The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Feeding the Hungry Ghost

Rice is a simple form of spiritual cleansing used in a similar way to sea salt. This is what I call a “psychic vacuum” because it draws out, and absorbs negative energies. Sometimes people will combine (white) rice and sea salt for spiritual cleansing rituals, especially in Feng Shui traditions.

The use of rice for spiritual cleansing is rooted in the Ghost Culture of China, and Japan.

There is an old Buddhist belief that there are hungry ghost roaming the earth seeking food, and liberation from pain. These ghost are the shadows of the dead who in life were greedy, evil and unsavory. Upon their death they are cursed with very large stomachs that are never full, and tiny mouths only big enough for one grain of rice to pass through at a time.

The Chinese Ghost Festival is an annual celebration in honor of the dead. According to, ChinaCulture.org, “The Chinese Ghost Festival is also called “Half July” (Lunar). It is a popular occasion celebrated throughout China on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month”. This is the time of year when these hungry ghost roam freely looking for sustenance. People honor them with offerings of Rice to keep them at bay, and stop them from causing misfortune.

Feeding the Hungry Ghost is an ancient ritual for appeasing the roaming spirits of the land, and in-turn protecting the home, and those within from their negativity. This is an offering for the ancestors, and a protective barrier for the home.

To perform the ritual of Feeding the Hungry Ghost gather a bowl of white rice. Say a prayer of thanks for those who have passed on, over the bowl. Then with the bowl of rice, walk the parameter of your home, laying a circle of rice around the foundation. A small amount of rice will do!

Halloween is the traditional time to honor the dead, and our ancestors. Perform the ritual of Feeding the Hungry Ghost during Halloween to observe this practice. This will keep your home safe from negative energy, as the veil between worlds grows thinner. You can even leave a bowl of rice by the front door, or on grave stones to honor the dead.

Here are a few more ways to use Rice for Spiritual Cleansing:

  • Place a bowl of rice, and sea salt in each window of your home. This will serve as a protective barrier absorbing and disempowering negative energy that comes in your home… including ghost, and stray entities.
  • Fill a bowl, or plate with rice (any kind will do). Place crystals, jewelry, Tarot decks, and other objects on the rice to absorb negative energy, and thoroughly cleanse them. Discard after two or 3 uses.
  • Place uncooked rice in a muslin sachet, and tie tightly shut. Place this in your bath water, along with some lemongrass essential oil. Soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes. Do not wash with soap, or any body products this is strictly for spiritual cleansing. Dispose after each bath.
  • Make a circle of salt around the base of any object, or place to create a protective barrier… as described above in the ritual of the Hungry Ghost.
  • Infuse white rice with camphor essential oil by placing a few drops on uncooked rice, and tossing it about to coat each grain. Then place handfuls of the rice in sachets, or bowls around the home as a protective amulet. You can even leave them in the car, or on your person.

Happy Halloween!

© Shaheen Miro 2014

The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: 22 Bad A** Tips for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection

Do you want to perform spiritual cleansing on yourself, or your home? Needing to shift some negative energy out of your life?

We all could! On the daily.

Here are 22 Tips and Tricks for spiritual cleansing and protection!

  1. Introduction to Spiritual Cleansing and Protection. Basic techniques from sage smudging to creating a bubble of protective light! This is the perfect stating place!
  2. Beginner’s methods for spiritual cleansing. If your aura is feeling heavy or your space is feeling murky try some sage or sweet grass. Do it up big.
  3. Understanding energetic cords and attachments. Learn to use energy to your advantage by moving and releasing negative attachments.
  4. Energetic Investments! Did you know you’re telling an energetic story? Did you know it dictates all the things happening in your life? Rearrange this story and make magic happen.
  5. Know your space! What does your home say about you? How can it change your life?
  6. Put up your psychic shield! You better zip it tight so no energetic parasites get in there. This has got to be one of the easiest things you can do, and one of the best.
  7. Got white light? Surround yourself with awesome Universal energy and ask for protection from your guides.
  8. Spiritual cleansing bath. This packs some oomph for clearing out heavy energies! And, it’s soooo EASY!
  9. Spiritual cleansing shower. Ahh, don’t have a bath tub, or you hate taking a soak… do it in the shower.
  10. Use vinegar. This is an ancient technique for cleansing negative energy that I go back to again and again.
  11. Rose water mist. I cannot rave enough about rose water. It is so effective and smells divine.
  12. Repair your aura with tasty teas. Teatime just got better.
  13. Limpia or spiritual cleansing with an egg. This is ancient, awesome, and usually yields dramatic results.
  14. The Psychic Vacuum! Use amethyst to absorb negative energy! This technique rocks!
  15. Ringing Bells. Bells carry sound vibrations that clear away negative energy. Same with drums.
  16. Frankincense fumigation. One of the three gifts of the Magi, this resin shifts negative energy and connects you to Spirit.
  17. Exorcism Powders. Many different herbs and powers can be used to release negative energy. Wonderful folk techniques.
  18. Rosemary sprigs. Used as a charm or smudge to lift the air for businesses and homes.
  19. Sweeping away negativity. Using the broom has long been a charm for sweeping away corrosive energies. A very practical technique.
  20. Use fire for protection. It purifies and protects.
  21. Jack-o-lanterns! Not just for decoration, they create a protective ward to keep nasty energies at bay.
  22. Sacred Circles. Circles are unparallel barriers for psychic protection.

There are many more techniques here… stay awhile, look around, find what works! 

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