Christmas decorations clutter

Christmas treeNo festive season would be complete without all the accompanying paraphernalia of Christmas decorations, but how did they come into being, and what do they really mean?

The tradition certainly didn’t start in Bethlehem, or anywhere near it. It’s thought that Christmas trees were first introduced to Germany in the 7th or 8th Century by a monk called Saint Boniface, and the practice of Christmas decorations spread to the rest of the western world from there.

There may well have been a genuine spiritual impulse behind this. The conical shape of the fir tree, for example, was said to represent the Holy Trinity, and the reason it was adorned with white candles may well have been because people at that time knew how to use the physical structure of the tree and the flames of the candles to anchor high spiritual forces during the Christmas period.

This knowledge has long since been lost, and what remains is a symbolic imitation, with many Christmas trees now made of plastic, and spiritual forces now symbolically represented by electric fairy lights, shiny balls, stars and angels.

The same is true of tinsel, which was introduced in the early 17th Century and was made of shredded strips of real silver. Originally I’m sure there would have been people who knew how to use the qualities of this precious metal to anchor the spiritual frequencies that resonate with it, but now it’s all plastic and purely for decoration.

In fact, Christmas decorations have become a huge, multi-billion dollar industry, tempting us all with their glitter and glitz. It’s the part of us that yearns for the spiritual realms from which we came that is so attracted to these items, but the sad fact is that no amount of tinsel can bridge that gap. There certainly are spiritual practices that can facilitate this, but decorating your home with Christmas bling isn’t one of them.

I’m not saying that Christmas decorations are bad or wrong. But you will certainly see how insubstantial they are if you ever go to Bali and experience first-hand the 10-day festival of Galungan, where the island’s 20,000 temples are adorned with decorations, and ancient rituals are used to invoke sacred presences. This is not symbolic. You can go to a temple, participate in the ceremony, and tangibly feel the presences land and wash over you. It’s deeply refreshing, revitalizing, uplifting. When you leave you feel like you are walking on air.

In Bali, as in the west, when the festive season is over, the decorations come down. In many western homes they are stored up in the attic or down in the basement, but clever commercial marketing and ever more tempting designs means the collection tends to grow with each passing year. One box becomes two, three, or ten. One woman I heard of recently has an entire room in her home just for storing Christmas décor.

So this year, when Christmas ends, I suggest you do some clutter clearing before you pack it all away. The first to go can be any decorations you didn’t like enough to put up this time. Next can be any that are broken, damaged, or beyond repair. Then seriously assess how long it takes you to put them all up and take them all down, and whether a more modest quantity would suffice. Or – dare I suggest it – none at all, now that you understand more about them.

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2014

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Death – The Great Journey

Starry skyDeath is a natural part of life, but even talking about it is largely taboo in western society. I discovered a very different attitude to this during the twenty years I lived in Bali, where the topic is openly discussed and they have some of the most advanced death practices I have seen anywhere on Earth.

My introduction to this came early on in my relationship with the Balinese man who was my husband for 12 years, while we were sitting in a restaurant, waiting for a meal we had ordered.

‘Have you ever seen a dead body?’ I asked (I’m well known for unusual conversation starters).

‘Hundreds,’ he replied.

This took me aback. I was expecting him to say “no” or at the very most “one or two”. I began rifling through my mental filing cabinets looking for an item on Balinese history that would explain this.

‘Were you in a massacre or an earthquake or something?’ I asked.


What had started out as an idle inquiry had suddenly become very interesting.

‘What then?’

‘Well, every time someone in my village dies, we all go to the family’s house and keep vigil all night with the body. Then we help the family wash the body, prepare it for burial or cremation, and organize all the death ceremonies. This happens everywhere in Bali. Doesn’t it happen in England where you come from?’

‘Well, no. If someone dies, the family pays undertakers to do that.’

‘What? You let strangers handle the body?’


He gave me one of those kind yet withering Balinese looks that says, ‘Don’t you westerners know anything about anything?’

