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Space Cleansing and Feng Shui
Different Cleansing Techniques
There are more than a few ways to perform a cleansing in Feng Shui. Here are a few methods that are the most simple:
1. Burning Incense
Two common types of incense sticks used for a cleansing burn in Feng Shui are rosemary and sandalwood.
Cleansing a Space
- First, thoroughly clean the space. Get rid of all clutter then sweep, dust and mop the areas in which you want to do a cleansing burn. If the weather is permitting, open the windows to allow fresh air to flow into the room.
- Put your burning incense (in a holder of course) in the middle of each floor of your house if you want to cleanse the entire home. If you just want to do one room, place it in the middle of the room
Smudging, the burning of sage, is often used to cleanse your aura, or the energy around you. If you can’t get your hands on some dried sage and need immediate relief from anger, anxiety, sadness or the like, you can use incense.
Cleansing Your Aura
- The key is to fan the smoke upon you. Once the smudge stick is lit, blow it out. Then, take your hand and waft the smoke from the end of the smudge stick toward your body, beginning with the top of your head and ending at your feet. Be sure to lift your feet so you cleanse the negative energy from the soles.
Cleansing a Space
A smudge stick is also used to cleanse negative chi from spaces.
- Once you’ve lit and blown out the smudge stick, walk around the space you want to cleanse. Remember that corners are often poison arrows, so be sure to take a little extra time in those areas.
Whether you’re cleansing a space or yourself, the smudge stick may begin to go out. Simply blow on the lit end lightly (giving the smoke fresh life) until it begins smoking again.
Releasing Negative Energy, Welcoming Positive Energy
A good way to release the negative energy from your life is to recite prayers, affirmations, well wishes and positive thoughts while performing your cleansing burn. The same is said for negative thoughts. Releasing your negative thoughts by vocalizing them allows the release of the negative energy you are carrying, into the smoke, where it dissipates. Do the same for positive thoughts. By vocalizing our positive thoughts, positive energy is carried by the smoke and released into the universe.
Finally, you don’t have to do a cleansing only when you’re feeling down, ill or when your career isn’t going as planned. Cleansing is great for the times in your life when you are surrounded by positivity as well. This keeps the positive chi flowing in your space and around you.
Never leave a burning item alone in a room. Even an item that is only releasing smoke is hot enough to ignite a flammable substance or burn skin. Always use caution.