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The Truth Behind Feng Shui Space Clearings & Blessing Ceremonies

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!

 

 

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Why You Should Care About the Helpful People Area of Your Home

‘Helpful People’ sounds like an ancillary benefit to Feng Shui until you find yourself in need of some truly reliable and helpful people in your life.  To be honest, more people become curious about Feng Shui because of the allure that it will improve their finances or love life, than for the probability that it will allow them to ‘receive it forward‘.  In fact, the Helpful People/Travel/ Service area may be one of the most overlooked areas on the Feng Shui bagua.  We all need to be able to give and receive stellar service as we move through this thing called life, and when this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.

So who are these “helpful people” anyway?  Let’s run through a few scenarios where helpful people are very appreciated.  You were just in a wreck, you call your insurance company and they jump through hoops to make sure that all of your needs are met.  Need a tow truck, car rental or doctor?  Chances are that your insurance agent is acting as a very helpful person in your life in that moment.  Here’s another example; let’s say that you walk out of your apartment and your car battery is dead.  One of your neighbors has jumper cables, and offers to give your car battery a jump with their’s.  They just did a “pay it forward” and they helped you out of a frustrating start to your day.  A helpful person could be the girl taking your order in the drive-thru window or it could be the contractor in charge of your home’s plumbing needs.  Regardless, it is always a good idea to tweak this area BEFORE it becomes a issue in your life.

“When this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.”

Now that I have your attention, let me give you the 411 on this area.  If you mentally visualize an imaginary tic tac toe box around your home, it will then be divided into 9 evenly placed squares (the example below is not perfectly even, but at least it gives you a visual).  The Helpful People area is located in the bottom right hand corner in relation to your front door.  Using your mental bagua, go to each room, locate the helpful people area and do an inventory of your findings. Your home is an overlay of multiple helpful people areas, and they all matter!  Once your inventory is complete, you’ll want to analyze the data.  Did you find your daughter’s collection of headless Barbies or did you find a chaotic table full of un-filed papers, bills, receipts and other symbols of overwhelm? Whether you found your meditation pillow and yoga mat, or your son’s legos scattered like land mines all over the floor, it doesn’t take a Feng Shui license to know what you need to do in order to bring some balance back into your life.

Helpful People Bagua

The next step is to eliminate the most obvious problems first.  If your area is filled with clutter and broken items, clean it.  Don’t wait for your kids to call Hoarders, and embarrass you on national television!  Next, remember that this area revolves around being of service.  From a Feng Shui point of view, all areas can be enhanced by balancing the elements.  Helpful People is strengthened by the metal element.  The  colors that enhance this element are obviously metal tones like silver, bronze and gold, and metal items like bells or metal Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as white and light pastels.  The shape that represents the metal element is a circle, so adding round, metal items would really pack some punch.  Obviously, whatever you add, needs to be able to fit in with the decor that already exists within your home.  Placing a Feng Shui “cure” in your home just because the store clerk assured you it will bring good luck is not nearly as powerful as finding a way to allow the cures to be blend seamlessly into your surroundings.  It is much more desirable to have your friends walk into you home and feel great about it without knowing why, than for them to walk in and be confronted by all sorts of  kitschy Feng Shui Chinese items that have no relevance to your life or culture.

Feng Shui may have its roots in some of the more esoteric and secret aspects of Chinese culture and lore, but at its most basic level, it is a very common-sense way to add a little peace and happiness into your life.  Have fun with it, and whatever you do, don’t take yourself too seriously!