A lesser-known use of Balinese space clearing bells is a technique that I called chakra balancing in my first space clearing book and is now more accurately called personal belling.
Uses of personal belling
I often recommend the personal belling technique to participants who take 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 stamina 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 at all for personal belling. They don’t have the purity of tone that is needed. They can also leave you feeling like you ran a sheet of rough sandpaper through your energy, which is not a good experience at all.
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 or causes a flow of air through the space (fans, air-conditioning, etc). 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 and take a few deep breaths to centre yourself. On each exhale, completely relax and let go, emptying your mind of all thoughts as you do so.
At the end of the exhalation, 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 90 degrees in a clockwise direction as seen from above, which will have the effect of sealing and reinforcing the effects of the belling. If the sound of the bell does not last long enough, you will need to ring it again, more vigorously.
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 completely 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 of personal belling
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. And I don’t recommend doing personal belling every day for an extended period of time. It can be very helpful for a while if you are going through a challenging period in your life, but not to the point where you depend on it to balance your energy. It is not designed to be an emotional therapy substitute.
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