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Blocking: Spiritual Protection

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Blocking, or spiritual protection, is something that my maternal grandmother taught me at a young age. The method that she bestowed upon me has been a staple in my life, as well as has saved my fanny, more times than I can count.

The premise of this post is to provide insight to the blocking exercises I use to protect myself from spiritual attack. Over time, I have modified them, preserving the core elements that were taught to me.

Blocking takes a great deal of practice, as well as patience. In turn, what may work for me, may not for someone else. That aside, I have successfully helped hundreds of people master the techniques, and continue to educate interested parties on this issue. I take spiritual protection very seriously. You may refer to my books for insight as to why.

Spiritual protection involves doing many things at once. Its purpose is to create a fortress. Regardless of religion, I incorporate a host of tips and tools to help ward-off spiritual attacks. My motto has evolved to be: The more, the better.

Think of your spiritual fortress as a security system (I used this analogy during the Facebook LIVE feed). Your home is the equivalent of your body, mind and soul. The burglar/criminal represents darkness and evil.

Sure, you can use a door bar to prevent a criminal from entering via the door, but what if the criminal decides to try the windows, or attempts to break into your home’s WiFi to steal your identity? Worse yet, what if they succeed in entering your space? These are everyday scenarios.

Instead of limiting yourself to one possible entry point, you need to think about complete home security. This involves the need for glass breakage sensors, motion sensors, cameras, alarms, VPNs, baseball bats, and pepper spray. Each has a purpose and function relative to defending your home – your body, mind and soul – from attack.

In my opinion, you need to do whatever you have available to empower and defend yourself. Pertaining to spiritual protection, everyone should have an arsenal of tangible, intellectual and spiritual defense tools.

Recently, when asked if a belief in God, or higher power, is enough to combat dark forces, I responded with my security system analogy. Having learned, and seeing far too much, I have come to realize that it’s better to have as many bells and whistles in the protection arena, as not every negative energy will act and react the same.

One thing is for certain: they (darkness and evil) want to get in, and it’s your job to keep them out. As a psychic medium herself, my grandmother knew the importance of spiritual warfare. Fortunately, teaching me to block and protect myself was at the top of her To-Do list.

So, how do you block?

In order to better understand blocking, one must first practice centering and grounding. These instructions can be found in my prior post. The post provides exercises that must be practiced and mastered in order to begin blocking. Naturally, one may adapt any of this into part of their spiritual warfare routine.

Once you have learned how to center and ground, blocking comes into play. This is something that can be done short, or long-term.

Before I begin, it’s important to understand what a fracture (fractured psyche) entails. A fracture is a weakness, or an entry point for darkness/evil to enter. Fractures occur with frequent intake and abuse of alcohol and/or recreational drugs. A fracture can also occur with sleep deprivation, periods of physical illness, and/or succession of stressful events.

You want to remain as healthy as possible when dealing with such things. Fractured psyches are the keys that open doors for evil energies to access to the body, mind and soul. Without fractures, it is difficult for darkness to feed on the living and carryout their destructive plan.

Basic Rules for Blocking

1. Center & Ground – As outlined in the previous post, this exercise will help you focus and protect.

2. Divine Light – Constantly visualize yourself surrounded by Divine Light, regardless of how crazy things may seem, or may get.

3. Show No Fear – Fear is one of the biggest access points of a spiritual attack. One must enter into these settings or situations knowing evil and negative energies want to create fear. Reaffirm yourself that you are stronger than it is. Try to remain composed at all times.

4. Stay Positive – Do not give-way to fighting, bickering, or the negative behaviors of those around you. This too, is one way in which darkness and evil work. Their goal is to divide and conquer.

5. Refrain from use of alcohol and recreational drugs – Save the party for later. Drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs before, during and immediately after an attack spells trouble. Try not to partake for at least 24-48 hours on each side of the situation.

6. Rest & Recharge – This especially applies to investigations and readings. Try to space investigations so you can obtain decent sleep before and afterwards. Dark forces and energies suck the life out of the living.

7. Natural Light – This is especially important following an attack or investigation. Try to find a way to get outside and absorb natural sunlight, weather-permitting, of course. If it’s too cold, then keep your blinds and curtains open and try to crack a few windows to allow the air to permeate your space. Note: This is critical, even in cases of extreme exhaustion following an attack. As much as you may want to sleep, you need to ‘air-out’ the negativity and recharge.

