AWA NEWS: “Healthy Lighting” Series – Part 6 of 7
A Historical Perspective on Light for Healing
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
By analyzing and integrating the building knowledge of the ancient cultures of Egyptian, Greek, and Mayan societies as well as ancient practices such as Vastu Shastra, Feng Shui, and Zen philosophy, we can develop formulas and metrics that can be translated into present-day design and build lighting strategies.
We should be cognizant of the various energy fields around us. Electromagnetic radiation generated by electrical cables, transformers, microwaves, and mobile phones bombard our bodies with frequencies that we are not adapted to. Electrochemical processes of the human body are easily disturbed by these frequencies.
Geopathic stress occurs where the earth’s electromagnetic field becomes distorted. This can be created by underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels, mineral formations, and geological faults. Evidence has shown that humans occupying geographically stressed zones for long periods of time have a higher risk of cancer. In traditional Chinese medicine, a meridian is a path through which the life energy “qi” flows through the body. There are 12 principal meridians divided into yin and yang groups, each associated with a region of the body. In Hindu metaphysical tradition, chakras are centers of life force, or vital energy, and respond to vital points on the physical body. Chakras are also used in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The different visible colors correspond to the seven chakras, with each chakra governing a specific area of the body. Chakras originate from tantric and yogic traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. The connections of the chakras to the body are understood to be a part of the “subtle body,” which is not able to be found through autopsy. The chakras also correspond to the seven planets and the seven days of the week.
You can read more about this topic in my book “Contextualizing Light” which was released in June 2020 and is available on Amazon (link here) and other bookstores.
Abhay M Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers