It seems that planners and developers are keen to be able to build tall blocks of flats or other buildings without the current restriction that schemes must not interfere noticeably with the light flow into nearby dwellings, and some legislators, impatient with protective provisions in the UK's Building Regulations, are sympathetic. I wonder how they would feel if their own homes were forced to look out on a concrete wall with no sun or other light coming through the windows?
Light, natural light, is the most precious commodity we have. Without it plants do not grow and animals do not thrive, and humans too suffer without it. It is essential for good health and also for morale, and indeed studies have proven that low winter light can lead to depression. Even in cities - particularly in cities - light is important and the right to enjoy it wherever possible is prized. When I worked in America, for a year my shared office was in a basement with no windows and strong overhead strip lights making up for daylight; it was an interesting job with excellent colleagues, but the lack of natural light was oppressive and at the end of the day I would emerge from the underground room into the strong Texan sun feeling like a mole and filled with relief to be out.
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Spiritually, while the hours of night have great importance, sunlight, daylight represent our links with God and our cosmic connections; the Masters of Light are energetic beings of the purest goodness who are wishful to help us expand our consciousness and evolve through growing the light of the soul, and Light Workers are exactly what they seem. We need light. To allow buildings to overshadow us and deny us light will exclude night light as well as day light, and force us to live artificially, even more separated from the natural world than we are already. For those people compelled by circumstance to live this way now, even some prisoners, light is what they long for most of all.
Not everyone will be affected by the relaxation of these rules, of course, but even a thoughtless extension next door to you could have a sad impact on your quality of life and enjoyment of your home, let alone your sense of Spirit all around you. Small changes to the law can have profound consequences, and not always for the better.
Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, blogger and channel for the Masters of Light, with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of “Spiritual Wisdom”.