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10 Hacks for Clearing Negative Energy

John Hollywood writes about pop culture with a psychological twist; his articles are practical in nature with a "how-to" approach.

Cleanse yourself of negative energy.

Cleanse yourself of negative energy.

Spiritual Cleansing of Negative Energy

Let's face it. Sometimes you have to do a spiritual cleansing to rid negative energy from your home and life. Negative energy generates bad karma, and also takes a toll on your health and other life areas.

Research shows that people who carry negative energy with them get sick more often than most and suffer from poor self-esteem. Individuals shrowded by negative energy also tend to live shorter lives.

If negative energy has been part of your reality, it has likely caused you a number of problems, including unwanted illnesses, financial struggles, and unhealthy relationships with others.

Negative energy can also cause you to gain weight and accelerates the aging process. In fact, wherever negative energy exists, there is a high likelihood that bad luck is not too far behind.

Spiritual Cleansing and Positive Results

I have seen firsthand just how destructive negative energy can be in my own life and the lives of loved ones. It took a devastating toll on my health in the form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lost relationships. It snatched the health of my grandmother and caused her to become a double amputee. It also caused the death of a pet dog that I loved dearly.

Making the decision to do a spiritual cleansing and rid yourself of negative energy means deciding to turn away from toxic thoughts. It means choosing to engage in activities that promote and maintain wellness. It means stopping the downward spiral of sorrow and pain and tapping into a greater force that is restorative and healing.

Finally, cleansing yourself of negative energy means limiting exposure to caustic people.

Here are the steps to conduct a spiritual cleansing and rid negative energy from your life in 10 easy steps. Are you ready to make room for the positive? If so, let's jump right in!

We attract what we are. We attract what is familiar. We attract what we put into the universe. We cannot give what we do not possess.

— A collection of ancient proverbs on energy

Cleansing Negative Energy Steps

Spiritual cleansing requires 10 specific steps


1. Identify Positive

Negative Energy

Good Vibes

2. Practice Gratitude

Dark Thoughts

Happy Thoughts

3. Practice Modesty

Feelings of Entitlement


4. Reflect and Embrace

Toxic Thinking


5. Pick positive people

Purges Caustic Relationships

Healing Energy

6. Embrace Humor

Dark Thoughts

Positive Thoughts

7. Help Others


Positive Karma

8. Open Windows

Negative Ions

Restorative Energy

9. Chant goodness

Unhealthy thoughts

Affirming Energy

10. Light Candle

Dark Energy

Light Energy

Look for the positive.

Look for the positive.

1. Focus On Positive

If you want to spiritually cleanse, it starts by identifying the positive. This doesn't mean adopting a Pollyanna attitude to life. Instead, it means identifying the good things, however small, that are part of your reality. An example might be that child who smiled at you today for no apparent reason or the dollar you found on the sidewalk.

It could also mean focusing on something positive about yourself, such as the unique color of your eyes or the wonderful ability you have to make others laugh. You may struggle at first with identifying the positive but in time, a snowball effect will take place and it will be fairly easy to quickly list all of the good things happening in your life.

Not everything is “bad” in your life. Focusing on the positive empowers our next point, gratitude.

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Practice deep gratitude to repel negative forces and cleanse your spirit.

Practice deep gratitude to repel negative forces and cleanse your spirit.

2. Practice Gratitude With Zeal

One of the most powerful ways you can cleanse yourself of negativity is by practicing gratitude. This, however, can only happen after we focus on the positive. Practicing gratitude with zeal means not complaining about a given struggle and appreciating your greater journey.

It means believing that you are worthy of happiness and appreciative of all that has been done on your behalf. Gratitude disempowers caustic behaviors, which can translate into isolation and loneliness. Your ability to engage in gratitude fuels the next negative energy cleaning tactic—modesty.

Focus on modesty with spiritual cleansing.

Focus on modesty with spiritual cleansing.

3. Practice Modesty

Modesty is truly an art form. It requires that you embrace the gifts that you have and trust that the universe will recognize them. Modesty means resisting the urge to brag about yourself or your deeds and believing that your efforts will ultimately be rewarded.

When you over-promote who you are or what you have done for others, you set yourself up in a negative trap of expectations. Nothing is owed to you. Remember, all that you have is ultimately a gift. And while you may have worked hard to obtain the position in life that you have reached, someone, somewhere helped to make that possible.

Reflect upon your life to identify spiritual cleansing areas.

Reflect upon your life to identify spiritual cleansing areas.

4. Reflect, Embrace, and Accept

There is an old saying that suggests we attract what we are. If constantly deny certain truths about yourself, you create a negative paradox that is fueled by guilt and shame.

