Cleansing Negative Energy by Smudging
Smudging is the common name given to the sacred smoke bowl blessing a powerful cleansing technique from the Native North American Tradition. Smudging drives away negative energies and restore balance. It is the art of cleansing yourself and your environment using simple ritual and ceremony. For thousands of years smudging has been a part of Native American tradition but now its power of cleansing is available to everyone.
How can smudging be so powerful?
The answer lies in the spiritual energy. Homes and bodies are not just made of purely physical matter; they also vibrate with quiet, invisible energy. Cleansing a space or our bodies with techniques such as smudging clears away all the emotional and psychic 'garbage' that may have gathered over the years or even hundreds of years. It's like spiritual spring cleaning. The effects of smudging can be surprisingly swift and dramatic. Above all they can turn any space, however humble, into a soothing sanctuary - a place of renewal and happiness. Originally, mixtures of sacred herbs and resins were burned in a special bowl. Smoke was then wafted around the person or place needing purification and cleansing. However, smudge sticks (bundles of dried herbs tied together with colored thread or a strip of hide) offer an easier way of smudging that is just as effective. Sage drives out negative thoughts, energies, spirits, and all influences.
How to Smudge/House Blessing
Light the sage and let it flame for a minute or so. Extinguish the flame so the sage is smoldering and smoking. Take the smudge stick and using circular clockwise movements, encircle yourself with the smoke, asking that all negative energies be cleansed away.
When blessing your home, start in the basement and go all around the room including all corners. Next, work your way up through your home. Have an upstairs window open to carry out the smoke and negativity with it. I say a little prayer over and over as I do my smudging, asking the 'powers that be' (Spirit/God/Source/Sage) whatever you may be comfortable with to remove all negativity, unwanted energies and fill this place with Light. You can ask Archangel Michael for protection too. IT WORKS!!! When first doing this on a regular basis, you may find yourself feeling agitated or uneasy and not sure why. It is because you are 'clearing' with the help of the smudging. This would indicate that there is a lot of 'negative' energies in your environment. I do not have a set amount of times to smudge. I personally smudge myself and my room once a day, because of what I do, and my home once a week. You will find your own feel for how often for yourself.
For an extra added benefit, use the sea salt! Sprinkle it around the outside of your home, particularly the entrance ways/thresholds.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOU!
Smudge yourself on a regular basis! You're aura field interacts with others aura energy fields! So, smudge your energy field too!