What is the Point of Space Clearing?
The point of space clearing is to clean, lift and revitalize the surrounding space...energetically. Space clearing is done to clear an area of negative energies and bring in positive vibrations. Space Clearing can be practiced by anyone who has respect for the land, the spirits, and the properties of energy.
Energetically, everything that ever happens in a building goes out in ripples like the effect of a stone being dropped in a pond. It is recorded in the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, and other objects in the space.
Repetitive actions and behaviours are deeply imprinted, and events accompanied by strong emotions or trauma are the most strongly imprinted of all.
If you've ever had the experience of walking into a room after there has just been an argument, you know that you can literally feel it hanging in the air!
Everyone also creates a certain amount of etheric debris on a daily basis, which leaves a stagnant residue in their home in the same way as everyday living creates cleaning and tidying on a physical level.
So, clearing your space can help you feel happier, more comfortable, more joyful and clearer!
Space Clearing Traditions
Smoke has been used in religious and ritual ceremonies for thousands of years. There is something primordial within us that connects smoke with spirituality.
In Native American tradition, it’s seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or stagnant ones. The most common smoke-purification ritual used by the northern tribes is a technique called smudging.
Native Americans started the tradition of using Sacred Sage to ward off evils spirits and negative energies, and white sage has been used in ceremonies to seek blessings of health and prosperity, banish spirits and encourage protection.
I love working with the elements and smudging for me is a wonderful ritual I honour in my own home. The materials involved each symbolize and honour one of the four elements, which is a central theme in many Native American rites.
The shell or clay bowl represents water
The herbs and resins represent the earth,
The feather and wind it creates represent air
The flame used to ignite the herbs represents fire
It is a strong indication that clearing our space with smoke yields very real physical and/or spiritual benefits due to so many people and tribes across the world using similar techniques! There are of course other techniques to clear the space, which I have written about below, but smudging is one of my favourites!
What works for one, may not work for another, so it is a good idea to see what type of space clearing works for you by trying out different techniques. Try one each day or each week and see how you FEEL in the new energy.
A space is clear when it feels clear to the people in it.
The precursor to any of the techniques below is to thoroughly clean and de-clutter your space. The de-cluttering alone is one of the most powerful ways you can energetically clear your space and cleaning also helps to lift the energy massively! Once you have done these 2 steps, then pick a technique to clear the energy.
Different Space Clearing Techniques
Smudging ~ is a purification practice that comes from indigenous American Indian traditions. It involves lighting a smudge stick made of dried herbs (usually sage or cedar) and wafting the smoke around to clear old energy.
Blessings/Incantations ~ Saying a blessing or incantation out-loud in each room can help to fill the space with love and help old energies move on. I normally do this with smudging for maximum impact!
Crystals ~ Simply place crystals throughout your space intuitively; wherever you think they feel or look best. You can also create a crystal grid to organize or structure the energy from your crystals towards a specific intention. An easy way to grid a room is by simply taking 4 clear Quartz points and putting one in each corner facing inwards towards the center of the room.
Incense/Essential Oils ~ Using smells that make you feel happy help to lift the energy of a space and create a lovely atmosphere, which is why I have included these. However, for me personally, I don’t think these clear the space properly, but are good to lift the energy if you haven’t got much time!
Sound ~ Bells of any kind, Tibetan singing bowls, rattles, hand-held chimes, rain sticks, clap sticks, chimes, gongs, drums or harmony balls. Your own voice or even clapping will work well too. Work your way round the room with the sound you have chosen, paying specific attention to corners, as the energy can get stuck here. You should be able to hear a difference in tone when you hit a dense energy area!
Salt ~ Simply sprinkle salt (a small grain type) on the carpet. After about an hour, vacuum. Salt crystals have an amazing natural built in-ability to absorb negative energy. As an alternative, you can put bowls of salt in the corners of the room and remove after a few hours. You can also use salt lamps to help clear the energy on a regular basis.
Enjoy trying out new ways to clear your space.