Embracing who you are means embracing all of who you are, including your mental health issues. Embracing who you are also means recognizing that you are not alone on this journey called life and that others just like you are working through different life challenges.

Example: If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), know that you have nothing to be ashamed of. Did you know that many celebrities have struggled with OCD? It’s true! The same holds true if you are challenged by depression.

Reflecting on the different aspects of your personality, embracing who you are, and accepting all of you is an essential aspect of cleansing yourself spiritually.

Spiritual Cleansing Energy Chart

How Negative Energy and Positive Energy Can Impact Your Life

Negative Energy AttractsPositive Energy Attracts





Bad Mood

Positive Outlook

Unhealthy People

Healthy Relationships

Money Problems

Wealth and Prosperity

Weight Gain

Healthy Weight



5. Choose Positive People

All of us to some extent have the ability to choose whom we associate with. When you choose to surround yourself with positive people, you paradoxically attract positive things in your life—including money. Choosing to be around positive people means letting negative people go. Never try to keep someone around who doesn't want to stay

If you are not able to distance yourself from negative people, you can choose to limit exposure. This means not allowing your deep empathy for others to turn into a situation where you end up becoming emotionally drained.

It means recognizing the signs of people who engage in learned helplessness and being OK with allowing them to walk their own path. Finally, it means knowing which personality types you are most compatible with.

Repel negative and attract positive energy.

Repel negative and attract positive energy.

6. Embrace Humor

Finding humor in various life events a sometimes be challenging. One of the best ways you can begin to embrace humor is by allowing yourself to laugh—particularly at yourself. Rather than channeling negative energy towards yourself through self-criticism, try giggling.

By taking yourself less seriously and recognizing that mistakes are part of life, you help to repel the darkness and usher in restorative and healing light.

Helping others clears negative and cleanses spiritually.

Helping others clears negative and cleanses spiritually.

7. Help Others

When you are in a dark, negative place, it is difficult to do much of anything. This is particularly true if you are feeling depressed or highly anxious. One of the best ways to detoxify yourself of the negative energy you are holding is to help other people.

When you help other people, you channel the powerful energy of love. This is one of the most healing forces in the universe. You don’t have to do anything herculean either to offer assistance to those who might be in need.

An example might be offering to help an elderly person cross the street or holding an elevator door open for someone in a rush.

You can also help others by volunteering your time to causes that you care about and by donating money to people who are truly in need. When you help others, you paradoxically help yourself and attract harmony.

It's a powerful pathway to spiritual cleansing.

Opening windows clears negative energy.

Opening windows clears negative energy.

8. Open Windows

Opening your windows allows you to become closer to nature—a life-giving force that is all about positive energy. Even when it is cold outside, it is good sometimes to let in fresh air. The act of opening your windows will require that you also open your shades.

Combined, the light (even from nighttime stars), combined with restorative planetary winds will cleanse your environment of stale oxygen—something that negative energy likes to dwell in. Finally, opening your windows creates a symbiotic relationship with mother nature, which is a force that pushes you towards the light.

9. Chant Goodness

Chanting is a commonly used spiritual practice that has rhythmic elements. You don’t need to speak a foreign language to engage in a chant that is designed to cleanse yourself of negative energy. All you need to do is pick a group of words or a positive phrase to help chase away the darkness.

If you are struggling with creating your own chant, consider partaking in a basic “Om Shanti Om” chant that is designed to clear your mind, purge yourself of negativity, and attract positive energy.

This is a very powerful way for you to spiritually cleanse the dark forces that live in your home and hover around your life.

Lighting a candle assists in spiritual cleansing.

Lighting a candle assists in spiritual cleansing.

10. Light a Candle

A final pathway to spiritual cleansing to remove negative energy from your life is to light a candle. Darkness cannot exist if there is any form of light. Even if there is sunlight outside, a candle can help your situation. You may be wondering how.

When you light a candle, you have the ability to attach a thought to the burning flame. What many people do is identify the one negative thought that seems to be a constant in their life and then mentally project that thought onto the candle flame.

Let the heat of the burn from that candle slowly disintegrate the negative energy your dark thought has been holding over you.

Some people who believe in a higher power like to weave in prayers. Others who subscribe to humanistic and Karmic principles use elements of astral projection. Finally, people who are of certain zodiac signs tap into various forms of celestial energy.

The choice is yours but candle burning can help to reinforce a positive intention while destroying dark toxicity.

Summing Things Up

Negative energy is perhaps the most caustic force in the universe. That's why spiritual cleansing is so important. Bad energy is insidious in nature and can rob you of things like hope, joy, happiness, and love.

It is vital that you find ways of spiritually cleansing yourself of negative energy so that you can live the life you are meant to live.

