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Space clearing altar

What is space clearing?

Space clearing is an essential life skill to be able to remove the energy imprints of previous occupants when you move into a new home and refresh and reset the energy of a home or business if you have gone through a major change or a challenging time.

There is a huge difference between living or working in a property where space clearing has been done compared to “getting by” in a place that is still heavily imprinted, where history will tend to repeat itself and cause you to feel stuck.

More about space clearing
The difference between space clearing and clutter clearing

I will be publishing a new space clearing book next year to help people who wish to learn how to do basic space clearing themselves (the information in my first space clearing book, published in 1996, is now very out-of-date).

For anyone based in Australia, Europe, the UK and the US, there is also the option to call in one of the highly skilled space clearing practitioners I have trained to do a ceremony that is specially tailored to your needs.

My first space clearing book sold over one million copies in 16 languages, so please be aware that there are quite a few imitators out there. When seeking professional help be sure to check my Directory of Practitioners to make sure the person has been trained by me and has maintained their skills at certification level. If in doubt, you are welcome to email me to check their credentials.

How to win a free space clearing

We appreciate that not everyone who needs a space clearing can afford it so during Richard Sebok’s upcoming East Coast Australia trip in August 2018, he is offering the chance for someone to win a free space clearing consultation with him. His services, time, travel and accommodation expenses will all be free of charge. The only cost to the lucky winner will be a maximum of $150 AUD to cover the cost of the harmony ball and flowers that are used in the ceremony.

Richard SebokAbout Richard Sebok

For anyone reading this who does not know Richard, he’s my husband and also co-director of our company, Karen Kingston International. He has co-led every space clearing and clutter clearing practitioner training with me since 2005 and is co-authoring the new space clearing and clutter books I am currently writing.

He has the most advanced skills of any practitioner in the world who has ever trained with me, so you will be in very, very good hands. He is visiting the East Coast just once this year during the period 25 July to 19 August to do residential and business space clearing, clutter clearing and healthy home consultations in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, and possibly Brisbane.

More about Richard
About consultations with Richard


About the prize draw space clearing consultation

Location: You are only eligible to enter the prize draw if your home is located in the Sydney-Newcastle-Central Coast area of Australia (sorry to anyone who lives elsewhere).

Dates: The space clearing will take place during 1-7 August 2018, at a time to be arranged between Richard and the winner.

Property type & size: The maximum size of the property to be space cleared is a four-bedroom residential home.

Eligibility: You must be the head of the household of the property being space cleared. If you share this status with someone else (for example, a husband or wife), you will need to check with them before entering the prize draw that they agree to having a space clearing done if you win the prize.

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Prize draw rules

  1. The prize draw is for a free space clearing consultation with Richard Sebok in the Sydney, Newcastle or Central Coast areas of Australia during the period 1-7 August 2018.
  2. The maximum size of the residential property to be space cleared is four bedrooms.
  3. Entries can only be accepted from a head of the household of the property where space clearing is being requested. If there is more than one head of the household (for example, husband and wife), it is the responsibility of the prize draw entrant to obtain the permission of the other head of the household before entering the prize draw.
  4. There is no charge for Richard Sebok’s services, travel costs or accommodation expenses but the winner will need to pay in advance for space clearing materials (a harmony ball and flowers) up to a maximum of $150 AUD. This fee is non-refundable in the event of the winner cancelling the ceremony within 72 hours of the agreed date and time.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries received.
  6. No purchase is required to enter the prize draw.
  7. Entry to the prize draw is limited to one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  8. Automated entries, bulk entries and third party entries will be disqualified.
  9. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. The prize draw will run from 1 June 2018 until 12 noon Australian Eastern Standard Time on 21 June 2018.
  11. The winners will be notified by email on 21 June 2018.
  12. No cash or other alternative to the prize is available.
  13. In the event of Richard Sebok being incapacitated or otherwise unable to conduct the space clearing consultation on the date and time agreed with the prize draw winner, the consultation date and time will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
  14. Entry to the prize draw is via online form only.

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Why smudging is not a space clearing technique

Smudge stick for smudging

What is smudging?

