Day Nine — 2012 Great Release Challenge! by Silver RavenWolf copyright 2012
First, Hanukkah Begins today. If you cannot get to today’s challenge, put the challenge on your Wish List and get back to it later. Many best wishes to you.
We are just about one third of the way through this year’s program. Give yourself an extra gold star for making it this far! Today’s challenge has two parts — the physical challenge and a mental/spiritual challenge. Before we get to those let’s talk about your cleared space. You worked hard the past eight days to clean and eliminate the clutter, and next thing you know someone has seen that open area and made a mad dash to fill it back up. If this has happened to you, don’t feel that you are alone. The first three years I practiced this program I had the same problem. I would clean and clear everything, taking a minimalist approach in my fervor and in days, sometimes minutes, I was again accumulating stuff. Sometimes the stuff was for me; but, most times, it was stuff that belonged to other people. For three years, I contemplated this phenomenon. Here are my conclusions and what I did to remedy the problem.
First, I learned to say “no”, or “I’m sorry, I really can’t use that”, and then make a suggestion of who might be able to use it, redirecting the item to hopefully a happier home.
I found that saying, “I just cleaned that area and I would prefer not to fill it up again,” didn’t always work. I finally had to say, “My back porch is not a storage area. If you don’t move it, I’m going to trash it.” And I did.
I also learned to say, “I have a rule I faithfully follow…” and give the rule. People think you’re crazy; but, it is your living space. You’ve already read two of my rules — toilet seat always down, bathroom door always closed. I also have other rules:
1. Absolutely nothing under the bed. This can cause relationship problems. 2. No mirrors in the bedroom. This is thought to cause insomnia. You can put mirrors in the bedroom; but there are all sorts of placement rules on mirrors and I’m too busy to bother with them. In fact, when we moved, I put a mirror in the bedroom and quickly removed it. 3. Nothing on top of the refrigerator. This weighs the family down with debt, and constrains abundance. 4. Absolutely, positively no arguments at the dinner table. Nada. None. Particularly if there are children involved. No disciplinary action involving food what-so-ever. Disrupting dinner causes a plethora of problems from bad digestion to filling the abundance area of the home with negative energy that bleeds over into other areas of family life. The dinner table in my house is a sacred space.
I’m not saying these rules are right; they are a collection of guidelines I’ve practiced over the years and I’ve found they work for me. I’m sure you have certain placement rules, too.
Rather than feeling disheartened as clutter enters a clean space, consider this:
1. The space you just cleared is highly magnetic. Clean it again; but, this time, set something significant in that area that represents your goals. This could be a statue, a painting, a piece of furniture, or even a petition under the rug.
2. Although positive energy is rushing into the space, that energy may be getting stuck. Could you position furniture differently? Is there the possibility of placing a mirror, fountain, or wind chimes to keep the energy moving? Is there something there, like a painting, a shelving unit, or other item that might be capturing the energy in a negative way? Is this area in close proximity to one you haven’t cleaned and energized yet?
3. Make a mental note of who cluttered the space. Is this person scattered, momentarily unhappy, overworked, stressed, or having difficulty with low self-esteem? Has this individual suffered a major stressor recently? (Death in the family, loss of job, become an over-night mom or dad due to marriage or living conditions, etc.). Take steps to help this person deal with their problem.
Mental/Spiritual Challenge for Today — Free Form Writing about something you like. No punctuation, no paragraphs, no writing rules. Set your timer and write non-stop for three minutes. You can write about anything. Just let it flow!
I love to sit on my front porch on a foggy night watching the headlights of the cars pierce the dark trees of the woods with misty light the stark composition of black and white as the beam of light cuts into the forest the peace I feel as I hear the owl hooting or the surprise that assaults me as I hear a deer move through the trees sounds like a drunk crashing about in the woods I love the mist as it gently caresses my face and the total tranquility that surrounds me from the spirits of the trees I wish everyone could feel such peace and I love the way our voices echo off the mountain on circle night as we burn the petitions for those in need the echo sounds so powerful as we chant Jack Veasey’s poem paper will give way to flame the essence of the word remains and the chant grows louder and the echo surrounds us the sparks fly up from the cauldron and we feel the power and energy of the group mind melding together in a single purpose we are one.
If your free form writing goes into the negative, this is yourself telling you that you that you need to release that which you wrote about. If the free form writing is positive in nature from start to finish, you are definitely on the right track.
Let’s try the next mental exercise. This time, for three minutes, you are going to write about what you wish. Go!
I wish that there was no war I wish people would be nicer to each other I wish that everyone could find themselves in a good position one where they are happy healthy and loved I wish that people would think more about how their actions affect others I wish I could learn to be more patient that I could learn how to handle problems better That I could be cool calm and totally collected all the time I wish I had answers to all my spiritual questions that I would always know the right thing to do no matter the circumstances every second of every day someone is in pain someone is frightened someone needs help I wish I wish I wish that those folks find and get the help they need that no one is left behind in pain or suffering
Okay, that was a little heavier than I expected. I definitely need to do a personal, spiritual cleansing! Since alleviating the pain and suffering of others is on my mind, perhaps I should set up a special altar over the holiday season for just that. What do you think?
Your Physical Mission Today: Stove, Oven, Microwave and other small kitchen appliances.
Today represents the last, big, cleaning push. After we finish the kitchen, we’ll move on to smaller tasks for the duration of the program. Congratulate yourself!
Tomorrow: Your Underwear
1. Do Your Morning Braucherei Ritual and light your goal candle. 2. Continue to Work with the Sea of Potential Affirmation. 3. Practice the Speed Clean exercises. 4. Do the two free-form writing exercises. 5. Clean and energize the stove, oven and other appliances in the kitchen.
Give yourself one gold star if you did today’s Stove and Appliance Cleaning. Two gold stars if you also practiced the mental challenge exercises. Three gold stars if you managed to catch up and do something you missed from the day before. Four gold stars if you completed something on your Wish List . Five Gold Stars if you kept up your Speed Cleaning Exercises. Remember, for every seven gold stars you earn, you get to treat yourself with something special! 5. Get ready for tomorrow!!
Peace with the Gods Peace with Nature Peace Within.
So be it.