We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us.
~ Winston Churchill
We continue to explore one of the main components of the Fourth House, which is our sense of Home with a capital H.
We are considering the idea that our home can create a pattern for our overall energy. 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.
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. And in response to the comment yesterday from Regina, yes indeed! Denise discusses feng shui extensively, as well as other practices.
But before we start rearranging willy-nilly, the first step to enhancing and harmonizing our home energy template is to take an inventory.
At some point this weekend, when you feel calm and receptive (not stressed or judgmental!), you might slowly walk through your house with a pen and notepad. 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 like to 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 counter tops. But if some sexy new somebody was to appear one night, wanting to cook a romantic dinner with you, how well would it work?
Similarly, perhaps you have a collection that you have had for many years. But if you are really honest with yourself, while you might still 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 may represent 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 strongly 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 simply a fact-finding tour. 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 write down everything that you notice is not in complete agreement with the best of who you are (or wish to be).
Next week, we’ll take the next step to making your home “template” a powerful magical tool for creating the life you desire.