‘Death is a sacred event,’ he explained. ‘If someone in your familiy dies you can’t leave people who don’t even know the person to take care of what happens to their body and the journey of their eternal spirit. If someone in my village dies we all go to help and everyone wants to touch the body one last time to say goodbye.’ He patted my arm repeatedly in different places, imitating a group of people clamouring for one last touch. ‘No-one feels quite right if they’re not able to do this. It feels like you haven’t finished the relationship properly.’

This casual, pre-dinner conversation gave me much pause for thought, and began an in-depth research into death and grieving practices that continues to this day.

The most insightful writing on this topic I have ever found is one of the Knowledge Tracks written by Samuel Sagan of the Clairvision School of Meditation. It’s called Death, The Great Journey. I rate it as the single most important book I have read this lifetime.

As Samuel Sagan explains, the techniques for death are the same as the techniques for life, so the best time to read this book is while you are still very much alive. Put simply, the more you understand about dying, the more you will understand about living, and how to make the most of every day you have.

It’s also invaluable to read if you are facing death, want to prepare for your eventual death, or have experienced the loss of someone dear to you. It explains many of the mysteries of death and includes a Book of the Dead for Modern Times, to be read to a person soon after they die, to assist them in navigating the astral realms they find themselves in after departing their physical body. It can be used by people of all religious, non-religious, and spiritual beliefs. Reading it to my mother after she died was one of the most beautiful and uplifting experiences of my life. I experienced a much higher dimension of the woman I had known, and a rich completion of my relationship with her.

The book is self-published by the Clairvision School and comes in the form of a set of audio CDs so that you can listen to them again and again, and a PDF copy of the text that you can read onscreen or print out if you prefer. At US $130 it’s a touch pricey, but worth every cent. It’s only available direct from the Clairvision online store in the US, but they ship to everywhere in the world.

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Copyright © Karen Kingston 2014

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New Italian edition of ‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui’

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui - Italian editionI’m glad to see a new paperback edition of my Clear Your Clutter book has just been published in Italian. It is a translation of the third and latest edition of the book that was published in 2013 in the UK.

I like the cover and hopefully the content of the book is a good translation of the original. But I am very surprised to see that it has been given the title Feng Shui e Space Clearing, which means ‘Feng Shui and Space Clearing’. Readers will soon discover there is no information at all in the book about space clearing except a brief section in Chapter 1 that explains why space clearing and clutter clearing are not at all the same thing.

I have contacted the publishers to point this out this error, and they have apologized and assured me the book will be given a new title in future editions. I’m hoping it will be changed to Clutter Clearing e Feng Shui.

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Published by Edizioni Red!
ISBN: 978-88573-0571-4
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‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui’ in Arabic!

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui - Arabic editionClear Your Clutter with Feng Shui has now been published in Arabic!

I realize this may not be of huge interest to most of the people who read my blog, but for me it really is a significant milestone that I’ve long awaited. I’m very interested to see how this book will be received by the Arabic speaking world.

ISBN: 978-977-718-089-4
Published in Egypt in 2014 by The National Center for Translation
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Space Clearing online store closed for seven weeks

Space clearing productsThe Space Clearing online store will be closed for an extended period over the festive season, from 26 November 2014 to 15 January 2015. You can still place orders during that time but they will not be shipped until 16-17 January 2015 after Richard and I get back from our meditation retreat in Australia.

The last date when orders can be placed for shipping before the store closes is Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For the last few years the store has been open through most of the Christmas/New Year period, but this year will be different.

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Space clearing & clutter clearing practitioner visiting Australia

Richard SebokAnnouncing that Richard Sebok will be visiting Australia for six weeks from 1 December 2014 to 12 January 2015 and is available to do a limited number of space clearing, clutter clearing and healthy home consultations anywhere in Australia during that time. He will be based in Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

There are no other certified space clearing or clutter clearing practitioners available to do consultations in Australia at the moment, so if you live in Australia and want to be sure of having a consultation with Richard while he is there, please contact him as soon as possible to request a quotation.

