Have you ever felt like something is wrong in energy land but you can’t put your finger on it? Or maybe you can but it’s the wrong it?
Blaming the incredible stress of pandemic for burnout for instance.
Though true in many cases it may be something connected or entirely different at fault.
Timing is – like Perspective – Everything.
Well before the pandemic I did some Feng Shui tweaks with certain goals in mind.
For this article I’ll use the career as the example.
To support my efforts in a new career direction I put various feng shui accoutrements in locations relevant to what I was trying to achieve.
How did it go? Wellll… There’s what I thought I was in for
and then there’s reality.
Within the previous week I’ve come to see how far into burnout I fell and it didn’t stop at career burnout. It spilled into my life on all levels.
Physical, mental, emotional, and… spiritual!
What went wrong? In short? I didn’t factor in how the pandemic would affect my original intentions. It wasn’t that it sidelined them so much as in turning my focus and priorities to other more pressing matters, I forgot all the feng shui work I’d done which means I didn’t have the chance to evaluate any tweaks I should do given the massive shift in energy.
In keeping with a primary tool I use to deal with difficult times when I can’t control the bigger picture I focused on what I could control, my writing.
When I found myself more prolific than I’d been in ages I assumed it was due to the fact that with everything locked down I had fewer distractions to keep me from a story. Unfortunately, and I knew this then, not having those distractions was a double-edged sword to the gut. Writing is already a generally solitary profession and working from home for the past 28 years meant I was isolated indeed.
I worked for the tech company that was the first in the world to allow it’s employees to work from home.
It was an effort to reduce costs by selling off real estate as the company was going down in flames.
I did a short stint after leaving that company for a smaller one with a CEO who was adamant no employee of his would ever work anywhere but their desks.
I left that interesting period of my work life as soon as was possible.
The next tech company I went to work for was just entertaining the idea of hybrid work so I joined the committee to help guide them through the transition.
Barking dogs, flushing toilets, family members who thought if they were at home they weren’t working, and the increased electrical and air conditioning bills, along with reduced space, when lab equipment went home.
None of this prepared me for the toll the lockdown would take on my soul.
I just kept pushing everything where I didn’t have to think about it – since I couldn’t do anything about it anyway – and cranked out more novels.
The pandemic ended, my feng shui work was still in place, and I was burning out. Unfortunately, I didn’t even notice.
I kept telling myself there was nothing I could do about the stress in my life so – focus on what I could control.
Good intentions with disastrous results.
Over the past week I spent time truly examining the fallout of the past year. At first I didn’t consider the impact of the pandemic! Deciding to divide and conquer I reached out to a wise friend across the country to get her thoughts on the matter. She came back with some great insight which I integrated into wisdom I’d picked up in a book that fortuitously crossed my path recently. Next thing I know I’m making progress; even before doing one physical change!
Knowledge is power.
I spent the last few days making some serious feng shui tweaks in my home.
In line with following my inner compass as to what needed to be done.
The sole motivation was to help restore balance.
Especially career balance.
As I worked I came to see just how badly my career had taken over my life and while it was understandable, it was nonetheless pretty damaging to my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Continuing to chip away at the low-hanging fruit I considered what other changes and tweaks needed to be made.
Note: I elected to throw certain things away rather than donate them because I felt the energy on the objects so low in vibration I would harm another by passing them along.
It was as I was smudging various areas to clear residual negativity and raise the vibration that I saw the big feng shui boo boo. The career enhancements from years past were still in place. No wonder my career took over my life!
Not my intent.
My intentions at the time were, I believe, healthy and good.
Some might have come from a place of fear or frustration. I’ll be examining that in days to come.
The pandemic changed things in a way I was aware of on a surface level but am only now coming to see the depth of.
Needless to say I implemented major changes in these overenergized [read overheated] areas.
And felt an immediate calm descend.
I’m sharing this information so readers can take a look around and see what changes they may need to make in light of this stage of recovery from god-awful chaos.
Please take into account that life will not be the way it was so going back to the old way of your home or workspace is not honoring your needs.
There are so many simple things you can do to shake it up.
- Move furniture or artwork around.
- Clear out clutter.
- Get smudging spray or some other form and clear out negativity.
- Find crystals that will clear negativity and help raise the vibration.
- Seek out various feng shui materials that may aid in your efforts.
My personal favorite is work by Terah Kathryn Collins.
What I learned from this is that intentions set before major life changes can be rerouted without our knowledge.
They may need updating!