How to do personal belling

Large Balinese bellA lesser known use of Balinese space clearing bells is a technique called personal belling. I often recommend this to participants taking my online Fast Track Clutter Clearing course because it can make the difference between getting stuck at some point in the process and being able to carry on.

Personal belling has a centering and uplifting effect that can help you to be more decisive as you sort through your things, and can bolster your energy if it starts to flag.

It’s probably not worth buying a bell just for this reason, but if you happen to have one anyway that you use for space clearing your home, knowing how to use it for personal belling is a lovely added bonus.

Which type of bell is it best to use?
Balinese space clearing bells are available in large and small sizes, and it is the large bell that works best for this purpose, although you can get some of the same effects with a small bell.

I’ve tried using other types of bells, such as Tibetan ones, and have found that they don’t work for personal belling. They don’t have the purity of tone that is needed, and can leave you feeling like you ran a sheet of rough sandpaper through yourself instead of the gentle polish that was required.

How to prepare for personal belling
Find a quiet place in your home, as far as possible from external sounds, and turn off any equipment in the room that makes any kind of mechanical noise. Choose one of the following positions:

  • Stand vertically with your legs slightly apart
  • Sit on the edge of a chair with your legs shoulder-width apart and your spine as vertical as possible
  • Sit cross-legged on the floor with your spine perfectly straight, your legs relaxed, and your knees resting on the floor (as an experienced meditator sits)

All three positions work equally well, but don’t lean against the back of a chair or against a wall. Your spine must be self-supporting.

The personal belling technique
If you are right-handed, use your right hand. If left-handed, use your left. Hold the bell vertically in front of you at the level of your base chakra, a few inches/centimetres from your body. Close your eyes.

Ring the bell once and then move it vertically upwards over your navel, past the centre of your chest, your throat, and your forehead, finishing above your head, as far as your arm will reach while still holding the bell vertically. Before the sound of the bell fades, twist it 180 degrees in a clockwise direction as seen from above, which will have the effect of sealing and reinforcing the effects of the belling.

Breathe in as you raise the bell and receive the sound in your central channel of energy, which runs up the centre of your body. Hold your breath briefly at the top when you twist the bell, and then breathe out and take a few deep breaths before ringing it again and repeating the technique.

Do the belling three times in all.

Don’t overdo it
Some people find that they like personal belling so much that they do it many times a day and get completed spaced out. I don’t recommend this. Once per day is enough, and doing it any more than this will be counter-productive for clutter clearing because you need to be well grounded for that.

Other uses
You can also use personal belling as a centering technique, any time your thoughts or emotions feel scattered. But again, once per day is enough. It is not designed to be an emotional therapy substitute.

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Space clearing to give a new relationship the best start

Couple holding handsAn important time to do a space clearing ceremony is when you start a new relationship that you feel may have some serious mileage and that you want to give the best possible chance of success.

New relationship, new home
It’s always best to live together in a home that neither person has ever lived in before, so that each partner has the same degree of ownership of the space. Space clearing will remove the stagnant energies and imprints of the previous occupants so that you can create a fresh new arena in which your new relationship can flourish.

The steps of the space clearing ceremony are described in detail in Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, and the best way to prepare for it is for you both to put some focus on the qualities of your relationship that you value the most. When you come to the harmony ball circuit near the end of the ceremony, use it to deeply embed those qualities into your new home.

New relationship, old home
However desirable it may be to start a new relationship in a new home, practicalities can often mean that it is not possible for a while, or sometimes not possible at all to do this. In this situation, space clearing is even more essential to clear out the history of the partner who lived there first, and the most important parts of the ceremony to focus on are clapping and belling.

Clapping breaks up the lumps of stagnant energy that accumulate in corners, and belling penetrates deep into the walls, furniture, and other objects in the place, shattering the layers of imprints that have built up there. I’m not talking here about just any kind of clapping and belling. The techniques are very specific – a circuit of sharp, crisp clapping, beginning and ending at the main entrance, followed by a circuit using a high quality Balinese bell (they are the only bells I have ever found that are capable of shattering imprints effectively). And of course the preparatory steps to the ceremony have to be performed first for these circuits to be effective. Short cuts do not work. Each circuit is designed to build upon the foundations of the previous one.

