If your house is feeling negative, tense, or at unrest, smudging can help with resetting the energy in your space. Here’s how to get rid of negative energy using this universal practice geared towards cleansing your home.
Why should anyone smudge their house? Smudging neutralizes the energy in your space. As an added bonus, the smoke naturally repels insects, bacteria, and viruses.
Your home should be a place where you are free to relax, rejuvenate, and recuperate the energy you’ve spent while at work or while out with friends. In order to successfully neutralize your home, there are specific steps you need to take to start the purification process.
Benefits Of Sage Burning
There are many different ways to cleanse your home from negativity. You could use healing crystals, sea salt, wind chimes, and natural herbs /plants. However, smudging has several benefits that make it a perfect way to get rid of bad energy.
- The smell of the smoke is relaxing and naturally helps calm your mood.
- Burning specific plants can help fight bacteria, viruses, and repel insects.
- When you’re clearing your house of negative energy, you leave a new canvas for you to paint with positive energy.
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Why Is Sage Used For Smudging?
White sage is the most popular choice for smudging. Apart from fulfilling its main purpose – cleansing the energy of your house – it removes bacteria, improves your mood, and can also relieve some physical pain. Many believe the smell of white sage burning can calm headaches.
But while people usually associate smudging with sage, it isn’t the only plant that you can use. You can use sweetgrass, cedar, bayberry, lavender, and more.
In case you don’t like the smell of sage but still want to use its properties, consider adding these plants to your sage smudge stick. This way you can enjoy the benefits of sage along with the scent of your favorite plant.
What Does It Mean To Smudge Your House?
When you smudge your house, you are metaphysically removing all the bad energy from within your four walls. It’s like a major cleanup of the spiritual kind. Some people like to consider this act as the beginning to a fresh start or an even balance. People smudge people something typically feels off to them.
When Should You Smudge Your House?
When should you smudge your house? You can begin this practice whenever you want. The great thing about smudging is that it doesn’t require a special moon phase or day for it to occur. Consider a monthly, weekly, or daily ritual – depending on your needs.
If you work in the customer service industry, perhaps you might need to smudge more often than someone who is a writer and works at home and alone. How much negative energy do you carry around with you on a regular basis?
This also rings true for those people in the hospitality industry. When you find yourself in direct contact with hundreds of people a day, it can feel very taxing and weigh you down. Smudging allows you to release all the energy that doesn’t serve you.
Having a gathering with friends at home? Consider smudging your house after a party or after leaving huge gatherings of people. It’s also advised to do it when you move into a new apartment, house, or office. You don’t want the energy of the previous owners to linger, right?
Which spaces should you smudge in your home? You should smudge any personal space that you spend time in on a regular basis. It’s also suggested to cleanse the various gadgets you keep around your home as well.
The process of smudging a space, person, or device is similar.
What Tools Do You Need?
You only need a few items for smudging – three, to be exact. I’ve included two more to make your life easier, but if you don’t have them, it won’t make any difference.
You can buy a smudge stick at grocery stores, Walmart, Whole Foods Store, or on Amazon. There are a variety of packages, kits, smells, and costs available to you from each vendor.
It’s possible to make a smudge stick yourself, but it might take at least a week to dry. If you’d like to try, you can watch this YouTube video that will take you through the process step by step.
Lighter or matches
Make sure that you have a long match or a new lighter with a strong flame to help begin your process. You need to be able to light your stick evenly. In a pinch, you can also use a candle or your stove.
Any bowl, plate, or abalone shell big enough and fireproof enough will do. You don’t have to put your smudge stick on it since you can hold it while smudging, but you’ll need it to put out the fire in the beginning and at the end.
It’s not necessary, but if you like to be thorough, a fanning tool will help the smoke reach every corner of your house. It can be a feather or a hand fan. Waving your hand to direct the smoke will work, too.
A bowl of sand or soil
Sand or soil will help extinguish your smudge stick, but it’s also not necessary. You can place your smudge stick into your fireproof container and let it go out on its own.
What Is The Process Of Smudging?
How long should it take for you to cleanse the negative energy in your house? Depending on how big your house is, the smudging process shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes.
Set your intentions. Avoid all distractions while committing to the cleansing. Turn off your phone and tell your loved ones not to talk to you during the ceremony. It’s not only because smudging requires concentration, but it’s also a safety precaution. You might forget about the burning stick if you get distracted.
Step 1. Open the windows/doors
This is actually a very important part of the smudging process and sometimes it’s often forgotten. If you don’t open the windows/doors in your house, then burning a smudge stick will only fill your place with a pleasant smell, but the negative energy will stay in your home. It will have no place to go.
Step 2. Calm yourself and focus
Before you light up your smudge stick, make sure that you’re relaxed and free of any negative emotion. During the process, you can chant a mantra, say a prayer, or simply ask the Divine Power to clear your space from negative energies. If you’re uncomfortable with speaking these words out loud, just think positive thoughts.
Step 3. Light up the smudge stick
Place your stick above your fireproof container. Light it up. If you manage to light the stick evenly, you won’t need to blow to extinguish the fire – it’ll die out after some time. If the fire didn’t die out, blow on it gently.
Step 4. Smudging
When you want to burn sage in your home, start from the entrance of your place and move around each room slowly. Try to cover every corner by using your hand or a fanning tool.
If you want to cleanse your aura instead of home, outline your body with the smudge stick starting from your head down. Don’t rush it, and keep your thoughts positive.
Step 5. The finishing touch
Return to the start point. Visualize your home clean and free from bad energy. Speak or think about the mantra or prayer you chose one last time. Press the burning tip of the smudge stick into your fireproof container, sand, or soil, and make sure no smoke is coming out of it to ensure it is out.
That’s it. Saging your house is as easy as this! Your home is officially free from any negative energy which leaves you one step closer to peace or a psychic awakening.
What if I need to smudge my house for spirits?
The process to cleanse your house of negative spirits through the use of saging is the same as outlined above. Your intentions should just focus on the entities you believe are occupying your space. The house sage process should push these negative entities onto a different space and neutralize your home, once again.
What is a sage house blessing I can say?
The words you say or think during a house cleansing should just focus on your intention. In fact, every step of this process should always have intentions at the top of your mind. When coming up with your personal blessing, you could start by saying something as simple as:
Please clear this place of negative energy and make way for positive energy instead.
If you are religious and want to bring the power of God into your process, you could choose to say the Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.