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Karen Kingston

What is Space Clearing?
by Karen Kingston

Early Beginnings

One evening in 1978, I was driving over to visit a couple of friends who had just moved into a new apartment when an idea occurred to me which - did I but know it - was to change the course of my life.

I arrived on their doorstep and explained to them what I had in mind. Rather than have them show me around their new home, I asked them to allow me to explore it blindfolded.

For a few years I had been developing my ability to read energies around people and objects with my hands. I usually describe the technique as being able to read information with my hands in the same way that I might read a book with my eyes. I had practised a lot in my own home and public buildings, but had never tried it in anyone else's home before, and never blindfolded.

They were as interested as I was to try this little experiment, so they hunted out a thick black silk scarf and tied it tightly around my eyes. Then starting at the front door, we began our journey around the apartment, following the inside perimeter of the walls.

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

I led the way, moving very slowly down the corridor and into the front room. With my hands acting as antennae, I followed the contours of the walls, furniture and other objects, never quite touching them, just sensing the energy lodged in them.

The first thing I discovered was that I could mostly tell which pieces of furniture belonged to my friends and which belonged to the landlord. The pieces belonging to my friends had a warm, familiar energy to them, whereas those belonging to the landlord had a much duller, more ponderous vibration.

We all started to get excited. "See if you can tell us what pictures we have on the wall," my friends challenged me.

This took a while longer, but I discovered I could feel very precisely where there were pictures on the wall, and when I fine-tuned I was able to tell them what colour the pictures were, and sometimes the content of the picture too. They had several framed photographs of people around the apartment and I was able to name who some of them were.

"Let's see what else you can do," my friends encouraged me. They were totally fascinated now. They asked me to sense which ornaments were theirs, and we were all dismayed when my accuracy rating fell dramatically with this. At first we couldn't figure it out, and then they realized that many of their ornaments were antiques that had had previous owners and so were imbued with the energy of the previous owners too. It was this that had confused me.

This gave me the idea to go around the space again, sensing in a completely different way. This time I focused on what had happened in the space before they had come to live there. Now we were really heading into the unknown because none of us knew anything about the history of the building. I felt I was guessing but I described some of the vibrations I was picking up as best I could. One very strong signal was what I could only describe at the time as 'mental hardness.' I also registered painful aches in my bones, especially my finger joints.

I spent the whole evening sensing the different energies, and didn't take the blindfold off until I went out of the front door and said goodbye. A week later I got an excited phone call to tell me that they had checked with the landlord and discovered that the previous tenant had lived there for 20 years and had been a very stubborn old man with severe arthritis, especially in his hands!

Later Developments

The experience of that evening really gave me the impetus to go on and develop my skills even more. I continued to deepen my ability to do etheric sensing through my hands and skin, and also through the senses of sight, hearing, smelling and tasting.

These were the years of ‘you name it, I sensed it!’ – the best of the best and the worst of the worst. I etherically sensed all kinds of people, animals and plants, in varying stages of health and sickness. I visited sacred sites and accident black spots, powerful temples and ghastly dungeons, beautiful mansions and derelict slums. I went to hospitals, palaces, junk shops, cemeteries, prisons and caves. The world was (and still is) a feast of etheric impressions, just waiting to be explored.

As my ability to read energies in buildings developed, I began to realize that a lot of it was unsavoury and undesirable. In particular, I wanted my own home to be as free from other influences as possible. It was therefore a natural progression to learn ways to cleanse and clear the energy of buildings, and I called these techniques 'Space Clearing', which seemed to describe the process very aptly. It became fundamental to my life to clear any space before I lived in it, and then to create and maintain high level energy in that place.

Something I began to practise a few years down the line was what I now know as 'the art of placement'. I learnt that when I arranged things in a certain way in relation to each other and to the spatial dimensions around them, something amazing happened with the energy.

I began to use it to create incredible results in my life. Whenever something wasn't going quite right, I would go home and rearrange or change my furniture and ornaments until suddenly I registered a 'click' in the energy fields, as if everything had suddenly come into alignment. After that, everything worked better in my life. Later, as I developed this even more, I acquired a reputation amongst my friends for my ability to manifest the seemingly impossible in my life again and again and again.

All this was immense fun, a fantastic voyage of discovery. I played with the energies, and tried out new ideas to see what worked and what didn't. I learnt how to change atmospheres, how to soup them up and tone them down. People would come to visit me and would stop in their tracks and say, "Wow! What an amazing place!" or "What a lovely feeling there is here!" and they never wanted to leave when it was time to go. It happened so often that I knew for a fact that I was producing tangible results.

After I had been doing all this for about ten years, a friend of mine put a book under my nose which was a huge illustrated volume containing a chapter on something I had never heard of called Feng Shui. He said to me, "Look at this! The Chinese were on to all this stuff about 3,000 years before you!"

