If you have been reading this blog from inception then you know I am a big fan of getting rid of things that I don’t use or need. It is more than just getting rid of stuff so that I can get more stuff. Purging my home and workplace of clutter and unnecessary items symbolizes a deeper process of cleansing and purification.
You see, as you throw away old, useless clutter and donate or better organize what’s left, you are in effect creating a sensation of lightness and freedom that can benefit you emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
On an energetic level, the effects of cleaning and de-cluttering can be even more profound because the process clears stagnation and calls in a flow of fresh, invigorating energy (also called “chi,” “ki,” or “qi” – which means “universal life energy”). What this means for you is an overall sense of well being and peace.
So without waiting any further, here are a few quick tips on how to organize for a peaceful atmosphere:
Clear away the clutter
Begin by clearing away physical clutter. Clutter drains your energy, scatters your focus and leaves you feeling overwhelmed and restricted. Take as much time as necessary to remove items that are no longer needed and put away items to be kept. Avoid tossing them carelessly into drawers and closets; be sure to organize and place them neatly where they belong. Clutter is clutter, and you’ll experience the same negative effects even if it is hidden away.
Remove negative energy
Once your surroundings are in order (this may be the same day, or a few days later), begin cleaning. Get out your vacuum cleaner, mops, buckets, dusting cloths, glass cleaners and any other supplies you have to get your house. It’s important to do a thorough job because you are not just cleaning away visible dirt – you are also removing any residue left by stagnant, negative energy. You may not be able to see it, but you can still be affected by it on some level if you don’t remove it completely. So, you may be wondering if you cannot see it, how you would know when it was gone. You will feel it.
Check in with how you are feeling
Finally, take a breather and look at your surroundings. Notice that they look better, but also notice the difference in the way the environment feels. Does it feel lighter and calmer? You may be able to feel the difference right away.
Call in some positive energy
Ok, a little more to go. Now we’re going to call in some beneficial energy to take the place of what you just cleared out. There are many ways to do this; none of them are better or more effective than the others. Choose one or more that appeal to you.
One of the most common techniques is to “smudge” the area using a bundle of dried sage leaves. (These can be purchased in herb shops or online.) Light the end of the sage stick and blow out the flame so the leaves smolder and release fragrant smoke. Walk through the rooms of your home and waft the scented smoke into the air. As you do, state aloud that you are removing negative energy and inviting a flow of fresh, beneficial energy to take its place.
Another technique is to light scented incense and candles in every room. The scents don’t really matter except that they are pleasing to you, but some popular choices include: lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense and rose. Rosemary is my favorite.
Finally, you can use meditation and visualization to call in positive energy. Simply sit comfortably and perform deep-breathing exercises to bring yourself into a meditative state. Then imagine brilliant white light infusing every room of your home. Imagine that it fairly hums and crackles with an electrical charge, zapping any negativity that still lingers and replacing it with peace and harmony.
Incorporate this into your self care routine
Doing this process just once can create quite an impressive change in the atmosphere of your home; however, doing it on a regular basis can be even more effective. Try it once every 3 months for starters, but do it as often as you need to if you sense the atmosphere becoming heavy and sluggish again.
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