more light in the red-yellow range, reflecting the biology of human light perception and our ability to perceive red and orange most strongly and in greater detail.

In an attempt to replicate the average ‘temperature’ of incandescent light, meaning its color, the light of fluorescent bulbs contains dramatic spikes and troughs, so the actual full-spectrum range is much weaker except in the desired colors.  This leads to dimmer overall light  that is  quite unhealthy. Since every part of your body needs light of a certain color to thrive, fluorescent bulbs (including CFLs)  do not support optimum health for a large portion of your body.

LED bulbs also have uneven color irradiance, with a strong emphasis on the yellow range as a way to create ‘warm light’, but  the overall spectrum more closely resembles the curve of incandescent light. LED’s can now also be found in midrange color temperature (3000K), which is more even across the spectrum.

Here’s a graph published in Popular Mechanics in an article entitled, “The Ultimate Light BulbTest: Incandescent vs. LED, vs. Compact Fluorescent.” 

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Here you can see the strength of the irradiance of sunlight relative to the most commonly used forms of artificial light for homes.  It also shows the weakness of CFL light in all but the areas it is intended to render.  The parts of your body needing these colors to thrive are left with virtually no support. (A whole other subject, but generally affecting upper respiratory, liver, gut, kidneys, reproductive organs and elimination).  Fluorescent light is also not a healthy choice due to its subliminal strobe effect.  Even though the on-off factor of fluorescent lighting has been sped up considerably by the use of electronic ballasts, the strobe effect remains.  You can’t see it anymore, but it’s happening and can cause eye fatigue, trigger migraine headaches, and exacerbate ADD and ADHD as well as emotional challenges for children suffering from stimulus hypersensitivity.

Another reason incandescent light is better for you than the other currently available options is that it most closely reflects the colors of firelight.  The human body has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to respond mentally, physically and emotionally to color.  The red to yellow range provides signals about warnings and warmth, among other things.

Our eyes can perceive red and orange from the furthest distance and most clearly. They trigger distinct and specific responses in our motor neurons, informing us to get away, or come closer (depending on scale and control of course).

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The frequencies of light across the spectrum resonate with the frequencies of energy that are always running in the background of your physical body. Be sure that you have adequate and healthy light in your home.  And make time to get outdoors, take off your glasses and sunglasses and fill your eyes with the Sun’s healing light.  (Just not too much.)