November 1, 2016 – Issue 45
Photo: Clutter (Jessy Helms) © www.flickr.com
What is Vastu Shastra anyways? Vastu originated in Indian between 6000 BCE and 3000 BCE and predates Feng Shui by 2500 years. Buddhist monks carried it from Tibet to China, where it was adapted to local culture.
Vastu is based on aligning the physical body and the physical environment with the forces of nature to gain support in whatever you do. It is based on an ancient Indian science of harmony and prosperous living by eliminating negative and enhancing positive energies around us. Vastu is based on solar, magnetic, stellar, lunar and earth energies, the phases of the sun and their influences on your physiology. The five elements are: earth, air, fire, water and space. Vastu results are quicker and lasts longer then Feng Shui. To better align ourselves with the forces of nature it is important to reduce clutter, since clutter affects specific aspects of your life.
Each direction and the corresponding quadrant in your home has a particular energy to it. If you have clutter in that specific area, it will affect the flow in that area of life:
- NE ➛ water element – flow of prosperity
- SE ➛ fire element – health and vitality
- SW ➛ earth – supporting yourself in physical body and career
- NW ➛ air – harmony in relationships
- center of a house ➛ space – if in the attic, it will affect moving forward, if it is in the basement, it will hold you to the past
“Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, its clutter, and it needs to go.”
In a group coaching call, we were challenge to get rid of nonessential clutter in our lives. If there is clutter then there is no space for creativity or ideas, relationships to come into our life, and be open to career opportunities / new business. By decluttering it would not only clear up our physical space within our home and office but also clear up space in our brain to be able to receive more ideas and inspiration, open us up to new relationships and new opportunities within our career/ business and it improves our overall productivity.
I am going to ask you to also try this same powerful exercise since it is for your future and your success. What you need to do is for 9 consecutive days get rid of 27 physical items each day for a total of 243 items. You may be questioning is this possible since it seems like a lot of things to have to find and dispose of. We have become a society of materialism and you may find it is not all that difficult to do if you plan it out carefully prior to actually beginning this exercise.
First identify things that no longer serve you. You will want to get rid of all the stuff that no longer supports who you want to be in your future. Things that you don’t want to carry into your future. If you are uncertain about an item lift it up and ask “does this carry the energy for my future for what I want to bring into my future life”. If the answer is No, get rid of it. You want to create a vacuum either by disposing the item for recycling, garbage or to give away or sell on e-bay or some other service.
“Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this
or that, being unable to focus because you’re not organized costs you:
time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been
productive around the house, time you could have been making money.”
Plan to complete this exercise when you know you can do this for nine days without missing a day. Look around your home before you start and make a list to make the process easier. Check your closets for clothes, purses, shoes and other items you no longer wear or use. Then go through your other closets, cupboards and drawers in your bedroom, bathroom, hallway and kitchen. You are likely able to identify things you have not used or just collected over the years. You may have items in your office and other parts of your home and garage you no longer need, are broken or have never used. Please note though, you may not count a single piece of paper as one item. However, you can count a pile of paper (i.e. 50 sheets) as one item.
Here is a suggested list of items I got rid of when I completed this exercise, which you may also find within your own home that you no longer need and can dispose of when you perform this exercise:
- Clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry
- Various types of linen, towels
- Candles, magnets, knickknacks
- Restaurant advertisements and menus
- Pens, Pads of Paper and other office supplies
- Recyclable bags
- Furniture, outdoor furniture
- Various kitchen items
- Books, magazines
- CD’s, DVD’s, movies
- Various travel information
- Travel soap, shampoo etc.
“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and
clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”
By decluttering, it will create amazing space for a higher energy for good things to come into your life. You will be amazed at how much stuff you have and once you are finished this exercise, you will continue to find more material to get rid of. Remember you must NOT skip a day in this exercise. If this happens, you must restart from the beginning again because the energy is cumulative. Trust the process and have fun with it.