Not your usual bedroom clean-up

Words by Ruby Goss
Illustration by Antonio Stella

According to galactic shaman Valerie Elster, our living spaces are not just containers of the physical. And so, cleaning up involves much more than picking up stray items to reveal again the stranger that has become your floor.

Among her healing work, Valerie conducts ‘spatial cleanings’ to restore positive energy within homes that are feeling a little off kilter. We speak to Valerie, based in the ‘magical and low-key town’ of Redondo Beach in LA, to learn about energising the bedroom. In this unfamiliar we recognise the familiar – among Valerie’s recommendations for herbs to burn in the bedroom is sage (which just so happens to be one of the core ingredients of our sleep scent collection Mutabi).

“Space has a direct connection to our wellbeing as the frequencies can linger from past energetic experiences.”

Why might people choose to have their space ‘cleared’?

Negativity in any form can be damaging to the human energy field (aura). Fear, anger, depression, negative people/places, and arguments actually create negative energy that can cling to you or build up in your home and cause problems over time. Spiritual clearings are very important for yourself and your home. I recommend they be done at least every few months, more if you find yourself feeling stressed or fatigued. Space has a direct connection to our wellbeing as the frequencies can linger from past energetic experiences. Some of the spaces I’ve worked on have been, let’s say, other types of dwellings (ie. church, burial ground) and the energy can be left over.

What are the results of a clearing?

Clearings assist the overall wellbeing of the occupants to induce a better quality of peace, increase overall well-being and support any physical or spiritual goals.

How have you seen shamanistic practices improve sleep quality?

As the energy we are in does affect our ability to go into deeper states, then yes overall health and well being have been present. Some entities can also affect quality as they might keep occupants up at night.

What is the best kind of energy to establish in a bedroom?

White light techniques, smudging [ceremonial burning] with sage is a must-do to clear the space with an intention of ‘clearing’ and healing energies. Incense also works, try frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh and sage, they are the greatest for removing negativity. Certain crystals and stones also carry protective properties, including the most common ones: agate, amber, amethyst, black onyx, citrine, coral, emerald, garnet, obsidian (apache tears), ruby, tourmaline.
The crystals can be placed near your person, side-table, or on the physical body (some even put in their pillow case and/or bra!

How can people apply elements of your practice and beliefs to their daily lives?

Meditation and mindfulness are keys to many of these deeper understandings, so I recommend a daily practice, just as most people are mindful of what they eat and keeping their body fit. Quiet time, disconnecting from TV, electronics, social outings and simply “being” without so much focus on “doing”.


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