For years I willingly joined the New Year’s Resolution trend only to find myself failing before the end of January. Each year I made grand plans to lose weight, exercise more, eat right, quit drinking…and it always ended shortly after it began with me feeling terrible about myself. With age came the realization that big plans are not my forte. I lose motivation, get distracted, and life gets the better of me. I eventually gave up on New Year’s Resolutions, but felt I was missing out on something. The New Year is a perfect time for new beginnings, letting go of the past and ushering in a new and more positive energy. I just wondered how I could make it work for me.
Having studied energy for years as a Reiki Master and life coach, I know that new beginnings and positive energy start with letting go. I also know that I am terrible at it, especially letting go of stuff. My husband is constantly urging me to let go and throw away, but I just can’t. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder by any means, but I hold onto things much longer than I should. From clothes that I keep hoping to fit into after 10 years and two kids to food in the pantry that expired in 2014 and especially sentimental items like my kids’ old clothes and holiday cards I’ve received from loved ones, I just can’t bring myself to let go of them.
Experience has taught me that energy collects within us and our things. From the stuff in our homes to the way we act, the friends we have, even our hair.
Simple changes like cutting our hair, rearranging our home decor and getting rid of old stuff or negative relationships can release stagnant energy that bogs us down.
Throughout my life I have gotten rid of unwanted things here and there, but it’s a slow and arduous process that usually doesn’t accomplish much. Earlier this year, however, I received an email from a spiritual company advertising a self-improvement course. They offered a free e-book so I thought, “What the heck,” and downloaded it. It was short, but I found a sweet little tidbit about a feng shui letting go ritual.
The ritual teaches that by clearing away old physical clutter we also clear away energetic clutter. Clearing away energetic clutter allows for movement and miracles in our life. The instructions said to give away, throw away or somehow get rid of 27 items a day for nine days. If for any reason a day was missed, the residual energy was broken and the ritual needed to be started over. I thought, “Ok, I can do this, it’s only nine days.” I knew rummaging through my house to find 27 items a day for nine days may be near impossible with my kids and schedule, so I gave myself a week to prepare. I dug through our closets, tried-on old clothes, rummaged through my kids’ toy boxes, got old boxes down from the garage and assembled my 243 plus items.
Even before the ritual began I felt better simply by getting things sorted and cleared out from the recesses of my house. Over the nine days I made a lot of trips to Goodwill and it took several weeks of trash pickups to get rid of everything, but I accomplished all nine days and felt a huge difference. I felt more clear, lighter and things in my life that had felt stuck seemed to gain some movement. I realized this was something I needed to do at least once a year, and a perfect time was at the New Year.
This year will be my second time doing this feng shui ritual and I’m already looking forward to the release of old stagnant energy. I may always struggle with letting go as a result of my childhood, but this ritual motivates me to let go in a timely and organized way. Here’s to new beginnings, positive energy, and a happy & healthy 2020 to you all.