Day Four of the Great Release Challenge!

Day Four — 2011 Great Release Challenge!
Sunday 4 December

by Silver RavenWolf

Day Four of 2011 Great Release Challenge
As Above -- So Below; As Within -- So Without

Truly, without Deceit, certainly and absolutely I KNOW–

That which is Below corresponds to that which is above,
and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below
in the accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing.
And, just as all things have come from One through the Mediation of One,
So all things follow from this One Thing in the Same Way.
— The Emerald Tablet by Hermes Trismegistus

How did the gold star meditation work for you yesterday?  Did you like it?  Did you remember to do your morning Braucherei work?  It is okay if you can’t do it in the morning, you know, you can do it when you have time.  It is just that when you get up, if you do it right away, it helps to combat any negativity you’ve been feeling.

Are we ready for today?  Excellent!

Your Mission Today —

Today we walk through the house or apartment with our eyes focused up — not down.  We are looking to correct three things:  Removing all the cobwebs, wiping down all pictures or things hanging on the wall, and getting rid of any junk sitting on top of hutches, cabinets, the fridge, open shelves, etcThe art and science of Feng Shui teaches us that objects sitting above our heads and out in the open inhibit the chi of the environment, which in turn disrupts your energy movement.  These objects act like poison arrows (so to speak) that muddle the harmony of the home.  Normally, when we place things up high (usually so someone won’t disturb them or we have no idea where to put those things) we forget about them and the objects go into stealth mode, blending in with the environment.  There they happily squat, gathering dirt, dust and grim, spitting at us as we walk by and we don’t even realize it!

I realize that you have some things up and out of the way for safety reasons — perhaps you have a young child or an older person with mental problems, and you must keep cleaning products and medicines out of reach.  Go through all this stuff, get rid of what you can, and clean the rest.

You’d think that once you did this program the first time, that your environment is going to stay pristine.  Ha!  Habits are hard to break.  I went for six months last year keeping the crap off the top of the refrigerator, the movie shelf, and the hutch.  Come July, when things turned emotionally sticky around here due to our family member with dementia, the junk just seemed to morph overnight.  When we are upset our lives often become a jumble of emotions and negative thoughts — a tangle that we keep tripping over as we desperately try to exit the web of unhealthy energy.  Our environment then reflects that which is within, and it too, adds to the sea of imbalance and ultimately attempts to drown us in our own depression.

What is Within is Without.
What is Above is Below.

All Things are Birthed From The Void

The other problem I’ve encountered over the past three years is that when I clean up and make room (no matter where in the house I do this) someone within the family environment or a visiting friend  (and it is not always the same person) spies the empty space I so humbly created and breaks all speed records on the face of the planet to fill it.

This drives me insane.

For example:

I cleaned off the back porch in early spring.  It was lovely, it was.  Pots with flowers, my outdoor altar, the ancient wicker chairs…sigh.  Peaceful.  Serene.  Heady.  Within two days, my youngest son promptly filled it up with crap for a yard sale.  Some of that sh—t is still there.

Last release program, I cleaned off the top of the refrigerator.  It managed to stay free of junk until June…when we went coupon shopping… and I had no place to put the extra stuff.

Last winter, I was able to get over the emotional hurdle (after three years) of my oldest son moving out and began emptying his old room (well, most of it).  Within a day, my youngest son promptly expanded the crap from his room into that room, and then the stuff tumbled out into the middle room.


I cleaned off the top of the movie cabinet last year.  It managed to stay empty until July, when my husband stuck dog toys, tools, and an empty food take-out container (yuck) up there.  This I just discovered.

Insert screaming wail here.

For yesterday’s challenge, I cleaned out the bathroom cabinets.  My oldest daughter came to visit and brought me a boat load of new body products she can’t use, and thought I might like to have on that very same day, just a few short hours after the major bathroom clean-up.

Not that I’m not appreciative….but, No!!!!!!

