Clutter can cause energy blockages, yes, but we can rise about it just as we do with negative energy. A clean, organized, uncluttered space is better, closer to God they say, but, when I sit down to write, create or lift my energy level up to help heal, I can and have risen above it. I would not have accomplished what I have today, if I had not learned how to rise above lower energy, the energy that clutter and feeling scattered can create; similar to meditating.
Some people like to meditate with silence, music, candles or incense burning, others meditate when they go for a walk, take a bath, clean house, wash dishes or drive. The same is with our homes and spaces, we all live differently and no one way is correct or the only way.
Feng Shui teaches us to allow energy to flow easily by keeping clutter under control. Feng Shui means “water and air” which is needed to flow in our sacred space to keep energy from becoming stagnated. I believe in Feng Shui and try to practice it in my home, but its not easy, with a small home, little storage and an odd design. I like a clean and uncluttered space, but it’s just not always possible.
I have always been told there are other things more important than a clean house. I don’t mind cleaning, I actually enjoy it, it in itself is quite meditating, but I also believe hugs, good conversations, music, home comfort, a child’s laughter and giving attention to things that may not be here tomorrow; are much more important than a spotless house and putting my laundry away. I have learned to live in the moment, cherish what is now, clean as I go, but do not allow clutter and cleaning to control me and my energy.
I like a clean uncluttered house, but I also love a comfortable home filled with love, good energy and my family, which consists of humans, dogs and birds. I’ve learned, it’s nearly impossible for one person to keep a house clean when you have a mariad of dogs and kids, not to mention a husband, coming in and out, moving things around, creating dirty-ness and turmoil. When or if I feel things getting out of control, I ask for help from the Universe, SpiritGod and others around me. Since I’d rather do it myself, I rarely ask for help from others, but at times I have had to. It’s just my husband and me now, but we still have dogs and birds which are actually the hardest part and we have Grandchildren visit now and then. We live in the country, it’s peaceful and we work hard.
Some years ago I became very ill and I had to stop doing almost everything. I could feed myself, check my email and do little things, but I had to have help showering, dressing and doing everything at home. I couldn’t pick up a laundry basket, wash dishes, vacuum, sweep, dust, well, I couldn’t do much. I was in pain, very tired and going to physical therapy. I had begun to write my first book a few years earlier and was doing well with all the details of putting it together and getting it published, when this happened. I was devastated, to say the least. I cried often, but then I began to realize perhaps some of this was my own fault. Had I paid attention when I was given messages and dreams about timing, slowing down and asking others for help? Had I done what was asked of me? Often, we need to stop and take account of what’s happening around us and within us. Maybe if I had acted on what I was given, which was take more time in nature, believe the book would be done in perfect timing, allowed myself to rest and take more time for myself, then perhaps I may have been able to handle things better and not fall on my behind and have to go to bed and go through so much to heal and get well.
I sat and watched my husband help me and I felt horrible, until I began not having as much pain and was able to read and concentrate better. I read a wonderful book by Sue Monk Kidd, called, “When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions.” One part of the book spoke to me and I share it with people often. This spoke to my heart and soul and was just what I needed to hear. It said:
I noticed a monk, ski cap pulled over his ears, sitting perfectly still beneath a tree. There was such reference in his silhouette, such tranquil sturdiness, that I paused to watch. He was the picture of waiting. Later I sought him out.
“I saw you today sitting underneath the tree–just sitting there so still. How is it that you can wait so patiently in the moment? I can’t seem to get used to the idea of doing nothing.” He broke into a wonderful grin. “Well, there’s the problem right there, young lady. You’ve bought into the cultural myth that when you’re waiting, you’re doing nothing.”
Then he took his hands and placed them on my shoulders, peered straight into my eyes and said, “I hope you’ll hear what I’m about to tell you. I hope you’ll hear it all the way down to your toes. When you’re waiting, you’re not doing nothing. You’re doing the most important something there is. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.” Somehow I knew in my soul that his words were God’s words.
From “When The Heart Waits” Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd
This passage in Sue’s book helped me realize, I was not able to do a lot of cleaning or much of anything else, but instead of feeling bad about it, I took it as an opportunity to heal, grow and go within and learn more about my life. Just like when I’m busy with all sorts of things and my house isn’t as clean or uncluttered as it could be. I may have a stack of books and magazines on the end table, a few dishes in the sink, clothes in baskets to be put away or a pile of paperwork on my desk, but I know if I have a deadline or schedule to keep and it’s not done, it will still be there waiting for me when I get finished. It makes me feel good when I put the dishes in the dishwasher, start some laundry, vacuum the rug, take out the trash and straighten up the kitchen table. There are lots of little things we can do to help us feel better and help the energy flow even when we can’t do a deep cleaning or when we live with some clutter day by day.
I am only one person and I have to love myself enough to let some things go and not try and kill myself to get everything done. What good would I be if I never listened to my inspiration and sat down to write or create when I felt led to do so? I know when to take time to rest, listen from within and just let my soul grow up. I know there’s always plenty to do, waiting for me to get to it, just like I’m sure there are a few dozen things I could be doing right now instead of writing this, but I know I was pushed along by my helpers to write this now and not later so I could share it with you!
*Note: This article is not a contradiction of what I believe about clutter, it’s just how I feel about life! My helpers consist of my angels, guides, faeries and others that help from time to time; more on that topic at a later date.
Blessings and love~
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