Smudging is a purification practice that comes from indigenous American Indian traditions. It involves lighting a smudge stick of dried herbs (usually sage or cedar) and wafting the smoke around. The aroma and the upward motion of smoke is believed to energetically cleanse a person or space. It’s inexpensive and anyone can do it. No special skill is required.

However, it is not a space clearing technique, and how it ever came to regarded as one is a complete mystery to me.

Why smudging doesn’t clear energies

When I first started developing space clearing back in the 1970s and 80s, I meticulously researched the effectiveness of hundreds of different types of joss sticks, resin incenses and smudge sticks. I discovered that some aromas can help to lift the energy of a space, and the best I found was a very pure resin incense called Basilica, made by the monks of Prinknash Abbey in England. It is particularly good for lifting the dense stagnant energies in a cluttered home to make it easier to do space clearing.

However, aromas of any kind do not bring about permanent change. As soon as the incense smoke disappears from the air, any uplifting effect is lost. The professional space clearing practitioners I train have never used smudge sticks and no longer use incense of any kind. There have been so many developments in my space clearing techniques over the last twenty years that incense is no longer needed.

Why smudging and space clearing don’t mix

If you add smudging to the space clearing ceremony I wrote about in my first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, or the updated version of the ceremony in the new space clearing book I am writing at the moment, it will have the opposite effect to the one intended. It is not compatible with the ceremony, and will actually drag the energies of a space down rather than lifting them up. I never burn smudge sticks in my own home or any other enclosed space.

Do smudge sticks have any use at all?

Well, not to me, they don’t, and certainly not for space clearing. But if you happen to like the smell and find it helpful to use them in other types of rituals, that’s entirely up to you.

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Other space clearing myths
Why singing bowls are not designed to do space clearing
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Digital detox in Bali

Nyepi in Bali

Imagine a country where there is an entire day each year when everyone turns off their tech and spends 24 hours in silence. Time to go inside, take stock of life, and contemplate the year ahead.

Well, there is a place where this happens. It’s not an entire country, but it is an entire island of four million people. The day is called Nyepi and it takes place on the Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia. It’s the first day of the Balinese New Year according to their Saka lunar calendar, and during the 20 years I lived there, it was absolutely my most favourite day of the year.

Nyepi preparations

The Balinese celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 in a similar way to the rest of the world (drinking, merriment, partying, and so on). But for hundreds of years, they have also observed a spiritual New Year during the new moon in March.

In the days before Nyepi, massive purification ceremonies are conducted in all parts of the island and in some villages, giant papier mâché demons called ogoh-ogoh are created. On the eve of Nyepi, there are fabulous parades of these demons through the streets carried on bamboo frames by young men, accompanied by crashing cymbals and mobile xylophone-like gamelan orchestras playing at full volume. The idea is to make as much noise as possible, and it’s an unforgettable audio-visual experience.

At midnight, the ogoh-ogoh effigies are set down at crossroads, together with copious offerings to the bhuta kala (low or angry spirits) they represent. After a grand ceremony, the ogoh-ogoh are set on fire. The Balinese understand that crossroads are intersections for energy as well as traffic, and they believe that the reason accidents so commonly happen at crossroads is because of the angry spirits which congregate there. By making these offerings and setting fire to the effigies, their intention is to placate the spirits and purify these places. Many people stay up throughout the night making as much noise as possible until dawn, when stillness reigns throughout the land.

Nyepi

For a 24-hour period starting at 6.00am, everything comes to a complete standstill. No fires can be lit, no work can be done, there is no travelling, no noise, no indulging in worldly pleasures and no exvolution (the turning outwards of consciousness towards grosser levels of existence). Everything is turned inwards. No equipment can be used, no lights can be turned on, no cooking can be done, no-one is allowed to go out of their homes and tourists are not allowed to leave their hotels (except in a medical emergency), planes are not allowed to take off or land, and no TV or radio stations are allowed to broadcast.

Not everyone adheres strictly to all these rules but many priests (and there are tens of thousands of them in Bali) spend the day fasting and meditating, and security guards patrol the streets to make sure people stay at home, remain quiet, and do not turn on lights.

