How to clear energies in objects

Many second-hand items are lovely but may be strongly imprinted with the energies of their previous owners. You don’t have to live with this, though. The energies can be cleared.

Antique wooden furniture

Second hand and inherited items have the advantage that they have usually finished outgassing, but they may be imprinted with energies from the previous owners that you would not want to live with.

A vivid example that comes to mind is from the time when I visited the house of a friend, whose beloved grandmother had died and bequeathed the property to him. Not having met her, and knowing nothing about the cause of her death, I was quickly able to deduce from hand sensing an antique piece of furniture that belonged to her that she had suffered with colon cancer for a considerable period of time. It was deeply imprinted with the agonies she had endured. It also had layers of stagnant energy around it because of all the clutter that had been stored in it for many years.

Prior to this, my friend had been unable to understand why something he found so beautiful had made him feel so depressed after he placed it in his bedroom. He wanted to keep it because it reminded him of his grandmother, but could feel it was affecting him in undesirable ways.

How space clearing can help

The space clearing ceremony I have developed is designed to clear stagnant energies and, depending on the skill of the person doing the clearing and how closely they follow the twenty-one steps of the ceremony, it is possible to use it to clear astral imprints too.

On this occasion, I space cleared the entire house, including this piece of furniture, which removed both types of energies from it. But there is also a technique, adapted from the space clearing ceremony, that can be used for individual items you inherit or second-hand items you buy, to clear the energies without having to do the full space clearing ceremony in your home each time.

It’s not a substitute for space clearing. I still recommend doing the ceremony at least once a year to keep the energy of your home fresh and clear, or more often if you have experienced any major life-changing events. But this can be used for clearing specific items, as necessary.

Equipment you will need

  • Cleaning materials, suitable for the item
  • A Balinese space clearing bell

The technique

Step 1: Roll up your sleeves and clean the item to remove physical grime and etheric debris. Plain water is best unless it has a special finish that needs a particular type of cleaning product because water may damage it.

Step 2: Wash and dry your hands.

Step 3: Keeping your sleeves rolled up, clap above and around all the sides of the item to break up any stagnant energy surrounding it. If it has compartments, open them up and clap inside. If it has shelves, clap out each shelf. Gentle or muffled clapping won’t do a thing. The sound needs to be loud and sharp – the kind that reverberates around the room, and would seriously startle someone if you did it unexpectedly. If your skin is quite dry, using hand cream may help you to create a stronger sounding clap.

Step 4: Wash and dry your hands.

Step 5: The final part is to bell the item. Balinese space clearing bells have unique properties not found in any other types of bells. I’ve tested hundreds of different types over the last 40+ years in my travels around the world, and have never found any that come anywhere close.

Ring the bell all around the item, while consciously directing the sound deeply into it. Don’t be timid. Ring the bell loudly and strongly. Shattering astral imprints takes quite a bit of will. The bell will help you but the depth of clearing that can be achieved will depend on the level of oomph you can put into it.

What to do if you don’t have a Balinese space clearing bell?

I’m sorry, but I don’t have any suggestions. This is the only method I know that truly works. Steps 1 to 3 will help to remove physical grime, etheric debris and some of the stagnant energies, but using a Balinese space clearing bell in Step 5 is the only way I have ever found of shattering astral imprints so effectively. You can try using other types of bells or other techniques, but it won’t be the same.

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2016, updated 2020

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About Karen Kingston

Karen Kingston is the world's leading authority on space clearing and a leading expert in clutter clearing. Her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, has sold over one million copies in 16 languages, and her second book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, has sold over two million copies in 26 languages.

4 Responses to How to clear energies in objects

  1. Good afternoon,

    I am wondering if the method you use will allow entities, goasts to go away. I know that people usually keep dead souls close to themselves because of different reasons. Does the shattering astral imprints allow to release them?

    1. Entity clearing is very different to space clearing. If you are interested to know more about this, the best book I have ever found on the topic is Entities: Parasites of the Body of Energy by Samuel Sagan

      By the way, in my experience, it is not the case that ‘people usually keep dead souls close to themselves’. The book explains the specific circumstances in which people most commonly pick up an entity.

  2. Dear Karen
    What would you do in the case of an old house where the imprints are generally positive ones? Some of the people who lived here before us were quite remarkably good people. Do we benefit from the traces they leave behind? Or is a clean sweep always best?

    1. It’s always good to do space clearing when you move into a new home to set your own frequencies in the space. It clears out lower levels of energy and leaves higher levels intact.

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