I read the chapter with interest, but it seemed very complicated and didn't make a lot of sense to me at that time. However it was wonderful to know that some research had already been done in this area, and later when I came to understand it more it was great for me to check out and augment the work that I had already developed by myself, working purely from the energy standpoint.

As the years went by, I continued to develop new skills. I trained as a bodyworker. I found that I could run my hands over people's bodies several inches away from their skin, and could read memories and traumas stored in the body tissues, and help people clear them. I learnt how to work with the breath and became a professional rebirther, teaching people how to use the breath to find their own answers from within.

I became skilled at knowing what a person was feeling and experiencing simply from the way they took in energy by breathing, and could help them release long-standing energy blocks by becoming conscious of them. I combined body harmony, other forms of bodywork and intuitive counselling into my rebirthing sessions to obtain very powerful results.

All the time I was working with the energy of people, I was also progressing my skills working with the energy of places, never expecting that anyone would ever actually be interested in learning about it. It has been very exciting for me to be at the leading edge of the recent explosion of interest in the subject in the western world, and to find that all my skills suddenly have a use and a value to others too.

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

Discovering Bali

In 1990 my studies took another leap forward when I discovered Bali, a tiny island in the Indonesian archipelago. This vibrant, spiritual culture is one of the best examples of a people living in perfect harmony with their natural surroundings and they have the most highly developed purification ceremonies I have encountered anywhere on earth. I fell totally in love with the place, spent most of the next three years there, and have continued to live there for half of each year ever since.

I discovered a natural aptitude for the Indonesian language and then started learning Balinese, a wonderfully descriptive and incredibly complex language with three levels and umpteen dialects, known to only a handful of westerners. Bring able to speak this language started to really open doors for me, especially with the older priests and shamans who speak hardly a word of Indonesian, having left school long before the study of this language was introduced.

There will be a lot more about Bali and the results of my work with these priests and shamans as this book unfolds.

Starting to Teach

For a long time I resisted teaching Space Clearing to anyone except a few close friends because I didn't want to get labelled 'weird'. Then I started teaching a metaphysical workshop called 'Create the Life You Really Want' and I noticed something very interesting: People got good results from the workshop, but the people who got really mega results were personal friends who I had taught how to clear energies in their own homes.

At first I just taught half hour or one-hour seminars on Space Clearing. Each time I was swamped by people telling me how exciting the information was, wanting to know more and asking me to do private consultations in their homes. I was amazed and surprised and delighted all at once.

I now teach Feng Shui, Space Clearing and Clutter Clearing workshops all over the world, and my work is constantly developing and expanding to encompass a whole range of other topics.

Continuing Expansion

The name 'Feng Shui' originates in China but over the years I have discovered that every culture in the world has a form of Feng Shui and also the branch of Feng Shui concerned with clearing and consecrating spaces that I call Space Clearing. I have adapted techniques from wherever I have found something useful - from China, Japan, India, America, Great Britain, from many European and Middle Eastern countries, and, of course, from Bali.

Some of the information I have come across in books and different cultures has been conflicting, but because I work from the energy standpoint all the time, it has been very easy for me to discern which bits work and which bits don’t. Some techniques are universally effective and others are based only in local superstition. My life has been an exciting journey of discovery, and a process of researching, checking and refining my findings.

Now, seven years on from when I first published my book, I can also report that so far the ceremony I created has proved to be effective for (and acceptable to) people of all cultures and religions backgrounds. In other words, it is high enough to be completely non-denominational. I have received tens of thousands of emails from all over the world confirming this is so.

When I do a consultation, the first thing I do is go around the inside perimeter of the space and take an energy reading on many different levels. Then it's a matter of working with the person or people who live or work there at whatever depth they want me to.

I remember one woman was so pleased to discover my abilities that the 1-hour consultation she had originally booked me for developed into a seven-hour in-depth reading of virtually every room of her four-story mansion. She was a very caring mother who had had a string of difficult problems with her adult children. When she discovered my ability to fine-tune and read the energy of her home, she asked me to go into each room in the house and tell me exactly what was stored in the walls, furniture and ornaments. I was able to tell her about each of her children, about their characters, their inner struggles, their higher aspirations, and what help each of them would most benefit from.

People often ask me if I think my skills are unique. I think I have a natural etheric ‘know-how’ but the rest is down to years and years of perfecting my abilities. Since I began teaching the information contained in this book in my workshops, many people have discovered that they too can learn to read energies and can space clear their homes and work places.

I have formulated ways of teaching this material so that without any previous training, people can go and begin to use it in their own lives immediately. Letters and phone calls arrive daily telling me of exciting things that have happened as a result of doing this. Now I have also put the material into written form so that many more people can access and use it.

Why Space Clearing is Necessary

Every religion in the world offers its devotees ceremonies or rituals to elevate them temporarily to levels of the astral light they cannot easily attain by themselves so that they can experience enhanced states of being. To facilitate this, temples are constantly purified to maintain their atmospheres at high levels, especially at times of high ceremonies.

