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 vertical. Before the sound of the bell fades, turn the handle 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 and uplifting 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.

Related articles
What’s so special about Balinese bells?
How space clearing bells came to be in the world

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2015


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 do personal belling

  1. Steffen says:

    Dear Karen

    Thank you for sharing this technique. I have got one clarification question about the sealing: When you say “twist it 180 degrees in a clockwise direction as seen from above” does that mean turning the bell 180° around its vertical axis so that it is held upside down? Or is it a horizontal half circle the dome describes? (Sorry, maybe the instruction is clear for English natives and my comprehension issue is just due to English not being my native language.)

    Many thanks and kind regards,
    Steffen

  2. Kathy says:

    Will belling help with depression and able to get things done around the house. I not able to get things done because I feel stuck and unable to know where to start. How much do the bells cost and can I do the techniques by myself?
    Thank you,
    Kathy

    • Personal belling can be used as a centering and uplifting technique, and I explain more about this in the Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course that I teach. It sounds like you would also benefit from taking my Zero Procrastination online course, which follows on from that and guides participants through the process of restructuring their life top down, so that it becomes purposeful.

      You can find information about the cost of purchasing a space clearing bell here.

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