My friend Jim, who is an electrical engineer, had explained to me how the grounding wire on a property could create an electro-magnetic field, in a way which was not beneficial to the residents. A friend of his had asked him to come over with his meter, and measure the house for EMFs. Her autistic son would retreat to one particular bedroom in the home, and she was concerned it may be the result of an undesirable EMF.
When Jim measured the home, he found the EMF strongest over where the ground wire was running beneath the floor, and the spot in the home where her son would retreat had the lowest EMF. Says Jim:
According to my engineering training, the human body does not respond to low level EMF, but I have been working with a group of people who claim such sensitivity, and I can measure the level of leakage currents and magnetic fields. I worked with one fellow who has severe autism and apparently DOES detect such fields. He and his mother were living in an apartment, and he was having health problems. Also, he parked himself in one room of the unit and stayed there (except to use the bathroom). I measured the stray EMF, and the room with the lowest measured field was his room! Obviously, he CAN detect EMF!
The problem was a stray current that ran down the main ground wire, which ran right down the middle of the living room and dining room in the basement. I sent an email to NSP, pointing out that "tests were run" that measured an 11 amp load coming in to the house, and 7 amps went back out the neutral - and 4 amps down the ground wire. (I signed it with my professional engineer license and master electrician license - and NSP came out and fixed the external wiring between the power pole and each of the local houses!*) The fellow's mother paid an electrician to re-route the ground wire down along the rim joist on one side farthest from the bedrooms. Those efforts reduced the leakage to 2 amps, and moved the offending field away from the living area.
I was able to put this information to use when I had to address a ground wire in the basement of my duplex, which needed to be extended to the incoming water main. Previously, the ground wire had extended to an earlier water main. Since then the water main had been moved, and a new wire extending the grounding wire to the new water main was required by code.
This ground wire allows stray currents to be conducted out of the home safely. Sometimes the stray currents come from household use, and sometimes they can come from a high-voltage surge through the power lines, either from some system fault (like a high-voltage wire falling on the power lines) or perhaps from a lightning strike somewhere on the system. The National Electric Code requires a ground wire - about the size of a pencil in diameter - to connect the incoming electrical power (at the panel) to the incoming water main. This will conduct fault currents over to the water distribution system (lots of underground metal pipe) which then conducts it safely to the earth ground.
In the case of my rental property, I noticed the bare copper ground wire ran directly beneath a bedroom, underneath where someone was sleeping, and generally down the middle of the house. This would cause an EMF in these areas. An electromagnetic field is the field of energy generated by a current moving through a wire. The EMF decreases the further away from it you are. Typically, you have the black hot wire carrying the current to light or outlet, and you have the white neutral wire carrying away the current draining out, the two balance and are generally thought to cancel each other out.
But if you have an unbalanced current, such as in the case of the ground wire carrying current in one direction, this will generate a measurable EMF. It is known that people living next to large power wires are more likely to develop physical conditions. These large unbalanced currents are generating large EMFs, not beneficial to human bodies. In the case of a small ground wire in a home, it too can generate an EMF, much smaller, but still not beneficial to the human body, especially if located somewhere near where someone would spend a lot of time, such as sleeping. Europe recognizes these EMFs as problematic, and has electrical code addressing the issue. The U.S. does not.
The energy in this particular duplex had been needing healing and balancing for a while. I had been working on restoring the ley lines in the neighborhood. I had found what appeared to be a frayed ley line lying directly under my duplex. I had been working on healing and restoring this ley line for a few years. It appeared to originate from a network point about half a mile south and over a few blocks, and it appeared that it should anchor in a point about 50 yards up the block in the middle of the street.
This frayed ley line had created energetic instability in the property, the property next door, and somewhat in the neighborhood. There had been a volatility in the energy that I was slowly clearing out, by re-anchoring the ley line and removing inappropriate energies that had gravitated there and fed upon the misdirected energy fields.
Now it was time for me to address the EMFs that were being generated by the ground wire in my duplex. I moved the ground wire over, and ran it along the inside of the foundation of the home. This moved the EMFs out of the center of the home. I could see the energetic effect of this measure, clearing the air and lightening up the energy. A new ground wire was spliced to the old one, and connected to the present water main, allowing any extra current to exit the property safely. Previously the current in the old ground wire had fed into the old water main, which terminated the current into a pipe in the basement floor, near the bedroom above it. Since this old water main was not hooked up to a system of pipes, this arrangement allowed the energy to kind of "tank" in this spot. The energy felt "spikey", not the type you'd want pooling beneath you. By relocating the groundwire, it cleared the energy in this area as well.
Ground wires do not always carry an outgoing current, but when they do, they can generate an EMF. My friend recommended not having a ground wire underneath a bedroom, or somewhere someone would spend a fair amount of time. It was safer having it travel around the perimeter of the home.
I can see the energetic effects of moving this groundwire -- the energy in the property feels safer, easier to live in. The property literally seems to hold light now, it's like the ions in the air naturally hold light now, whereas before the frequencies present inhibited that.
Before moving the groundwire, I could sense that somehow the energy in this lower unit of the property wasn't quite right. After doing a lot of work on the ley lines, there was still something that needed to be done. Moving the ground wire and reconnecting it to the new water main has helped restore the light in the unit, the energetic integrity. There is less the propensity towards tension and conflict on the property than there was before. It feels safer. More whole. I am glad to have done this, even if it cost me some extra money. It is part of my gift to my tenants and the neighborhood, part of my gift of owning this property and sponsoring the neighborhood.
* For those of you who would like some more detail as to what the power company did, here is a more involved explanation.
The neutral wire that leaves the house is usually properly crimped/welded to the neutral wire that goes to the pole. Then ideally, if 11 amps are coming into the house, 11 amps should be exiting through the neutral wire to the pole. At the pole the incoming current is fed through a transformer, and there is a ground wire going down the pole and anchored into the ground with a long steel bar, allowing all stray current to go into the earth. (For people who sense energy, this perhaps does add an energetic problem to the land...)
In the case Jim was describing, the neutral wire from the house had a temporary connector, not a permanent crimp, to the neutral wire going to the pole. This meant that the current attempting to exit the house would meet some resistance, since there wasn't a full connection. So instead of all 11 amps going out the neutral wire, only 7 went out, and 4 went out the ground in the house.
The electric company came and properly crimped together the neutral wire leaving the house with the neutral wire going to the pole with an aluminum crimp. There were actually 2 neighboring houses which needed the same repair. After this, when Jim took measurements, there were only 2 amps going out the grounding wire in the house, and 9 going out the neutral wire to the pole.
If you buy an ampmeter, you can attach it to the grounding wire of your house and see how many, if any, amps it measures going out your house grounding wire.