In feng shui, it is recommended to do a deep space clearing at least once a year. It is also recommended to do space clearing after an intense negative event, such as a divorce, for example, or before moving into a house that might have many negative energies, such as a foreclosure of a house or a new house purchase from a divorced couple.
Do not let the word “major” scare you. Learn more about the principles and basic methodology of a deep space clearing session and see if you can do it. It can take from 45 minutes to an hour. Maybe you would like to change some parts or modify and omit some steps. Experiment and see what works, but do not avoid the process completely.
Pick a Good Time
Think of the best timing, plan and prepare for your feng shui and space clearing session. Find the best day and time when you will not be rushed or disturbed. The optimum time for a feng shui space clearing session is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Do not start later than 3 p.m.
Gather Your Materials
Be sure you have all the materials you need (listed below). Also, be sure to prepare a spot that will centre the energies, such as an altar, on which you will place all the needed space cleaning tools. This can be your dining table, or the fireplace mantel, or something similar with easy access to it.
- Candles: Several (at least one for each room plus the altar)
- Music: Uplifting, healing
- Bells: Ideally, two or three with different resonance
- Sage: A smudge stick is ideal. Essential oil spray can work too
- Incense: Frankincense, or nag champa, or sandalwood
- Essential oils: Lavender and/or mint, lemongrass
- High energy items: Fresh flowers, crystals, or specific images
Bring Good Energy to the Session
Be sure you feel balanced. Be sure your energy is calm and clear. See what works best to put you into the right frame of mind: it might be an early morning walk in the woods or maybe a yoga class. You decide. Take a shower right before the space clearing session, and be sure to wear fresh, clean clothes.
Set up an Altar
Do your best to set up your altar as a beautiful, inspiring energy spot. The very minimum for a feng shui space clearing altar is candles and incense, the purifying fire element, and fresh flowers, which stand in as the wood element. The other three feng shui elements can be presented as follows: water, in the form of a small bowl with pure water, metal, with the metal bells used for space clearing, and earth, which natural rock crystals can represent. Use your sense of beauty while creating your energy spot for the feng shui space clearing altar. Do not overcomplicate it and experiment and see what works for you.
Set the Ambiance
Turn on the music and place at least one candle in each room. Try to sense the energy in each room and connect to it. You can also go into each room with your incense stick to spread the gentle, sweet scent in preparation for the session. Be sure to have at least one window open to allow stale energy to leave and fresh energy to enter.
Get a Feel for the Energy
Roll up your sleeves (you will sense the energy better this way) and do the following: starting at the main door and moving clockwise, clap strongly into each corner of your house—a clap from the lowest level to as high as you can reach the ceiling. You will feel a huge difference in the quality of energy as the clapping sound will be different depending on the accumulated energy.
Be sure not to omit any corners in your house, and be sure to clap as much as necessary; some house corners will require more time. Continue clapping until you feel a clear difference in the sound (it will feel more crisp and clear when the energy is cleansed). When finished, be sure to wash your hands up to elbows in cool water.
Sage Your Space
Use your sage smudge stick on the same pathway around the house to purify any energy residue. Be careful not to stain your furniture or flooring, be mindful that the sage ashes can burn fabric or slightly damage the floors.
If you prefer not to use the smudge stick, use an essential oil spray with sage or any other purifying essential oils, such as lemongrass, for example, or sandalwood and cedar.
Choose the best oils from what is available to you. Spray the essential oils around the house, especially in the corners. You can even do both—smudging and essential oils together can work well in your space.
Sound the Bells
If you decided to use bells, now is the time to ring the deepest sound/vibration bell into each corner and wait slowly for the sound to penetrate the space. You can ring a couple of times in each corner, going in the same clockwise fashion. Then use the next, higher vibration bell(s) in the same way, waiting for the sound to dissolve until you ring again completely.
Take several deep breaths and do it slowly. The lightest vibration bell will feel like faeries’ sweet sound; this is the time to focus on spreading the good wishes for your home and infusing it with positive energy.
Complete the Session
These are the basic steps of a deep feng shui space clearing session. There might be a lot of information about the house coming to you during space clearing. Take the time to process and honour the information. Please do not rush to finish the session. Let the music still play for a while and let the candles and the incense burn independently.
Just be in that clear space and see what else comes up. Maybe your living room needs more attention, or maybe it is your front door. Pay attention. If all is well, make yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy a job well done.
Do not overdo the session, and do not try too hard. Your goal is to feel out the energies and purify your home. You might not do it perfectly the first time, but you will sure gain a greater awareness of the energies in your home. Be honest, be real, and enjoy it; it is the beginning of a whole new level of awareness for you.
It is okay if you feel you have to do another session soon. There is no such thing as “too much” space clearing. Again, feel free to experiment and try it as many times as you think it is necessary to purify the space; until you find your style and make your own process. You will have more confidence after you have done space clearing several times, as well as know-how often your house needs to be space cleared.