The ancient masters recognized that exposure to “sha chi” (harmful energy) increases stress, undermines good health, and leaves us more susceptible to disease and fatigue. While the immediate impact may be subtle, over the long term sha chi is a powerful enemy to good health and vitality.
Today, one of the most prevalent and potentially dangerous forms of sha chi is something that ancient feng shui masters never encountered: the harmful EMF (electromagnetic frequency) pollution generated by electrical appliances and wiring in our homes and offices. We may position our desks for optimal feng shui, then spend many hours a day exposed to EMF radiation from our computers, fluorescent lights, and air-conditioning units, and then wonder why we suffer from headaches and fatigue by the end of the day. And then there are the mobile EMFs to which we are exposed to for more hours every day from our cell phones, and which surrounds us in our cars.
The levels of microwave and EMF emitted from cordless phones and cell phones are millions of times above the levels of naturally occurring background EMFs. Furthermore, unlike natural EMF, these modern devices emit continual bursts of microwave and EMF pulses. These specific forms of EMFs are called “non-ionizing radiation.” In the past, it was thought that non-ionizing radiation was essentially harmless, but recent epidemiological studies have generated a substantial body of evidence linking EMF exposure to impaired brain function and behavioral disorders — symptoms like headaches and fatigue, an increased risk of cancer, and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Scientists now recognize that these strong, multi-directional electromagnetic fields disrupt normal cell polarity and blood functions. The natural electromagnetic pulses from the brain that regulate our bodily systems and manage health and well-being are disrupted by the EMFs from man-made devices. Recent studies indicate that cell phone radiation, in particular, tremendously impairs membranes of the circulatory and nervous systems that ensure the normal chemical setting in the brain and repel toxins – and that children who use cell phones are especially at risk. Furthermore, EMF exposure can lead to defective cell metabolism, which over time can lead to a multitude of health problems. If you have ever noticed feeling drained and exhausted after a long session in front of your computer, or have had a sensation of heat or buzzing in your ear after using your cell phone, you are experiencing this for yourself.
The basic form and elements in your living or working space may be feng shui-correct, but unless the EMF issue is addressed, you are not in the clear. And if you use a cell phone you are carrying a powerful source of sha chi with you wherever you go, and holding it close to your brain every time you use it.
Addressing the dangers of EMF pollution – especially from cell phones – is critical to anyone interested in optimal health and wellbeing, and is an essential component of the modern practice of feng shui. Fortunately, new technologies are emerging that are specifically designed to neutralize and harmonize harmful electro-magnetic frequencies in homes and workspaces. One small “chip” the size of a coin can dramatically reduce the harmful effects of cell phone use, for example.
We hope you will include EMF protection as part of your overall feng shui strategy for success and well-being, and encourage you to learn more about the dangers of – and solutions to – EMF pollution.