Lesson learned: Ignorance is bliss when it comes to knowing who lived in your home before you did. But unfortunately, I didn’t have that luxury. Late last August, I moved into an apartment owned by my parents—so I’d already heard about the prior roster of tenants: the NYU grad students who woke up the whole block with their S&M escapades; the verbally-abusive father whose children left satanical “murals” all over the walls.
Needless to say, the space needed a refresh. My fiancé and I spent the summer plastering and painting walls, updating the bathroom and completely gut-renovating the kitchen. We moved in on one of the hottest days of summer, while the kitchen was still a construction zone. The air was stagnant, and particle dust clung to every surface no matter how much I dusted and vacuumed. Today, of course, the space is beautiful and clean. But call it a creepy former tenant placebo: Things have always felt off to me.
The day I received an email from Nancy Lucas, founder of the L.A.-based company, Creative Home Healing, I had woken up to a large puddle in my kitchen. We couldn’t find its origin and I was feeling kind of spooked. When Lucas reached out introducing me to her company’s many “home healing” services, including a “remote clearing,” I had to jump at the opportunity to experience it.
After I agreed to the service ($220/session), Lucas put me in touch with her remote clearing expert, Heather McCall, a Reiki master and kinesiologist who, Lucas assured me, has “cleared theatres in London, homes in New York and building sites where deaths have occurred!”
How does a remote home clearing begin? With a FaceTime, of course. McCall and I video conferenced for roughly 30 minutes, with me sitting at my dining table, talking through the home’s history. She was warm and friendly and looked more like Martha Stewart than a master of the healing arts. Shortly after I told her about the former tenants, she asked me if I’d had any plumbing problems recently. Gulp. “Poltergeist energy,” she declared. “I can tell.” She then explained that poltergeist energy is different than your average ghost or spirit. Poltergeists are more mischievous than dangerous, often attaching themselves to a young person and lingering in a given location well after that person has left it. She said this energy force is behind small grievances like lost keys, plumbing problems and flickering lights.