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Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy

KnittingThere’s a wonderful acronym that I’m told is often heard in knitting circles. It’s SABLE, which stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. It is used it to describe a knitter who has acquired so much yarn that they couldn’t possibly use it all in their lifetime, even if they were to knit full-time for all their remaining years.

You might think this would bring a knitter to their senses, but not so. In her entertaining book, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee explains: ‘Achieving the state of SABLE is not, as many people who live with knitters believe, a reason to stop buying yarn, but for the knitter it is an indication to write a will, bequeathing the stash to an appropriate heir.’

I recognize this same syndrome in many of the clutter clearing clients I work with. They cheerfully employ my services, hoping I can help them organize and cram their possessions more effectively into whatever storage space they have. We’re talking jars full of paper clips that have been salvaged from documents over many years; great heaps of  scrap paper waiting for notes that will never be written; empty jam jars that will never have a purpose; plastic bags that could be knotted end to end to form a circle round the planet. And so on. You get the idea. A few of these items could come in useful some day, but seriously, ALL of them? It’s not going to happen.

In the case of knitting yarn, it’s conceivable that the ardent knitter may know someone who would love to inherit their stash. But paper clips, jam jars, and the like? Probably not.

So what is the fate of these things likely to be? Well, you can wait until you die and leave someone else to dispose of them (probably muttering and cursing as they do), or you can take responsibility for them now and relieve your heirs of such a clutter clearing burden. It’s the decent thing to do. This course of action may not feel so obvious while you’re still in the prime of your life, but when you reach a certain age and the youthful illusion of immortality begins to fade, the reality becomes more obvious.

I never tell anyone to throw anything away. What I do is to help people to see their clutter from a different perspective. The thing to understand about stuff that’s stockpiled and never used is that it stagnates the energy of your home, and this in turn stagnates your life. Whether you realize it or not, you will feel stuck in some way. So it’s not just your relatives or friends who will thank you for clearing out your stashes before you die. You will reap the benefits too.

And yes, this does include knitters. The turning point is realizing that SABLE is not a badge of honour but an indication of how far your hobby has got out of control. A much better motto to live by would be: Keep the Best and Dump the Rest!

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2014

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Could you wear a killer’s cardigan?

Cardigan‘Could you wear a killer’s cardigan?’ This is one of many provocative questions raised by Bruce M. Hood in his book, Supersense: Why We Believe The Unbelievable (Harper One, 2008), and in some of his public lectures.

First he will do an experiment where he passes a fountain pen around the audience that he pretends once belonged to Albert Einstein. ‘The reverence and awe towards this object is palpable,’ he says. ‘Everyone wants to hold it. Touching the pen makes them feel good.’

Then he produces a cardigan and asks who would be willing to put it on. Usually at least a third of the people in the audience volunteer to do so, until he reveals (another pretense) that it once belonged to Fred West, a well-known English serial killer. Immediately most of the hands go down and people visibly recoil from those who adamantly keep their hands up. ‘Typically they are male and determined to demonstrate their rational control,’ he says. ‘Or they suspect, rightly, that I was lying about the owner of the cardigan.’

Hood is a Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society at the University of Bristol, UK, and takes a very scientific approach to such matters. In his book, he asks, ‘How and why should a cardigan come to represent the negative association with a killer? If I had chosen a knife or noose, the association account would have been adequate. A cardigan is not an item usually linked to murderers. It is something that offers warmth and comfort.’

He concludes that ‘The Fred West cardigan stunt triggers mostly a sense of spiritual, not physical, contamination. You can’t wash away such contamination as though it were dirt.’

Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in research on the unusual topic of the origin, evolution, and meaning of disgust, also confirms that ‘more people would rather wear a cardigan that has been dropped in dog faeces and then washed than one that has also been cleaned and worn by a murderer.’

In his book, Hood explore the many types of “supersense” humans have. It’s a great read but, since he doesn’t have any awareness of etheric and astral imprints, he concludes in the end that ‘supernatural thinking is simply the natural consequence of failing to match our intuitions with the true reality of the world.’ He comes very close at times to recognizing that objects can have an energetic as well as physical component but never actually accepts it, in spite of the overwhelming evidence in his studies of so many people innately believing it to be true.

