interview (31 January 2021)
Annelies Bretveld is living in The Netherlands and Franca Giuliani in New Jersey, USA. Over the years, these two experienced clearers have met several times at clearing retreats. A while ago, they asked each other the same questions to share in more details how they practice clearing.
When was the first time you heard about clearing?
Annelies: “My ten year old daughter came to me and said that she was afraid of ghosts in our house. So, I arranged to have our house cleared. That space clearing was a special experience for the whole family. After the clearing of our house, my husband experienced the house much lighter than before. For the first time in years, the guinea pigs of my son were not nervous but calm. My daughter felt much better and wasn’t afraid anymore. And I saw and experienced the lightness during and after the clearing!”
Franca: “I met Eric (Dowsett) for the first time in New York City around 2005. At that time, I was studying feng shui, which included a long weekend course with Eric and dowsing. He introduced me to dowsing and clearing. During that course, we had to report to a private residence in a very nice neighborhood in New York City. So, a bunch of us walked around this home following dowsing rods and checking in with a pendulum. I found it so amazing! Interesting enough, about ten years later, I met the owner of that residence while attending a space clearing workshop in Switzerland.”
What made you start clearing yourself, others and spaces?
Annelies: “I realized that clearing makes a difference. After my first experience with the house clearing, I attended a clearing workshop.
I loved the silence and the concentration.
I could easily feel it and wanted to experience more about this magic field.”
Franca: “At my first workshop, I was surprised about the dowsing rod and wanted to know how it worked. After following a couple of workshops of Eric, I realized that every clearing workshop is different. Different people, different location, different atmosphere and different energy. And every time I learn new things.
The most important thing that I learned, and I am quoting a philosopher, ‘You can’t put your foot in the same river twice’. Meaning that even if you do the same thing again, it will be sort of different because the natural changes, such as time. Time has at least changed. Every workshop, every retreat has taught me yet another thing. Even if the structure and attendees were the same.”
How do you apply clearing in your life?
Annelies: “I use clearing on a daily base in my personal and professional life.
In my personal life, I use clearing at the start of the day, to become aware of myself, my body, my environment. I release (a part of) the stress of my children when they have an exam or a test at school and I clear the people around me, like my dearest friends and family when they are in trouble or could need some help.
Since I began clearing, my life has changed. The relationship with my parents, my husband, my children and people around me became better. And last but not least: I became more patient, less angry and more compassionate to other people!
Regarding my professional life, I am an interior designer and feng shui consultant. In the beginning, about eight years ago, I saw energy (space) clearing as a nice addition to my other services because I could do more for people with a problem concerning their home. At that time, clearing was a separate service. After a while, I experienced that clients (and I!) became more interested in the clearing part and a new service was born: a combination of space clearing and feng shui advice. In this combined consult, the quality and the flow of the energy in a house will be brought in balance. Over the years, space clearing became more and more important in my business. Instead of an additional separate service, clearing became an essential part of my work and it is often the start of a project. When working with a new client, I begin with an energy scan and then very often a space clearing is the next step.
Another part of my work is giving workshops in personal clearing and courses in space clearing. Live and online. In a one-day workshop participants learn what clearing is and how they can practice it. The next step for the enthusiastic clearers is to learn how to clear the environment in a four-day space clearing course.”
Franca: “I use it everywhere and every time. In my personal life I’m practicing clearing on a daily base. In my professional life, I earn money with it by doing personal and space clearings and teaching both ways of clearing. And also, in my job as a feng shui consultant I make use of clearing. Even if I am working with someone just to help get a grip on their clutter, energy clearing is part of it.”
Why and how did you start giving workshops and courses?
Annelies: “Before working as an interior designer and feng shui consultant, I was a lecturer. I always liked teaching people and standing for groups. That was the most important reason for me to start giving workshops. At first, I organized feng shui and Nine Star Ki workshops. It took a while before I had enough confidence to teach personal clearing workshops, together with my colleague clearer Jacky Rademakers. Before starting my thought were that clearing is less concrete and therefore more difficult to explain. However, during the first workshop we gave, there was no problem at all with the explanation of clearing! Jacky and I became enthusiastic and a lot of workshops and courses later, we still are enjoying giving these clearing workshops.”
Franca: “Because I became so amazed by what I have learned! I wanted to share this knowledge with others, and explain to them how it can help in their lives. Getting people to attend started mostly by word of mouth. I would separate the subject matters, because I noticed that some are so interested in feng shui but could not grasp clearing (just yet). Interestingly enough, the interest in dowsing and clearing has been increasing more and more each year.”
How do you explain clearing to someone who has never heard of it?
Annelies: “I always say that clearing is a very easy and simple way of releasing stress. Everyone can understand that! The next question which often arises is: how do you do it? My answer is: ‘I listen and focus on my body instead of focusing on my head.’ That’s all. Everyone can learn it!”
Franca: “I always say that clearing is about being available for someone else. There are so many things of the universe we don’t know and couldn’t see and for me clearing is a way of tapping into this universe.
