Energy fields surround us daily. Most of the time, we don’t pay too much attention (unless you are sensitive to that sort of thing) but every now and again, we pick up on something that’s just not right. It may be in our home, our place of work, or perhaps place of business. These energy fields are fluid and ever-changing. They shift, fade, or grow. These fields are not indigenous to our planet; Einstein long ago theorized about gravitational waves and their effect on the universe around them. Is it so difficult to think that this natural phenomenon exists on a smaller, yet still as fascinating, scale? Whether it is positive or negative, there’s no doubt that the energy of a location influences our lives.
When I was about 17 or so, I came across a house that terrified me to my core. For a long time, I never understood why.
My buddy Becky and I were cruising the country roads on our way home, far from the highways because, well, we were teenagers and we were probably out doing things we shouldn’t have been doing. Somehow, though we were in familiar territory, we found ourselves lost and pulled into the driveway of an abandon house to turn around. As soon as our car rolled onto that dirt and gravel drive, my stomach dropped. The house loomed. I mean, it loomed. Had the windows been eyes, it would’ve glared at us unapologetically. Physically, it looked like many of the other old, abandon country homes in the area. Two stories, white clapboard, with the screen door hanging on its hinges. Weeds and bushes grew out of control and a few trees spotted the property. Though unnerving in the traditional haunted house way, it wasn’t the appearance of the house that frightened me. I felt it.
I felt watched. I felt sick. I felt truly scared. Becky did, too. We both paused for a moment, craning our necks to look up at the second floor windows, convinced that at any moment, someone or something would appear.
“Go.” I said simply. She nodded and threw the car into reverse. We left the house behind us in the dark. I couldn’t sleep that night. Neither of us really talked about it after that.
Why were we so terrified? As a girl who grew up in a small country town, I’ve had my share of sneaking into old, empty farmhouses. We used to do it for fun. I’m not sure what we ever expected to find but never once did I feel the way I felt that night with Becky. And we didn’t even go in.
It wasn’t until later in life that I constructed a theory. I wondered if it was possible for the energy of a location to hold a memory, a stain if you will. That house was stained with negative energy. This psychic stain was so powerful, it permeated into the driveway and sunk into our bones. I don’t know what happened in that house and I don’t think I want to know, but whatever it was, it was strong enough to leave a mark.
Here’s the thing: I’m not necessarily saying it was haunted.
When we think of a haunting, we think of spirits trapped within the walls, sometimes aware of the living, sometimes not. We think of possible intelligence, of repetition, of individual presence. A psychic stain may not hold any spirits at all.
When an event happens that is so incredibly good or bad, it affects the energy of a location. Think of a church: even if you’re not religious, I’m sure you’ve been in awe upon entering certain churches. There’s an atmosphere that’s almost palpable. And think of what goes on in a church: weddings, weekly sermons, prayer: all things that involve emitting powerful (and often positive) waves of energy. One does not have to believe in any particular theology to experience this.
When the energy around a location is negatively charged, you will feel it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling. You may feel like you’re being watched, or that you’re claustrophobic even when there’s plenty of breathing room. You may find yourself cleaning excessively or reorganizing your furniture in the hopes of making the home feel lighter. While these things may temporarily fool you into thinking you’ve made progress, they do little to actually alter the energy of the place.
It’s also important to note that constant bickering, abuse, addiction, or other violence will directly affect the energy in the home. While we are often affected by negative energy created in the past, we also create our own current atmosphere.
The good news is you can treat it.
The burning of sage and other herbs has been used by many cultures for centuries. In the Middle East, they burned frankincense or myrrh, both considered to have holy properties. They’re still used today in mass. The indigenous people of North America would use sage in ritualistic cleansing ceremonies, and many folks today are becoming more aware of its benefits. There are different combinations of dried herbs one can use: I prefer dried lavender with white sage. Many holistic and new age shops offer a good selection or you can grow your own if you’ve got the time and space.
You also need to change the way you speak and behave within your home. As stated above, we help to create our atmosphere and if you have a lot of negativity in your household, you will experience the ramifications. This includes drawing the attention of wanderers.
Wanderers are spirits (perhaps human, perhaps not) that are not bound to a particular location for whatever reason. I won’t pretend to understand the specifics here. Much like a beacon in the dark, lower energy (negative energy) will draw these entities to your home. They may be benign–they may be malicious. Regardless, they will come. This is often the source of sudden hauntings or personal attacks from the paranormal. Negative energy will also makes us weak: we become tired, easily sick, and crabby. All these things combined may as well paint a target on your back for paranormal activity.
Changing behavior is never easy, especially if there are multiple personalities in the home. It’s even worse with substance abuse or undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. Getting everyone in the household on the same page is often a challenge. But it is possible.
Within a family, try group projects and games. These often build teamwork and can keep a family united with the same goal in mind. Build a birdhouse, create a family quilt, perhaps take up cooking together. Listen to music and watch films, enjoy one another. This may seem a simplistic approach but you’d be amazed at the results.
Burn Palo Santo wood to draw in Positive Energy
If you’re alone, start by including household plants into your space. Gardening is therapeutic as is and by adding more life and greenery, you will have to also increase sunlight. Keep some Palo Santo oil or wood on hand: this Ecuadorian holy tree is known for drawing in positive energy only. Sage will cleanse but Palo Santo will build. Use your sage on a regular basis (daily or once a week, depending on your need) until you feel your home is “lighter”. Simply light one end of the bundle until it catches, careful to blow out any flames, and push the aromatic smoke into every nook and cranny of your home (closets, basements, and attics as well!). I won’t lie: it’s an acquired scent and not always pleasant. If you or a family member has sensitivities, be sure to keep windows open or step outside when finished for some fresh air. You can check out more options for cleansing here:
The theory that humans emit energy is not new and there is plenty of science to back it up. With our own planet producing polar opposite charges and the constant balance between positive and negative, it’s no wonder we come across locations that hold their charge. It’s possible they will fade with time or will further be agitated by people. By taking control of your own space, you can secure peace and comfort within your home. Don’t ever let anything bully you out of what’s yours.