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I am an artist and enjoy harmonizing holistic practices such as sound, Orgone and colour therapy, as well as Feng Shui and energy healing. I have recently come to work with minerals, because they are powerful amplifiers of etheric energy and I discovered that many stones are brilliant for counter-acting the effects of mobile phones, computers, microwaves, electrical equipment, smart meters & televisions that surrounded us all day and can make us feel tired, irritable, nervous and strained.
I’ve found that by integrating crystals in my designs, which have piezoelectric properties, and also combine them with metals, resin, lights and organic materials, I can create unique metaphysical sculptures that lift you out of a low, negative frequency and move you into higher, positive alpha waves. This is because when crystals are encased in resin, they give off a charge when put under this pressure and consequently, the elements within the structure constantly attract and repel each other, creating a “scrubbing” action. This energy is called ‘Orgone’ and is known to generate negative ions, which help to reproduce and repair living cells and clean stagnant energy, bringing it all back to a healthy, vibrant state.
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The result allows for permanent transmutation of negative energy into positive, flowing energy and a great reduction of EMF radiation in your living space. After some research, I found out that this effect was long known by the science community, yet the term Orgonite was officially coined by the Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich in the late 1930s for a proposed universal creative substratum in nature.
Reich claimed that certain forms of illness were the consequence of depletion or blockages of Chi energy within the body. He based his theory on a 50/50 layering of organic and inorganic matter; initially using fiberglass and steel wool, but later a Quartz crystal was added to make this model continuously operating.
Today Orgonite comes mainly in two different forms, i.e. pyramids and orbs, but also in other designs. The pyramid shape however is particular powerful as it acts like a lens that focuses the Earth’s magnetism, creating a strong acupunctural force. These amazing structures fall into categories such as Sacred Geometry, Spirituality and Quantum physics, and if placed strategically around the house and garden, they are highly beneficial in regards to general wellbeing, concentration, academic performances and even help with better sleep.
I was hooked and suddenly found myself excited by the fantastic possibilities to do my bit for the environment, contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere in people’s living spaces while simultaneously help to elevate the consciousness on planet Earth. I realized that mineral awareness was soaring and the acceptance of crystal power was growing, so it became apparent to me that as an artist, I could utilize that trend and use beauty and uplifting elements in my work to fill people’s hearts and minds with joy and inspiration. When I started dedicating myself to making these gorgeous, illuminated crystal pyramids, I didn’t realize how popular they would become and people embraced them as ornamental mood lights and bedside lamps.
I soon branched out into a range of ‘fascinators’- curious spherical sculptures that supposed to help those with the symptoms of Autism, ADD and ADHD, which are linked to Indigos, Crystals, Blue rays and Rainbow children, etc. The idea is that these self-contained magical worlds keep their interest and calm them right down.
The person affected should get excitement out of the sculpture’s round, tactile and shiny qualities they can interact with, as well as enjoy the many colouful stones and lights selected for this particular range. Some of the crystals I use for this project are Angelite, Sugalite, Kyanite, Celestite, Sodalite, Turquoise, Amazonite, Obsidian, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Apache Tears, Black Tourmaline, Charoite, Blue Lace Agate, Green Calcite, Emerald, Malachite, Aventurine and Hematoid Quartz, which is particularly good for those on the spectrum who find themselves feeling very foggy, or confused.
Furthermore, as a painter, I have long favored uplifting colours such as golden yellow which creates warmth, calms emotions and balances the mind; and pale yellow which improves communication, aids digestion and enhances attention span. One of my main aims in this venture was always to create meditative wall art that lift people’s spirit, but now I am also designing mosaic-type Orgonite paintings that effect people on a deeper, more therapeutic level.
And there is more. I wasn’t satisfied with merely programming my stones with the high frequencies of love & light, as well as with some stunning binaural beats and healing sounds provided by masterful musicians. I also felt strongly that I wanted to produce a particular ‘Good Luck, Abundance & Prosperity’ package as advocated by the ancient Eastern tradition of Feng Shui. I arrived at this unique pyramid design, because Feng Shui teaches that if you want to invite happiness into the home one must place pointy, triangular, or flame-shaped objects in the Southern and South-Eastern area of the house, or room, as this area is governed by the element of fire. Items to add are lights, candles, or lava lamps in predominantly bright red, orange, purple and green colours. One should also integrate a collection of gemstones such as Jaspers, Carnelians, Agates, Iolite, Jet, Mica, Tiger Eye and Garnets, since this combination is said to support intense healing and attract money into your life. I am still in the developing stages of this project, but will make it known as soon as they become available.
