are constantly aware of our surroundings, and we respond to the quality of energy of our surroundings. You all have experienced this - Imagine how
you feel at a beautiful resort as opposed to being in a cluttered, dirty, musty
speak to groups about Feng Shui, there is sometimes a bit of skepticism in the audience. Many people feel that if you could make some changes
to your life, then you might have the time, energy, or motivation to improve
your environment. Feng Shui turns that
concept on its head, and states that if you improve your space, your life will follow.
and the Law of Attraction work because they incorporate your power of intention. When you make mindful and intentional changes
to your environment, you positively affect your life.
What do you desire to create more of in your life? What emotions do you wish to experience more
frequently? Imagine your perfect life - really imagine it. What does it look like and feel like, who are
you with, where are you, what sights, smells, and sounds are there? Bring this intention into your space-clearing
De-clutter. When you eliminate stuff that is no longer
serving you, you create a symbolic space
for opportunity to come to you.
Everything you own is either nurturing you, or is ripping you off energetically. Get rid of what is not serving you!
Several times a year, I clear out my file cabinet of dead prospects or
outdated information, and like magic, new prospects and exciting, relevant
information appear "out of nowhere".
(And - bonus! Now I have space to
begin? The answer is - anywhere! You didn't create your clutter in one day,
and you won't eliminate it in one day either.
But even a small change to your environment can bring a huge sense of
relief and a profound feeling of
yourself these questions as you go through your "stuff":
- Do I use it? Be honest!
- Do I love it? Does the object
make your heart sing? Is your life
enhanced by owning this thing? Perhaps
it makes you smile just to see it or use it, or it evokes a positive
- Is it beautiful?
beings resonate very positively with beauty, whether it is a painting, a vase
of flowers, or a view of nature.
- Does it fit my perception of who I am now? Consider how your preference of home
décor has changed from childhood to college days to adulthood. Do you own stuff that doesn't enhance
your current lifestyle? For example,
did you formerly wear "power suits" for your job, but now you dress more
casually for work?
this: Set a timer for 60 minutes*, and begin your project - clearing
outdated clothing from your clothes closet, filing or tossing paperwork,
organizing your junk drawer, or whatever area draws your attention. Have boxes or bags available to place items
to be donated and/or discarded. When the hour is complete, you can move on to
the rest of your day, feel a sense of
accomplishment for creating a positive change in your environment - or
continue for longer, if you desire.
*Note: You will want to allow more time for big
jobs. Make an afternoon of it on a rainy
day. I promise you, the payoff will be
I notice a
huge surge of energy when I Feng Shui my home.
(Yes I use the word as a verb, as well as a noun.) There is such a feeling of well-being in inhabiting a space that is calm and nurturing.
Here's another method to get you started on
de-cluttering: Every day, toss 9 items
(or 3, or 12, or whatever number you choose).
Imagine how much stuff you
will eliminate in a week, in a month, in a year! When I first started "Feng Shui-ing" my home
I had a 1-in, 3-out rule. If I purchased
an item, 3 things would be tossed or given away. Now that I love and/or use virtually
everything I own, I am on the 1-in, 1-out plan.
Place something of beauty in your space.
- Add a bouquet of flowers or
flowering plant to a prominent place in your home or office - someplace where you
will see it and appreciate it frequently.
- Display a bowl of fruit on
your kitchen table or counter.
Fruit as art! How easy is
- Place a colorful throw pillow on
a couch or chair.
- Frame a photo that makes you
feel good just to look at it.
inhabit a space which nurtures you, you become more productive, optimistic, and empowered to create desired changes in
your life. Combine that power with your
positive intentions, and you become a force of nature!
"Coincidences" and "miracles" are
to be expected!
I love to hear your success
The image below is:
"Spring Festival, Colquencha, Bolivia, 1980".
All photos, except headshot, copyright Susan Nelson.