by Debbie Jeremiah
One of the delights of owning a business that rents out rustic log cabins for holidays in Scandinavia and the Rockies is listening to customer feedback on their return:
“..have never had such a relaxing holiday ..” “came home feeling really refreshed and revitalised .. ” .. exactly what the doctor ordered .. “ etc.
Although it would be nice to attribute such comments to my skills as an entrepreneur, many have left me wondering if there is more to holiday relief than meets the eye. Why are people returning home fit, healthy, relaxed and happy and why more so than on a conventional holiday? Do earth energies have a part to play? Have the tree huggers been right all along?
Oriental medicine and traditions see our ‘aliveness’ and therefore our energy and vitality as much more to do with our interaction with surrounding nature and the universe. One of the assumptions underlying Far Eastern medicine is that all things in nature are ultimately striving to maintain balance and harmony. Does urban life disrupt our body’s attempt to balance itself by interacting with nature? Most of us spend all of our time walking on man-made pavements, roads and paths. Perhaps on holiday, when we spend an extended time ‘grounding’ ourselves by walking on Mother Earth or sitting on decking/lawns/beaches, our bodies are allowed an opportunity to re-balance our energies.
Wood as a Building Material
Throughout the world, timber has played a fundamental role in the history of mankind and the growth of civilisation. From the beginning of time, wood has been used to make fires to provide warmth, light and cooking facilities and has served as a highly versatile raw material for making tools and domestic artefacts, for crafting furniture and for building ships and houses. Over the centuries, wood’s structural properties and unique aesthetic qualities have ensured its continued use in all these areas, but is wood beneficial to our health in a way that we normally overlook?
Log cabins provide a connection to the natural world otherwise missing in a house constructed with modern materials. The visceral pleasure of living surrounded by logs is not unlike the pleasure derived from walking barefoot on a beach or simply smelling the breeze after summer rain. It’s hard to imagine anyone getting that much pleasure from living in a house of plastic laminate, cement or breeze blocks. Ignoring the fact that wooden structures naturally ventilate interiors and purify the air; unlike concrete, glass and steel houses, wood does not disturb the earth’s magnetic field, thus a home built of solid logs is less likely to be affected by geopathic stress and if built on a area of positive energy may better allow for the dispersal of that energy within the building. Admittedly a modern log cabin will have electrical circuits within the walls (although these are built into spaces hollowed out within the timber during the construction of the logs – which may possibly reduce a negative effect?) and will have pipework (although this has to be lagged thoroughly and built out of flexible materials to protect against low winter temperatures, possibly again minimising negative energetic effects?). Cabins without mains sewerage and electricity and which take their water supply from the nearby lake obviously reduce the possibility of localised geopathic stress still further.
Testing the Theory
Dowsing a sample of log cabins has not unfortunately been possible, but a short walk through my neighbouring native woodland gave me some clues. My non-scientific approach was simply to approach a beech or oak tree using L-rods to determine the point at which I was able to detect an energy field around the tree beneficial for my health. This distance was ‘normally about 11 paces away. Did fallen trees have a similar result? Yes, but the distance was shorter. Could the log walls themselves be giving out an energy beneficial for our health?
My cheap and cheerful findings suggested yes. Building using organic materials such as wood (and also possibly the mud and straw used to build the cob cottages of the West Country) rather than with man- made or synthetic materials might positively enhance the energy of a building. More testing is required though!
Location, Location, Location!
Obviously, being in a log cabin out in the wilderness, with no busy roads,railways, street lighting or power cables etc will cut down on the potential for man made geopathic stress.
But what of the siting of the cabin? Have we as a species, alongside many animals, maintained an ability to naturally select the best site to locate our home? In caveman days, would we have built our temporary shelters in areas when the earth’s energy was beneficial to us? If you own 20 acres of mountainside and can site your log cabin anywhere, how do you choose where to build it? After assessing the practical aspects, would we choose the best location on a ‘gut-feeling’ perhaps? Would this ‘gut-feeling’ reflect a natural dowsing ability we all have to find positive health enhancing earth energies?
To answer this question properly an assessment will need to be made as to energies around a sample of cabins. A simple method in the interim would be to walk around a large camp ground (during a quiet time of day of course!) and dowse to see if people have chosen to pitch their tents in areas which have a higher energetic quality than the surrounding areas. Excluding bits of ground with humps in, do you choose a spot to pitch your tent simply because it ‘feels’ right? Did the 18th/19th Century North American pioneers do a similar thing? After finding sites which were dry and safe and close to water, did they make their final site choice because it ‘felt’ right.
Finally, one can’t ignore the other main energy enhancing possibilities which might be influencing the holiday makers: the positive emotional attachments (or good vibes!) left by previous occupants who themselves have benefited from the natural and spiritual communion offered by the wilderness experience.
In conclusion then, holidaying in a location with a reduced potential for man-made geopathic stress will probably contribute to a peaceful and relaxing break. Being in a wooden building which may be constantly releasing positive energy and built in harmony with nature will probably enhance physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and help put back all that modern life takes out.
It’s a Shed Thing
And to further prove my point; might the health benefits of being in a wooden building explain the attraction that so many men seem to have for spending time in their garden sheds??!!
© 2005 Debbie Jeremiah & BSD EEG