We continue to explore the magic of house and home by considering that our home can create a pattern for our energy, for, as our most intimate, private space, it is where our dreams and shadows are most likely to first manifest. Therefore, you can set a specific intention, and then arrange your home to reflect and support this.
In other words, you can become conscious that your home reveals much about who you presently are. And you can create what you desire in other parts of your life, by making changes in your home environment.
Author Denise Linn calls this idea the template of the home. By changing the patterns in the template, we can rearrange important parts of our own habits, thought fields and energy.
The first step to doing this is to take an inventory. With a pen and notepad, walk through your house. Try to see it with the eyes of a perceptive, but neutral, stranger.
So, for instance, you may have gotten used to the fact that the shower curtain is mildewed (“It’s not that bad,” you tell yourself). But imagine the reaction of, say, a very important visitor on whom you would rather make a favorable impression.
Or you may have a “system” of cooking that works around piles of old junk mail, kids’ homework, seldom used appliances, parts of a mysterious science project still under construction from last year, crumbling Tupperware and a dying philodendron on the countertops. But if some dashing new someone was to appear one night to cook a romantic dinner with you, how well would that work.
Similarly, perhaps you have a collection that you have had for many years. But if you are really honest with yourself, while you have a sentimental fondness for it, maybe it no longer reflects who you are. What does it say about you, prominently displayed in your living room, that is not really who you are now? Even though it represents a big investment of time and resources, maybe it is time to consider retiring it.
Luckily, you don’t need to start racing around fixing everything all at once. In fact I advise you to refrain doing anything for now. Because this is exactly why we let things get out of hand in the first place – it all seems too overwhelming to do the complete make-over we think we might need. Instead, we exhaust ourselves part way through, or never start at all.
Instead, just take an inventory. This is just information gathering. You don’t have to do anything. Yet. So you might have something like –
- Living Room: Can’t see coffee table for the piles of papers, magazines and other stuff.
- Bathroom: How did she know about the shower curtain?
- Kitchen: Whose sneakers are those, how long have they been there? Kitty food on floor by the bowl. Do I really need two blenders and five frying pans?
Be honest. Details count, so note everything that you notice is not in complete agreement with the best of who you are (or wish to be).
Tomorrow, we’ll take the next step to making your home “template” be a powerful energetic tool for creating the life you desire.