This is not the first time you are hearing of how clutter affects your energy.  Did you ever think of email as clutter?  Sure, we are all annoyed  by spam, “good luck” chains, “like this because I do” emails.  If you think of your email Inbox as your living room, your perspective will change in an instant!

Think back to when you were a child.  Did you have a special career in mind?  A passion to be a police officer, or a dancer, or perhaps a painter? When you got older and entered  high school, did you discover a talent for debate?  For shop class?  Is there something that really stuck with you?  Something from those childhood joys that is with you today? For instance, did your love of debate lead you into practicing law?

I've written before about being organized in your workplace from a time management standpoint.  But have you ever thought of the environment you work in as a representation of energy? Whether you understand the Law of Attraction or have never heard of it, consider this.

Just three days ago I had to put my best companion for 15 years to sleep - my cat Millie. I have not had to deal with grief for a very long time and it was a shock to me how deeply I have felt her loss. Previous losses of pets and family members occurred before I was spiritually aware, and I'm rather surprised by how the loss of my soul-kitty has affected me.

I've been reading more of my favorite teacher Abraham, about allowing versus making. If all I could ever want is already out there in the ethers just waiting for my call, then I need to call! But more than that, I need to pave the road. I have a picture in mind of a jungle expedition - there is a caravan of goodies waiting to take off and be delivered to me, and I need to clear the path for them through the tangle of brush. Clearing the road is not work, it's the "action" of relaxing and allowing. I watch as more and more of the path opens up, simply by my intent and desire. The minute I decide to speed it up and interfere, the overgrowth takes over like in the movies. When I relax again and say "yes, thank you, I can feel my abundance coming, I can hear the footsteps and the jingle of the horses' harness and I accept it", THEN the overgrowth magically disappears! Way to create, Matson!

Is there a Land of the Paper Mountain?  For a lot of folks, they visit that mountain every day - it's on their desk!  Don't set fire to it - put it away! Oh stop complaining, you can do it, I know that you can.   It's easy to get your ducks in a row - here, I'll help.

I offered some tips in an earlier blog about file management on your computer.  It's the same principle on paper, except that you have to have a place to put paper.  First step?  Um, get a place to put the paper.  Duh.  Depending on the size of your mountain, buy a file cabinet, get one of the many organizational systems in office supply stores, or if you must, use boxes.  You'll need hanging file folders and manila or colored folders too.  If you want to get fancy, buy yourself some folder labels to write or type on.  One thing you can't buy - patience!  It's an easy task, but it does take time.

I consciously feel gratitude every day - when I wake, eat, notice nature outside my door, play with my cats, talk with friends, receive something I requested, receive a gift.  I feel gratitude at the rate with which my business is growing and that I can help support the "light pillars" who in turn support so many others.  I received a wonderful gift the other day from one of my dearest friends, who in a conversation expressed his great gratitude for my friendship and my service to him as assistant and business partner.  I was so moved by that sentiment and felt the need to really look at why I was so touched.

If you're a "boomer" like me, you probably had a similar career vision, carried down by our parents and grandparents:
Go to school, study hard, get good grades.
Go to college, study hard, get good grades.
Get a good job, study hard, get good reviews.
Good reviews lead to job security and advancement.
Eventually, retire from that job, get your gold watch, and live on your pension and social security.

I have just been given a new home.  I say “given” because I did little to obtain it.  And because of that I felt it important to share the story, so that you can understand the power of creation, manifestation, gratitude. I’ve lived in a pleasant area of Lake County, Ohio for about eleven years, but with an expansion of my business felt the pull to move further south into Summit County.  My goal for the last year or so has been to seek out the perfect home for me and my cats.  I wanted quiet, privacy, a place to sooth the spirit.  I wanted room to have events and healing work and space for friends.  I wanted more than anything to be enfolded in nature with room for gardening.  With a goal in mind, I offered up the prayer I learned from my friend John Davis, John of Peniel.  “Thank you God for the perfect home that I am receiving – amen!”  I believed it was there and coming to me.  “Thank you” is gratitude.  “The perfect home” is the goal, the intent.  “I am receiving” is the acceptance, manifestation, creation part.  “Amen” means so be it, it is done.  I believed that I needed to be diligent in the search and pay attention to signs.  That I needed to pursue it with all my intention.

For this city girl, the joy of now living on a property with an acre and a half, woods at the back, has been a thrill.  I'd been told there were all sorts of wildlife strolling through the yard, and I have enjoyed watching.  This past month I have seen four deer, usually together - Dad, Mom and the twins.  At first the twins still retained some spots but now they're gone, and I see an increased independence in them, willing to stray further from Mom as they all enjoy the fruits (quite literally) of the crab apple trees. I have not yet earned their complete trust, so although I can watch from a distance, my attempts to get closer drove them back into the woods.