QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Last week you talked about predecessor energy. I feel that in my home. I don’t have the funds to bring someone into bless our home. Is there something I can do myself?

Yes, there is! I’ll give you a few things that you can do to restore energetic balance. Predecessor energy is the unseen energy of either the land or the former occupants of the space. Although unseen, predecessor energy is impactful because its life force can be felt.

Predecessor energy be gone


To clear the predecessor energy, you can either have the home blessed by another or “clear the energy” with a blessing that you do yourself. If you go online and search “home blessing ceremony” or “space clearing ritual,” you’ll find many different methods. You can choose to do one that feels right to you, keeping in mind that the most important element of any method is the intention you set.


Basic home blessing

Do this alone or with family or friends. I commonly use these four basic parts in a clearing or a blessing:

Preparation. Clean the house, do the laundry, get your home in “good shape.” When it’s time to start the session, further prepare by turning off cell phones, music and other distractions. Open the windows and allow fresh air to circulate.

Intention. Stand at the front door and begin with a few moments of silence. Consciously bring the feeling of love and gratitude into your heart and have each person speak aloud or hold an intention in his or her mind of what this blessing is to achieve, and what the final results are to be.

Action. Being mindful of the intention you set, from the front door, walk through the space in a clockwise direction, going in and out of any room on your left, until you eventually end up back at your front door. As you are walking, visualize your connection with your home and what you want to experience, and see all the positive aspects of your life amplifying.

Perpetuation. “Seal in” the refreshed energy, using a fountain, figurine, candle, or plant, creating a focal point to represent and remind you of your newly set intentions. Place the item in a prominent position to remind you and others of the new intention for the space.

Don’t equate the simplicity of this process with its effectiveness. As an inhabitant of your home, your ability to clear your space and set the intention for what you want is powerful. It is unnecessary, as many of us were taught to believe, that someone in high spiritual service must do this. Even if you feel no predecessor energy, you may want to bless and clear your home to give it the energy of renewal, providing everyone occupying the space a fresh start.


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