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Spring Clearing & Cleaning
By Deborah Redfern
As you clean your home this season, invite the healing forces of the
into your home: air, earth, fire, and water. Not only will it help you clean your home, but it has a powerful cleansing and renewing effect on your body, mind and soul. Also, try smudging and essential oils to remove stagnant energy and clear negative energy from your home. But before you get started with your spring clearing and cleaning, take a moment to call forth Spirit and your guides with a brief invocation.
The Healing Forces of the Elements
Smudging to Clear Negative Energy ~ Stagnant Energy
The main source of fire in our lives is sun, and the sun governs the cycles of nature and the changing of seasons. Spring was historically a logical time to clean because homes heated by coal or wood were coated with smoke and grime by the end of winter. Spring brought warmer weather when the hearth fire could go out and everything in the home given a thorough cleaning. Still today, the associations of spring and spring cleaning bring a sense of renewal and new beginnings for many of us.
Air (Sound and Scent)
Did you know that sound waves pass through physical forms and change the vibrational frequency of your home? As you clean, choose music to suit the mood and make your task lighter and mood brighter. Especially effective are recorded bird song; classical and baroque music such as Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; and human voice such as Gregorian Chant. For scent, try aromatherapy. I have included some recipes in the list below to show you how you can make your own natural cleaning products using essential oils.
Water is essential for our survival. It is obvious that we use water when we clean, but how often do we take it for granted? To give water its rightful respect, consider making 'special' water. Pour a pitcher of water and send it prayers. Add a few drops of flower (or environmental) essences to create elixirs with healing properties. Ceremoniously drink the water, or use in it in special cleaning rituals. However do not use essential oils for drinking purposes since some are toxic.
The energy of Earth provides us with an important source of belonging and grounding. I believe it anchors the energy of the other elements. To work with the energy of the earth in your home, try a salt ritual. Salt is cleansing and grounding, and believed to have the ability to neutralize negative energy. To begin, toss sea salt around the room on the floor, especially in the corners. Leave to sit for several hours or overnight and then sweep or vacuum it up.
Aromatic plants can also be used to shift energy. The Native American space clearing technique of smudging uses aromatic herbs that are lit and allowed to smolder. This is done to remove negative energy fields around people, or to clear undesirable vibrations out of homes, to promote health and to give a blessing. Different dried herbs and plants are used such as sage, tobacco, cedar, juniper, sweet grass, pinon, red willow and mesquite. The herbs are bundled and tied (called a smudge stick), or braided in the case of sweetgrass, or they can be used loose.
The smudge is lit and as the herbs begin to flame brightly, the fire is blown out and the smoldering end is blown on gently to encourage the herbs to smolder. The smoke is brushed all over the body, front and back, with your hand or sometimes with a feather. You can pass the smoke over yourself or have a friend do it. You can then proceed to clear your entire house by brushing the smoke around the parameter of the room, paying special attention to corners. Needless to say you should always use a heatproof dish to hold the herbs, even with a smudge stick, and make sure they are completely extinguished when you are through. Also disconnect your smoke alarm (although there may not be enough smoke to actually trigger it, it definitely breaks the mood if it does - and remember to reset the smoke detector when you are through). To smudge with Intent, hold the outcome firmly in your mind and recite (or mentally repeat) words such as "I am a sacred child of God (the Creator, the Universe)" and picture yourself and your home surrounded by golden, protective energy.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
The aroma of essential oils can influence the state of mind, most notably they can reduce stress and induce relaxation. Less known perhaps is that essential oils are antiseptic and kill germs and microbes on surfaces, making them ideal for cleaning and disinfecting your home. You can use any essential oil you particularly like since almost all essential oils have germ killing properties, however I rarely use more than 3 in a cleaning blend. You do not need to use top grade oils for cleaning purposes. Always keep in mind the general safety considerations of essential oils: keep out of reach of children, and be aware that cats and birds are very sensitive to essential oils and should not be used directly in their environment. Some of my favorite blends are:
Tea tree, lemon and lavender
Lemon, clove, and cinnamon
Pine, eucalyptus and orange
Good Chi Spray
I use pine, eucalyptus and orange as a room spray to instantly lift the energy in a room. It is also a disinfectant, targeting airborne and surface bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeast and mold. Shake often during use.
Per 4 oz (120 ml) water in a spray bottle add 80-100 drops of essential oils. For a smaller bottle, adjust the number of drops of essential oils accordingly.
I hope these ideas get you started in creating balance, harmony and renewal in your home and life this month. Happy cleaning and clearing!
Copyright © Deborah Redfern. All rights reserved.
Deborah Redfern is the creator and instructor of these eCourses:
Healing with Feng Shui and Color
Dancing with Energy: 9 Steps to Manifesting Your Soul's Desires with Feng Shui
Feng Shui Soulutions: Your 30 Day Home and Life Makeover
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