Your immediate surroundings are the psychic as well as physical spaces that you occupy in the world — it houses not just your body but your energy, your thoughts, your emotions and your spirit. Shouldn't the energetic atmosphere within your walls support you emotionally and spiritually as well?
Bless This House: Creating Sacred Space Where You Live, Work & Travel by Mama Donna Henes (Ixia Press/Dover 2018) is a comprehensive guide to crafting your own spiritual intentions, rituals, and blessings. Urban shaman Mama Donna draws upon a variety of world cultures to show how to transform your environment into a sanctified haven. Spiritual blessings of our surroundings can help enhance our daily lives, from processing emotions and releasing negative energy to setting the stage for our fondest dreams to come true.
Mama Donna has cleansed and blessed the energy in hundreds of domiciles of every description and social strata, in commercial and corporate environments, and for film, television and Broadway productions. She has also worked with realtors to create an inviting atmosphere in properties they are showing and to stimulate movement in previously unsalable spaces.
She writes,"Your home should be your solace, your safe place, your nest, your burrow, your hive, your den. It is your go-to port in the storm that shelters you and those you love, so it is vitally important for you to feel good there. You want be in harmony with your surroundings — relaxed, at ease, at home. Your house is your castle, your refuge, your sanctuary. And if it isn’t, it should be.
A personalized blessing ceremony engenders an aura of cheer and possibility and creates a safe milieu conducive to peaceful living. It is not necessary to spend a penny to create a energized feeling in your home. All it takes to make your customary housecleaning and upkeep regimen into a meaningful and effective House Blessing is your intention to make it so. While you mop the floor, be mindful of removing uncomfortable, jagged energy as well. Along with a coat of wax, apply positive spirit to keep helpful energy flowing in your direction and support you as you walk through your day. You can repair the fractured energy in your home just as you might fix a faucet or replace a cracked window. And you can renovate and refresh the spirit that surrounds you as with a fresh coat of paint. In doing so, you are creating a sacred environment which will embrace you with warm and supportive comfort that is palpable. House Blessings are the new Feng Shui!"
Author: Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, contemporary ceremonialist, spiritual teacher, author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful blessings have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people. She has published five books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum.
A noted ritual expert, she serves as a ritual consultant for the television and film industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.