Get Rid of the Stuff You Don’t Need

There is no right or wrong way to live. There is only life, experience, and the wisdom gained through living. But by nature, we are designed to seek comfort, become bored with comfort, seek adventure, and seek comfort again. It keeps us busy, gets us in trouble, helps us procreate (often connected with getting into trouble), and forces us to continue to experience life and gain more wisdom.

Most of us tend to learn the hard way, for a while. But sooner or later we begin to catch on and learn what makes us happy, what keeps us safe, what makes us bored, and what gets us into trouble.

But along the way, in the process of learning what we need to know, we tend to pick up a lot of stuff we don’t need, like fear, anger, sadness, and other unpleasantness. We can accumulate quite a bundle, and for a while it can seem like the more we have, the more we attract.

At some point, when we’ve had lots of ups and downs, and have a big bundle of stuff stuck to us, we get so we can’t budge. It gets hard to connect with ourselves and other people, because of all the stuff in the way. We’re what the psychologists call “stuck”.

Because we’ve picked up some religion or spiritual training along the way, we might say to God, “Help!”. “Get me out of this mess.” “Help me feel love.”

That’s when things start to get really interesting. And by interesting, I mean more difficult, and more painful. There we are with all our accumulated stuff, saying “Help me get through the door to love”. And life responds by going “Hell yeah! Let’s clear that stuff so you can”.

The tricky part is that the only way to move the stuff off is by calling it to our attention, so we can release it….Find out how on

With over 40 years of study, training and experience, Max Highstein holds M.A degrees in both Psychology and Spiritual Psychology and is internationally acclaimed for his award winning, bestselling guided meditations, and for his private sessions, courses, and workshops.

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Val M.
Val M5 years ago


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

I need to have a yard sale to get rid of some stuff, and my emotional ties to them!

Anne K.
Anne K5 years ago

Thank you!

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

I clicked on this article hoping it would inspire me to clean out my closet. No such luck. Guess I have emotional baggage to get rid of as well as the crud in the closet...

Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Our thoughts determine

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M5 years ago

Thank you for the article

Freddy Jones
Freddy J5 years ago

yes, we first need to recognize the need for change before change can actually take place...

Barb Hansen
Ba H5 years ago

i also need to get rid of physical stuff, not emotional

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H5 years ago

Reading the title and the comments, I thought this was about getting rid of clutter. Clutter is what my friend describes as work - stuff that needs to be done and then you can tidy it away. There's usually plenty of that to be seen in my house, punctuated by brief periods of tidiness..;)

Reading the article, I thought it was about getting rid of mental baggage. I have a motto that works very well for me: 'If you don't like it, do something about it!'

da c.
Past Member 5 years ago

I am not one to have an emotional attachment to "things", so I eliminate clutter easily.