The energy that we are experiencing in the outer world right now is difficult for many people to handle. And that being said, it’s important to rid ourselves of negative energies and toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis. There are so many things that are going on in the world at large and in our personal lives that attach negativity to the 5 bodies – etherical, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It’s important – no it’s essential – to release these toxins and negative energies from our 5 bodies.
Smudging is one way to help rid ourselves of this negative and toxic energy. Smudging is the common name given to the sacred smoke bowl blessing and is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native North American Indians and calls on the spirits of the sacred plant called sage to drive away negative energies and restore balance. Smudging quite simply is the art of cleansing yourself and your environment using simple ritual and ceremony. Smudging has been a part of the Native American tradition for thousands of years, and when you light a smudge stick you are connecting with spirit as a way of shifting between the many levels of reality connecting us here in the material and physical world to the realm of spirit.
The effects of a smudging ritual can:
- Help banish stress and negative energies
- Attract love
- Cleanse your aura
- Cleanse the 5 bodies
- Give you a boost of energy
- Rid your space of the negative energy of the day
- Rid your home, office, space of the prior dweller’s energies
- Provide the power to bring your family closer together
- Can turn any space into a soothing sanctuary where you can bask in renewal and happiness.
The Smudging Ritual
Always burn sage in any small, flat, heat-proof container such as an abalone shell, ironstone dish or metal container. Never use glass.
I begin and end this ritual with a prayer as I do my smudging, asking the powers that be to remove all negativity and unwanted energies. I light the sage and let it flame for a minute or so. Extinguish the flame so the sage is smoldering and smoking.
Take your smudge dish and cleanse yourself first using circular clockwise movements, encircle yourself with the smoke, asking that all negative energies be cleansed away.
Then you can begin cleansing your room, office or home. Start at the entrance and work clockwise through your home (office, studio, etc.) and let the smoke from the sage permeate throughout covering every room including closets, floors and shoes. Work your way back and finish off the smudging process by ending up at the entrance where you began. You should have come full circle around your home or space.
You can even say prayers as you go or some sort of mantra. Whatever you think is appropriate or works for you.
When you are finished, close your eyes and thank spirit for helping assist you in this process.