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How to Get Rid of Ghosts

Karen Frazier
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If you live or work in spaces where there are ghosts, you may wonder if there are things you can do to get rid of them. In some cases, it may be possible to keep them away from your space. In other cases, you may need to develop strategies to live with them peacefully.

Banishing Ghosts

Many people believe it is possible to banish ghosts, and some will tell you they can come to your home and remove them...often for a fee. If someone guarantees they can rid your home, property, or workspace of ghosts, think twice about engaging their services. As ghosts are the souls of people, they retain the same free will that living people have. As a result, there are no guarantees they can be banished.

Set Boundaries

If you inhabit or work in a space that is actively haunted, it can feel disconcerting and maybe even frightening. It's important to realize this: ghosts are people without bodies. Just as you have preferences about where you wish to be, what you wish to do, and how you would like to be treated, so do ghosts. And just as you may be willing to listen to reasonable requests and operate within other people's boundaries, so might ghosts. Just as you would with any living human, be respectful as you set your boundaries. Explain why you are setting those boundaries and use words like "please" and "thank you."


Therefore, your first step is to try to communicate with a spirit by setting appropriate boundaries. The first thing to try is talking just as you would with a living, breathing person. When you feel calm and peaceful, speak aloud to the spirits. Tell them they are making you uncomfortable (or your children, your pets, or others inhabiting the space). Tell them kindly that this is your space now and ask that they leave. You can also set boundaries such as:

  • Please don't bother me when I sleep.
  • Please don't bother my children/pets/employees/guests/customers.
  • Please stop hiding my keys.
  • You can be here when nobody is here, but please stay away when people are here.

Withdraw Attention

After you've asked politely and laid out your case, stop communicating, and stop commenting if any activity occurs. Do not give attention any longer because the attention you give can feed and strengthen paranormal activity. You should also ask everyone in the space with you to no longer communicate or comment on activity. Do not engage in seances, Ouija board sessions, or other activities meant to communicate with spirits.

Set an Energetic Perimeter

Many people believe they can use various components of energy healing to help set an energetic perimeter so they can have their space free of spirits. These "cures" will not banish a ghost or make it go away. However, they could create spaces, such as your home, workspace, or property, where spirits remain outside of a perimeter instead of interacting with you.

Use Crystals

Crystals are a popular method used to create a perimeter.

Raw smoky quartz rocks
  1. Before you lay down your crystals, close your eyes and visualize a bubble in your core. Then, visualize the bubble growing until it completely pushes out from the center of you to the edge of your desired perimeter. Make sure you visualize it coming from your core instead of building it around you so you don't inadvertently trap any energy inside with you.
  2. With your bubble in place, sprinkle smoky quartz or black tourmaline chips around the perimeter you have set. As you sprinkle the chips around the perimeter, hold the intention that all spiritual entities will remain outside of your perimeter. Some people also use sea salt, black salt, or brick dust for this purpose. However, because these wash away with the next rain, you will need to reset your perimeters frequently.

Burn Sacred Herbs

You can also burn sacred herbs to help cleanse the space of energy before creating a perimeter. Sage, lavender, cedar, and palo santo are all examples of herbs you can burn to create an energetic perimeter. Since sage empties a space of all energy, you will want to refill the space with some type of positive energy. Follow up the sage by burning palo santo, lavender, or cedar to invite in positive energy.

woman holding a feather and ritual incense
  1. Light your herbs and allow them to smolder. Keep a lighter with you in case they burn out, as well as something to catch any ashes.
  2. Start at your front door (inside of your house). Move the smoke in a clockwise direction, tracing your front door. Then, moving in a clockwise direction throughout your house, fan the smoke into every nook and cranny of your home.
  3. When you get to any exterior doors, windows, or drains (showers, toilets, sinks), run the smoke around the perimeter in a clockwise direction until you once again reach the front door.
  4. Back at the front door, run the smoke around the perimeter of the door in a counterclockwise direction to seal the energy. Place the smoldering herbs on a dish in the center of your home and allow it to burn out.
  5. You can also use incense for this. You will need to repeat this regularly; once a week is about right. You can also use this process before sprinkling crystals around your home's perimeter.

Use Sacred Sound

You can also use sacred sound healing instruments, such as tingshas, a singing bowl, or a rattle. Follow the instructions for burning herbs, but instead of using smoke, strike your instrument and allow it to sound as you move clockwise around your space and any entryways, etc.

Enlist Help

If you've tried the above and don't feel it's helping, you may need to bring in outside help. Contact a psychic medium or energy healer familiar with ghosts and spirits and ask them to help. If you fear darker energies are at play, you may wish to contact your clergy to bless your home. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you are working with before you allow them to do energy work in your home.

Spirit Relief

While there's no guarantee you can rid your space of ghosts, you can try various methods to change the energy. In each case, it's important to hold the intention of creating a space where you feel safe and comfortable and to engage in ongoing practice to keep the energy of your spaces comfortable for everyone.

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