Tell us about your practice.
When things feel a little off in the house, when one of us is sick, or not sleeping well, when I’m seeing too many tell-tale motions in my peripheral vision, when I’ve got too many guests hanging out (unseen), when I’ve had family visit that unsettled the house energy, I do a house cleansing and blessing.
I light palo santo wood and grab a large feather and begin at the front door and move counterclockwise through my house, using the feather to waft the wood smoke into every corner and trace every door and window.
I work slowly through each room of the house, cleansing and reinforcing the energy shields around the entry ways. When I have gone through the entire house, I “see” all of the energies that I have pushed ahead of me, and I send them out the front door.
Good energies, welcome spirits, and invited guides can stay….all other spirit forms have to go. They like to sneak in when the energy grids are down or disrupted, and inviting them to leave reestablishes peace in my home.
What’s your favorite part of this practice?
The feeling of serenity that settles in again.
What benefits do you get from engaging in this practice? How does it make your life better?
Engaging in this practice gives me a sense of joint ownership with my home. We love each other, my home and I, and we work together to provide a place of protection, of safety, of calm, of peace and serenity. My home is a place of healing and gentleness, and it shows up in my kids, in my relationship with my husband, and in the sense of coming home every time I walk through the door.
Who might this practice be good for?
This practice is good for anyone who is having trouble sleeping, who feels restless or anxious inside their own home, who has family/friends visiting who might be disruptive, for anyone who wants a greater sense of peace around them in their home.
What would you recommend to someone taking up this practice? How should they start?
Understand that there are many websites out there who will tell you you HAVE to do this a certain way in order for it to be legitimate--however, it’s totally OK to pull various parts of different house blessing rituals and create one that is the right fit for you.
I used a variation of Karen Kingston’s house cleansing ritual (Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui) and then adapted it to fit my lifestyle.
If you don’t like sage or palo santo wood, you can easily use a favorite incense or even water that has been blessed by you, the sun, the moon, or whatever deities you follow.
And then create a connection to your home, and listen deeply…your home will tell you exactly what you need to do to create your own cleansing ritual.
What's a favorite quote of yours?
“Well behaved women rarely make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich