Whether you’re moving to a new rental in Chicago or across the country from Boston to the west coast, a new home symbolizes a fresh start. But before you can put down roots in your new digs, you’ll want to make sure that your home is set up for success right from the get-go. From lingering emotions left behind by previous tenants to the emotional and physical stress of moving, addressing these energies from the start will ensure you’re flushing out the bad to make room for the good. To help you get started, we reached out to experts to guide you through cleansing a new home to start on a clean slate and build positive energy. Here’s how you can achieve a lighter, brighter space.
Start with a clean slate when cleansing a new home
1) Set the right intention by sharing messages of gratitude with your new home
Before moving a single item into your new home, take some time to be silent and walk around from room to room, feeling it out. Share messages of gratitude with your new home, such as "Thank you for providing a safe space for me and my family" or "Thank you for being my new home." Lastly, to help clear the space, burn some sage or incense around the house, and then make an intention that your new home will be a place of love and light. -Kukan Reiki Kai
2) Create a positive environment by introducing yourself to the space
If your new house is not a brand new construction, chances are that its energy is filled with information about the personality and history of the previous dwellers. When we move into a new house, it's advisable to 'introduce' ourselves to the house so that its energy can work harmoniously with our biofield - or energy body. In a few words, we need to sync with the house by expanding our energy body and allowing the house's energy to get adjusted to us and, therefore, start working for our health and wellbeing.
The most effective exercise to introduce ourselves to a new home is also quite fun: sit or stand next to a corner of your bedroom and take a mental picture of the space in front of you. Imagine yourself shifting out from your physical body. Explore every corner of the room but stay within the area of the room. Touch walls, curtains, furniture, and any other object around and feel their temperature and texture. After 5 minutes, gently get back into your body, take a sip of fresh water, and do the same sitting or standing in the opposite corner of the room to cover the whole room's space. Repeat the exercise in the living room, bathroom, kitchen, and any other areas of the house you expect to dwell in the most.
Over the days, you can redo this 'biofield establishment' exercise as many times as you like. The more, the better. Clearing the history and identity of previous dwellers will make your house a brand new construction energetically and ready to be filled with your own energy without that of other people interfering with such an exciting new chapter and path of your life. -Biofield Medical
3) Deep clean and declutter your new space
I would recommend doing a detailed cleaning using natural cleaners and essential oil to cleanse and bless your new home. Open the windows to invite in fresh new energy, let any old, stale energy out, and play music that lifts your spirits. As you work, connect with your home energetically and let it know that you're there to take care of it just as it'll protect and take care of you. After you clean, be mindful of fixing broken things as soon as possible and avoid collecting clutter. -Gael Wood
4) Keep the space open and airy
If you're having constant issues while renovating your space, then this can indicate stuck energy that is being released that needs to be cleared. We have discovered that a clearing during renovations speeds up the renovation process as it removes the blockages that prevent progress. Here are ways to start clearing your space:
Cleanse your new home with these techniques
5) Pick an ideal time to do a house cleansing
Ideally, you could do this during a full or new moon. However, anytime is great for cleansing your new home, especially after events you hold in your home with different peoples' energy being introduced into your space. The best method to clear the space of negative energy is to use a smudge spray. I also like to burn Palo Santo, Sage, and Dragon's Blood incense to clear my home. Don’t forget to leave a window open for any negative energy to escape through. -Mending Hands Reiki
6) Use a smudging ritual to clear the energy in your new home
To cleanse the energy in your home, light a stick of sage, and walk throughout your entire home. As you walk around the home, make sure to direct the smoke into all those easy-to-miss areas like closets, window sills, and corners. Also, keep your intention of cleansing the space with love and light in mind. -Reiki with Ann
7) Say a simple blessing to maintain positive energies
Try this five-second ritual to bless your home. This is a practice I do every morning to help maintain the positive energy of my home. To bless your home (or any space), simply call in the light by saying, "I now call in the light and ask that it illuminate my home so that no darkness may dwell. In doing so, I'm creating a holy and sanctified space so much so that anyone who steps foot on this property shall also be blessed. And so it is." Close your eyes and see white light filling your home as you say these words. -Kelly Bramblett
8) Cleanse your new home with salt
To cleanse a new home, fill a bowl with warm water, add a tablespoon of salt, and stir counterclockwise. Bring the bowl to the front door, sprinkle your saltwater across the threshold, and say, "I cleanse this home from negativity in the past, present, and future." Move counterclockwise around your home and sprinkle at every door, window, and mirror on each floor. Finish your cleansing at your front door and say, "This house is clean, and I bless it and all who enter here with love. -Reiki Artist Beth Hansen
9) Bring joy, energy, and movement into your house with sound
