Travel, however, comes with its own set of challenges. From making the arrangements including hotel, flights and car if necessary, activities and food. And for me, the intuitive with an intuitive child, the unique challenge of psychic protection. I’ve got to make sure I am prepared to keep any ghosties and negative energy at bay.
Why? If I don’t… I can’t sleep. My daughter can’t sleep. My husband gets cranky. We all become drained. Which is NO FUN while on vacation.
To be quite honest, it isn’t because places are overly haunted. Yes, there is usually a Spirit or two. But my protective bubble lets the Spirit know, I’m not there to communicate. Most are respectful and leave me alone. If they are a little pushier, I just ask them to go away. No different than when I am at home.
What I do always need to remind myself to protect against is the energy of places.
In my home, I have established a sanctuary. It is laden with protective amulets. Each decorative element is purposely chosen to enhance the feng shui and bring a specific energy to the place. My husband and I smudge it frequently to remove negativity and infuse it with love and light. Not only that, we are picky about who we welcome into our home.
Hotels and rental properties, are not so picky. Anyone willing to pay the price of the room can stay. The energy is transient, always flowing just as guests come and go at their leisure.
The décor, is not chosen to be protective. Rather it is utilitarian.
As for, smudging… I always pray that the hotel has had a thorough cleaning, I’ll settle for that. Asking that it be smudged is asking for a little too much.
All that causes obstacles for the intuitive. Not only that, guests often bring (and leave) their emotional baggage at hotels. Think for a moment your last trip away for pleasure. Before the trip, you were probably excited to get away to relax. The trip provided an opportunity to leave your stress from work and the day to day life behind. I know that’s what I am usually thinking.
Although it is unlikely you left that stress at home. That stress, and the stress of travel, probably wasn’t released until you got to the place you were staying. And guess what, that energetic baggage stays there and builds up over time as it has no place to go. No windows to open to let it out. Many hotels are created in a square, so the energy goes around and round. With hundreds of rooms… the energy of a hotel can be stifling.
What do I do to counteract that? Well, first I address the sterile environment by stealing a few tricks from my step-mother. Whenever we go and stay someplace, she always brings a candle and buys fresh flowers for the room. This brings a little bit of a sense of home to the otherwise typical room.
Additionally, my husband and I have opted towards renting homes or condos. At the bare minimum, we rent a room with not only a bed but also a living space. Through sites like Airbnb and Homeaway, we’ve found amazing deals that have given us an entire home for the same price as a hotel room. This has been beneficial for the following reasons:
- Personal Touches – the individuals renting the places have obviously put a great deal of time and take pride in their properties. It shows in the décor which is warm and welcoming. It makes one feel at home.
- Bigger – These places tend to offer additional space. We don’t feel cooped up.
- Outside Space – Many of these places have space outside where at the bare minimum you can enjoy a view. More often there is space to walk and wander. That stress that would normally be cooped up in the room, get released into the air. The pent up energy has someplace to go.
- Fewer guests – Unlike a hotel where you may be on a hall with a few hundred other people, there is less foot traffic. As a result, you don’t have to deal with other people’s nonsense!
Finally, in addition to bringing our homey touches and staying at a rental property, I always bring smokeless smudge. My dear friend, Sue, created a wonderful line of sprays filled with intention, essential oils, blessed waters and crystals, that cleanse the air. I always have a stash on me. They work wonders!
These tricks work wonders while at a rental property. Stay tuned for my next blog for tips and tricks on how to stay protected while staying with friends and family.