On a day to day level, have you noticed how the energy drops through conversations based on complaining or gossiping about others? Or the way you feel it when someone has negative thoughts or energy towards you, which becomes evident through their behavior, words or body language?

Just as we spring-clean our home and put our cars into the garage for a service, occasionally we need  to be dusted down and cleansed ourselves so that we feel and operate at our best. No matter how much we strive to keep ourselves happy, healthy and positive, negative energy can creep in as a result of unresolved conflicts or negative emotions such as fear, anger or resentment.

Environmental factors such as electromagnetic radiation and pollution also play their part, along with disorganization and clutter in a space, which can lead to overwhelm. Many cultures believe that dark, dirty places attract negative entities.

Let’s take a look at what astrology has to say about negative energy and what you can do to clear it from yourself and your surroundings.

Cleanse the Negative Blocks in Your Birth Chart

Vedic astrology recognizes that certain planetary positions and alignments can have negative effects on a person’s life. This includes the presence of ‘Doshas,’ which are negative planetary energies visible in a birth chart that may cause obstacles or difficulties. Cleansing in an astrological sense means identifying and addressing such negative influences or blockages in a chart that may be interfering with one’s material life, relationships and spiritual growth.

If someone is, for example, suffering the negative effects of a challenging Saturn placement or Sade Sati phase, then doing a Saturn fast and lighting a sesame lamp may be recommended. You can follow the Saturn-related rituals on the align27 app which are especially effective when done on a Saturday, the day of Saturn. For Doshas such as Pitra Dosha, an astrological blemish connected with one’s ancestors, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has explained that being on a spiritual path, meditating, having a clean heart and doing selfless service are the best remedies.

An expert astrologer can determine from your chart where the blockages are and give you remedies. When completed with faith, the ancient time-tested remedies can help nullify the negative planetary effects.

Create a Shield from Evil Eyes

Drishti, meaning ‘gaze’ is a bad intention or thought process that affects another individual in a negative way. It is rooted in India’s culture and has been passed down through generations in many cultures worldwide.

If someone is beautiful, talented or successful it can attract the envy of others, and it is believed that the negative attention received can result in sudden illness or misfortune. Since we live in a world of vibrations – a fact that is verified by both spirituality and modern science – someone’s thoughts and intentions have an effect on us. In fact, the world of thought impacts our subtle body, or aura, which can pick up the energy of a person or place. When someone holds negative feelings towards us we may experience some discomfort.

To avoid the negative impact of Drishti in our life, we can cleanse our aura regularly by meditating and  taking a salt water bath. When asked about the remedies, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has explained that “The use of salt and oil is one of them. In India and in China also, people use salt and oil to ward off the negative vibrations… This is actually also a common practice around the world. In many places when people feel negative or low, they go to the beach and take a walk near the shore. The salty air can help bring a change in the way we feel.”

Gurudev also emphasizes that chanting the sacred and powerful mantra, ‘Om Namah Shivaya,’ for 5 minutes every day forms a shield around you and prevents any negative influence from coming to you. Since Shiva is the Lord of all the planets, chanting this mantra pacifies the ill-effect of those planets.

Moon Bathing

In Vedic astrology, the Moon is the cooling and nurturing force which represents our mind and emotions. Moon bathing is a way to connect with the Moon’s cleansing energies. On any day where you can see the Moon, and particularly during Full Moon, look up and allow its light and vibrant white glow to fall on you. Spending time basking in the Moon’s energy as you gaze up at it is a great way to purify yourself and wash away any negativity, leaving you feeling fresh and renewed.

During a Moon bath it is also good to spend a few minutes in meditation, respecting, honoring and thanking the Moon for its existence. You can do this with a guided Full Moon meditation from the Sattva app or with your own meditation practice.

Cleanse Your Home of Bad Energy

When you want to enhance positive energy in your home, treat it like a temple. The first step is to keep it clean and clutter-free. You can keep a bell in your home, at the entrance or on your altar if you have one, and can ring it in the morning and evening. In temples and places of worship usually a bell is rung. The sound vibrations help to clear the atmosphere of negativity and can bring the minds of those around to the present moment.

