8 Great Ways to Clear Your Space
Spring is a wonderful time to clear your space!
Also, When you are starting a new project
When you first move into a new home
after you have had an argument with someone
after an illness or death in the family
before implementing Feng Shui
Before making a big life change
1 Clear the Clutter
As Karen Kingston says in her book Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui, “Clutter is stuck energy!” When I do space clearing for people, I always ask that they leave the clutter where it is just until we do the clearing. Clutter tells a story in the Bagua, maybe someone is trying to get a new job, but they have old newspapers and magazines filling up their career corner, maybe they want a relationship but their dining room table which is in their relationship corner is covered with work files…Feng Shui is so psychological!
Remember these simple 4 questions for each item in your house “do I love it? Do I use it? Do I need it? Does it evoke a positive feeling or make me smile?” If you can’t answer a resounding Yes, then donate it, recycle it or trash it! Here’s another fun way to get rid of a few things, put several things you don’t use in a box that you put out of sight for 6 months. When you get the box out, see if you can remember each item that is in there, anything you can’t remember must not be important so you then get rid of it!
2 Clear the Space with Sound
I went to the best housewarming party once, where everyone was asked to bring an instrument, rattle, sound maker, could be a rain-stick or just 2 spoons to clink together. 30 or so of us just made music (or you might say noise) throughout this newly bought home, the space felt so clear afterwards.
I like to use Tibetan bells to go through a space and listen to the energy of it. When you clink the 2 bells together it should be a long chime, but in some areas of the house the chime may fall flat or dense. That is where you need the most clearing! Other sound tools are chimes, brass bowls, tuning forks, drums. You can clear a space by chanting OHM, which imbues infinite, unlimited positive energy. You can clear a space by clapping your hands (this works well at the office if you need a quick clearing after a hard meeting). Or just turn on the stereo with your favorite tunes, sing along and see how that shifts the space.
3 Clearing with the Blue Flame (fire)
I call this clearing technique “the big guns” because it is reserved for clearing after a death, prolonged illness, if you sense an entity/ghost in your house or if you have just moved in and you want to clear out all that has been there before. There is fire involved so always have a fire extinguisher, water and a blanket handy.
I use a heavy duty clay pot, you could use a thick aluminum pan, but it will get hot! Place one cup Rock Salt into your pot, pour rubbing alcohol over the salt, just enough to cover. Place the pot in the room you wish to clear, on a fireproof surface. Light a match and drop it into the rock salt. A large blue flame will appear. Keep your intention on the blue flame to clear out any unwanted energies, you may ask the blue flame, “Please draw into your flame any negativity, energy, entities that do not belong here in this space, let this space be cleared by the blue flame.” Meditate upon the blue flame imagining all negativity and unwanted energies going into the blue flame and dissolving. When you feel the space has cleared, dowse the salt with water, using potholders bring the pot to the sink to be sure it’s completely out.
4 Smudging, Incense & Aromatherapy (Air)
Smoke has traditionally been used in spiritual practices such as the incense at Catholic churches, burning sage at funeral ceremonies and sticks of incense at Buddhist temples. The smoke can carry our prayers to Great Spirit.
Sage is the most common smudge used in Native American ceremonies. I like Sage for clearing out a space, especially after a death or negativity. Sweet grass is a healing smudge and Cedar is good for grounding. Traditionally you would use a smudge stick held over an abalone shell, using a feather to waft the smoke about the room. You can use the burning smudge to clear yourself, using the feather to waft smoke from your feet to the top of your head.
Another favorite smudging stick is Palo Santo, which means “holy wood” it comes from Peru. It is said that while Sage clears out, Palo Santo brings good things in, such as abundance, health and love. Palo Santo always gives me amazing dreams, so I like to burn it at night in gratitude for my day.
You can also burn incense to clear a space my favorite is Shoyeido.
Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to clear a space, either using a vaporizer or spritzer. Lemongrass and Cedar are the best purifiers to clear out old, stagnant energy.
5 Purifying with Water
Water like smoke has ancient spiritual properties, such as Holy Water used for baptismal, Mikveh sacred bathing ritual or the water at Lourdes that is used for healing. Water cleansing rituals are most effective in Spring.
Hawaiian Kahunas believe in placing water in blue bottles in the sunlight to create solar charged healing water (O’ponopono) that you can drink to clear dark spots on your soul. This water can be used for clearing a space, too.
Salt water is great for space clearing, place 3 tablespoons of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt (or combination) in a bowl of water. You can sprinkle the water around your room with intention saying a mantra such as “by the power of this salt and water may this room be cleansed, let these healing waters clear this space.” Salt water is perfect for clearing crystals or trinkets. Epsom Salt baths are a great way to clear your body, detoxifying and renewing!
A water fountain is another way to bring the power of water into your home, especially beneficial in the wealth corner.
6 Stones and Plants to clear & protect your space (Earth)
Selenite Stone can be used to create a protective grid inside your home. You place Selenite on all the windowsills and doorways within your home.
Several plants are protective in nature. For outside my favorite combination is Lavender and Rosemary to protect. Inside any plants that contain white in the leaves such as Philodendron, Dracaena, Spider plants, these will clear the air, natural oxygenators they also protect from radiation.
Himalayan Pink Salt Rock lamps are also wonderful air purifiers and they produce negative ions (like a day at the beach!)
7 Sealing and protecting your space with Reiki Symbols or other meaningful symbols.
In Reiki 2 we learn traditional Reiki symbols for protecting a space and making it impermeable by outside forces. If you don’t have access to the Reiki symbols, you can choose other spiritual symbols to protect your space, such as a cross, an Om symbol or an image of a golden rose. Egyptians used the symbol of the beetle or cabachon to protect. All of these symbols have been used traditionally to protect a space or person. You just draw the symbol on every window and door throughout your home, with the intention of protecting the space.
8 Bring in the Energizers
Now that your space is cleared, cleaned and protected you are ready for some Energizers. Energizers are those items that uplift, stimulate energy and bring joy to your life. Some examples are plants, lights, moving water (fountain or aquarium), flowers, art and pets. Energizers raise the energy frequency in a home. I personally love Peonies when it is Peony season (usually late May) I have Peonies all over my home. Peonies lift my spirits. What lifts your spirit?
Right now through August 15th, 2012 you can schedule a 90 minute Space Clearing for $125.oo (regularly $200.)
If you are interested in purchasing Smudging supplies we will be selling Sage & Palo Santo in our store very soon.
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Here are some of the other tools I use for Space clearing:
Best Incense Ever!
Opono’Opono Blue Bottles: