Spring is the beginning of a new cycle in nature, therefore, a great time to start projects, new jobs or even plant a garden. I started this blog on spring last year and one of the first posts I wrote was about a Spring Clean: a Spring Clean of energy.
I had just moved to a new house, a new rental which meant that the place had the energy of many, many tenants, people that live and treat the place as something that will not be quite permanent in their lives. A home is a place you invest not only your money in, but also your time an energy. A rental rarely receives this type of energy and love.
As we are energy, so is our home: when we fight, stress, worry, are anxious or angry, we generate energy that clings to everything around us. It’s a subtle thing, because we cannot see energy, but the longer you experience those feelings, the more negative energy you released into your surroundings.
Energy is meant to be in a constant flow, good and bad energy alike. Even positive energy that remains trapped in an area of your house will become stagnant and will make you feel tired, drowsy and lacking motivation.
It is particularly important to do some cleansing after a big fight, when someone is ill in the family, or in general when you are feeling stressed, over-worked, have difficulty sleeping or feel anxious.
There are many ways to carry out the Energy Cleanse, here are some of them, so you can choose the ones you prefer. Whatever you do, have fun!
1.- Open curtains and windows
Keep your curtains open during the day to allow for sunlight to get into your home and close the curtains back after sunset.
Your windows should be open in a way that allows the air to flow throughout your home. If it’s winter, try ventilating rooms at least once a day.
Sunlight, apart from bringing in positive energy, kills bacteria, so it’s a good natural disinfectant.
2.- Use wind chimes
They move Chi around every time they sound. Ideally they should be placed where the air can reach them so they can produce their music, but you can also place them in rooms with poor air flow and give them a gentle push whenever you pass them to get them chiming.
3.- Burn some incense
Sandalwood is the most common fragrance used to clean homes. But sage and lavender aromas are good too, and sage is particularly good at dispelling negative thoughts.
Once the Chi in your home is flowing you can use an oil burner or aroma diffuser to keep the natural balance of the rooms using different oils according to the rooms and desired effect. Here is a list of oils and their effects on mind and body:
Lavender: Relaxation, aids sleep.
Orange, Lemon, Lemongrass: Uplifting, Energizing oils.
Mint: Focus (good for studying).
Chamomile: Calming and Soothing.
4.- Play some music
Sound moves energy around and has the power of turning negative energy into positive energy.
Classical music is particularly good for cleansing.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are another way to equilibrate the energy in your home.
5.- Tidy up
It’s hard for energy to flow when all the surfaces in your home are covered in things. Also negative energy needs objects to cling to.
Unwashed dishes in the kitchen, half eaten cookies on the table, old newspapers and magazines on the living room, clothes hanging from the back of every chair, laying on the bed; shoes on the floor (…well, you get the idea); all these are obstacles that stop the normal flow of energy towards the outside, and therefore help negative energy linger.
By making a habit out of tidying up a little daily you’ll find that the general feel of your home improves.
6.- Use sea salt
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, or think that your home is really negatively “charged”, a great way to be rid of even the most tenacious of negative vibes is by using sea salt. This is a remedy commonly used in Feng Shui to clear the energy of homes and offices.
There are two ways you may use sea salt: One is to sprinkle it on the floor of every room (or the room you feel needs it), leave it for an hour and then hoover it. This should remove any trace of negative energy.
Otherwise, you can place bowls with sea salt in each room of your home and leave them there for a month. The salt will absorb the negative energy. You can then throw the salt away (make sure not to keep this salt in your home after you’ve used it for cleaning).
7.- Add living Plants
Plants bring colour, oxygen, and positive energy to any space.
Certain type of plants also filter the air around them, so they are a great addition to any home. According to a study carried out by NASA, the following plants not only turn CO2 into O2, but they also help purify the air in any room by absorbing benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene from their surroundings:
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
- Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
- Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
Bear in mind that for plants to be a positive energy source, you need to look after them, remove any dead leaves, stems or flowers and water them as required.
8. – Rearrange your furniture
Negative energy needs something to hold on to. Arrange your rooms with as much wide open space as possible (hopefully you would have tidied up around you before doing this, creating even more space), allowing any negative energy to disperse. Also, the mere act of rearranging will cause harmful energy to dissipate, by breaking the existing energy patterns.
While you are at it, hoover your carpets and plump any cushions and pillows you got in your home; they too get impregnated with negative energy and it’s good to give them a hearty whipping every once in a while.