Earth Hour: nothing could be more Feng Shui. You may already be aware that Boston is climbing on board a massive call to switch off the lights on Saturday 31st at 8.30pm for 60 minutes to encourage an ecological approach to the use of the Earth’s resources. On the one hand, Earth Hour is a great message to those in power that the world is in favor of energy-saving policies and on the other, shows us that we can economize on electrical use and still have full lives. Ultimately, it proposes a hypothetical scenario of “what if there was no electricity?”.
But politics and energy management aside, Earth Hour is born out of the natural human need to experience a balance in the environment. The event is a clear manifestation of the world’s state of imbalance in its current energetic state. The forces of the yin and yang have been tugging at each other, trying to realign, but the yang side of the equation has been too active. These decades of unrestricted development, propelled by the everyday collective increase in carbon emissions – from businesses turning on their lights and computers when their offices are empty or more than they should, to households keeping on appliances rather than leaving them on standby or choosing low voltage alternatives–, have forgotten about the vital role of the yin.
As a reminder, Yin and Yang together form the Tao, the WAY, the beginning and end of all on earth, and both give structure to life. Thus, just like black contains white, the many includes the few, and war harbors peace, so does the existence of light imply darkness. And it is important to realize that the darkness is not a bad or negative thing, but necessary for light to coexist and be. Feng Shui demands that the yin and yang be in harmony, regulated so that happiness and health may flow. However, the overextended dominance of the yang(light) can weaken the yin(dark) and consequently, bring about this great imbalance that we are experiencing. Projection, industry and growth are all yang qualities that are peaking at present. It is imperative that mankind spend some yin or down time reserving and preserving its achievements before it continues progressing and advancing at the rate that it is. Hopefully, 60 minutes of darkness can stall the world’s yang qi.
The World Wildlife Fund organizing the event is basically acting like a Feng Shui practitioner in this manner, expertly pulling humankind to slow down and recalibrate, to manage the earth’s abundance. The world has to make space and time for the yin to enjoy the yang it so desperately desires. Earth Hour, therefore, is a call to bring about a concensual movement of energy towards the yin side.
You are urged to attend your Boston Earth Hour 2012 in support of a good qi flow. You can see details about the celebration in this site. http://www.cityofboston.gov/environmentalandenergy/conservation/earthhou…
Among others, here are some ways to turn your carbon footprint into a thumbprint. Try them out during Earth Hour this year.
Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park like Corey Hill Outlook in Brookline and gaze up at the stars.– Making the most of the night, looking at the stars in self-reflection is a great low-key inactivity.
Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight enteraining yourselves with stories. — The Fire from a candle is a wonderful fuel for the earth element.
Take the dog for a night walk along the Boston Harborwalk during Earth hour–Remember that 8.30pm is within the dog hours. rrad more about the Dog Hours in Feng shui here: nextooze.com/feng-shui-in-boston/everything-s-going-to-the-dogs-at-7pm.
Have a barbeque with natural coals and let the warmth heat the food.–Eating natural foods is nice yin activity, especially if done at night.
Have a candle-lit bath–The immersion(depth) in still water(yin) is a great antidote to the super yang energy of a full day.
Ensure that you and your family turn the lights off when you’re out of the room
Unplug the phone charger and turn off the power point when not in use. Or, simply unplug all items that are not in use.Turn off the computers at the end of each day–All items that are related to communications are yang and have no place during Earth Hour.
Water the plants–If done at night, it’s even better than during the day and is a truly yin activity that reconnects one to the earth.