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Friday, January 16, 2009

A house blessing...



After we took possession of our house we performed a house blessing. If you're not familiar with the term, a house blessing is an ancient tradition performed by many religions and cultures in one form or another. Its basic purpose is to bless and provide spiritual protection for a dwelling. It can be done at any time, not only when you first move into a house; some people do it every year, or after a traumatic event in their lives, after remodeling (oh wait, I guess that's covered under traumatic events!), after a visit from a relative with bad energy, etc. While looking for a house blessing prayer I came across a lot of interesting information that I did not know: many religions perform house blessings; you can actually hire individuals who specialize in house blessings to to do the blessing; you can purchase whole packages on-line with all the needed components for a proper blessing, and there are many, many blessing prayers to be found. There are different directions a house blessing can take from religious to spiritual.

We chose a spiritual prayer. As we said the prayer we lit dried sacred white sage to vanish any bad spirits or energy from the house, which is a Native American Indian practice.

The prayer for the house:

God, bless this house and all who live here. Fill this dwelling with an ambiance of peace, prosperity, health, happiness, harmony and love. Let this space shine with divine light and beauty and provide a warm, comfortable haven from the world. May only beings that are kind-hearted and well-intentioned enter here. May nature's spirits feel welcome and live with us as friends. May all who enter here receive what they need, and feel richly blessed with their heart's desires.

We also hung an iron Jan Barboglio house blessing cross on the maple tree closest to the front door. We brought the house blessing cross from our last home. It came with a new hand-made square nail which we changed out for an original antique square nail from this house!




19 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful ritual...I love that you did that. Keep those good workers warm - they are your blessings!

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  2. I remember the cross at your front door in Dallas. It looks even prettier on the maple.
    I have the one you made us years ago.

    I cried yesterday and thought of Dan when I heard about the plane crash on the Hudson. Dan would have done exactly the same thing! Does Dan have a blessing cross for flying? Stay safe Dan!

    Susan

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  3. Joan, I love the idea of a house blessing. And your cross is so sweet and simple -- perfect!

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  4. Thank you Mary & Sandra!

    Susan, I remember the copper ones I made for you and your tour! Dan said he doesn't fly faster than his angels.

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  5. A great post! I must consider doing this. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a wonderful idea! Hope you are well.

    Best,
    Julie

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  7. can't wait to see the finished product!

    and - I don't know the trim color!!!! I'm sorry, just the paint color.

    take care!
    Joni

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  8. I love this idea. I just might have to borrow a page from your book (your house blessing). Did you buy a kit or did you just say the prayer above? I have heard of people going from room to room, did you do this? Oops sorry for all the questions. xo

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  9. hi Joyce! We did not buy a kit, we just said the above prayer as we walked from room to room, floor by floor with the lit sage (purchased from a local shop). I said the blessing on each level, but that was just me- nothing I read.
    If you google "house blessings" you will find a lot of different sites with all kinds of prayers/blessings!
    No need to apologize;) I love all the questions!
    It's a lovely ritual that I think you and your family will enjoy.

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  10. Great indee!!! All my love & infinity blessings!!! Love the prayer!!!

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  11. I love this prayer. We are going to be moving into our new home shortly and I was looking for a house blessing. This one is perfect for us. Thank you

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  12. We are getting ready to lose our home to short-sale at the end of May (we think it will be the end of May). Started with an illness that lasted for four months and then not being able to find a job. We are still hoping for a miracle. Is it too late to bless our house. We understand that God's miracle may not be our miracle.

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    1. Lori, I so very saddened to learn about the illness and then not being able to find another job. I am so, so sorry about your house, and the short sale. I can only imagine how difficult this all must be. It's never too late to bless your house, never. And, it's not too late for something good to happen, so with that thought I will think happy, positive thoughts for you and send you and your family love and light. And, I will say a house blessing for your house too.
      Please know you are in my thoughts...
      xxojoan

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    2. Lori, It has been over 3 years now since you left this comment. I truly hope things have improved for you and that all is well. Sincerely, Joan

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  13. When We moved in to this house the energy was Light and I could see many Possibilities. How Ever My Husband Did Not want Those Possibilities and 6 months later he Left US and we Divorced 1 1/2 year later. He attempted to Sell the House with out Telling me. I Stopped his plan and The Attorneys and Divorce Court settled the rest of Our Lives together. My Life here has been an Up and Down Journey. I Discovered Every Family that has Resided in the Dwelling were Divorced. This house has stood behind me and I want to Bless this House to Give Light, Fill this dwelling with an ambiance of peace, prosperity, health, happiness, harmony and love and Joy. When It is Sold The New Family to Live in this house with this Blessing Given to the New Owners. Can I Give this House Blessing to the NEW Family???

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    1. Of course, what a lovely gesture! Maybe it is just what the house needs to get its good energy back. I would also find some sage to cleanse the house of any bad energy. I love that you still want to bless the house even though you had some really difficult times there. Through it all the house kept you safe and you obviously feel that. I wish you all my best in this next part of your journey. fondly, joan

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    2. Thank You, Joan for your Quick Reply, I have White Sage and will Bless this Wonderful Home for my Peace of mind that I have done all I can do to Give the New Family a Wonderful Start in this Wonderful Home. I will send the house Blessing to the New Family with all my Joy and Loving Energy that they live in comfort and prosperity.I do want to know if there is a certain time of Day which is the best Time for the Blessing and If I Need to Bless the House clockwise around the outside ( I Read this once)and then Bless the House from Room to Room. Could you Instruct me in the Correctness of the Information and If you know any additional Blessing Traditions I should be preforming. I Deeply Appreciate your guidance.

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    3. I have not read that there is a certain time of day, but personally like the idea of early morning or dusk. I have not heard of a clockwise rotation, but do like that too! The only other thing that I might suggest is something I often do randomly, is to enter a room touch the woodwork or a wall and speak my gratitude to the house and thank if for how it loves and protects us, and how much we love living here. I deeply, very deeply, believe that "gratitude" changes everything. Wishing love and peace for this home of yours and love and peace to you and your next home as well. xxojoan

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    4. I am so Grateful and Thank You for your Insight. I Read the Clockwise rotation around the House from an American Indian House Blessing Site. I Also Personally Like a Early Morning or Dusk Time of Day. I feel more in touch with the Earth at that time of Day.
      I Pray and Thank the House and God for Protecting Me, but I will Adopt your Gratitude of Each Room and The House for it's Protection of me and How much I have Loved Living Here. I Thank You So Much.

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