Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Flow And Buying A House

In my last post on Flow And Intention-Manifestation, I mentioned that my husband and I had recently purchased a house. One of the commenters on that post, T Edwards, asked:

Congratulations on your new home. My question is: do you give credit for bringing it into your life to ‘The Law of Attraction’?

I gave a brief reply to the comment at the time, although I realised that there was much more that I could say on the subject, so much so that I thought I’d take this opportunity to devote a post to it!

I think I should start by saying that I use the term Law Of Attraction to describe principles of how the universe works on an energy level, mainly because it is a term that many people know these days and which can therefore be used as a reference point. For me, however, the principles behind what is popularly termed Law Of Attraction represent deep spiritual beliefs, many of which I was first introduced to as a young child and which I’ve come to understand more deeply over the years. I’m still learning! So, while my answer to T’s question in the comments is that I do give credit to the Law Of Attraction for bringing the house into my life, my use of these principles is a much more spiritual one than popular products like The Secret describe.

My husband and I started looking for a new house to buy in January this year. We had owned our own home in South Africa, but had decided to rent when we moved to Scotland until we had become more settled and familiar with the city of Edinburgh and its surrounding countryside, and had a good idea of which area we wanted to live in.

I had started thinking about our ideal house when we first made the decision to move to Scotland and I knew a house purchase would arise in the next year or so. I developed a picture in my head of what it would look like (based on both my and my husband’s intentions, which are thankfully exactly the same when it comes to houses and decoration thereof!), and even drew a floor plan and a 3D picture of what it looked like. This picture was continually refined, and by the time January came round, I could see our ideal house extremely clearly in my head. It had the same status in my mind as the house we owned in South Africa, in the sense that it was as real to me as a house that I had actually lived in. I knew our ideal house intimately!

When it came to the details of our ideal house, we had some non-negotiables as well as some nice-to-haves. We were also clear that the house had to reflect the Divine qualities of love, peace and joy. We were looking for a house that felt like home the second we stepped through the door. In terms of finances, we planned to use the money from the sale of our house in South Africa as a deposit towards buying a house in the UK. Houses in the UK are a tad more expensive than in South Africa – our many Rands gave us a great deposit amount to use here, but unfortunately not enough to purchase a house outright! Nevertheless, we were grateful that we had that money to contribute towards the process as it would keep our mortgage down and make us more attractive to lenders.

The first few months of the house-hunting process were frustrating. Each property we saw matched our requirements to a certain extent, but none included everything we wanted, even when we considered doing renovations. Those that were closer matches were outside our budget, but even those didn’t have the energetic qualities we were looking for.

About four months in, I became very despondent. I started to doubt that we would ever find our ideal house within our budget. I hated the idea that we would have to settle for something far less than we wanted. Even though this was a dark time for me, it was out of this period that I began to clarify my thinking around Flow. I spoke to my guides about it, and I started practicing it in all areas of my daily life. I changed my focus from details and specifics to making Flow my primary focus. I learned to trust that if Flow is present, all else falls into place.

At about this time, the UK started to experience a so-called “credit crisis”, and the news was full of doom and gloom – mortgages were difficult to obtain and house prices were falling. I took the latter quite positively, however – if house prices were falling, it meant we would be able to get more house for our budget! I also chose to ignore the news reports about mortgages, and instead maintain my focus on Flow.

Shortly after this, we walked into the house that we ultimately ended up buying. It felt like home. It matched our intentions perfectly on an energy level. At first glance, it only had some of the non-negotiables that we’d wanted, and none of the nice-to-haves. But, upon closer inspection, we realised that we could easily renovate the house to obtain all but one of the non-negotiables and all but one of the nice-to-haves! Honest reflection showed me that these two unobtainable characteristics were in fact ego-driven wants. I released these, and in the process I realised that these two things that I had thought so important actually weren’t so important after all!

