There are 8 known ways to clear spirits and ghosts from your home. But, there is one unique situation when the clearing attempts won’t work. Get more after the jump.
In most cases, you can clear your home of spirits and ghosts using these practices:
- Holy Water
- Haunted Object Removal
- Spiritual Cleansing
- White Candle Clearing
- Feng Shui
- Rice + Salt
Before we get to using the techniques listed above, let’s address the one situation that can’t be solved – residual hauntings.
Residual hauntings are echoes from the past. There is no ghost or spirit involved. It’s simply a scene from the past, playing over and over. In time, the energy will weaken and it will dissipate. The eight techniques will not work. You just have to live with it.
Back to the 8 techniques…
That’s right – you can talk a spirit into leaving your home. This works with intelligent hauntings. You, as a living person, can talk to the spirit to move on. Living people are the masters of this plane of existence, so they have much more power than most believe. I would ask you to be kind to the spirit. It was another human being at one point, so please be respectful when you ask it to move on and leave your residence.
Note: Negotiating doesn’t work on elementals, fairies, demons and poltergeists. It works for intelligent hauntings with human spirits.
We haven’t used holy water to remove a spirit, so we’re assembling this information from our library on ghosts and spirits (sources listed at the end of this post). After you fill a container with holy water, dip your finger tips in it and make a cross on every door in your home (front door, back door, room doors, any and every door). As you do this, say a prayer that calls on your god(s) to remove the spirit from your home. In order for this to work, you really need to put your belief into it. It has to be total belief in the god(s).
Haunted Object Removal
We’ve covered this topic before. See our post of Haunted Objects and Remedies.
A member of the clergy can clear a spirit, but most people don’t ask for this assistance. You can use a different method, though. Bring some religious objects to your church and ask the priest or pastor to bless them. Then, place the objects in the rooms with the most ghostly activities to drive the spirit out.
However, this could also drive the spirit to neighboring rooms, attic or basement. It may be better just to have your entire home blessed.
Many people think smudging is a pagan or Wiccan ritual. It’s actually not specific to any religion. Anyone can do it.
To smudge your home, first get some smudging sticks online or gather dried sage and sweet grass and tie it so it looks like a rod. You can also buy sage incense for the same effect.
Light the smudging stick or incense and let it burn for a few seconds, then blow it out. You want the smoke – not the flame – to clear the spirit. Then, walk through your house and stop in every room. Open a window in each room to let the spirit out.
This is very important: Make sure you get the sage smoke in every corner of the room. You wave the smoke into each nook and cranny, if you need to. As you push the smoke into the corners, say something like, “This smokes clears the spirit, ghost and negative energy out of this house.” Then, command the spirit to leave through the window.
When you finish all the rooms, go back and close each window. You may have to do this once per week for a month. Spirits can be stubborn.
White Candle Clearing
I’ve used this method on a few occasions. Buy a brand new white candle. A used candle will not work. You need to use a new candle for each room. It doesn’t matter what kind. The white symbolizes purity or the divine. Light the candle in the room with the spirit. Walk around the room and command the spirit, ghost or negative entity to leave.
Repeat as needed to clear the room. You can open the window and order the spirit to leave like you do with smudging.
I’ve never known anyone to use it, but you can arrange the room to allow the movement of positive energy to clear the spirit. I’m not an expert, so here’s a link to a book on Feng Shui. The goal is to clear clutter and align your living space with good, positive energy.
Rice + Salt
You can use rice to move the spirit out of your house. First, pour white rice around the outside of your house, as close to the foundation as possible. This is to lure the spirit out of your home. Then it will start counting the rice. After a couple of days – when the spirit has moved outside, pour kosher sea salt around the house just like you poured the rice. The salt will block the spirit from entering.
If you still have ghostly activity after using these methods, you want to call a professional to help clear your home.
“Is Your House Haunted? Poltergeists, Ghosts or Bad Wiring”, Debi Chestnut, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011.
“So You Want to Hunt Ghosts? A Down-to-Earth Guide,” Deonna Kelli Sayed, LLewellyn Worldwide, 2012.
“Picture Yourself Ghost Hunting,” Christopher Balzano, Cengage, 2008.
“The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits,” Rosemary Guiley, Checkmark Books, 2007.
“Ghost Worlds,” Melba Goodwyn, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011.
“Is Your House Haunted?,” Fiona Broome, New Forest Books, 2013.
“Haunted Objects – Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf,” Christopher Balzano et al., Krause Publications, 2012.
Image Sources: jesuitcrusader.com; news.discovery.com; elcivics.com; moonwomanrising.com
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.