Clapping Out Bad Energy

I really love reading and studying about the practice of Feng Shui.  I’m all about bringing good energy into your home and getting rid of the bad.  I ran across this article when I did a google search on “clapping out bad energy.”  I saw someone do it on Jeff Lewis’ show Flipping Out a while back so I have been wanting to read up about it.  I know it seems a little out there but I love this stuff.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

How To … Remove bad energy from home

Last updated April 1, 2008 9:51 a.m. PT

Some house cleansing happens naturally, when seasonal warmth prompts people to throw open doors and windows to let in freshness and light. Emotional cleansing goes one step further by encouraging people to seek positive energy in their homes.

Anyone can perform an emotional house cleansing as long as the intent is to strengthen relationships and connect with nature.

Cathleen McCandless, the owner of San Diego Feng Shui, stresses that feng shui is not a religious practice but a study of people in their space. She provides clients with this do-it-yourself house cleansing list.

  • Do a traditional spring surface cleaning.
  • Open all doors and windows, including shades.
  • Take down negative photos.
  • Get rid of dead or dying plants.
  • Put out fresh flowers.
  • Light a candle.
  • Burn incense or use essential oils.
  • Put on inspiring music.
  • Say a prayer.
  • Declutter.Ellen Whitehurst has blessed the homes of celebrities such as Joy Behar from “The View.” Her book, “Make This Your Lucky Day,” includes this advice for completing a house-blessing ceremony after moving into a new home.
  • Eastern traditions use water as a cleansing agent. Add nine pieces of orange peel the size of a quarter to a bowl of fresh water. Walk around inside the house in a clockwise direction, starting at the front door, flicking the water from the bowl everywhere from the ceiling to the baseboards.
  • Orthodox traditions call for clapping out bad energy that collects in the corner of each room. Everything in nature travels in a spiral, but energy can get stuck. Clap three times loudly in the corners to disperse the energy and then open doors and windows to allow the bad energy to leave.
  • A third option involves putting spring water in a regular spray bottle, then adding 10 drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both are known disinfectants and have antibacterial agents. Walk around the home spraying the mixture, especially in corners. If you use this method, it’s not necessary to open the windows and doors, as the oils will disperse and absorb any negativity.– The Denver Post

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  • Tip of the Day: Get Rid of One Thing

    Toss or donate one thing from your house that has negative associations with it.  For example, I like my computer chair but it has negative associations because I bought it because my freshman year roomate had the same one and loved it.  A few months later we had a falling out and I ended up moving out of the room.  I still have the chair and since it has negative associations I should get rid of it.  Bring good energy in to your house and take the negative energy out.

    Feng Shui Classes

    I am dying to take some classes on Feng Shui, I have read one book about it (The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room By Room) and I want to learn more.


    Here are some schools that teach Feng Shui- I’m not sure what I will go with, I have just been browsing the internet and this is what I have come up with so far:

    The Western School of Feng Shui– most of their classes appears to be in California, unfortunately.  They do have an online class on the Bagua map- the Bagua map I think is a little too new agey for me and I am not interested in the more advanced theories of Feng Shui, just the basics.  The author of the book I mentioned above runs this school so I am inclined to go with them.

    The American Feng Shui Institute– they do have online courses which do look interesting, I would like to do more research on them before I give them my $80 to make sure they aren’t quacks.

    The Feng Shui Learning Center– way more than I would ever pay, sorry.

    For those of you who have no idea what Feng Shui is:  FS is, or what I have gathered it to be is the practice of creating good energy in a space.  It is unseen and affects everyone.  Some people can pick up on it, others don’t and probably won’t even understand what I am talking about when I say “good energy.”

    Some basics of FS:

    -When you enter a home, it should be a welcoming sight (and smell!).  No one wants to enter a home a trip over a door mat or shoes,  see a huge pile of clutter when they walk in or immediately walk in to a piece of furniture that is too near the entry.  Allow plenty of space in the foyer to allow guests to hang there for a second when they first enter.  Make sure they are greeted with a beautiful image: a cozy seating area or a beautiful view out to your garden.  FS suggests not hanging mirrors directly opposite the door as it will direct energy out the door.  That is some of the new-agey part so take it with a grain of salt.

    -Don’t keep items in your home that don’t make you happy.  Furniture that you bought with your ex-husband, artwork you hate- if you don’t like it, it will create bad energy in the space it is in.  Get rid of it if it has negative associations with it.

    -Fake flowers and dead flowers = no no.  You want your home to promote life.  What a downer dead plants are.  Beautiful, healthy plants and flowers can bring such a great energy into a space.

    There are many more basic aspects to FS, that is enough for now, maybe more later.

    Need a new look?

    Want to freshen up a room in your house and don’t know where to start?

    Grab a pen and paper and make a list:

    What do I love in this room?

    What do I like?

    What must stay?

    What must go?

    That will give you a good start on the direction you need to go to get a new look.

    Remember, if you don’t love it, use it or need it, get it out of the room!

    Also, please don’t keep anything in a living space that has a bad association to it or you don’t love.  For example; a piece of furniture you bought with an ex (bad association) or a dresser that was passed down from a relative and is not your style at all (something you don’t love).  Your living space should be filled with things that make you happy every time you see them.


    Feng Shui for the Bedroom

    To make your bedroom appear larger, place the head of the bed on the wall farthest from the door.

    Feng Shui (the practice of creating an environment with good energy) teaches that you should have a view of the door to the bedroom from the bed. Being able to see the door will give you a more peaceful sleep.

    Some people may think that Feng Shui is some crazy middle eastern practice. In actuality it is very present in our everyday lives.

    Think about going to someone’s home for the first time. You walk in the front door and the first thing you see is a desk, cluttered and unorganized. Now imagine walking into a house and you see a comfortable couch with pillows, a warm color painted on the walls. Subconsciously each of the two situations would create a good or bad energy for the person entering the home. In the first situation you would automatically feel stressed and not want to stay long, consciously or subconsciously. In the second situation, when you walk into a home and the first thing you see is an inviting seating area, you feel relaxed and welcome.