Yesterday I decided to detox the flat, banish the bad energy from the apartment and leave no corner untouched. So armed with a pair of marigolds and cleaning bleach (while S dug out the duster) I did exactly that. This is otherwise known as a spring clean… I had heard about this way of cleaning to release negative energy from an Indian friend, who told me it was a Hindu religious tradition. Every year her entire family would begin a spiritual abode detox that would involve cleaning absolutely everything in the house from the cracks in the floor to the curtains. Nothing was left untouched and doors and windows were left open so that bad spirits could leave. After cleaning, prayers were offered in the house and Life resumed. During the week, G had woken up with a nightmare, and my first thought was how powerful bad feelings can be; how they can just move around until they settle into someone else. And there’s nothing like the protective spirit of a mother to do something about it. So, I opened a window for the bad energy to leave (which in this weather is some dedication) and cleared out corners to unleash anything trapped. While doing this I sprawled myself under my bed to pull out any clutter which had slowly migrated there and, in a small bag, I found my Tiger’s Eye – forgotten and abandoned. Tiger’s Eye is a stone of protection and courage, it dispels fear and anxiety and unclouds emotion. I emptied the small bag and a dead woodlouse fell out with it. As I washed the Tigers Eye under some cold running water I thought about how important our cleaning rituals are and I wondered how they differed form home to home. I remember my mum’s cleaning rituals would always be a lot like a hurricane had blown through the house. Everything was pulled out of the cupboards and I still feel the sense of dread years later. However, mum’s cleaning ritual always ended with a big family meal – the hurricane contained and our stomachs happy.
Later that night, in my new sparkling clean apartment, I lit candles for Protection, Positivity and Love. Already the energy in my home felt different and I knew that we were all going to sleep better for it.