Many spiritual practitioners believe that Spring Cleaning isn’t just about de-cluttering the physical stuff out of your home. They believe that you should also clear your home of any stagnant negative energy that may be present in order to allow space for new positive things to come in. Not clearing the negative energy can lead to more problems such as illness, arguments, accidents and lack of motivation.
In Feng Shui, they believe that negative energy can reside from previous occupants of a space or any conflict within the home. If this energy becomes stagnant it can lead to feeling discomfort in the home without really being able to put your finger as to why.
Smudging with Incense
Incense has been used to purify the area and put people in a spiritual state of mind for centuries. dating back as far back as the Egyptians who believed it helped with bad smells and repelled demons. Incense burning can be found in Christian churches to Buddhist temples.
Smudging with Sage
Burning sage, also referred to as “smudging” originates from native American traditions where certain herbs were seen as having the ability to purify people and places. Sage, in particular, is an herb that is used fairly often before ceremonies and in Native American medicine.
Salt is said to be extremely purifying and can be seen in Feng Shui and several earth-based spiritualities such as Wicca.
Churches and temples use bell,. native American traditions you see drums or shakers and with Feng Shui sound is used for space clearing because the vibrations are said to shake up and remove any energy that may be stuck.
Catholic priests sprinkle holy water and pray around the home, a very familiar practice can be found with Orthodox and Protestant, Jewish and Islamic faiths. In Hinduism, the house blessing is performed by Hindu priest and the ritual may depend on region are from.
House blessings are intended to protect the inhabitants of the home as well as to heal it and are typically performed after moving in or after a big event like a divorce.