Changing places

I blame my mother, actually. She was descended from pure Romany gypsy stock, so I have a healthy dose of gypsy blood in my veins, which probably explains why I move house so often, and generally in the springtime. Even though I don’t pack my cooking pots into a wagon, hitch up the horses and head off, I feel I’m doing the 21st century equivalent!

Yes, I have moved again, and I do hope that, gypsy blood or no, this is the last time for quite a few years! Now you know me, I am a great believer in some ‘over there’ type things, and the whole process of leaving one house and moving into another is very important in energy terms and in spiritual terms.

The process starts energetically long before the day of the move, of course. At some level, I felt that the time had come to move from my previous house – a feeling that was subsequently confirmed at a very practical level. So then I had to find a new home. Well, if you have ever looked for something to rent all year round here in the Algarve, you will know what a depressing process that is – but that is another article all by itself! Eventually, I was guided (by a very earthly Yorkshireman and more heavenly guiding hands!) to a place called Al-Sakia Village. It is a development between Almancil and Quarteira and there are some very nice apartments available for long-term, totally legal, rentals.

But back to the main plot. When you leave a house, it is important that you thank it for looking after you, and that you leave it clean, physically, emotionally and energetically. If not, the new occupant will have to clear up after you – at every level! When all my belongings had gone from the old house, I went from room to room to say goodbye and to thank the house for taking such good care of me. Then, a few days later, it was blitz cleaned, which would have got rid of every last bit of stuck energy, as well as the inevitable bits of dust and grease. That way, it was ready and welcoming for the next occupants.

Ideally, you should ‘space clear’ your new home before you move in, but this is not always possible. In her book Creating sacred space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston describes a beautiful ceremony for clearing a space that you are moving into, for introducing yourself emotionally and energetically to that space and ‘programming’ it to provide the support you need from it.

Many of you will have heard of Feng Shui – the Chinese have been practising it for thousands of years, and it hit the UK in the ‘90s as the latest way to cure your life. I studied it for a while and it is really fascinating. In China, there is a 30-year apprenticeship, according to Sarah Rossbach’s book Interior Design with Feng Shui. The principles of Feng Shui – it literally means ‘wind, water’ and is the art of encouraging positive energy, or ch’i, to flow smoothly around a space – have been updated to include ‘cures’ for and protection from modern gadgets such as computers, microwave ovens and mobile phones. Certain plants, bless them, are excellent at soaking up this negativity – peace lilies (Spathiphyllum Wallisii), Peperomias, Goosefoot plants (Syngonium Podophyllum), dwarf banana plants and Golden Pothos (Scindapsus Aureua) are all recommended. The Chinese are very particular about the history of the house they are moving into and believe that the fortunes of the previous occupant will repeat for them – so if the previous occupant moved on to bigger and better things, that augurs very well.

In her book, Karen Kingston dedicates a whole chapter to geopathic stress, the harmful effects of unstable or disrupted natural electromagnetic fields emanating from the earth. She quotes a number of research studies, from various parts of the world, which have proved conclusively that geopathic stress can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of a number of diseases.

One of the studies used as an example was conducted by medical doctors in Stettin, Poland. The homes of 5,348 people who had died of cancer in the town were dowsed, and it was found that there were strong earth rays under the homes in every case. In several countries in Europe, doctors will routinely dowse their patients’ bedrooms (or call in a professional dowser) if symptoms continue to defy treatment or keep returning. In some areas of Austria, planning permission would not be granted unless the land had been dowsed and certified clean; and, in Germany, it certainly used to be the case that certificates would be issued with each new home, guaranteeing it free from geopathic stress.

Can you imagine what a positive effect that would have here? Geopathic stress is a very important topic and one I will come back to. But, in the meantime, bear it in mind if your health problems will not go away. And, while I am on the subject, if anyone knows of a good dowser in the area, please let me know! I am told that most of the companies who drill for water have “someone on the side” who they don’t talk about, but who they bring in to save time and, therefore, money.

But I digress – again. So, having found the perfect house for you at this moment in your life, and having cleared the space and programmed it to help you in whatever you want to achieve there, the only thing left is to enjoy it! And so often, for whatever reason, we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy our achievements, do we? We feel guilty, we feel we don’t quite deserve, we wonder what other people will think or say – and, of course, as I have said before, all these thoughts have their own energy, so if that is what’s in your mind, that is what your sub-conscious will create.

Louise Hay, author of the best seller You can Heal your Life, is a very strong advocate of the power of positive suggestion, and I can do no better than to leave you with one of her affirmations, which is particularly relevant. “I love myself, therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all of my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it.”