How to clear energy imprints in hotel beds

Energy imprints in a hotel bed

Next time you stay in a hotel, take a look around the restaurant when you go for breakfast in the morning. How many of the people would you actually want to share a bed with?

In most cases the answer will be “none”, but in fact you just did. Not with the exact same people sitting around you, but with people very similar to them who slept in your bed before you and left their imprints in it.

Energy imprints in beds

Over the last 35+ years, I’ve developed special techniques for reading the energy imprints in objects in people’s homes. I can go around a house and read the entire history of what’s happened there with my hands. Beds are especially interesting because most people spend a third or more of their lives sleeping, so their mattress becomes very imprinted with their energies.

One of the vital skills I teach the professional space clearers I train is a sliding scale of perception relating to the imprintability of various materials. The least imprintable materials in their solid state are metal and glass, which incidentally is one of the main reasons why a front door made from either of these materials is a feng shui no-no – it is not able to anchor the energies that a front door is supposed to (wood is a much better choice). At the other end of the scale, porous materials such as soft furnishings are the most imprintable – mattresses, sofas, and so on.

Hotel beds

When it comes to beds in hotels, it’s grim news. It’s common to find layer upon layer of unsavoury energies embedded in hotel mattresses, sometimes dating back a decade or more, depending on how long the bed has been in use. It’s no wonder many people say they don’t sleep well in hotels, or wake up feeling out of sorts or not quite themselves.

During sleep our energy opens and we absorb whatever is around us, including the frequencies that have been deposited in the mattress by people who slept there before us. It’s almost the same as sleeping with them in the same bed.

How to clear energy imprints in hotel beds

If you’re starting to feel nauseous, help is at hand. As well as being able to read these energies, I’ve developed efficient methods of clearing them that anyone can learn. It’s called “bed thwacking” and it’s a modified space clearing technique, specially adapted for the modern traveller.

First, strip the bedding down to the bottom sheet and open a window. Then look around the hotel room for something you can use to do the thwacking. A wooden coat-hanger is a good choice, or a telescopic umbrella if you happen to have one with you. If you can’t find anything, then pummelling with your fists is good emergency measure, but not as effective as using a sturdy thwacker of some kind.

Methodically thwack the whole mattress for a few minutes to dislodge the energy imprints from it (as well as quite a bit of dust, usually).

Don’t do bed thwacking the first night you check in

When you do bed thwacking, all the energies go up in the air and take a few hours to come back down again. If you do this and then jump into bed, they will all land on you.

So just put up with it all for the first night, do bed thwacking the next the morning, go out for the day, and by the time you get back housekeeping will have changed the bedding and vacuumed up all the energetic debris from the floor, leaving you with a sleeping space that is energetically much cleaner.

How to do bed thwacking in your own home

The technique described here is only recommended for when your hotel stay is two nights or longer, but it can be used in your own home too, and is much easier to implement there because you have more control of the timing.

Sweet dreams!

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Space clearing outdoor areas – why it doesn’t work

Space clearing an outdoor area

Space clearing is the art of clearing and revitalizing stagnant energies in buildings. Depending on the level of skill of the person doing the ceremony, it can also be used to clear historical imprints from the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, and other items in a place. However, space clearing outdoor areas doesn’t work, and even if did, it’s not advisable to do so. Here’s why…

How space clearing clears stagnant energies

The space clearing ceremony I have pioneered and developed over the last 35+ years is primarily designed to clear stagnant energies that accumulate in rooms due to poor circulations of energy or physical clutter.

The 21 steps of the ceremony include placing and activating flower offerings in major rooms and doing a number of circuits that involve specific clapping, belling and harmony ball techniques. When done in the prescribed order using high-quality space clearing equipment, most people report getting immediate and very tangible, life-changing results.

How space clearing clears astral imprints

Space clearing can also be used to clear imprints that build up in rooms over time as a result of whatever activities happen there. If you live in a newly built home, you will only have your own stagnant energies and imprints to clear, and it’s wise to do this at least once a year. But if you move into a home that has previously been occupied by other people, their stagnant energies and the history of their lives will all be imprinted in deeper layers, and they will affect you whether you are aware of them or not.

The basic space clearing ceremony described in my Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui book will clear the most recent, surface level imprints at the same time as stagnant energies, and just about anyone can do this. Some people also have the subtle body structures to develop more advanced skills to be able to clear more deeply embedded or traumatic imprints.

The ceremony looks pretty much the same to an observer whether it is done at the basic or advanced level, but the energetic effects are on completely different levels. This apparent “sameness” of the ceremony, by the way, is why it’s so easy for people to be duped by untrained space clearers into believing that deep changes have been made, when in fact nothing has happened. I’ve unfortunately come across this many times when hand sensing energies in buildings that have supposedly been space cleared by someone claiming to be a professional, yet all the historical layers of imprints are still there.

