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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
 
 
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.