The extraordinary benefits of crystals in combination with metals and resin don’t stop there though. Many selfless good-hearted individuals have taken it upon themselves to create what is called the ‘Orgonite Gifting Movement’, meaning strategically distributing small pieces of unspectacular Orgonite in stressed environments, i.e. near mobile phone masts or pylons, next to any electrical device, on ley lines, in offices and classrooms… and leaving them there. This goes unnoticed, yet the effects are remarkable. Not only calms and neutralizes this practice geopathic stress, but also works fabulously well as a transformation tool that creates more harmony in an otherwise restless community. On a domestic scale, many of my clients have reported instant positive changes in their family member’s behavior upon the arrival of a new sculpture. They’ve insisted that the people around them suddenly became much more considerate, loving and more responsive to them – which is a real result!
And finally, some say Orgonite massively improves lush plant growth by burying, or laying it in the garden next to your favourite tree, ornamental plant, or vegetables. I am currently testing this effect by placing them among my own flower beds to create more proof, but last year’s experiment has already seen a spectacular recovery in my ailing house plants, quick seed germination and almost super-natural vegetation growth! There is a lot of brilliant evidence out there and you can learn more at: www.solidair-sculpture.com/orgonite-gardening.
About the author:
Annett Banx is a professional artist who received her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting from the University Of Brighton, UK, in 2007. She is interested in uplifting metaphysical designs and creates stunning, resin-cast pyramid sculptures that capture the beauty of nature. She is currently based in a small town on the North Kent coast in the South East of England and sells her work via Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SolidAirSculpture
by Christina Grant
Illness, violence, arguments, drug-use, thoughts, and moods influence the energy of a place. When you enter someone’s home or office, part of you automatically notes how it feels. Conscious or not, this awareness seems to be a survival mechanism, keeping you alert for protection and safety.
Sometimes I meander through our neighborhood “open houses” to satisfy a curiosity about what type of home is selling for what price. These homes all speak to me about their dwellers. In some of the homes, the energy is such that it’s hard to breathe. If realtors were aware of how this energy affects the unconscious of potential buyers, they would clear the home energy first, before putting it on the market.
Clearing a place serves to reset the energy. Just as you would clean dirty floors in a new home, it’s important to clean the energy. If you can’t see this energy, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Before you bring anything into your new home or office, clear the space. Otherwise, you’re living in someone else’s energetic dirt, which can affect you.
I once toured a famous historic home near Boston. Our small group was told about the home’s original owners – folks who lived there when the first shot “heard ‘round the world” occurred. It was one of those places I had trouble breathing in, which was one sign the energy was stagnant. When we entered an upstairs bedroom, I could not only feel illness in the air, I could smell it. I said, “Someone had a long illness, probably died in this room.” The tour guide and the others looked at me as if I’d grown a second head. The guide then confirmed that an older woman had died there. I knew part of her was still hanging around.
The energy of folks doesn’t go out the door when they leave. It clings to walls, drapery, furniture, carpet, and the air. When I have moved, I’ve tried to find out what was going on with the former tenants. How was their relationship? Their finances? Their mood?
This coincides with the ancient practice of Feng Shui, which advises us to know the history of the home and its inhabitants before moving in. For example, if someone was ill, or if they fell upon desperate times, financially or otherwise, it’s unadvisable to move in behind them because the same thing can touch you. This can work positively as well. In one home I lived in, a two-story duplex, each of the tenants downstairs began as a single woman and moved out newly-wed.
We aren’t always going to know what happened in a place before we move in. This is why I would clear any home or building as a rule. Clean thoroughly, wipe down walls, shampoo carpets and floors, and let fresh air blow through each and every room. Bring in as much natural light as possible. Sounds, chanting, singing, living plants, fresh flowers, and certain crystals are also helpful in moving and transforming energy.
In tougher cases where something seems strange or you know there was negativity or death, use additional clearing techniques. The main one I use comes from the Native American tradition. This technique was explained to me years ago by a Native American medicine man in the hills near Lake Arrowhead. A friend had just bought a fixer nearby which had a dreadful energy, to the point we didn’t want to enter one of the rooms at all. We wanted the medicine man to come to the house, but he said it wasn’t a good day for him and we could do it ourselves.
