Space Clearing: What to do when Your House has “Bad Vibes”

Have you ever had an uneasy feeling in your home that you can’t explain? Do you live in a place where an unfortunate event has occurred, such as a death, divorce, accident or foreclosure? Have you had the experience of moving into a new home or apartment and felt that the previous occupants were still connected to your space? The fact is, all buildings have the potential to hold onto the energy of the events and people that have been in that place. I’m not talking about ghosts and spirits (though they would certainly fall into this category.) I’m talking about having an uncomfortable feeling in a home or business that just doesn’t seem to go away. In my twenty years as a feng shui and home staging expert, I can tell you that these feelings are not in your imagination, but are actually a real phenomena that can be explained by the laws of physics. By understanding and using these laws, we can easily and effectively rid a space of negative energy and in turn feel happy and more positive while living and working in these environments.

Understanding the Process

The process of cleansing and healing the energy of the environment is commonly known as “Space Clearing”. In the seventeenth century, a Dutch scientist named Christiaan Huygens noticed that two pendulum clocks hung side by side would eventually synchronize and begin to swing in the same rhythm. Huygens called this process entrainment. Entrainment occurs as two objects, each with their own vibratory pattern, transfer small amounts of energy between them, eventually settling into a rhythmic relationship. Everything in the universe, including human beings, is made up of molecules and atoms that are vibrating at different frequencies. Even objects that appear solid and inanimate, such as walls, ceilings, and floors, are made up of atomic particles that constantly vibrate. Science has proven that human emotions and thoughts have electrical frequencies. Different emotions have different vibratory patterns. The stronger the emotion behind the thought, the more intense the vibration is. When someone experiences strong emotions or thoughts repeatedly in a space, they send out vibrations that are picked up by and projected back from the solid materials in the surroundings, including walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture. Through the process of entrainment, the room itself begins to match the vibration of these emotional frequencies.

   Let’s imagine, for example, that you have serious financial trouble, and your thoughts and emotions are focused on money worries, loss, and financial ruin. When you’re at home, these thoughts and emotions constantly send out specific frequencies into your surroundings. Through the process of entrainment, the energy of your worry and stress influences the vibratory rate of the molecules and atoms in the walls, ceilings, and floors, synchronizing the house to the energetic pattern of financial difficulty. Eventually, you move out of the home, but your energetic imprint remains, still vibrating in the structure of the house. Since energy is in perpetual motion until something interferes with it, the home continues to vibrate at the same frequency, even though you’re no longer living there. The next owner of the home may have had no previous problems with finances but may begin to experience more and more issues in this area after moving into the home. Why? Once again, through the dynamic process of entrainment, the energetic imprint of the home influences the energetic vibration of the new resident. A home is much larger than a human being. Therefore, the home’s energy surrounds the new resident, and over time, the new resident often experiences similar life patterns as the previous occupants. It seems like every neighborhood has a home or a place of business where negative events (divorces, bankruptcies, accidents, etc.) occur repeatedly. Often it is the energetic imprint that has been left in the building that keeps the space in a perpetual state of negativity. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to learn about the history of a building before you live or work there. Fortunately, a space clearing can work wonders to cleanse the home of unfavorable influences.

Using Sound to Clear a Space

There are many techniques that can rid a home or a workspace of unwanted energy. Experience has shown me the benefit of using sound and the scientific
process of entrainment to clear a space. Sound is very effective in shifting the energy of a room and clearing any negative energy that may linger there. Sound waves travel well through solids and liquids which is why you can hear sounds so well under water. By introducing sound waves into a space, you can influence the vibrational frequency of the walls, ceilings, furniture, and other objects in a room. Through the process of entrainment, the building’s previous energy imprint is eliminated and the result is a place that feels lighter, fresher, and more positive.


You will need some kind of percussion instrument (you can even clap your hands.) I prefer to use an “Energy Chime” that is specially made for this procedure (you can purchase these on my web site  if you wish.) If you don’t have an Energy Chime, you can use a drum, bell, singing bowl, or even clapping your hands to direct sound into each room of the home. Begin at the front door. This is the area where most of us dump our energy when we first arrive home. By standing inside the entrance, direct the sound at the door, and then move clockwise through that area, travelling through each room of the house continuing the procedure. Include the closets, garage, and storage areas (such as basements) when you are conducting your clearing. Sound travels out from its source, so the sound waves will continue into the walls, the furniture, and even up to the ceiling. Notice how you feel as you conduct the clearing. Do certain areas feel dull or negative? How does your body feel? Very sensitive people can perceive a lot of information about the energy of the home as the old vibrations are released during the clearing. If your home is large and you become tired, sit and rest and continue from where you left off, but don’t wait too long to get started again, or your efforts won’t be as successful. You really need to clear the entire house in order to shift the energy of the space.

    After you’ve moved through your home directing the sound at all the walls, including hallways and doors, you will wind up back where you started at your front door. You can conclude your space clearing in any manner that feels right to you. If you are a spiritual person you may want to say a prayer or a blessing for your home. If you’d like to just take a deep breath and let it slowly out picturing all the negativity leaving your home, you can do that too. I like to picture golden white light filling every inch of my home when I’m finished, and that always makes my house feel really nice. The choice is yours. You will notice once you have successfully completed your space clearing, the light in the house seems brighter, the colors are clearer, and often the air feels fresher and cooler. Clearing your house of residual energy is one of the very best things you can do in order to have a home that nurtures and inspires your body, mind, and spirit.

   To read more about Space Clearing, Home Blessings, and Feng Shui, pick up a copy of my new book, “Feng Shui that Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as it Looks.”

Copyright protected c. 2011 Cathleen McCandless

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