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Recently I have had discussions with others on the idea of "cleansing" their homes.  Through my search for information on cleansing I have learned there are many ways to accomplish this.  From spells, rituals, prayers and even simply asking the ghosts/spirits to leave.
 
I personally feel that most cleansings are done out of fear.  People fear what they do not understand and try to get rid of what they fear.  We must first acknowledge that ghosts/spirits are people without their physical bodies.  If we try and remember that they have intelligence, personality and emotions just as we do, then this should help us lessen our fears of them. If our loved ones are simply here visiting us as spirits, why would we want to send them away?  I can understand however if a person feels that their loved one was held here and never crossed over. 
 
It is understandable how people confuse the unknown with "scary".  We all have done it.  It is very easy to feel something or someone with you and because you can't see it, and it is not tangible to be frightened of it.  The unknown can be frightening.  It is up to us as individuals to try and understand what we don't know, rather than fear it.
 
For me personally, the feelings of not being alone, or the bumps in the night were and still are a tad frightening.  Then after I calm down, I am more curious than anything.  Immediately I want to get my meters, recorders and cameras out.  I want to learn about the unknown and who may or may not be with me.  I want to know if it simply my loved ones visiting me or someone who may need help.  I feel through knowledge we can gain courage to overcome the things that frighten us.

          Most ghosts are harmless and only want  you to know that they are there.  They may play pranks on you like, footsteps, moving things, hiding items, etc.    Ghosts want to get your attention and let you know that they are there, and they thrive on your responses and emotions. 

Many families  make friends with the entity and learn to coexist in the house.  If this is not the case for you and your family, there are many steps that can be taken to rid your home of these spirits.

 

  1. First off, don’t panic, you do have control over this situation.  Since most ghosts just want to get your attention, sometimes simply ignoring them and pretending you don’t know they are there will send them on their way.

 

  1. Try speaking to the ghost; explain politely that they are causing discord in your home and that you would appreciate it if they would respect your need for living in a happy home.  Instruct the spirits that they need to leave your home, their time here on earth is up and they must move on into the light.   You need to speak to them out loud, just like you would if you were speaking to a live person.  Say it with love and respect and never challenge a ghost.  Your wording does not have to be fantastic, just speak loud and clear making your intentions known.  Many times this will do the trick and they will leave.

 

  1. If the spirit or ghost activity does not stop, or only stops for a while, the next step is a spiritual cleansing of your home.   This is the traditional practice of “smudging” a home.  Crack a window in each room of your home.  Take a dried bunch of sage, or a large fire proof bowl with loose sage or even sage incense, Light the sage and walk all over your home covering every room, doorway, corner, basement, attic, etc.  Being firm and unemotional, as you walk around each room, say loudly and firmly “This sage is cleansing out all negative energies and spirits,  all negative energies and spirits must leave now through the windows and not return”.   Do this until you sense the negative energy has gone and the room’s energy has lightened and then say “This room is now cleansed”   Remember not to worry about how you sound if you stumble on your words, the main thing is your intent.  Your intentions are to rid the home of negative energies and spirits and they will know this.  You may want to end the ritual with lighting a white candle and setting it on a table to burn for a bit to seal the ritual or by revisiting the whole home again while burning a pleasant, calming incense such as lavender, chamomile, etc. stating “ Let nothing but joy linger here”

 

  1. For some stubborn ghosts you may want to cleanse your home with Holy Water to remove them.   You can walk around your home, again remember to reach every room, attic, closest etc, and splash this water by dipping your fingers in it and sprinkling it everywhere.  Don’t forget the outside also.  During this process, remember to tell the spirit  it is time to leave your home and move on to the light.  Many people have claimed success by reciting the Lord’s Prayer while splashing the holy water.  Again, light a white candle and let it burn, while you visualize in your mind your home being ghost free.

 

  1. If all the above does not work, then you must go back to the most ancient properties known, salt.  Natural salt has properties we have little knowledge of; it is a natural cleanser and seems to have the ability to absorb negative entities.  The oldest spells, charms and incantations used salt; it has roots that go back over 2,000 years.   Your first step would be to cover all of your window seals and doorways with salt remembering to tell the spirit that it is time to move to leave your home and move into the light.  For a particularly stubborn spirit you may decide to encircle your whole home.  Purchase enough cartons of salt to pour a solid layer in a continuous line about inches wide around your home; most homes need about 12 cartons.  Make sure you buy kosher, sea salt or even the ordinary plain salt, just not the iodized variety, it is not a natural product.  As you prepare to start, you must announce to those spirits in the home that you are going to encircle them with salt, and they can either leave or will be trapped there for all time.  You must make the announcement in a loud, clear voice, capable of being heard throughout the home.  Affirm to them that you will not warn them again, and that they must leave.  Pour a stream of salt in a continuous stream around the area, and always in a clockwise direction.  Never pour in a counter clock wise direction.  Leave a small unsalted opening about 3 feet wide at the juncture of the circle, and announce that all the spirits with in the circle have a limited time to leave, state the time, and never more than five minutes!  Call out the time as it goes by “Four minutes left”  “Three minutes left” and so on.  As the last minute of time is announced, start to call out the seconds “30 seconds and so on.  As it gets down to the last few seconds, you should feel a rush of what seems like wind going past you, the spirits are leaving.  At this time continue to pour the salt and close the circle.

 

  It may be necessary to repeat any of the above processes more than once.  If  none of the above approaches seem to be working for you, than you probably need to seek out someone trained in this field.