Two weeks ago, our daughter, Kim, returned to college to begin her junior year. She was excited to get back, and enjoy the experience of sharing her campus apartment with three new roommates. Although her apartment looks identical to the one she had last year, it does have different energy. It is in the same building, but on the second floor, instead of the third as was last year’s. There was also a different student living in that space for the past 12 months, which meant her energy imprint still lingered. No matter whether this energy was positive or not, it was important that Kim’s bedroom space be cleared so she could start fresh. I am so proud of my daughter for doing this on her own, with only a few texts and phone calls to her mom for support! This is what she did to create a new space to begin a new year:
Energy Clearing – Kim space cleared her bedroom, with the door open, by playing her favorite music while burning incense and a favorite scented candle. She used a feather to circulate the energy throughout the room, with the intent of dissipating the old energy and welcoming positive energy into the space. Space clearing works because of the intention behind the actions, no matter how you choose to do it. Kim felt lighter and happier afterwards, so the clearing was a success!
Decorating with Intention – Everyone should have something wonderful to see upon awakening, and before going to sleep. Respecting the contraints of a student’s budget, (and no nails allowed), Kim chose a favorite scarf (the dark blue color was deliberate – to bring in the Water element of her Career area), and pinned it on the wall in front of her bed, then placed index cards with clothes pins on vertical strings on either side. On each of these cards she wrote a positive or inspirational statement. Her favorite has always been from Ghandi: Be The Change You Wish To See In The World. You can see in the photo above, she also has a wall hanging of this quote, which she placed next to her desk.
It is important for students to use the desk as the place to study, which is included in all college abodes, . As comfortable as the bed seems for reading and doing homework, all of the stress from studying for exams and pulling late night cram sessions accumulates and energizes the bed too much for a good night’s sleep. It also is terrible for your back!
Once Kim understood this, she was committed to having her desk be a comfortable and inspiring study spot. She surrounded herself with her vision boards, a handmade quilt from a favorite aunt, a clean desk top and, of course, a picture of her longtime fantasy crush, Leonardo DiCaprio, (hey, a girl’s gotta have something nice to rest her eyes upon occasionally)! Although her desk did not have an ideal feng shui location, she is next to the only window in the room and can look out onto the grass courtyard below, to give her energy a lift. She is also able to see her door to the side (but it is not in direct line with the chair). When she is ready for bed, Kim can drape a blanket over it, to cover any unfinished homework assignments, her laptop and her printer. Out of sight, out of mind!
Kim’s bed was already in the power position of the room – she can see her door, but is not in line with it. Above her bed, she hung favorite pictures she has been collecting over the past few years. Her bed is dressed in yellow sheets and a comfy duvee cover, to keep her feeling cozy and grounded while she sleeps. A Himilayan salt lamp stays on during the day, to help cleanse the air near her bed, and her dreamcatcher hangs nearby, to collect any bad dreams. The next step in her process is to find another beautiful scarf, or piece of fabric, to cover the bookshelf contents while sleeping.
My daughter’s decor is a wonderful reflection of her ingenuity, intuition and style, and she is proud of what she has accomplished on her own.
Here’s to an AWESOME school year, Sweetie!