If requested, the Lohan Temple offers house blessing services. Get help from an experienced temple member. The recommended donation is $100.
You can email or call us at 1-702-659-6507.
Have you ever smudged your house and had the thing come right back? There’s things that are done differently between a holy man and a normal person. Most people who do house blessings don’t know what their doing and only make the spirits angry and things worse.
The house blessing method taught at the Lohan Temple comes from Grandmaster Dashi Steve Baugh and his 30 years of experience doing house blessings. He has a lineage of Native American, Taoist and Buddhist methods of house blessings that he received from his teachers. This is a massive difference between someone just going in and doing something they read somewhere.
First it is important to know about the types of people who do spiritual work. Those who have a set price are to be considered a sorcerer and are there only to make money. Compassion is not on their minds, this is closer to the dark side.
The other type of person who does this work is a holy man, a holy man will never have a set price and will only say its a donation. It is important that you do not take advantage of people though, trying to get everything out of life for free or very cheap will only create negative karma.
What is a House Blessing?
A house blessing is a set of techniques employed to positively neutralize and shift the energy in a house. Smudging is the use of burning sage to cleanse and purify something. It is very effective and simple to do, however smudging is not the entire thing to do in a house blessing. There are additional steps to the process that “normal” people leave out. The biggest reason to bless a house would be just the elapse of time. Energy is always coming and going in your home and sometimes that energy is negative, so through a house blessing you can alleviate that negativity looming in your home.
What is this “negativity”? Negative energy can manifest as a few things, it can be just raw energy left over from some type of suffering someone else had. If two people in a kitchen express extreme emotions through fighting, then those emotions are going to be left over and stay there until someone else picks it up or it get moved overtime. These residual emotions and energy can make people sick and act negatively, but can also invite other entities into your home. Spirits are drawn to sources of large energy, this can be either positive energy or negative. So it good to bless your house so that only positive beneficial spirits can enter your home.
Spirits and Entities
It is important to know that 95% of all house blessings with spirits involved are going to be spirits that are considered homeless. These are people who have died and have not passed on to the heavenly realm. They are stuck in our earth realm and they need help moving back on in their journey. No matter what you should treat everything with compassion. Think if you were in their shoes, stuck somewhere and completely confused; always keep compassion in your heart during a house blessing. Only 5% of house blessings are going to be a deeper more demonic spirit. You should not be trying to do a house blessing yourself for this. You should contact someone who is experienced such as Grandmaster Dashi.
When Should I Bless my House?
You should cleanse your house every season change, this is when the energy in our universe shifts and changes are made. Thus, it is a good time to shift the energy in our own homes as well and bless them. Alternatively you can do house blessings every month, good times to do house blessings are on full and new moons.
Purify Yourself First
Always purify yourself before house blessing, come in with a strong and benevolent intention. Know that you are there to help and be compassionate. Coming in with your ego first will only create more problems. There are many methods of purification and it is up to you to find what feels right. At the Lohan Temple we teach many methods and classes on self-purification and cultivation, our schedule is here.
You will want to have opening in both the front and back when doing your house blessing. You don’t want anything getting stuck and be unable to leave like you want it to. It is important to know that spirits can take any shape and pass through doors. Spirits however most likely don’t know this, so we can help them by leaving the door or window cracked open for them to leave.
You can have people in your house when you bless it if they are in normal health, however things that should not be in a house during a blessing include: babies and animals (anything in the water is okay). The reasoning for this is that a spirit may be panicking during a blessing since they are getting pushed out, and they may jump into the nearest thing they can find.
Through cultivation practices like Tai Chi and Qigong, you will be able to amplify your inner power and feel the energy around you. This is important to know if certain areas need to be smudged more than others. Your intuition will build and you will develop and know things. The Lohan School of Shaolin offers these classes.
You will want to have a few lighters on hand during the cleansing. It is a good idea to have a normal lighter and a torch lighter. Sometimes spirits will not want a blessing to occur so they will be actively trying to put out your flame. With the torch lighter you will not have to worry about this, also the torch lighter is useful for keeping the sweetgrass lit.
Optionally you can add an offering on the top of the shell, whatever you connect with, whether it be something more from the Asian tradition like rice or the Native American side with tobacco. This offering is for whatever may or may not be inside the home, it will please them and will make things smoother. It is best to use high quality tobacco, but you can break open and use a cigarette.
Sage works like this: imagine yourself holding a water-hose spraying everything down, sage is the same. All energy will be neutralized and cleansed with sage, both good and bad. Any type of spirit or entity will get pushed out through the use of sage. Everything will be cleaned. However it is important to know that just smudging with sage is not enough. Through the use of sage you have pushed negative spirits and good spirits out. Good spirits can include people who are there to guide you and help you. These can be ancestral spirits, or even people you know who have passed away and want to watch over you. Through the use of sweetgrass after smudging we can allow good spirits and energy back into our home. There are different varieties of sage, but the one you want to use for house blessings and in general is going to be the fat leaf sage. The thin leaf sages are used for traditional Native American sweat-lodges mainly. You can order sage here.
As mentioned above, sweetgrass is used after smudging to bring good energy and good spirits back into your home. You want your sweetgrass to be as green as possible. The more green and fresh, the stronger the energy it will have. If your sweetgrass is dried up and yellow, it is getting to the point where it is useless. Sage is the same, the more soft the sage, the more effective. When you have your sweetgrass burning, the trick to keeping it going is to keep swaying and popping it as you are using it. You can order sweetgrass here.
