There is energy in everything, and it can be very easy for that energy to build up, become negative and affect you emotionally. Making a habit of removing the negative, chaotic energy around you could make your space feel lighter, brighter, and more creative.
The following situations necessitate clearing your home's energy:
When you're in a funk or having a bad day: Negative energy in your home may be feeding those feelings.
If you were just sick: Along with the stress of feeling under the weather, the physical condition carries negative energy into the space around you.
Following a breakup or loss: Clearing during heartache or grief can help you to process pain and move forward.
After arguing with your partner: You said some things. They said some things. Now that the disagreement is over, it's time to clear the air—literally.
During any major life transition (think a new job, partnership, or pets/ babies arriving): Clearing out the old creates space for the new energy these things bring.
When you're feeling stuck: If you want to improve your life and haven't made progress, it might be time to question whether your home is keeping you stuck in the past.
How to eliminate negative energy in the home.
Set an Intention
Form follows thought. Before you do anything else, set a specific intention for your home. How do you want your home to feel? For example, you could say: "My intention is to cleanse negative energy from my home so I am focused and productive" or "My intention is to release my ex's energy and feel peaceful again." Speak your intention out loud to set the shifts in motion.
Certain herbs have been burned to clear negative energy all over the world for centuries. Place your dried herb of choice in a fire-safe container and light until you see a flame. Blow or fan it out. Fan the embers while spreading smoke thoroughly into every crevice of each room.
Herbs you can burn safely;
Resins like Frankincense and Myrrh
Please note, some websites may suggest the burning of sage to cleanse negative energy. I recommend doing your research first. Sage is used as a sacred medicine within the Indigenous community and can be cultural appropriation if used incorrectly and ill intent. Please read my previous blog post about this. Always be mindful of who and where you are purchasing dried herbs and plants from.
Strategically Place Your Crystals
Crystals are gifts from the earth that carry various beneficial vibrational properties. Although there are no incorrect places to place your crystals, there are certain places where they work best.
Front door: black tourmaline, jade
Bedroom: rose quartz, amethyst, black tourmaline
Living room: selenite, amethyst, amber
Kitchen: carnelian, celestite, citrine, rose quartz
Bathroom: clear quartz
Study: amethyst, shungite, citrine, black tourmaline
Child’s room: hematite, celestite, obsidian
The sound of drums, gongs, bowls, bells and even clapping hands can help break up negative energy. Start at your front door and move clockwise through the inner perimeter of your home, playing an instrument, using a Tibetan sound bowl, or clapping toward the walls, until you've made a full loop.
Incense is a substance that’s burned to produce a fragrant scent. In fact, the word “incense” is derived from the Latin word for “to burn.” Incense has been around since ancient times. Incense is typically made up of an aromatic material that produces a scent and a combustible binding material that holds it together in a particular shape. The aromatic materials used for making incense are typically plant-based and can include a variety of resins, barks, seeds, roots, and flowers.
Cleanse Your House With Salt
Salt has been used for sterilizing everything from cutting boards, to wounds, and it clears negative energy too. Use it throughout your home in the following ways:
Dissolve sea salt in a spray bottle filled with water and mist the air of every room.
Place a thin line of sea salt in front of your home's entrance or around the perimeter of your property.
Include a small dish of salt on your altar.
Dissolve salt in water used to clean surfaces and floors.
Use Himalayan salt lamps.
Lemon In The Home
There's a reason so many cleaning products are lemon-scented. The smell of lemon is naturally invigorating and uplifting. Here are some unexpected ways to use it at home:
Simmer lemon peels in water and let the steam scent your space.
Leave small dishes filled with fresh lemon slices around your home.
Put lemon essential oils in your diffuser.
Plants In The Home
Either introduce plants and/or flowers into your home, or move around the plants you currently have. Plants with scent such as sage, lavender, lilies, aloe vera, lilacs, and others, can also be great at dissolving negativity. You can also use essential oils derived from plants in a diffuser and fill the home with these lovely scents.
Clear Out Your Clutter
Physical dirt and clutter can make a space feel unwelcoming. Keeping a clean, clutter-free home means negative energy won't have a place to congregate. Rearrange cupboards, go through drawers. Donate or throw out what is no longer of use in your home.
This is a great opportunity to move around the energy in your home. Rearranging furniture and/or accessories always energy in your home to move at a new pace
Check out this article about Feng Shui to understand more on furniture placement and elements in the home.
Let Energy Flow
Last but not least, open your windows! Allowing fresh air in also lets negative energy out.
Utilize any one of these practices regularly to energetically cleanse your space, and you will feel lighter, brighter, and more inspired to take action in your life.