According to the traditional Indian system of architecture, Vastu Shastra, salt crystals have a natural ability to absorb negative energy. The Vastufy app scores your property based on how aligned your home is with Vastu principles. You can then make a few simple adjustments through the given practical remedies to increase your score and enhance the positive energy of your home.

An effective way to cleanse your space is to have a small bowl of uncrushed sea salt in your home, which you replace every second day. You can also add a little salt to the water when mopping your floor, or sprinkle some in the corner of each room, remembering to clear it after a couple of hours. The use of salt acts as a remedy for Vastu Dosh (energy imbalance).

According to Vastu, sunlight is an important element of a house, so opening your curtains and windows daily, at least for some time, to allow air and light to move through your home will help bring positivity as well as health benefits. Consider using scents in your home such as lime, orange, lavender, frankincense, or sandalwood. As well as purifying the space, this will make it a pleasant environment to occupy.

You can download ‘Vastufy,’ an app brought to you by the align27 team, which helps you bring more positivity and happiness to your life by determining strong and weak zones of your property and suggesting remedies to eliminate negative defects and enhance the positive effects.

Be a Yogi; Breathe and Meditate

As per Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama help to balance the doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha, in the body. But the benefits of these techniques extend beyond the mental state of the practitioner – when you feel more calm, centered, and peaceful, you’re more likely to have positive interactions with others and be kinder and more compassionate towards the environment.

The Moon is the planet that determines our mental strength and longevity and it rules the North West direction, which is ruled by Vayu, the God of Prana, or ‘life force’. The Moon’s association with the planets Saturn or Rahu can often imbalance the Prana, so the practice of breathwork is a good way to align with the planets when they are the influencing planet of the day or are influencing your chart.

In addition, the Sattva Mantras and Meditation app  has various guided meditations that can help you shake off any negativity and find your calm. Try  the ‘Transform Your Negativity’ meditation where you bring your attention to the different energy centers in the body to dissolve the worries and troubles in your mind.

Mantra Remedies

Mantras are specific sounds or vibrations that can be repeated to create a positive energy flow. Some powerful mantras that can be used to clear negative energy include the Gayatri Mantra and Mahamrityunjaya Mantra.

You can also chant the simple mantra, ‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha’ which is for the elephant-headed deity, Lord Ganesha. Chanting it helps to remove obstacles from your path.

The japa108 app by the align27 team can help you build a positive habit of mantra chanting, connecting you with a global community of chanters and like-minded spiritual people. You can tap anywhere on your phone screen and the app will track the counts, mantras and the time that you’ve chanted, helping you to stay motivated on your mantra chanting journey.

Self Massage for Ayurvedic Cleansing

You can cleanse your body of negativity and toxins by giving yourself a Self-Abhyanga – an Ayurvedic practice where you gently massage warm herbal oil into your body. The oil penetrates the skin and nourishes the tissues, promoting relaxation and reducing stress, making it a precious act of self care and self-love. In fact the Sanskrit word, ‘Sneha’ can be translated to ‘oil’ as well as ‘love,’ and this can come to your experience as you envelop yourself in the warm oil and give attention to each part of your body.

To do Self-Abhyanga, take a small amount of warm coconut or sesame oil in your hand and starting from the face or head, work downwards. Use a circular massage motion on your joints and a downward sweeping motion on your limbs. Let the oil soak in for 10 to 20 minutes before taking a shower or bath.

Ayurveda also emphasizes the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet that is appropriate for your dosha, Vata, Pitta or Kapha. A diet that is rich in fresh, whole foods, and free from processed foods, alcohol, and other toxins can support physical and mental health. Toxins can also be removed from the body through Ayurvedic detoxification processes such as Panchakarma, which is a traditional Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation program that includes practices such as oil massage, enemas and herbal steam treatments.

Spring is the ideal time to cleanse yourself with these methods and move forward with energy and positivity.

The align27 app gives you daily rituals you can do based on your birth chart and current planetary movements so you can stay aligned with the universe’s rhythms and experience life as a smooth flow.

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