Release negative energy
Cleansing is a way of releasing energy in your space that has built up over time, either because of your own energy, the energy of others, or outside influences. It is a way to “clean” negative energies from your living space. While it is not a way to rid yourself of the bad vibes of your significant other or your roommate (sorry!), it can help you feel refreshed and re-energized.
Think of cleansing as a religious ritual. Cleansing rituals in most religions involve the use of fire, smoke and incense to purify a space. In essence, they clear out any negative energy that might be lingering in the area and fill it with positive energy. The same can be done with a house or apartment. Let’s take a look at the process of cleansing your home from top to bottom.
Here are some basic techniques to try and release the negative energy:
Smudging: Smudge sticks (also known as sage, sweet grass and other “smokeables”) can be found at many metaphysical shops and online. They’re easy to use: Light the smudge stick’s end and use it to gently waft smoke around the area you want to cleanse. (Be sure to open a window or turn on a fan first!)
Grounding: Imagine a cord of energy attached to your navel that reaches into the center of the Earth, then think about ways you can ground yourself in that same place. You can visualize your energy sinking into the ground, or simply find a spot in your home with strong earth energy—the corner of a basement or a room adjacent to a patio or garden—and stand there while going through your routine.
The four elements: Perform this cleansing ritual when you want to add an element to your space. During each stage of this spell, focus on how that element will add energy and balance to your area.
*Fire: Put a candle in every room of the house. Then sprinkle cinnamon around it while visualizing warmth and illumination in that space.
*Water: Sprinkle saltwater around the house,
One of the oldest methods for cleansing and protecting your home, smudging has been used since the beginning of recorded history. It is a tradition of burning herbs or incense to send away negative energies and restore balance.
Smudging can be traced back to some of the world’s earliest cultures and spiritual practices. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Taoists and American Indians all have a long history of purifying the body and spirit by smoke from aromatic plants.
In fact, smudging is an integral part of many Native American healing rituals. Ceremonies often begin with a sacred prayer followed by the burning of sage leaves to cleanse the space and bring about a sense of harmony between people and nature.
The idea behind this practice is that by clearing negative energy from your environment you can cleanse yourself on a spiritual level as well. By clearing your home of bad vibes you can create a new sense of calmness and serenity in your life.
With your tool of choice in hand, go around each room, cleansing each space by wafting the smoke towards the ceiling and walls. Try to imagine that you’re pushing out all of the negativity in the room, including any stagnant energy or angry spirits. Once you’ve finished cleansing each room, take some time to quiet yourself in your living space. Think about what you want to do with your home. How do you want it to feel?
Crystals aren’t just for collecting. They’re also used by many to cleanse and purify their homes, both of negative energy and of harmful electromagnetic fields.
Crystal cleansing is said to remove negativity in the home by utilizing different healing properties associated with specific crystals, which absorb the negative energy. Placing crystals in certain areas of the house helps to not only remove it but also helps to prevent it from entering again.
For example, placing amethyst throughout a home is said to help with insomnia, nightmares and stress while also absorbing any negative energy that you may be carrying with you into your home.
While some crystals are great for preventing or reducing bad energy, others can actually attract good energy into your home. Citrine has been known to attract more positive energy while selenite can help purify your water.
The more you know about the characteristics of stones, the easier it will be for you to use them properly. You can even make your own crystal grid or create an elixir using herbs, flowers or even essential oils that are known to have positive effects on your mind and body.
Selenite: This stone is known for its ability to whittle away stress and negativity from a space. It’s often placed on windowsills to bring extra light into the home. When in doubt, grab a black or dark-hued stone and toss it in whichever room needs a good energy scrub. Black tourmaline, onyx, hematite and smoky quartz are all renowned among believers for their ability to protect, ground, and cleanse.
Lepidolite: The pink variety of this crystal boosts levels of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin while its dark spots help absorb other people’s negative emotions. Place it in bedrooms or anywhere else you want to promote calm sleep and relaxation.
Black Tourmaline: This super-powerful stone absorbs negative thoughts and feelings while it grounds and protects against outside influences. Placed under your bed at night, it creates a barrier against nightmares and anxiety-inducing dreams.
Crystals are powerful tools, and they can help keep us grounded, cleanse our energy, and protect us from negative energy sources. To harness their full potential, it’s important that they are cleansed regularly.
Cleansing your crystals is a lot like cleansing your home of negative energy. It removes the stagnant energy, opens up the channels so that new positive energy can come in, and helps you to be more receptive to the healing properties of the crystal.
Essential Oil use to release negative energy:
Aromatherapy can help you relax, enhance energy levels, or even help you to sleep. With scents derived from herbs and other plants, essential oils are highly concentrated and should be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied directly to the skin.
These oils are great for cleaning too. Some are natural disinfectants, while others conjure up feelings of calm or well-being. Here are a few of our favorites:
Lemon oil . This fresh scent brightens the room with its citrusy smell. It’s also great for lightening stains on surfaces like wood floors.
Eucalyptus oil . Typically used as an insect repellent, this oil is also antiseptic and helps eliminate nasty smells.
Peppermint oil . This refreshing scent is ideal for rooms that need cheering up. It’s also great at purifying the air — just put a few drops in a humidifier or diffuser to create a cool, soothing effect.
Orange oil . This uplifting scent is great for putting off those winter doldrums and making your home feel more like springtime.
Sound is an all-natural, non-toxic way to cleanse your home’s energy. Life throws our bodies and minds into chaos every day, and sound waves can bring back the balance. The right music can help you relax, meditate or sleep better; it can inspire you; it can even help you lose weight.
Sound healing has been practiced for thousands of years, and for good reason: it works. It’s a simple, natural, and free way to cleanse yourself and your home of negative energy in a matter of minutes. And the best part is that you can do it in any room at any time.
Salt therapy is a growing wellness trend in the U.S., but you can add a salt lamp to your home in much simpler ways, too. In addition to their pretty appearance, Himalayan salt lamps emit negative ions when heated. These ions are what make them so beneficial from a health perspective, as they have been shown to purify the air and promote well-being in a variety of ways.
Salt lamps are made from 100 percent natural salt crystals mined from the mountains of Pakistan and contain no additives or dyes. The lamps are carved into many different shapes and sizes, but the most common are the large, oblong pink ones.
Some people claim that sleeping with a salt lamp turned on or near your bed will help you breathe easier, reduce nasal congestion, ease headaches, and improve your sleep patterns. Others say that placing them around your home will help reduce airborne allergens from pets and dust mites while also providing soothing light for an otherwise dim space.
There are different forms of cleansing for different spaces in your home. For example, if you want to cleanse a room, start by placing a bowl of salt, sea salt or bath salt at the foot of your bed and leave it there overnight. Then in the morning or later that night, after the energy has been cleared, vacuum the salt up. If you need to cleanse your entire house, you can do this with sprays or bowls of salt sprinkled around each room. You can also place bowls of water and sage around the house and light candles.
The most important thing is to clear out any negativity from your space so that you can feel comfortable and create a safe environment for yourself and those around you!
The energy of your space is affected by everything in it, and everyone who enters it. Your scent, the sounds you make and the things you do (or don’t do) affect the energy in your home. It’s up to you to decide what kind of energy you want to invite into your home and life.
And when you want to cleanse your space, cleanse yourself first. Any negativity or anger or fear or negative thoughts you harbor will leak out of you and affect your space. Cleansing isn’t just about making sure your space is clean and free of physical contaminants; smudging, crystals and other tools help keep your mind clear and your intentions positive.