What is Predecessor Qi?
Predecessor Qi (aka Historical Qi) is essentially the cumulative history of every living or inert thing on both a micro and macro level.
For example, let’s consider something a simple as a pencil. The materials and how they are obtained and manufactured all have historical energy attached to them. Even the people who pack and ship them impart their energy. The lead for mechanical pencils is made of two materials: graphite (which is mined from the earth), and clay. These are combined and baked into little sticks. The location of the mine, the miners, transports, manufacturing site and methods, distributors, and stockers all add historical/predecessor qi. When you think about all the people, places and materials that can influence something as simple as the lead of a pencil, what about more complex things?
If the materials of an item are sourced from a living thing, everything that affected its life cycle, the energy used to remove the life from it, and its overall effect on its environment add to its historical qi. If the source of the materials was a living being, their life (including pain, terror & death) becomes part of the historical qi of the product. A wood pencil carries the historical energy of all the wildlife that had sought refuge in its branches and of the nutrients it received from the sun, earth, and weather…and it’s been scientifically proven that trees transmit energy to one another via an underground web. When one is sick or cut down, the energy web continues to transmit to the stump. The part of the tree that is removed, however, is transformed at a cellular level. Its once Yang (living) energy becomes Yin (dead) energy.
Let’s say that the tree doesn’t become a pencil, but instead becomes a piece of furniture. Through the process of manufacturing, think of all the people who will touch that piece of furniture and impart their energy (they may be happy, grateful artisans, or sick, burdened workers). Once that piece of furniture becomes the possession of someone, it begins to take on the energy of the place and beings around it. The happy events, the tragedies, and the full range of the human experience. If this piece of furniture passes from one household to another, it continues to take on the energy of each household as well as any retail store or warehouse it may pass through in between. In the case of an antique or vintage piece, that’s a lot of predecessor qi!
It is for this reason that I am careful about the things I have around me and I give careful consideration to its origin. But even by making choices that will have the least negative impact on the environment, people, and other living beings, I know everything has historical energy that needs to be addressed before I bring it into my home. According to the laws of nature and quantum physics, energy is neither manufactured nor can it be destroyed. It can only be transformed. Everything in the universe simply IS…and its energy has been transformed through natural processes or manipulated through scientific or creative processes. When it apparently no longer ceases to exist, it is actually transformed into another form…such as a tree being burned into charcoal or ashes, which eventually becomes part of the soil. That carbon residue may also eventually transform into crystals/gemstones. There are several ways that I work through the transformation or “cleansing” of the historical energy of an item. These are ancient practices and each has a science behind it:
- Sound – Quite possibly the most effective way to transform energy is through sound frequency and vibration. It disrupts energy particles and has a profound effect on the molecular structure. One of the most effective ways of treating something like a piece of furniture is to use a tuning fork. By touching the enlivened fork to a surface, it sends a vibration throughout the piece. But you can also use other sounds within close proximity: bells, chimes, singing bowl, tingsha, drums, music, or even clapping your hands will disrupt the energetic vibration.
- Smudging – burning sage or other herbs have been used in “cleansing” or “purifying” rituals for eons. There is scientific evidence that the smoke from burning sage does indeed purify the air of bacteria and other airborne pathogens. I prefer sage or palo santo since they readily available but even burnt bay leaves are equally effective. When purchasing sage, it’s easier to work with loose sage, so even if I have a bundle, I’ll unbind it. I also burn resins such as Myrrh, Frankincense, and Dragon’s Blood. You may find these in incense sticks as well, but be sure to get sticks made with pure resins/oils and no artificial fragrances.
- Essential Oils – I generally use essential oils mixed with purified water in a misting bottle. If it’s a piece made of wood, you may want to add an essential oil such as lemon or rosemary to a carrier oil (hemp, almond, or even olive oil) and apply it directly to the wood. Essential oils not only nourish the wood, it disinfects and inhibits mites. Another option is using an oil diffuser in the room where the piece resides.
Whatever method you use will ensure that any negative Predecessor Qi attached to an item you bring into your home or office will not be transferred to you and your space. This is particularly important if it’s something you wear, use to prepare or eat meals, or that occupies your bedroom or entry. I also use these transformative methods periodically to “reboot” my living and workspaces. By doing so, I’m optimizing my interior environment and protecting my inner environment from any negative energy that might attach itself to me as I go about my daily activities in the greater environment. I have a friend who works with sick people every day and she keeps a bottle of sage spray in her car, which she sprays on herself and in her car after every appointment. I have adopted this practice myself and I highly recommend it!
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