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20 November 2011 @ 07:17 pm
Household reclamation / road to an office  
Today's before and after pictures don't look all that different, but the brown box in the before picture turned out to be full from top to bottom and edge to edge (total about two cubic feet) of papers that needed to be sorted into keep, toss, or shred. That doesn't count the bag of miscellaneous office supplies that got sorted into keep, toss, or take to work because I won't use them here, or the stacks of papers on top of the books that were on top of the box of papers.

Essentially the same ritual as yesterday, except for casting the circle: I called Fire specifically, and specified that the circle was to contain the energies I was working with, but be permeable to me as I needed to move things to other locations (or go to the bathroom).

I think I worked at it considerably longer, although I didn't set a timer; I'm guessing about 60-90 minutes. In part, I was able to go that long because I was sitting rather than stooping or bending. I still feel as though I have physical energy, but not so much the mental energy after all that sorting.

Crossposted to http://flylady.livejournal.com/1013166.html
amaebiamaebi on November 21st, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I admire your awesome power!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! Whitehurst said that from a Feng Shui standpoint, physical clutter causes internal clutter, and that getting rid of things no longer needed can be very freeing.

I seem to be finding that to be the case.

I'm also finding that working within the ritual, I have less resistance to throwing things away.
~M~je_reviens on November 29th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
It's very freeing! Clutter is stagnant energy. It weights you down. Disorganization of things to keep (which is not clutter, just mess) is the same.

I always organize and tidy when I feel out of sorts and it puts me in a much better mood, just looking at the cleaned area.
Casey: houseworkpurplepathos on November 21st, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Fantastic!! I've been on a mission to do more or less the same in my house, and your efforts are an inspiration to me. I like your idea of using ritual, and I want to do some thinking about how I might incorporate ritual into my own efforts. Hmmmmmmmm.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Best wishes to your efforts! I'll cheer you on if you post about them (with or without pictures).
glinda_wglinda_w on November 21st, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Very impressive.

(Also, I see that you've got some of the Laurie King Russell/Holmes books... nothing like trying to read titles when someone's bookshelves are in a photo. *grin*)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I love the Russel/Holmes books.
Jessicajojobear99 on November 21st, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Don't look all that different?? With that glaring absense of clutter at the bottom in the second photo I'd never get around to noticing whether everything else is the same or not ;-) Looks like a great improvement :)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thanks!
Gnomegnomentum on November 21st, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Wow, excellent! I missed your post yesterday, but I'm interested in your ritual - do you find you get a different result if you cast a circle or if you don't?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So far, I wholeheartedly recommend Whitehurst's book.

I don't know if I'd get a different result without casting a circle, as I haven't tried that.

My mentor's suggestion was that casting a circle would keep the "Clean Me" energies contained to the area I wanted to work on. I don't remember his exact words and I'm not at home to launch my chat program and check, but what I took away from it was that this would minimize the possibility that I'd get stuck in a loop where everything I cleaned only made me realize how awful the thing next to it was, and so on, or where everything I wanted to clean required me to clean three other things first. And also, well, as he pointed out, it's just good general practice.

Edited slightly to clarify who said what in the last paragraph.

Edited at 2011-11-21 03:26 pm (UTC)
Gnomegnomentum on November 21st, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. I'm not sure it would currently work for me though, I have to be able to respond to my 4yo and my 3.5mo at the drop of a hat!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
I can see that.

What I did on Sunday, different from Saturday, was specify in casting the circle that while it would contain the energies I was working with, I could move in and out as needed. That's not precisely traditional, but it seemed to work for me.
Gnome: Dappledgnomentum on November 21st, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
That sounds a sensible - and innovative! - idea.

In all honestly it's a number of years since I last cast a circle; it's not really a part of my practice since I found my niche in the Northern traditions. But having spent a long time working in that way it still interests me to hear other people's methods. I tried something similar a couple of times but I never found it very successful for me - crossing the circle broke my focus.
browngirl on November 21st, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
*sensd you strength and energy for this project and all your projects*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And likewise to you, for yours, because they are many and nifty.
chanda_mchanda_m on November 21st, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent progress. Its also interesting to read about how you are changing the ritual to fit what you are doing.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 21st, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

One of the advantages, I think, to having spent 15 years hanging around an eclectic coven is that I feel as though it's okay to wing it, within reason. If I were working with a more complex spell or ritual, I would not attempt to modify it on the fly.
chanda_mchanda_m on November 21st, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
When I dabbled I was a solitary... so everything I did was improvised!