As we close out September, I’d like to take a look at “change.”
I hear so many people say they want to change their lives in some specific way, or even in many ways. One thing we should keep in mind if we truly want a change, or many changes, is to prepare and make way for it. When I offer a Feng Shui consultation at a home or business, I don’t just bring in the necessary cures and “plant them.” We have to prepare the space for the change we want the cure to bring. For instance, if there is an issue in an area that needs to be addressed, or cured, we discuss the change the client is looking for. We prepare the area...does it need to be de-cluttered? Do we need to support the element of the area? Before we place the Feng Shui cure, we set the intention for the cure and state the change we envision.
Have you heard the old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different outcome? Well, if we don’t prepare for the change we want to see in harvest of our lives - if we just keep things the same or keep doing the same things repeatedly, the chance of manifesting the change we want is pretty slim. There is a process to follow that helps us invite change into our lives and prepare for it. Since we’re talking about our harvest I’ll continue with the farming analogy.
First, we must clear the field and prepare the soil.
Then, we must choose our crop and seeds.
Once the field is ready, we plant the seeds.
We nurture the crop and wait for the harvest.
Just as farmers prepare the soil by weeding and tilling the earth and rotating crops so the soil stays healthy we need to prepare our “soil” for the change we want to manifest in our lives. One way to “clear the field” for our seeds of change, is through physical de-cluttering. How can we welcome change into our lives if there’s literally no room in our home or office? I guarantee you will see positive change when you take the time to de-clutter, or even just move and clean things that have been stagnant for quite awhile. What about that bookcase filled with your favorite books or knick knacks? How long has it been since it was thoroughly cleaned or reorganized? Remember, de-cluttering doesn’t have to be a major project. If you take just a few minutes each day to go through items in a specific area of your home or office and remove what no longer serves you or brings a smile to your face, before you know it you will have de-cluttered the entire space. Sorting through your things has another major benefit: when you decide to get rid of something you no longer want, love, or need, consider donating it to someone in need. Remember, by giving more, we get more.
Another important way to clear the field and prepare for change in your harvest, is to do a space clearing. Energy clings to us when we are out in the world and we bring it into our homes and offices. That energy can get stuck and it’s important to clear our space regularly. Burning sage is a wonderful way to clear the energy. While burning the sage, it’s important to be in a sacred state of mind and say a mantra or a prayer that helps focus on the clearing for the best and highest good. That clearing of energy makes way for positive change while allowing us to gain clarity, be open to new or different information, make decisions, and set intentions.
Once our “field” is clear and ready, we plant our seeds of change. We do this by placing Feng Shui cures, and by writing or speaking the change we want to manifest. We plant the seeds of change, not only with physical action, but also with seeds of attitude and perspective that I described in the blog at the beginning of the month.
Finally, we nurture the seeds we’ve planted and wait. We nurture those seeds by setting our intentions. We can do this by stating our intentions regularly, or writing those intentions done and re-reading them regularly. We nurture those seeds by envisioning the change we are inviting into our lives, by seeing how our lives will look when the change comes, by feeling how we’ll feel when the change arrives. We nurture those seeds by having faith that the change we need will come and we wait knowing that the universe will bring the change at the right and perfect time.
If we want to change careers, improve our relationships, get healthier, deepen our spiritual practice and connection, travel more, be more creative, etc., we need to prepare for and plant the seeds of change. Our harvests can truly be bountiful and unlimited; we simplly have to plan, clear, choose, plant, and nurture. During this introspective, retreat-like time of the year, consider the changes you’d like to see in your life and begin making way for them. The new year will be here before we know it; this is the perfect time for preparation and invitation.
“Only those who sow seeds of change can hope to grow and reap a harvest.” - Andrea Goeglein, Dr. Success, coach, author, and motivational speaker