Have you tried space clearing? or feng shui? I live in an old Victorian house with four daughters, a dog and a husband who works from home – believe me, our house needs some space clearing. I’m just getting started with the whole feng shui, space clearing endeavor and I’m having a lot of fun with it. Because I really don’t know what I’m talking about here I’ll give you a quick overview as I see and understand it. Please feel free to chime in in the comments below and put me straight.
Good old fashioned elbow grease and cleaning takes care of the physical dirt and grime. Space clearing takes care of the energetic dirt and grime. I know it sounds a little strange but stay with me – think about when you’ve walked into a home and you’ve picked up a vibe, perhaps something felt a little strained, all of a sudden you felt you were walking on eggshells, or perhaps you just felt weighed down and stagnant in another house, or maybe you felt light and happy – that’s the energy you’re picking up in each environment. We’re always effected by our environment whether it’s our house or someone else’s. Space clearing removes the negative energy – or bad vibes in a house.
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Here’s how I do it:
- Clean the area really well – dust, vacuum and mop until it shines.
- You can use a smudge stick (available at most health food stores) or essential oils. If you’re using a smudge stick, light the tip of the stick with a candle or match, then wave it in the air until it starts to smoulder – it’s not actually on fire! Say a prayer or set an intention then walk around the area you wish to clear, gently waving the stick and focusing on your prayer or intention. It’s important to get into the dark forgotten corners. You can hold the stick over a fireproof container for extra protection if you like.
- If you’re using essential oils instead, lavender or some citrus oils are lovely, just sprinkle a few drops around the edges of the room, again focusing on your prayer or intention.
- When you’re finished, light a candle to continue to purify the environment.
- Opening a window to let some fresh air in is always a good idea and finish everything off with a lovely bunch of fresh flowers.
- As an extra step you can also sprinkle some sea salt along the entrance to the room, leave it for an hour or two or even overnight, then sweep it up and take it outside into the garden to dispose of.
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What I can tell you, after this ritual not only are things beautifully clean, but everything feels lighter, calmer and honestly, there seems to be more space to breathe!