Once I did a personal clearing with someone. She was curious and had no clue of what it was about, nor how it could help her. Going through her personal energetic fields, I sensed that there was a concern regarding her ‘voice’, having to have a conversation that she does not want to have with someone. I made myself available to ‘hold a space’ and clear. Afterwards, she shared with me that for the past few months, she had struggled with how she can tell her 94-year-old mother that it was time to give up her driving license.”
What is your favorite part of clearing?
Annelies: “Space clearing is my favorite! When I am clearing a house or a building, it feels like being one with the environment. It is a quiet place to be in and the only thing I have to do is to feel, to notice the experience, nothing more. I cannot think when I am in that place, so it is very relaxing. For me, that is the nicest way of being.”
Franca: “Space clearing is my favorite as well. In the first place because it’s the most important part of clearing for clients’ homes and also because I like to do this part the most. Space clearing can matter the most. If I can help someone or a situation, I am grateful. One can do all the feng shui adjustments, organize all that they can. However, if the underlying energy space has not been cleared, any effort may not stick.
Of course, personal clearing can bring a lot for someone. When the house of a person isn’t cleared, it is just like ‘putting fresh flowers in dirty water’. Personal clearing can help bring up emotions and feelings that are hidden way inside of us. Once, one of my clients realized how her happy marriage really was unhappy.”
Which clearing for someone had the most impact on you and on the other?
Annelies: “I did a space clearing for a family with a son who didn’t dare to sleep in his own bed for years. While doing the clearing it became clear – for me and the family – that there was a lot of charge in the room of the boy. Even though it took some time for the energy to settle, six weeks later the boy slept in his own bed every night without being scared. It was an impressive experience for me and for the family.”
Franca: “There was a woman who had to make a very important choice in her life and the choice could not be based on mental arguments. Married for more than twenty years, she had to decide if she would stay with her husband, with whom she has three children, after his infidelity. After a personal clearing, the woman knew what to do. This was a very intense experience, for her and for me.”
How important is a clearing community for you?
Annelies: “Very much. It makes me feel like I am not alone. The community is a big family, with some very close friends nearby and others at a distance. When a challenge occurs, the clearing family, spread all over the world, is there to help. And, just like a real family, our clearing community is growing.”
Franca: “It is very important that there exists a clearing community and for me it is important being a member of it. It’s like having a buddy system. There is always someone to learn from, ask questions and teach.”
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article (20 november 2020)
A mother, a wife, an energy clearer, owner of a feng shui business and home interior store, and much more. This is a very short enumeration to describe Therese Uyterlinde Österman. The article focusses on how one of her dreams recently came to life and how she used her life experience and energy clearing to realize it.
text: Véronique Levadou | photo: Stéphanie Driessen
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As a young girl, Therese had a natural impulse to rearrange objects in her family house. “After cleaning-up or moving objects and giving them a new place, it felt better and it was making more sense”. This is one of the first memories which is part of the common thread of Therese’s way of living and working to harmonize spaces.
Together with her husband, Therese raised two children and they moved twice between The Netherlands and Sweden. Around that time, she followed extensive training in healing, feng shui and shamanism. Growing up on a small island in Sweden, nature and natural elements always played a big part in Therese’s life.
The process of starting her own business is one of many years in which Therese was collecting knowledge, inspiration and courage to follow her dream. The day she put her intention and energy on designing her business logo, was the day it became visible and clients began to contact her.
Out of curiosity how others were working with energy in homes, Therese discovered energy clearing by Eric Dowsett and started reading his books she borrowed from her father-in-law, who went to his workshops many years ago. After attending several personal and space clearing workshops and retreats in The Netherlands and Italy, she added energy clearing to the services she already offered to her clients. Even though personal clearing is often connected with space clearing, she has a slight preference for the latter. “When you experience imbalance in your house, you can solve that with energy clearing. After clearing, a space feels like you can breathe and move around more freely as the pressure is gone. Clearing is a positive renewal of your space”.
About one year ago, Therese found the building for her interior shop. How one resonates with a space, is very important for Therese. When she went to visit the building for the first time, before entering, she took some time to make a connection from a distance with the building. She looked at it from the other side of the road, tuning into the store and the surrounding environment. She continued being aware of what she felt when she approached the old shop, in a way any space clearer would approach a site to be cleared. Many surrounding elements and aspects can influence spaces. By doing this, Therese consciously felt a flow of energy within her while she was connecting with it. That was the moment she knew this was the place she wanted for her shop.
Before embarking on her new adventure, as an active member of One World One Heart and the clearing community, she asked fellow energy clearers to clear the upcoming store to ensure all unbalanced energies would be lifted. During the renovation, the shop was taken over by many workers. She literally and figuratively gave them space to work while she prepared the concept, design and hunt for sustainable interior products.
“Harmony and balance are essential. The products in the store are all related to the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). The guideline for the store is the natural rhythm of the elements, the balance of yin and yang that we find in all living things”. Therese handpicked and cleared each object, from the furniture, vase, stone, plant to a blanket, to assemble a well-balanced inventory.
As the store, now the core business of her company, is currently in a balanced state, regular conscious clearing it is not required. Therese is unconsciously harmonizing the space by just being connected to her environment. Each visitor is commenting on how beautiful, calm or inspiring they experience the store. Now and then some visitors drop by just to feel the ambiance of the space.