Glorifying the past at the expense of the future?

let-goPeople talk about the importance of letting go of stuff at home but few understand why it’s important to your future. It’s all about energy – and it’s really helpful to understand how it works. You can learn a lot about what you believe about your life by looking around your home and seeing what’s there.  For example:  if you are hanging on to inherited stuff that you don’t actually like, it sends out the energetic message of “I am obligated carry the past with me” or “I have no choice” or “if I keep this I am a good girl (or boy)”.  Do you really want to live in that kind of energy? Think about it! Life is yours to create – including choosing what is in your personal space!

In my book HouseHeal: Transform Your Life through the Power of Home I tell the story of inheriting my grandmother’s bedroom suite when I was in my early twenties. For ten years, I moved that bedroom furniture with me, to three different cities.  Twice I put it into paid storage at great expense. When I moved in with my husband, he told me he didn’t like the bedroom set and didn’t want to keep it. Before I could even argue with him, I suddenly realized that I didn’t like the furniture either, and never had. It was good quality and in good condition but ornate and old-fashioned, and it had only a double mattress. I hadn’t stopped to consider whether I liked it or not. It was my grandmother’s, so I kept it. Once I had perspective, I put the bedroom set up for auction, got a good price for it, and said, “Thank you, Grandma.”  And my husband and I got a new queen-size bed!

Can you relate to that story? Keeping things by default or out of a sense of obligation weighs down the energy in your home. Look around you and be lovingly honest with yourself. As you are able to recognize things that you are keeping by default or out of a sense of obligation to someone else (dead or alive!), give yourself permission to let it go. Get excited, be grateful for your new awareness – and feel yourself moving forward in life with ease!

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