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How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

How to hold a cleansing ritual in your home

Posted September 25, 2014

Why I decided to do a cleansing ritual… Moving can be such a traumatic experience. Especially if you choose to play in the mud-pit of stress that goes hand in hand with boxes, bubble wrap and tape. (We still have a pile of boxes on the balcony to flat-pack!) My husband and I spent the last two weeks packing up our life, after 4 years in the same place, and moving into a new home, suburb and era. An experience that could have been so stressful, but instead it was smooth, easy and almost fun (bar the exhaustion!) They say change is a good as a holiday. But just like a holiday where you have to battle through travel, long distances, and countless hiccups, moving too comes with a whole lot of effort, planning and patience. However now we are here. And the change is good. Great even. A palpable shift – physically, emotionally, mentally. We are settled. Slowly making this new space our new home. And quite poignantly our baby kicked for the first time on the day we moved in, right on 11:11am. A good omen me thinks! This new home is both foreign and comfortable all at the same time (kinda like pregnancy!) We don’t completely have our bearings, our ‘due north’ is still a little foggy. But we are getting there – navigating and integrating with ease and without expectation. Despite the fact that I am utterly thrilled to be here (I’m now back on home soil living seaside where I spent the first 23 years of my life and a stone’s throw away from my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) I can’t pretend that this shift, energetically, has been seamless. How do you let go of a place you’ve called home for close to 4 years? The place where your bond with the man you loved deepened? The place where you started your thriving and love-filled business? The place where you studied, explored the ‘self’, got engaged, married and even knocked up? Our home over the last few years is a treasure trove of memories and life-changing, pivotal moments. Not to mention that my husband, a Cancerian and a true home-body, naturally feels displaced in any new environment. It’s because of this huge and weighty question that I decided to wipe the slate clean and consciously start our new life fresh. I wanted to detox ourselves, our new home and even our ‘things’ of any negative energy, judgments, expectations and limiting beliefs that might stand in the way of us moving forward positively. A Cleansing Ritual was in order… I arrived at our new apartment first. It was empty and felt odd. Before our stuff arrived with Chris and the removalists and again after the bulk of the move was done I (to my husband’s amusement) held a little ceremony of sorts. I used a beautiful Sage + Lavendar Smudge stick to help this cleansing ritual. With reverence I walked through our home starting at the front door, in a clockwise direction. With the Smudge Stick lit I entered every room, corner and crevice. Circling the smoke high and low as I loudly stated my intentions for each room. I also called on the white light, angels and spirit guides to support our life, our baby and our future with love. I felt a little choked up with emotion. Something shifted and bubbled up within me. It felt healing, instantly. Not long after my Mum arrived help. She, armed with with Holy Water from the local church, walked through our room and sprinkled the water throughout our home to cleanse and bless our new space. Mum told me to ask for our home, baby and marriage to be blessed and called on Mother Mary + Jesus to guide and protect us. A beautiful serenade to the ‘religion’ and spirituality of my childhood. ++ Now, to shed some further light on this experience and to give you gorgeous readers some extra insight I also called up Feng Shui, Sacred Cleansing + Energy Expert Renee Longworth. Renee kindly answered a few questions I had about this powerful process. I followed many of her ‘how-to’ steps to cleanse which can you check out below. (I recommend printing and keeping!) Renee’s insights and tips: For someone who has never heard of it before, what is a ‘house’ clearing? A house clearing is a ritual or ceremony which is performed with the intention of clearing your space of any old negative energetic patterns. These patterns can be created from the building of your home or biz, (e.g. frustrated dealings with contractors) the history of the land, past occupants or current circumstances or events. A home or building is a living breathing entity and hears and sees everything within its space. It will absorb the energy of it’s events within the very fibres of its structure and can hold onto negative patterns or energy. By clearing negative energy and invoking positive energy, it helps to create a sacred space for you to flourish and thrive in. Why is it important to cleanse and clear our homes/offices etc? For example, when you move into a new home or if there has been an argument within a space, it’s important to clear this energy as it can have an effect on how you function. Also the energetic pattern can start to change how you respond to circumstances, how your family interacts with one another and your overall positive outlook. We all know the feeling you get when you walk into a room after a two people have just had an argument. Even the language we use for the awkwardness of the atmosphere directly refers to the energy that has been created – ‘You could’ve cut the air with a knife’. Is there a history to this practice? Most cultures have Space Clearing rituals. And each culture will have a particular tool they associate with. Wiccans or Pagans are known to use their brooms […] Read more

