>> I sometimes shop in the second-hand market. Some items, however, do not feel particularly fresh. How do I clean second-hand books or clothes from old, possibly negative energies? <<
I suggest a combination of visualization and willing. At the same time as you *will* that the item be cleansed of all negativity, *visualize* that the object is, in fact, being cleansed. Visualize all of the negativity flowing out of the item, in sync with your willing it so.
A little ditty that I learned in Coven makes for a handy tool in this regard. It goes:
"I cast out all negativity and in its place, let harmony be.
As you say, "I cast out all negativity", willfully cast out all the negative energetics of the item and simultaneously visualize this happening.
As you say, "and in its place, let harmony be", willfully create the state of harmony within the item and simultaneously visualize this happening.
As you say, "I now invoke the Law of Three", affirm you work by visualizing harmony within each of your item's three bodies. See a harmonious mental body of your item, a harmonious astral body and a harmonious physical body, in that order.
As you say, "and as I will, so mote it be", willfully assert the reality that your item has indeed been cleansed of all the negativity it came with and is now "fresh".
It is also helpful to burn some herb Sage as incense during such a cleansing since Sage chases away negativity and invites harmony.
Other techniques that can be used for this sort of cleansing are an accumulation of the Vital Energy, a filling with Akasha and use of the Fluids, to name a few, but the one I've described is the simplest and is certainly sufficient for most needs.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
04 Jun 2003