Thursday, April 14, 2011

What Is Cleansing?

"I'm moving house soon."
"If you're engaging a Fengshui master, remember to ask him/her for the cleansing, renovation and move-in rituals."
"I've heard of rituals for renovation and move-in, but cleansing?"

Some Fengshui masters may not know about the importance of the cleansing ritual as their Fengshui course didn't entail this learning.

But for those in the know, cleansing is a very important part of Fengshui.

Why is it important?

A space for whichever activity has to be cleansed before the owners move in, even if it's a whole new unit.

For a whole new unit, where it's built from scratch, the period of time for construction and renovation has no human beings dwelling in it = the lack of human Qi, or Life Force. 

When a place is in a prolonged period of time without the human Qi, the surrounding negativity can "move-in" till the human dwellers come.

For a resale unit or space, the cleansing ritual is to send away any illness or negative emotional Qi the ex-owners may leave behind.  It's not enough to do a physical renovation only.

How should we cleanse a place?

It depends on how "dirty" the place is.

A simple cleansing method has been shared in 1 of my entry, you may like to have a read, though in short, one can burn sandalwood (檀香) and/or aloeswood (沉香) powder + black and white mustard seeds (黑、白芥子) + benzoin (安息香) + frankincense (乳香) + a chant of mantra/scripture for 3 or 7 or 9 or 21 times + open windows for ventilation.

For some, it'd be good to burn a high quality Tibetan incense called 除障香.

Then place 安忍水 (5 parts seasalt : 2 parts water + 5 copper coins/pieces in a open-top glass or ceramic container) in the middle of the unit with windows open for 3 days before the renovation.

One can inform the wandering spirits that someone is coming to stay very soon, that you may please leave this place in peace with the offerings given.

** Note: For a place that has the same occupants for a long period of time = 8 years forth, it's good to cleanse periodically still.  In my practise, I'll cleanse my home with good quality incense weekly.  This is to maintain a level of health and emotional balance for everyone in the family.

What if the place is more "dirty"?

Though this isn't often, a place can be "dirtier" than usual, especially if it's a whole new unit built from scratch and near heavy vegetation in our tropical climate.

A good Fengshui master would need to know the nature of the spirit first and not randomly seek to exterminate it.  Killing, be it human, animal or spirit isn't good Karma or right, we should seek to solve issues in peace when we can.

Below are the steps.

Communicate with the negativity, ask who it is and why it don't want to leave.
Counsel it that everything on earth is transient and it should let go.
Make 除障香 offerings and chant 普门品 + 大悲咒 + 光明真言 for it.
Then invoke Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the 5 Directions (五方佛、菩萨) to descend and bring it to Pureland.
Lastly, thank the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for the help rendered.
Continue to finish up the cleansing ritual.

Human beings commit crime from a mistaken step, like some spirits, we shouldn't exterminate them mindlessly if we can counsel them to do good in peace.

** Note: Not all Masters have the "power" to take on an angrier spirit, do look around for a good one if it does happen.

What happens if one lives in a un-cleansed place?

Though not everyone will suffer without a cleansing ritual, some may experience one or more of the following.

Poor sleep.
Good uninterrupted sleep yet feels tired all day.
Health starts to go down.
Emotionally more sensitive or touchy.
Relationship with the rest of the occupants goes down.

Then all these will lead to poorer "luck" in work, with peers, boss in workplace, and financial creation or management will start to suffer.

The start of poor luck always comes from poor rest, health (including a poor diet, though it's often man-made) and emotions.  Always.

As said, not everyone would be affected without a cleansing ritual though it's always good to have a full system in place. It's always better to wear clean clothes than re-wear them the next day.