How To Remove Negative Energy From A Room
What are negative energies?
Negative energies can build up in the home and no one suspects that this is the reason for damaging emotions and incidents that take place.
So what are negative energies?
They are unpleasant energies that usually build up over a period of time - sometimes for hundreds of years or longer.
The main cause for negativity is undesirable human emotions and actions. These include anger, jealousy and violence among others.
In addition objects can also have emotions attached to them. This could be a simple as everyday emotions attaching to an object that a person owned for a long time.
A family heirloom or an antique could hold much more complex emotions since they have been used for much longer by various people. It is also possible that some objects may even be haunted, in that the essence of a person in the form of residual energy has latched onto the object. There have also been accounts of the actual spirit of a person attaching to an object such as a bed, chair and so on.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the energy in the above cases would be negative – often they are harmless.
However, at the other extreme, there can be a build up of energy that is extremely negative. This can cause all kinds of physical and mental health problems for the people living in the vicinity of this energy.
It might only be one room that it’s affected or the entire home.
In addition to extreme human emotions causing a build up of harmful energy, in rare cases this could also be caused by spiritual presences.
Where do negative energies come from?
There are many sources for negative energy, although human thoughts and emotions are the most frequent. However, there are others and they can be grouped into categories such as:
Any form of self defeating emotion or thought such as pessimism, anger, jealousy can build up in the atmosphere.
As with humans any emotion that is not positive can linger and build up in the atmosphere of a room or house
They are found all around us in the environment. When high levels are present, this can cause people to become depressed and anxious.
many of our modern gadgets such as cell phones, microwaves and computers among others can create negative energy.
antiques or second hand objects in particular can hold the energies of the people they belonged to.
This is also the case with handmade objects such as works of art, crafts and so on. If the previous owners had emotional or mental health problems, these negative energies could be attached to the objects.
However, no matter where the negative energy comes from the same basic techniques can be used to cleanse the atmosphere and make it a healthier and more refreshing area to live in.
Paranormal Negative Energy
Negative energy that is paranormal doesn't have to be an actual spirit. There could be residual energy - or a playback - from events that happened many years before, leaving a stain on the environment of a room or house.
When people come into contact with this energy it may cause some adverse affects such as feeling tired, low in mood, headaches etc.
With some locations there might be a spirit presence. This doesn't necessarily mean evil. Sometimes you will find a trapped/earthbound spirit who is depressed or scared and these negative emotions will leave their mark the same as anger, jealousy and so on.
When you have a negative spirit presence there are always additional signs that can be picked up by our physical senses as well as feeling that can affect us mentally:
- Bad odours of unknown origin that manifest spontaneously and disappear as quickly.
- Strong feelings of oppression and being constantly watched. Other people independently of one another also feel this oppressive sensation.
- Experiencing powerful negative emotions and images that you don't usually suffer from.
- Disturbed sleep due to noises, movement of objects, smells or bad dreams
- The room or house feels very heavy and uncomfortable to be in.
- You may experience nausea, headaches or other ailments - but on leaving the location you immediately feel better.
There are other manifestations that occur but those above are some of the most common. However, as with anything paranormal, you must find out if natural causes are to blame for this activity. It's amazing the creepy effects a house, water, pipes and wind can create that seem to be paranormal when in fact they are not.
If you do still think however, that you have activity going on, then I would suggest calling in investigators who will be able to advise and support you. Most of the time they can verify if at least some of the activity is paranormal and will also find out what natural events may also be causing effects.
However, one of the ways that often works to get rid of a negative spirit is basically to tell it to leave! You have to be firm and control your fear, but basically let it know that it's not welcome. It's interesting how often this has worked for quite a number of people. In addition, you can also carry out the cleansing techniques explained below.
If you are overwhelmed though and feel you do need more support then think about asking for a house blessing from your local spiritual leader. You can do this in addition to calling in paranormal investigators.
Meditation for cleansing
Simple cleansing techniques
There are numerous ways to cleanse negative energy from a room or home. The choice people make often depends on:
- Their religious or spiritual beliefs
- Their experience of cleansing techniques
- What the cleansing is for - a new home, a negative imprint, a haunting etc.
People who have a lot of experience with cleansing will have their own favoured technique so I will give two examples of very simple but effective cleansing methods for people who haven't cleansed before.
Cleansing with sage
One of the oldest and simplest methods of clearing out negative energy from a room or home is to use sage or smudging as it's usually called.
The use of rising smoke to cleanse is a very old tradition used by many cultures all over the world including Egypt, India, Rome and Greece and many others. The most well known people to use sage are the Native American people.
