Energy Express - May 2016
Remember last Dec. 31? It was the night you popped the champagne, slapped your cheek, screamed “enough!” and resolved to do something positively healthy in the new year.
Learn to cook! Lose 30 pounds! Get to the gym three times a week! Stop after one glass! (OK, two.) Find time to meditate 10 minutes a day, no matter what!
Proclaiming our best intentions is a piece of cake compared to sticking with them. Be honest: Have you seen a real change in yourself these last few months?
Don’t worry. I’ve had cheeses last longer than many of my year-end resolutions. “Insanity,” Albert Einstein told us, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Dear Reader, you may have tried some of my favorite recipes: Write down your goals; make them small and achievable; and keep a journal of your progress. But if you’ve failed time and again to make lifestyle change happen, and you want a different result, try doing something different, even if it strikes you as wacky and woo-woo.
I’m proposing that you clear the space. According to the time-honored principles of feng shui—much ridiculed, highly respected—clutter in your home and in your workspace can be a real block to change. The same is true of your mind. When you clear the space—physical and mental—magic can happen.
Christan Hummel is a pro at this. Here are a few of her best ideas, taken from her classic, “Do-It-Yourself Space Clearing Kit.”
RESPECT YOUR SPACE. Energy follows thought, says Hummel. So don’t bring bad energy into your home. Take off your shoes and leave them at the front door as a way to consciously let go of your worries of the day. That was then. This is now. (Eastern philosophers have been teaching this for about a million years.)
CLEAN OUT BAD ENERGY. It’s a subtle thing, but it just feels better to be in a personal space that is orderly and organized. Get ready to spring clean your closet, home, garage, both physically and energetically, by using sage, smudging or even sacred sounds. Sage? Smudging? Bells and chimes? Yep, the most effective space clearing goes way beyond Spic and Span.
PRACTICE LETTING GO. Make room for the new by consciously letting go of the old, on a deeply personal level. To mark the beginning of the rest of your life, perform a ritual, do something different. A classic way to mark the moment is to light a candle, write down what no longer serves you—from addictions to anger— and feed it to the flame, taking care not to burn down the house.
GET RID OF STUFF. Your home has a circulation system, says Hummel, and when you’ve got too many possessions gunking it up, the energy you need to make change cannot flow. Recycle, give or throw stuff away. Practice “emotional release work.” That’s when you privately honor, love and appreciate the item (and the person who gave it to you) just before kissing it goodbye.