In our world so filled with pretense, looks, things, images, false masks and perceptions of what is really going on with ourselves and each other, we get lost in illusion of what is valuable. As I cleared my mom's house after her death, I had so many "things" to move on. They were just things. It didn't matter if it was Gucci, Kohl's or Kmart. They had no life to them and became a burden of "stuff" that had to be given away or put in a dumpster. Clearly, what name brand or quality it was made no difference. It was still a burden, a job, a clearing of just stuff and too much of it.
I am not saying things are not a valid expression of us. They are over rated and become things to be disposed of when we are gone. The wonder of what we have around us can bring energy and inspiration. I love my feminine things, my beauty around me that makes my cozy lair. But we get lost in it all thinking it adds value or something to us other than it's true measure. It is adornment, prettiness, coziness for life. It supports our spirit to feel at home and safe. That is all though. It doesn't say much about our true spirit other than that it likes to reside in beautiful places. When we pass, it is only idols of our expression that must move on.
My moms spirit was not in the house so all the things were just empty images of what she liked or felt she needed around to feel at home. The excess of things we collect around us can be an illusion of who we are by what we have, how much of it and often we don't use most of it. Realize that things around us can give us comfort or drain us. That is all their purpose is and we often lose track. Keeping up with comparisons, what others or our world says to value can fill our spaces quite frankly with just materials that mean nothing. Quantity often a false sense of abundance and "having" that does little for our spirit but drain it in maintaining all the stuff.
I have downsized numerous times since my divorce and it is always so freeing. Realizing that use is the most important thing about the stuff. Having things about us may start as delight but can wane in it's joy and become things to dust and clean. My favorite things being my jewelry, clothes and shoes for they adorn me to feel beautiful as a work of art. Woman do hold the "Sacred Space" of home and delight in the artistry of making it cozy for all who come. Creating a home is a valuable piece of femininity. Creating energy of the space to gather, feed and support ourselves and others is important but our world has overdone it. We love spaces that are clean and lightly adorned often because the lack of stuff, for it clears us to calm. Simplicity soothes us in a world of stimulation.
I love the stuff in my space for it inspires me to beauty and gives me energy. That is the purpose. To feel safe, inspired and cozy. Beyond that we are just collecting items about us that become cluttering and take away from the real things of connecting with others. We put energy into this stuff to collect it, clean it, it takes up space and we think it adds some value to us that truly is false. It is just stuff and we need to remember that. Keeping the energetic purpose in mind and moving it on when it no longer inspires. Our landfills are filled with peoples old stuff that we purchase and use to feel like more when in the end it represents our lost connection with what is important.
This task of clearing made we really visit the world of material from new eyes. Without the spirit of my mom in the home, the collection she had about was evidence of how empty stuff really is. My sister and I had the great task of getting rid of it all which was daunting. Yes, there were memories there but they are only inspired by the stuff. The memories are inside us and make us who we are. The house and things, live within us and have done their share to create us into the beings we are. The stuff was now a burden to clear.
I invite you to investigate what all this stuff is about you. Maybe you have a different view on these "things" we consider so valuable. In the end they are nothing truly but things about you. They tell of what made you cozy or what your interests were but the true spirit is the inhabitor that gives any life to the collection of things. Once that is gone, it doesn't really matter much.
We give such value to the material world. Judge others by the house they have, the car they drive, the clothes they wear and really they have nothing to do with the value of a person. They say what income level they are by the cost of the things. They are no more or less a lovely spirit by these things We get deceived by their value perhaps thinking they are more successful or greater by the brand of their stuff. That only says how much they like to work or that they are at the top of their game in some career. It doesn't show if they have a kind heart, support and love others or nurture the world to be a better place. It just tells us they like quality stuff about them and are working to get that. Their essence, their character, their truth or spirit of them is not shown by the things they have.
Our deeds, our helping hands, our beautiful smiles and our kind words illustrate who we are. Let us remember this and seriously realize that stuff is just empty with no kind spirit using it. Look at your attachment to "things" with new eyes. Be clear what inspires and move things about often to keep the flow of things in accordance with who you are now. Holding onto things, being cluttered by the past, having stagnant areas that collect stuff are energetic drains.
Be current in your stuff, let it inspire and when it gets out of date, pass it on to another. Let air in your space, and allow the chi to flow about your home. Switch, recycle, revisit the stuff through fresh eyes. We have a whole industry on organizing our stuff that shows the imbalance we have with things. We have storage units everywhere filled with stuff that isn't being used and just sitting there taking up space. Feng Shui, the art on how to keep the flow going to enhance our life rather than clutter it for healthful living. Do remember, one day someone will have to dispose or move that stuff onward.
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