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Happy Imbolc: a time to cleanse your home with sound

The 1st of February is Imbolc, the ancient Celtic Festival which celebrates the end of winter and the forthcoming spring – moving from darkness to light. It was celebrated when the hardships of winter were over – the cold, the bad weather, the long dark nights which people used to feel more keenly when they weren’t sheltered in houses with central heating. Perhaps we’ve felt the hardships of winter more keenly this year as the cost of heating our homes has risen.

Imbolc involved a host of unique customs and rituals to welcome the spring, say farewell to the winter, ward against evil and promote health and wellbeing. Imbolc is also St Bridget’s Day. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies.

New beginnings
For me, February always feels like a time of hope: the days are longer, the bulbs are poking their shoots above the ground, the birds are twitter-pated and the sun begins to shine again; hope of renewal, hope for the future.

So it feels like a good time to focus on our hopes for the future whether it be for ourselves, our families, our country or humanity as a whole. What sort of world do we want to create as we leave the stress of the past few years behind?

In many ways Imbolc is the time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle.

In February I often have the urge to open the windows wide even though it’s still cold outside – to let in fresh new air. It’s also a great time to cleanse your home energetically. You can use palo santo, white sage or a favourite herb. But it’s also possible to cleanse your home with sound. I love to do sound clearings in people’s homes and am always amazed at the results.

Cleansing with sound
So if you’d like to cleanse your home with sound, it’s really simple:

Start with sending out an intention to clear the energy in the room of anything that no longer serves you.

Next use a drum, a shaker, even chopsticks or two wooden spoons to break up old dense energies; go into all the corners, nooks and crannies, even cupboards. You can also clap your hands. Drum quite vigorously.

Once you’ve broken up the old energies, you might want to smudge the room with white sage to clear the energy you’ve broken up.

Now open the windows to let the old energy out. As you do this remember to hold the vision of a clearing happening.

You can now create fresh energy. It’s a lovely idea to set a positive intention for your home like “My home is filled with love, joy.” “My home is a harmonious restful place.” Repeat it as you go round the room with tingshaws (the little bells on a leather string).

You can also use a Tibetan singing bowl again going into all the corners of the room then standing in the centre of the room, tapping the bowl gently and allow the sound time to travel out to the room

If you have studied reiki, you can draw reiki symbols in the corners; or visualise a violet flame coming out of your heart and filling the room.

Koshi chimes and crystal bowls are also great for creating new fresh energy, or if you don’t have these, use your voice. You can chant a mantra like this one for a sweet home. Your home will feel lighter and airier afterwards.