8. Frequently re-center and re-ground – Simply repeat the exercises and clear your mind.

9. DO NOT DWELL: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND – This is one of the biggest obstacles I encounter when teaching people how to block. It’s only normal to want to try and analyze a horrifying, tragic event or attack involving spirit, but you must disconnect. Keep in mind: the more you think about it, the more you will feed it.

Prayers

At any point during blocking, and more so when standing in Divine Light, it is super important to silently, or publicly state positive prayers and/or affirmations when you are feeling as though you are under attack.

My most frequently stated prayers are:

Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Hail Mary
Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
Psalm 54 (A Prayer for Protection from Enemies)
Psalm 91 (My Refuge and My Fortress)

Additional Prayers:

To Be Free from Fear (New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

Lord our God, in You justice and mercy meet. With unparalleled love You have saved us from death and drawn us into the circle of Your life. Open our eyes to the wonders this life sets before us, that we may serve You free from fear and address You as God our Father.

A Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel (New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

Dear Angel, in His goodness, God gave you to me to guide, protect and enlighten me, and to bring me back to the right way when I go astray. Encourage me when I am disheartened, and instruct me when I err in my judgment. Help me to become more Christlike, and so some day to be accepted into the company of Angels and Saints in Heaven.”

Native American Chippewa Prayer (You may find similar verses)

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to all
Hear me
I come to you as one of your children
I am weak
I am small
I am in need of your wisdom, guidance and strength
Let me walk in beauty, and my eyes ever behold the red and purple colorful sunsets
Make my hands respect what you have made
Make my ears sharp so that I may hear your voice
Make me wise, so that I may understand what you have taught our people and the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and in each rock.
I ask for wisdom and strength
Not be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy; MYSELF
Make me always ready to come before you with clean hands, a straight eye and good heart
So when life faces away as a fading sunset
My spirit may come to you without shame

Items of Empowerment & Protection

Blocking also includes the use of various items of empowerment and protection. This is a very personal aspect, so feel free to customize your choices. There is no limit as to how many you may use.

The bottom line: These items are to take with you, or have on you. Do not think of them as “good luck charms” but as items that fortify and protect you against attack. Keeping these items together while not in use, is also a good idea.

Items for empowerment and spiritual protection may include:

Charms
Crucifix*
Religious Medals & Jewelry*
Rosary Beads*
Mala Beads*
Crosses*
Stones*
Crystals
Holy Water*
Anointing Oil*

*Denotes items that I use.

Now that you have an overall sense of what needs to take place during spiritual warfare, I will briefly discuss how to deal with the issues on a short, and long-term basis.

Short-term Blocking

Investigations, House Readings, Blessings, or any environment that you do not live, but may visit.

1. Follow The Rules of Blocking.
2. Begin with centering, and then grounding.
3. Surround yourself in Divine Light.
4. Continue onto blocking by stating some prayers or affirmations.
5. Have items of empowerment and protection on your person.
6. Consider performing a sage smudge. This may take place before, or during, but is most imperative following a short-term issue. I have included instructions below. Please note that sage does not get rid of evil spirits. Its smoke only traps negativity and lifts it out of the space, or off of the individual.
7. If at all possible, avoid revisiting the space. If you must return, spend a great deal of time re-centering, re-grounding and recharging.

Long-term Blocking

Long-term blocking gets a bit more complicated considering a person may live or work in a dark space. As detailed in my books, I lived in a home that was a playground for evil. It ended in tragedy.

In this situation, you want to follow the same steps as short-term, yet you will repeat this at least twice daily (in the morning, and before bedtime). Whenever possible, you will also want to periodically smudge and/or bless the environment. You will need to proactively advocate for peace in the space. Workplace environments are tricky, as you may not be allowed to sage or bless the space.

Considerations for House or Space Clearings, House Blessings and investigations by a reputable team, or psychic medium are also a good idea. This may help glean additional information relative to the type of issue you are having, and thus a more direct approach as to how best handle it.

Understandably so, it is extremely difficult to live or work in an environment that has a negative/demonic issue present. One must always, always, always (did I say always?) be on-guard. This can be exhausting.

 It’s very important to leave on breaks, and expose yourself to natural light, play uplifting music, do whatever you can to combat the negativity, and once more: do not dwell on it. You must always stay protected by surrounding yourself in the Divine Light. Also, spend the least amount of time as possible in an environment riddled by darkness and evil.
In cases involving dark and demonic forces, make sure you contact someone who is formally educated on these matters. An online course does little to prove they can truly handle such dangerous issues. Also, run should someone guarantee they can rid you of the nastiness, as there is absolutely no truth to that statement.

