Okay, if you haven’t hear the term before you’re probably scratching your head or wondering what I’m talking about. Or maybe you have heard about this loosely over the interwebs. Or maybe you are a seasoned sager. No matter where you are in your knowledge of energy clearing, it is okay.
Have you ever felt a heaviness in the air around you? Or have you ever felt “off” around certain people or in certain places. You just get this feeling that comes out of know where without you thinking about it. Or what about the concept of attitudes being contagious? That person that can always make you laugh. That person who always puts you in a rotten mood. I know you can think of at least one time this has happened to you.
No matter the instance, it was energy you were feeling. Your body is “tuned into” the things that our brains are not trained to be in tune with in this modern world. Especially when we are so hung up over the latest electronics out on the market. But, hey, I love my iPhone.
Anyway, this energy can linger and stay with us. As a result, it is a great idea to cleanse your energy and the energy inside your home where you live. The process is called smudging and has been around for thousands of years. It allows you to cleanse the energy surrounding the space by burning herbs. The white smoke is what cleanses the space.
I started small when I first began learning about all of these practices. My methods have developed over time. However, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do anything when it comes to spirituality. It’s all about intent.
It’s all about intent.
It’s all about your own personal intention.
Sage is a powerful dried bundle of herbs that you can find almost anywhere these days. I do suggest reading the labels and making sure that you are buying what you think you are buying (that’s a whole other story for a different time). Sage is said to be antibacterial and great for sinuses, stress relief, and anxiety. Of course, I’m no doctor, so always do your research!
Burn the sage and blow out any flame, so all you are left with is the smoke. I like to begin at the front entrance door to my home and draw a cross over the front door. I then continue around the home in a clockwise direction, using a feather to “fan” the smoke into all the nooks and crannies of the room. You can repeat a mantra or intention while you do this if you like. It can really be anything that resonates with you. One that I come back to using quite often is “Cleanse this home of negative energy. Only love and light live here.”
Don’t forget to cleanse your crystals in the smoke while you have it going, if you have any! When you are all done, don’t forget to say thank you (to whomever or whatever resonates with you). I typically thank my angels, the Universe, and God in that order. **Use an abalone shell or something else to catch the ash in as you do this clearing practice from start to finish.
If you would also like to cleanse yourself, you can do this now. Or anytime you “feel” like you need to. Wave the sage in a circular motion at the top of your head. Slowly bring the smoke around your whole being. Don’t forget your super sensitive feet (just make a circular motion with the smoke underneath each one).
Here are some other things I like to do to help keep my energy and home protected:
- keep a piece of black tourmaline and the front and/or back entrance.
- Palo Santo can also clear energy, as well as pain and stress.
- use essential oils to keep the air clean.
- place crystals all around the house.
- sage weekly/monthly or whenever I remember or feel the need to.
Don’t make it feel like another chore. It can totally be a part of your self-care routine. And if you totally forget for a while, don’t feel like a horrible person. Everyone is busy, life is busy. We are all human. Just come back to this practice as needed, and enjoy it! I hope you feel lighter, clearer, and more grounded at the end.
If you are thinking about trying out this ancient practice of smudging or currently already do, I would love to hear from you. What practices do you include? Which techniques or words resonate with you? Are you a first time smudger or do you have experience?