As I pick up each item I listen within and ask if I'm going to need it or not and ask what to do with it. Thoughts of people who might like it pop into my head. Any action I want to take has become clear. Years ago I held yard sales, but it doesn't appeal to me now. But it's so useful, I might get money for it! Well, the thing is that money comes to me easily in other ways that are fun. When I first found out about Abraham I found a $100 bill on the sidewalk -- not near a house or car -- just laying there smiling at me. Is this loving Universe playful or what!?
I have the opportunity to let go of old beliefs, too. This time I'm noticing that a lot of the things I've kept were "just in case they might come in handy some day." The pull to keep them is still there (but it's so useful!). I notice it's getting easier and easier to let go of that belief as I go along and it's becoming fun to choose thoughts that feel better. As a matter of fact I feel an impatience with it. I have a growing feeling of confidence that whatever I need is provided for me right now. What manifestation of a new desire will I have today? Every day is like Christmas!
I was listening to a 2004 workshop where Abraham said this:
You'll get so good at manifesting that ten years from now we'll be holding seminars on demanifestation. What to do with all this stuff that I thought I wanted that now I have to dust.When I heard that I realized that decluttering is an experience of abundance. I wanted those things and they came to me! I think having more than enough, so that it seems like clutter, was just part of a lack consciousness I had at the time. But I allowed and received in abundance. It's really fun to feel free and let go realizing that I have different desires now and things will still come to me in an abundant steady stream.
Abraham-Hicks, San Diego, CA, February 7, 2004
Are you interested in decluttering and simplifying your life? I highly recommend Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, an optimistic man who has made life-changing transformations one step at a time. I am so attracted to his way of thinking, but it's so different from my old beliefs that I hadn't embraced it. I feel ready and eager now!
In his Simple Living Manifesto, Leo gives 72 easy to implement ideas to get us started. He begins by saying:
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.Above all, enjoy the memories, enjoy letting go or finding an old treasure that was forgotten. Keeping things because they are useful or beautiful, uplifting when you look at them. It doesn't matter if we keep it or let go, only that we find joy in the journey. @>----
It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.
However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward....
The Short List
For the cynics who say that the list below is too long, there are really only two steps to simplifying:
Identify what’s most important to you.
Eliminate everything else.
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