Release that negative energy from your home!

written by The WellBeing Team


You know the feeling: that unmistakable, almost overwhelming sensation that a house — perhaps even your own — just doesn’t feel right. On the face of it, everything may seem fine; it may be freshly renovated, beautifully decorated and ideally located. However, on an instinctive level something is clearly amiss.

Probe the most ardent sceptic and eventually they’ll admit that some places leave them feeling decidedly uncomfortable. While this invisible unpleasantness and sense of foreboding may be impossible to attribute to any one factor, the implications can be all too real.

The belief that seemingly intangible factors can impact on our experience of a space was highlighted last year when a couple put a deposit on a house in North Ryde, Sydney, without being told that a young man had murdered his family there three years before. It was almost universally accepted that the house’s violent history made it abhorrent. Therefore, when the hapless couple justly cried foul and wanted their deposit back, the media, industry commentators and the public chimed in, clamouring for them to be absolved from their contractual obligation, even though there was no legal basis for their claim. The NSW Office of Fair Trading’s subsequent investigation into the matter resulted in the fining of the real estate agent for failure to disclose the home’s gruesome history.

According to Kylie Segedin, a real estate agent on the Northern Beaches, Sydney, the “feel” of a house can ultimately decide its fate at sale and can rub off on homeowners in a big way. In the 12 years she has been selling property, she has seen many “inexplicables”: houses that turn over very regularly, houses that seem to wreak separation or sickness on residents, and sales where a succession of potential buyers are struck by prohibiting circumstances. “Sometimes you’ll get gorgeous houses, with all the right ingredients, that sit on the market for ages. Then there are places I’ve expected would be tricky to sell, yet I’ve been inundated with buyers,” she notes. When it comes to the latter, buyers often end up purchasing something totally different from what they’d anticipated. She attributes this to the property having “a great feel”. She has also noticed that at some open house inspections, people can hesitate to venture beyond the front door, while at others, she practically has to shoo them out.


If these walls could talk

There’s a growing number of architects who are catering to the increased awareness of the role of intangibles in the enjoyment of our homes. For example, Greg O’Donnell of Architecture of Spirit draws on meditation, visualisation, geomancy, vastu shastra (the ancient Vedic science of architecture), dowsing (a technique akin to divining whereby metal rods move according to what is under the soil) and spirituality to arrive at a conscious design process and treat negative energies. According to O’Donnell, the “feel” of a space is, in fact, very tangible, because buildings hold energy arising from a variety of sources.

Predecessor energy, for example, is where the behaviour, thoughts and feelings of the previous inhabitants leave a lingering imprint. Just as a room can absorb cooking and smoking odours, the idea here is it also takes on the feelings experienced and expressed there, becoming an embodiment of the events that occurred there. Habitual patterns and traumatic events are believed to have the greatest residual effect.

Think how tense and strange it feels to walk into a room where people have just had an argument. That’s precisely the type of trapped energy believed to linger and lurk, ready to be sponged up by others using that space. A classic case, according to O’Donnell, is when a couple fights a lot in a house; that energy is absorbed by the house and can truly be felt. He is currently involved with a rural property, which, while very beautiful, has a strangely unsettling feel. He attributes this to the previous owners suffering profound disappointment, disillusionment and divorce there. Like a hex, bad vibes can be inflicted from without, he notes — for example, neighbours literally cursing a renovation they object to or people they dislike.

Houses that have had a high turnover of residents, have witnessed distressing events or have been built on the “wrong spots”, such as on sacred Aboriginal or other traditional ground, are particularly vulnerable, according to psychic, urban shaman and house clearer Yvonne George of Horse and Wolf School of Healing. She had one case where a client couldn’t sleep in a certain room, which was later found to be the previous resident’s cocoon during a nasty break-up. Segedin agrees that relationship breakdowns often leave a lingering feel of ill will in a house, which, along with vendors resisting “letting go”, is a very powerful source of negative predecessor energy capable of derailing even the slickest sales campaign and marring the experience of subsequent homeowners. A serial house remodeller who prided herself on fully researching her projects before plunging in hadn’t counted on the profound potential of predecessor energy when she tackled her biggest — and, as it turned out, least lucrative — project to date.

From all appearances it was a great buy: the stylish, up-to-the-minute waterfront home in a fashionable upmarket beachside suburb in Perth read like a dream. “Yet,” she recalls, “I’d walk in and get a sickly feeling.” Sure enough, within months of moving in, her life rapidly unravelled: her stable, harmonious 10-year relationship started to inexplicably crumble; her scholarly children performed poorly at school; her son’s character changed abruptly and he started taking drugs; and her health took a rapid nosedive, culminating in chronic fatigue.

Responding to instincts that screamed “Get out of here!” she sold up. When she learned that the site had previously been used as a squat and was the scene of violence and substance abuse and had a huge turnover of people, she wasn’t surprised.

It’s not just residents who emit energy, either. Just as we’re apt to say, “A lot of love went into that jumper/cake and so on”, the same can be said of building or renovating a house. While overseeing the rebuilding of her house, a resident of Palm Beach, Sydney, became overwhelmed by what seemed like an almost irrational antipathy towards the builder. “It reached the point where I couldn’t bear the sight of him coming onto the site. My stomach would simply turn and I’d literally get a headache just thinking about it,” she recalls.

