Stuck in a Rut? Get Your Pipes Cleaned.

That was the gist of my advice to writer, Simone Grant, after reading her blog where she came to the realization that her home wasn’t as sweet of an abode as one might want to savor on return from a mini-vacation… let alone, bring a date.

In my experience, feng shui goes a long way in ridding an environment of negative energy. My big picture, however, isn’t really about delving into an ancient, Chinese art or moving around furniture…

Well, not exactly.

It’s about freeing ourselves from all the clutter and self-inflicted complications of life.

Imagine showering, primping and smelling good with -eyes on the prize- of an epic time at a great, impressive venue, just to discover that the only way to get to said destination (the place that sent you the invitation and is eagerly awaiting your arrival) is by squeezing through a layer of grime between a rock and a slimy place that will ruin your fabulous “fluffy stuff”.

Not very appetizing, huh?

Well, I use that screwy analogy to describe ourselves as that impressive venue– the great catch, well-deserving of all blessings in love, career opportunities and life, in general… and the “fluffy stuff” as the good fortune, we seek and invite; It wants to head our way, but is deterred by unnecessary, messy layers of “blah” i.e. unhealthy hoarding, being stuck in the past about an old flame, fear of leaving the security of a miserable job and other nuisances that insidiously develop around us, like a moat, filled with muddy water and wicked, mythological creatures, keeping  prosperity away from our castle (Sorry, I dig medieval fantasy.)

The figurative pipes that house the ebb and flow of our desires get clogged with this muck, turning thriving motivation to attain those wants into stagnant complacency which results in virtual paralysis of the flow to victory. A prolific conduit, no more.

That’s why we need to clean that crap out!

In Nichiren Buddhism, practitioners, such as myself (on a good day), chant  daimoku, “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo”,  a mantra of the Lotus Sutra that expounds the “Mystic Law” of cause and effect. My rant about muddy water made me think of the lotus flower that actually emerges from swamps -unsoiled- and beautifies its murky surroundings.

That’s what we all need to do… stretch our necks and stick our pretty heads out, above the sewage that is life and exclaim to what we want:


Once we have its attention, grab a plunger, sword, broom, duster-buster, bottle of Drano®, bible or whatever we can find as a weapon and start whacking, scooping, splashing, smacking, yacking to clear and purge our constipated path then, roll out the red carpet to meet our “fluffy stuff”, in style.

… and you thought that I was talking about something else in my title, you DIRTY~BIRDIES!


What will you do to unclog your pipes!?

©2011 Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi and ChocolateGeisha Spills the Sake!™


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mama Lackey-san
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 22:59:39

    Your words have taken my breath away. I wrote a few more words and my reply vanished into the poisoned waters of your moat. A moat is to keep you safe from negativity and crossing over it takes a bridge. The lotus, a spiritual floating plant represents your beauty. The beauty within and the beauty shown to a world, unprepared for your evolving soul. You are safe on your journey and for some reason, my humorous (well perhaps deserving of a slight chuckle) is in cyberspace, being dispensed by the sanitation spirits who are obviously assisting you in your worldly cleansing. We hang onto so much poop that we feel threatened to purge it, yet fearful of losing it. I am encountering a similar challenge and we will both succeed in clearing away. The lotus will continue to bloom just as we will.

    You are a writer!!!


    • Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 23:22:28

      I am forever grateful for your support. <:} ❤ ❤ ;p

      I’m so glad that you liked my post, Mama Lotus~Flower~san!!!


    • Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi
      Oct 27, 2011 @ 23:39:43

      Wait a minute… the body of my reply post just disappeared too. I should have copied it, first, before officially posting my comment.

      Let’s try this, again…

      As for the moat… it was made to keep one safe from negativity, but often, that intention backfires, leaving the person isolated from the rest of the world.

      I see obesity as a moat for ~some~… the ones who can lose weight, but intentionally pack on pounds to detract from attention and too many advances (not to say that big people aren’t sexy).

      Others use their moat in the form of a pig sty of a home; They hoard and create an unaccomodating environment as an excuse to not have company over.

      As for the bridge to cross the moat, my mythological creatures are always able to knock-off any visitor who tries to approach their path! >;p


  2. Kiki
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 14:38:28

    I love this! I chant Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo and have recently gotten into feng shui to clear clutter (physical and emotional) but have felt a bit guilty combining the I-Ching and Buddhism. Because of your article I see both as clearing the bad energy away…kind of simple but yet I don’t want to give up one for the other :p
    It’s easier to chant with a clean beautiful house anyways =)


    • Heidi Rodney-Nakanishi
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:06:14


      Sorry for the late response and…

      THANK YOU!

      I’m totally flattered that I may have influenced you, in some way. 😀

      I hate rules and having to abide by one, strict belief when so many facets to other ideas blend so well together! With that, I say, “Create your own recipe of happiness!”

      Oh yeah, I completely agree that a clean, beautiful location is better for chanting; It makes it easier for good vibrations to happily bounce throughout an unblocked house! Heeheeheee {geisha~giggle!}




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