I bet most of you reading this would agree, we are coming off of a never ending winter. We continued to see the dull shades of grey, instead of the vibrant hues of green we so desperately craved.
When the sun would tease us with an appearance, we were overcome with a euphoric feeling; an instant energy. After it went back into hiding, it again became nearly impossible to get motivated to do anything! The roller coaster of emotions…
What am I talking about? Energy. Every space holds energy. We don’t see it, but you know it’s there. You’ve walked into a room and it just didn’t “feel” right, so you cut your visit short, as you hurried out the door. Or, just the opposite. The room felt great and you were comfortable staying much longer than you planned. The décor was not your style at all, but you simply liked being there. Space. It holds a place for energy.
So, what do we do with this energy? There are many ways we can “clear the air” with “sage advice” for a “fresh start” and “good vibes”, while “airing out the mind”. To some of you, this may sound pretty hokey. I’ve heard it said, “I’m not into all that mystic stuff”. Did you realize, however, there is nothing New Age about this? It’s been happening for many generations and is a sacred ritual within many cultures. We do it naturally, without even knowing.
Many cultures recognize clearing energy with rituals such as: burning incense, smudging with sage, sprinkling water and salt, ringing bells, holy water, prayers, blessings and more. It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s what is right for you.
Most would agree that a simple and essential aspect of caring for our homes is cleaning… clearing away the dust and dirt. Letting dirt, dust and clutter accumulate over time makes us stagnant and negative. We hold onto past energy, feelings, and old patterns that no longer serve us. What should we do? Clear the space. This space clearing can apply not only to your home, but to your office, vehicle and even your body. With all you do, it is important to be in the right state of mind, remain positive and respectful with good intentions. Here are a few methods:
What: Feng Shui has been around for centuries. It is a practice that is based on your home being a mirrored reflection of what is within us. Originating in China, Feng Shui claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. Aligning your environment with your true self is to harmonize your energy within your home. Feng Shui practices architecture with invisible forces that bind the universe, earth and humanity together.
How: Feng Shui focuses on careful consideration of every item you bring in, how you arrange it and keep up with maintaining your home. All of this, including the placement of color and items in your home, is believed to create a free flowing energy within your house. The thought is holding onto only items that you love and making them prominent.
What: Another centuries old form of clearing space is smudging. Sage smudging is the most popular and effective. The smudging ceremony is a custom of Native Americans and other indigenous cultures. Smudging is used as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, personal items and space. There are no set rules. It’s important to focus on your intent, visualize it cleansing you, your home and workplace of all negative energies.
How: For sage smudging there are several types of sage. White sage (a less harsh smell) and Desert Sage (less messy when burned) are used most frequently. Many use sage sticks which are bundles of sage tied together and are the easiest to burn. Some use the herb, Sweetgrass, a sweet smelling herb. You might see it in long braids as well. A large shell, bowl or container for dropping of any ashes will be needed. A large feather will help move the smoke to corners of the rooms.
Many begin with prayers to guide you through. Next start by smudging yourself with swirls of smoke around you. Some people use feathers to fan the smoke in the direction they want. Visualize the smoke carrying away all the negative energy. To smudge your home, offer the smoke outside first. Work your way from the lowest level to the highest. Following your sage or sweetgrass burning, many burn rose petals to add positive energy and love. Bells have been used in ceremonies to break up the stagnant energy as well.
What: Salt Cleansing is another form of energy clearing. Salt cleansing beliefs are similar. All forms of energy clearing have in common, that energy in itself, is a vital source which radiates from everything and everyone around us. Negative energy can often be sensed, even felt. The result is a feeling of uneasiness.
How: Salt cleansing is by placing rock or sea salt in small bowls and placing them in the four corners of your room or home for 24 hours. Iodized table salt is not preferred. Or, you can take 2 teaspoons of sea salt, dissolve into some warm water, then put it in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme or rosemary for an added bonus. All ingredients are environmentally safe. Spray it wherever you feel you need cleansing. Mist yourself, too. Release the negativity and bring on the positive vibes!
These are just a few examples. There are many ways in which you can clear space. Why do you think you’re in such a better mood, once your home is cleaned and rearranged? It’s not because your back may ache from vacuuming or bending over. Your home feels good! You feel good. Now, when you think about spring cleaning, you may not take it so lightly. It all comes down to this, do what is right for you. Do what feels good. Set your intentions. Create your happy space and place.