Neighbor Problems

In the category of “people who bother you”, neighbor problems can be the worst. Homes are a root chakra issue for most people, a sanctuary from the discordant energies of the world, a place of safety, security and peace of mind. A home is where we rest and restore ourselves.

A friend took me to a self help group. One of the participants spoke about the problems she was having with the “neighbor from hell”. Apparently he was noisy at all hours which annoyed her greatly. She spoke about all the terrible things he did that bothered and upset her. It did not appear he was doing anything illegal or overtly threatening. She seemed to enjoy all the attention from the other group members as they offered advice on how to deal with the neighbor from hell.

Sometimes we cannot see our own problems clearly because we are too close to them. The woman did not have a neighbor problem. She had an energetic problem. She was devoting most of her time, thought, feeling and life energy to her annoying neighbor. The more we think about something, the more space it takes up in our lives. Every aspect of her day became about him.

When it was my turn to speak I said the solution was easy. She should stop thinking and talking about him. She should do an energetic ritual and banish him from her mind, her energy field and her property. She should cut all energetic cords between him and her. She should set clear and strong energetic boundaries around her life that had nothing to do with him. She should find positive and productive activities to occupy her time. And she should release all of it to the Loving Universe to take care of. I said as soon as she did this, her neighbor problem would disappear fast. She looked at me like I was crazy and there was a moment of silence before she informed me that none of that would work .

I realized she was quite attached to her “bad neighbor” problem. The advice I gave her was powerful and true but she was not ready to hear it. Letting go of the problem from an energetic level was literally unthinkable to her at that time. But perhaps my words planted a seed that would grow in the future, opening her consciousness to expanded possibilities when she was ready to take that step.

Copyright © 2018 Terri Robin
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Move Towards Simplicity

There is nothing inherently wrong with complexity but when you are faced with making decisions, consider moving towards simplicity. If you have to jump through numerous hoops to accomplish something it might be worth your while to do so, or it might be a pointless energy drain. Consider this when you make decisions.

Simplicity in this case suggests “easy” or “least effort necessary to achieve a good result” or “elegant solution” or “creative minimalism” or even “less is more”. It does not mean reductive or childish or lacking effort or simply not caring. Simplicity also suggests authenticity, because being yourself is much easier than trying to be someone or something you are not.

Practicing simplicity is one of many ways to walk the Path of Goodness. How do you actively move towards simplicity? One way is to rid yourself of energetic detritus you have gathered over the years. Habitual thoughts and actions define you. Can you think differently? Can you do things differently?

Your body will tell you when you are moving towards simplicity. Gently bypass your mental complexes and defenses and anxieties. Tell them you are in charge now. Step back and observe the byzantine maneuvers of your thoughts, and how they tend towards complexity. The more you practice listening to the wisdom of your body, the more simple your life will become.

Listen to your body wisdom. Pay attention to your heart energy (love), your belly energy (protection) and your grounding energy (survival). Listen to them first, and then by all means check in with your head energy afterwards because reasoning has a place at the table too. This is how you move towards simplicity and walk the Path of Goodness.

Copyright © 2018 Terri Robin
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© 2016 Terri Robin