Okay, I thought.  So what am I missing here.  Something, obviously, is trying to smack me in the face.  Rather than focusing on the behavior of people (which is normal) I decided to sit back and think about why, after I took all the time to clean and remove junk so I could get cool stuff, raise my self-esteem, and celebrate all that good yummy joy energy…did I got stuck with more stuff that has to go away?  I realized that I’m bang-up on the releasing part; but, wasn’t paying attention to what I really wanted for the space I made.  Indeed, I was enjoying that void all in itself and getting rather pissy about the fact that it didn’t stay that way.  In essence and back to that baseball analogy I gave you yesterday, I was smacking the ball with a wonderful swing; but, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was whipping that bat before I ran like hell towards home plate.  Secondly, I realized that in the game of baseball you have to touch all the bases to get the point, particularly home base.

Therefore, I am totally responsible for my own environment.

And, I realized I forgot one really little, small, tiny thing…ahem.  That home base thing?  I forgot to seal what I’d done.  Okay, so that can screw it.

Albeit — It’s time to adjust the brain.

1.  The universe loves to fill a void.  If you don’t choose what you want to put in there, the universe will choose for you.  This choice is predicated on your own chaotic thoughts.   Time to think clearly!

2.  Once you’ve released negative energy — seal.  This is so easy, just draw an equal-armed-cross in the air over what you’ve just done.  In Braucherei, practitioners would often seal places and workings by setting a small stone in the area with the intent that the work was now “set” in the universe.

Today, then, you are not only thinking about what is above and how it is reflected below, what is within and how it is reflected without, you are also going to remember to seal your working, right?

As to how to fill that great new space…try this…make a sticker or a place card and put it in the empty space you just cleared.  Your choice doesn’t have to be something that will exactly fit into that physical space.  You see, the universe doesn’t necessarily fill the very same space you cleared with an equal-sized object (unless you want it to), it looks at percentages (sort of) rather than physical size and location.  It is a balance thing.  The problem is…sometimes, we just don’t really know what we want…and in that confused state…junk comes hurtling toward us like a chipmunk on steroids.

This is your mediation thought for today.

Your Choice In Decor

While you’re cleaning and removing, step back and look at your decor.  If you did the program last year, has it changed for the better or are you still stuck with the same theme?  The colors and objects that we choose for our surroundings speaks a great deal about who we are inside.  If you don’t like what you see — change it!

We covered a lot today — As Above/So Below; As Within/So Without — sealing, balancing, and your decor choice.  If you finish today’s challenge you receive your next gold star.  So far, we have the star you first chose, Love, and today…Happiness.  In your mini-meditation (found under Day 3) add a Happiness star to your aura — right over your mouth — and smile!

My Release Program Diary

Since this is the season of financial chaos with all those holiday expenses and budget nightmares, I added the following to my Morning Braucherei Prayers:

I know my life is filled with abundance and all my needs are met and more!

Repeat this affirmation nine times, and remember to release any financial or budget worries.  Yesterday I decided that since I was cleaning everything out around here that I would take care of my monthly bills early so I wouldn’t have to worry about them as the holiday season waxes to full blown chaos mode.  In my mind, you can’t overspend if its already gone.

As an amusing note:  My daughter-in-law chose Thor for her guardian this year.  Last night, she put on roller blades and skated through her house picking up junk and beating things with a huge, soft rubber Thor hammer toy to dispel the negativity.

She had a blast.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within
So Be It!

For Tomorrow:  Yes, Rita, its that time.


39 thoughts on “Day Four of the Great Release Challenge!”

  1. Some of the stuff that will be removed is actually stuff that is on my list to get rid of already so this works out great. Running behind schedule on the program due to pre-established plans but I WILL get caught up! I haven’t been coasting though….I’ve been doing at least a little spot cleaning or organizing (a pantry shelf here, the kitchen sink there) just to make sure I get something in even if it’s not the daily mission. I love the program Silver, thanks for running it again!

    1. Take your time, believe that all works out as it should. One step at a time, one release at a time…make it fit with your schedule because this truly is all bout you!

  2. Brightest Blessings Silver i have gotten rid of clutter some bad butter n the bath thing works. Its been a bit harder this year on the challenge cus my life has more demands but i know i will overcome i know i will do this i have a new saying when it comes to releasing negativity i say close the circle n open the door. S.M.I.B. I bet its freezing in PA. Its cold over here too in AZ but its all good I know i will be warm cus i know i am blessed. I hope all is well with u n ur family n the things that ur going thru r rough though i know u will get thru this cus i know ur a beautiful person. BB Silver ur friend in az always Paul. P.S if i see the sun i know i will send some warmth ur way. Have a great night n day. As above so below i am in harmony n balance whenever i take a stance. BB.

