Before you do anything, you must first clear away any negative or bad energy that’s been dormant in the house, home, or workplace. If you want to start afresh, there’s nothing like clearing out all the clutter and cleansing the spaces of your home and hearth.
Decluttering – An important step before applying Feng Shui principles to your place
To accomplish this task successfully, you have to be ruthless with yourself and your family, so approach each room in turn and decide whether you really need those things that are piling up in the clos- ets. You might even have boxes full of things you’ve forgotten about stored in the attic or cellar, so don’t neglect these areas, as they can harbor stagnant or negative energy. Before steaming in with the vacuum cleaner and the trash bags, though, understand why you are doing this, because understanding the process is as essential as doing it. Also bear in mind that while it may feel dif- ficult to throw things out, once the junk is gone, it’s remarkable how quickly you’ll forget about it. The number of possessions you have is also a symbol of the type of person you are. The more junk you hoard, the more likely it is you need to reassess your values. Why are you so acquisitive? Do you feel insecure without posses- sions? Similarly, if you live in a minimalist cell, you might need to ask whether your values incorporate the needs of others.
Once you have decluttered your home, you’ll feel not only virtuous but also excited about the fresh start you’re making on this new phase in your life. Now you need to cleanse the empty spaces of your home and revitalize the home with posi- tive energy.
How to clear away negative energy – the Feng Shui way
There are many ways to clear away negative energy and revitalize the home. Here are some suggestions. If you don’t like one idea, then try another that suits you better. Some individuals might like clapping, while others might like purging with candles or incense, so take your pick.
Cleanse a whole house or room by burning small perfumed can- dles in each room. Let the candle burn right down before you extinguish it. Alternatively, use incense—sandalwood, lavender, and geranium essences are the best fragrances, but this is a mat- ter of personal taste. Candles burn away negative energy and reconnect vibrations and an atmosphere that is reflective of you. Use colors that are suited to your needs, for example, white for purification and clarification, red for passion, blue for career pros- pects, green for friendship, yellow for good communication.
Note: Be very careful not to leave any burning candles unat- tended when you leave a room, as this could present a significant fire danger.
Walk around the room or house and clap your hands briskly and rhythmically. Don’t forget to clap in dark corners and at ceiling height, too. The sound of your hands will become a mantra for the energy, and you will soon start to feel the energy shifting and becoming clearer.
In Malaysia, Feng Shui practitioners often used an old bird-of- paradise nest that they tied to the end of a piece of twine and then whirled around in the air. However, a broom or a large spray of dead branches will work equally well. Lift the broom and sweep it through the air to stir and disperse any negative energy. Another method is to move your hands with open fingers through the air; if you feel any resistance, just push it away with wide sweeping movements of your arms.
4. Laid-Back Space Clearing
Sit cross-legged on the floor. Write a letter to the room or home and tell it that the changes you are about to make are functional, beneficial, and spiritual. Convey that the energy needs to be channeled for the benefit of you, your home, your workplace, and the world. Once you’ve read your letter out loud to the room, burn it or bury it in grand ceremonial style.
Touch all the things you are going to keep. Give them a name and make them feel wanted and loved. Touch the walls and the floor, too. This emotional contact with inanimate objects may sound silly, but you are acknowledging the presence of everything in the home, which has its own hidden positive energy, too. This way any negative energy will be dispelled.
6. Bell Ringing
Hold a thought of goodness and clarity in your mind. Begin ring- ing a bell as you circle the room. The sound waves will carry your thoughts to every part of the room. Finally, close the energies of the room down by moving the bell in a huge circle or a figure eight shape in the middle of the room. For those of you who practice spiritual, psychic, or healing work, this is like closing your psychic center at the end of a session.