My perception, after years of energy sensing objects of all kinds, is that laundering clothing removes all imprints. So putting on Fred West’s freshly laundered cardigan presents no problem at all energetically.

However, if it hasn’t been washed, that’s a completely different matter. Particularly if he wore it frequently and even more so if he wore it recently, it will be saturated with his imprints. This will have an energetic effect on any wearer, as people intuitively know. And as I explain in the Clutter and Feng Shui Symbology chapter of my Clear Your Clutter book, if a person knows the history of an item and has a negative association with it, then just the sight of it will evoke those feelings and no amount of space clearing will change that. So if someone knows it is a murderer’s cardigan, even if it has been laundered a hundred times, they are likely to feel energetically contaminated if they come into contact with it, even though they haven’t been.

I love questions like this because they illustrate so clearly something we all know and feel, but most people don’t know why.

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New German edition of ‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui’

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui - new German editionAnnouncing the publication of the third edition of my Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book in German.

The new edition includes many updates and revisions since the previous German edition of the book was published in 2009, and a whole new chapter titled Die Einstellung ändern (Changing Standpoint). Also included is the updated translation of the four categories of clutter that I requested, bringing this essential part of the book much closer to the original English meaning than was the case in previous editions.

Feng shui gegen das Gerümpel des Alltags
Translation of 3rd edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Published by Rowohlt on 1 October 2014
ISBN: 978-3-499-62877-1
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I have 2 free signed copies of the book available to the first two people to email me to ask for them. This offer includes free shipping to any country in Europe.

Update: Thank you to everyone who emailed me. The two free copies of the book were claimed within hours.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2014

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How houseplants can be clutter

I’ll never forget the astonished look on my friend’s face when I casually picked up a houseplant in my kitchen one day while we were chatting, opened my bin, and threw it in.

‘Did you just do what I think you did?’ she asked, incredulously.

‘It was beyond redemption,’ I explained. And it was true. I had struggled with that plant for many months, trying to find a place in my home where it would thrive, but it always looked like an eyesore. Perhaps it would have been better if I had not chosen that precise moment to dispose of it, but when I saw so clearly that it had become clutter, into the bin it went.

Ornamental houseplants can beautifully enhance the look and feel of a home. Some also purify toxins in the air, as described in B.C. Wolverton’s wonderful book, How to Grow Fresh Air. But if plants are unhealthy, neglected, too large, too numerous, too spiky, or too droopy, they can affect the energy of a space adversely, and can in fact become clutter.

Dead, dying, or scruffy plants
Dying houseplantYou’d think the decision about whether to keep a plant that’s as far gone as the one in this photo would be a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how often I see such specimens in people’s homes that are beyond salvation or unspeakably scruffy.

When I ask the person why they still have them, sometimes it’s simply a matter or laziness, busyness, or neglect. They just haven’t got round to doing anything about it. There is also sometimes the hope that the plants can be revived or their appearance can be improved over time, and this is certainly worth a try if you have the patience and know-how to do so. But in many cases, there is another factor that lies at the source of the indecision, and that is the guilt about throwing a living thing away.

It was this that caused my friend to be so shocked when I binned my weary old houseplant in such a matter-of-fact way, so I took a few minutes to explain.

Plants are alive in the sense that they have etheric life force, but they do not have an astral body so they are not conscious in the same way as animals and humans are. So just as no-one hesitates to throw an out-of-date lettuce in the bin or on the compost heap, I do not hesitate to throw houseplants in my compost bin if they become too unhealthy or unsightly. All plants come from the earth and return to the earth. The cycle of life continues, and I’m merely accelerating the process a little.

Spiky plants
There are other types of plants I would never bring into my home in the first place because they have undesirable effects from a feng shui perspective.

