Feng Shui observes that every person, place, and thing in our physical world is alive, interconnected, and always changing. We live in a dynamic world where everyone and everything matters and where every moment is unique. To bring the best out in ourselves, we create our homes to be our constant sources of inspiration and rejuvenation. In so doing, our homes become our personal paradise where our present and future are full of possibility. This is our birthright if we choose to claim it.
Every person, place, and thing is alive with the vital energy we call Ch’i. This concept is all-inclusive, changing our physical existence from a world “that” is largely inanimate to a world “who” is completely alive.
This means that everything that lives with you holds certain memories, associations, and feelings in place. That’s why it’s so vital in Feng Shui to assess what your material possessions are alive with. What are they “saying” to you? How do they “make you feel”? The quality of your inner life is constantly influenced by what you’re keeping alive in your surroundings.
Keep in mind that chaos is part of the spice of life. Flurries of creative activity, with all its’ attendant mess, happen every day. It is the natural and necessary spilling out of materials to create a new masterpiece. It’s seen in the paints and brushes that are scattered around the painter, the reference books that pile up around a writer, and the jars and pots that encircle a cook. You know when chaos is active when you are attracted to it. Something—a painting, a book, a meal—is being born! You sense the dynamic nature of creativity, and you want to taste it, smell it, see it, and revel in its’ aliveness. Whether it’s a new project, a new sauce, or a new garden, active chaos generates excitement. The key to keeping excitement and creativity alive is to “stay in the loop” and reorganize the space and materials between creative bursts.
However, chaos left for long becomes passive or stagnant, and the scene changes. No masterpiece is born in a studio filled with dried-up brushes and spilled paints, nor a kitchen full of crusty dishes and greasy pans. The longer we leave “the mess,” the more the Ch’i deteriorates, and the flurry of creation grinds to a halt. Creativity languishes on the cluttered desktop, in the chaotic kitchen, and the junky back porch. Even when your rooms are free of passive chaos, check your storage areas. Thickets of passive chaos grows in garages, closets, basements, and attics, safely behind closed doors.
Feng Shui invites you to throw open all the doors and take a good look, as passive chaos is easy to recognize. In its’ presence, creativity collapses, and there’s no reviving it until that big, old mess is handled. Behind a door or not, clutter and chaos drain your vitality. That’s why it’s often so challenging to face the mess and return it to order. Nevertheless, it must be done if we are to feel truly free. It’s helpful to realize that as you bravely roust the minions of passive chaos from your home, you are inviting transformation to occur.
Here are seven questions to ask while sorting through your possessions.
Seven “Clear the Way” Questions
- Do I love it?
- Do I need it?
- Does it support who I am now or who I want to be?
- Does it act as an Affirmation for me?
- What positive and/or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it?
- Does it need to be fixed or repaired, and am I willing to do it today?
- If it’s time to let it go, am I going to sell, lend, or give it away, and when?
As I’ve sorted through my belongings, I notice a rather magical thing happening: the more I released the old, the more I received the new—in the form of wonderful new belongings and opportunities that I really did want and need. I’d simplify and organize my closet, give away a bag of clothes, and the next thing I knew, I’d find the perfect new clothes. Then, I’d be invited to an event, wear my new clothes, meet people interested in my work, and my business would expand. I’d sort through my cabinets, get rid of things I no longer had a use for, and something I needed or wanted to do would soon flow into my life. It’s absolutely predictable. Only once we let go of the old “things” from the past, can new possibilities find a place to call home.