  3. Speaking of guardians! So after Day 2 I still didn’t have a solid guardian. I couldn’t make up my mind. On the way to work, I blasted the radio, then enjoyed the silence after parking.

    Long and emotional story short: I started knitting last January and it has helped me cope with many things. And just the other day, the book “The Knitting Goddess” by Deborah Bergman fell into my lap. The first chapter was the Native American story about Grandmother Spider. (I’m sure you know about Her), but I’d surprisingly never heard about Her! She guards her creation which were The First People, gave the gift of weaving to The First Woman, and helps one transition through realms, trials, etc. It’s said that the Equal Armed Cross is attributed to her as well. I couldn’t think of a better Goddess in this time of my life! Especially with the morning Braucherei ritual ending with the powerful seal.

    Thank you for this Release Program. I couldn’t need it any more than I need it now. 🙂

    (p.s. I love the Thor idea! lol)

    1. Hi Fuego Azul…thankyou for sharing about grandmother Spider….I shall try and find the book you meationed… one thing I could not do with todays challenge is remove my spiders beautiful webs……

      1. I hope you do! It’s a great one. 🙂 Your best bet is on the internet because I found my copy in a used bookstore and was told it may be out of print.

        When I was a teen I’d let the Daddy-Long-Legs live in my windowsill. When my mom insisted I clean my room (including dust and webs) I’d set them outside in a safe spot with a blessing. I know how you feel!

    2. Excellent choice! I taught myself both knitting and crochet, and it has certainly helped me get through the tough, emotional times. Thank you so much for posting this!

  4. Now I deserve my stars…how did you know I had empty shampoo behind the cabinet!? Hahaha
    My process involved Chinese wash but now it is so nice and clean! 🙂

  5. I live with my father…still just in my first year after high school. So my room is my living space. Thanks to you, I’ve realized the mess that it is, is quite in line with the mess in my mind. *Sigh* Cleaning it a little at a time.

  6. Sigh….the top of my refrigerator is an absolute disaster….as is the top of our entertainment center…today is going to be a little bit more work….

  7. Greetings, I love this program and while sometimes I think that I could do more I smile and think positive that this is the right thing to be doing at the right time. Yesterday I cleaned out the bathroom and donated lots of my collection of small shampoos, soaps, mini dental floss from the dentist and bath fizzies to a friend that is out of work right now. She had fun with all the new stuff I gave her and it gave me a chance to declutter. I have trouble throwing things a way, but giving them to someone who can use them is another story. Clean away! Thanks so much!

      1. I also give stuff away that is still useful but not something I need. Just this past March I was cleaning out my jewellery box and set aside four rings. My girlfriend was getting married the next day and it would be one of the rare times I would get to see her sister and another friend of ours. Two of the rings had once belonged to family members but I had never worn them as they were birthstones not my own and something told me they’d be perfect for my friends as tokens of my love for them as I consider all three ladies to be my “sisters” . I took them all to the wedding and got the ladies aside for a moment and presented each of the three ladies (the fourth female was my friend’s 10 year old daughter) with one of the rings. ALL of the rings were perfect fits! This reaffirmed my belief that Deity moves in mysterious ways.

  8. I love your personal comments each day. It’s so nice to read a ‘cleaning’ program and hear that the person writing it isn’t a super human. I think it’s much harder to follow something when you feel everything must be done in that order; at that exact moment or you fail. You understand that life happens and give us that wiggle room. Thank you!

  9. I tell my friends that nature abhors a vacume, so when you purge seal the ‘door’ to keep all other things out.

    Your daughter bringing over new toiletries is sweet, and I love the idea of it. However, my gut reaction when I read that part of your post is maybe you are supposed to be learning how to say no? I know telling my children no is one of the most difficult things in the world, they are in their 30’s now and it has gotten harder rather than easier. I have boys, so they would never even think of bringing me something like beauty products, so I’m so jealous.

    I’m learning a lot about myself from this challenge, thank you.