Spiky houseplantSpiky plants, such as the one pictured here, are in this category. This one is called a century plant, and even though it’s in perfect health and some may find it attractive, I definitely wouldn’t have it in my home, or any other type of plant that has sharp leaves for that matter.

The reason is that spiky plants tend to create a corresponding energetic sharpness that makes arguments more likely. The only place I would consider putting such a plant is in the home of a person whose mental faculties have become dulled, because they may benefit from the continual stimulus of sharpness in their space. Even so, I would put it in a corner, well away from where they usually sit or pass by, so that it is out of harm’s way (the tips of this particular plant are so sharp that they can pierce human flesh to the bone!).

Droopy plants
Droopy houseplantThese can be problematic because they tend to pull the energy of a space down. One of the worst offenders is the spider plant, which has spiky leaves and also hangs downwards. I’ve noticed that depressed people often have them in their homes, and I have often thought that this may be because of an unconscious affinity with the shape. There is also an uncanny similarity between the way spider plants sprout little babies and how a depressed person’s problems seem to endlessly multiply.

Hanging baskets of flowers outside in the garden are fine, by the way, providing they form a rounded shape with no long, downward-hanging tendrils. Their wonderful colours create a bountiful, cascading effect.

Plants that are too big for the space
Sometimes the problem is not the condition or shape of the plant but the sheer size. When a plant grows so big that it dominates a room, you have some choices to make. You can move to a home with taller ceilings (very expensive for the sake of a plant). You can prune it back to a more reasonable size. You can give it to someone who would love to have it. Or if it’s a truly splendid specimen, you may even be able to sell it and purchase a smaller plant with the proceeds. Throwing it in the bin (if you can find a bin big enough!) would be a last resort.

Having said this, I do know of one person who loved their gargantuan rubber plant so much that they removed the ceiling of their room and created a 2-storey space for it to continue to grow up into. They had a large house with large rooms, so it looked fine there, but rubber plants commonly grow up to 40 metres tall (131 feet) so the saga may well have continued.

Too many plants
Some people simply have far too many plants in their home. They keep bringing them home, week after week, and the collection grows and grows. Even if the plants are not spiky, droopy, too tall, or half-dead, they may still be cluttering the space because of the sheer quantity. My advice in this situation? As with many other forms of clutter, keep the best and dump the rest in whatever way works for you.

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2014

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Changing standpoint

Change‘Is it OK to throw the box away?’ she asked me, in a way that made it clear the thought had never occurred to her before. This lovely woman, drowning in clutter, had apparently been taught by her mother that you always have to keep the box an item comes in. And she didn’t just keep the boxes in her attic or basement. She kept each one near the item it came with, presumably so that she could quickly put it back in its box if ever the sudden need arose.

Telling her that it really was OK to throw the box away was like a huge revelation to her. ‘Is that what other people do?’ she asked, incredulously.

I urged her not to take my word for it but to inquire among her friends. Which prompted me to ask another question: ‘Do you have any friends who don’t have clutter?’

She thought for a minute and recalled someone she has known since childhood who, as she put it, ‘doesn’t mind slumming it to come and visit me sometimes.’ Her friend lives in a beautiful clean house and has no clutter at all.

‘Excellent,’ I said. ‘With her permission, I suggest you study her as a biologist would study a new species they have discovered. Find out what makes her tick? Go shopping with her and discover how she makes decisions about purchases. Visit her home and ask her about the things she keeps. See the world through her eyes instead of through your own.’

This conversation became the inspiration for the new Changing Standpoint chapter I included in the 2011 and 2013 editions of my Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book. In a nutshell, this simple strategy can free a person from the limitations of their own standpoint, and save them many years of experimenting on their own.

When it comes down to it, the motivation for clutter clearing comes from making a change in standpoint, such as realizing you don’t really need to keep so many things “just in case” you might need them some day. And a fast-track way to learn this is to spend time with someone who already has a clutter-free standpoint and whose life is working better than your own.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2011 & updated 2014

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How many new notebooks are enough?

notebooksThere’s a moment in most of the online clutter clearing courses I teach where someone in the group mentions how many new notebooks they have in their home that have never been used. Then others chime in to say they have the same situation.