Had there not been a credit crisis, this house would have been out of our budget range by at least £10 000. As it was, we were able to buy it for £30 000 under budget, leaving us with money to spare for all those renovations! Thanks also to some helpful family and friends who are involved in the building trade, we are likely to obtain some hefty discounts on things like kitchen units and bathroom suites.

The actual purchasing process was a beautiful example of Flow. Our dates for giving notice on our flat matched up perfectly with the sellers’ moving date. Through our solicitor, we were put in touch with a financial advisor who organised a mortgage for us at a very good rate. The mortgage application process itself was easy and hassle-free. Our solicitor was amazing – he was efficient and thorough and kept us updated at each step. We essentially sat back and watched the process unfold, doing our small bit (e.g. signing a form, making a telephone call, making a bank transfer – nothing too onerous!) as and when required. In a telephone conversation with the seller at one point, he mentioned to me that he was amazed at how smoothly and easily everything was progressing – I could only agree! With Source energy directing the process, how could it be any different?!

If you’d like to see some pictures of our new ‘hood, you’re welcome to browse through those on our other personal blog.


Evelyn Lim said...

I read your post with interest twice. I'm intending for my next home and was keen to find out what has worked for you. My plan in moving is not going to take place so soon, as property prices are still high and the location that I'm looking at is situated in one of the most expensive areas in my country.

My husband and I share the same ideas as yours. That a home has to reflect spiritual elements. I'm also hoping for tranquility - a private sanctuary that I can retreat to. It cannot be a standard house structurally because it has to be specified to house our two home offices (my husband and mine) and for our respective consultancy services.

I'm so happy to read of a success story such as yours. I'm also delighted with what you said "my use of these principles is a much more spiritual one than popular products like The Secret describe."

Home buying can be a stressful event. It's nice that yours did not turn out that way, that you got what you wanted and at the same time, in alignment with your spiritual needs.

TomVolkar / Delightful Work said...

Hi Mags,

I'm very pleased to read that you found the home you wanted. Obviously you kept that image and feeling in mind all along for it to surface for you. Nice work.

Cath Lawson said...

Hi Mags - It is brilliant that you were able to begin your planning from a different country. And that everything went well for you eventually. I'm really trying to understand flow more and I how I can make it work for me.

Are you enjoying Edinburgh? It is one of my favourite cities. I live a couple of hours south of you - near Carlisle.

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Evelyn - I love the way you describe your intended home as a sanctuary... what a wonderful image!

Our home buying took about two months longer than we had originally intended, but in retrospect happened at exactly the right time. The universe knows better than we do what timing will provide the best outcome ;). I'm sure that your new home will fall into place when the time is right.

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Tom - Thank you. Yes, I was ultimately able to maintain my focus and an emotional state conducive to manifesting the house. It was a challenge during the frustrating and despondent period, but that too actually helped me refine my intentions and beliefs regarding Flow, so it was all good in the end!

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Cath - By the time we left South Africa, I had done so much internet research that I was already very familiar with the estate agents and properties in Scotland by the time we arrived!

We love Edinburgh - it felt like a second home when we first visited it on holiday a few years back. Not surprising, I guess, given that my husband and I both have Scottish heritage! In fact, we now live a couple of miles from where my husband's grandfather was born and grew up (we live in the next village)!

Carlisle is on our list of places to visit!

Irene | Light Beckons said...

Mags, this is beautifully written! The flow of LoA, as I see it, is about transcending Divine energies into manifestation and matter, and how smoothly that goes largely depends on our willingness to see through the WHOLE process. In our eagerness to get things done, sometimes we forget the element of Divine timing, and that's when we get discouraged and give up. You are a wise woman and I'm glad everything worked out beautifully for you. :)

I have been to Scotland once many years ago. The view was simply breath-taking, although I wish I had more luck at Loch Ness ... Nessy wasn't home, LOL!

Time to go have a chat with my guides on MY new home. ;)

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Thanks, Irene!

That Nessie... very coy ;)