Smudging Rituals: How to clear away negative energy
What is smudging?
The smudging ritual comes from the Native American Indian tradition of sacred smoke bowl blessing. Different forms of smudging or purification can also be seen in religious ceremonies like the burning of incense by Catholics in mass or the burning of incense during meditation and prayer by Buddhists. Even further back in time, you will find that the Egyptians (3000 B.C – A.D 600) burned incense as an offering to the sun god, Ra. In the Native American Indian tradition, smudging calls on the spirits of sacred plants to clear away negative energies and restore balance.
What herbs are used in smudging?
Traditional herbs used for smudging are high desert sage or white wide-leaf sage, cedar, cypress, Juniper and sweetgrass. Other dried herbs you might find in a smudge stick are dried lavender, mint, frankincense and rosemary.
When to cleanse using the smudging ritual
Self: If you are turning a new page or entering a different phase of your life and want to start with a clean slate – then smudging is a good ritual to use to mark the beginning of your journey. You might also find smudging useful when you feel under a psychic attack or sick.
Home: You can cleanse your home before moving in, after a baby is born, when someone or something has brought negative energy inside.
Crystals: Cleansing your crystals is also very important. Many crystals absorb the energies of others – whether positive or negative, the energies of others can interfere with the intentions you’ve set for your crystals.
How to cleanse a home with smudge sticks
Depending on your lifestyle, you may have many people coming in and out of your home. You may or may not know the kinds of energies these individuals carry with them. You might even carry negative energy from stress, sadness or anger. Because we all carry different energies it’s important to cleanse your home – especially when you start to feel a change in the atmosphere of your home.
You will need a smudge stick, large feather and a smudge bowl. If you do not have a feather that’s ok, you can use your hand to help move the smoke around.
Before you light your smudge stick you’ll want to set an intention for your home. Your intention could be to “bless this home with positive energy, a strong foundation and boundless love”. You could call on the spirits of the herbs to bless the home or God as you know her to be. It is your belief and your home – so bless it how you please.
Start at the outside of your front door. Light your smudge stick at the opposite end (the tip) from which you’re holding. Light it enough so that it has a continuing slow burn. Use your feather to fan the smoke towards the door. Slowly in a clockwise motion outline the outside of the door, making sure to pass the smoke to each corner. Open the door and do the same for the inside of the door. You’ll want to do this for every door, corner and room in your home. Make sure you pass the smoke through every window as well. When you are done extinguish smudge stick by pressing it into your smudge bowl until the fire dies out.
How to cleanse crystals with smudge sticks
Cleansing your crystals with smudge sticks is fairly simple. First, you’ll set an intention of purification before you light your smudge stick. Then light your smudge stick at the opposite end (the tip) from which you’re holding. Softly blow on the stick so that it has a continuing slow burn. Use your feather to fan the smoke towards the crystal. Pass the crystal through the smoke as you envision the smoke cleansing your crystal clear of any negativity or electromagnetic smog. When you are done extinguish smudge stick by pressing it into your smudge bowl until the fire dies out. Either place your crystal in a bag with or near Carnelian to recharge.
The Smudging and Blessings Book: Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal by Jane Alexander
Incense: Rituals, Mystery and Lore by Gina Hyams
A Shamanic Way:: Rituals, Rattles, and Recipes for Awakening Your Inner Spirit by Penny Randall
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