We’re not talking 2 or 3 notebooks here, as this photo might suggest. It’s often double figures. The record so far is 40.

Empty notebooks belong in the “just-in-case-you-need-them-some-day” category of clutter. With most clutter of this type, if a person has had them for years and they have never come in useful, they are usually willing to let them go. Not so with empty notebooks. Here are some of the excuses I hear:

I use a lot of notebooks so they are all sure to be needed at some time…
I’m saving this one for a project I’m planning to do…
I can’t throw this one away – it’s so beautiful…
Notebooks never go out of date…
And so on.

Of course the marketing of notebooks is done very cleverly these days, targetting impulse buyers rather than just those who need new stationery. They’re now in gift shops, department stores, and supermarkets as well as regular stationery stores, making them even easier to find. Ah, the sweet smell of new paper! It’s pure nectar to the dedicated paperphile.

So what can you do if you suspect you may have a few notebooks too many?

Well, the first thing is to go around your home and gather them all into one place. Create a notebook shelf somewhere. Then count them.

Next, figure out how many notebooks you actually use in one year. Divide the first number by the second, and you will know how many years of notebooks you have in stock. This is called a reality check.

Suppose you discover you have 10 notebooks and you use, on average, two per year. This means you won’t need to buy any more for another five years. And if you do fall prey to a pretty cover one day while out shopping, make a deal with yourself that if a new notebook comes into your life, then an old one must leave, so at least the number won’t be increasing.

And what if you find you have more notebooks than you can possibily use in your lifetime, as some people reading this will certainly do? My advice is to keep the best and donate the rest so that someone else can have the pleasure of using them.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2014

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Why Balinese bells are the best kind to use for space clearing

Balinese bellFrom time to time I receive an email that says: ‘Much though I would love to, I cannot afford to buy a Balinese bell. Can I use a different type of bell to do space clearing instead?’

I really do appreciate that Balinese bells are more expensive than mass-produced bells. That’s because of the purity of the metals used to create them, the skill involved in making them, and the time it takes to produce them. Handcrafted items are always more expensive than mass-produced, but they are totally worth it. I’m just thankful they exist in the world. I would never have started teaching space clearing publicly if I hadn’t discovered them. It takes a full month to create a space clearing bell, and there are only a handful of Balinese craftsmen and women skilled enough to make them. That’s why they cost a bit more.

However, without doubt, the most important piece of equipment needed to conduct a space clearing is a high quality bell, and this is even more important if you’re doing it for the first time. If you use a lesser quality bell, the results you’ll get will hardly be likely to inspire you to do space clearing again. Your first time will probably be your only time.

Balinese bells are the only type I have ever found that can be used to willfully shatter energies embedded in buildings. I’ve tested hundreds of other kinds of bells in my travels around the world and none have even come close. The level of craftsmanship in Bali is extraordinary.

In writing my Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui book, I did everything possible to give people guidelines to avoid picking up perverse energies while doing space clearing, and I would not have written it at all if I had not discovered Balinese bells. I really cannot put my hand over my heart and say ‘save some money and have a go with just any old bell’. I have a responsibility to make sure that people have the right equipment to do the job safely, and Balinese bells have special qualities that make them exceptionally effective for space clearing. Bali is, after all, the purification centre of the planet. And the family of master bell-makers I work with produces the highest quality bells in Bali, and has done for hundreds of years. I’ve really done my homework on this.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2010 & 2014

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It’s all just stuff

Sleeping catI once witnessed a very poignant moment during a clutter clearing consultation when the woman I was working with took a much needed break from sorting through her mounds of stuff. Her gaze caught upon her cat, sprawled out asleep as only cats can sprawl, with not a care in the world.

‘My cat owns nothing at all,’ she mused, ‘and look how peacefully he sleeps.’

She looked at the piles of clutter she still needed to sort through, and saw how different her life was to her cat’s, who owns nothing at all and never will.

