What hand sensing reveals

Your home is a reflection of yourself and everything in it says something about you, whether you have made conscious choices about the things you keep around you or not.

Your home is a reflection of yourself

Everything in a person’s home is a reflection of something inside them, but this does not mean that this is all they are. Buried deep inside there may well be latent talents that have never emerged or yearnings and desires that have never been expressed.

To put it another way, what’s on the outside is always on the inside, but what’s on the inside is not always on the outside.

I have seen this many times in the houses I’ve visited to do consultations, and this is where the hand sensing technique I have developed over the last 40+ years comes in so useful. Rather than accepting everything I see in a client’s home at face value, I nearly always begin a feng shui, space clearing or clutter clearing consultation by doing a hand sensing circuit to get a deeper reading of the space.

My husband Richard has also developed this skill to a very high level. It’s one of our favourite parts of doing a professional space clearing because it’s so visionful and nearly always surprising in some way.

Reading energy imprints

Hand sensing involves reading the energies imprinted in walls, furniture and other items with my hands. The best way I have found to explain how I do this is to use the analogy of reading a book. How is it that we are able to translate the tiny symbols we see printed on a page into meaningful concepts just by scanning our eyes over them? Most people would not be able to explain this if asked, but we all do it just about every day of our lives.

With hand sensing the principle is the same, but it is unseen energies rather than symbols that are being read and translated. With practice, it can be developed to a very high level of accuracy, and we have successfully taught many space clearing practitioners how to do it.

What hand sensing reveals

I once visited the home of a young woman to conduct a feng shui consultation. She explained in detail the difficulties she was experiencing in her relationship and with a book she was writing, but I could tell these weren’t the real issues at all. My hand sensing circuit revealed that something much deeper needed to be addressed before she would be able to make much progress with either.

The only items she owned that had any vibrancy about them at all were a colourful picture of two people dancing, a very cute image of two bunny rabbits rubbing noses together, and a rug she had bought in India. Everything else was energetically bland, and sure enough, when I began asking her about the various pictures she had on the walls, she used words such as “harmless”, “calm” or “not disruptive” to describe each of them.

As we worked our way around her apartment, she gradually came to see that these items all reflected how life had been for her when she was growing up, attempting to avoid the heavy hand of her step-father by being as obedient and unobtrusive as possible. Even though she had owned her own apartment for five years and was free to decorate it as she pleased, she had chosen items that would be inconspicuous and unremarkable. In fact, going deeper still, she hadn’t even chosen most of them herself – they had mostly been gifts she didn’t even really like from her mother or sister.

She realized she wasn’t living her own life at all and everything in her apartment reflected that. The real “her” was trapped on the inside. No wonder the writing wasn’t flowing, and no wonder she didn’t feel able to talk freely to her boyfriend. She had been stifling her self-expression all her life.

As soon as she realized this, she immediately began taking down pictures and removing ornaments, as if she couldn’t bear to have them in her home a moment longer. She also began to confide in me other things she hadn’t yet admitted, such as how ardently she longs to have a baby and how much she resents the way some people treat her. It was all there, just waiting for the opportunity to bubble up to the surface, but no one would ever have guessed this just by looking. It was all so well hidden beneath the subservient exterior that had kept her safe as a child but was now stifling her creativity as an adult.

I left her with many suggestions for how to turn her home into a joyous canvas for her life rather than the dutiful shell of existence she had settled for.

‘I thought you would tell me to move my sofa,’ she said, as I was preparing to leave. Well yes, furniture positioning can be important and I did check it while I was there. But getting to the source of an issue that has been running someone’s life is a far deeper and much more meaningful level of feng shui that can bring about profound and lasting changes. It is always a great privilege to be invited into a home to put vision on such things.

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd 2016, updated 2022

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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.

13 Responses to What hand sensing reveals

  1. Hi Karen
    Do you need to be a space clearing practitioner to learn hand sensing from you? If so which courses do you recommend first please?

  2. Hi Karen,

    This is Ana from Argentina. I always read your blog and find it so thoughtful. This post reminds me a little to the “Sparkle joy” motto from Marie Kondo. What are your thoughts on her method? I haven’t read her books, but for interviews I’ve read it seems to stay in the surface of it.



    1. Hi Ana

      My Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book was a No. 1 bestseller in Japan many years ago and still continues to sell very well there. It seems highly likely that Marie Kondo (who is Japanese) has borrowed ‘Does It Spark Joy?’ from The Clutter Test that is in my book, since it begins with a very similar question: ‘Does it lift my energy?’. However there is much more to The Clutter Test than this, which may explain why you feel that her methods are superficial.

      I do not expect people to go into raptures about their possessions. It is enough to sort them into those they love or have a use for, and let the rest go. Joy is a high level soul force that can be experienced in moments of exalted spiritual experiences and in relationships with people we love. It is misguided to think that material possessions can truly bring joy. In my view, that’s actually a recipe for a very empty life.

  3. Is there a connection between handsensing and reiki? As a reiki practictioner it can be hard to explain to sceptics how it works, although the increased interest in quantum physics has certainly made it a lot easier to explain more recently!

    I have always subscribed to the Pre-Raphaelite rule that unless you know something to be useful or believe it to be beautiful you do not need it in your life.

        1. There will be a section about hand sensing in the new space clearing book I am writing that will give more insights into hand sensing. It’s not something I can explain in a few sentences without a lot of background information first about developing subtle body structures, types of energies in houses, how layers build up, dos and don’ts of hand sensing, and so on.

      1. Hmm, surely there is a connection – namely energy! Regardless of the name of any energy modality (healing or reading), practitioners are opening their senses to messages transmitted/received via energy.

        1. There are many modalities of energy work and experience of one types does not necessarily mean that the person will be able to transpose their particular skill to another type. To give an analogy, there are many kinds of surgery, but someone who is experienced at doing hip replacement surgery would not automatically presume they can also do brain surgery.

  4. I’d love to see a future newsletter article in which you share suggestions for how to turn one’s home into a joyous canvas for life!

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