Fourth edition of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui published

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui has now sold over 2 million copies in 26 languages, and to celebrate this, a new fourth edition of the book has been published in the UK.

ISBN: 978-0-349-41746-2
Retail price: £8.99
Available also in ebook format

It contains all the updates of the 2016 edition published in the US and Canada, and has a new cover that also echoes the design of the US one.

How different is this edition to previous ones?

In the third edition (published in 2013):

  • All chapters were updated and revised
  • A whole new chapter about Time Clutter was added 
  • A whole new chapter about Changing Standpoint was added

If you have the first edition (1998) or the second edition (2008), then it would be a good investment of your time and money to purchase the new fourth edition. If you have the third edition (2013) or the US second edition (2016), then the differences are not as substantial.

Will there be an audio book version?

Sorry, but no. The 2012 audio book is the latest version available, based on the content of the UK third edition (2013). It’s available in digital and CD formats.

Where to buy the new book?

It’s available from all UK bookstores, and can be purchased through Amazon in many countries around the world.

Our new Aussie online store will open in June 2017 and we are planning to stock the new UK edition as soon as it arrives here. Author signed copies will be available on request.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2017


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Life in Australia

Moving to live in a place you hardly know is an exciting experience, and also a steep learning curve.

Why Perth?

About 10 years ago, Richard and I decided to stop off in Perth for a three-day look-see on our way from Sydney to Bali, and were really surprised how much we liked it. We’d expected a quiet, sleepy little place on the edge of nowhere, but instead we found a beautiful sunny city with tasteful modern architecture and very friendly people enjoying a great quality of life.

So when we decided to move from the UK to Australia, Perth was at the top of our shortlist for locations to check out, and now here we are.

Different to the UK

“Ooh look!” we say when we spot a cloud in the sky. The UK has three seasons, according to some — light grey, dark grey, and the one or two days of summer where the sun makes an appearance. But here the skies are vast and blue, and clouds are rare, fluffy white wonders, worthy of finger-pointing exclamations.

“Wow!” we say when we spot a green lawn. With 3,200 hours of sunshine a year, Perth is Australia’s sunniest city, but this takes a toll on the grass. Only lovingly watered turf survives, so it’s not an everyday sight.

“Aaah!” we say, whenever we park our car and can open the doors on both sides to get out. Australia is a big island, and the size of parking spaces reflects this. Not so in the UK, where all too often the front passenger has to get out before the car is parked, and sometimes the space is so tight that even the driver can’t open their door after parking. No wonder Clarkson Parking is catching on there (named after petrolhead and TV presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, who started a trend for taking up two parking spaces for one car).

“Yes!” we say, when we contact a company to help us set something up, and they are positive and helpful and get the job done with the minimum of fuss. In the UK, a cartoon sketch I once saw of a skeleton holding on the phone to get through to Customer Service sums up how difficult it can be there.

But “Oh dear!” we say, as we survey meagre organic produce sections of Perth’s supermarkets compared to the superb quality and plentiful array of Prince Charles’ Duchy Organics, available in all the many Waitrose stores back in Blighty. The hunt for good sources of organic food here is on.

And “Oh-oh!” we say, if we spot an indoor spider’s web. In the UK, we just get out the feather duster and clean it away but here a web reveals that a spider’s got in so we need to also find its access point and seal it.

“Hmm…” we say, as we peruse the complex Aussie taxation rules we need to understand to set up our new business. They are written in English but read like a foreign language.

And “Eek!” we say, when we discover the cost of calling an ambulance in Western Australia can be as much as $10,000. On the rare occasion we once needed one in the UK, it was free, but here “ambo” insurance has now been added to our ever-growing To Do list.

The long term

With each passing day, we discover a new aspect of Aussie life that needs to be researched and understood. We’re making good progress, but it does take time.

When we moved from Bali to the UK back in 2010, it took us two years to fully set up our lives, set up our business, and learn the know-how of getting things done. Seven years later, here we are, going through this process again. We’re happy to do it but have no plans to move continents again after this!

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When someone dies, do you really need to keep things to remember them by?

Rings

All objects become imprinted with the energy of what happens around them. If someone gives you a personal item, or you buy something second-hand, it will carry the energy traces of the person who owned it before. If it was used a lot, used for a long time, or had very strong emotional connections for that person, the imprints will be correspondingly stronger.

This is the whole basis of psychometry, that a trained person can hold, say, a ring belonging to another person, and can translate the vibrational frequency of that ring and describe the person who owned it without having met them. It is also why people treasure the personal belongings of those who were close to them and have died. They may not put it in these words, but they want to own something that has the energy imprint of that person.

Keeping personal items after a bereavement

For a while, it can be very comforting to a grieving heart to have some things like this. However, your fond memories do not depend on this, the energy imprinting will fade over time. If you keep an item for many years as a way of trying to hold on to someone who has gone and have no use for it other than this, then stagnant energies will collect around it in the same way as they do around other objects that are not used. In other words, it will become a kind of clutter. If there is unresolved grief, then layers of sadness will accumulate around it too.

When you think about it, it’s quite curious that when someone dies, their everyday personal belongings can somehow become so special. When they were alive, their things were just things, but after they die, they can take on a unique significance.

Of course, it’s not really to do with the objects themselves. It’s to do with the associations you have with them. Resolve the grief and you will see each item for what it is – something that just happened to belong to someone you loved. It then becomes possible to easily let it go.