Of course, he said to use the Native American herb white sage, wrapped into a tight bundle (sometimes called a smudge stick or sage wand). Open all the windows or just crack them if it’s windy. Open cabinets and closet doors. Light the tips of the sage with a match and extinguish the flame so the wand lightly smokes. Walk counterclockwise around the home, into each room. Allow each corner, cupboard, and closet to receive the smoke. When finished, pass by again in a clockwise direction.
Sage alone creates a void, so it’s advisable to use another herb blended with it such as lavender or sweet grass. This pulls in a more positive energy as the older, stagnant energy exits. If you just have straight sage, use your intention to bring in higher, more positive energy. Our medicine man also advised us to throw sea salt in the corners of the house for good measure and leave white candles burning (with supervision).
There are many different variations on how to clear a space. I’ve found a thorough cleaning combined with the simple use of sage is usually enough. Ongoing, sage can be used to reset the energy of a place after there has been any sort of upset.
For more information, to contact me, schedule a session, sign up to receive my newsletter, or to read my blog, see www.christinagrant.com.
by Paul Harrison (AIA)
Light is energy, giving life as it travels millions of miles from the Sun. Without it very few things on Earth-ourselves included-could thrive. No wonder light has such an important role to play in giving life to the spaces in our homes. It makes us feel vibrant and energized. Dark spaces are dreary, nullifying to our visual senses, and often they lead to “sick” spaces in our homes, offices, and apartments. To the contrary, we know on an instinctual level when we feel the vibrancy and energy of a properly lit space. We just feel good there.
It doesn’t take much to bring that natural feeling into a home, just recognition of two key aspects of a “healthy” space. One is light and the other is natural energy from nature along with the energy flow that is derived from it in the home. Without this simple connection we feel cut off from our source of energy, cut off from our Zen. But by controlling how natural light is admitted and used within a space, a concept known as “daylighting,” balance can be achieved and serenity enhanced. Each home or personal space is different, though, so each solution will be a bit different too, depending on your needs and budget. Light, like water and plants, is a component of nature, so a home filled with natural light is a healthy space that rejuvenates the mind and spirit.
Here are my top ten recommendations to help create a healthy vibrant space for you and your family to enjoy:
- Look at your windows and note their orientation. Northern windows need little covering, if any, while southern and western windows need to be looked at to balance heat gain and light. Blinds work better than drapes as you can reflect the light to the ceiling-dark blinds if the windows are exposed to full sun, lighter or white blinds if the sun is blocked by trees, buildings, or large overhangs.
- Check your screens. If screens are dirty or excessively thick, they reduce the amount of light entering your home significantly. When I changed my screens to a dog-proof variety the light was cut significantly (but since Kokoa my Boxer has issues with screens it’s a tradeoff I can live with, no longer replacing screens every month or so).
- Use paint to reflect more light into the space, depending on the orientation of the windows. The higher the reflectivity of the paint, the more light will dance around the room. One of my personal favorites is a Dunn-Edwards color called “Sunseeker;” it has no black in the mix ratio, which is different than most off-whites that contain black. Its reflectivity nearly equals white but has a pleasant yellow tint and literally changes hue depending on the lighting in the space. I have used it in many homes I designed and built. Also, always remember that white ceilings reflect the maximum amount of light into the space. Reflected ceiling light is how the light travels deeper into a space.
- Be mindful of how the light moves through the space from morning to evening and throughout the year. In winter you’ll receive less light as the Sun’s path is lower in the southern sky while in summer it is higher and has a longer path of travel. Trim trees outside your windows if needed so the light can at least partially make it through the trees. (But remember, don’t cut the trees; trim them so you can still see parts through the window. Maintaining a connection to nature is so important to creating a positive space.)
- If there is not much hope of channeling more daylight, then think of investing in some lighting. In an apartment years ago, I bought two very inexpensive 8 foot track lights with halogen bulbs and put them up myself, adjusted the spotlights to light the dark spaces and pointed some other spotlights at colorful decorative items. It was a significant difference and an extremely easy fix. Put dimmers in and you have full control of the mood of the room. As for fluorescents, only use full spectrum daylight bulbs.
- Indoor plants that can take direct sun-like Ficus Benjamina-can be used to screen southern windows and then in the winter they can be moved to allow more light in. The plants also add a feeling of nature to the space. Buy larger plants 5-6 feet tall for corners, especially to shield corners that “cut” a space in two. In Feng Shui, outside corners are considered “daggers” which split the energy and make the space less comfortable. No one wants to be facing an outside corner square in the face.