Why space clearing outdoor areas doesn’t work

The main reason why space clearing outdoor areas doesn’t work is because stagnant energies don’t collect outside in the same way that they do inside buildings. In outdoor areas, there is a constant washing by the elements — the sun, wind, rain, and so on. So you can clap in corners and ring bells all you like in your garden and it will have no effect at all, except perhaps to alarm your cat or annoy your neighbours. It’s a complete waste of time.

The land energies of outdoor areas, however, can become imprinted with the history of events that have taken place there. I’ve researched this over many years in my travels around the world, visiting the locations of historical events, old battlefields, burial sites and so on. What I’ve discovered is that there is a way to remove the imprints in such places, but it’s a very different technique to space clearing and it would be unethical to do so.

Why it’s unethical to clear land energies

Surely it would be a good thing, you may think, to remove the trauma of past events and heal land energies, if it is possible to do so?

But here’s the thing. If you clear an area of land in this way, you must then take custodianship of it and maintain it energetically, as the Balinese have done, generation after generation, with their hundreds of thousands of daily purification ceremonies conducted all over the island. To clear an area of land and just walk away, assuming all will be well, is pure folly. It creates an open invitation for low-level elemental forces, parasitic astral beings, and other undesirable energies to move in.

However well-meaning you may be, if you clear land energies and don’t stick around to maintain the space and also ensure it will be maintained in future after you move home or die, then it will almost certainly create a much worse situation than before.

Fortunately, very few people in the world are able to operate such deep level clearings, so this is not a common problem. And those who can clear land energies generally only do so for a specific purpose, such as building a temple. That’s absolutely fine if the temple is entrusted to a spiritual community who are taught effective purification skills to energetically maintain the building. This is the case in many Hindu temples, as an example.

What can be done about vandalized areas

Someone wrote to me this week to ask if space clearing can help with a small stretch of lawn and sidewalk next to a friend’s business that keeps getting trashed and graffitied, even though it is regularly cleaned by the city and the spaces on either side are nicely kept.

I’ve already explained in this article why space clearing is not the right solution for this problem, but I’ve been asked this type of question before so do have some practical suggestions that may help.

In my Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui book, I explain how clutter builds up:

You know what it’s like. You’re walking down the street and you see that someone has thoughtlessly thrown an empty cigarette packet in a corner near the roadside. The next day you walk past the same spot, and the empty pack has been joined by a few more items of trash. Before long it becomes a full-blown garbage dump. Clutter accumulates in the same way in your home. It starts with a bit and then slowly, insidiously, it grows and grows.

So the most important thing is to keep the area clean. In this case, perhaps the city can be persuaded to clear it out more often?

Other effective measures include “No dumping – violators will be prosecuted” signs, preferably backed up by security cameras so that anyone littering the area will be caught on camera. In an area that is privately owned, lighting and beautification can also help enormously, as shown in the image at the top of this article. When a space feels owned, others are far less likely to trash it.

Resources
How to find a certified space clearing practitioner
Learn how to own the space of your home – Creating Conscious Space online course

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The three most important times to do space clearing

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Why singing bowls are not designed to do space clearing

Singing bowl

It’s often claimed that singing bowls are made of a special alloy composed of seven metals that correspond to the seven major planets: gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon, mercury for Mercury, copper for Venus, iron for Mars, tin for Jupiter, and lead for Saturn. This mystical combination sounds very alluring, as if such an object would be imbued with the powers of the solar system. However, it is nothing more than a marketing ploy.

Debunking the seven metals myth

According to Himalayan Bowls founder and author of The Singing Bowl Book, Joseph Feinstein, ‘singing bowls do not contain seven metals at all. Extensive metallurgical testing has proven that singing bowls, as well as handbells, are made either from bronze (copper and tin) or brass (copper and zinc). There is no mystical property to the metal.’

The Balinese bell-makers I work with confirm this. Bells are made from a special type of bronze that contains more tin than usual bronze. They sometimes add a small quantity of 22-carat gold when making temple bells for Balinese priests and priestesses, but after testing thousands of their bells over the last 20+ years, I have discovered that this is no guarantee of superior quality of sound. The best bells are nearly always those that are made of pure bronze.

Why singing bowls don’t work for space clearing

The idea that singing bowls can be substituted for bells to do space clearing is also a New Age myth. They are very different to bells, both in the sound they make and in the effect they have.

A singing bowl consists of a metal bowl and a mallet. The bowl is held or placed on a cushion in the palm of one hand, and the mallet is held in the other hand. To produce a sound, the mallet is placed in contact with the lip of the rim of the bowl and slowly circled around it to produce a continuous melodic sound.

