Day Seven — 2012 Great Release Challenge! by Silver RavenWolf copyright 2012
Not only does the Great Release Program help you to cleanse your environment and release personal negativity, it also helps to create good habits that you will carry with you throughout the next year. One reason people continue to participate in the program year after year is because they have found that they are not alone in dealing with daily frustrations (like dripping pizza goo in the sink right after they cleaned it) and find the program enjoyable as they discover new ways to handle dull and boring tasks.
How are you doing so far? How did your evening Speed Challenge work out? Did you like walking through the house making a pass to pick up, straighten, and generally de-clutter before bed? Was it easier for you this morning?
By day seven your living environment should feel lighter, and you may feel more calm and at ease. If this is not the case, take time to walk around your living space and consider where you are feeling the greatest amount of resistance. Work on that area today. Cleaning, removing clutter, organizing, prayer, and the use of magickal tools such as holy water, scented, empowered candles or wax melts, favorite charms and chants — all can assist in cleansing an area. Even if you only make a small dent because you are so busy, it is a step in the right direction. If your household feels much better, then let’s move on to today’s challenge — The Bathroom!
Place artificial greenery on both sides of toilet to prevent your prosperity from going into the sewer.
Your Mission Today
The bathroom includes the tub or shower, the sink, under the sink, the medicine cabinet, the toilet, and any other storage area in that room. When I began the release program several years ago I started cleaning the bathroom every day rather than waiting for a weekly cleaning. After I took a shower I would always clean that area. It took only a few minutes to wipe away soap scum, dirt, and (yuck) hair. Once a day, I would clean the toilet seat, under the seat, the outside of the bowl, the floor right around the bowl, and the top of the tank. I learned to keep the cleaning products I needed close at hand, yet out of reach of little hands. Of course there were days when I was too busy or too rushed to keep up this good habit. However, I tried to get back on track as soon as possible.
The benefit of this habit included a healthier environment for my family and less time spent in the bathroom when I knew guests were coming. I was also able to catch problems that I may not have noticed had I stuck to the once a week cleaning, such as leak under the sink or behind the toilet tank. I started to go through the medicine cabinet once a week, which prevented the buildup of unused products, dirt and grime on the shelves, and expired medical supplies. I learned that no matter what, when my husband proudly announced he had shaved, that I needed to go in there and clean that sink even though he would tell me he had already cleaned it. I also learned to put my glasses on when I clean the bathroom. I’m nearsighted, which means dirt particles are chameleons with the ability to blend into their surroundings. I don’t see spider webs without my eyeglasses. They could hang there till a woman becomes the president and I would never know it.
I also keep disinfectant wipes under the sink for guests to use. I never thought of it until someone asked for them. From that time on, I’ve tried to keep a canister easily available for someone to use if they desire. I make sure I’m well stocked if I have a large coven meeting or party on the horizon.
I found creative ways to handle drawers and products.
A drawer for hair care items arranged so that I can grab the dryer or iron I need quickly.
Caddies for the shower, small organizer bins for the drawers
Use small plastic bins and organizers to keep little items or products with small parts from escaping.
and a display basket for soaps.
Feng Shui (the Chinese art of placement) has several general tips for making your bathroom a place of power rather than a money drain. In this system, water represents prosperity and the loss of water means poverty. As the bathroom contains at least three drains (sink, tub, toilet) you may be losing money as fast as you are making it. To keep abundance and prosperity in the home, try these simple fixes:
1. Keep the toilet lid closed at all times when not in use. 2. Keep the bathroom door closed (if possible) when bathroom is not in use. It is thought that the energy from the rest of the house flows into the bathroom if the door is open, and quickly dissipates down the drains. 3. Place artificial greens on both sides of the base of the toilet. 4. Place a healthy plant higher than the toilet but not on the tank. 5. Have plenty of clean mirrors in the bathroom or an extra large or double mirror to bounce the energy back out into the house.
I have practiced numbers one, two, and five faithfully for several years. This year I will add number three. I will have to search for a plant that can survive in the master bathroom because there aren’t any windows. I made the shelf to hold the plant and hung it. For now, my sheep collection grazes on it.
My sheep are waiting for a plant to keep them company.
I also made a rack to hang clothes on while taking a shower so they aren’t mopping up the floor. I made one for the guest bathroom as well.
No more dirty or clean clothes on the floor while taking a shower. We also hang our wet towels here to dry so that the clothes hamper doesn’t get musty.
For more Feng Shui placement tips specific to your home, try the book Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett.
Tomorrow: The Refrigerator
How I’m Doing
Yesterday, I was able to wash off the front porch with a prosperity floor wash I made while the weather still hung in the sixties (unusual in my area for this time of the year). I still had four items left to do in my grab bag, and took care of one of them, making labels for herb jars that didn’t have any.
When we moved this fall I wasn’t able to jar all my herbs right away from the last of the growing season. I used the Grab Bag Challenge to take the time to jar the herbs and make labels.
I’ll work on the other three this evening.
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. Clean and energize the bathroom.
Give yourself one gold star if you did today’s Bathroom Cleaning. Two gold stars if you finished everything in your Grab Bag. 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 continued to practice the 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.