Smudging is a critical first step in any sacred ritual, as well as an important way to complete and seal sacred work. This ancient practice clears low vibrations and stuck energies. I smudge daily to purify my sacred space before ritual, ceremony, or meditation.
The main purpose of smudging is to cleanse or protect yourself, your objects and/or a place. It can be done before other ceremonies or by itself, in addition to being a spiritual ritual
Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
The use of incense and other smoke and vapor to connect humans to the spirit world, can be easily traced throughout the East in parts of Asia and even dating as far back to Ancient Greece.
The use of dried white sage however, is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. The shamans used dried sage plants on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits. Any conflict, anger, illness or evil was absorbed by the sage smoke to be released or cleansed from the energy field of a person.
Next, sweet grass would be burned to call forth the energy of peace and love. This ancient shamanic mystical ritual is a simple one to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine, or any time you feel like you might need a little aura polishing. You can never really smudge too much
Burning sacred herbs and resins is perhaps the most time-tested method for energetically (and sometimes physically) cleansing a space. For millennia, our ancestors have believed that sacred smoke raises vibrations and assists with magic. So when we smudge today, we also connect with our lineage in a powerful way.
Incense was, in fact, the first form of perfume!
Perfume literally means through the smoke.
Yes, our ancestors also used smudging as the primary way to scent their bodies. Our Egyptian and Roman ancestors “perfumed” the air with the incense they burned. In pre-Christian times, frankincense was the most valued type of incense; it was rare, expensive, and prized. No wonder it was one of three gifts brought by the Wise Men to Christ’s manger; it was a gift fit for a king.
Some ideal (or necessary) times to sage smudge your aura and/or space would be:
The four (4) Traditional herbs for Smudging are:
Sage: Has the power to drive away negative energies.
Sweet grass: Has the power to call in positive energies.
Tobacco: Has the power to absorb our prayers and carry them to the Creator
Cedar: Has the power to protect us from negative energies.
How to Smudge
I was taught that to begin smudging, you would need a container such as a bowl or shell to burn the plant material in. Some people use an abalone or other seashell. These shells, being a gift from the lakes and oceans, help to call in the element of “Water”from which all life on earth begins and is, water is the direction of the West and the Emotional realm and of Fall. This helps to balance the four elements in the smudging ceremony. Most people use matches to light the fire. A feather or fan is used to fan the flames. “Fire”represents the direction of South and of Summer. The feather is to acknowledge the “Winged Ones” who dwell in the sky and to call in the element of “Air”,the Mental Realm and direction of East and of Spring. The Herbs used in your Smudge represent the element of “Earth”and the direction of the North, and of Winter
I have been taught to perform the smudging ceremony in the following manner, which I will share with you. You are free to use it, or you may choose to learn another method or to create a way that feels right to you. There is no right or wrong way, only basic rules that most people follow.
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