What is Space Clearing?
Space clearing is the art of clearing and revitalizing stagnant energies in buildings.
All traditional cultures have a form of space clearing. It can be seen as a higher level of house cleaning and is as essential to the energetic maintenance of a place as physical cleaning is to the physical maintenance.
The term "space clearing" has passed into the English language as a generic term for all kinds of energy clearing techniques, but originally it was the name I coined to describe the ceremony I have pioneered and developed since 1978. All the information on this website and in my books refers specifically to the space clearing ceremony I have developed, which is the only one I can guarantee the effectiveness of. It involves the use of various techniques such as clapping and belling, done in a precise way and a specific order.
Why space clearing is necessary
Energetically, everything that ever happens in a building goes out in ripples like the effect of a stone being dropped in a pond. It is recorded in the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, and other objects in the place. It gets astrally imprinted into the very fabric of the structure. Repetitive actions and behaviours are deeply imprinted, and events accompanied by strong emotions or trauma are the most strongly imprinted of all. If you've ever had the experience of walking into a room after there has just been an argument, you know that you can literally feel it hanging in the air. People sometimes say, 'You could have cut the air with a knife!', meaning that the atmosphere was so dense it was as if the argument were physically tangible.
Everyone also creates a certain amount of etheric debris on a daily basis, which leaves a stagnant residue in their home in the same way as everyday living creates cleaning and tidying on a physical level. I have space cleared ancestral homes centuries old where the build-up of energy stood about 3 feet (1 metre) thick off the walls. I have also space cleared 10-year-old buildings that felt nearly as dense, simply due to the amount of mental and emotional traffic in the place in that time.
Who needs space clearing?
Just about everyone. There are very few buildings in the world that are so well designed that they don't need regular space clearing. Many people now choose to make space clearing part of their regular building maintenance programme so that their space is energetically as well as physically clean and clear. I've received thousands of letters from people telling of remarkable results they have obtained by doing this.
How often does space clearing need to be done?
It's best to do a full space clearing ceremony at least once a year, or sooner if you have a major life change such as starting or ending a relationship, career, etc. If you have a very busy life or are going through a difficult time, then do maintenance space clearing every 3 months or even every month if you want to.
Professional space clearing
Anyone who is fit and healthy can learn to do the basic level of space clearing in their own home, following the information in my book. The training to become a professional space clearer, clearing other people's homes, is much more challenging. A prerequisite for students who train with me is to have spent several years developing their subtle body structures and energetic perception. The professional training currently consists of approximately 300 hours of personal tuition, and there is no guarantee of certification at the end unless the trainee is consistently able to achieve the high standard required. This is why there are now hundreds of feng shui consultants in the West but only a handful of certified space clearing practitioners.
If you search the internet for space clearers, you'll find many who claim to have been trained by me but have in fact only read my book or attended a weekend workshop. There are also some who did indeed take my training years ago but were not able to complete it. Or they did complete it but have not been able to maintain their skills by completing my Continuing Professional Development program each year.
If person's name does not appear in our International Directory of Practitioners then they will be offering a very different standard or type of space clearing to the currently certified practitioners I have personally trained to such a high level.
The difference between space clearing & feng shui
For your life to work well, it is vital to have a good flow of clear, vibrant energy in your home and workplace. Feng shui is a beautifully organized system of knowledge that allows us to design buildings to maximize the beneficial flows of energy around us by improving building design, furniture placement, colour schemes, and so on. It is based on having an understanding of the essential qualities of chi, and how to keep it fresh and vital through balancing the elements of Nature in our environment.
The Chinese name "feng shui" describes the system that is best known in the West and most easily transposes to the western way of life, but most traditional cultures have their own form of feng shui that they have used for thousands of years. Traditional systems do not take account of the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields that are so prevalent in our homes today, or do not include checking for geopathic stress before positioning key items of furniture such as beds, desks, sofas and chairs. Some modern systems of feng shui may also have become entangled with local superstitions or New Age add-ons. But the core principles have stood the test of time, and are the same today as those formulated and practiced in ancient times.
Very few western buildings are so well designed that there are no areas where energy gets stuck. Most are conceived without any thought being given to the way energy can flow around them, and awkwardly positioned furniture can then add to the problems. How much stuck energy builds up depends on the overall feng shui of a place and the activities of the people who occupy it. Feng shui always works better and faster when done in conjunction with space clearing, and space clearers are often called in to help where a feng shui professional has done all they can do but the situation still hasn't improved or hasn't improved enough.
The difference between space clearing & clutter clearing
Clutter clearing is one of the recommended steps to prepare for a space clearing ceremony. It can also be done by itself, with no intention of doing the ceremony or even knowledge that such a ceremony exists. It primarily involves clearing physical objects from a space, although there are also deeper levels that address mental, emotional and spiritual types of clutter. People generally begin with physical level clutter clearing and then progress to the other less tangible but equally important types. Read more...
How to do space clearing
My first book Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui explained how to do space clearing according to the methods I was using at that time back in 1996. There have been so many developments since then that that book is now completely out of date and will soon be replaced by a new book in two volumes that Richard Kingston and I are writing together. You can find more information about it here.