I’ve been discussing the idea that our homes are a template of energy. This template creates a fundamental pattern that organizes how our personal energy flows into the wider world. We see the results of that flow in our work, wealth, relationships, and the day to day matters that play out for us.
By rearranging the template, we can make profound shifts in our personal energy fields, thus making changes in our lives. This is a premise of feng shui, but also can be adapted in other, simple steps, depending on your intention.
For instance, author Denise Linn recommends that we examine the current template we have created in our homes, such as making an inventory as I suggested yesterday. She asks, “What overall energy does your home project? Does your home look and feel Spartan? Does it portray comfort and a relaxed view of life?
“A Spartan home is fine if you want to have a precise approach to the world. However, if you want more comfort in your life, then make your home environment more comfortable. If you want more precision, clarity, and organization in your life, but your home looks like a tornado hit it, change your home to change your life.”
Her first example is that if your life is feeling too chaotic, confusing, and overwhelming, the simple task of cleaning out your dresser drawers, making them spectacularly neat, can send ripples of change into the rest of your life. It is a way of reassuring yourself on a deep level that you are in control. This small change can be astonishingly empowering. You may suddenly find yourself able to resolve problems that previously stumped you, or discover new options to sticky situations.
She suggests that you clear out your drawers one by one, instead of dumping them all into a big pile, which can just contribute to more confusion and indecision. One drawer at a time is manageable and takes surprisingly little time.
Go at it with the ferocity of a warrior, with your mantra being “Use it, love it, or get rid of it!” If something needs to be mended or repaired, either do it or dump it. If it doesn’t fit, or it is loaded with regret, mixed feelings, or unhappy memories, recycle or trash it right away.
Be especially scrupulous with those nagging things that come with “one of these days” attached: as in, “One of these days when I lose ten pounds,” or “One of these days when I have a hot new boyfriend.” They only serve to remind you that your present is not what you wish for. If you must keep them, store them somewhere else, where you won’t have to sigh wistfully every time you open your drawers and see them.
Once you have completed this small task, congratulate yourself, and notice the new energy available to you. Admire the tidy, organized results. Nothing remains that isn’t useful or that doesn’t bring you pleasure.
This is the gentle beginning of profound change in your home template. For as modest as it sounds, we are merely priming the pump, to get much bigger energy flowing.
So. I have a homework assignment for you. For tomorrow’s working, be thinking about your intention. What would you like to focus this new flowing energy on? What kind of template do you wish your home to be? A magnet for loving relationships? More prosperity? Do you need more healing energy? More passion? Or more peace? Success and fame? More adventure in your life? Stay tuned; I’ll discuss all those and more.