Is decluttering a sacred ceremony?


I’ve heard there’s a new trend in the UK for creating decluttering ceremonies.

Apparently what happens is that instead of just sorting through your stuff and heaving bagfuls of it out of the door, you light some candles, play some lovely music, and generally try to convince yourself the whole process is sacred in some way. At the end of the session you burn a line of candles next to the wall to magically remove “dead energy” from the clutter-cleared area.

Oh dear.

For a start, burning candles near walls is not a space clearing technique. The only tangible effects of doing this are likely to be black candle soot smudges up the walls and wax drippings on the floor.

And while clutter clearing can be hugely transformational because you are letting go of the old to make room for the new, in my experience the most effective approach is a practical, down-to-earth, roll-up-your sleeves one, with the grit and determination to get the job done. Some people find they can do this better with some music playing, but it needs to have an upbeat rhythm that will keep you moving, not sweet little melodies that will sooth your soul.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favour of anything that makes clutter clearing more enjoyable and fun. People who follow the systems I teach report that their whole approach to clutter clearing changes and it becomes a treat they genuinely look forward to rather than a chore that has to be done.

But trying to make a sacred ceremony out of it is a hopeless cause. The low level stagnant energies that accumulate around clutter keep you a world apart from anything sacred. Lighting a few candles, however sincere your intention, is not going to suddenly change that.

Levels of Consciousness
So where does clutter clearing fit in the scheme of things?

A useful calibration that I teach to the space clearing practitioners I train is a scale of Levels of Consciousness, where Level 7 is the lowest level that human life can sink to and Level 1 is the most exalted state of enlightenment that can be attained. The activities of everyday life are at Level 6, whereas humans are designed to live at Level 5 and above. Experiences of the truly sacred begin at Level 3, and are very far removed from what most people will ever come into contact with.

The numbers assigned to these levels have not been randomly picked out of a hat. They are derived from decades of exploration of spiritual realms and human consciousness, interwoven with the study of how space clearing can raise the energies of a space to facilitate higher levels of engagement.

How this relates to clutter
One of the main reasons that clutter is such a problem for anyone seeking more meaning in their life is that it keeps you in the mundane environment of Level 6. I would go so far as to say there is no point in doing any kind of self-improvement work at all unless you have cleared your clutter first.

And will clutter clearing automatically move you up to the realms of Level 5? No, it’s not that easy. Not by a long way. But it is the first essential step towards a life that is not encumbered by material possessions, which can open the door to an awareness that there can be more to our earthly existence than living at Level 6.

How this relates to space clearing
Clutter clearing is one of the preparatory steps of the space clearing ceremony I have developed, which is specifically designed to raise the atmosphere of a space from Level 6 to Level 5. How effective this is depends on a number of factors such as the skills of the person doing the space clearing, the equipment they use, their ability to follow the prescribed steps exactly, and so on.

When conducted by one of the expert space clearing practitioners I have trained, the ceremony can achieve Level 4 or even Level 3 results on rare occasions, at which point it becomes as much about opening spiritual insights for the occupants of the home and as it is about purifying the energies of the building itself.

The results of space clearing are not permanent, of course (the ceremony must be regularly repeated to maintain high level energies of the space), but I include it here because it offers a very tangible experience of some of the higher levels I have described, and sometimes even a glimpse of what sacredness really is.

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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.

2 Responses to Is decluttering a sacred ceremony?

  1. Natasha says:

    Reading your book about decluttering yesterday and today – it’s full of wonderful insight for me. It’s so approachable and ‘western’ in many senses. While I have always felt the energy flow of spaces, the traditional language and east-centric approaches leave me cold. The book might be from nearly 2 decades ago, but is modern still … many thanks

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