We love costumes, candy, and pumpkin-carving as much as ever. But we also know there’s a whole other side to Halloween—a world of spiritual significance to tap into. So, for the past week, we’ve been sharing content aimed at helping you connect with your transcendent potential and more effectively creating the life you want, from the inside out. In other words, to manifest magic.
Today, we’re exploring how to use feng shui principles to cleanse your life of negative, ghostly energy and welcome great vibes.
Everything—from the ground under your feet to the electronic device you're reading this on—is energy.
At the core of all feng shui and Eastern (and now, most Western) traditions of healing, energy is everything. Stagnant, stuck energy contributes to blockage and illness while open, flowing energy is the basis of great moods and every kind of abundance.
If you've ever been to a chiropractor or a healer who practices kinesiology, you've likely experienced "muscle testing"—a diagnostic technique where you hold out one arm parallel to the ground and attempt to keep it strong while a practitioner applies light pressure to it. If you're holding an object with energy that your body likes, maybe your favorite fruit, in one hand, your arm will likely stay strong when that pressure is applied. But if you were to hold, say, a bowl of sugar or something you're allergic to in place of that piece of fruit, your arm might get very, unexplainably weak when pressure is applied.
While I don't make major medical decisions using this method, it's a great physical demonstration of how our energy is affected by the energy of everything around us. To paraphrase Dr. Bruce Lipton, the pioneering cellular biologist whose studies of cells revealed that our lifestyle and beliefs affect our thriving well-being: "Good vibes make you strong, and bad vibes make you weak."
It makes sense, then, that when you clear the negativity and stress from your space, you free up stagnant energy and open up the flow of strong, affirmative, creative greatness. Here's how to get started:
1. Get up and outside early in the day.
Sunshine invites massive doses of happiness, and the more time you can spend connected to nature and out in the sunlight, the better you'll feel. Even if it's overcast, you can connect to this light with a sun-simulating light box and lots of houseplants.
2. Keep things colorful.
If your desk feels drab, a package of rainbow colored pens or Sharpies can be enough to brighten it up. Pops of colors that you love help to add more energy that's in sync with your body and life.
3. Open windows.
It's so important to open your windows daily—even if just for a few minutes. Fresh air will revitalize your space and get the flow going.
4. Reinforce the good stuff in your life in actions.
Saying affirmations out loud is always helpful, but taking action is what really creates radical energy shifts. You can remind yourself that you are a talented, ingenious artist throughout the day, but it's the practice of making art that is really going to rocket your life higher. Making a gratitude list is a great start, but actually sending thank you notes or expressing gratitude directly to people takes it to the next level.
5. Remove all the bad memories.
When you're feeling brighter and lighter, it's easier to look at bad-memory objects (think clothes that lower your self-esteem or trinkets from a relationship that's past) with an objective eye—and let them go. All the stuff you keep close to you that makes you feel bad is actually making you weaker in many ways, and you definitely don't need to be held down by anything in your home.
6. Disentangle toxic ties.
The most effective way to clear your energy is to keep your life free of anyone and anything that drains you, squashes your spirit, or is in any way harmful. If you're feeling roller coasters of turmoil, take the time you need to declutter these toxic ties. It will benefit you in every way imaginable to take responsibility and clear this space in your life.
7. Aim for love every day.
Grudges and resentments keep you stuck and stagnant while love transforms life in expansive ways. So tell people you love them. Find things to love in even the more mundane tasks. Look for love for the people who've wronged you. Love is open and flowing and light.
Good vibes are your superpower. Surround yourself with the sights, sounds, scents, people, pets, art, and actions that light you, and you'll have endless inspiration to create a life filled with ease and positivity.