The Urge to Purge
It’s that time of year again. When the warmer, brighter air of spring arrives, we often get the urge to do spring cleaning.
And we’ve heard all the anecdotes on how clutter can affect us negatively. The popular practice of Feng Shui holds that areas of our homes reflect areas of our lives. Modern psychology holds that the state of our environment reflects the state of our psyches.
Regardless, we can all “feel” that clutter in our environment can hold us back. It just feels “heavy,” taking up our space – and our energy. But how does this actually happen? Clutter affects you through your energy field.
DOES A LAMPSHADE HAVE AN AURA?
In my studies at the Barbara Brennan School®, I learned a lot about the “universal energy” (like “chi”) that, when associated with a particular person, forms their “aura.” According to Dr. Brennan’s work, inanimate objects also have an aura, and “most personal objects become imbued with [and radiate] the energy of the owner.”1 If true, this has vast implications for our lives.
SYNERGY, HARMONY AND RESONANCE
It gets more fascinating. Research1 shows that this “universal energy”:
· Permeates all animate and inanimate objects;
· Connects all objects to each other and flows from one object to another; and,
· Is basically synergistic.
It also follows the laws of harmonic induction and sympathetic resonance – the phenomenon that occurs when you strike a tuning fork and another located near it begins to vibrate at the same frequency, giving off the same sound. Just imagine the implications of this! So:
· All the objects in your home have energy, an aura and their own characteristic vibration.
· All of your possessions are sending energy to you (and you to them).
· And all of these objects are constantly taking on more energy from the atmosphere – becoming “bigger” and “stronger” energetically.
The last point is important because inanimate objects are very dense, and the denser the object, the lower its vibration. And the synergistic nature of this energy means that clutter in your home is not only dense or “heavy” energetically, but it’s becoming heavier all the time. You’ve probably sensed that areas piled with old and unused stuff feel “dead.” Or note the feeling you get when you walk into a junk shop filled with old objects.
Harmonic induction is also important. Dr. Brennan writes that when we come into contact with a slower vibration rate, if stronger than the energy in our own field, it will slow our vibration rate down. The more objects you have, the stronger their collective energy, and the greater their energetic pull.
As this collective energy increases through synergy, it will eventually start to “weigh” on you. You will feel “heavy” and “stuck.” When surrounded by clutter on my desk or in the kitchen, it’s that much harder to work, start a creative project or enjoy cooking a meal.
So, in addition to the connection between our energy and our health, it seems there is an energetic connection between our feeling “heavy” or “stuck” in an area of life and any clutter we have. Heavy or “dead” energy from the objects around us slows down our vibration rate, making us feel tired and stuck. This makes it hard to make moves or start something new in life.
OUTGROWING YOUR SPACE
Even if our homes are not “cluttered,” we can from time to time feel the “urge to purge.” As we change and grow through life experiences, our energetic vibrations change. When this happens, our vibrations might no longer “fit” the vibrations of the things we once loved. As one woman put it, “I felt weighed down by what once uplifted me.” Though she had acquired items she loved, after some years she found that “my precious collectibles were becoming dead to me as I was transforming on the inside.”
Start to notice how the objects in your home “feel” to you. If you have clutter, notice how you feel when you come into contact with it. How does it affect you? And does your home still resonate with where you are in your life? Imagine what kind of space might “feel” right to you now. Good luck purging!
In my practice, I help many clients clear the underlying issues that prevent them from clearing their physical space. By clearing the blocks in your energy field and the related fears and emotions, you can then let go of your stuff, both metaphorically and literally!
Healing and Mentoring sessions take place in person or long distance via Skype or phone.
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Better to Give Than to Receive?
“It is better to give than to Receive.” Most of us were taught this as part of our upbringing. As children, we might have taken this admonition as just that: an admonition, something that one must learn to do because it is somehow “good” or “right” to do so. But when thoughts of Santa Claus were in our heads, we might have thought that we really like the receiving more!
As we matured, however, most likely we began to see and then to actually feel the wisdom and deeper truths in these words, that somehow we felt good when we gave. Sometimes we gave too much – we gave in order to receive; we gave in order to feel good about ourselves; or we went into sacrifice. But when we give someone something from our hearts, when we truly give, we notice a good feeling that comes over us.
GIVING IS RECEIVING
Consider the possibility that giving actually is receiving, and that might be why it feels so good. As Chuck Spezzano, creater of “Psychology of Vision,” writes, “Giving is one of the best feelings in the world. … When we are giving, we are truly feeling our greatness. … This is why so many of the early native tribes were so generous. Giving allowed them to feel their greatness of Spirit.”
Spezzano further explains that “Giving is really a form of receiving. … In giving we recognize what has been in us all the time. We get to receive the very gift or feeling that we are giving. We give, experience and receive our greatness of spirit.”
GIVING YOUR GIFTS
How might giving be felt as receiving by us? How do we recognize our “greatness of spirit.” In her book, “Light Emerging,” Dr. Barbara Brennan explains that giving our “gifts to the world” through the creative process also allows us to see ourselves reflected in the mirror of our creations. The creative pulse rises out of our core, our “essence,” or who we are, up through our energy field, or the “aura” surrounding our bodies. “The creative pulse then manifests fully in our lives as our life creations. … We paint a painting, write a book, build a house…. When we are finished, … we have great feelings of accomplishment….” With our work, we hold up a mirror to ourselves so that we might recognize our individual essence – our “greatness of spirit.”
Furthermore, Dr. Brennan explains that in creating “we enjoy a tremendous amount of outward-going energy, and we feel great about ourselves. … We feel high as we look into the creative mirror that reflects ourselves.”
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF YOUR SPIRIT
Whenever you give gifts - at the holidays or at other times - remember to pause and see and feel “the greatness of your spirit” reflected in the joy and recognition of those to whom you've given. And don’t forget to give to yourself, as well!
Krysti Brice, BHS® Practitioner, is a personal mentor, author and energy healer serving an international client base.