Lastly, I will share my sage smudge instructions. Please exercise caution and use good judgment when performing a sage smudge. Fire embers are a constant danger, so proceed at-will and under your own discretion. You assume all risks.

How to Sage Smudge

Smudge For An Individual
*You will need at least one other adult to help perform the smudge

Items:
Sage smudge stick (White Sage or most variations, including Black Sage)
Decent sized shell, bowl, or tray for the embers
Ignition source for the sage stick
Comfortable chair
Receptacle for the ashes

Preparation:
Make sure there is adequate ventilation for the smoke to naturally dissipate outside. Please take into consideration small children, the infirm, and pets who may be overwhelmed by the smoke.

Instructions:
– Light the sage
– Have the person you wish to smudge STAND in front of the chair.
– State what you want to do (smudge the negativity from the individual)
– Have them sit down in the chair with their feet extended out and away from the body, off of the floor. (May modify this if the person cannot safely do so).
– Begin by circling the sage around the individual, starting at the base of the feet. Include the bottom of the feet if possible.
– With the feet and legs extended out, continue moving upwards.
– Have the individual stand upon reaching the hip area.
– Continue spiraling upwards over the entire body, towards the head.
-When you reach the crown of the head, state intention for all negativity to be gone and ask to seal the person with protection, positive energy, and recite the following:

To the Divine Spirit (or Universal Energy of your choice), in lighting this sage we summon nothing but love, harmony, peace, and prosperity for (name of person). May (state name) be blessed with good health, happiness, success and abundance. May (name of person) be a sacred vessel of peace and love. We state that (name of person) is now shielded from harm, illness misfortune, and negativity. Thank you for bringing the Divine Light, love and energy to (state name) and his/her endeavors. With the utmost gratitude, we thank you. In full faith, so be it and so it is as stated!

Note: There are several versions available.

Afterwards, it’s a good idea to do something positive. Do not discuss or dwell on anything negative.

Smudge For A Space

Items:
Sage smudge stick (White Sage or most variations, including Black Sage)
Decent sized shell, bowl, or tray for the embers
Ignition source for the sage stick
Receptacle for the ashes

Preparation:
– Clean and organize the space. Clutter and uncleanliness only breeds negativity.
– Do so on a day where the weather will allow you to open all doors and windows for an extended period of time. In addition to doors and windows, open all drawers prior to the smudge.
– Make sure there is adequate ventilation for the smoke to naturally dissipate outside. Please take into consideration small children, the infirm, and pets who may be overwhelmed with the smoke.

Instructions:
– Light the sage
– Sage each person in the residence. Refer to above instructions. (Please use good judgement for small children, the elderly, infirm, and/or pets)
– You want to start the space smudge the lowest level, working towards the top level, in a clockwise motion from the main/front door.
– Upon completion of the personal sage smudge, proceed to the front or main entry door of the house.
– Sage the door way in a clockwise motion. Move to the lowest level and begin, as directed above.
– Move room-to-room in a clockwise manner.
– When you finish in the last room of the top level, return to the front/main door and state the following:

To the Divine Spirit (or Universal Energy of your choice), in lighting this sage we summon nothing but love, harmony, peace, and into this space. May (state names of residents and pets) be blessed with good health, happiness, success and abundance. May this space be a sacred dwelling for (state names and names of pets). May those who visit feel peace and love. We state that this home/space is now shielded from harm, illness misfortune, and negativity. Thank you for bringing the Divine Light, love and energy into our rooms, or lives and endeavors. With the utmost gratitude, we thank you. In full faith, so be it and so it is as stated!

Note: Again, there are several versions.

I always recommend that a positive gathering or celebratory meal/activity take place afterwards. This will help foster positive vibrations. Fill the space with flowers, plants, natural elements, uplifting scents and sounds.

In close, blocking relies on the fundamental practice of centering, grounding and staying in the Divine Light. The rules are non-negotiable and really need be adhered to for successful protection. Adding a prayer or a mantra (sometimes repeated), as well as carrying items of protection are also an integral part of spiritual protection. The added benefit of performing an individual or space smudge will also help bolster your defenses.

When push comes to shove, sometimes it is wise to take a step back and heal. Attacks can be debilitating and dangerous, causing serious physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems.

