Bad energy can be like germs….germs that give you a cold or the flu …. because you’ve been in contact. Negative energy just LOVES to rub off and spread itself around.
The American Indian believes that White Sage (a dried plant), when burned, used in a ceremonial prayer will remove negative energy. I provide instructions below.
DON’T DO WHAT I DID ONCE! IF YOU SMUDGE IN THE WINTER, OPEN THE WINDOWS! THE SMOKE ALARM WILL GO OFF AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL COME! UGH! So embarrassing, but funny.
House Smudging Step by Step
FIRST – OPEN THE WINDOWS SO THE SMOKE ALARM DOESN’T GO OFF
Smudging can sound a bit intimidating to many people. It can also look unsafe or too complicated to be practiced often. Rest assured this is not true. Smudging is not complicated, not hard and totally safe when you follow several very simple steps. What is important to accept, though, is that smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony, so it is best to do it with full awareness and in a slow, mindful manner. As even the happiest homes accumulate in time negative vibrations, it is good to smudge.
I will give you simple instructions on how to do smudging, and then address the most common concerns with smudging
Here are the three main supplies you will need in order to smudge your house:
Sage – preferably white sage
A fireproof container….I use a plate.
Here’s how to smudge your house in 5 simple steps:
Step #1. Place the candle, the fireproof container and the sage on a table, desk or any other appropriate surface. It is best if you create a sense of ceremony when you smudge your house, as well as find time when you will not be disturbed; 10-15 min should be enough.
Light the Candle
Step #2. Light the candle and say a prayer* or just focus your energy. Light the tip of your sage with a candle light, then gently wave the sage in the air till the tip begins to smoulder.
Step #3. Hold the sage over the fireproof container at all times in order to avoid any lit herbs falling on the floor. You can use a feather, if you have one, but usually just gently waving your hands to disperse the smoke is enough. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your smudging session.
Stay Connected to Your Breathing and Smudge All Areas
Step #4. First, smudge YOURSELF. While the sage is lit and smoking, hold it in front of you and turn yourself in a circle several times so the smoke circles you. Say your prayer* Then go clockwise around your house (starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air. Spend a bit more time smudging the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and carefully smudge inside. Do not forget about spaces such as the laundry room, the garage or the basement.
Final House Smudging Step
Step #5. When you have smudged all areas of your house, come back to where you started and gently extinguish your sage. I just push it hard onto the plate until it goes out – don’t wet it….you won’t use the entire sage. Put the used sage in a Ziploc for future use.