I like to think that what we see in our home may be a reflection of what happens in our brains. Especially when it is something that we have to deal with on an ongoing basis – like clutter or disorderliness.
Ever met someone who just can’t get started on a project until they clean up their workspace? I think that is a function of clearing out the space in their brain to get moving on the project.
Some dream analysts interpret dreams about our homes as belief systems or elements of our consciousness. So if you dream about your childhood home you may be working through some belief system from your childhood. I have found some correlation of this in my practice.
So clearing out the attic is a way of looking at how to re-view old belief systems that we have saved in our memories that may not be serving us.
Using your environment as a reflection of your inner world fits with the concept that how we see the world is how we are.
If you connect this with looking at paradigms or perspectives and then using that information to inform your decisions and actions in the world, you can then utilize a view or re-view of your environment to get some insight into the inner workings of your brain. Equally if you change a way of being in the world you can then change your belief system or your style of being in the world.
I like to use this with individuals who have difficulty with letting go of material items that no longer serve them – I encourage them to evaluate what belief systems they may be holding onto that also no longer serve them.
I remember working with a person who was generally strong in new environments but then after a while she would seem to lose sight of herself or what mattered to her. I noticed that when this became too difficult she would then seem to find strength in getting all her stuff together and leaving that situation. When she began in the new situation she was again strong, decisive, and self-confident.
It was as if she took her power and placed it in a drawer somewhere but then when it was time to leave that situation she would go and retrieve her power and take it with her. Her work was to discover how, when, and under what conditions she hid her power in the drawer and further how to keep her power with her.
In this situation she had a belief system that in order to be in relationship she had to be smaller and only support the other person – she couldn’t be big and create something equally with the other person.
She had to change her internal belief system about this. She had to develop a belief system congruent wit the action of being personally powerful and be (or while being) in relationship.
Clearing out the Attic is a metaphor for living in the now rather than in a survivor scenarioor a habit reaction pattern. It’s about being fully present and connected to the current environment with your full authentic self.
Look around your environment and see if there are structures or behaviors that are not serving you – do you have a messy study that is really telling you that you are holding onto things (and or thoughts/belief systems) that no longer serve you? Or do you find that you have skills in one area of your life that you cannot incorporate into another area of your life?
Think about changing these and feel or view what sort of change happens in the other areana – either in your phyiscal environment or in your perspective of the world/yourself.
It can be very cleansing and enlivening.
See you tomorrow.