Ideally the space clearing is best done by the new partner moving in, not the one who has lived there for a while, because their energy is already embedded in the place. Or better still, hire one of the professional space clearing practitioners I have trained, who will be impartial and can set the space equally for both partners.

I’m not claiming that this will magically make your current home the ideal place to live in forever. Space clearing can’t change the visual and territorial associations of the partner who lived there first. But it can remove the energetic imprints and balance the situation out much more, so it’s well worth doing.

New relationship, old home that an ex-partner once lived in
The worst case scenario is starting a new relationship in a home that one of the partners previously shared with an “ex”, meaning an ex-wife, ex-husband, or ex-lover. The longer the partner lived there, the more heavily imprinted into the place their energies will be, and the more likely it is that the new relationship will go the same way as the old one. History will tend to repeat itself.

Using the hand sensing technique I have developed on the walls and furniture of such a home, it is very easy to tell which rooms the “ex” spent the most time in, which chairs they sat in, which objects they used the most, and so on. Mattresses are generally the most heavily imprinted. To the new person moving it, it can feel like there is no room for them until the imprints of the previous partner have been cleared out. A new mattress is a must, and a deep and thorough space clearing as soon as possible. Again, it will not magically transform the home into the ideal place for you both to live together forever, but it will certainly help things along until that can be arranged.

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Space clearing for moving into a new home

Moving houseOne of the most important uses of space clearing is to clear out the predecessor energies of previous occupants when you move to a new home, and land your own energies in the space. Until you do this, it will never be truly yours. There will always be residual energies from the past affecting everything you do there.

If you move into a completely new building that no-one has ever lived in before, you might think this wouldn’t apply, but in my experience space clearing is still very helpful. It clears out any energies left by the builders and harmonizes the space after the disruption of all the building work, so that it immediately starts to feel like a home. Without space clearing it can take much longer for this to happen.

Is it best to space clear before you move your furniture in, or after?
Well, it’s definitely easier to space clear an empty building than one that’s full of stuff, that’s for sure. The same number of offerings are required but it’s a lot quicker and easier to walk around the space, and certainly less energy sensing, clapping and belling are required.

However the space clearing ceremony I’ve developed is not just designed to clear the stagnant energy that builds up over time in the walls, floor and ceilings of a house. It also very effectively clears the energy of objects such as furniture, decorative items, equipment and personal belongings. So it really is best to do space clearing AFTER you’ve moved your stuff in, not before. It’s also good to do it as soon as possible so that you’re not living with the energetic crud of whoever occupied the space before you (known as predecessor energy in feng shui terminology).

Why it usually works best to space clear twice
But when you first move in to a place, it’s usually chaotic for a while. You may have workmen coming in and out, fixing this and that. You may need to redecorate, have new carpets laid or buy new furniture. And it can take a while to simply decide where each item you own belongs in your new home. When all this has been done and everything calms down, it will feel very different to when you first moved in, and you’ll be different too. When your home is in chaos, parts of you are in chaos. When the energy of your home settles down, a deep part of you lands too. This is why it’s so important not to let this process drag on for years, as some people do. Weeks, okay. Months, understandable in some circumstances. Years? Life’s too short to live in limbo for so long.

The first space clearing you do soon after you move in is essential to clear out predecessor energy, but I also highly recommend doing another space clearing ceremony when you reach the point where everything is in place and your home is as you want it to be. This will allow you, and those you live with, to deeply land in the space, and will greatly speed up the process of making it truly feel like your home.

Professional space clearing or do-it-yourself?
Given the choice between calling in a professional space clearer to help with the first or the second space clearing, in most circumstances it would be best to get the deeper level of expertise for the second ceremony. The practitioners I train are taught advanced techniques to  facilitate a very profound landing of a person’s energy in their home, which generally requires a much greater degree of skill than a predecessor energy clearing.

