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    Vol. 2, Issue 5

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    In this issue, you'll read about how Feng Shui and de- cluttering are inter-related.

    We'll look at the empowering concept of "active chaos" versus "stagnant chaos".

    One of the underlying intentions of the Enchanted Home approach to de-cluttering and getting organized is reflected in the following affirmation:

    "The more I let go of the old and stagnant, the more I attract new blessings."

    Here's to "active chaos" and the blessings it can bring to our lives,

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    Active Chaos vs. Stagnant Chaos

    Chaos is part of the life cycle. Because we cannot live without creating chaos on a regular basis, it?s important to understand the two kinds of chaos.


    This is the kind of chaos we see spinning around a chef as she prepares a feast, or around a painter as she creates a masterpiece. Even in the presence of dirty pans or spilled paints, we are drawn to their ?mess? like bees to honey. The energy hums and dances as a new creation is being born. Our excitement and curiosity are piqued.

    Active chaos has to occur to birth anything?from a fine meal, to a new garden or a lovely work of art. The key to keeping chaos active is to clean up the mess and reorganize our materials between creative bursts. Then, when the next wave of creativity hits, we are ready to dive in.


    A mess left for long becomes stagnant chaos. It?s the kitchen that wasn?t cleaned up after the feast, or it?s the studio where paints were left open to dry in their tubes.

    Stagnant chaos grows in unattended drawers, corners and basements. It?s what many of us see when we drive in to our garages or open our closet doors. We know it is stagnant chaos when it annoys, confuses, or stops us. There?s no lively, invigorating energy there, just a big ?ol mess.

    Stagnant chaos is draining and actually pushes us away like some sort of force field, making it very challenging to face the jumble and return it to order. The longer it sits there, the more draining it gets.

    As you use this concept to get inspired to address your pockets of stagnant chaos, ask yourself the questions in the article below about the items you find. They will help you ?edit and purge?, which is the necessary first step to getting organized.

    Adapted from Terah Kathryn Collins.

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    Free Yourself from Stagnant Chaos

    As you bravely face stagnant chaos in your own home, know that you are inviting transformation to occur. In attending to the old, you are clearing the way for many new positive opportunities and blessings to flow into your life.

    Ask yourself these questions as you handle each item:

    1. Do I love it?
    2. Do I need it?
    3. Does it support who I am NOW in my life?
    4. Does it act as an environmental affirmation for me?
    5. What positive and/or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it?
    6. Does it need to be repaired, and am I willing to do so now?
    7. If it?s time to let it go, am I going to sell it, recycle it, or give it away, and when?

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    Using Affirmations as an Aid to Clearing the Way

    Stagnant chaos symbolizes old thoughts and patterns that ?mess up? the quality of your life. Take an inner inventory. Do you have attitudes and feelings that keep you from enjoying life? Are you chronically annoyed, confused, or impeded from moving forward? If so, decide how you can clean out those pockets of stagnant chaos and renew your own inner environment.

    The following is an example of an affirmation you might use as you clear your stagnant chaos:

    ?I clear and clean my body, heart and soul, knowing that the more I let go of the old, the more I attract new, inspiring, enjoyable people, places and things into my life. I trust that my needs are met as they arise.?

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