Energetic Balance and cultural clutter

A while back, I was talking about clearing the energy bubble.  I often make the comparison of the energy bubble, to the proverbial junk drawer.  The place where we accumulate.. well.. clutter. And as a home-owner, I have a keen understanding and appreciation of the law of physics- nature abhors a vacuum. Years ago, I cleared out my mothers house, after almost 40 years of habitation. Some of it awesome, valuable, interesting- some nostalgic. But much of it- completely unused.

As I wrote that, I began to wonder if I should have an intense spring cleaning.. a house-clearing, so to speak… What creatures of clutter and possessions we become once we become sedentary… almost a mini-evolutionary replication. Just like the developing fetus goes through all the evolutionary phases, from tadpole-ish thing through all the other evolutionary phases, to become a human infant… oi!

So yes- sometimes my posts become messages to myself, as well:) I had a housemate a while back, who had just spent a year doing research down in the amazon- all the had was what she carried in her backpack- and within the first month of being here, would look around her room with an amazement at how much “stuff” she now had.. not necessarily a good or bad response, although probably a little dismayed– once we have stuff, we are nowhere near as nimble, as free, our “things” tie us down to a place and a mindset, or way of life..

So I suppose that culturally and energetically we are reflecting some dynamic that is essentially the same thing. Do we, in modern western culture, come from a place of lack? Older cultures and tropical cultures live in an environment where their environment provides for them daily- throughout the year.  We, in the west- must save and store. Do we live with a worry that there might not be more in the future? Or maybe not living in the moment- or “with the seasons?”  There is a good cookbook- Eating with the seasons.  And there is a lot of truth in the idea- our bodies are evolved to need what is available naturally. Fresh greens that detox, first thing up in the Spring. Fruits and veggies throughout the summer, heavier fruits and squash in the fall, and root veggies and tubers, heavier foods through the winter.

SO why have we left that so far behind? Is it maybe not trusting to live in the moment…? interesting question.  Have we just forgotten what it is like, to live in sync with our native environments?..

What might that look like?  And would we feel better, if we tried less to have what we think we WANT, and balance our needs with our environments..? reconnect with our surroundings, and discover what it provides and how it gives us what we need, if we utilise those resources?

And how much is this a dynamic that we embody on the personal level also?  To what extent do we disown our gifts- often at very young ages… for the sake of conformity? Do we learn to value what someone else is, does, or has– over our own native talents?

And what is the connection between these things?

I might have to sit with this one for a bit– and I will be curious to hear what everyone else has to say on this…please share in the comments:)

 

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Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach. She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives. she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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7 Comments

  1. “Stuff” has been on my mind a lot lately. I think people have replaced connections and relationships with stuff. We have become consumers on a massive scale but i think all that’s about to change. We will move into more of a way of conscious consumption instead of impulsively buying stuff that feels the void and stifles the energetic flow.

  2. Thank you, In my chiropractic practice I find that all the health issues are some form of storage of a defensive reaction to a stress, my job is to assist the person find and remove the lesions that he or she is ready to clean out. We have training as chiropractors to move the bone or assist the relaxing of the muscles that will then let the nerves heal and communicate properly again. Even those of us that include meridian, nutritional and emotional work can only help our patients clear out and heal the lesions that the patient is ready to let go of like a spring cleaning.

  3. The realization that we have already all we need is instrumental. This you elucidated so clearly in your book. The watchman, so to speak, on each of our church towers must be alert to do his job to keep the flow going in and out; like the meditarranean sea rather than the dead sea. This can be done in meditation time, at the end of each day, or whenever. Pay attention. It is best to abide in the heart perpetually.

    • we do have what we need. unfortunately, Reality is the myth we have not seen through yet. and this current reality thinks stuff, will solve our problems and improve or lives. maybe we need to go down that rabbit hole, to the bottom, in order to be sure there is/ was nothing exciting hiding at the bottom of that hole. then we can climb out of it, fill it in, and plant flowers on the spot, with a plaque that advises future visitors to enjoy the flowers, but please don’t dig holes:)

      is late.. trying to wade through a bunch of posts, or I would go on:)

      Teri

      ps- apologies for delayed responses… I didn’t get notification that I had posts… and have had to manually scroll through all my old posts to see what I am missing:)

  4. Carol- yes- there is too much STUFF.. we have gone from being a construction society to a consumer society. we have been sold a package that makes people think that stuff.. will make them happy. a lot of this traces back to reagonomics and trickle down economy. this was when we became a supply side economy rather than a demand side economy. yeah- hows that working for us now.. ugh!

    from what I understand the next generation moves past consumer economy to the recreation economy.. much better…… umm.. no:)

    Thanks for sharing

    Teri
    ps- apologies for delayed responses… I didn’t get notification that I had posts… and have had to manually scroll through all my old posts to see what I am missing:)

  5. burdoc, good approach to the chiro. as a bowenwork practitioner, I hold that approach that, if you take the body out of stress-mode, it WANTS to go back to its own best optimal position and default– and no one external to the body, can do it as well as the body can do it for itself:)

    and yes, we now live at the top of the stress bell-curve.. and when we live that close to the peak.. it is only a short shift into sickness.. the body can only process so much stressAND have resources and reserves left to combat invaders.

    at the end of his career, even Louis Pasteur went full circle and stated ( translated) it isn’t about the germ. healthy hosts don’t get sick.

    check out walt stoll’s saving yourself from the disease care crisis.

    Thanks

    Teri

    ps- apologies for delayed responses… I didn’t get notification that I had posts… and have had to manually scroll through all my old posts to see what I am missing:)

  6. I do agree with this. I have always had days when I’ll just go through stuff and I’ll sort it. I won’t really make a choice on what to do with it.
    Throughout my life, I’ve just acquired stuff. That’s really all it is, stuff. I finally decided it was time to fully clear house. I called a local donations shop and told them I’d have stuff for them and I went through everything I owned and donated twenty to thirty boxes of stuff so that others could benefit from my border line hoarding problem. I did it again once I graduated from college as well. I went through boxes and totes and donated everything I didn’t want. It feels so amazing to walk into my bedroom and see everything neatly put away with nothing on the floor, no drawers over filled and having a closet in which I can actually use it to store clothes is amazing.
    I just feel like it made me think about how life isn’t about what we have, it’s about the memories we have and those memories can’t be replaced by consumer items.
    I had some tough times before getting where I am today, and I feel like getting rid of the objects that were reminding me of those times cleared up a lot of resentment I had.
    I still have one more person to apologize to, but once I do, I feel like energy wise, I’ll be a much better person because in reality, I think we may have both been using each other and taking each other for granted. Maybe I wasn’t doing as good a job as I should have been, maybe they wanted me to be like them, either way, it ended pretty horribly and while I’m still afraid to go and talk to them, I know I have too. I can’t just let this end this way.
    Anyhow, back on topic. Going through and clearing house is something that everyone should do. It doesn’t have to be in the spring, but anytime the person feels the need to clean and remove items that might just be taking up space for new memories. The rule for clothing is I believe six months or so. I take the same approach to objects. If it’s been sitting around for six months and I don’t have a use for it or didn’t even know I had it, it goes in the donations box. This may also be why I have no winter clothes and only summer/spring clothes and lots of sweatshirts.

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