On this Libra new moon, I feel drawn to creating more balance in my life. One of the best ways I know to have balance, for me, is to have my home and space clean and clear! So I was doing some reading in my many Feng Shui books, about clearing clutter and space clearing. And I read this great quote from Denise Linn, who wrote Sacred Space, my all time favorite Feng Shui guide:
“When you clear your home, you are also clearing your life, for your home is a reflection of you. Shifting your home’s energy, changes your energy.”
It feels particularly good at these change of Seasons, Equinox time, to get your home prepared for the new abundance to flow in. As I am saying this, there is sunlight pouring in my window and it feels amazing! With this change of season, we will be spending more time inside soon, so it’s good to get your home ready for that, too.
Start with removing what I call the easy clutter, junk mail, old magazines and newspapers, any old boxes. Cleaning your space before doing the energetic space clearing will begin to shift the energy. As you are cleaning up, set an intention, what do you want to accomplish in this room? Do you want to create a space that inspires you, do you want more abundance, do you want to attract new love, would you like the space to feel more relaxing? Put that intention in your mind as you clean. You can say in your mind, “I want this kitchen to nourish me and create health.”, “I’d like my bedroom to be peaceful,” ”I’d like my desk to be organized and inspiring,” etc. Once you have picked up the clutter and cleaned up, you are ready to begin the energetic space clearing.
Ways to Energetically Clear a Space:
Smudging: There are a few different types of Smudging. Native Americans traditionally used Sage bundles, which are available at many health food stores. You light the tip (you can hold it over a candle for this). You may want a metal bowl or shell under the sage to catch ashes. It’s always a good idea to smudge yourself, first. From the top of your head downward let the smoke pour around you, clearing yourself. Then walk through your house with a feather to fan the smoke outwards. Smudge will clear out evil spirits, negative energy, negative emotions, anger, sickness and fear. When you are finished, put the Smudge out in a bowl of sand or a potted plant, make sure it is extinguished. I have an Abolone shell with sand for this purpose. You can also burn Palo Santo Wood (Palo Santo is Spanish for Holy Stick), which is a sacred wood from Peru. It comes in little sticks, which you light, then blow on it, to create a wonderful aromatic smoke that clears your space. I have heard it said, Sage clears out where Palo Santo is more about bringing good things, good energy in. I like Palo Santo because it goes out easily, I never feel like I’ll set my house or spa on fire! Another way to clear space with smoke is to burn incense. I highly recommend Shoyeido incense from Japan, there is one called Kyoto Autumn Leaves, that I just love this time of year.
Sound Clearing: Sound is a powerful space clearer! Even clapping your hands can clear your space. Once, I went to a housewarming party where we were told to bring some noisemaker, a drum, spoons, rattles, tambourine. We had about 30 people walking through the house making noise, that will chase any old energy out! I really love my Tibetan brass bowl for clearing space. You can also use bells, chimes, drumming, or even the stereo! Music and sound effectively clears a space.
Salt Water: mix 3 tablespoons sea salt in one cup of water, in a pretty bowl, then walk through the house and use your fingers to sprinkle the water throughout each room. Remember to use your intentions here. You can say something like, “I now release my past limitations, clearing my way for a brighter future.”
Aromatherapy Spritzer: Using an Aromatherapy Spritzer filled with Essential oils, witch hazel and water can do wonders for clearing a space. Lavender is a great all purpose cleaner, anitbacterial, antimicrobial and clearing emotions. I just created a spritzer of Cedar and Lemongrass which I misted in our bedroom closets to keep moths away. Citrus spritzers are great for more energy and weight loss. Ylang Ylang spritzer inspires romance, love and is an aphrodisiac. You can really feel the energy shift instantly with Aromatherapy, this is my preferred method at the Spa.
Crystals: Some crystals are particularly good for clearing negative energy and also protection of a space. Selenite is the best for this purpose, you can place it in the corners of a room and windowsills to create a protective grid around your room. I love my Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp for clearing my space at home & at work. It increases negative Ions which are so vital to our health.
I just love the feeling of a clean, cleared home and office. It feels like renewal.
May your space be cleared and ready to receive the new energy of this new Moon, new Season! Best wishes!