EMWhat??? Really, is there one more thing I should be concerned about? Well, better to be informed than oblivious, I always say. Healthy concern and interest is a good thing. Opening the heart and mind to knowledge can bring help and protection and lead to resolve. That same knowledge can dispel worry and fear that comes from not knowing or understanding the facts.
Without getting too technical, EMF refers to Electro-Magnetic Force, Frequency, Field, radiation, wave, ray, etc. EMF is everywhere and is generated by virtually everything. It is akin to the vibrational energy generated by even the smallest of particles. The topic itself is almost without limit, reaching beyond the current limits of creation science, molecular and astro-physics, to medicine and other life sciences, to metaphysics and both religious and non-religious spirituality. Even the mind or, perhaps more acceptably, the brain generates measurable EMF.
Wow! I’m feeling better already - not. It’s sounding like one of those scary dreams where I’m being chased by something not quite visible. But no. Even though EMF is everywhere, it is not all harmful. Were it not for EMF there would no life, or thought, or vision or hearing or a lot of other things. What is harmful must be viewed in context.
EMF is the essence of both attraction and repulsion in things both material (physical) and non-material (spiritual or energetic). In the physical realm, it can be generally divided into two types: ionizing and non-ionizing. These are analogous to the non-material realm of positive (non-ionizing) and negative (ionizing) energy.
Yup, that’s right, turns out that ionizing EMF (negative energy) – e.g. x-rays, gamma rays, ultraviolet rays – can be bad for us when exposed in excess, because they ionize or disrupt our molecular electron balance. Yet in measured doses, they can also benefit us. We know what x-rays are used for, gamma rays are often used for fighting cancer or sterilizing things (like our food), and measured exposure to ultraviolet rays (sunshine) helps us build and maintain strong bones. Not to forget though, over exposure to any of these can lead to cancer or other maladies.
So, what about non-ionizing EMF? If its related to positive energy, it must be good for us, right? Sure, but too much of a good thing can still have adverse effects, like fully immersing oneself in water could lead to drowning. EMF from radar, WIFI, radios, cell phones, TVs and computers, most light bulbs, motors, electrical lines and even microwave ovens are non-ionizing and in low doses have not been found to be harmful. Yet like too much water, high or prolonged exposure could create problems. Yes, too much of a good thing really can be harmful.
Part 2 of this blog, coming in the next week, will tackle what we can do to excel in a universe of EMF.
Author's Note: While I have, and continue to study and ponder life, science and spiritual matters, I do not consider myself a topical expert. I am an observer, a pragmatic optimist, and a generalist, a student of the way. What I write here in my blog is my reasoning alone. I share it because I am frequently asked. The only thing I encourage, is that each person test for themselves what is truth. Don’t accept what I say or what anyone else says as absolute. What is absolute is found through observation of the creation and universe of all things around us, through testing what is seen, heard and felt, whether physically or spiritually, against foundational principles of love, peace, and wellbeing. I coninue to find my proof. I pray that you continue to find yours and that our feet remain firmly fixed to the path of life.
Sometimes, when visitors come into our shop, they look for rocks that "speak" to them, holding them one at a time in their hand, waiting for a reaction. Sound a bit weird? It's not really. The voice they are really listening for is their own inner voice, that says, "I like this one; It feels good in my hand; It's pretty; It's unusual or unique; I can feel its energy or vibration...".
Since we are all made up of the same substance as the earth, it is only natural that we would have an attraction for its rocks and minerals. We don't think it strange at all when we crave certain foods, which is usually our bodies way of telling us that we need certain nutrients or a signal that something is out of balance and needs attention. If you listen carefully you can learn what your body is telling you and make healthful adjustments.
It's not much different with our relationship to the earth. Our physical and energetic makeup is attracted to certain elements in the form of rocks and minerals. If we listen carefully, this attraction is expressed by our inner voice and we will be drawn to those rocks and minerals that complete us or make us feel whole.
Test it out for yourself by visiting a rock shop near you, coming to visit us or just by looking down at the rocks around you and picking one up that catches your eye. If you don't hear anything, give it time, keep looking and keep listening.
Wow! July 5th will be here before you know it. This was the first day, a year ago, that we opened Real Earth Creations for business. So much has happened over the past year that it seems like five years bundled into one.
