This time of year is my busy season. It starts somewhere around mid to late June, and plows straight through to the end of the year like some calendar driven steam engine, event after event marching into the next year. This means that there are just some things that end up pushed to the side. One of these things is that deep cleaning and clearing thing: picking up the clutter, clearing the dust bunnies, and all those housey things that lend themselves to be put off over and over again.
The downside of this, besides things being messy and dusty, is that it also creates energy issues, that feeling of oppression, a bit of helplessness because you know you need to take care of these things, but you are too tired or simply do not have the time. Stagnant energy can begin to pool in places where energy isn't flowing, and can actually turn nasty. I was lucky enough (ok, sort of forced because the Crone Mobile was in the shop for a few days) to be able to squeak out the time to do something about it.
The way in which I attack this goes beyond just the physical cleaning. I do what is called Reiving. Reiving is the process of cleaning with intent, so you are not just removing the dust bunnies, but are also consciously removing the negative energy as well. As you dust, clear the clutter, vacuum, do the dishes or the laundry, you are also putting forth your intent that these actions are removing the negative energy from the space. There are other aspects that I add as well.
To my dusting and cleaning supplies that I use for reiving, I add an energy cleansing decoction that I have made that includes herbs and essential oils that cleanse space, as well as break hexes (never can be too sure). This decoction is stored in a jar that also includes crystals that also, imbuing the liquid with their energy. and a quartz crystal point to boost the effects of the spray. I also have a small string of crystals on the handle of my vacuum to further help the cleansing process.
Another part of my cleansing process is to make sure all my crystals take a trip outside. Sunlight and moonlight cleanse and recharge crystals, and it doesn’t hurt to blow the dust off as well (I have even let them sit out in the rain to be cleaned, with the exception of my pieces that cannot get wet). This can also apply to any statuary that you may have placed about, even if it is only for a little while. It will help not only blow off the dust, but the negative energy as well.
Clutter can also be a negative energy collector. Piles of stuff that no longer serve a purpose or just have not made it to where it belongs not only creates clutter and personal stress, but it creates a blockage in a home’s energy flow, causing energy to pool and take on an negative aspect. Take the time to put it away or put it out of your home. This will open up the energy flow of your space, and make it feel better by leaps and bounds.
Once you have finished Reiving, finished moving all that negative energy out, you need to actively invite positive energy in. This can be done by walking around with incense or a candle, saying something about asking the universe to fill this space with light, love and prosperity. Or, you can light a small candle in each room saying the same thing. I like using candles that smell warm and homey, like vanilla, or the "Home Sweet Home" candle from Elements of Rejuvenation (love those folks!!). These are warm, positive scents that fill a space with a wonderful feeling.
It is important to remember that all things collect not just dust, but negative energy. Physically cleaning while focusing your intent for not just on the cleaning part, but the cleansing of negative energy as well, will help to clear all that. That is all that Reiving really is, mindful cleaning. Mindful cleaning is energy clearing, which opens the flow of your space for positive energy to come in.