This year, the Balinese government took Nyepi one step further and ordered all telecommunications companies to shut down mobile internet access to social media for the entire 24 hours too. I’m sure this decision was greeted with dismay by some (many Balinese are as addicted to their phones as westerners), but part of the reason why Bali’s spiritual culture has endured so long is because it keeps pace with modern developments in this kind of way. I was very glad to hear they have taken this step.

I can’t begin to imagine the headache the flight ban causes for airlines, and I absolutely love the fact that the Balinese put their spiritual priorities first and don’t give a fig. This year Nyepi was on March 17, and a total of 244 domestic and 238 international flights were cancelled. Not postponed. Cancelled. This means many of the international planes would not be where they were supposed to be for onward flights and the world had to deal with it and sort it out. It must cause havoc with their schedules each year.

What Nyepi is like

If you stay in a hotel over Nyepi, you’ll get a feel for it, and this Huffington Post article gives a taste of what it’s like: Bali’s Nyepi: A Day of Silence Worth Experiencing

But the real Nyepi takes place in the villages of rural Bali. Without the busyness of everyday life, the dogs stop barking and the cocks stop crowing. If talking is necessary, it’s done in hushed tones. Children play quietly. The lush tropical silence envelops you.

For one whole day, there is nowhere you have to be and nothing you have to do. What happens is that all your internal organs come to rest and c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y  r-e-l-a-x. It is the most amazing experience. It is a time for meditating and dwelling on your life, and focusing on what you want to happen in the following year.

After nightfall, the effect is even more profound as you sit surrounded by complete darkness and complete silence in the mellow companionship of those you love, mulling over the previous year and contemplating the new. It feels like it could go on forever, and you wish it would.

Then the next day, everything is back to normal. With the first rays of dawn, the roads fill with people, bikes, cars, trucks and buses, and Nyepi feels like it was a dream.

Visiting Bali

If you ever decide to visit Bali to experience Nyepi, it falls on a different day in March each year, so you’ll need to check. In 2019, it’s on March 6 and in 2020, it’s on March 25. And if you visit Bali at any time, to fully immerse yourself in the spiritual culture turn off your digital media for the entire time you’re there. That’s what I always do, and the rest of the world gets on perfectly well without me.

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Space clearing after a burglary

Space clearing after a burglary

A traumatic event such as a burglary leaves an imprint in a home, in a very similar way to how your skin becomes scarred as a result of a wound. Just as the skin is open and painful for a while and there is the risk of infection, so a distressing event can make you feel vulnerable and hurt for a while, and there is the possibility of deep-seated emotions being triggered.

How space clearing can help

Our home is an extension of ourselves. Its physical boundary marks the perimeter of our space and the area we permeate with our energy. When an intruder breaks in, it causes an energetic violation of the space, and this feeling can linger long after the event. In some cases, especially if there’s been a physical confrontation with the burglar, a person can feel so traumatized by the event that they never feel safe in their own home again.

This is the type of situation where space clearing can be very effective. It doesn’t magically bring back any items that were stolen, but it can restore something equally precious — a settling of emotions for the occupants of the home.

How to space clear after a burglary

The technique for space clearing after a burglary is the same as the 21-step ceremony described in my book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, with special emphasis on the belling and harmony ball circuits. The belling circuit is when the most vigorous clearing of energies is done, and the harmony ball circuit is when new, higher frequencies are instilled in the space.

Whether you do the ceremony yourself or have someone else do it for you will depend on how experienced you are at space clearing and how traumatized you feel by the burglary. If you’ve never done the ceremony before, this is probably not the best time to start. But if you are familiar with it, already own a space clearing kit and feel confident about doing each of the steps, it can be very empowering to do the ceremony yourself to re-own your space.

Another option is to ask a close friend or relative to do the space clearing for you, but it will need to be someone who knows you very well, is a frequent visitor to your home, is familiar with the ceremony because they have already space cleared their own home, and was able to get a tangible result. However well-meaning they may be, do not invite someone who is none of the above but is willing to have a go. That can cause more problems than it solves.

Professional space clearing

The best remedy of all is to have a professional space clearing done to deeply remove the imprinting caused by the burglary and quickly restore integrity to the space. All the certified space clearers in my International Directory of Practitioners have done extensive training to be able to work with clients at this deep level. The sooner it’s done, the better, but the ceremony can also be conducted months or even years later.

