Monday, April 26, 2010

Releasing and Welcoming

(Image from Cottage Witchery by Ellen Dugan)

You already know I like the Daily OM and on occasion share with you. I love the idea of sweeping the old energy out and sweeping new energy in.

Sounds easy, doesn't it.

April 26, 2010
Releasing and Welcoming
Energetic Sweeping

Sweeping your porch each day is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares your home for new energy.

In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.

This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing. If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can also make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.

Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's true -- people don't sweep much any more. The only sweeping I have done is to sweep around a cast circle, clearing away negative influences.

EG Wow said...

This practice makes sense to me, as does just about any act of cleaning done first thing in the morning, actually.

I will check out the Daily Om,

Crafty Christina said...

We sweep our porch a lot. But I notice not many others do. There's something therapeutic about it.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Interesting line of thinking--cleansing, preparing... I'll be pondering that today. I love sweeping our porch and deck though. I love seeing the dust fly away, and I can see exactly what I've accomplished when I've finished.