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islandsoulchild said: i'm moving into a new space and would like to bless it and rid it of any bad energy. Do you have any suggestions for me? :)
Oh yes I do! I read this great book called Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston (great book and easy to understand I highly recommend) and there is a great step by step guide on how to space clear your space. This is a bit of a process, so if you don’t have time, just get a sage stick and walk into all the rooms with it burning while visualizing all the energy being purified. But if you want more of a ritual this is what I recommend:
Basic Space Clearing Checklist
1. Do not attempt Space Clearing if you feel any fear or apprehension. These techniques are perfectly safe but are designed for personal every day use, not for the purposes of exorcism- leave that to trained professionals.
2. Obtain permission before doing space clearing if not in your own home.
3. Do space cleaning when you feel physically fit and healthy, emotionally centered, and mentally focused.
4. It is best not to do space clearing if you are pregnant, menstruating, or have an open flesh wound.
5. Take the time to think about what you want to have happen in your life. If you share the space with others, it is best to consult them too.
6. For best results, psychically clean and straighten up the space, sweep, mop or vacuum it, and clear out clutter first.
7. Take a full bath or shower, or at least wash your face and hands.
8. Put food and drink away in cupboards or sealed containers.
9. Remove jewelry and other metallic objects from your person. Work barefoot if possible.
10. Work alone unless other people present fully understand what you are doing.
11. Work in silence without background music. Turn off any fans and other nonessential loud or droning machinery.
12. Open a door or window.
13. Locate an appropriate power point and set up your equipment.
14. Roll up your sleeves and sanitize your hands.
1. Take time to attune to the space. Mentally announce yourself and radiate your intentions.
2. Starting at the main entrance, go around the inside perimeter of the space, sensing the energy. Use your hands and all your other senses too.
3. Light candles, burn incense, sprinkle holy water, and offer flowers and prayers to the guardian spirit of the house and the spirits of the earth, air, fire and water. Call in the angels and your own personal guides and helpers (whatever feels appropriate to you).
4. Clap in corners to dispense static energy. Then wash your hands in running water (very important to remember to do this).
5. Purify the space with bells.
6. Shield the space (through visualization).
7. Fill the space with intention, light and love (through visualization).
I hope this helps you, blessed be!
Zen Habits Live Simply
Do one thing at a time. This rule (and some of the others that follow) will be familiar to long-time Zen Habits readers. It’s part of my philosophy, and it’s also a part of the life of a Zen monk: single-task, don’t multi-task. When you’re pouring water, just pour water. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re bathing, just bathe. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks while eating or bathing. Zen proverb: “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”
Do it slowly and deliberately. You can do one task at a time, but also rush that task. Instead, take your time, and move slowly. Make your actions deliberate, not rushed and random. It takes practice, but it helps you focus on the task.
Do it completely. Put your mind completely on the task. Don’t move on to the next task until you’re finished. If, for some reason, you have no choice but to move on to something else, try to at least put away the unfinished task and clean up after yourself. If you prepare a sandwich, don’t start eating it until you’ve put away the stuff you used to prepare it, wiped down the counter, and washed the dishes used for preparation. Then you’re done with that task, and can focus more completely on the next task.
Do less. A Zen monk doesn’t lead a lazy life: he wakes early and has a day filled with work. However, he doesn’t have an unending task list either — there are certain things he’s going to do today, an no more. If you do less, you can do those things more slowly, more completely and with more concentration. If you fill your day with tasks, you will be rushing from one thing to the next without stopping to think about what you do.
Put space between things. Related to the “Do less” rule, but it’s a way of managing your schedule so that you always have time to complete each task. Don’t schedule things close together — instead, leave room between things on your schedule. That gives you a more relaxed schedule, and leaves space in case one task takes longer than you planned.
Develop rituals. Zen monks have rituals for many things they do, from eating to cleaning to meditation. Ritual gives something a sense of importance — if it’s important enough to have a ritual, it’s important enough to be given your entire attention, and to be done slowly and correctly. You don’t have to learn the Zen monk rituals — you can create your own, for the preparation of food, for eating, for cleaning, for what you do before you start your work, for what you do when you wake up and before you go to bed, for what you do just before exercise. Anything you want, really.
Designate time for certain things. There are certain times in the day of a Zen monk designated for certain activities. A time for for bathing, a time for work, a time for cleaning, a time for eating. This ensures that those things get done regularly. You can designate time for your own activities, whether that be work or cleaning or exercise or quiet contemplation. If it’s important enough to do regularly, consider designating a time for it.
Devote time to sitting. In the life of a Zen monk, sitting meditation (zazen) is one of the most important parts of his day. Each day, there is time designated just for sitting. This meditation is really practice for learning to be present. You can devote time for sitting meditation, or do what I do: I use running as a way to practice being in the moment. You could use any activity in the same way, as long as you do it regularly and practice being present.
Smile and serve others. Zen monks spend part of their day in service to others, whether that be other monks in the monastery or people on the outside world. It teaches them humility, and ensures that their lives are not just selfish, but devoted to others. If you’re a parent, it’s likely you already spend at least some time in service to others in your household, and non-parents may already do this too. Similarly, smiling and being kind to others can be a great way to improve the lives of those around you. Also consider volunteering for charity work.
Make cleaning and cooking become meditation. Aside from the zazen mentioned above, cooking and cleaning are to of the most exalted parts of a Zen monk’s day. They are both great ways to practice mindfulness, and can be great rituals performed each day. If cooking and cleaning seem like boring chores to you, try doing them as a form of meditation. Put your entire mind into those tasks, concentrate, and do them slowly and completely. It could change your entire day (as well as leave you with a cleaner house).
Think about what is necessary. There is little in a Zen monk’s life that isn’t necessary. He doesn’t have a closet full of shoes, or the latest in trendy clothes. He doesn’t have a refrigerator and cabinets full of junk food. He doesn’t have the latest gadgets, cars, televisions, or iPod. He has basic clothing, basic shelter, basic utensils, basic tools, and the most basic food (they eat simple, vegetarian meals consisting usually of rice, miso soup, vegetables, and pickled vegetables). Now, I’m not saying you should live exactly like a Zen monk — I certainly don’t. But it does serve as a reminder that there is much in our lives that aren’t necessary, and it can be useful to give some thought about what we really need, and whether it is important to have all the stuff we have that’s not necessary.
Live simply. The corollary of Rule 11 is that if something isn’t necessary, you can probably live without it. And so to live simply is to rid your life of as many of the unnecessary and unessential things as you can, to make room for the essential. Now, what is essential will be different to each person. For me, my family, my writing, my running and my reading are essential. To others, yoga and spending time with close friends might be essential. For others it will be nursing and volunteering and going to church and collecting comic books. There is no law saying what should be essential for you — but you should consider what is most important to your life, and make room for that by eliminating the other less essential things in your life.
I think I must be feeling better now, because soul destroying negativity is harder for me to shrug off now than it was before