Tuesday, January 6, 2009

thoughts on three kings' day

a few days ago, i did a reading for a lady who was ready to make serious changes in her life, but didn't know where to begin. a bit of a hoarder, especially about books - not that i relate HAH! - she wanted to know how to shift the energy of all the "stuff" she was clinging to, both tangible and intangible.

what should she do, she wanted to know? the answer was as simple as it was unexpected and surprising, at least for her. give one book from every book shelf and pile you own away... to someone else, to a book sale, to a worthy cause.

that's it? she asked.

that was it.

and then what, she wanted to know.

Spirit doesn't provide the instruction manual, i said. it provides the Answer to the question, and then waits to see if we act on it. try doing that, and see what happens next.

and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.

15 comments:

Martha said...

Thank you for sharing your in"sight". Ah, Stuff, the hold of stuff. To let go of stuff is a great, very liberating. We only use 20% of what we own. A wonderful resource is the book, "Feng Shui with What You Have" by Spruill and Watson talks about this from a Western viewpoint in clear, concise manner, how our psychic energy is tied up with clutter and how to surround ourselves with things we love. Goddess bless, I hope this individual finds a good place with her books.

Lynette said...

She could join Paperback book swap and share her books with others. And earn credits to get new ones to read as she is ready.
also if she has a problem with organization fly lady does work for some?

Kristin said...

I had to read this post twice before I could get it into my head. I have "stuff" holding me back, not books but "stuff". This post has actually given me the answer that I have been needing. Thank you.

Veggie Mom said...

I'm trying to turn loose of so much "stuff" in my life. Sounds like a wonderful solution!

Patrice said...

I love the idea of one small book from each big pile going out the door. It seems doable, and not even scary. And when she lets that one go, and the world doesn't end, it will make other letting go's seem less threatening.

Good for you. She's lucky she asked you.

annie kelleher said...

it wasn't ME who gave her the answer :).

The Blonde Duck said...

Great post. Very thought provoking.

Kathy said...

If I didn't know better, I'd think you were talking about ME. Book stuff, basket stuff, half-done craft stuff, stuff I don't know what it is stuff.

Kim said...

I'm sure a lot will happen if she steps out in faith and gives a book from each shelf away. For a certified bookaholic that can be a HUGE step. When I redid the living room I actually parted with a whole tote of books. It really can be a key...

Allison said...

I also have a "challenge" with books, paper and clutter and I will use this method to see what shifts I can bring to my space. For years I have read Fly Lady and have done bits and pieces of Zone work, but nothing consistent. Reading about how you incorporate "flying" into your day has given me hope and incentive. I love your blog. I get such useful info and meet many interesting people here. Thanks Annie!

Walk in the Woods said...

Nice! Spirit is so F-in wise, eh? And I love how she demands to see how we respond to one gift, before offering us another.

Judy Vars said...

Thanks to you I am delving or should I say sticking my big toe into the Fly Lady. My sink is clean before I go to bed.

Missy's Blog said...

I hope she follows the guidance she was provided.

You know ... I can relate to this. I too have "stuff" I need to rid myself of ... and I don't understand why it took the flip of the calendar to January to realize it was time to get rid of said "stuff". Piles of it ... I started cleaning out on January 2nd to get more organized. I'm donating alot of unused, unwanted, too much "stuff" to our local Clothes Closet where they can resell it to make money for their food pantry.

annie kelleher said...

thank you all so much for your comments! i went through such a huge process of cleaning out that began last december with my grandmother's 27 room house at the shore,a nd continued, through massive renovations we did on our house in the fall, and continues, as i constantly am amazed at how FULL of STUFF every place in the house seems to be!

P.A. GIbbons said...

I am copying this and sending it the the king of all book hoarders. I wonder what he will say. lol.
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