Never underestimate darkness, but always know you are stronger than it will ever be. Just be wise, and . . . practice, practice, practice.

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Centering & Grounding

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Ever since I was a young child, my maternal grandmother took care to guide and mentor me with my psychic abilities. Included in my abilities is the gift of mediumship.

My grandmother had a very simple means of teaching me. To dummy it down, she would have me be still and straight (sit and center) be still and stand, and root like a tree (ground) in God’s Light. Fortunately, her instructions afforded many breaks for me to work out any typical small child wiggles and short attention span issues.

Showing no fear and standing in God’s Light (Divine Light) were probably her most important lessons. Prayers and other affirmations came in time, and with age.

After a guest appearance on Beyond Reality Radio with Ghost Hunter’s Jason Hawes and T.A.P.S. Magazine, JV Johnson (2/15/17), as well as my Facebook LIVE feed (2/17/17) I felt best to summarize and list the steps that I have learned. Certainly, there are many different ways that one can center and ground themselves, but this is what has worked for me.

The following steps are meant to provide an outline. Feel free to modify them, or experiment with other guidance you have been given.

In order to effectively ‘block’ (or, as some say ‘shield’) negative human (living) and dark spirit energy, it is important to first learn how to center and ground. As always, please consult your healthcare provider(s) before beginning any type of stretching, or breathing routines, both of which are incorporated in centering and grounding. Never do anything that will cause pain or discomfort. Simply, do your best.

Centering

Centering is a process that helps facilitate grounding, and eventually assists with blocking. As a young child, my grandmother would have me practice the following until it became second nature.

In order to center, one must envision a straight line running from crown of the head (top of the head), straight down thru the spine, rectum and into the ground. As a child, my grandmother would have me sit next to the wall with my hips, buttocks, back, shoulders and head against it; as flat and straight as possible.

I would practice my alignment (center) and then take a break. I recall quite a bit of squirming and displeasure in the attempts to adjust myself. It was all about straightening the invisible string. The purpose of this simple exercise was to feel, or sense, how the alignment felt in my body, from head, to toe.

NOTE: Aligning the body comes with light-to-moderate manipulation. For those that are unable to physically straighten; do so using visualization.

Centering via visualization works much in the same way as physically centering. Visualization often transpires during all phases, so embrace what you can do safely and comfortably without causing pain, discomfort or injury to your body. Should you be unable to stand, one may achieve ‘center’ by sitting in a chair or safe, comfortable place, optimally supporting your body in an upright position.

Regardless of method, it is best to allow your feet to be planted firmly on the floor. If you cannot place your feet on the floor, then use imagery to do so. After achieving alignment, one can continue with visualization for grounding, as explained below.

Grounding

The second part of my grandmother’s exercise involved standing. After a few sessions of sitting and straightening the ‘string’ she would have me stand in the same fashion, paying attention to the alignment of the string.

She then told me to root like a tree which was a way to envision my legs and feet as having deep ties well into the earth. As I progressed with my abilities, this aspect alone intrigued me due to the fact that her words almost helped to facilitate a very strong connection I have to receiving premonitions of natural disasters, inclusive of earthquakes (please refer to my Dream Diary post).

To her, it was important that I could feel the roots dig deeply into the soil while centering and in turn, grounding. Standing straight and tall, she also encouraged me to relax my arms and hands in order to allow the roots to extend from my fingertips, downwards into the soil.

The exercises were honed and repeated during each of my visits. The older I grew, the longer she would have me center and ground. To simplify things and keep the exercises pertinent to adults, I will jump to the importance of breath during grounding.

Basic Breathing Technique

Breathing is an important part of the grounding phase. Below, you will find easy steps to help your body root and relax. As always; do so safely and always seek medical advice before performing anything that could adversely impact your health.

  1. Focus on breathing.
  2. Take slow, deep breaths in thru your nose
  3. Slowly exhale out of your mouth
  4. Continue to visualize your center string as straight
  5. Continue to visualize your feet and hands extending roots deep into the Earth
  6. Relax and repeat 5-6 times.

Release & Redirect

The goal of centering and grounding is to stabilize your body physically, mentally and emotionally. Once rooted, it is important to work on the mental, spiritual and emotional aspects. My grandmother taught me one way, but as my techniques have evolved, I have been told of a second method that also works.

Centering and grounding are excellent ways to combat anxiety and stress. These methods are used by many (myself included) prior to meditation. The release and redirect phase works hand-in-hand with these exercises to help rid the body, mind and soul of negativity.

One should begin this step by choosing one of the following methods. You can experiment, or incorporate another method and try that, too. There are many to choose from, but I do believe these are among the best.

Regardless of which option, the point is to encapsulate all fears, stressors, anxiety and negativity into a hot air balloon or hardball, and send it away from your physical self. This phase typically occurs during, or following grounding.

Visualization Option 1: Hot Air Balloon

While centered and grounded, visualize a hot air balloon in your hands. A helium balloon will work as well. Once you ‘see’ the balloon, you must place every negative thought or feeling into it. To release the balloon, refer to this breathing technique:

Inhale and think, “I . . . must ”
Exhale and think, “let . . . go.”

During this time, it is important to visualize your hot air balloon filled with all of the negativity, floating up and way from your body. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed. Allow yourself to completely disconnect from the hot air balloon and the negativity. Watch it leave.

Visualization Option 2: Hardball

I had been advised of this method quite a while ago and will state that it works, especially during times of more physical stress.

Instead of placing all negativity into a hot air balloon, pack them into a hardball. Do so by visualizing you are tightly packing those sentiments, events, etc., into the ball. Upon getting ready to ‘throw’ the hardball, refer to the breathing technique.

Inhale and think, “I . . . must . . .”
Exhale and think, “let. . . go.”

You want to throw the ball as far away from your body as possible. Again, you may interchange the options, and see what works best. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed.

Divine Light

The final step to grounding and centering is to replace the negative energy that you have redirected away from you, with positive energy and light. Given my grandmother always used the term God’s Light for this portion of the exercise, I have adapted it to be more inclusive for everyone. In place of God’s Light, the term, Divine Light is now used.

Visualize your entire being basking in a pure, positive, protective, white light. Do NOT refer to this as a bubble, as my grandmother always corrected me when I mentioned the word. On an aside, an interesting thought to this has to do with the fact that in theory, bubbles can pop, or, burst. You do not want your protective bubble to burst.

The Divine Light should surround you in every direction and pass down, under your roots, and circle back around to completely encase you. This is a protective aspect that needs to be achieved for blocking, which will be discussed in my next post.

As you are visualizing yourself centered, grounded and surrounded by Divine Light, refer to the basic breathing technique. This is where you will fill your body, mind and soul with positive thoughts. Please note the following affirmation was taught to me by my grandmother.

On the inhale, quietly state:

I am whole
I am strong
I have no fear
I am protected by the Divine Light (or, God’s Light), that will keep me from all harm.

Repeat this affirmation until you feel completely relaxed, or significantly de-stressed. Try to remain in this state for several minutes. You may restart the exercise, or repeat the steps as many times as it takes to quiet yourself.

As mentioned, centering and grounding exercises are an excellent way to combat anxiety, stress, negative situations and people. Additionally, one must master these in order to efficiently block.

Practice these methods and become comfortable with them. The more you do, the more fluid things will work when it comes time to block. They are also great tools for alleviating stress and general negativity.

It’s all about repetition. For more information about applying these practices to blocking, please refer to the next post.

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer

Sunday, June 26th 2016
9PM EST / 8PM CST / 6PM PST

Duration: 15 minutes+

The purpose of this meditation and prayer session is to raise the energy of the Universe by taking a short period of time out of one evening per month to collectively focus on creating positive energy in our lives, and for the world. The more people that join this session, the higher the level of positive vibration.

An important part of the Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer session is the acronym for HEALING:

Heal

Energize

Awaken

Love

Inspire

Nurture

Grow

Reflect upon each word; absorb them with your body, mind and soul. Allow these peaceful thoughts to radiate from you, and share them with the world.

It all starts with you! Imagine the change that has resulted from the focus and efforts of one, let alone an army of prayer warriors dedicating time together to make a positive change.

Additional tips on meditation to follow prior to the upcoming session. No special items needed.

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer 

  Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer
Sunday, January 31st 2016
9PM EST / 8PM CST / 6PM PST

Duration: 15 minutes+

**Please feel free to share with your friends**

The purpose of this meditation and prayer session is to raise the energy of the Universe by taking a short period of time out of one evening per month to collectively focus on creating positive energy in our lives, and for the world. The more people that join this session, the higher the level of positive vibration. 

An important part of the Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer session is the acronym for HEALING:

Heal 
Energize

Awaken

Love 

Inspire

Nurture

Grow

Reflect upon each word; absorb them with your body, mind and soul. Allow these peaceful thoughts to radiate from you, and share them with the world.

It all starts with you! Imagine the change that has resulted from the focus and efforts of one, let alone an army of prayer warriors dedicating time together to make a positive change.

Additional tips on meditation to follow prior to the upcoming session. No special items needed.

Thank you

The Importance of Balancing Your Home’s Energy

Not every home has had spirit energy, nor has been riddled with negativity, but many of them have been out of ‘balance.’ In turn, I would like to state that even in benign homes (lacking spirit energy), the energy fields can be too high or too low. When this occurs, the resident(s) can experience a multitude of symptoms which are a reflection of that energy.

For example, a home that lacks positive energy may cause the resident(s) to experience fatigue or lack of motivation. Overall, the home and its atmosphere will ‘appear’ dull. On the flip side, a home that has too high of an energy reading will create restlessness and sleep disturbance – even if it is not “haunted”.

It may take some time, but there are some simple means to correct or balance, the amount of positive energy in your home. The essentials to balance begin with lighting, sound, scent, decor and organization.

Lighting

Lighting is a relatively easy element to adjust. If the positive energy in your home is low, try opening the window treatments or window coverings during the day and increasing the night-time lighting. Adding splashes of candlelight (safely), will also improve positive energy.

To reduce energy you will want to create a more soothing, calming effect by decreasing the amount of light in your home. Draw your curtains or close your blinds. Do not entirely block the light out. For starters, try cutting it by 50%. This would apply to rooms that have high sources of lighting.

Another simple fix is to increase or lower the wattage in fixture bulbs. Use soft light and energy-efficient types. It will help to eliminate blaring or excessive visual stimulation and is also more cost-effective.

Sound

People will often underestimate the power that sound plays on balancing a home’s energy. Sound is vibration and your home feeds off of those vibrations. There are times when your proximity to a particular location (i.e. highway, airport) may factor into the equation but overall, here are some tips to increase or decrease your home’s vibrational sound energy.

To increase positive energy try introducing a music CD of natural sounds such as light bird chirping or a tropical rainforest. These gentle vibrations will stimulate your environment with an ambiance that is appealing to the senses and may be used for longer periods of time.

To decrease your home’s energy, you will want to find music or sounds that are soothing such as a gentle rain, ocean waves or a light instrumental. This type of vibration will decrease the activity which tends to cause nervousness and irritability in a home that has too much.

Scent

Since I have already blogged about the importance of Aromatherapy, I will recap a few fragrances that can be used to adjust the energy in a home. Some scents that will increase positive energy are orange and/or citrus, peppermint and ginger while others such as lavender, chamomile and jasmine will decrease energy.

Pay careful attention to the amount that you use, as too much may cause its own set of problems and imbalance, along with potential health problems. Do a bit of research prior to mixing any essential oils and consider room mists, wickless candles and potpourri as ways to adjust the scent in your environment.

Decor

A big misconception about decor is that everything has to match. Personal style is important but there are some areas to pay attention to relative to decor which will greatly influence your home’s energy.

Wall color is a big one. Try to use neutral tones but do not be afraid of color. Too many brightly colored areas in the home can add to irritability and restlessness, just as much as too much noise or light. Darker colors can attract negativity which may cause a reverse effect.

One thing that I always ask my Clients relative to wall color is, “Can you live with this for an extended period of time?” Simple question, but much thought needs to go into it.

Painting a room can be a process and to repaint something due to hasty color selection is a major bummer. Try painting a fairly good-sized section of one visible wall and ponder the color for a few days. You may surprise yourself and realize it is not the right fit.

If you lean more towards neutrals, consider adding splashes of color rather than overwhelming yourself with entire walls of the same palette. Furnishings and fabrics made with more natural elements (cotton, leather, chenille, bamboo, etc.) will lend a more relaxed element to your home whereas steel, brushed metals, iron lead to a more cooler feel. Brocades, satins, etc. will provide a more luxurious tone. Do not shy from prints but use them wisely, especially animal prints, floral and geometric prints.

Mixing up pieces (old and new, different finishes and construction, as well as style) is another creative way to compliment your personality. Try different styles but try to avoid creating a chaotic feeling. Some homes have themed rooms and that is fine, providing everything flows and does not over/under stimulate the senses.

The main thing to keep in mind with your decor is to try not to clutter. I will elaborate on the significance of clutter, below.