Many believe it is important to conduct a spiritual cleansing ritual using the steps mentioned here at least four times a year. If you need to do it more, that's OK.

Thanks for stopping by.

© 2014 John Hollywood


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2017:

Very well written and presented article!

Negativity is indeed bad and we must do a conscious effort to eliminate it from our lives.

Yes it does require lot of effort but we must do it for our well being both physically and mentally!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful and inspiring hub!

DanaRiashi on June 01, 2017:

Bravo Mr. Hollywood, this definitely has a Wow factor in easy practical practices. I recently use Tai Chi more & more as it has its magical balm strength too. I look forward to giving your advice a practical try - thanks again much -

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on April 24, 2015:

Thanks Akriti!

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on April 23, 2015:

I wrote on a similar topic, a while back on my blog (though shorter). I loved your post. Very well written. Negativity should never be a part of one's life. Drains you down.

Life should be lived with affluence and positivity :-)

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on April 17, 2015:

Thanks, Pagevoices - truly. I am glad that you enjoyed. I truly believe in the power of positive energy. Thanks for the mention of The Secret! Good book!!

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on April 17, 2015:

I am so happy I came across your post today and accordingly, voted you up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. When I was younger I hung around a variety of people with different personalities. Some people were intoxicating with their positive energy. Some were extremely negative and then there were those who could go either way. For me, part of maturity is the realization what is and isn't good for the mind, body and soul. I'm at peace with myself now and only surround myself with like minded and positive thinking people. After all, everyday above ground is a good day.

I incorporate much of the suggested items mentioned in this post. It is second nature now and I just act this way subconsciously. On a personal level, I would highly recommend "The Secret" as good place to start on changing the negative to a positive.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on February 16, 2015:

Ha:) I can relate. Thanks for stopping by!!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on February 16, 2015:

Thanks Temiogers!!! I will be following you too!!!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on February 16, 2015:

Thanks and I am glad you liked!!!!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 16, 2015:

No wonder nothing goes smoothly for me, thanks

Tami Rogers from Seattle, Washington on February 15, 2015:

I love this well written and so try. Voted up and interesting..I will be following you @misterhollywood

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 15, 2015:

Singling out one of these as being more powerful than the others just would not work....all of them together fill our lives with the positive energy our lives crave.

Toxic people and situations bring nothing good to our lives as you have carefully demonstrated here.

Angels are on the way to you ps

Voted up++++ and shared

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on January 03, 2015:

Thanks so much Smilealot!

Smilealot on January 03, 2015:

Lots of must follow advice here...thanks for sharing it:-))

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 30, 2014:

Thanks, Eddy! I loved positive hubs as well! I can't wait to read more!!

Eiddwen from Wales on December 30, 2014:

A brilliant hub mister Hollywood and the bright and beautiful images also add to the positive energy. Great work which I vote up and share. Now looking forward to many more by you.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year.


John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 23, 2014:

Thanks, Jean! I really appreciate the kind words. I'll check into sage for sure now that you have told me this. Have a WONDERFUL trip to Antigua and safe travels!

I hope you have a wonderful and health New Year!!! :)

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on December 23, 2014:

Fabulous hub! I saw my life turn completely around about 10 yrs. ago, when I began exercising, gardening, learned to read tarot cards, and stopped drinking. It was amazing how good things and new people I liked kept coming into my life. And I lost a lot of weight, so felt I looked good too!

This is all great advice. I notice you have written on white sage, I smudge my house everyday and am getting more serious about my meditation practice. My son and I are escaping the holiday season and leaving for Antigua tomorrow, so I am excited and feel the change of scenery will be a positive thing. Have a great Christmas, John, and all the best in the New Year. xo

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 19, 2014:

Thanks, Catherine! I'm going to check out your hubs now!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 16, 2014:

We are in total agreement about the benefits of positive thinking and gratitude. I often write on these subjects myself. Voted up, I and U.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 13, 2014:

I am glad you liked!! :)

Nell Rose from England on December 12, 2014:

This is fascinating! and so useful, I am coming back again and again to read it and listen to the videos, definitely need this! thanks!

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on December 09, 2014:

Hey Mr. Holly, always good to read your writing. Did you know that you're writing in the flow of Jesus? Just keep it up!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 08, 2014:

Glad you liked and thanks for following he visit Maria!

Antoinette Lee Toscano from Raleigh, NC on December 08, 2014:

Just reading this Hub lifted my mood from melancholy to lively. Thanks for the excellent insights that are worth reading again and again.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 07, 2014:

Thanks! I think it does mention something in the narrative about that

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on December 07, 2014:

Very informative and an awesome hub for an engineering mind like mine! I learned a lot from this hub.