“There were some tangible reasons why he was irritating me so much. He constantly smoked, he was really slow and his skills were hardly outstanding. But, I started to realise, what irked me most was that he had no passion whatsoever for his work. To him it was just another house. He dragged himself about and carried an air of heavy unhappiness that seemed to poison the atmosphere. I just couldn’t deal with that. This was my dream home and my passion. I realised then that I wanted it to be rebuilt by people with a positive energy, people who would be passionate about it.” Duly dismissing the builder, she found a new, enthusiastic builder who helped shape the house into “something way beyond what I ever thought it could be”.

Psychic and energetic house clearer Caterina Ligato of The Sydney Soul Centre couldn’t agree more with the Palm Beach renovator’s inklings and actions. “We’re all energetic matter. We leave some of our energy behind wherever we spend a lot of time. Just think about all the arguments, disputes, frustrations and stress that most building projects involve; that energy gets left behind, as does the energy of the people who built them.”

Ligato says the warning signs of negative predecessor influences include not wanting to go home, feeling stagnant, not quite feeling yourself, suddenly and inexplicably feeling very emotional and arguing a lot. In one tragic incident she recently dealt with, a couple who were four years into a reportedly very happy marriage plunged into an abyss of arguments, mistrust, eventual infidelity and, finally, separation — all within a short time after moving into a renovated terrace house in inner Sydney. On investigating the building’s history, Ligato learnt that the house had previously functioned as a brothel for many years.

Happily, predecessor energy also comes in sunny hues. “Some people just ooze delight for their new home, saying things like, ‘Everything seems to have fallen into place since we moved here,’” says Segedin. “Usually, when a house has a noticeably good feel, the previous owners had good times there.”


Crossed lines

Another unseen factor believed to be capable of sending things pear-shaped occurs when geopathic energy, or natural radiation emanating from the earth, goes haywire by being distorted by subterranean running water, certain mineral concentrations, fault lines and underground cavities. The result is geopathic stress areas, which are distorted fields of radiation that are harmful to living organisms. Telltale signs of geopathic stress include stunted vegetation, animals avoiding the area, uncooperative electronic devices and people feeling rather weird and “wired”.

Anywhere along ley lines (lines of heightened natural energy, or “dragon lines”, according to feng shui) is a worry, notes O’Donnell. However, the intersection points of ley lines (geopathic stress areas) and vortexes (where underground streams intersect or where several combined obstructions impede the flow of geopathic energy) are flashpoints that have been linked with illness, sleep disturbance, headaches, relationship problems and general discomfort. This discomfort can range from generally not feeling right to being extremely uncomfortable and wanting to move away from a place.

Brief encounters shouldn’t send you into too much of a spin, but linger too long (the big no-no being sleeping or working on geopathic stress points) and you’ll feel zapped by the energy overload. “Traditionally, sacred sites and buildings are located on energy points, as it can heighten spiritual awareness, but you can get too much of a good thing — you don’t want to live there,” suggests O’Donnell. That’s why some homebuyers will, along with the standard pest inspection and building reports, seek a geopathic profile of the site.


Unwelcome guests

A somewhat unnerving scenario involves “entities” latching onto your house and your life. These, being the devious roaming souls that they are, can apparently do so without your knowledge, choosing, says George, “someone or some place they resonate with”.

Should what George terms “lost people” hook in, you’re likely to become withdrawn, negative, angry and frustrated, to feel uncomfortable and cold in certain spots in your house and to suffer head and chest aches, a knotted stomach, colds, flu and other immune system problems. According to George, these lost souls revel in disruption: “Adults in the house are more likely to feel angry and fight, children tend to muck up, and friends may not want to visit or may leave very quickly. The residents typically dread going home.”


Banishing bad vibes

Fortunately, bad vibes aren’t set in stone, so to speak. Spaces can reprogrammed, assures O’Donnell. To diagnose and treat the overall problem of people not feeling comfortable in a space, he uses meditation, dowsing, the services of an intuitor and kinesiology. Where geopathic stress is the bogey, the offending energy lines are located using dowsing, the living arrangements are modified (for example, the sleeping and working areas are moved) and copper rods are driven into the ground, thus neutralising the bad energy.

To dispel negative or disruptive predecessor energy or squatting “lost people”, George suggests house clearing, a type of ritualised cleansing and clearing-out of stale, negative energies along with a blessing that incorporates shamanic and feng shui techniques. While already very popular in the United States and Europe, house clearing is rapidly gaining a following in Australia. George finds herself increasingly called on to assist in cases of stubborn real estate sales and in the wake of negative events such as relationship break-ups. Depending on the situation, flushing out the bad vibes usually entails “smudging” the house with smoking sage or wormwood (that is, burning smudge sticks, or wads of appropriate herbs), meditating to connect with the errant energies and then purifying the space by driving out the bad energies with drums and Tibetan bells.