Can you be present during the ceremony?

If you feel very affected by the burglary, it will be best for you to step outside the building during the clapping and belling circuits, but it’s fine to be present for the rest of the ceremony, and can be very healing to witness the part where offerings are activated in each room of the home, and to participate in the harmony ball circuit towards the end of the ceremony.

Other types of support

In addition to the help that space clearing can provide, there are victim support organizations in most countries that offer free counselling and practical help to people who’ve been traumatized in some way, so do your research to see what’s available in your area. Life certainly brings its challenges at times but there’s help available these days if you just know where to look.

Resources
How to find a space clearing practitioner
How to do space clearing
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The difference between space clearing and clutter clearing

Space clearing and clutter clearing

Some people use the terms “space clearing” and “clutter clearing” interchangeably but there is actually a huge difference between the two, as this article will explain.

Space clearing

Space clearing is the art of clearing and revitalizing energies in buildings. 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 1978. It involves the use of various techniques such as clapping and belling, done in a particular way and a precise order.

Clutter clearing

Clutter clearing is one of the recommended steps to prepare for a space clearing ceremony. It can also be done by itself, with no intention of doing a space clearing ceremony or even the knowledge that such a ceremony exists. It primarily involves clearing physical objects from a space, although there are also deeper levels that address mental, emotional and spiritual types of clutter. People generally begin with physical level clutter clearing and then progress to the other less tangible but equally important types.

Why there can be confusion between the two

The concept of clutter clearing has been around for a long time but the term “space clearing” was only coined in 1989, so it’s relatively new to the English language. Anyone who has read my first two books will understand the difference between the two, but there are still many articles in print and online where space clearing is used incorrectly to mean clearing out physical things to create more physical space.

The confusion is understandable because clutter clearing undeniably creates more space. But it clears physical space. What space clearing does is to clear space energetically, which is much more advanced and requires very different techniques.

Where the two overlap is that clearing physical objects from a place does remove the energies that are imprinted in them. However, it usually does not completely clear the residues of stagnant energy that accumulates around clutter. Only space clearing can do that.

The difference between the two

No specialized knowledge at all is required for clutter clearing. Anyone can do it, anytime, any place. Everyone has clutter of some kind, and clearing it is never a one-time event. It needs to be repeated regularly to keep the things you surround yourself with up-to-date with who you are and where you’re headed in life.

Space clearing, on the other hand, requires special equipment and techniques, and is generally only for people who are ready for major change in their life. Clutter clearing can be done gradually as you feel able to let go of things you no longer need, but space clearing happens in a matter of hours and changes the entire energy of a space. There’s no going back.

The degree of change will depend on the skill of the person doing the ceremony, and can range from a do-it-yourself lightening-and-brightening of a space to the profound levels of change that the professional space clearers I have trained are able to bring about.

This is why I often recommend clutter clearing to people but never suggest professional space clearing unless a person brings up the topic themselves. They have to be ready for change.

It’s also why the training to become a professional space clearing practitioner has to be of such a high standard. In my book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, there are carefully built-in safeguards to enable anyone to do space clearing safely in their own home, but doing it at practitioner level in someone else’s home requires a much greater degree of knowledge and skill.

Is it best to do clutter clearing or space clearing first?

I usually recommend doing clutter clearing before space clearing. It makes the space clearing ceremony much easier to do and makes it more effective too. For most people, it would be too much to do both on the same day, so schedule space clearing for a separate day.

However, if you find it difficult to get going with clutter clearing or find yourself unable to complete it, then it is possible to do space clearing first. Space clearing is the most effective way I know of loosening the stuck energy that accumulates around clutter, so doing the ceremony first will enable you to re-engage clutter clearing afterwards with renewed enthusiasm and gusto.

The ceremony works best if it’s done with a specific focus in mind, so in this situation, make clutter clearing your main focus. You’ll probably find, as most people do, that after ousting your junk and reclaiming your space you will want to repeat the space clearing ceremony, with the focus second time around on yourself rather than your junk.

This is yet another example of how clutter makes everything harder work. You’ll be space clearing twice instead of once. But hey, at least your life will be moving forward, and that’s what counts.

Resources
Online clutter clearing courses

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Space clearing to help clutter clearing

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