I believe there are two ways to think about cobwebs and clutter. The physical manifestations visible in our daily lives and the intangible manifestations evident in our thoughts, spirits, and habits.
What words come to mind when you think of physical cobwebs? I think of spaces and things that are dusty… neglected… shabby… sad… forgotten… ignored… unwanted… Along with two other words – hidden treasure.
How about physical clutter? My list: unintentional… intentional out of control… gradual… controlled until it isn’t… external… taken for granted… overwhelming… suffocating. And again – hidden treasure.
What would be on your list describing the intangible cobwebs? How about untapped strengths, interests or dreams… dusty skills and talents… neglected aptitudes, beliefs or wishes… shabby discipline and awareness… sadness over lost time, opportunities, or potential… and forgotten hopes and aspirations.
What about – hidden treasure?
One more list – the intangible clutter. Layers of experiences… heavier with time… so gradual the weight is imperceptible until it is overbearing.
And again – hidden treasure?
I began working with a new group of students two weeks ago, who are investing the next six months in themselves. They are becoming acutely aware of their own subconscious cobwebs; observing them and deciding to clear them away in order to consciously design the lives they were meant to live.
Just like with physical cobwebs, they are taking a feather duster to these cobwebs, delicately removing layer upon layer until they gently reveal the sparkle of a memory… the glint of a hope… the sunbeam of an awakening.
Until that is, they find the hidden treasure… that wonderful inner self who has felt like all those words on our list.
And the clutter? Sometimes the process of decluttering is not as gentle as using a feather duster. Sometimes it takes surprise… or shock… or trauma… or challenge… to break off chunks of mental and emotional cement that have accumulated the same layers as the cobwebs.
The hidden treasure? Lightness… breath… air… sunshine… freedom… and opportunity!
Got cobwebs? You don’t have to answer that – we ALL do. Both kinds, I’ll bet, but especially the intangible, elusive kind. How do we start to clear them away? I’d recommend silence. Reflection. Meditation. Dreaming. Take some time to just be in silence and observe what floats through the rooms of your mind.
There will be plenty of time for the feather duster. Won’t it be fun to find the hidden treasure?
Got elusive, inner clutter? You really don’t have to answer that one. Even very neat people have clutter that’s been given to them by others, from the time they were little. Why do we feel we have to carry it around with us?
Well, we really don’t. And that’s a hidden treasure in itself! We have a choice. It may take some time too – like the cobwebs – but it will be SO worth it.
Use your imagination.
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Enjoy your journey.
Until next time.