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Clear Your Home for the New Year

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Clear Your Home for the New Year

A powerful way to set the stage for an auspicious new year is to clear out the old and start with fresh new energy in your home.

In this article I will show you how to do a major space clearing which will allow new energies into your life- in the form of opportunities- just in time for the New Year!

The 2,000-year-old art and science of Feng Shui teaches that every thing in our world is made up of life-source energy called chi. The goal is  to arrange the chi or energy in  our living and work spaces to utilize the optimum flow of positive chi in our lives.

Ancient civilizations have always acknowledged the power of the elements and our connection to this life-source energy. You may be familiar with the Native American practice of using dry sage “smudge” sticks to clear negative or denser energy from spaces.  The physical act of lighting the sage, combined with purposeful prayer and intention is what gives it the energy to clear the space.

Approaching energy in this way is not something we have language for in our western culture, which tends to be more left-brained, but we do feel and sense it all the same.

Have you ever heard the phrase “the energy was so thick you could have cut it with a knife”?  Perhaps you have gone into a home of a person who died recently and felt a thick oppressive cloud hanging over you that you did not come in with.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at


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5:53AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing this!

7:49AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

thank you for this - I'm starting small and hope to do more soon

8:43PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Great ideas ,Thankyou....

2:00AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks Erica, shall do this as soon as I can.

10:47AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Well now: There is a tradition at New Year to have an easier ritual (also can be done when you move to a new home). Open the front door and say to the spirits who live in the house: 'Go all ye who wish to go. Come all those who wish to come. Stay all those who wish to stay.' The unhappy ones will leave, the ones who are waiting for your invitations will enter and the unhappy ones will leave.

9:54AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

I love this article, I started making my own New Year tradition a few years back. I pack away all holiday decorations, clean and organize and on New years day I just enjoy my house.

4:07PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Great tips. Thank you.

4:03PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Very helpful..thanks:)

2:44PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Very interesting, thank you..

1:02PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Helpful - thanks.

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Well I guess there are other compelling reasons to not eat fast food other than it really is nothing…

Thanks for posting.

Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

All good. Thank you.


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