By now, most of us have heard of smudging! The theory behind this type of cleansing is that the smoke attaches itself to the negative energy and as it clears it takes the negative energy with it. It’s a practice that uses herbs that are burnt and waved through the aura to cleanse the energy field if a person, object or room.
When should you smudge?
It is a good idea to smudge yourself on a regular basis as well as your home and workspace. Make it part of your weekly housework. Generally, it is recommended you smudge ONCE PER WEEK.
Smudging can reduce negative spiritual vibrations from yourself and your space. The herbs deter some types of spirits from staying in your home or office.
What to Use for Smudging?
Generally, you would use sticks or loose leaves of dried ceremonial white sage. Palo santo, a sacred Peruvian wood, and copal resin incense also are excellent choices. Mugwort, juniper (for good fortune), Eucalyptus (for good health and raising the vibrations of the environment), rosemary, pine, and lavender is popular too!
How to smudge yourself
Light one end of the bundle and then blow out the flame so it is just smoldering. You can guide the smoke over yourself by using a feather or your hands (whichever you prefer). Bring the smoke up over your head, down your shoulders and your arms. Around your torso and your back, down your left and your feet, not forgetting to do the soles to ensure that you walk on the right path. Visualize the smoke lifting away all the negative energies, thoughts and emotions that have attached themselves to you.
How to smudge your home
I like to start at the back of the home and move to the front. So I am taking the energy out the front door. I also like to make verbal statements such as, “…any energy which does not serve my higher purpose must leave now.” Use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke into all four corners, where the ceiling and walls meet. Then, direct the smoke out through windows and doorways.
- It is wise to hold the bundle over a bowl to catch anything bits that may fall off, it saves burning holes in the carpet. Shells are beautiful sacred containers to rest your smudging bundles and herbs.
- When you are smudging your house make sure the smoke gets into all the corners, around the windows and doors, and if you want to be really thorough you can waft it in all the cupboards and drawers too.
- Once you’ve finished smudging, extinguish your sage by rubbing it in dirt or sand, on concrete, or stamping it out in a shell or ceramic smudge bowl.
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