Smudging is a ritual way to raise positivity and drive out negative energies or influences. It is an ancient Native American tradition to cleanse a person or location by the burning of herbs. The practice of smudging our homes, workplace, car, altars, sacred books, crystals, or gemstones has been a blessed ritual that has become more and more popular.
The method can be as simple, or as complex, as you’d like to keep it. Smudging herbs are primarily used in the methods of a smudge stick, which are made by securing the herbs into a bundle. Although some individuals use only sage, other people believe that burning of two or more herbs at the same time is a powerful way to combine the energy of the different herbs in the ritual, ceremony or celebration. A number of commonly used smudging herbs include sage, sweet grass, cedar, frankincense resin, copal gold resin, myrrh resin, lavender, pine and juniper.
Before you begin, both you and your house should to be ready physically and mentally to start the cleansing. A disarranged and unclean house beckons negative energies. On the other hand, a clean, well- aired house conveys positive feelings to its occupants.
To begin smudging, ignite your smudge stick or bundle until it burns. It will typically burn out and start to smoke. If necessary, you can blow out the flame, but it ought to be smoking. This smoke is what you’ll utilize to smudge.
Using your hand or a feather, smudge yourself by fanning the smoke toward you, getting your entire body and afterwards step within the smoke. If you are smudging another person, make sure that they turn around so you can smudge both their front and back.
Burn the sage bundle cautiously and disperse the smoke with your hand or a feather, all through the house, walking to the different areas in a clockwise direction. Make sure that you do not make the house so exceedingly smoky that it becomes tough to breathe in. A small amount of smoke is sufficient to serve your purpose. On the other hand, give attention to the active areas of your house.
As you are walking, focus on positive thoughts or speak a prayer. The goal is to call in what you most desire to come into your space. When you are done, gently put out the smoking smudge bundle by pressing it into a fireproof bowl or abalone shell. Make sure that it is no longer smoking and then leave it in the shell or bowl for a period of time.
When finished, discard the remains of the bundle outside the house by burying them or releasing them in moving water.