Things have energy too!
Often when we think about energy, we think about coming from sources that are alive. Most people think about plants and animals as producing and radiating energy but often do not consider non-living things to have the same qualities. The sun is an obvious example of a “non-living” source of energy. For this article we will consider “living” to be something that metabolizes something like sugar or oxygen and then produces energy as a result. The energy could be heat or kinetic energy but some work is accomplished as a result of the metabolism.
When we think about non-living things we may think about rocks, pavement, steel, chairs, beds, art work, dishes, computers, etc. These types of things do not metabolize sugar or water or oxygen to produce energy yet, they do radiate energy. If we were to take a rock that is made of granite (itself composed of many different compounds such as silica and alumina), it radiates infrared radiation, it reflects visible light wavelengths, it may emit helium nuclei, it may emit ultraviolet wavelengths. In other words, even non-living things radiate energy!
Look around, you can imagine everything is waving at you. We are constantly being bombarded by waves of all different lengths and frequencies from all sources. The next question is, “Do wavelengths affect you?” In order for a wavelength to have a negative effect, it is often said that there needs to be enough energy contained in the photon of the wave to dislodge an electron thereby creating a free radical. This type of wavelength is called ionizing radiation. When we think of ionizing radiation, we think about x-rays and gamma rays from either cosmic sources or man-made.
So, it is clear that ionizing radiation can have deleterious effects on us but what about non-ionizing radiation? Visible light or colour is a form of non-ionizing radiation. Does colour affect your moods? Most people would agree that certain colours can affect our moods and therefore could affect your health. What about infrared radiation (heat)? Can it affect your physiology? Of course heat has a tremendous effect on our circulatory system. Too much heat and we sweat and too little heat and we shiver. Non-living things that emit non-ionizing radiation (they all do) may have more of an impact on your life than you are aware.
If you find yourself in a rut, maybe it is time to look at the non-living waves bombarding you. Move somethings around and see how the change in energy changes you. I am a big believer in Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of recognizing the effect of physical objects on your health and wealth.
Once the holiday season has settled down, consider reading a book on Feng Shui and start to notice the effect that things have on you.