You will want to have an abalone shell, it will act your foundation for your ritual and it is also useful for catching ashes as they fall. A proper shell will have many vibrant colors in the inside and it will look a rainbow (or all the chakras). If you can, you will want the matriarch of the home to gather soil from property and place a palm full of it into your abalone shell. If you live in an apartment or don’t have earth you can take, you can grab soil from somewhere else like a potted plant or nearby. The reasoning for the matriarch to gather is the soil is this, imagine a female bear and her cub, anything that comes in the cubs way the bear will enrage over and protect. Mothers are the same no matter what, however if the matriarch is unavailable then this is okay. There are many places to find a shell, but you can order one here.
Using the Joss Paper
Joss Paper is a special type of incense paper that carries our prayers to the spiritual realm around us.
When you use the Joss paper you will want to write on paper with specific intentions and purposes. The gold side is the side that is connected to heaven while the silver side is the one that is connected to the spiritual realm around us.
Whoever is performing the house blessing will want to write their name somewhere on the gold portion of the paper, along with any kind of personal prayers to heaven. The name that the performer uses should be either their birth name or any kind of spiritual name that they given during a type of initiation.
General things to write on the gold side are prayers like: “Please help me cleanse and purify this house and open a portal”.
Prayers to write on the silver side will be things that you want to communicate to the spirits in the home.
On all corners of the joss paper (silver and gold) you will want to write 8 sacred symbols. The gold portion will be whatever the performer is connected to and the silver portion will be whatever the family is connected to.
Things you can do: If your afraid to bless a house, you can ask for strength on gold side. You can ask for a sign that the house is protected and the house blessing was successful. You don’t have to worry where you write on the joss paper, you can directly put it on the gold/silver sections if you want.
Places to find joss paper include any kind of Chinese store, they normally have a whole spiritual section to them and be as cheap as a package for a dollar. Make sure to get the double sided Joss paper with both gold and silver combined.
Before the House Blessing
You should smudge yourself before the house blessing. Make sure to get under your feet and your back as well as possible. Fold your joss paper a few times and put it inside your abalone shell. Burn it completely and then send a prayer to heaven asking for a portal to be opened for anything in the house to go where it needs to go. There is no judgment here, it is heaven that makes this decision. As you sage the home, it will push anything inside out into this portal.
Before the blessing it is also a good idea to pray over your materials (sage, sweetgrass, etc.) and ask that they be empowered so that you can benefit people.
Identify the real front door, in Feng Shui the real front door is considered to be the one that you actually use the most if you have multiple front doors.
The House Blessing
After completely burning your joss paper at the front door and praying to heaven to open a portal, you will start by moving to the either the backdoor for a one story home or the top floor (2nd floor etc.). You will be doing the house blessing by walking clockwise throughout the home back to the front door.
When you come across items like mirrors, windows, pipe openings (sinks etc.) you will want to write a sacred symbol on them with your sage smoke. There is nothing special about doing this, just use your visualization energy and faith and put the symbol there, it will remain. The reasoning for putting the symbols on the windows, mirrors and pipe opening is that they are common entry ways for spirits and energy to enter ones home.
The symbol can be whatever you connect to and know is sacred. If you do not have a symbol you can use the Native American circle and cross, which represents the four cardinal directions and the universe.
If you happen to have high ceiling (which is common in Las Vegas), you will notice that your smoke does not reach up there. However, if you use your intention and your energy, you can push your smoke up there to clean the higher portions of the house. Pushing and extending your energy is something that we also develop from Qigong practice. Alternatively you can use an eagle feather to waft it up (make sure its real).
During the blessing you can recite prayers or mantras, anything that you connect to.
Areas that normally need heavy smudging include places where people normally sit or sleep and also areas where there is negative emotions or suffering. People normally fight in the kitchen often, so it is a good idea to take your time here. Using your instincts is of the most importance, your intuition is key to doing a good house blessing.
After using the sage to smudge your house and using the sweetgrass to allow good spirits back in, you should conclude everything by drawing another sacred symbol on the ground with the sweetgrass while outside facing the door (where a doormat might be). You should also now take all the ashes, dirt and offering mixed together and make a line at the entrances and back doors to the home. You should keep this line there for 3 days or until the wind sweeps it away. This line will act as a barrier to keep anything from trying to get back in. Any kind of balcony will act as a back door, so sprinkle a line here too. If you run out of dirt, you can go gather more.
You can’t be weak in your energy when you do house blessings in general, you have to find your inner strength and say “I am blessing this house, this house is protected”.
When you first walk into someones house make sure to setup a quick, makeshift altar in one area. This will act as your base camp and you can put all your smudging items here.
After using up a piece of sage, you can make use of the stick portion and throw it somewhere in the front yard (in rocks/grass etc.), this is better to do than burning it or throwing it away.
If you really want to be serious when you are doing your house blessing, you can wear some kind of spiritual or ceremonial robes.
You can also find most likely find any of the items required at a metaphysical store near you, in Las Vegas, Psychic Eye is a good place to look.
If you giving your entire house a cleansing is not possible, then you can suffice with at least using sage and sweetgrass in your room (to help you sleep especially!)
To get an idea how the spiritual realm works around us there are some good movies to watch:
If requested, the Lohan Temple offers full house blessing services. Get help from an experienced temple member. The recommended donation is $100.
You can email or call us at 1-702-659-6507.