Column: Inside ~ Outside
How to Furnish Your Inner Mansion:
Quintessential Interior Decoration
by Ann Barczay Sloan
Is there such a thing as an "Inner Mansion"?
Perhaps you're more familiar with the modest apartments, suburban ranch style homes, or other relatively mundane dwellings (by Western-world standards) currently around you. Perhaps the notion of a Grand Inner Mansion just sounds too sumptuous and unattainable to your conscious mind.
So come along with me. Let's journey towards the direction where you might be able to discover and experience for yourself, your own awesome enlightening inner space.
A realistic start
Let's not talk of the Unimaginably Grandiose right off. It’s best we start on a smaller scale and talk about our "Inner Furnishings" first before dealing with the space (whether minuscule or literally limitless) in which our personal stuff may be housed.
Yes, we DO need "stuff"; I doubt anyone enjoys living in an empty interior. So the question is: How do we acquire the household furnishings we need?
Here's what generally happens: When we (as new adults) first move into our own homes, it's rare good fortune indeed if we get to start with items that are brand new. Instead, we first furnish with odds and ends inherited from family, gifted by friends, purchased second hand and admittedly, sometimes even something found discarded at the curb!
"That's okay," we tell ourselves, "This will do for starters!" Yet, most of us will gradually acquire newer, more interesting and attractive furnishings that feel more harmonious to our individual aesthetic spirit. Some of us even eagerly go on to study new, different design possibilities we'd never known existed in our younger, more naïve years!
Improve and upgrade
Yes, it’s a sign of increasing maturity and expansion of consciousness that we are willing, even eager, to improve and upgrade everything in our lives: to move beyond our current limitations not only materially but psycho-spiritually.
Yet regrettably there are countless folks who remain stuck, often by deliberate choice! Why? Simply because they think, "Oh, this house, these furnishings, this lifestyle is 'good enough' for me. It's okay, let's just make do!"
But enough now about décor and furniture and stuff, whether shabby or elegant, outmoded or "the latest". Let's move forward to talk about your habitation itself.
We have a vast, more beautiful
Let's return to the notion that most of us (you/I/we) are NOT aware that we have a much more vast and beautiful "mansion" available by birthright that we can gradually explore and eventually fully inhabit as the rightful domain of the Fullness of our True Self.
It is as easy to create a castle as a button.
Free Lifestyle Ezine
Want to Contribute