“House clearing is all about transforming the environment,” says Ligato. “It gives people the feeling of a clean slate and of being able to settle in and fill a place with their own positive energy.” She recommends a clearing when moving into a new home or business (especially if you move in and find your mood suddenly changes or you feel very uncomfortable there) and before settling back into a freshly renovated home.

Ligato was recently enlisted to remedy problems besetting the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, located in what was once a church. These problems included almost constant sickness and emotional distress among staff, staff dreading going to work and clients feeling distraught. She attributed the problems to the lingering energy of traumatic events that had taken place in the church in the past. She spent several hours clearing the space, after which, she says, both staff and clients reported striking changes in the way they felt.


Wisdom of the ancients

Recognition of the earth’s energies is an ancient belief. In Egypt, for example, knowledge of the earth’s natural radiation was used to slow down the decomposition of mummies. “All traditional societies recognise and make allowances for the earth’s energies,” O’Donnell notes. For the Chinese, dowsing is a pivotal requisite in positioning buildings. Germanic and Scandinavian societies have a long, lingering tradition of dowsing. In Bolivia, building site workers will go on strike unless ceremonies requesting permission to disturb the earth are carried out properly.

Clearing a space of bad energies is also common in many other traditional societies. Observant Taoists, for instance, perform such rites annually, while the Zulus and Native Americans build round huts to prevent negative energy being caught up in corners.

Modern-day sceptics are also taking note, even if they don’t talk about it loudly. O’Donnell finds himself increasingly dowsing businesses and fielding enquiries from people with analytical backgrounds. Another trend he’s noticing is that of upmarket property managers engaging the services of house clearers. According to Segedin, referring to cases where the sale of a property has stalled and she has had a house clearing performed, in about 75 per cent of those cases, the house has sold shortly afterwards. In one notable example, a house that had lingered on a strong market for almost nine months, notching up an unofficial “longest sale” record, sold within weeks of the house clearing.


DIY good vibes

  • Actively plan to minimise tense encounters taking place in your house. For instance, if you feel you need to have it out with your partner or housemate, go to a neutral location. Or if you take work home, limit where it’s done in the house.
  • If you are building or renovating, choose the tradespeople with care. Ideally, be as selective about their “energy” and attitude as their fees and skills. Not only will this help you select tradespeople you are happy to have around and have in your space, you will also minimise the risk of negative energy becoming embedded within the structure.
  • Add your own touches to a new home, even if everything seems perfect as it is.
  • Establish your own regular DIY clearing routine: clear clutter, play clean-sounding, uplifting music and consciously purge the place of any negativity that has occurred there.
  • Create a feeling of space, freshness and light. Good ventilation and natural light are critical to feeling positive in a space.
  • Research the history of the house you’re thinking of buying; that is, its previous inhabitants as well as neighbourly relations.
  • Create pleasant gardens and place plants within your house.
  • Make good use of fresh, bright, happy colours and sounds, as they can have a purifying effect.
  • Bush Flower Essences as well as sandalwood, sage and wormwood (burnt) make excellent space clearers.
  • Declutter to create a feeling of calm, space and control over your space.
  • Simmer fresh rosemary in a pot of water and let the scent stream through your house. It will impart a lovely clear, fresh, enlivening scent that is even more effective than scented candles or oils.
  • Make the approach to your house inviting. For instance, paint the facade of your house a positive colour and frame the doorway/walkway with plants or flowers. That way you’ll be more open to feeling positive when you enter the house.
  • Meditation and visualisation can be useful tools to help you settle into a new space and feel comfortable there on a deeper level, as well as help you to arrive at ways to organise the space.


Geopathic stress and weakened immunity

Geopathic stress is taken very seriously in Europe, where it has been linked with immune depletion, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and chronic fatigue. German researchers report an extremely high correlation between exposure to geopathic stress areas and cancer. Though not held directly responsible, geopathic stress is believed to weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to cancer. It’s estimated that more than 4000 medical doctors in Austria and West Germany call in dowsers to assist with their most severe cases of cancer and chronic illness.

The late Dr Hans Nieper stated that 92 per cent of all his cancer patients and 75 per cent of his multiple sclerosis patients were “geopathically stressed”. Cancer researcher Dr Hager found that geopathic stress was present in all 5348 cancer cases he investigated. German physicist Robert Endros and Professor KE Lotz of the School of Architecture of Biberach, West Germany, found that of the 400 cancer deaths they studied, 383 cases were related to dwelling over geological faults, underground water veins and disturbances of the natural geomagnetic field.

At a medical congress in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1984, the harmful effects of geopathic stress were reported by the state-sponsored Working Party for Research into Geopathic Stress Sites, which conducted tests on 985 people over two years under the direction of Professor Otto Bergman of the University of Vienna. It was found that people exposed to geopathic stress for only a few minutes registered measurable harmful effects.

Other problems linked with geopathic stress include cardiovascular deficiency, attention deficit disorder, chronic body pains, headaches, sudden signs of physical ageing, irritability, restless sleep, infertility and miscarriage as well as learning difficulties, behavioural problems and neurological disabilities in children.




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