- Corners and edges from adjacent buildings can split the energy also and you should cover the windows that face these hard edges with a plant (hanging works well) if possible or partially drape a portion of each edge of the window to shield them from the indoor space. In Feng Shui, you should be careful with exposed book shelves near where you sleep, as books can act as blades slicing energy and creating negative places in the room. Point the book spines away from the bed. Also make sure toilets do not point towards a bedroom or workspace-if so keep the bathroom door closed with a spring-loaded hinge.
- Skylights, if used incorrectly, can overheat a space and cause bright wash-outs of light producing glare. Solartubes can be better in dark hallways or rooms as they have less heat gain and can diffuse the light in the space without harsh bright spots. If your walls are lifeless, you can throw up a colorful backdrop like a tapestry or curtain hanging behind a bed which gives the wall color and texture.
- If a window is closely adjacent to another wall, that is, close to a corner, then leave the adjacent wall lighter to reflect. Again this depends on the orientation of the window; south will be brighter than a north facing window.
- If the carpets are dark and you cannot change them, you can use a colorful throw carpet that should be brighter and colorful. Put it a little under the bed or couch, this adds a lot of charm to the space. Colorful bright runners serve the same purpose in long dark hallways and look great, especially if you have an old place with wood floors.
Paul Harrison is a Los Angeles-based architect (AIA) with projects on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade as well as a hotel at Houston’s Hobby Airport. He is also a Zen master and author of the books “Where’s My Zen?” and “The Ten Paradoxes: The Science of Where’s My Zen?”
by Jami Lin
For the third time since 1900, Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as the Chinese New Year. This event won’t happen again until after 2030.
This year of the tiger is suggested to be filled with passion and capable of great love. Take advantage of both holidays falling on the same day to attract new people, express love to family and friends or even deepen love with spouses or partners. Even if you are not Chinese, the day can be full of celebration, fun, love, and fresh starts with broken New Years’ resolutions such as losing those few extra pounds.
Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day are filled with the same intentions.
It’s a time for forgiveness, sharing love and good fortune. Good business is rooted in relationships; bring extra heart and celebration into the office too.
Set the momentum for more love and better relationships all year long with the color red, which is associated with both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Years.
I’ve studied the meaning of colors and their influence on the body and emotions for more than 20 years. I’ve presented color workshops worldwide and taught color classes at Miami-Dade Community College and for many professional associations such as ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). I am an expert on color and personal growth. I have practiced all aspects of design for more than thirty years, including Chinese Feng Shui, and with my new award-winning ColorAlchemy book, I have many motivating ideas that people can use to improve all aspects of their life.
Prepare for new love and fortune with Chinese New Year traditions. Clean your house with the intentions of sweeping away any misfortune, which also makes room for good luck.
Since February 14th is on a Sunday, prepare breakfast in bed for your special love or a romantic brunch. Remember chocolate-covered strawberries and two red roses, one rose for each of you, nestled together in a single vase.
Invite your family over for a special meal featuring red tableware, flowers, and delights such as red-velvet cake. Get the children involved in festive preparation. Make heart-shaped cookies decorated with red icing and red sprinkles. While dining, share sentiments with each other with candied, conversation hearts and Chinese fortune cookies used to decorate the table.
Looking for a new love or to reignite new passions, find a pair of tigers and put one on each nightstand in your bedroom on this marriage of Valentines and Chinese New Year. The pair of tigers will act as guardians, protecting your loving relationship all year long.
Express love by wearing red lingerie or matching, his and hers red T-shirts. Place the red, Chinese double happiness symbol (easily found on the web) under each pillow them. Sprinkle red rose petals on bed and light the red candles for added romance. Surprise your love a special poem written with red ink.
Here’s a Chinese secret if looking for love. With red ink, on red paper, or placed in a red envelop, make a list of all the physical and personality traits desired in a partner. While concentrating on your perfect love, burn the list in a safe place such as a fireplace or ceremonial bowl so that heaven can hear your thoughts and bring your perfect love to you.
About Jami Lin:
In addition to her award-winning book on color, she has published six books on Feng Shui and Interior Design, several which became Book-of-the-Month Club selections. Her websites include: JamiLin.com and Feng-Shui-Interior-Design.com.