The three most important times to do space clearing

Space clearing your home at least once a year will keep the energy clear and vibrant. But there are other key times when it is important to space clear too.

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Space clearing is the feng shui art of clearing and revitalising the energy of buildings. It has many uses, but when I’m asked to summarise the three most important times in a person’s life to do space clearing, here’s what I say…

Moving into a new home

This is the most obvious time to do space clearing, to clear out the predecessor energies of previous occupants and land yourself energetically in your new home. 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.

For a home that has had a very chequered history, either because of problems during the building process or because of the history of previous occupants, it is best to call in a professional to do the first space clearing for you, and definitely do this if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, unwell, or do not feel confident to do space clearing yourself. Most people can do annual space clearings to maintain the energy of their home themselves by carefully following the steps in my book. It’s the very first space clearing that is the most challenging to do and the most essential to get right.

However, beware of self-taught space clearing practitioners. However well-intentioned, they can cause havoc in a space if they don’t really know what they are doing. If a person’s name is not listed in the International Directory of Practitioners on my website then they not taken a professional training with Richard and I at all, were not able to achieve the standard required for certification, or have not been able to maintain their skills by taking annual Continuing Professional Development training. If in doubt, you are welcome to send an email to check on a practitioner’s credentials.

When you feel stuck

Another important time to do space clearing is if you feel stuck in some way in your life. When you feel like this, there will also be a corresponding stuckness in the energy in your home that has been building up for some time. The certified space clearing practitioners Richard and I have trained can tell by hand sensing the energy of your home what is happening in your life without you even needing to tell them.

Because you are energetically connected to the place you live, space clearing your home is one of the most effective ways to get your life moving when you feel stuck. Where there is stagnant energy there is often an accumulation of clutter too, so clutter clearing done in conjunction with space clearing is usually the most effective combination for this situation.

When you’re going through a major life change

This can take many forms. It may be the beginning of a new relationship or the end of an old one, starting a new job or leaving an old one, a birth, a death, a wonderful success, a traumatic loss, or any other significant life-changing event.

Space clearing your home creates a supportive environment that will help you to move through a major transition with more clarity and ease. You can do this type of space clearing for yourself, but it’s at times like this that the skills and objectivity of a trained professional are so valuable.

All the practitioners we train know how to conduct a space clearing ceremony without projecting their own opinions or agendas onto clients. They will never tell you what to do, but they are very skilled at opening a space for you to be able to see the higher possibilities for yourself so that you can make your own decisions from a more perceptive standpoint.

Copyright © Clear Space Living Ltd 2012, updated 2019

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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.

3 Responses to The three most important times to do space clearing

  1. Thanks for space clearing info as I feel for long time that I am stuck my current job, I decided to bring a professional space clearing practioner to my home and get my life going forward

  2. Can you say more about why a space clearing should not be done if you are breastfeeding? I recently did a ceremony with my spouse and noticed that when I started clapping out areas that I didn’t feel right. I stopped right away and had him do this portion on his own, but it was a new experience and I’m curious if it had something to do with the fact that I’m breastfeeding?

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