Moving into a new home is a big step for a family, one that is often fraught with both excitement and anxiety. It’s a difficult thing to do which is why humanity has come up with all sorts of coping mechanisms throughout time, from slaughtering an animal at the doorstep to ensure that food is plentiful, to the modern-day iteration of a “housewarming party” welcoming new neighbors and bringing old friends into the fold.
Getting your home blessed is not merely a hippie ritual of burning incense and saying an incantation with your family – although there’s nothing wrong with that. A house blessing is a rite intended to protect the inhabitants of a home from misfortune. If you find a blog or another website that has more information about this, you will find discover that there are different versions of this in a number of religions. If you are still on the fence, the following are a couple of reasons as to why you should get your new home blessed.
Bring Positive Energy
Blessing your home regardless of your religion, is a calming practice that helps to add a sense of tranquility and joy to your new abode. Catholics, Buddhists, and members of other religious denominations have different spins on the ceremony, but the intention is the same: using this ancient ritual as a way of inviting positive energy into your home, which is also an extension of your body and spirit. Since where you live affects both your physical and mental health, blessing the home can imbue the space with harmony, love, and happiness.
Setting the Stage
When moving into a new home, it is often a new chapter in you and your family’s life. A blessing ceremony can help set the stage for whatever it is you would like to come next, be it prosperity, health, inner peace, or just the general idea of a great new beginning for you and your loved ones. A house blessing can feel especially potent once you have cleaned the house, thus cleansing the space thoroughly of both bad vibes or anything that might not serve you.
You can, of course, also do a house blessing in a space that you have long inhabited, but want to live in a newly mindful and purposeful way. For example, sometimes house blessings are performed when a new baby is about to come to the house. These little rituals are a lovely way of welcoming a member of the family while also allowing you to clear clutter and invite fresh energy into your home.
Sometimes, a house blessing is performed not to welcome someone into your home or even celebrate moving into a new one, but to reclaim the legacy of a tragedy instead. Suppose someone dear to you was severely injured or even died in your home. Or, perhaps you were robbed, threatened, or went through any other event that threatened your family’s sense of peace and security. The emotional and psychological effects can be difficult and weigh heavily on your mind. However, one way of letting you feel a sense of control in the wake of tragedy is by performing a house blessing. This allows you to take over the narrative and imbue it with an air of strength and grace while ridding yourself of residual negative emotions such as fear or hatred.
If you’re now sufficiently convinced that a house blessing is something you want to do, you might be interested in knowing how to conduct this ceremony. Again, there are different religious spins on this, but if you’re interested in a more secular version, all you need to do is: set the stage with some music, preferably something sacred to you; invite only close friends and relatives since this should be a small, intimate group. Then, research the kinds of candles you want to light according to the “vibe” you would like to bring into the house – wealth, harmony, health, energy – then lead a call of precious sayings or prayers while walking throughout the house with your loved one. That’s all there is to it!
Blessing your home doesn’t need to feel like a burden. There are many different kinds of house blessings, so if you are interested in implementing this idea, take the time to research and find the version that feels most comfortable for you and your family. Just remember that this ceremony is not meant to be complicated. After all, it is mainly about bringing love, joy, and happiness into your home.
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