Most people collect something at some time in their life. Children are especially prone to it, but some continue it into adult life and pursue collecting as a hobby or even a profession, like the antique radios pictured here.
If you had pots of money, what would you collect?
An astonishing number of celebrities use their wealth to invest in collections. Demi Moore, for example, has an entire house devoted to her collection of over 2000 vintage dolls. She doesn’t live in the house. It’s just for her dolls, said to be valued at $2.25 million.
Celine Dion, meanwhile, has over 3000 pairs of shoes.
Jay Leno has 130 classic cars, housed in an enormous custom-built garage.
Tom Hanks has a splendid collection of antique typewriters.
Angelina Jolie collects knives.
Dolly Parton is mad about butterflies.
Claudia Schiffer collects dried insects.
Johnnie Depp collects animal skeletons.
Penelope Cruz is said to have collected over 500 types of coat-hangers.
Rod Stewart has a huge model train set up in the basement of his Beverley Hills mansion.
Ben Stiller collects Star Trek paraphernalia.
Leonardo Dicaprio has an impressive collection of action figures.
Rosie O’Donnell has a Happy Meal toy collection.
Nicole Kidman collects Judea coins from Mesopotamia.
Kiefer Sutherland collects Gibson guitars.
The list goes on and on.
Collections of this type are usually beautifully displayed and painstakingly categorized. A great deal of time and effort is invested in searching for items to add, and there is also the extensive cost of purchasing, insuring and maintaining them.
What lies at the heart of collecting
I would love to sit each celebrity down and ask them: How did it start? What was the first item you acquired, and how did it make you feel? In fact, I often ask these questions of less famous folk who have amassed collections of various types.
What I have discovered, in all cases, is that there is an initial acquisition that sparks the interest of the person to find more. In my book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, I explain that when someone feels moved to collect a particular type of thing, what they are in fact doing is responding to an intuitive yearning to gather a particular type of essence that is important for their personal development.
It’s a specific frequency they need to bring into themselves at that time, and this is entirely valid. But life is constantly changing and moving, and it’s actually only necessary to collect that essence for as long as it takes to spiritually integrate it into the person’s life. When that’s done, they can move their focus to something new.
So, if you have a collection of some kind, I encourage you to take a fresh look at it from this perspective. Why are you so attracted to the type of item you collect? What part of you does it resonate with? What feelings does it evoke? And, most importantly, how can you consciously integrate the essence of it and move on?
In case you’re wondering, some celebrities do progress. Nicolas Cage used to collect comic books but eventually sold them all, and Janet Jackson stopped acquiring pig figurines when her collection got out of hand. But the others? As far as I know, they continue to accumulate more of the same.
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Copyright © Karen Kingston 2017
Do you have a collection of any kind? How did it start? Have you had the collection long enough to be able to move on from it now?