Organization

I cannot state how important an organized home is relative to creating and maintaining good energy. There is no need to be excessively fanatical about your home, but cleanliness and organization will help to keep things on an even keel.

Clutter, hoarding and uncleanliness will draw negative energy into the home. It also has weighs down the psyche and creates negative thoughts. Basic organizational skills and at the very least a good seasonal cleaning, will help to prevent that energy from manifesting.

For items around your home that are reminiscent of a breakup, bad relationship or situation; put them in boxes and store them off-property. Although you may not want to throw them out, get that negative energy out of your home. There are many climate controlled storage options, so consider renting a closet-type unit, or just throw it out. It’s up to you – just get rid of that energy. It will only linger and creative problems.

Aside from tossing out unused or broken items, consider having a garage sale or making a donation to a places such as a thrift store, or Salvation Army. It may take some doing, but invite some friends and family to help and make a party out of it.

For areas that are under construction or are in disrepair, keep them organized as well. Not only will this help with the energy but it will provide a safer environment for all who have to live around the space that is being renovated or repaired.

House Blessing

To further enhance the positive energy in your home, consider a House Blessing. House Blessings will increase the positive energy and foster a comfortable and tranquil home atmosphere. Many blessings can be facilitated with a clergy member. The most commonly requested type that I use is a Christian (Non-Denominational) House Cleansing and House Blessing. Again, the choice is up to my Client and in respect to their faith and preference.

Together, each one of these areas impact and interact with the other, creating positive and/or negative energy fields within the home. Each room should be considered to promote an overall healthier home environment.

Here’s to a healthy, happy, positive home!

Jill

Aromatherapy For Wellness

Aromatherapy has existed in one form or another, for many years. From ancient times to current, the impact of scent on the human body and its senses, has played significance in status and culture. Many moons ago, perfumes and other body fragrances were initially developed to hide odor, but has now evolved into a billion dollar industry, needing little-to-no explanation.

Sell With Smell

The Real Estate industry was able to shed further insight on the practice of aromatherapy by what is referred to in the industry as “staging”. Staging involves focusing on visual and sensory aspects of appeal, to sell a home. Sensory elements include choice of wall color, furnishings and fragrance. After many studies, it has been recommended that agents and homeowners use the following scents as a guide to appeal to potential buyers: leather, coffee, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh flowers. All of these aromas lend an emotional factor to the potential buyers and enhance the visual appeal of the property. Most interestingly, people tend to forget the role of fragrance, relative to personal health, both emotionally and physically.

Harmful Soot

The ability to use fragrance in a multitude of forms such as candles, wickless candles, sprays and oils, provides a wide array of means to healthily benefit from scent. I happen to have been a life-long collector of Yankee Candles, but after learning of their effects on the environment – what we breathe in – I have greatly limited my candle purchases. Much to my dismay, my father-in-law and husband (who own a commercial air conditioning business), described to me the process by which the smoke from one candle, clogs filters and in turn, is detrimental to the lungs and air quality.

Once they explained the cycle, I took note of the areas in which I had prior candle placement, and the black soot that seemed to collect around the vents on the ceiling. Yikes! Major bummer, but for someone such as myself, who loved to light candles for scent, this was something to consider; it was not worth polluting the air quality and suffocating my central air system, nor infiltrating the lungs of my family and I.

Essential Oils

Falling back to my love for fragrance and aromatherapy, I began to rely more on “Essential Oils”. Essential Oils are fragrance oils derived from natural ingredients (i.e. sage, eucalyptus, lavender). Additionally, they are known for their healing properties. Essential Oils can be purchased in holistic shops, some pharmacies and ordered online. They may be blended, or consist of more than one ingredient and are typically sold in relatively small bottles. Some can be rather pricey.

Essential Oils are used in soaps, lotions, potpourri and may be used near an approved heat source such as on light bulbs, or oil burners. On a side note: essential oils need to be measured. Exposure to high amounts of an oil can and will, create an adverse reaction, and in some cases should not be used in conjunction with pregnant women, or people with skin sensitivity; always read and follow instructions for their use.

Oils can be used in combination to produce a number of desired effects ranging from invigorating, relaxing, spiritually clarifying and so forth. They may also be used in combination to provide relief from some everyday health ailments.

Listed below, are some of my favorite oils and their individual and combined effects:

Single Oil Significance

Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) – This is a great oil that will help better concentration resulting from fatigue. It also is used to recharge the physical body and spirit. *** Do not use this oil during pregnancy. It may cause skin irritation.

