It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Japan for about two weeks now. Today marks a week since moving into my new living quarters. It’s a brand new town home with a tiny yard. It has white walls, is modernly designed, and no personality. It’s filled with what little I brought on me for our journey and loaner furniture until the household goods arrive. It doesn’t feel like home. New places rarely feel like home right away. Have you ever felt ill at ease, or just off when moving into a new place? Every new place has it’s own feeling, and you bring with it your own emotions, hopes, and expectations. A new place holds limitless potential for what comes next, and to start it’s best to give yourself a fresh start with simple cleansing ritual.
Living creates it’s own emotions. Ever walk into someone’s home and feel completely at ease? Or perhaps feel completely NOT at ease. Emotions from family drama fill up spaces, and who knows the stories of those who were there before you. That’s why, whenever I move I like to start out fresh, with a clean start. The first step is to physically clean it. It’s surprising how often I step into a new “clean” home only to look at my feet at the end of the day and wonder why they were black (has happened at pretty much every place I’ve ever moved into tbh). This new town home was no exception. Mopping, cleaning, and getting the things to clean that I didn’t have so I could clean was the first place to start. The floors: mopped. The appliances: cleaned. Bathrooms: cleaned.
A physically clean space is the first step to cleaning the emotional baggage of a space. The next step is to get rid of any lingering negativity or other feelings that may be lingering from construction or past tenants with a cleansing ritual to clean the space of any negativity. Since moving in is hard enough, I like to keep this cleansing ritual simple. It only requires two things that you can easily find on hand: water and salt (or if you are near the sea, salt water works too!). Water and salt are associated with purification in many cultures around the world, and they are perfect for any cleansing or purification need.
The following cleansing ritual can be used on any space, or object. You can change it to suit your own beliefs and needs.
A Simple Cleansing Ritual for a Blissful Home
- Container to hold water and salt (it doesn’t have to be fancy, a paper cup will do!)
* You can replace with salt water from the sea or any other ritually purified water you may have (ex. holy water, water from a holy spring or sacred place, Full Moon Water)
- Invoke any deities, angles, elementals, etc that suit your beliefs ask their aid in consecrating and purifying this space.(optional)
- Sprinkle salt into your vessel of water.
- Hold your vessel of salt water and say something like “By the powers of Water and of Earth, by the powers of the North and the West, I cast out all negativity.” Envision your vessel now filled with white or gold light, chasing out all of the negativity envisioned as inky-black darkness.
- With your fingers gently sprinkle the salt water throughout your space. Be sure to get inside all cabinets and closets! As you go you may repeat your cleansing phrase from the previous step, say your own cleansing chant or say nothing at all. As you go through your space, envision the salt water chasing away any negativity as white or gold light chasing away the darkness.
- After you cleanse the entire space say: “This place is cleansed, no negativity may remain.”
- Thank any deities, angles, elementals, etc you may have called to your aid.
Feel free to add your own words or special touches to this ritual. The important thing is that it resonates with you, not the exact wording or tools used.