15 Easy Ways To Banish Negative Energy From Your Home

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For people who are sensitive to energy, you might be encountering a build-up of negativity. Whether it's from daily work stress, personal relationships, or situations beyond your control, you might notice a difference in how your space feels.

Negative energy builds up and will make your home feel heavy and static, rather than open and light. And it can start to take a toll on where you live and how you feel.

When should you clear the energy in your home?

There are multiple reasons to consider clearing your home of negative energy. The most simple way to determine if you need to take action is when you can actually feel the bad energy; this can make you feel sad, angry, stifled, or as if there is tension brewing.

Other times to clear the bad energy include after a breakup or argument with your partner, during a big life transition, after having a bad day, bringing negative people into your home, and being surrounded by clutter.

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But how do you remove the negative influences in order for life supportive forces to flow freely, once again?

Here are 15 easy methods for clearing negative energy from your home.

1. Clear your own energy.

Your own energy can develop a negative charge. Since you're in your home, you might as well start with yourself.

Take an Epsom salt bath, which is known for its detoxifying properties. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes and relax while the salt does the work for you. Add lavender essential oil for a calming twist, or citrus essential oils like lemon or lime for an energy boost.

Another way to refresh your energy is by spending time in nature. Walking in a wooded area will help ground and center you. Running water offers negative ions, which improve mood and eliminate excess positive ions pumped out by electromagnetic fields that are all around you.

A long-time proven method for calming your energy field is meditation. Sitting quietly for even five minutes while counting your breaths will absolutely instill a sense of peace and calm in your body and mind.

2. Sweep the front stoop.

Sweeping with a broom does more than clear away dirt and debris from the front or rear entrance to your home. It also removes unwanted or negative energy.

Many Asian cultures sweep every morning to start the day fresh. This is also a Feng Shui practice for clearing and moving energy.

3. Smudge your home.

This Native American tradition uses the smoke from white sage to cleanse the energy of your body and home. Sometimes, a blend is used, which helps, because sage merely clears — but you don't want to leave the energy empty.

A blended smudge stick might include juniper and sweetgrass, so while cleaning the energy you are replacing it with good energy at the same time. Palo Santo wood is another option that's less smoky with a light fragrance that some people prefer.

Start by lighting the wood or the bundle of herbs. Then blow out the flame, which allows it to smoke lightly as you walk around your home to clear the space and air. You can also smudge your body to clear the energy.

4. Clear any clutter.

If you have items lying around your home, whether in boxes or out in the open, it's time to start putting things away. Perhaps it's old stacks of books or magazines lining your living room, files piling up on your desk, or clothing strewn across the room.

Whatever type of clutter you have, it's essential to clear and open up the space in your home. Purge the items that no longer serve you, open up your windows and blinds, and vacuum every corner of your home.

5. Light a Himalayan salt lamp.

Rough-cut pink or peach-colored salt crystal chunks have been crafted into lamps. Keeping the lamp lit warms the salt and allows it to gently cleanse the energy of a room.

Salt chunks have also been carved into candle holders to serve the same purpose.

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6. Sprinkle salt water.

Put a small amount of water into a bowl and add salt. Then, with your fingers, sprinkle the areas outside all doors leading into your home.

Salt is a traditional energy cleansing agent that purifies. You might also sprinkle salt water on the thresholds and set an intention that all who enter bring peace to your home.

7. Visualize clearing the energy.

Put on some quiet yoga or meditation music, then sit quietly in a comfortable position. Allow your body to relax as you breathe deeply. When you feel ready, imagine you're clearing away all vestiges of negative energy from your home.

You could visualize a special air vacuum that removes all negativity, leaving the space clear and fresh. Or you might picture some other sort of cleaning, like mopping or dusting to eliminate the negativity.

Once completed, picture a white and gold light that moves in from the heavens to fill the space with positive vibes that nourish and support you. Visualizations like this are powerful.

8. Cultivate house plants.

Bringing a bit of nature into your living space keeps your energy fresh and vibrant.

Green plants are extremely popular right now. Plus, plants add oxygen to your environment as they use the carbon dioxide that you expel.

If your green thumb is untested, try something easy to care for, such as a philodendron, which doesn't need a lot of direct sunlight or water. If you're already a plant enthusiast, you might want to grow herbs too so you can use them in your cooking.

9. Position crystals.

Crystals are basically minerals or rocks with special properties. If you want to clear the negative energy from your living space, try a combination of selenite and amethyst.

Selenite is a powerful cleansing stone, able to sweep away negativity. Often available in bars or "wands," you simply sweep the selenite down in front of your body, head to toe, and then the back, as best you can.

This works especially well for overwhelming and excessive thinking. You can also walk through your home slowly waving the selenite through the air and along the walls and doorways.

When you complete this process, place amethyst points or tumbled stones (small pieces will do) in the corners of your most lived-in rooms, or through all of them. When it comes to protection and clarity, amethyst is a true champion.

To keep the crystals working, clear your amethyst weekly by submerging in salt water, or place it along with your selenite outdoors in the sun or moonlight for cleansing. Never soak your selenite wand in water — it will dissolve.

10. Diffuse essential oils.

One easy way to give your home a good clearing is to diffuse essential oils. Be sure to choose a quality brand made with an organic process to get the highest vibration possible.

Try an oil like lemongrass, which is a powerful energy cleanser, or cilantro, which detoxifies negative emotions. You might also consider melaleuca, also called tea tree oil, which clears away negative baggage.

In addition, essential oils pump up your positive energy. Try lime, which promotes a zest for life, cypress, which fosters energetic flow, or wild orange to uplift spirits and encourages abundance.

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11. Chant, pray, or sing.

Almost all spiritual practices include chanting or singing along with prayer. You automatically elevate your vibration when you use your vocal cords in a positive way.

When you speak or sing, your vocal cords vibrate to make the sound, which runs throughout your body. As you walk around your home singing, praying or chanting, you spread those good vibes everywhere!

12. Set up mirrors.

When used properly, mirrors are a great way to shift the energy of your home and absorb all the bad energies that may remain. You can place mirrors on your dining room walls, in hallways, in the living room, or in the bedroom.

However, be sure to never put two mirrors opposite one another, and avoid putting mirrors above beds and couches, or in the kitchen.

13. Remove objects with negative energy.

Certain objects in your home may carry with them negativity, particularly items that have bad memories associated with them: books, photographs, or clothing, for example.

Other objects to avoid keeping in your home include art or pictures that depict depressing scenarios (like war or anything relating to sadness), thorny plants, bowls or plates with chips in them, and dying or wilting plants.

14. Rearrange furniture.

According to feng shui, rearranging furniture and other pieces in your living spaces can "create balance with the natural world," bringing harmony and positivity. If your home is cluttered, it blocks the flow of chi (energy) from flowing.

Some tips to keep in mind when rearranging furniture is to never face a bed towards the door, to arrange furniture in a square or rectangle, and to be mindful of the accessories you choose to place.

15. Start a weekly cleansing practice.

With plenty of energy clearing options to choose from, you can cleanse your home and purify your living space.

A weekly practice will keep the good vibes flowing. However, if you have a particularly stressful day or something big happens, you can always clear the energy instead of waiting until the end of the week.

Keeping your personal energy clear as well as your home's will help you focus, be more creative, and experience better moods.

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Ronnie Ann Ryan is a certified coach, Reiki Master, and intuitive healer who has shared her sound advice on dating, love, spirituality and life for 20 years. Listen to her free audio program: 8 Ways to Raise Your Love Vibe today.