Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

Recently, on an absolutely gorgeous sunny day in the fall here in Vermont, I made a decision to do something that in the past I would have never dreamed of doing… I took the whole day to completely clean out and de-clutter my basement.

You see, in the past I would not have been caught dead doing something like this in a dark basement on a sunny warm autumn day in Vermont. I would have been outside first thing on a 10 mile trail run, probably followed by a long mountain bike ride in the afternoon with friends, and a cold beer to finish off the day to make it feel ‘complete’.

The thought of being inside on a day like this, cleaning and organising a basement utility room and closets filled with boxes and boxes of various things that take hours to go through and sort out, would have felt like a nightmare to me back then.

After attending a number of Universal Medicine presentations, I came to realise a few years ago that my drive to fill my time with activities like sports was just a way to distract myself from feeling an emptiness brought on from not feeling like I was enough as I was. Thus I used these activities to ‘prove’ myself and identified myself by them. But today my life is very different, and I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day. This has naturally brought about a greater acceptance of myself no matter what is going on in my life. I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.

So right after breakfast I set out to go into the dark, virtually windowless part of our basement and slowly but surely sorted through every box filled with various home and electronics equipment, junk drawers of desks filled with ‘stuff’, cleaned, organised, threw away things not used in years, and cleaned again, until at the end of the day I felt like it was complete for now.

I was left with a space that felt much cleaner, organised, orderly, and in general, lighter. Later, I would refine this even more to match my level of commitment to the project, and, I feel, to life in general.

To me, the power of committing to doing these simple and loving tasks that bring order and spaciousness to our homes is directly correlated to the level that we commit to serving others in our communities. If we can make a decision to change one simple thing about our homes, and feel how it helps things flow better in our household and lives, then maybe we can start to see how helping other people around us is both a needed and an enjoyable activity.

So on that day I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose. It almost felt like cleaning out my basement was also clearing out space inside my body, so I was able to see how such a seemingly mundane task could hold a greater purpose in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process without for a minute feeling like I’m missing something by not doing some activity outside. The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body. I finished the day with an herbal tea with my wife, as my drinking days are forever gone. This whole experience of de-cluttering my basement has led to bringing more order to the rest of our house, and therefore a deeper spaciousness to our home.

I deeply thank the inspiration of Serge Benhayon and the offerings of Universal Medicine for showing me a way of living that has finally shown me what being LOVE truly means.

By Michael Goodhart

633 thoughts on “Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

  1. There’s a work to be done of decluttering our stuff…it feels like as we bring order our life becomes enriched at many levels. However this never ends till our last breath. This is the ultimate purpose in life, letting go and clear anything that doesn’t belong to the harmony we come from. A blessing to choose such a responsibility in this life.

  2. When we connect within there’s no need of anything outside as the most precious golden light is inside.

  3. I love reading about how when we de-clutter, the place feels different. And as we go along, we can refine it even more. So in other words, we can let go of more things and more space is created.

    I’m slowly but surely learning about letting go, and just when I’ve thought Ive cracked it, there’s more. Its not to say this is arduous either, I just find another place that needs de-cluttering, until everything, place has a clear out.

    Isn’t it wonderful to feel that the simplicity of decluttering can impact a place, us and people around us too. There must be an energy related to this.

  4. Michael this is any inspiring read, as I am due for another decluttering so I can have more space in my home. Just changing something, has a massive impact on the flow of the home and the people living in it. There is always this dread within me when it comes to cleaning or more so, the decluttering, and I haven’t got to the root cause of it yet, and I know at some point I will.

    We often spend our space with empty things, thinking it is filling it up with lots of things, and yet as stated by you, it leads to nothing within us by proving anything.

    We also put too much thought and energy on the what if’s and how it is going to look, when if we allowed our bodies to settle into ourselves and don’t entertain the pictures and thoughts, we are amazed what can come through us.

    This blog was timely for me, so thank you…

    1. Hoarding mustn’t be great to live in either. Holding onto memories of times whether happy or not, are held in these things.