I’ve tried space clearing with singing bowls and the sound can certainly be very beautiful and does fill the centre of a room. However it does not amplify areas where there is stuck energy in the same that a Balinese bell does, it’s not possible to direct the sound into the walls and corners in the same way that you can with a Balinese bell, and most importantly, it cannot be used to shatter energy imprints in the same way that a Balinese bell can. Singing bowls are also quite heavy and require the continuous use of both hands, whereas a bell can be held in one hand and can easily be carried from room to room during a space clearing ceremony, opening doors with your other hand as you go.

For all these reasons, I do not consider singing bowls to be a space clearing tool, and do not recommend their use. They do not clear energies. It’s not what they were designed to do.

So what are singing bowls good for?

The sustained sound of a singing bowl can be used to induce states of relaxation and well-being that can assist with certain types of healing. I’ve heard that some people use them for meditation too, but have never figured out how this could work since complete silence and physical stillness are essential to achieving the high states of consciousness that are the aim of meditation.

In relation to space clearing, the only possible use of singing bowls would be after a space clearing ceremony, to help to maintain the vibrancy of the space. However, this can be done even better through maintenance space clearing techniques, using bells.

The sound emitted by a singing bowl is wonderfully blissful but horizontal and unconscious, whereas Balinese bells have a beautifully clear, resonant sound that can be used in much more awakened ways to harmonize, verticalize, and transform the superastral space of a room.

Restoring integrity to a space

Verticalization is an important principle in spiritual work because it is through this that integrity is restored to spaces. You can see the two principles of verticality and horizontality very clearly in the shape and function of the two objects. A bell is vertical. It can be actively rung and its sound can be willfully directed to clear stagnant energies and shatter imprints. A singing bowl is horizontal and its sound cannot be directed — it just ripples out in horizontal waves that travel where they will. There is no comparison between the two.

I’ve visited homes that have been space cleared by a well-intentioned person using a singing bowl instead of a Balinese bell and to be perfectly frank, it would have been more effective if they had gone around the property with a feather duster. Space clearing is just not what singing bowls are designed for.

Other space clearing myths
Why smudging is not a space clearing technique
Space clearing and salt

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Why Balinese bells are the best kind to use for space clearing

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Some facts about incense that you may not know

Balinese offering with incense

Some people like to burn incense in their home, thinking it may help to purify the space, or at the very least, mask unpleasant smells. But here are some facts about it that you may not know…

Burning incense is not a space clearing technique

In my book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, I explained that incense is used in most of the major religions of the world because it is a quick, easy way of raising the vibrational level of the atmosphere of a place. Many Asian cultures also use it because they believe that the upward movement of the smoke helps to waft the essence of their offerings and prayers up to the gods.

However, it is not actually a space clearing technique because as soon as the aroma dissipates, the effect is lost. Burning incense in a space does not permanently change anything energetically.

The reason I included the use of stick or resin incense in the space clearing ceremony I described in my book was because I wanted to offer as much help as possible to people doing space clearing for the first time. By temporarily raising the atmosphere, it helps to get a better result, especially if there is a lot of clutter in the home.

However, I no longer use incense, the professionals I train no longer use it, and it will not be part of the updated description of the ceremony in the new space clearing book I am writing. There have been so many new developments over the last 20 years in the techniques I teach that it is no longer needed.

Many types of incense are a health hazard

To the best of my knowledge, the two types of incense I recommended in my book were made of high-quality natural ingredients that were fine to use for doing space clearing in a ventilated space. But those particular brands are difficult to find now and using substitutes can be fraught with problems.

Commercial incense sticks generally consist of a bamboo stick coated in herbal, wood and adhesive powders, with some type of fragrance added, often synthetic. Cheaper varieties can contain anything from melted down rubber tyres, inner tubes and engine oil, to albumen powder made from the dried blood of slaughtered animals. It really is anybody’s guess what they’re made of because the ingredients are rarely listed on the packaging.

This is not a problem in places such as Bali, where the temples are all open air, or in western countries, where most people only burn incense very occasionally. But it’s causing serious problems in indoor temples in places like Thailand and Taiwan, where multiple joss sticks are burned at the same time. Each stick emits roughly the same level of toxins as a cigarette, so being in a temple with several hundred joss stick burning simultaneously exposes everyone there to the same level of health hazard as being in a room with several hundred smokers puffing away.

One study found that commonly used incense sticks emit carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, aldehydes, ketones, xylenes, diethylphthalate and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including formaldehdye.

