For many people the annual Spring-clean offers a good opportunity to get rid of all that excess stuff that tends to accumulate over the course of a year.
The job is not an easy one! How do we decide upon which items we can safely dispose of and those that we need to keep?
What possessions do we currently have that are worth keeping in order to ensure our continued spiritual growth? Which are essential parts of ensuring a happy and health-sustaining domestic environment and which bring in dissonant energies into the home?
These and many more pressing questions related to the process of decluttering feature in Alexandra Chaurans book Clearing Clutter.
Alexandra is someone who clearly takes the process of keeping a tidy ship very seriously. For her, this process takes on greater significance than that of simply doing the housework on a regular basis.
Instead of simply seeing excess in her life as just being surrounded by unrequired objects; she explains to her readers that for her there are three types of clutter that we all need to deal with on a near daily basis in order to live balanced and harmonious lives.
Clearing Clutter features chapters on physical clutter (the sort of stuff that fills up our homes and spills over and into the garage); mental clutter (the rubbish comprised from the residue formed from our daily thoughts); and spiritual clutter of a sort that we often accumulate as we move through levels of inner transformation.
The book opens with the author explaining quite why clutter is such a personal subject and why it was that she took on a personal charter to free her life from excesses of many kinds.
She starts from the outset by determining exactly what, for her, constitutes clutter, the various forms that it can take and how we all need to seriously consider the form of attachments that we have to everything that we own.
So, given that there can be a deep emotional and psychological connection to those things that we both accept as necessary and unnecessary in our lives how then do we approach the often difficult task of de-cluttering?
Alexandra suggests a three step approach to the challenge by firstly thinking about the simplest form of lifestyle that we can have. Next step is to harmonize yourself with the new state of being that you have created for yourself and then to reflect upon the process itself.
The result should then be a newly founded state of being in which you can properly evaluate the true personal value that you place upon those things that you allow to remain in your life.
As the author works through the process of physical space clearing she recommends that no area of your life is left untreated. This includes everything from the itmes on your kitchen table through to personal effects and even stuff such as business files.
Here the author introduces some practical tips and advice on how to make the process of clearing as painless as possible as well as some valuable information on how to clean your house both physically and psychically once it has been cleared.
Aleandra offers these practices as a prelude to the fascinating subject of Feng Shui and explains how chi energy should flow freely through our homes—particularly once it is in a slightly less cluttered state.
The book follows up on the methods for encouraging good energy flow through the house by dedicating the next chapter of her book to mental clearing. Here she makes the observation that in fact the process of physical space clearing can also change our most important mental functions.
The author suggests the same three step process towards mental clearing as for physical clearing by simplifying, harmonizing and reflecting upon the task.
She recommends the practice of daily meditation, contemplation and the learning of breathing exercises as effective tools to help you achieve the goal of a clearer, less-cluttered mind—the goal being to create a correct attitude towards life, one which involves purified thoughts and desires.
As an aid to this process the author suggests the letting go of lower frequency thoughts; those such as envy, jealousy, worry, procrastination, perfectionism and stress.
She also suggests that this might also be a good opportunity to examine the relationships that you have towards your personal financial debts, to any e-clutter on your computer and, most importantly, to release any sense of attachment the outcome of any decisions that you make.
After looking at phsyical and mental clutter Alexandra moves onto the subject of spirituality and whilst it might seem almost irreverent to suggest that such a thing as spiritual clutter can exist she suggests that many aspects to our spiritual lives can occasionally also benefit from a thorough detox.
Here the author presents what can be the most challenging of the three different sorts of cluttering—particularly if it includes the need to examine deeply entrenched religious beliefs.
The approach to dealing with this problem is to love the good beliefs that you have, to establish your own, rather than inherited, personal values and to seek to find your own personal life purpose.
Doing so may involve such practices as performing personal rituals like saying grace before meals and devoting some time to prayer before bedtime.
The final chapter of Clearing Clutter offers some advice on how the reader can deal with other people’s unresolved clutter and needs for attachments—a somewhat sensitive and difficult subject to broach with those that you know at the best of times.
At first sight the ideas behind this book appear to be rather obvious and somewhat simplistic—but this turns out not to be the case and as a read it is surprising deeper and more complex in its approach than you might at first suspect.
Throughout its pages the book effectively includes powerful advice on how to create sacred space within your slef and around your home. It explains how to cleanse your body, both inside and out, with improved diet and increased physical activity, reveals the benefits to fasting, breathing and to mindfulness meditation.
The author also includes advice and insight into important esoteric practices such as aura cleansing, karma resolution and the magickal use of incense and aromatics.
So, all-in-all it covers a great deal of ground in a concise and delicate way!
I found Clearing Clutter to be a delightfully written book. It is one that recognizes that, at its very heart, the problem of physical clutter accumulation is actually connected to mental, emotional and spiritual distress. The author has done an excellent job in showing how all these three areas of our lives are inter-connected and to change one invariably leads to further changes in the other.
As a result, Alexandra Chauran has produced a book that synthesizes a wide range of differing approaches to detoxification—from dealing with the challenges of living in a workable living space through to confronting the very principles and higher ideas that we establish our spiritual lives around.
Clearing Clutter is not a manual on making room in the garage for more junk but instead is a complete, self-empowering framework through which we can learn to create enough sacred space in our lives to manifest a healthy and abundant lifestyle. It is a thoroughly energizing book that works at many depths and which offers a variety of resolutions to what can sometimes be a genuinely challenging transformative process.