Audio Blog: Be an under achiever

Audio Blog: Be an under achiever

Posted September 16, 2014

“Dare to under achieve in the over pleasing department” – Danielle LaPorte Simply put. Be an under achiever! These words, written in one of the incredible Danielle LaPorte’s newsletter jumped out at me. I promptly tapped them into my evernote app, knowing that there was a little nugget of truth there that I needed to sit with. Why did these words, so cleverly threaded together, tug at me? Two reasons: 1) There is an epidemic of over-pleasing. Saying ‘Yes’ and prioritising everyone else’s needs 2) I have just learned, first-hand, that doing just as Danielle advises is not only OK but it’s life-changing. ++ Hands up if you are guilty of being a ‘people-pleaser’? Do you go to great lengths to make other people feel happy and satisfied yet you are often left feeling resentful, depleted and quite the opposite to the people you are pleasing? I’m going to be really honest with you and say this; although I’m mad for ‘service’… being a coach who passionately loves what she does, how can I not? And although I’m generous and willing to support others with love I am not (confession time) interested in wearing myself out or going ‘the extra-mile’ to satisfy other people, to my own detriment. I just can’t do it. There, I’ve said it. Phew. I’ve been ashamed of that fact before. Labeling myself ‘selfish’ and glorifying those I’ve met and known who practically break themselves and even compromise who they are for others. But today I know that I’m happy to ‘please’… but over-pleasing and me don’t mesh. I will do anything for my family and friends. My clients get all of me in a session and I will be your rock when you need it, but I won’t take it to such a level that I lose pieces of myself in the process or exhaust my energy and health – I spent too long healing to undo it all. Because of the way I am, take it from me, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to ‘under achieving in the over pleasing department’! ++ Today, I have an AUDIO blog exploring the simple yet life-changing idea of doing way less than you are doing for others. 7 minutes of your time is all I ask so I can inspire you to be the loving, generous, supportive person that you are without over-pleasing and ‘saying yes’ for the sake of it! In this Audio Blog I set a little challenge for you too. I can’t wait to hear if you are ready to accept it and your experience/thoughts with it all. Don’t forget to share below in the comments.  CLICK PLAY TO LISTEN: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79968734/Under%20achieve.mp3 OR RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE + DOWNLOAD love + light, Claire x Read more

Audio Blog: How to redefine your spiritual practices

Audio Blog: How to redefine your spiritual practices

Posted September 03, 2014

Do you crave and yearn for a set of spiritual practices that makes you feel connected? That brings you back home to yourself and reconnects you internally? To me, rolling out my yoga mat or sitting to meditate, journaling and being in mother nature are all part of my personal spiritual practices. Pretty standard stuff right? Cookie-cutter you might say? And that’s true, but it works for me. Yet, so do soulful chats with my soul-sisters, writing, cooking, laughing with my husband and being fully present when with family. Spiritual practices don’t have to be what the masses say is the ‘norm’. We don’t have to mechanically and absentmindedly ‘be’ spiritual because we feel we ‘should’ do it in a prescribed and standard way. Living a spiritual life can be via the mundane, everyday or the very things that you once thought were not spiritual – hanging your washing, playing with your children, have sex, reading in bed, dancing in your underpants. It can also be powerful rituals, deep meditations and chanting. It’s what you define as spiritual because of how they make you feel, live and be in this life. Your practices carry spiritual weight because of how you consciously and deliberately do and experience them, not necessarily what they are. In today’s AUDIO BLOG I dive deeper into how to redefine your spiritual practices. I offer up a few questions to help you explore this for yourself (see below). And I help you to see why it’s important that you redefine spirituality to be of and from your self. Self-referencing is the only way when we are talking all things spiritual. Read to jump in? HIT PLAY below to listen now. OR CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (right click, save target as + download to your smart phone) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7996873/Redefining%20your%20spiritual%20practices.mp3 Questions to help you explore and redefine your own spiritual practices 1. What do I consider to be a spiritual practice? 2. What does? What resonates with me? What makes me feel connection, clarity, coming home, centredness? 3. If I was to define and create my own set of practices what would they be? Comment below! I want to know your own, redefined spiritual practices. What resonates most with you and what do you do/experience consciously? Love + light, Claire x Read more

Claire Obeid

Hello there, I’m Claire

What am I about? Oh-so-much. A soul-centered and heart-driven life. Inside-out wellness. Shadow work (from the darkness comes the light!) Truth-seeking. Leaning into the joy of life.

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