Of course there are exceptions to this, such as a situation where someone is moving into a new home where traumatic events have taken place, such as a divorce, bankruptcy, chronic sickness or some other kind of heavily imprinting occurrence. These are circumstances where it is usually best to get expert help right from the start. And if your home wasn’t space cleared when you moved in then any professional space clearer who I’ve trained will know how to combine both the first and second types of ceremonies into one and do them both for you at the same time.

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From tiny acorns do mighty oak trees grow

Winston Churchill aged 10

Winston Churchill, age 10

Winston Churchill is widely acclaimed as the greatest statesman of our times. But his early childhood gave no indication of the magnitude that was to come. He was such a duffer as a schoolboy that he was kept in the bottom form at Harrow for three years.

While his family despaired of him ever making anything of himself, those three years allowed Winston to immerse himself so deeply in the English language that, according to Paul Johnson’s description in his book, Churchill, he ‘became not merely adept but masterly in his use of words… They became the verbal current coursing through his veins as he shaped his political manhood… Words were also his main source of income throughout his life, from the age of twenty-one.’

When he became Prime Minister of England during the Second World War, his command of English took on far greater importance than anyone could ever have imagined. His wartime speeches were the inspiration for millions of people around the world. As journalist Edward R. Murrow so succinctly put it, ‘He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle!’

Reflecting on my own life, there have been many things that I didn’t see the reason or purpose for at the time that have turned out to be vital keys for something that developed later on. One significant example is when I taught myself how to read energies in buildings in my early twenties. At the time it was such an unusual thing to do that I didn’t even tell most of my friends about it. I pursued it with a passion at every available opportunity but thought of it only as a personal hobby, nothing more. I could never have foreseen at that time that it would lead to the development of space clearing and writing an international bestselling book on the subject. Just from following my passion.

People are very different to buildings, but there is an aspect of the more advanced techniques I use to read energies in buildings that can also be used to help reveal latent talents in a person, when seeds have been sown but for some reason there has not been the right environment or nurturing for them to come to fruition.

Information about this technique was not included in the space clearing book I wrote many years ago but it is an essential part of the ceremony I teach to the practitioners I train. At practitioner level, space clearing is as much about opening high level insights for the occupants of a home as it is about restoring integrity to the energies of the place where they live. This doesn’t happen in every ceremony, of course, but if the timing is right and the person is ready, extraordinary perceptions can emerge. It really is a beautiful thing for someone to feel truly “seen” in this way. It can open up new possibilities in their life that they might otherwise have completely missed.

Very little has been written about Winston’s English teacher, Robert Somervell, but I do hope he had an inkling of the greatness he was nurturing in the years he tutored Winston as a boy, and that he lived to see those talents recognized by the world. The seeds that were sown at that time in Churchill’s life became the fertile foundation for everything that followed.

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Why Balinese bells are the best kind to use for space clearing

Balinese bellFrom time to time I receive an email that says: ‘Much though I would love to, I cannot afford to buy a Balinese bell. Can I use a different type of bell to do space clearing instead?’

I really do appreciate that Balinese bells are more expensive than mass-produced bells. That’s because of the purity of the metals used to create them, the skill involved in making them, and the time it takes to produce them. Handcrafted items are always more expensive than mass-produced, but they are totally worth it. I’m just thankful they exist in the world. I would never have started teaching space clearing publicly if I hadn’t discovered them. It takes a full month to create a space clearing bell, and there are only a handful of Balinese craftsmen and women skilled enough to make them. That’s why they cost a bit more.

However, without doubt, the most important piece of equipment needed to conduct a space clearing is a high quality bell, and this is even more important if you’re doing it for the first time. If you use a lesser quality bell, the results you’ll get will hardly be likely to inspire you to do space clearing again. Your first time will probably be your only time.

