Many of us forget that our personal energy, and the energy of our homes is just as important to clean as our physical surroundings. We are inundated daily with energy from people, from things like our phones, and from less tangible sources like advertising and music. This all gets added to the energy of our environment and ourselves. Purposefully cleaning that energy is one of the keys to lowering the stress level in our lives.
Here are some simple ways you can cleanse and protect your energetic surroundings:
Black Crystals: Carry a piece of Black Crystal. Any of the black stones, such as Black Tourmaline, Shungite, Onyx, Apache Tears, or Smoky Quartz, have shielding and protective properties. They all vary slightly so it's just a matter of holding each one until you find the one that “fits” you.
Smudging: This is a practice in Native American culture, as well as other cultures around the world. It involves lighting a smudge stick, commonly made up of dried white sage or other types of sage and herbs. Light the stick, or bundle, and as it smolders, gently wave it around your body, letting the smoke cleanse your energetic field. You can also smudge your home or any space that holds stagnant energy. Other commonly used smudges are Palo Santo, Sweetgrass and Juniper, each has slightly different properties so it's easy to select the one that is perfect for you. Get in the habit of smudging after being around a large group of people, or when you feel in a bad mood or have low energy.
Florida Water: Adding this to your mop bucket, or the sprays you use to freshen the air in your room adds a layer of energetic cleansing every time you spray. It also makes a lovely light perfume that helps to cleanse your aura every time you apply it. Add it to your bathtub at the end of a long day to help wash your aura clean while you soak, drop some in your washing machine with your clothes, pour a little in your dishwasher. Anywhere you use water as a base for something, you can add just a cap full of Florida water for an energetically cleansing punch.
White Light Shower: Whenever you shower, take a moment after washing to close your eyes and just allow the water to rain down onto you. Picture this water becoming a bright white light that washes your Aura clean. When you look down at the drain, see the swirling water taking with it all the dirt and chaos that inevitably sticks to us as we move through life. This can help us to shake off minor cases of the blahs, and to simply remove stress that we know is not ours. This technique is easily teachable to children, as well.
Grounding and Shielding: Another technique is to simply use the Earth’s energy to ground you and to shield you from unwanted energetic influences. Imagine yourself standing outside in a clearing at the base of a mountain on a beautiful sunny day. Take a few deep breaths as you imagine pulling the grand, stable energies of the mountain into your body through your crown chakra (top of head) or your heart center (whichever feels better to you). As this powerful grounding energy is flowing into your body, allow all negative thoughts and feelings to be released through your feet and into the earth. When you feel you are cleansed and feel safe and secure, thank the Earth for its restorative powers.
Ways to cleanse our energy are as varied and unique as we are. The key is to find a method that works for you and fits your lifestyle. Then tweak and adjust until it becomes something that is simply part of your everyday life. Cleansing becomes an effortless piece of magic that gives you a firm foundation for everything else you need to achieve.