This blog is about one of my favorite things in Feng Shui. It involves something that most people never think about: clearing the energetic imprint of a space and then blessing it. There are entire books written on the subject of space clearing alone. However, for the purposes of this blog, I am only going to describe the way it is used by the Black Hat Sect Tibetan Buddhist Feng Shui practitioner. Try saying that three times fast!
First, let me tell you why you might want to do a space clearing ceremony. We all know that energy is present in our homes, and I’m not talking about the kind you get from the electric company. In the form of chi energy, it either meanders through your home or it dashes around like a boomerang. How it flows depends on how the home is designed, but what about the energy of emotions? Anyone who has ever gone from zen to crazy in 2.5 seconds knows how quickly and potent emotional energy can be.
In our homes, this emotional energy sticks around, even after the dust of an argument has settled. However, arguments are not the only way that emotional energy effects your home. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Has your home ever been burglarized?
Has anyone ever been assaulted in your home?
Has anyone ever died in your home? (very common in older homes)
Was your home built on or near a cemetary?
Is it near a church or funeral home?
When something tragic happens in your home, that energy becomes palpable. I once did a space clearing at a 100 year old house. The homeowner was aware that several previous inhabitants had died in the home. It may not be the easiest thing to talk about, but it really is important to know the history of your home. If you don’t know the history, it is better to clear it all out just in case.
In a standard Feng Shui interior space clearing, we use two main ceremonies: Smoking the Orange Peels and Sealing the Doors. In the Smoking Orange Peels cure, the smoke combined with the Three Secrets Reinforcement intentions, clears out the negative energy from the space. The second step involves employing the Sealing the Doors cure. This prevents the negative energy from re-entering. This ceremony is especially important if your home or business has ever been robbed. I hear so many people tell me that they have been robbed not once, but two or three times. To prevent it from continuing to happen, it is necessary to get rid of that energy once and for all. And finally, if you live in a home that has unwelcome spirit energy, this is definitely the ceremony of choice.
Once the inside in complete, the real fun begins. A Blessing Ceremony encourages growth, luck and prosperity. This is often done when moving into a new home or business location, during times of bad luck, as a cure for predecessor problems or when under spiritual attack. A Blessing Ceremony uses rice, cinnabar, high proof “spirits” and the recitation of the Ten Powerful mantras during the Three Secrets Reinforcements to charge the rice mixture. The rice then becomes food for the hungry ghosts and represents seeds of blessings and desired outcomes that we ‘plant’ with our intention to create the life we want.
While anyone can learn to do these type of space and blessing ceremonies with a little training, hiring a certified Feng Shui practitioner can take the guess work out of it so that you can focus on the most important of the Three Secrets, the actions that you desire to see made manifest!