To give you an idea, here's a partial list of things we did, in no particular order: Started moving belongings into the house and shop; began replacing flooring in all the rooms (more to do); replaced the back porch; repaired frozen water lines - twice; added fencing in the front and back (a lot more to do); repaired both air conditioners and finally replaced one; replaced a water heater; added a roll-up door to the shop to get my lapidary equipment in; ran electrical service, set up rock saws, grinders, etc.; made seven round trips to North Kansas to bring back 40+ tons of mixed lapidary rock we purchased, did rock hounding in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas; went to the large Gem and Mineral Shows in Denver CO, Quartzsite AZ, and Tuscon AZ as well as a half-dozen or so Rock Club Shows; built a goat enclosure and bought goats; hauled tons of scrap to the waste transfer; built a website and started this blog; bought, sorted and priced merchandise; ran the shop; mowed the lawn, cut lumber and cleaned out underbrush (the goats helped a lot); cut rocks, made cabochons and wire wraps; set up new supplier, banking and shipper accounts; ordered business cards, signs and everything else needed to run the business; did a little exploring around Mount Ida; went fishing on Lake Ouachita; visited friends and family in St. Louis, Texas and California; mourned the loss of our two cats of 18 and 19 years; laughed, cried, laughed some more, gave thanks... It's been fun, it's been memorable and its only just begun.
The highlight of it all has been the people - the ones we've met during our travels and the ones we've met here around Mount Ida - the beginnings of new friendships. We are especially grateful for those that came to visit and shop in our store. We'll do our best in the year to come, to find and create new treasures and other things to grasp your interest, learn and share the worthwhile lessons and stories from others, and keep the positive energy in our shop and in the treasures you take home with you.
Wherever you find yourself, remember that happiness is in what you do, not in what is done to you. Live with intention and be happy on purpose - it's a choice.
Earth Day, April 22, has come and gone and the earth is still here. So why does there need to be a special day? Moreover, why should it be important to me? I reflected on those very questions and came to a few conclusions. You may have some of your own thoughts and are welcome to share them too.
Reasons Earth Day might be important to me
Thank you Mother on this day and every day. Because of you I am. Without you I am not.
I get a lot of questions about how we got started in the rock and mineral business, where the name came from and what the logo represents. So I thought I'd devote my first blog to answer those questions.
The real adventure of our business began when I retired in 2014. We took our first extended vacation, during which, we visited Hot Springs, Arkansas and nearby Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. It was during this visit that we cemented our desire to make a business out of our longtime interest in rock collecting and jewelry making. After returning home, we planned a second trip to seek out as many rock and mineral shops as we could find on our way to taking the grand kids on their first camping trip in California. We wanted to see how other shops were run, meet potential suppliers, and begin purchasing some of the materials and equipment we would need for our new business. We began the trip by returning to the Hot Springs area, this time to Mount Ida, to dig quartz crystals in the surrounding mountains and to stop at the several rock shops we heard were there. We had no plans to look at property, anywhere. But from the minute we stepped through the door of a particular rock shop that was for sale, we knew what we wanted, what we needed to do. We continued on our journey to take the grand kids camping, only when we returned, it was to our new rock and mineral shop in Mount Ida, Arkansas. We opened our new store for business right away on July 5th and since then have been busy making it our own and welcoming in many of you.
The name "Real Earth Creations" is an assemblage that came to us fairly easily. My initial interest in rock collecting began during my Boy Scout years. In spite of many years, careers, experiences and events an early dream about owning a rock shop became "real". Together, my wife and I determined that the principle source and ideas for things we collect or make for our shop would be the "earth" and the respective "creations" on and within it.
A lot more time was spent arriving at our company logo. We wanted it to embody
all of the other influences and principles that are not directly evident in the name. We are grateful to our son Paul for the final result, as it was his hand and creative imagination that helped distill our thousands of words and concepts into a simple picture that includes the Earth, Sun, Moon and Stars - the entire universe and all that is within it.
Here's the really short version of what is in the logo. The green earth represents life, our home, and the center-point of our compass. The red and yellow sun represents the cleansing fire that bathes us in warmth and energizes the dynamics of the earth and all that is in, on and around it. The blue quarter moon represents the night guardian, the reflection of earth's life-giving water, change and the passage of time. The four, four pointed stars are suns like ours but represent the universe beyond us in all directions. They cast white or colorless light by both night and day, that reaches into all shadows and diffuses into all colors and diversities. The largest star at the top represents the North Star or the Southern Cross (depending on where you live) with which one can navigate land and sea during the dark hours. It is really no wonder that the rocks of our earth are like a canvas painted on by the universe.
So that's how we see it. We are motivated by the joy of finding beauty and power in the creation around us and then making it available for others to share in the same.
Thanks for reading.
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