Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cleansing the Energy of a Space

This article crosses over two specific areas I write about, so along with this article there is a companion article entitled "Creating a Positive Vibe" in my new blog Charged Creation.

A friend recently asked me for some suggestions for cleansing the energy of a physical space after a heated emotional conflict occurring and dealing with the emotionally charged "vibe" that remains long after the event.

One of her first comments after I made my suggestions was, "I'll have to find the cheapest option, we don't have much spare money." At this stage I felt the need to point out something I feel is important. It's not about what you buy, what you use or how you actually do it - as with any ritual (defined as phsyical realm representation of something designed to affect or interact with other planes) - it is about the intent.

Let us take a look at the celtic traditions - to this day witchcraft is associated with the broomstick. The origins of this stereotype lay in the wise old women of the village, those who knew about herbology, childbirth and the mysteries of life and were considered wise or magical. When they wanted to cleanse something they would use the broom symbolically to do it.

My first suggestion for anyone wanting to cleanse the energy of a space for any reason would be to take a broom, and physically sweeep the room, the floor, the walls, the ceiling. It doesn't need to be solid physical cleaning - the intent and thoughts while you are doing it should be in dispersing the negative energy you wish to remove.

Another important factor that I would like to point out is that it is my belief that everything has an aura; not just living bodies, but inanimate objects too. This aura can be affected in the same way that one can raise and lower the frequencies that they phsyically attune to through the use of meditation and other techniques.

Denise Linn in her fantastic book "Sacred Space" suggests there are four steps to house cleaning; In this article I take her four basic steps and apply my own metaphysical and esoteric views on them and present some practical ways that work for me for creating the "vibe" you desire.

  1. Preparation - Becoming clear about our intention.
  2. Purification - The act of cleansing/clearing or ritual.
  3. Invocation - Specific request to the cosmic as part of the ritual.
  4. Preservation - Raising and maintaining a positive energy
Step 1

Before beginning any kind of ritual it is strongly advised to purify yourself. Wash your hands and dry them, again holding the intent in mind of self purification, then drink a glass of water and offer a statement to God or the cosmic about your intention. (You can view this process as a mini ritual in itself to commence the ritual proper). We've already discussed, and I'll leave it as an exercise in trusting your inner guide as to how you can consciously and subconsciously establish an intention and hold it.

Step 2

This is the actual symbolic ritual step. In this step you are acting out your will, your intent using physical symbols to represent the movement of energies on and across other planes. 

  • I've suggested using a broom to symbolically cleanse a room; I personally think it's the most appropriate way to go. Even better than using your every day cleaning broom, make a small hand sized broom for the purpose. It could be made of ribbon, strips of rags, straw whatever you have available. Remember while making it to hold your intent for it's purpose - this will charge it even more with emotional intent.
  • Lighting an incense stick and invoking a symbol of peace or balance in each cardinal direction of the room.
  • Taking a box that can be opened and closed (preferably sturdy and wooden, but that is my personal preference), open it in the center of the room and direct the negative energy towards it; close the box and release the energy back to the earth somewhere appropriate.
Step 3

I mentioned this step briefly in step 1 as part of the mini-ritual of self-purification prior to any ritual. Allow me to elaborate a little on this here. The Invocation can be offered to whatever it is you hold dear in your heart - your concept of God. Be that a traditional Jehovah, Ra, Odin or the entire Cosmic or yourself - whatever you consider the god of your heart to be. An example Invocation for self purification could be:

May the God of my heart accept this act of self purification and aid me in the work I am about to commence. So mote it be.

The following Invocation is based on Denise Linn's suggested Invocation from her "Sacred Space" book:

May the God that dwells in my heart come forth and fill this home. I ask that this home be a sanctuary for all who shall enter. I ask that good thoughts and good actions emanate from this home. May this home bring comfort and healing for all who live here. May this home be a healing center of light and love. I ask this in the name of the Cosmic. So Mote it Be.
Step 4

Now that you have cleansed your space, it should be a priority to maintain the energy of the space and if possible continue to raise that energy habitually. Once the space is cleansed and your intent for it to be a source of your abundance in your life spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically there are various things you can do frequently to maintain your positively charged energy environment. These are all just suggestions, use what you feel works for you, your space, the people around you and your specific situation.

  • Regular burning of incense. Pick a scent that you associate with the energy you wish to create, and burn it regularly, even daily if you can.
  • Light a candle for a period of time each day, it could just be five minutes. Use the time the candle is lit to sit quietly and recall thoughts related to the energy you desire in your space. Feel the energy fill you from the cosmic and burst out from you filling the room.
  • Upon entering your home or space every time mentally recall your intent for the space, doing this brings to conscious manifestation your intention.
I feel it important to note that if you enter any building which has continually been used for ritual or higher plane work you can feel it. This is because the physical space has been attuned in this way through repeated intent and often in the case of Cathedrals and Temples the repeated intent and ritual of large numbers of devoted worshipers.

These same principles can be applied to your home space of healing and abundance by having those that you co-occupy with understand your intention and in their own way come up with a symbolic way of establishing their intention. Likewise, regular work to maintain and build the energy of your space will over time attune that space more and more so for that particular purpose.

In Love, Life and Light.
An Unknown Philosopher.


Katie said...

I really enjoyed this, it was very helpful and informative. at first i felt kinda dumb for thinking i needed to worry about spending money. but then realized that i just wasnt knowledged on all 'fields' of the matter. for i am greatly still learning! Maybe i will look deeper into my ideas before i jump in the car and head to our metaphysical shop. ^_^though i do like buying things there when i can.
Thank you for your help and insight!

An Unknown Philosopher said...

So glad you found the article useful!

There's no reason for feeling dumb about anything; again this is our commercial capitalist world training and upbringing that leads us to the idea that we can buy solutions to all of our problems and that all solutions have to be delivered immediately.

Take care.

Simply_Katie said...

Thats So friggin nutz, i was thinking that exact same thing after i wrote my comment and went to bed! I was thinking about all the things we are "programed" to think, believe, and feel. and realize it takes quite some effort to "rewire" yourself. ^_^ i like thinking! haha