It’s almost Halloween! Got your costumed, alter-ego, shadow-self ready? Here on the reservation, we embrace the occasion with unbridled passion. It’s a match made in heaven. Or some other dark place that shall not be named. Santa Cruz is the revered home of the Mystery Spot. And Halloween is the ancient mystery of All Souls Day cloaked in modern garb.
Tomorrow the orbit of the spirit world will drift close to the safe and secure boundaries of our material one. At some point we’ll give away all the candy, turn out all the lights and say goodbye to the last of the ghosts and goblins prowling around outside. We’ll go to bed assuming everything is snugly tucked into its cubby until next year.
But once the veil on another world has been lifted… is it really as simple as putting the Ouiji Board back in the box?
Ever have a strange feeling going into a particular room ? Ever feel at odds with your house as though you were having a personal disagreement with it? Does something about your home make you depressed? Do you have trouble concentrating? Getting things done? Ever walk into someone else’s house and get the urge to leave?
As a Real Estate Agent, I walk into strange environments everyday and catch brief snapshots of people’s lives in the process. Sometimes, I get what I can only describe as a psychic picture of residents, their routines and more – through the tiny camera lens nestled behind my third eye.
Homes often exude emotions like sadness or anger. There can be a strong sense of ambiguity present. Certain places feel cold, sterile and bereft of life force. Others feel warm, joyful and life-affirming.
So what’s that all about? Is it just about good or bad taste in decorating? Great staging vs not-so-benign neglect? A cat litter box that hasn’t been changed in months? An awful art collection? Way too much potpourri polluting the atmosphere?
Yes, it can be all of those things. But it can also be a whole lot more than an eerie doll collection, strange acid-flashback color choices or oppressive family photos lined up on the wall.
Prospective buyers pick up on the vibrations and ghostly presences most homes hold. They may not always recognize what they are feeling but they usually “sense” when it goes well beyond an allergic reaction to Country French wallpaper.
Suspend your disbelief for a moment and consider. Most of us clean our homes everyday. We vacuum, organize closets, fold clothes. Put things in order so they are well-balanced. Recycle so things can be used again.
If there really is an unseen dimension of energy overlapping the tangible world of material things in our homes, why don’t we put down the lemon pledge, forget about the dinner dishes and spend more time cleaning, rearranging and recycling all the accumulated dust balls of “dirty” energy piling up under our noses? How about a regular day of housecleaning dedicated to putting scattered energies in their proper place? Getting rid of tricky energies someone could easily slip on? Recycling tired old energies so they can return in a more useful form?
We’re not talking dust-buster, the quicker-picker-upper or the amazing Ronco miracle mop here. We’re talking about finding the right approach to our own psychic housecleaning. One that combines a finely-tuned radar, an empathetic nature, strong personal boundaries, the ability to summon will and intention and of course, ready access to a rolodex of spirit-helpers to act as subcontractors in the cleaning/clearing process – each with different skills for handling different kinds of energy shifts and delicate spirit situations.
We are born, live and die in our homes. We experience life’s trials, tribulations and transitions in our homes. Homes hold our lives. They are also containers for the different, sometimes strange energies, that enter our lives. Physics tells us that energy cannot be destroyed, Energy can only move on or change form. Psychics tell us the same thing.
If you are still feeling a little haunted after the sugar rush and adrenalin of Halloween wears off and you happen to notice some odd energy hanging around in the back of your closet, under the stairs or behind your favorite lazy-boy chair… take some sage-advice: Do a little smudging and then put in a call to your favorite local shaman to help you with the house work. If you need a shaman referral, shoot me an e mail.