    1. You are right, saying no to them is extremely difficult — and this summer, when I really said no on a few things to the family in general– well, emotions were rocky for awhile. It is always a learning experience for everyone, whether you are 84 or 4, lol. Thank you so much for bringing that point up. You are right on target!

  10. WOW! my husband helped me yesterday and today, he is getting in the too. It’s fun to do together. Some more gets done and we both feel better. I usually clean around him, but its nice cause we have talked more while working. He work hard and with me not working right now, I get it done before he comes home. He told me that he has enjoyed helping me. This is fun!
    Thank you Silver!!!

  11. going around the house today i found i didnt really have alot of up above items.. i did notice my ceiling is cracking and if you look long enough you can find shapes however the financial chant..much needed and i am thankful for it. As i work in retail .. and seeing people buying all their gifts already as i well.. im a late bloomer lol its helpful to be reminded as in all things there is something i can do about it:) might ” cough up a bit of dough” while i’m at it ;). I also got to thinking that problems like items only loom over your head if you let them, in essence you have power in all things.. remembering that however is hard to do.

    LOL i do love the hammer thing though 🙂

  12. Love, love, love this Challenge! The first three days was a bit rough. I’m cleansing for clarity of mind and family love and relationships. The first three days was nasty with my girls. Today, they ignored me…. LOL but I had a great day with my man and his two little boys. Tomorrow, I will have time to meditate the proper way! My silver candle of the day is still burning!

  13. Hello Silver & All!
    So I had mentioned that I feel, I am a clean person. I don’t work anymore, so basically what I do is clean ALL day, finding stuff to clean.
    I also use the art and symbolism’s for harmony, protection, prosperity, you name it! What I have noticed is that after I clean, my daughter and husband make a mess, my son would too but he doesn’t live with us.
    So I sat back and thought… what the hell am I doing wrong?! I came to the conclusion. Nothing…

    The mess that enters our home is not usually mine, family members, the problem is I DO THE CLEANING!!! But! as we change spiritually, mentally & physically…Does not mean they (family change with us).
    So I looked around my house, and realized also, that all the decor, colors, table cloths, flowers in the yard, you name it. It is mine! Sooooo, being the Mother ( no half words intended) in my house. I had come to the conclusion that in order for me to be productive, and happy, I want everything clean, and I turned the idea of, my family is taking advantage of me, they couldn’t possibly love me as much as I love them, I am just a maid…. NOT one of those comments is true of course just what I allowed to settle in my mind. I placed those feelings and thoughts upon myself, because something in me was feeling that way.
    So I clean and cleanse, because I am after all a witch!
    I think positive thoughts, and say magical words, and basically talk to my self.
    I have also noticed that my hubby has gotten better at cleaning up after himself, and much more helpful.
    My daughter basically lives at school, most nights gets home at 9pm. So I have cut her some slack this year. BUT! She admits when her room gets messy, she doesn’t feel as happy, or relaxed. My daughter and my husband and my son when he comes for visits, ALL say almost on a daily basis, how much they love coming home, and how comfortable they feel.

    Sooo I know this all works on so many levels, and I am really tall, so I see the dust on those high pictures and cabinets…so I clean them weekly, sometimes twice a week depending on my mood. Who knew that I enjoy getting praised by the lovely comments… So mentally I clean to get praised, and complimented, and feel powerful cause, I was the one who made it look and feel like that.Oh! I also get to give the glare of CLEAN THAT CRAP UP!!! Without saying a word! Momma POWER! tee hee he!
    2) physically- it helps me be motivated, and I get excersise, and being a stay at home mom, you can get bored easily if you have nothing to do, so I schedule myself on what I am gonna do for that day..
    3) Spiritually- I feel free, and calm, and stable. I think spiritually cleanliness is next to godliness or so I’ve heard. It also helps me have more time so I can spend with the Gods, doing ritual work, crafting stuff, whatever my heart desires.
    ps…I LIKE the stars meditation. I look to use them after I finish a project. Kinda like the pat on the back!

    1. Mary! Thank you so much for sharing your wise insight! Yes, as the environment changes, they will change. And yes, they will love being home and really not knowing why. lol You are a wonderful sage! Please feel free to share more.

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