Smudging is an ancient art that is believed to have been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. It’s the name given to the ceremonial daily act of cleansing and purification which uses a selection of herbs, often sage, which are bundled together with string to form a smudge stick before being ignited, but my preference is loose herbs so I can custom as to what I need in the moment.
The smoke that’s emitted from the herb bundle is believed to cleanse negative energy and purify living spaces, as well as people and even objects like tools, furniture, and home decor. Similar to one washing their hands before a meal, it helps to cleanse a person in an energetic bath of aromatic smoke. It’s also believed to release negative ions, which has been linked in studies to a more positive mood and many other benefits. Negative ions are also created by the effects of sunlight and water – you’ve probably noticed a wonderful sense of calm when in nature, such as visiting a beach, waterfall or enjoying a walk in the woods.
In high enough concentrations, negative ions can clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles.
They do this by attaching to positively charged particles in large numbers which cause the germs, mold, pollen and other allergens to become too heavy to stay airborne. They fall to the floor, or attach to a nearby surface, removing them from the air you breathe while preventing them from causing health problems like respiratory issues.
WHITE SAGE FOR CLEARING – Elders have burned this sacred herb for centuries in order to clear and consecrate their space. The smoke of ceremonial white sage, in particular, is said to draw positive spirits and discourage the presence of any unwanted energy. It’s the smudge bundle par excellence.
CEDAR FOR ELDER CONNECTION – Cedar is best known for its ability to call in ancient wisdom. Burn this smudge bundle in your sacred space to call in the magic and guidance of your ancestors and elders, so that they may empower and deepen your spiritual practice.
LAVENDER - to add a deeper sense of calm and peace to your space. It is most beneficial for a sleeping space, or stressful home.
THE RIGHT WAY TO SMUDGE YOUR SPACE.
Smudging, when done the right way, clears your mind and space of any negativity. It is a Native American tradition that has survived until now. Why? Because it is very effective. It is also a precursor to any ritual you want to perform.
To smudge is to be able to cross the barrier that separates us from the spiritual realm. It is also a means to communicate with the Divine. It opens up the blocked pathways to allow the Divine to work their magick through us.
As effective as it is, it is easy to get it wrong. Having the wrong mindset (like not believing in it working) or being in the wrong mood, to not knowing how to burn the smudge sticks can spell a disappointing smudging session where you feel like it did not work. One telltale sign of the smudging not being effective is your feeling of it doing nothing and producing no results.
Let this be your checklist before performing a smudging.
Ask yourself these questions before you start
DO I HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO SMUDGE? Smudging requires simple ingredients like matches, smudging herbs, and a smudging bowl.
DO I HAVE THE RIGHT HERBS? Sage is always a popular choice when it comes to smudging. Even the Native Americans used it. Cedar is also another and is a powerful cleansing herb. Sage and Cedar are burned for cleansing. Afterwards, burn sweetgrass to please the spirits.
If you cannot harvest the herbs in your garden for smudging, don’t worry. You don’t need to make them yourself. There are many pre-packed or pre-bundled smudge sticks you can buy.
Do you need something a little....well, more???? Like a full Space Clearing?
Deep Space Clearing ~ Removing Negative Energy & Entities - definitely not DIY
The reason we recommend energy based space clearing is over the years of performing space clearings, we have not witnessed anything as effective as this method. In these space clearings, the energy of the space is transformed into the requested atmosphere.
This could include atmospheres & vibrations like Peace, Abundance, Validation, Amusement, Safety and the list goes on. The focus is to clear negative energy (whatever that may be) and bring in the healthiest possible energy for that space.
What is Negative Energy in House?
Negative energy in house can have many sources. This can come from leftover tension after a serious fight, traumas in the home and even spirits in a home. The root of it negative energy…negative energy with an agenda. Depending on the severity and challenges of the energy some of the basic space clearing methods may not be enough.
What Are The Benefits of Space Clearing?
After space clearing, people report feeling healthier, clearer, more focused and more at peace within themselves and with their families. At places of work, owners notice an uptake in productivity on all levels; themselves, employees and in the overall business. The commonality is people feeling happier and better about themselves and in their home and work.