Balinese bells are the only type I have ever found that can be used to willfully shatter energies embedded in buildings. I’ve tested hundreds of other kinds of bells in my travels around the world and none have even come close. The level of craftsmanship in Bali is extraordinary.

In writing my Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui book, I did everything possible to give people guidelines to avoid picking up perverse energies while doing space clearing, and I would not have written it at all if I had not discovered Balinese bells. I really cannot put my hand over my heart and say ‘save some money and have a go with just any old bell’. I have a responsibility to make sure that people have the right equipment to do the job safely, and Balinese bells have special qualities that make them exceptionally effective for space clearing. Bali is, after all, the purification centre of the planet. And the family of master bell-makers I work with produces the highest quality bells in Bali, and has done for hundreds of years. I’ve really done my homework on this.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2010 & 2014

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Numerology curio

Here’s an interesting discovery that was sent to me by a numerologist who decided to analyze the words SPACE CLEARING and KAREN KINGSTON, using the standard numerology system of A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. Here’s what he found:

Numerology
The term “space clearing” has passed into the English language as a generic term for all kinds of energy clearing techniques, but originally it was the name I coined to describe the specific ceremony I have pioneered and developed since 1976.

I don’t use numerology much myself but do find it fascinating that both names happen to total 5, and even more remarkable that the vowels of both total 21 and the consonants of both total 38.

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How to survive home renovations

RenovationsHome renovations can really wear you down. It’s not just the noise and dust and intrusion of having builders in the space of your home. What many people don’t realize is that we rest part of our consciousness on the physical structure of the home we live in, and the process of having it dismantled and changed can be very disorientating and destabilizing. Even if you do the work yourself, it can be remarkably unsettling.

The reason for this is that you are energetically connected to your home, and the longer you have lived there, the more connected you are likely to be. So you may think you are simply renovating or remodeling your kitchen, but the disruption it causes in your life goes far deeper than the inconvenience of not having access to a stove. When a part of your home is being deconstructed and rebuilt, a corresponding part of you is being altered too. This can be a good thing in the long run, but if the work drags on, it can feel like your life is in limbo until it is finished, waiting for the parts of yourself and your life to come back together. It can also make you feel very scattered, vulnerable, and exposed while the work is in progress.

During the 20 years I lived in Bali I was delighted to discover that Balinese builders are very aware of this, and take steps to alleviate it. The Balinese have devised highly effective consecration rituals to consciously presence the buildings they occupy and bring the materials they are made of “back to life”, as they put it. So before doing major repairs or renovations, a specific ritual is done to remove the presencing in that area of the building to a temporary shrine, and another type of ritual is done when the building work is complete to restore it. They liken this to the way that a human is given anaesthesia before surgery to numb them to the pain, and I have personally experienced that the practice has the effect of isolating that part of the building and minimizing the disturbance.

This level of spiritual technology is not readily available in the West, so what can you do to minimize the turmoil if you decide to renovate your home?

The best approach is to have it all done before you move in. You will have no energetic connection to the property at this stage, and can continue to live a normal life well away from the building work. The next best option is to hire a caravan, park it in the garden, and live in that rather than the house. If that is not possible, then find a room in the property where you can create a personal sanctuary. Keep the doors closed as much as possible to keep dust levels down, and create as much of a home environment in that space as you can.

Another good tip is that if you have a number of projects to do, fully complete one and have a short break before beginning the next. This will give you welcome periods of sanity that will allow you to rest and re-gather before the next onslaught. However when you first move into a home, a speedier approach is best, while the motivation and momentum is still fresh. Aim to have any renovations done during the first year, so that you can fully land there. I’ve met people who still have half-finished rooms a decade or two after moving in, and not surprisingly, their life feels similarly disjointed.

There is one more piece of advice I can offer that is an adaptation of the Balinese way of handling this situation. Before the building work begins, do my 21-step space clearing ceremony in the areas of a home that are not going to be renovated, and deliberated exclude those that are. This will have the effect of energetically separating your living space from the building areas. Then after the building work has been finished, do another space clearing ceremony to integrate those areas and reset the space at a higher level. When doing the ceremony for this purpose, the key aspects to focus on are the offerings and harmony ball frequencing, as described in my book.