All Space Clearing is designed to raise the level of the astral light of the atmospheres in our own personal spaces and, in so doing, raise the quality of life that it is possible for us to experience. In other words, depending on your knowledge and skill, you can use these techniques to cleanse the astral light and create sacred space wherever you are.

If you want your life to be more meaningful and purposeful than the general level it is being lived at today by so many people, learning how to purify your atmospheres will be of great benefit.

Energy in Buildings

Energetically, everything that ever happens in a building goes out in ripples like the effect of a stone being dropped in a pond and is recorded in the walls, the floor, the ceiling, the furniture, objects, plants, animals and people in that space. It gets imprinted in the very fabric of the structure. Repetitive patterns get deeply imprinted, as do moods and atmospheres.

Any events accompanied by strong emotions or trauma are recorded more intensely. If you have ever had the experience of walking into a room after there has just been an argument, you know that you can literally feel it hanging in the air. People sometimes say, 'You could have cut the air with a knife!', meaning that the atmosphere was so dense it was as if the argument were physically tangible.

The residue of these energy ripples accumulates around the edges of the room, and builds up, particularly in corners, and nooks and crannies. It is an interesting fact that some native cultures will not live in buildings with corners. The Zulus and the native

American Indians, as an example, live in round buildings. They say that 'evil' dwells in corners, and mostly what they are describing is the way low energy sticks in those areas.

In our western culture, children are usually more sensitive to this than adults. They will tell you they don't like spooky corners, spaces under beds or sleeping with wardrobe doors open. This is a perfectly natural human response, even for grown-ups!

If you are reading this inside a building, stop for a minute, look up, and imagine what the place you are in would look like if it had never physically been cleaned since the time it was built. Imagine the build-up of dust, cobwebs, and so on. The worst areas would be in the corners and any nooks and crannies.

Well, of course no-one would ever want to live or work in such a space, but on an energetic level, that is exactly how a building looks and feels if it has never been space cleared. Hot, sticky, electrical cobwebs and congealed clumps of static energy accumulate in all the corners and nooks and crannies.

Who Needs Space Clearing?

Everyone. We all create a certain amount of psychic grunge on a daily basis, which leaves a residue in our homes in the same way as everyday living creates cleaning and tidying which needs to be done on a physical level. As one journalist who interviewed me put it, "Most of us are probably living in the psychic equivalent of a rubbish dump".

Very few western homes are so well designed that there are no areas where energy gets stuck. Most buildings are designed without any thought being given to the way energy can flow around them, and awkwardly positioned furniture can then add to the problems. How much stuck energy builds up depends on the Feng Shui of a place (how well energy flows around it) and the activities of the people who are living in the place.

If you are living or working in a building that has been occupied by other people before you, you will have not just your own psychic residue to contend with but theirs too. In some cases, the higher levels of this residue can be beneficial. Supposing you are newly married and you move into a home where the previous occupants were very happy together. This can greatly enhance your relationship.

But supposing you are not so fortunate, and the couple who lived there before you argued a lot or even got divorced. Time and time again in my consultancy practice I am called in because a previously idyllic marriage has run into difficulties after moving to a new house, and the cause is discovered to be the energy left by the departing occupants. Or a business has moved to new premises and runs into financial trouble, just as the previous owner did. Or a whole family inexplicably starts to put on or lose weight like the family who lived there before.

The variations are endless. Space Clearing clears out these lower levels of stuck energy that hinder our progress, whilst leaving the beneficial higher levels intact.

I have space cleared ancestral homes centuries old where the build-up of stuck energy stood three feet thick off the walls and felt like psychic treacle or molasses. I have also space cleared 20-year old buildings that felt nearly as dense, simply due to the amount of mental and emotional traffic in that space in such a short period of time.

I very, very rarely come across buildings that do not need any Space Clearing at all. Even in brand new buildings there is much which needs to be done - the Space Clearing ceremony can be adapted to create a powerful consecration ceremony, to bring in the most beneficial frequencies for the new occupants right from the start.

Copyright © Karen Kingston. All rights reserved.

Karen Kingston
Karen Kingston is recognized as the world's leading authority on Space Clearing, the Feng Shui art of clearing and consecrating energy in buildings. She is the author of two international bestsellers that have been translated into 17 languages. In the USA "Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui" and "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" are both published by Broadway Books.

Born in England, Karen has made her home in Bali since 1990 and spends half of each year traveling and teaching internationally. Karen's teachings are based on over a quarter of a century of intensive personal exploration of the unseen worlds, which have become as tangible to her as the seen worlds. Her workshops are a unique blend of spiritual insights and practical information, delivered with her own lively brand of humor. She teaches to packed audiences around the world, primarily in the UK, USA & Bali.

Further information on Space Clearing is available at Karen's website, www.spaceclearing.com


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