CLEANSING RITUAL: SMUDGING FOR SERENITY
ENERGY: YOU CAN’T ALWAYS SEE IT BUT SOMETIMES YOU CAN FEEL IT.
When energy stagnates, it collects like dust and can create feelings of heaviness and negativity. There are several ways to clear energy from a space such as putting salt in the corners of rooms, ringing bells or using sound, placing crystals around the room, burning incense and using sprays made with essential oils.
USING SAGE TO CLEANSE A SPACE IS PROBABLY THE MOST ANCIENT AND COMMON WAY OF CLEANSING ENERGY AND PEOPLE. THERE IS ALSO EVIDENCE THAT SAGE IS EFFECTIVE IN CLEARING AIRBORNE BACTERIA.
Choose a smudge stick made with sage, sweetgrass or other herbs. Have a heat resistant container on hand to hold the sage while you walk around the space. An abalone shell is often used for this purpose as it is heat resistant. Some people like to also like to use a feather to distribute the smoke throughout the room.
Before you begin, open up a window or door to give the energy you are clearing away a way to leave the space.
Set your intentions for what you wish to accomplish. You want to clear away old energy in order to make room for new and fresh energy to enter. Begin at the front door and move clockwise around the perimeter of the home. Let the smoke drift into corners and closets as energy can collect in these spaces. If you wish, you can say a prayer or chant while doing the ritual as this helps to focus your intention. When you arrive back at the front door, visualize the home filled with light. Speak your intentions again and close the ritual by putting out the smudge stick in a bowl of sand.