January 20, 2012
Releasing and Welcoming
Sweeping the front porch every morning is an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy.
“In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.
This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing. If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can also make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.
Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.” The Daily Om
Sweeping the Front Porch is needed often in my home. This time of year it is to keep excess sand from tracking into the house. Then in late Winter, early Spring I will do an intensive sweeping when it seems the last of the sand trucks will be heard coming up the hill. Some years there is enough sand along the curb that can be scooped up for the next season of ice and snow (which around here could be the following week).
This Winter has been different. More often mild than not, far less snow than usual. Oddly less, frighteningly less snow. Frightening because we expect the worse, can’t imagine the luck will last and ultimately prove ourselves right. Of course there will be more snow, there is February, March, April and May still to come in New England. But this year it is clear that people are appreciating our good fortune. Everyone is grateful and that makes the cold days feel warmer.
Yesterday as I listened to a friend with an Energy Healing practice I could see she hesitated in speaking of her good news. It seems we believe that even speaking of good things in our lives can diminish them immediately, jinx them even. Count on it! Things won’t look the same, as good; it won’t all turn out as it seems possible today but underneath the dirt on the porch is still my Front Porch. Underneath her doubt and fear is still her healing practice that is growing and has a new home. Underneath the healing practice is a woman who can help others in big ways. Underneath the doubts and fears is seeing her hard work pay off. When she sees dirt in the form of change, doubt or fear on the floor of her healing practice she has a choice. Let it sit there and accumulate or sweep it away.
When we sweep, the front porch, the kitchen floor, the floor of our healing practice, we are not just cleaning up a mess. We are making room for more. The doubts and fears we have around all parts of our life are going to keep coming just like dirt under my kitchen table. Guaranteed. Don’t ignore, don’t wish it away. Just don’t let it accumulate until you can’t see what is underneath.
When the dirt of doubt and fear and change builds up get out whatever tool you need to sweep it away. Here are some ways to let sweeping away things happen for you.
Get out your sturdy broom and clean floors
Get an energy healing
Talk to a friend who will listen
Talk to a friend who will kick you in the butt if needed
Walk on the Earth and see how important dirt is for growing things
Sit on the porch and let the wind do it
Naming your energetic dirt is the best way to begin. Sometimes you have to do one of the above to get there but if you can call your dirt for what it is you will find you have the best possible broom in your hand to get the job done.
Named more than our ‘fears and doubts’ our energetic dirt will be very personal and have an energy of its own. These are the commandments that we personally have with our self.
I don’t deserve this.
I never get what I want so why bother to ask.
I have no will power.
True love is not possible.
I cannot say how great I am doing.
I will never forget what (he, she, they) did to me.
I cannot trust anyone.
Those are examples of energetic dirt. Once we see what kind we have they can be changed with new commandments.
I am grateful for everything.
My life is sacred too.
I have what I need to get where I want to be.
Love is great, period.
By saying out loud how great I am doing I am also helping others to see their greatness.
I let go of the stories that fill my head and only get in my way.
I trust my self and I am always protected.
Trust that what you want to call yours is real and trust there is a different commandment waiting for you in your Soul to change it. Then watch the magic happen in your shiny clean dirt free life… until more dirt blows in on the breeze and gifts you with more to discover and grow with.
Remember to not judge your dirt. It isn’t like a cake making contest, everyone’s energetic dirt is ultimately the same. Contact Front Porch Healing to get started sweeping yours.