      I’m learning that when I bring an item of clothing, I let go of an item too. Out with the old, in with the new. Every place in our home needs a spring clean, our wardrobes too – what a different place to be in and greeted with first thing in the morning.

  5. Recently I have been feeling to do a clean out and organise in various parts of my home. It does feel more spacious not just in the home but in myself as well.

    1. Leigh I agree with your comment, not only does your home feel more spacious, but so do you. I have found that this space allows us to do more without doing a thing but by being more you.

  6. Daily self-loving acts and practical ways to connect with your body paid off as you now live with greater acceptance, and love, ‘This has naturally brought about a greater acceptance of myself no matter what is going on in my life. I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.’

  7. De-cluttering the basement of the house provides a clear space for the foundation of every day.

  8. When we shower our light into the darkest recess of our homes our body also get to feel the way we have had things hidden in the closet, thus we become aware of them and we now have accessibility and the ability to heal ,by bringing light to that area of our-selves. Thank you Michael, I appreciate what you have shared in this blog ,as there is much to explore in our homely nest and bodies.

  9. When our affairs are in order, we are far more prepared to then be there to support another. This is responsibility on a larger scale – for how we live affects everyone around us.

    1. How we live, as in the movements that we make dictate the energy we align to and every single person on the planet is effected by the energy that we align to because energy is what and who we all are. Our true energy is the consciousness of God and so when we are aligned to that we act as a living reminder to the truth but when we are aligned to the pranic consciousness we add to the illusion which keeps people lost for longer.

  10. Interesting how we feel cleaner and more energized within ourselves when we actually take the time to de-clutter and clean things out from our environment.

  11. “the power of committing to doing these simple and loving tasks that bring order and spaciousness to our homes is directly correlated to the level that we commit to serving others in our communities” – so true. When there is order at home there is space to work and serve in the community because your foundation is solid and your self-care paramount.

  12. I am forever astounded at the power of de-cluttering the house and its effect on the body and the environment. What I have found is there is no border to energy, when you clear it from one space it affects all others and therefore when you declutter, you offer space not simply for yourself but for those in your home and perhaps even change the way your home affects all others in the area.

    1. Spot on Lucy, it is a way of re-configuring things completely inside, and outside the body, a double blessing.

    1. Gorgeous, bringing in the light, ‘I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose. ‘

  13. I love it – when we connect with purpose, what used to never appeal can all of a sudden become something that is so enriching and joy-full.

  14. This I feel is something we all discover through attending Universal presentations
    “After attending a number of Universal Medicine presentations, I came to realise a few years ago that my drive to fill my time with activities like sports was just a way to distract myself from feeling an emptiness brought on from not feeling like I was enough as I was. Thus I used these activities to ‘prove’ myself and identified myself by them.”
    There is an offering of space so that we can get to feel in a safe environment just how much we distract ourselves so that we do not connect back to the essence of who we naturally are and by discussing this in small groups we get to discover that actually we don’t have to live so distracted we can enjoy being present in our bodies and actually it is great fun. I personally cannot understand why I have spent most of my life rejecting myself… what a silly game.

    1. De-cluttering always feels wonderful afterwards, the space and the light-ness, ‘It almost felt like cleaning out my basement was also clearing out space inside my body, so I was able to see how such a seemingly mundane task could hold a greater purpose in my life.’

  15. I love to have a clear out and the feeling of the spaciousness that comes as a result of getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose. Its an ongoing process for me, as I feel clearer and more spacious in my body, there is always another layer of material things I am able to let go of as there is no longer any attachment to wanting to keep them. And then there is more space in my body, and then theres another level of things to clear away… plus I just love to be in the space that Ive just cleared. It really does feel amazing.

    1. So true Willem, this explains why I feel lighter and more spacious when I de-clutter my house. There is so much more to life than just the physical stuff and when we understand how energy works, life starts to make so much sense.

  16. Clutter in your house and environment makes the body contract as it does not get the reflection it is from and strongly connected with – the universe in which to clutter has no place. Everything in the universe has a purpose and adheres to the cycles and order of thew it. It is just a natural obedience to this cycles and order that is never questioned and should be obeyed to on this planet earth too.

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