This form of cleansing can be used to cleanse a room, a new home, negative spirits and anything else that may be making the area where you live uncomfortable.
In addition to using the sage you can incorporate anything you like into the cleansing, such as candles, other incenses, prayers or whatever you feel you need or would like to add.
It's very important to remember that when cleansing, this is just as much about your attitude towards it as it is about carrying out the physical acts. Your approach should be positive and calm.
This is particularly important if cleansing out negative spirits - don't allow anger, hatred or fear to be part of your cleansing.
How to smudge with a sage stick
After physically cleaning the room - it's also best to wear fresh, clean clothes - place a bowl of salt in the centre of the room as this also helps to disperse negative energy. Light one end of the sage stick, ensuring all doors and windows are closed.
When you can see it glowing, gently blow on the stick to let it smoulder. Ensure the sage is kept in a fireproof container to catch ash and embers - an ashtray is fine or you can buy specially made receptacles.
You need to keep air circulating gently on sage to keep it alight - this can be done by blowing on it or wafting it with a feather, your hand or other light tool.
I tend to begin at the doorway, cleansing the frame inside as well as the door, then work my way around starting from one of the corners. I then make a slow progress around the room in a clockwise direction. Some techniques say anti-clockwise as this is the direction for banishing. However, I've found 'clockwise' just as effective.
As you walk around the room, ensure that you blow or waft the sage smoke not only on the walls, but into the corners, the floor and ceiling as well. Basically aim for a circle. The sacred circle has been used for thousands of years as a powerful protection symbol. Walk slowly and focus on what you are trying to achieve.
As you are doing this you can recite words, a prayer, a poem, a mantra or affirmation that you like or that you feel is appropriate.
There are thousands of examples on line. What's important though is that whatever words you use feels right for you. Keep repeating your chosen words until you have finished smudging the room.
It's important to remember that the cleansing doesn't just come from the sage - you are mentally cleansing the area as well, so concentrate as much as you can without straining or becoming tense.
As you move around visualise the dark negative energy being dispersed or pushed out and replaced with white, beautiful light.
Imagine this white light filling the room and cleansing out anything negative.
Some people have a strong ability to visualise and others don't. If your visualisations are not that strong, don't worry about it, keep going with the cleansing - it will work just the same as long as you stay focused.
When you have completed your circle, you can end with another prayer/affirmation/poem or repeat the one that you used earlier. Stand in the centre of the room and visualise the white cleansing and purifying light still present and giving protection.
To close my cleansing rituals I always light a candle, usually white - for light, love and spirit. I also then burn other incenses. I usually choose pine and sandalwood as these are both powerful cleansers of negativity.
However, there are many others to choose from and you don't have to actually do anything once you have finished smudging. I just personally like to close the cleansing ritual with a candle and incense.
Second cleansing technique
This can be carried out in exactly the same way as smudging with sage. However, in addition to smudging the room, once this is completed, also go around the room - using the same prayer/affirmation/words but this time use salt to cleanse the area.
I use this technique if I think a room is particularly heavy or uncomfortable. This is also a good technique to try if you feel there is anything paranormal in the room.
I prefer to use consecrated salt or holy water - both can be bought online - but this is not necessary unless you have paranormal activity that is negative in nature.
To use salt to cleanse: you firstly go around with the sage or your own choice of incense as before.
Repeat your prayer/affirmation as previously.
Once this has been completed, go around the room again using the salt/holy water. Many people prefer holy water as it's just a case of spraying the room but consecrated salt can also be dissolved in a clean and previously unused container and sprayed or sprinkled around the room.
Alternatively the salt grains themselves can be sprinkled around the room and as before ensuring that the corners, floor and ceiling are included.
Once more visualise a white protective light both cleansing and protecting the area from negative energy.
The psychological and physical effect of cleansing when carried out properly has an immediate affect. You will feel lighter, more positive and much more relaxed in the area that has just been cleansed. Carry out this simple ritual every once in a while and the benefits to you and your family will be repaid over and over again.
Cleansing and purification of an area prior to meditation, prayer or rituals. Pine is also used as a scent to freshen up a room, to attract money and to break hexes.
Cleansing particularly negative spirits. Sandalwood is also used by many as a healing agent and to attract better luck.
This is burned to give protection against any form of negativity. It is also used to purify an area before meditating, praying or other ritual.
Lavender is often used to lift the mood so creating positive energy. Positive energy also pushes out negativity. Lavender can also be used for promoting sleep and relaxation.
Used mainly for cleansing and purification. Often used when people move into a new home.
Have you ever carried out a cleansing to get rid of negative energy?
© 2012 Helen Murphy Howell