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Why singing bowls are not designed to do space clearing

Singing bowlIt is often claimed that singing bowls are made of a special alloy composed of seven metals that correspond to the seven major planets: gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon, mercury for Mercury, copper for Venus, iron for Mars, tin for Jupiter, and lead for Saturn. This mystical combination sounds very alluring, as if such an object would be imbued with the powers of the solar system.

However there is no evidence at all that this combination of metals would produce the high quality resonance or magical effect that is suggested, and extensive testing of over 100 antique singing bowls carried out by a team of scientists led by Dr Peter Northrup at Oxford University in 2010 revealed that they are not made of seven metals at all. A few bowls (less than 2%) were found to contain a small quantity of iron. The rest were made of bell metal bronze, which is an alloy of 77-78% copper and 22-23% tin. The seven metals claim is nothing more than a marketing ploy.

The idea that singing bowls can be substituted for bells to do space clearing is also a New Age myth. They are very different to bells, both in the sound they make and the effect they have.

A singing bowl consists of a metal bowl and a mallet. The bowl is held or placed on a cushion in the palm of one hand, and the mallet is held in the other hand. To produce a sound, the mallet is placed in contact with the lip of the rim of the bowl and slowly circled around it to produce a continuous melodic sound.

I’ve tried space clearing with singing bowls and the sound can certainly be very beautiful and does fill the centre of a room. However it does not amplify areas where there is stuck energy in the same that a Balinese bell does, it’s not possible to direct the sound into the walls and corners in the same way that you can with a Balinese bell, and most importantly, it cannot be used to shatter energy imprints in the same way that a Balinese bell can. Singing bowls are also quite heavy and require the continuous use of both hands, whereas a bell can be held in one hand and can easily be carried from room to room during a space clearing ceremony.

For all these reasons, I do not consider singing bowls to be a space clearing tool, and do not recommend their use. They do not clear energies. It’s not what they were designed to do.

So what are singing bowls good for? The sustained sound they can be caused to produce can be used to induce states of relaxation and well being that can assist with certain types of healing. I have heard that some people use them for meditation too, but have never figured out how this could work since complete silence and physical stillness are so essential to achieving the high states of consciousness that are the aim of meditation.

In relation to space clearing, the only possible use of singing bowls would be after a space clearing ceremony, to help set the space in a room if the person does not have the skill to do this during the ceremony with bells, as the space clearing practitioners I train are able to do. Using a singing bowl for this has a somewhat blissful, horizontal, and unconscious effect, whereas bells can be used in much more awakening ways to harmonize, verticalize, and transform the superastral space of a room. Many years of personal development work, subtle bodybuilding, and high level practitioner training and practice are required to be able do this effectively, so it is an advanced skill that you would expect from a professional space clearer but it is not required for doing basic space clearing in your own home following the 21 steps in my book.

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Space clearing for home improvement projects

ToolkitBrits call it renovating. Americans call it remodeling. But whatever you call it, the problems that can arise during the process are pretty much universal.

A little understood reason why renovation projects can get so snarled up lies in understanding what builders are dealing with when they tear a place apart to do improvements. After more than three decades of hand sensing energies in buildings all over the world, I know just how much becomes embedded in walls, and when builders rip structures apart, these energies get dislodged and can cause havoc in the space.

Some builders are resilient and can handle this quite well. Others get completely overwhelmed, and that’s where things start to go wrong. They may get sick, have accidents or make mistakes, all of which can hinder the project and lead to unexpected delays and expense.

My advice if this happens to you is to halt the project, give everyone the day off, and space clear your home, using the 21-step ceremony I describe in my Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui book.

Some savvy homeowners and architects, knowing how often problems of this kind occur, hire me or one of the practitioners I’ve trained to space clear before the project even begins, and this is better still. Much easier for the space clearer, too, than having to pick their way through rubble!

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