Another study conducted over a two year period in Thailand by Dr Manoon Leechawengwong analyzed the blood and urine samples of temple workers and showed they had a very much higher risk of certain types of cancers. Benzene levels (implicated in leukaemia) were found to be four times higher than normal. Butadiene levels (related to blood cancer) were an astonishing 260 times higher. And levels of benzo(a)pyrne, which is known to cause lung, bladder and skins cancers, were 63 times higher. Other studies have raised similar concerns.

Temple workers in Thailand’s 37,000 Buddhist temples are now encouraged to wash their hands after handling incense and have annual health checks. People visiting temples are advised to use shorter joss sticks instead of the full-length ones that used to be popular, to burn them only while prayers are in progress and then extinguish them, and to avoid using them at all in poorly ventilated areas.

It’s rather ironic that what is widely believed to be a purification technique has actually been found to be so toxic to those who use it in their devotional prayers. Perhaps incense used to be purer in the days when it was all made by hand, and the move to mass-production is the reason why that’s changed. But whatever the case, I no longer know of a single reason ever to use it.

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Is it the same if a robot vacuums your home?

Robot vacuum cleaner

I’ve always been fascinated by how effectively vacuuming removes not just physical debris but also refreshes the energy of a room.

A vacuum cleaner is a physical, mechanical device, designed to suck up dust and all the inevitable bits that get dropped on the floor. But because stagnant energies also sink to floor level, it does a remarkably good job of revitalizing them too, through its vibrating, sweeping, sucking action. Or as Hoover’s oh-so-memorable advertising slogan of 1919 put it: ‘It Beats, as it Sweeps, as it Cleans’.

Robot vacuums

And now we have a new generation of devices called robot vacuums, which have been designed to clean up after us automatically without us having to lift a finger. The good quality ones are still too pricey to be mainstream, but it looks like the future of cleaning is heading that way.

My question is, because no human operator is involved, does your home feel as clean after it’ s been cleaned by a robot vacuum as it does if you clean it yourself using the good old-fashioned handheld variety?

Technically (and depending on the efficiency of the model, of course), there may be no difference. The same amount of dust and dirt gets hoovered up and the floor looks equally clean. But just as food tastes different according to the love and care that is put into it by the person who cooks it, so a room can feel different according to whether it is vacuumed by a mechanical device or by a human who puts care into it. Scientists can’t measure this subtle quality, but most people can sure as heck taste it in food, and I’m pretty sure more sensitive folk will be able to feel the difference with a robot vacuum too.

So does it really matter?

Well, here we get into the realm of etheric awareness and space clearing. If you’ve ever had your home space cleared by one of the professionals I’ve trained, you will know how different it can feel after all the stagnant energies and astral imprints have been cleaned out and new, higher frequencies have been instilled. It is as if a fresh wind has swept through, cleansing and revitalizing the space at a very deep level, and resetting your home as a clean slate on which to write your life.

My husband, Richard, and I, regularly space clear our home and keep it energetically maintained in this way, so that it supports us in our lives rather than holding us back. Because of this, we have noticed a huge difference between how it feels when we vacuum the floors ourselves and how it feels when we hire someone to do this for us.

When we vacuum ourselves, we presence and own the space as we go. When a professional cleaner does it for us, he or she may use the same equipment, and it has the same mechanical action, but it never feels as clean. On a physical level there’s no difference, but at the higher levels, just as with food that is cooked without love and care, something is tangibly missing.

Or rather, here in the West it is. During the 20 years I lived in Bali, we were fortunate for much of that time to have a wonderful woman called Padmi who cleaned our home beautifully. Not just at the physical level, but at the higher levels too. The Balinese have space clearing rituals they perform on a daily basis, and they naturally carry spiritual forces of purification in their blood. Padmi did not just beat as she swept as she cleaned. She loved, cared for, and presenced our home too. Ah, how we miss her now!

The difference space clearing can make

There is definitely a spiritual component that can be integrated into the mundane action of cleaning a home, and this produces a result that is very different to having a cleaner or a robot do it for you. But for people who really need this type of help, is there is a way to have the best of both worlds?

I’m happy to say that there is.

Providing the cleaner you hire is someone you like having in your home, who does the job with the same love and care you would put into it yourself, or the robot vacuum is one that you like the look, feel and efficiency of, then this can be counter-balanced by doing a deep and thorough space clearing ceremony at least once a year in your entire home, following the 21 steps in my book. This will have the effect of clearing out stagnant energies, owning the space, and permeating it with new, higher frequencies to support and nurture you and anyone you live with.

So it’s not at all the same if a robot vacuums your home, but the missing aspect can be more than compensated for if you regularly space clear or, better still, hire one of the space clearing practitioners I have trained to do it for you at a much higher level than you could possibly do it yourself.

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