From time to time, we all find ourselves surrounded by negative energy. In this post I’ll be going over some steps you can take to remove negative energy from your environment, and put in place some protections to ensure it doesn’t come back again.

Before I start though, I do need to make clear that I do not believe in demons, per se. I do believe in angels, or higher spirits, but not demons. That’s just me, and your own personal beliefs may differ, but either way, these techniques work. Also, I have a number of friends who carry a number of different religious beliefs, as such I am not going to address specific deities, please just use the one(s) you worship, and adjust as necessary.

The first thing you need to do is clear your space; house, apartment, working area (if you can do so.) Each house has its own “soul” if you will, and if you’ve moved into a home that has been previously occupied, you need to clear out any energies that were left behind by others who lived there. Start by cleaning the house from top to bottom. Open the windows, let some fresh air in, remove dirt, dust, cobwebs. Scrub the floors, bathrooms, the whole thing.

Once the house is clean, send everyone else away, you need to work on your own undisturbed for a while. Find the “center” of the house, which may or may not be the physical center. But look for the “heart” of the house, perhaps the kitchen, or the family room. Have a seat there (on the floor if that works), and just commune with the house for a bit (I know, it sounds silly, but do it anyway.) Close your eyes and see if the house has any messages to send you. Once you’re done, you can start your spiritual clearing.

Clearing can be done with any number of things: smoke from a sage bundle, water sprinkled around, salt, or sound (a bell, Tinshas, or Tibetan bowl works well.) Start at the front door of the house, and moving counter-clockwise through each room, smudge, sprinkle, or ring your chosen clearing element in each corner of each room. As you do so, say prayers for the removal of negative energy, even something simple like “Bad begone, good come in.” Do each room in the house this way, counter-clockwise in each room, counter-clockwise through the whole house. Then return to the center, and say a prayer thanking the house and Spirit/God for help in removing any negative energy.

Once you’ve finished removing the negative energy, do a final walk-through the whole house, this time clockwise, inviting only positive energy into the space.

As well, there are a couple of other things you can do to ensure that no negative energy enters your home. An easy one to do is to put a small flat knife under the front door mat, pointing outwards. This will send negative energy (and people) away, keeping them from harming you.

Another excellent thing to do if you’re dealing with someone who has a specific grudge against you is to create a mirror protection. Simple and easy, all it takes is a small pocket mirror, found at any drugstore or grocery store. Obtain some sea salt (the best to use for clearings of any sort), and wash the mirror with water in which some of the sea salt has been dissolved. Then, holding the mirror in your hand, ask your deity to use the mirror to send any negative thoughts or energy that anyone is sending you, right back to them. Set the mirror in the window of your bedroom, or in a window by the front door, pointing outward. This will deflect any negative energy back to the sender, and often will take you off their radar altogether.

These simple tips can help ensure your environment is safe, and that negative energy can’t enter your home and affect you. In another post I’ll go over how you can protect yourself from negative energy when you’re outside your home, check back later for that update.