What is the saying about the cobbler always being the last to get shoes? Well, I took a look at my Feng Shui and realized that I was in desperate need of some self-help. I have been in a period of what seemed like an ongoing flow of money leaving our bank account without much coming in. Expenses kept unexpectedly popping up, I wasn’t reading the fine print and therefore was paying more for services than I needed to be, my palms were sweaty when I approached the register with a full shopping cart…the incoming flow and outgoing flow was way out of balance. Once I really became aware of it (and awareness is key here!), I started to look at my environment to see if there were any clues to this imbalance.
Sometimes we don’t realize it but we embed undesirable patterns in to our lives with the way we keep our environment. It’s not until we become aware, and are truly ready to deal not only with the mess in our space, but the mess in our heads/hearts/spirits, that we can lift this boulder holding us down and move in to a space of freedom and happiness. I was ready to correct this issue so I took a look at some of the areas of my home that related to finances and was surprised at what I found.
The stove is a very important appliance in Feng Shui as it represents your finances. My stove was working great, I keep it clean and clear, and I rotate the burners I use–all important rules in Feng Shui. However, the two lights in the vent hood that illuminated my cooktop, and therefore my wealth, had been burned out for months. Why was it that I did not make this connection immediately?! Who knows, but when you know better you do better, right? I ran right out and replaced those bulbs. Not only is my wealth in the spotlight now, it sure is more pleasant to cook!
The next thing I did was explore the Wealth & Prosperity area of my home. My basement storage room happens to lie in this zone…and it revealed that I had some serious work to do. Here’s a BEFORE picture:
So I set my intention to dedicate my Saturday to cleaning up our finances. With each arm-full I brought to the trash can I let go of the “stuff” that was keeping me from having the abundance I knew was available to me. I found so many items that I didn’t need any longer but were not ready for the landfill so I decided we’d have a yard sale next weekend. Not only would this bring some positive cash flow, I’m practicing living with what I love–another key principle of Feng Shui. What no longer serves me may be a treasure to someone else, and by getting it out of my house I’m opening space for even better things to come in to my life. Maybe that means physical things, but what I’m more interested in is allowing room for that BALANCE to come back in to my financial world. In the 5 hours I worked in clearing out this space, I was grateful for all the items that were useful to me at one time. The bin of toddler-sized winter coats, the highchair, the old computer…I have no use for them now, but they made my life richer at some point in time. Gratitude is a very important practice when examining our finances, and I pumped this room full of it. Look at it now:
My girls want to put a couch in there and hang out. That’s not happening, but that’s evidence of the space that was created. I feel like I can breathe more freely and the flow is definitely much smoother in my Wealth and Prosperity area. Now I just need to sit back and watch for the actual changes occur as I have mindfully created more space for the balance I was seeking.