Have you ever walked into your home and felt stagnant or stuck?
Smudging and clearing is essential to clear a space of negative or stagnant energy.
Smudging is a ritual cleansing that dates back thousands of years and an ancient way to cleanse energy.
Though no one really knows when smudging began, the burning of plants and resins has been used for spiritual cleansing and healing throughout recorded history.
Smudging is used throughout major religions today, from the Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches to Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Islam. (frankincense and myrrh)
Using the smoke of herbs/incense has been used for thousands of years throughout almost all cultures around the world.
The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians used sacred smoke and incense to cleanse and purify.
The Greeks and Romans used it and even the Druids, Maya, the Aborigines and Maori.
It has been used in temples and altars, sweat lodges and hospitals to clear away germs and illness, to protect and purify and to ward off evil, yet most of us in today’s world have never been taught about it.
Why Should You Smudge?
The basic purpose of smudging is to cleanse a person, area or object of negative energies and then bring in positive energies to occupy the empty space created by the negative energy’s departure.
What Does This Mumbo Jumbo Mean To You?
The theory behind smudging is that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and,as it clears and rises up, it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space to be regenerated.
Cleansing our homes and ourselves by smudging clears away all the emotional and mental “clutter and junk” that may have gathered over years-
past, childhood traumas and memories that keep us sluggish or dragging around.
Stagnant energy can keep us from progressing and feeling true happiness and allows depression to settle in.
We clean and vacuum our homes and take showers or baths to wash away dirt and germs from our bodies.
Smudging cleans our Spirit and the energy in our homes.
The perfect time to smudge is when you’ve been feeling depressed, angry, resentful, after you have had an argument with someone or when you are feeling sick.
You can smudge your own auric field, the spaces of your home, car or work area.
You can use smudging to cleanse crystals, gemstones, altars, sacred books, or any other spiritual item.
Tools Found In a Basic Smudge Kit
*NOTE: If you’d like to purchase any of the items below, simply click on the photo.
Abalone Shell- Used to burn the herbs.
* Note: Some tribes use clay bowls, known as smudge bowls or pots, believing the clay comes from the earth and holds the fire better. You can use ceramic or make your own. The bowl shown above is made of soapstone. I prefer a shell to welcome Grandmother Ocean and represent the Element of Water. Any shell you find on the beach may be used and will be personal to you, which is good.
Feather- used to fan the flames and then send the smoke to heaven, thereby carrying away the negative energies that attached themselves to the smoke.
Again, any feather you find may be used and you can save them and bind them together. It’s all about putting your energy into all you do.
It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object of blessing.
It is the underside of the bird and its wings that face the Mother Earth as it flies and it is this surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.
Sage- the most common herb used to cleanse or clear the air of unwanted energies and stagnant air.
White sage is powerful and one I prefer. You can purchase loose sage or you can get a sage bundle or, if you don’t like the smoke or afraid of the smoke alarms going off or have asthma, you can always use Liquid Sage. It’s the oil that matters!
Now that you’ve cleared, or sent away the baddies, you must smudge again to bring in the good!
It’s not a one shot deal!
Sweetgrass is commonly used to bring in the good after saging.
Considered the hair of Mother Earth by some Native Americans, sweetgrass is braided to honor her before it is cut!
It is forgiving, like Mother Earth and bends when you walk in it.
It doesn’t break.
It is used to bring in prosperity and all good blessings.
You light it at the smallest end of the braid and put it out like a cigarette….just tap it gently in the shell.
How To Smudge
There are other herbs to use and ways to go around but basically you start at the inside of your front door facing outward, and going clockwise ( to the right), you waft the smoke upward, with the intention of sending the negative baddies up to the light, up to Heaven where they will be taken care of. The underside of the feather should be facing upward!
Go through your whole house like this, beginning in the basement and working your way up into the attic.
Make sure you go in closets and do extra duty at mirrors…you can say out loud what your intentions are as you go through the smudging.
When you finish with the sage, repeat it all over again with the sweetgrass, now welcoming in the goodness and positive energy of love and light. Be sure to light the sweetgrass braid from the smallest end. Tap it gently to put it out like you would a cigarette. The underside of the feather should be facing downward, as you are drawing from the outside in.
You’ll feel an immediate change in your home and even yourself.
Remember, you can smudge yourself when you’re feeling out of sorts or fighting a cold…
lighting rosemary or putting some rosemary oil in a diffuser will cleanse the air!
I’ll be writing more about smudging in other posts but for now, this will start you off with the basics.
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