Humans are markedly different to animals in this respect. Some animals such as squirrels collect stashes of food, it’s true, but the concept of personal possessions is believed to be unique to humans. In children brought up in the west, it’s already apparent by about the age of 21 months, when the word “mine” starts to appear in a child’s vocabulary.

Fast forward to adult life, and up to 5% of westerners now have a problem with hoarding. That’s 1 in every 20 people who identify so strongly with the items they own that they don’t want to let them go. It’s becoming a huge problem, and one that most social services are not equipped to deal with.

I’ve worked with hoarders, and it’s a long, slow process that requires immense patience. It’s wonderful that there are some professionals who are dedicated to working with such people but I made the decision some time ago that I can make the greatest contribution by helping the other 95% of the population not to get to that stage. Once full-blown hoarding has set in, it’s very difficult to change.

And what’s one of the most important things I teach people? It’s how to change their standpoint, so that they see their stuff for what it truly is – just stuff. George Carlin captures this perspective so beautifully in his famous sketch on this topic.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2014

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At last – an affordable electromagnetic radiation detector!

SherlockIf you knew that there was an invisible gas circulating in your home or workplace that could have serious health-threatening consequences if you were exposed to too much of it or for too long, would you be interested to know about an inexpensive way to check how safe you are? Most people would surely say yes. Prevention is always better than cure.

Well it’s not a gas, but just about everyone these days is being exposed to levels of electromagnetic radiation that far exceed what many scientific studies have concluded to be safe. Laptops, computers, tablets, smartphones, DECT phones, and many other kinds of devices that use WiFi are in such common use now that it is almost impossible to avoid the signals they emit.

Experts have been warning for years that electromagnetic radiation is the new tobacco, and now governments are starting to take action, with France banning all WiFi in schools, the Council of Europe calling for a ban on WiFi in the classrooms of its 47 member countries, and the European Parliament recently issuing a directive that ‘employers should be required to ensure that risks arising from electromagnetic fields at work are eliminated or reduced to a minimum’.

We have definitely reached the stage where everyone needs to be able to accurately measure the level of electromagnetic radiation in their environment, and soon there will be a very inexpensive device you can buy that will allow you to do just that. It’s called a Sherlock, and as you can see in the photo, it’s about the length of a pencil and the width of a small cigar so you can easily carry it in your pocket or bag. It weighs a mere 80g (3 ounces) including battery, and uses the same sophisticated technology of meters that cost many times more.

Lloyd Burrell of Electric Sense says ‘Sherlock will revolutionize personal EMF protection, as nothing currently on the market comes anywhere near it in offering such a high quality product at such a low price’. It will cost less than £30 (+ 20% UK VAT for EU residents), so will be affordable to all.

I say ‘it will cost less’ because the company that has developed this unique product still needs to raise some of the capital required to start manufacturing. It has therefore partnered with Crowdcube, the world’s leading equity investment crowdfunding platform, and is the first company in the electromagnetic radiation health sector to go out to the public and sell its shares.

The impressive and very experienced management team includes Nicholas Clough, who has 28 years experience in the nuclear and electromagnetic radiation detection business, Chris Deering, ex-CEO of Sony Computers and Entertainment Europe (who sold 46 million PlayStations on his watch), Sandra Lawrence, ex-Vice President of Johnson & Johnson USA, Brian Stein CBE, ex-CEO of Samworth Brothers, and Technical Director Alaisdair Philips of Powerwatch, who has been advising governments and authorities on EMR issues since 1989.

If you are interested to be involved in this venture, which launches on Sep 1, 2014, you can watch an informative 9-minute video by Sensory Perspective Ltd, register as an “Everyday Investor”, and invest in shares if you choose to (the minimum amount is just £10). Due to tax regulations, this is not open to residents of the US, Canada or Japan, but it is available to everyone else in the world.

And if you have no interest in investing, do please watch this shorter 6-minute video anyway that contains some essential information for everyone who lives in the modern world: Facts about the electromagnetic radiation health issue

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