Getting Clear

Getting Clear

“Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity. From Discord, Find Harmony. In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity.” –Albert Einstein

Jane AlexanderSmudging
by Jane Alexander

Smudging is wonderful. Truly. Try it and you’ll become a convert, I’m almost willing to bet. I love it because it’s the simplest yet most incredibly effective form of space clearing available. It takes just five minutes to learn the basics and you’re off. Obviously the more you do it, the more sophisticated you become, but it really is entry-level metaphysics, esoteric practice condensed into a few fool-proof actions. Most importantly it really works.

If you’re not familiar with it, smudging is the common name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition. Smudging calls on the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies and put you back into a state of balance. It is the psychic equivalent of washing your hands before eating – and used as an essential preliminary to almost all Native American ceremonies. Read More

Harriet SchechterFrom Chaos to Comfort: Unclutter Your Home, Your Head and Your Heart
by Harriet Schechter

It wasn’t always clutter. Once upon a time (maybe just last year?) it seemed like good stuff. It may have been fun to dream about, shop for, or receive as a gift. It may have been delightful to use, lovely to look at, or both. But that was then.

Now it’s all just…too…much.

Clutter is like guests that become pests: overstaying their welcome, taking up room in your life while contributing nothing but complications and chaos. But the objects clogging your home aren’t clutter’s only manifestations, just the most visible ones. There are also the clutter intangibles: stuff that overwhelms your mind, weighs down your heart, and suffocates your spirit.

If you’ve been yearning to lighten your load, here are some simple steps to get you started–and keep you going. Read More

Karen KingstonWhat is Space Clearing?
by Karen Kingston

One evening in 1978, I was driving over to visit a couple of friends who had just moved into a new apartment when an idea occurred to me which – did I but know it – was to change the course of my life.

I arrived on their doorstep and explained to them what I had in mind. Rather than have them show me around their new home, I asked them to allow me to explore it blindfolded.

For a few years I had been developing my ability to read energies around people and objects with my hands. I usually describe the technique as being able to read information with my hands in the same way that I might read a book with my eyes. Read More

Laura V. GraceSpiraling to Higher Ground
by Laura V. Grace

Mother Earth is an incredible living entity. She seems to have an infinite capacity to gently take my stress, pain, and anxiety, and I am amazed at how much emotional baggage I am able to release while in her presence. Just the other day, as I was hiking a nearby mountain, I began accessing some thoughts and feelings that unbeknownst to me, were creating a heaviness within my heart. Like old boxes tucked away in the depths of a closet, I had pushed these feelings away and blocked their presence. Read More

Rev. Laurie Sue BrockwayHow To Clear Your Love Clutter

by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Want to find new romance … a soul mate … the love of your life? The first step to finding the right partner is becoming the right partner, and the first step to transforming ourselves and getting ready for love is by getting rid of anything – and sometimes, anyone – who stands in your way of becoming all you can be in a relationship.

In opening to soulful love, we are required to take personal responsibility for putting our lives in order for a relationship. It requires preparing body, mind and being, as well as literally creating the space for love to enter. You have to be committed to bringing order into your life on ALL LEVELS — physical, psychic, emotional, financial, and spiritual.

So get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Your mission is to ditch the things that will get in your way of being able to be fully present with a new beloved. Read More

KD Farris, Ph.D.Being in MESHE with Clearing Clutter
by KD Farris, Ph.D.

Clearing Gone Awry

I still miss the 1960’s House Beautiful magazines I threw away twelve years ago. Back then, I was certain I had too much stuff, and that clearing through my many boxes of trinkets, old magazines, knickknacks, lamps and furniture, stuffed toys, etcetera, was going to be good for me.

Everyone, ever since I could remember, had been telling me I was a pack rat and that I needed to let go of all my stuff. So, I hooked up with a friend who said she had a knack for clearing. She said she would be happy to help me go through my things and yard sale what was to go.

By the end of the month, we’d gone through countless boxes of my possessions and sold dozens of large and small items. Everything that my friend thought I should get rid of was gone. Which is precisely why when it was over, I felt so awful, and she felt so great. We had gotten rid of everything of mine that she thought I should let go. But, as I was to awaken to quite suddenly the following day, at no time did I allow myself to find out what I wanted to release and what I wanted to maintain. Consequently, I still miss many of the things that were sold at that time. Read More

Robin L. SilvermanDecluttering Communications
by Robin L. Silverman

If you have communication clutter, try some of these quick and easy ideas to help you gain time, cut down on miscommunications and mistakes, and clear your desk for more important work:

First, tell people how you’d like them to reach you. Pick any ONE method, not several. If you check your Email regularly, tell them to use that. If you prefer voicemail or telephone, give out your number. Eliminate all but your preferred method of communication from your business card. If people complain, simply say, “If you want me to carefully consider and respond to you, this is how you should reach me. I tend to ignore or delete everything else so I don’t waste my time or yours. Read More

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