Cedar wood (Cedrus atlantica) – This is used to treat bodily aches and pain and also helps with congestion and clears breathing passages. Many cosmetic industries use this as a base, due to its oily nature.

Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) – Wonderfully relaxing. It is known for its calming and soothing properties. It may be purchased in flower form as well, and in flower or tea form, makes a great bedtime drink.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees, C verum, Laurus) – Believe it or not, cinnamon oil may be used as an antiseptic due to the cleansing and anti-inflammatory qualities of the plant and its oils. Traditionally, it is a fragrance that is used around the fall and winter holidays.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) – This is perhaps, one of my favorite oils. It is a positive scent that also has soothing qualities. It is also an excellent muscle relaxant and used for cramps. Clary Sage also promotes sleep and dream state.

Eucalyptus (Organic Eucalyptus globulus) – This oil works very well for its antiseptic qualities and is a great relief for those suffering from colds or any type of congestion.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) – My grandmother was a huge fan of this and I can attest how wonderful ginger is relative digestive issues such as an upset stomach.

Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum) – Awesome oil for helping with self-confidence, its relaxing properties and is also somewhat of an aphrodisiac.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera) – Lavender is a multipurpose oil that is spiritually uplifting, calming and great for muscle aches and pains.

Lemon (Citrus limonum) – Awesome oil with fresh, revitalizing properties. It also is good for cold and flu symptoms and may be used in conjunction with antiseptics and astringents.

Orange (Citrus sinensis) – Another oil that is spiritually uplifting, invigorating and also calming. Orange oil aids in digestive matters as well.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin, P. patchouli) – This is is known for its sensual properties. It is also soothing and has properties which can actually deter sleep.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – This oil is definitely something that energizes and is not recommended for use during the evening hours. Peppermint is used for relief of muscle pain and fatigue.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia, M. linariifolia, M. uncintata) – Love Tea Tree oil for its antiseptic qualities. It also is used as an anti-viral and anti-fungal. Many lotions, shampoos and other body products are utilizing these properties and rightfully so; awesome!

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) – This is a very strong oil that is used in a variety of ways. It can be used in stress reduction, and also is spiritually uplifting. Ylang Ylang is widely used in combination with other oils, depending upon the desired effect.

Blends

Spirituality: Frankincense, Spruce, Myrrh, Juniper & Sandalwood

Energy: Peppermint, Lemon & Frankincense

Stress Reduction: Grapefruit, Jasmine & Ylang Ylang

Anxiety: Lavender & Clary Sage

Confidence Boosting: Orange & Rosemary

Romance: Jasmine, Orange, Almond, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang

Insomnia: Bergamot, Clary Sage & Chamomile

Depression: Rose, Sandalwood & Orange

Grief: Neroli, Rose & Sandalwood

Memory Enhancement: Basil, Rosemary & Cypress

Irritability: Lavender, Neroli & Chamomile

Celebration and/or Gratitude: Grapefruit, Ginger, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Frankincense

Panic Attack: Rose & Lavender

For Migraines & Headaches: Peppermint, Basil, Lemon & Lavender

Menstrual Cramps: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender & Clary Sage

Muscle Pain & Tension: Peppermint, Clary Sage, Lavender & Chamomile

Coughs: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Cinnamon & Cedarwood

Colds: Ginger, Basil, Juniper Berry, Orange & Rosewood

Flu and/or Sinus: Pine, Thyme, Lavender, Eucalyptus & Marjoram

These are just a sampling of blends. For specific measurements of each oil, conduct a Google search and you will find a variety of recipes. Follow the instructions carefully!

Aromatherapy is a fantastic and natural way to enhance your wellbeing. You can also conduct an online search to find various instructions to make aromatherapy hot/cold packs. Relative to hot/cold packs: I would strongly recommend using Flaxseed for the internal component in place of dried corn or beans. Flaxseed will better blend with, and retain the oils . Furthermore, it does not run as high of an overheating risk, as dried corn and beans tend to. Again, carefully follow the instructions and take care not overheat!

Aromatherapy is versatile and amazing. Considering studies have shown that even Real Estate professionals are part-taking in the benefits due to the impact of scent being a proven part of the selling equation, just think of the wellness enhancements that it can provide an individual.

Why wait? Try starting out with one or two oils, or perhaps a specific blend and see what happens. You just may be surprised!

Jill