Saturday, February 2, 2008

Rid your home of negative energy

Have you ever been to a place where you feel uncomfortable but you can’t figure out why you’re feeling that way? If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many people feel uncomfortable in certain places and they can’t explain why.

People could offer you various explanations for this. But consider this possibility: Perhaps that particular space where you feel ill at ease is a repository of negative energy. Maybe somebody who died or who was ill had occupied that place for quite some time.

Homes and spaces often take on the energy of their previous occupants — and you don’t have to believe in Feng Shui or any Eastern philosophy or creed to realize this.

Okay, since we’re not debating about beliefs here, let’s forget about why this difficult-to-explain thing happens.

What is important is to make your space – which could be your own home — more comfortable so you can feel more at ease.

Reiki guru and Feng Shui master Gi Santos says in this case it is wise to perform space cleansing.

Okay, you don’t have to believe everything Gi says. But some of his pointers are quite practical.

For example, he says if you have a bunch of old items and junk in your office desk which were left by previous occupants of that desk, it is possible that some negative energy is coming from these old items. Better get rid of those trash.

On a larger scale, if you have had a spate of bad luck and find that your life has been a constant struggle, it’s possible that you have some negative energies hanging around that are making your house “yin” – or negative in energy.

In this case, you really have to do a thorough space cleansing. And the best time to do that is during the Lunar New Year on Feb. 7, 2008.

Even if you are a skeptic, it would do you no harm to try these six space cleansing techniques on or before Feb. 7.

STEP 1. Clear stale energies from the house.

If you recently moved, you might be feeling some of the residual energy from past residents. If that’s your case, then consider using this technique: open everything that is closed. In short, you should open all doors, all windows, all cabinets, all boxes, anything that is closed should be open.

Then, walking from the front door and in a clockwise pattern, circle each room and go into the next while ringing a bell. Be sure to ring the bell in the corners of rooms and in closets where negative energy can remain trapped. You may want to proceed through the other five steps before closing everything up again.

STEP 2. Use salt to cleanse an area.

Another tip is to use salt to remove negative energies. You can wipe the walls with salt or sprinkle salt into the corners of the room. Be sure to sweep up the salt and throw it into the trash outside of your house afterwards.

STEP 3. Feed your ghosts rice.

If you feel extreme negative energy, you can also try sprinkling rice around the perimeter of your home beginning at the front door and walking in a clockwise fashion until you come to the door again. The rice will draw the energy outside and away from the interior of your home.

STEP 4. Scent the air to rid negative energies.

Smoke from incense or from herbs such as lavender will drive away problems. Eucalyptus scent will be conducive for healing while mint will attract prosperity. The scents of incense or herbal essential oils are all excellent ways to introduce beneficial energy.

STEP 5. Light and sound.

Light and sound are two very effective “yang” treatments that help to dispel negative energies. Tinkling windchimes and bright crystal rainbows or lit chandeliers are both excellent ways to introduce beneficial — and cleansing — energy to your space. But do not overdo!

If you have done all five steps, it’s time to close up all the doors, windows, cabinets, and drawers, and then proceed to Step 6.

STEP 6. Take a salt bath.

In the process of cleansing your home, it might also be a good idea to cleanse yourself as well. It is possible that you are bringing negative energy home from work or from the outside world. Soak in a tub with sea salt or dry-scrub with aromatic, purifying sea salt and wash your body in the shower afterwards. Salt will purify you and remove negative energies from your body. This is especially helpful if you work in a hostile or gossipy environment and will help you rid the energy from your body.

Remember: Negative energy grows and grows. That’s why it’s important to stop it immediately. To ignore it is to cause more negative energy to build and this can affect your health, your career, your finances, and your relationships.

Regardless of your beliefs, if your space doesn’t feel quite right, consider these tips to help you clear out the negative energy in your house and invite the good energy back inside.

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