Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui
In this world of ever expanding complexity, with the population exponentially increasing, technology making things easier and harder at the same time, and our sense of time disappearing, we all need to take a break and reassess priorities.
Springtime is often the time when we feel the energy to start this process. From a Feng Shui perspective, the energy of Spring is associated with the Wood element, or plants. Think about the strength a seed exerts when sprouting, pushing through the earth, and eventually growing into a large tree, and you get the feeling of the Wood element. There’s some power there!
This is the time of the year to take advantage of that energy and clear out the dead wood from the wintertime. We start the process inside our minds. We cannot clear the outer clutter without first addressing the old beliefs and habits that we carry inside. Most internal reasons for clutter in the environment come from ideas that we inherited from our family or culture. From the depression era, we inherited the belief that there might not be “enough”. Not true for most. Or we identify with our books or clothes as if they are extensions of ourselves. We are not our clothes or our education, or our cars, as much as the culture hypnotizes us through advertising to believe this to be true.
Once you challenge your “beliefs” about why you are holding onto things, here’s the formula for letting go. Hold the item in your hands. Ask if it lifts your energy or brings it down in some way. If it lifts you energetically, you can keep it. If it’s neutral or lowers your energy, then it’s time to let it go. You cannot bring in your new and shiny future, without making space for it.
About Alison Shockner
Alison Schockner has been in the Feng Shui business for over 10 years. She brings an ecclectic mix of Feng Shui, Vastu, European Geomancy and 30 years of teaching meditation, to her practice. She also creates Feng Shui related fiber art and wearable art. Alison offers home and business consultations, classes, CEU classes for Texas Realtors, presentations to community groups, House Blessings and clearings and fiber art.