The Law of Acquisition
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Contrast.
Itâ€™s not exactly â€œbaggage.â€ Â Itâ€™s not ballast either. Yet, it weighs me down, and I am lightening up yet again. Yes, itâ€™s an ongoing process, with the lightening starting in the spiritual, then mental, and progressing through the emotional and finally now in the physical, just as fast as I can make it happen.
This is what I know for myself when I open the large linen closet Â thatâ€™s so packed Â that towels are falling out every time I open the door.
Iâ€™d long ago gotten into the habit of giving away old towels and Â sheets to charities Â that collect them for pet welfare clinics. That wasnâ€™t the problem.
The problem Â was Â that Â there Â were Â plenty Â of Â other items that were â€œstill good.â€ Like cheap hand towels and dishcloths someone gave Â me, ones that had never even been used, but I didnâ€™t like them and just put them on the back shelf, out of the way. Like the sheets I slept on with my ex, which I havenâ€™t slept on since and yet there they were in the back of the closet.
I filled up a carload of garbage and charity items, then handed the Â super-sized Â lawn bags to the girls and told them to each fill a bag from their rooms. Shannon came back with 4 bags and counting. Aislinn had a bag or two and then just rearranged her room to hide the rest. We all had Â a Â general Â sense Â of Â disgust. Â Stuff. Â Just Â so Â much â€œstuff.â€
Some items meant something Â at the time or had potential at the time or were meant for a future that never happened. Some were Â associated with a particular phase of life, but the girls are too grown-up for their childrenâ€™s toys Â now Â and Â stuffed Â animals Â are Â now Â hibernating Â in sealed bins in the garage, a sort of purgatory for older items that they canâ€™t bear to part with. Other items were unwanted gifts, largely from Â people who didnâ€™t want to throw away something Â so they pushed it off Â on us because we had a bigger house.
But mostly, weâ€™re just disgusted at all the â€œstuffâ€ weâ€™re ridding ourselves Â of. Things weâ€™ve been attached to that have attached to us energetically.
There are only two things we can do:
1. Continue as we can to rid ourselves physicallyÂ of that Â which Â no Â longer Â serves Â us, Â that Â which Â no Â longer holds us by sentiment or at least moving it a step farther from us while we detach.
2. Ensure that we do not replace â€œstuffâ€ with â€œstuff.â€ For the past six months, the girls and I (particularly Shannon and I) have become Â much pickier shoppers, always asking now if itâ€™s something Â we really Â need or will we simply relegate it to the back of a closet to be lightened up in a year or two. We are now looking beyond the momentary desire Â and understanding that all physical items have energy that can drag at us and take up sacred space, and weighing the energetic value of the items we choose to acquireâ€”and that is our Law of Acquisition.