Arguments, illness, drug-use, moods, and negative thoughts influence the energy of a place. Sometimes I go to Sunday open houses to satisfy my curiosity about what type of home is selling for what price. Each tells something about its dwellers. In some homes it’s hard to breathe. In others, I want to turn around and get out fast. But in some, where there has been love and care, the energy feels great – like I’d want to stay awhile.
Clearing a space resets the energy. Just as you would clean dirty floors before moving in, it’s important to clear the space. Otherwise, you’re living or working in someone else’s energetic dirt, which can deplete you.
I once toured a famous historic home near Boston. We were told about the home’s original owners – people there when the first “shot heard ‘round the world” occurred. It was a home I had trouble breathing in, which was my first sign the energy was stagnant. When we entered an upstairs bedroom, I could feel and smell illness. I said, “Someone had a long illness here… probably died here.” The tour guide and the others turned to look at me as if I’d grown a second head! The guide confirmed that an older woman had died there. I could feel that part of the woman was still hanging around, 200 years later! It was not only unpleasant, but who would want to step into that energy, not to mention live there?
Other people leave energy behind where it clings to walls, drapes, furniture, carpets, and air. In Feng Shui, we’re advised to know the history of a home and its inhabitants before moving in. If someone was ill, financially unsound, or if their relationships were poor, it’s not good to step into that energy because the same theme can start operating in your life. I’m so aware of this, I can’t bring myself to buy antiques unless I know exactly where they came from! This comes from working with and sensing energy for so many years and seeing what an impact it makes.
Bottom line, clear any home or building as a rule, whether you know about the previous tenants or not. Here are 6 effective ways to do this.
1. Bring in as much natural light as possible. Darkness lends itself to stagnant energy.
2. Clean thoroughly. Wipe down walls, shelves, and cabinets. Shampoo carpets and floors.
3. Let fresh air blow through each and every room. This helps removes stagnant air and whatever lingers in it.
4. Use white sage. My go-to energy clearing tool is white sage, wrapped into a tight bundle (sometimes called a smudge stick or sage wand). Open doors, windows, cabinets, showers, drawers, and closets. Light the tips of the sage with a match and extinguish the flame so the wand lightly smokes. Walk counterclockwise around the space with the smoldering sage, getting the smoke into every nook and cranny.
5. Tune in and feel. Is it lightening up? Is dense energy being released? Do you need to go round again? I usually go 3 times around, sensing the energy along the way. Knowing when energy is clear might not be easy at first, but after awhile you’ll be able to feel it.
6. After saging, use sounds, Tibetan bells, music that lifts your spirit, chanting, singing, living plants, fresh flowers, or crystals to reset the energy to your own positive desires for the space. Repeat when needed, or as soon as you get the sense that your positive vibe needs a lift.