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Smudging is an American Indian ritual and is used frequently during spiritual home cleansings/blessings. Energy (stagnant or negative, even) has a way of building like dust in an area, and over time, you can even feel the “heaviness” of the room. The energy can be left over arguments, stress or even grumpy spirit folks among many other things. Medium John Edward calls smudging “spiritual pledge” which is so true! It’s a wonderful way to clear the old energy away when moving into a new home, or for general energy clearing in your home once a quarter. For folks who work as mediums or psychics, it’s recommended to smudge more frequently.
Try to remember not to worry about how you look or sound or if you stumble on your words during the ritual. The main thing here is your intent. Your intentions are to rid the home of negative and stagnant energies and to invite loving and protective energies in.
Crack a window in each room of your home and take a dried bundle of sage (available at most metaphysical stores) and “smudge” your home clearing out any negative or stagnant energies. Smudging is simply lighting the sage bundle and immediately blowing it out letting it smoke through the air. Make sure you have a safe receptacle to catch the ashes in, and walk around your entire home allowing the smoke to circulate and cleanse the space. Be firm and unemotional, walking through each room, hallway, bathroom, closet, etc., of your home. While walking, say out loud and firmly something such as, “may this sacred sage blend into every corner of this room and cleanse away any negative or stagnant energies. All negative and stagnant energies must leave NOW and NOT return.” Do this until you FEEL the energy is clear in the room and then, say, “in the name of God (or your particular Divine energy), this room is now cleansed.” KNOW and feel this. Then, move to the next room. When completed, it’s really nice to then walk around inviting positive and protective energies into your home with an incense like Nag Champa. After this, I normally “set” the ritual by lighting a white candle and again KNOWING the home is now clear. You do not need to leave the candle burning, so remember not to leave it burning.
(You can get the bundled white sage at Whole Foods – also the Nag Champa.)