Laugh and dance your way through the entranceway, down the hallways, through the kitchen, living rooms, and bedrooms. Ring bells, show the house you are happy to be there - it will respond in kind -Feng Shui Naturally
10) Create a welcoming environment
To cleanse your new home, call in Archangel Michael to clear away any negative energy and simultaneously fill your new home with peaceful angelic energies. You may also want to use White Sage (liquid spray or herb), Palo Santo, Reiki energy, or bells to lift the energy and create a more inviting environment for both yourself and your guests. -Angels Talk
11) Cleanse your new home with greenery and sound
Place fresh flowers around their new home, play your favorite song to dance to, and dance around or sing if you can't dance. When you sing, you place vocal energy in your home, branding your voice vibrationally. If you notice any areas of your home that are colder or creepier than the other spaces of your home, call a professional home energy therapist like a Reiki Master or a professional dowser. They can clear your home, bless your home, and place powerful protection of obsidian stones blessed with light energies around your home to keep the healing and peaceful light energies in and the darker energies out. -Holy Love Reiki
Place crystals strategically around your new home
12) Cleanse your new home with black tourmaline
Black tourmaline protects against any negative energies such as electromagnetic frequencies, stagnant energy, and even negative attitudes. Place a crystal in each corner of the house and by the door to prevent negative energies from entering the home. -Reiju
13) Incorporate crystals at the front entrance and within your home
There are two ways to clear energies and bring peace and calm to your new home:
14) Balance energy frequencies with quartz crystals
According to science, matter is 99.9999999% energy, including our spaces and us. Lasting wellbeing implies distilling imbalanced energy. Quartz crystals balance frequencies inside our modern technology. I recommend placing clear quartz crystals in the shape of clusters or crystal points at the entrance, dining room, home office, and bedroom. -Beatriz Singer Home
15) Cleanse and bless a new home with a combination of crystals
1) Place a Selenite wand above your doorway to clear any unwanted vibes out.
2) Place a Black Tourmaline in each of the four corners outside your home to protect its perimeter.
3) Keep a Rose Quartz by the front door and in the living room to invoke loving energy. -Nourished Energy
16) Pair healing crystals with good intentions
The key to using crystals to cleanse and protect any living space is the power of one's intentional mind paired with the crystal's energy. Natural home crystal up-lifters include Black Tourmaline for transmutation and absorption of negative energy paired with Selenite for cleansing and purification. Place a pair at the entrance and exit to clear all energies as they enter and leave your sacred living space. -Live True
Originally published by Redfin
Recently I’ve noticed several articles about a scientific study that appears to show how meditation and yoga work on the molecular level of human biology. The authors of the study suggest that what they call mind-body interventions actually change DNA in ways that can prevent cancer and depression, and counteract the aging process.
I wasn’t sure what a mind-body intervention (MBI) was, so I looked it up. MBIs are practices that “employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms,” according to the US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Okay. It’s a fancy phase to encompass yoga and meditation, as well as Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi, and the like.
For many us involved with what we usually call energy healing, MBIs have long been associated with relaxation, increased tolerance for stress, general good health, and often seemingly miraculous healing. No proof is needed to validate direct experience.
Still, I was drawn to this particular study. It was a simple but elegant linkage of science and spirit, even if the authors might not see it that way. They linked the practice of MBIs to changes observed at the molecular level. Specifically they examined how MBIs act relative to genes that express inflammation as a result of stress.
It’s clear to me as a Reiki practitioner that Reiki reduces harmful stress—pure and simple. That stress is related to inflammation is no big surprise. I was curious where they would take this.
Heres the basics: The sympathetic nervous system initiates the fight-or-flight response when triggered by a real or a perceived threat (stress). This sets off an increase in the production of a molecule called nuclear factor kappa B, which in turn activates genes to produce proteins called cytokines. Cytokines cause inflammation in cells. If this stress-inflammation thing persists several undesirable conditions and diseases can arise.
People practicing MBIs reduce the production of nuclear factor kappa B and cytokines, thus they inhibit or eliminate harmful inflammation. For our cells MBIs have the opposite effect of chronic stress.
The implications for preventing and treating inflammation-based disease is palpable. If inflammation can be reduced by gentle noninvasive low-tech means, the opportunities for improved health are, well, endless.
The authors suggest additional research before “widely integrating MBIs in healthcare.”
For those of us who experience the benefits of MBIs (my favorite new acronym) daily, it’s affirming that conventional medical research is catching on. For those who could heal more swiftly and effectively by bringing MBIs into their healthcare, making these services widely available is medically compassionate at the very least.
Cited: Buric I, Farias M, Jong J, Mee C and Brazil IA (2017) What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices. Front. Immunol. 8:670. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00670