And how to resolve the grief? I looked for many years for a method I could recommend to people to help with this, and am happy to say I have found one. You can find more information here:

The Grief Recovery Method
After a bereavement

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Teens, tweens and technology

Teeneger with phone

I was asked recently, what is the most worrying trend that I see in the bedrooms of teens and tweens these days? Without doubt, it is mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets that are kept turned on all night while recharging, usually placed next to the bed or even under the pillow so that messages can quickly and easily be checked.

The four main problems associated with this are:

  • Tiredness (caused by waking up to check the device)
  • Insomnia (caused by interrupted melatonin production)
  • WiFi exposure (because the device is polling for signals all night long)
  • Electromagnetic field exposure (because the device is plugged into mains electricity to recharge)

What a survey revealed

A 2016 survey of 2,750 pupils revealed some alarming facts. Commissioned by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, which represents the top independent schools in the UK and Ireland, it found that 45% of 11-18 year-olds check their mobile device at least once after they go to bed, and 23% of these check more than ten times per night. Being woken ten times per night would be classed as a form of torture if it were inflicted rather than self-chosen!

68% of pupils admitted that the use of mobile devices at night impairs their ability to study the next day. What many are not aware of is that keeping a device so close to the body all night, every night, also exposes them to high levels of radiofrequency signals (WiFi) and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which can impact their health and cause them to have busy thoughts that prevent deep levels of rest even if they never check for updates.

Solutions

Teens and tweens want to stay connected to their friends. Connected is cool. But being online 24/7 is not sustainable. Something has to give, and it’s usually health or vitality. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the dopamine highs that make social media so addictive are factors in why it’s difficult to break the habit. But doing so is very empowering. It teaches young people to make their own choices instead of succumbing to peer pressure, and fosters greater self-confidence.

Some schools are now offering sleep lessons to educate pupils about the importance of rest, and Digital Awareness UK has also come up with a list of recommendations that include:

  • No screentime within 90 minutes of bedtime
  • Turn the device to airplane mode or off during the hours of sleep
  • Recharge the device far away from the bed or, better still, in another room
  • Use an app to reduce the blue light emitted by devices after nightfall so that melatonin production is not affected

An idea that is catching on is for parents to make a clear contract with their teen or tween, such as this one: To my 13-year-old, an iPhone contract from your mom, with love

And you’ll need to lead by example, of course. You can’t expect them to make lifestyle changes unless you do so first!

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How many yaks have you shaved lately without even knowing it?

Cartoon yak

You know what it’s like. You start the day with good intentions but get side-tracked and don’t end up doing any of the things you planned to do.

Sometimes this happens because you are too easily distractible, in which case you need to learn to make a To Do List, prioritize everything on it in order of decreasing importance, and make sure you at least get the essential tasks done. This will give you a satisfying sense of achievement at the end of the day.

Sometimes it happens because there are unexpected calls on your attention. This is bound to occur occasionally, but if it happens too often you may need to learn to say no from time to time so that you can prioritize your own needs. There are genuine exceptions, of course, but people who always put others first are usually avoiding something in their own life that they don’t want to deal with.

What this article is about is another type of side-tracking that most people don’t recognize because they don’t have a name for it. And yet I’m sure after I explain it, you’ll realize it happens to you a lot.

It’s called yak shaving, and is defined as any series of unrelated tasks that have to be completed before you can do the job you first set out to do.

How yak shaving happens

The key word in this definition is “unrelated”. Everyone understands that when they set out to do a task, there may be a series of related things that need to be done. For example, if you want to renew your passport, you need to have your photo taken, fill in the forms, and post the documents to the relevant office or perhaps make a trip to the office in person. Step 1 is followed by Step 2, which is then followed by Step 3. It’s a linear progression, with each step logically following on from the last.

Yak shaving is not like this at all. How this scenario might look when yak shaving is involved is that you need to get a new passport, but in order to do that you first need to get a new photo taken, but in order to do that you need to get a haircut, and in order to do that you first need to get your car repaired so that you can drive to town to get it done. And so instead of applying for your passport, you spend the entire day getting your car fixed and feeling frustrated because you never got started on the job you first set out to do. That’s yak shaving!

Made famous by author and blogger, Seth Godin, the example he gives on his blog is about the process of wanting to wax his car, but to do this he first has to buy a new hose, but to do that he first needs to borrow his neighbour’s E-Zpass to cross a toll bridge to get to Home Depot, and to do that he first needs to restuff the mooshi pillow his son borrowed from the neighbour. Hence ending up at the zoo shaving a yak!

Yak shaving strategies

Hopefully your own examples are not as obscure as this, but they certainly can be. The reason why it’s important to stop, catch yourself in the act, and realize you are yak shaving is because this immediately takes you out of feeling like a victim of circumstances and helps to reduce the feelings of frustration that can arise.

Better still, now that you are wise to it, you can spot that it is about to happen, have a little chuckle to yourself about it, and either decide to continue with good-natured enthusiasm or leave that particular yak unshaven for now and find another way to accomplish your goal (in my example, perhaps get a friend to give you a lift, or catch a bus or taxi instead).

A good sense of humour is definitely an asset when it comes to yak shaving, which is why I have chosen a cute cartoon yak for the picture that accompanies this blog. Next time this happens to you, bring this image to mind, smile, and make a conscious decision to shave it or not. Be aware too, that entire herds of yaks can emerge when there’s clutter clearing to be done, so be particularly alert for them at those times.

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First published at SixtyandMe.com on March 9, 2017


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