Bless this House
by Gillian Drummond
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Brooklyn-based Donna Henes calls herself a “ceremonial artist
and urban shaman.” She’s seen an upswing in requests
for house blessings and cleansings from house sellers and real estate
Henes’ ritual involves burning incense and natural herbs,
ringing bells and sweeping brooms. First she goes from room to room
trying to remove negativity from a home, then she invites in positive
spirits. Sometimes the family or couple who lives there are asked
to voice their own blessings.
Part of Henes’ ritual is to try to clear away any air of
desperation. “You don’t want to be desperate because
people are going to take advantage of that—or they’re
going to be scared off by it.”
What if the house still doesn’t sell? Henes says the blessing
is still worthwhile. “This helps you also to reason yourself
to that, and not feel defeated and that you’ve failed.”
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Encourage positive energy by putting some family pictures or mementos
on a dressing table, says Donna Henes.
Burn some frankincense, cedar, sage or camphor—all of which
are said to have good cleansing properties.
Noise cleanses too. Henes uses bells.
Plants that are said to absorb negative energy are spider plants,
philodendrons and rose of Jericho.
Tucson real estate agent Susan-Lisa Mueller is a fan of feng shui,
in good and bad markets. I’m a fanatic about toilet seats
being down. In feng shui, if the toilet seat is not down, the only
money coming into the house will go right down the drain. Plus,
let’s face it, when you’re looking at a house, who wants
to look down a toilet?”