I have used smudging weekly to clear any negative energies from my living space. It isn't scheduled for me although, I should do it more frequently because I feel an overwhelming cleanse afterwards. I use it hand in hand with my crystals and aroma therapy essential oils. It's like a revival of positive aura throughout your home and body. Smudging has been transferred down from traditions that go back thousands of years to Native American and other indigenous tribes.
The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged, in your case, your environment.
I like to dab on essential oils on my temple and pulse points, lay out my crystals for setting positive intentions and then light the sage to cleanse and rid of negative energies.
What You Need
Sage or other sacred plants listed above. Sage represents the earth element and when burned, the smoke from it represents the air.
Abalone shell. This is meant to hold and burn the plants. The shell represents the water element.
Matches or a lighter. These represent the fire element.
Feather. This represents the air element.
The Smudging Process
Clear your space of clutter and mess and open up windows and curtains and allow for clean air to enter. Light your sage (or other herbs) on fire and then fan the smoke with your feather around your body and anyone else in your space. Concentrate on gateway areas, such as windows, doors, closets, as well as hallways. Also concentrate on the corners of a room. Most importantly, use your intuition. If you allow it, your space will usually inform you as to which areas need to be cleansed the most. Often, smudging involves a four-direction ceremony. Here’s a guide to help you get started.
“We start in the East where the sun rises, and brings us the opportunity to begin again with each new day. Breath.
We go to the South and honor our creativity, our children, the child in us, our playfulness, joy, and hope. Earth.
We go to the West where the sun goes down, and the blackness of introspection begins when the day is done. Water.
We go to the North where our rest awaits us. Knowledge, stamina, compassion, silence. Fire.
We use a feather to fan the sacred smoke in each direction, one drums, one sings, one dances, one prays, until we have circled back to the east.”
Clearing Your Body
Smudging is not only for spaces; it’s also for clearing your body, mind, and spirit of any negativity, stagnation, or energetic disturbances within or surrounding you. Make sure to invite the sacred smoke around your body from head to toe and front to back before smudging your space.
A Smudging Prayer
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.