In Feng Shui it is believed that wherever our energy levels are at peak, places where we feel like we can let go, feel free, positive and at ease, those are the places with the best energy, but if we don’t feel that way, this means that energy gets blocked, so we feel blocked and negative too. These places leave you feeling lazy, unenergetic, uninspired, frustrated, and just off.
In such situations, it may be wise to take a page from those ancients, who used to practice space cleansing and clearing rituals, to revitalize the energy of that place, make you feel rejuvenated, remove any energy blocks or stagnating negativity that is looming around you.
Some rituals like these included burning a stick of sage, which spread a smog of ions which turn that depressing air in the place into an uplifting one.
Besides sage, here are few other herbs and rituals to try and purify the energy at home so you can bask in a fresh, blissful, energetic, and peaceful aura.
Caution: Make sure you keep the windows open in any place you practice these rituals and do not leave any of the rituals that require burning, unattended.
1. For Decluttering, Burn Cedar
When burning cedar, the air gets smoked and helps release any negative energy or bad vibes there are. One example could be when getting rid of old clothing or things associated with bad memories. Try burning some cedar as it can represent clearing the space of any lingering energy associated with the objects that once occupied that space. Even when getting new things or antiques, you could burn cedar and wave it near the objects to remove the looming vibes of the previous owner.
2. For Purification, Burn Resins
Some of these resins can be frankincense and myrrh, which are used in various ancient cultures as natural purifiers. The resin is hard to burn, so light the tip of some charcoal with a match or lighter, and put it on a nonflammable surface like sand or a ceramic or clay bowl, tile, or plate. Once the charcoal gets a little flame going, put some resin on top of it but do be VERY careful when doing so and not burn yourself. The smog from the frankincense is believed to carry the wishes of those in this world to the spiritual realm, helps quieten the mind for meditation and it also has an antibacterial effect. Burning myrrh on the other hand, helps the mind focus, balances the energy centers in the body and has some medicinal effects too.
3. For Prosperity, Burn Palo Santo
This sacred wood comes from the Palo Santo tree found in abundance on the South American coast lines. Native shamans used it ritualistically to spread love and prosperity by eliminating negative energy in the air. This wood burns quite slowly and gives out a forest or woody aroma which motivates positive feelings and attracts good energy.
4. For Clarity, Burn Tibetan Monastery Incense
This incense is made with about 38 Himalayan herbs and infusions, believed to have an in-depth purification effect in the area it is burnt in, which creates a sense of calmness and serenity like the energy in a meditation hall.
5. For Grounding, Yourself, Burn Sandalwood
This strong but earthy aromatic wood, can be of acquired taste, but does wonders in instantly centering the good energies of a room and grounding a troubled mind with its mystical scent.
6. For Ease And Comfort, Burn Juniper
If you’re not feeling at ease and need something to help relax your shoulders, unwind, and feel comfortable, burn some juniper in that space to help promote a general sense of personal space, solace, and energy.
7. For Loving Aura, Burn Yerba Santa
Burnt to appease broken hearts, in traditional ancient cultures, Yerba Santa can be burnt in a room where people spend the most time and help dispel any hate, awkwardness or bad blood caused by relationship troubles and motivate more care and love within a person and between people.
8. For New Beginnings, Burn Rosemary
A common ingredient in traditional casseroles, turkey and more, burning rosemary is usually done when making a fresh start in life or trying to begin something new. This can be for being more creative, forming a new habit or breaking an old one, going on a journey be it new or old, which bolsters a person with a sense of confidence and assurance to go for it; thanks to its powerful fragrance.
9. For Fantasy Visions At Night, Burn Mugwort
Sounding like something that came out of a Harry Potter book, Mugwort’s effects are just as magical, especially when burning it in your bedroom before going to sleep, as it is said to induce and provoke fantastical and adventurous dreams, even lucid ones.
10. For A Sense of Inner Peace, Light A Himalayan Salt Lamp
For those who can’t burn things, this option is for you. Technically this does not involve burning, but lighting a lamp. Himalayan salt lamps once lit emit this soothing peach glow and are known to remove negative ions in the air to create an overall sense of tranquility. They are perfect for offices, homes, and especially on your bedside table to bust any stress you have, for a goodnight’s sleep.
11. For Overall Elemental Cleansing
If you’d like to try an elemental purification of any space, which uses the best of the four elements; burn a candle, keep a bowl of rock salt, a glass of water and light any incense you like and place them all next to each other in a room. After doing that, carry on any form of cleaning activity you need to do in the room, such as, sweeping, mopping etc., as it symbolically cleanses the room of bad energies too.
For each of these, crack open a window and let in some fresh air, sunshine or moonlight, for better natural enrichment.