I only beg to differ in one small respect from what you gave as a way of attracting positive energy. At # 7, instead of helping other people, I would say join causes to help people, flora, and fauna :-)

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 06, 2014:

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed

Adrienne Farricelli on December 06, 2014:

This was a wonderful hub and very inspiring. Our outlook on life would be so much better if we followed those rules.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 06, 2014:

Thanks so much! I'm over at your hubs now and loving them!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 06, 2014:

You are jind - thanks for the feedback and glad you liked!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 06, 2014:

You bet and thank you for stopping by!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 06, 2014:

While we instinctively know the negative effects of negative energy, it can be difficult to dispel. Great suggestions. Voted up, useful and interesting!

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on December 06, 2014:

Excellent hub with great pointers. It's so easy to get caught up in a negative situation which leads to cascading negative thoughts. I have been purposely surrounding myself with positive activities and people and seeing the good in everything to rid negative energy from my life. Voted up and shared!

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on December 06, 2014:

Thanks for all the great tips for releasing negative energy. Some days it is definitely easier than others!

buddhaanalysis on December 03, 2014:

Very useful hub!!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on December 03, 2014:

Awesome hub on a very relevant topic. For years I held grudges and suffered the after effects. The moment I let them go and forgive the people who hurt me and, my life changed. Sharing!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 02, 2014:

I agree!

georgescifo from India on December 02, 2014:

staying around with positive people are one of the best thing that I consider to get rid of negative energy...

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 02, 2014:

Thanks, FlourishAnyay - I am glad you liked! :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 02, 2014:

This was an excellent hub with practical advice. Negativity must be neutralized, cleansed, released so that it doesn't turn toxic. Voted up and more and sharing.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on December 01, 2014:

Hi, Dragonflycolor,

Sorry to hear you are dealing with any negativity. I am glad this was a helpful hub for you on getting rid of negative energy!

dragonflycolor on December 01, 2014:

It is so interesting that this popped up in my feed because I am experiencing some negativity with my plumbing and pocket book right now! Eeek! Time to let go of all the bad and breathe in the good. Thanks so much for all these wonderful tips!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Eronates, I am so glad you liked. My hope was to spread something positive that people could benefit from. Thanks for the share!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Genna, you are very kind to say that. I am glad you liked and am hoping as many people as possible will read. I am stopping by your hubs in a bit.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Thanks, Mel for stopping by. Yep, #1 is super important for sure! Glad you liked!

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on November 30, 2014:

I like your article about the techniques to gain good energy.I like all the ten advices. The one I like the most. It is being positive. I like the others too. Your writing makes a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 30, 2014:

I really liked this hub. This should be read and practiced by everyone! Seriously. :-) Thank you.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on November 30, 2014:

Very interesting hub. I think I have already incorporated most of these qualities into my life, not because I was trying to ward off negative energy, but because they just seemed likewise and prudent things to do. Absolute number one, which you refer to, is that we have to learn to like ourselves no matter what temporary weigh station we find ourselves in with life.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Thank you Lisa. I try to stay away from it just like you and for the same reasons. It's so caustic!

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on November 30, 2014:

Great hub and great advice. I try to stay away from negative energy. This is not always easy. Many family members seem to always exhibit negative energy and thoughts. I know I cannot change these individuals, so I choose to ignore their negativity and focus on the positive things in life.

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Eric - you are most kind to have shared this. Thanks you SO much. Glad it was helpful!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Thanks, MHiggins. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing - truly!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 30, 2014:

Thank you Chitrangada! I love ALL of your hubs so this is high praise. I am humbled.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 30, 2014:

Read this one and marked and came back and read it again. This is great stuff to be savored and practiced. Thank you.

Michael Higgins from Michigan on November 30, 2014:

Great hub! Very well presented and it's the kind of writing that most of us need to read from time to time to get us back on track. Thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 30, 2014:

Very well written, useful and motivational hub!

Everyday, we need to read such positive articles to inspire ourselves.

Voted up and shared on HP!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 29, 2014:

Thank you crisp!! I'm glad you liked and are sharing! I've always loved your hubs!

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 29, 2014:

I always like to read uplifting articles and I like the energy in here. I'm spreading it by sharing this hub.

Very good one!

John Lannoye from Chicago on November 29, 2014:

Extra interesting hub! I like the psychological bend you offered!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 29, 2014:

Ms Dora you are a sweet heart. Thank you. BTW I love your glasses in your picture!

John Hollywood (author) from Hollywood, CA on November 29, 2014:

Thanks you so much Social Minds - truly that means a lot. I was hoping this might help people.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 29, 2014:

Great hub--the kind one can read everyday for personal growth! Thank you!

Donna from Southern California on November 29, 2014:

This is a wonderful hub and has some solid advice for those seeking positive energy! Thanks for sharing!

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