Smudging is a powerful way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies, spirits or influences.
The smudging involves the burning of sacred plants such as sage then, either passing an object through the resulting smoke, or fanning the smoke around a person or place.
The simplest way to smudge is to use a smudge stick, just light the end of the wand and blow out the flame to obtain smoke.
Have the person being smudged stand facing you and pass the wand back and forth through the person’s aura starting at their feet and moving upwards.
To cleanse a room or house, carry the lit smudge stick, clockwise around the space, making sure to smudge in the corners and behind doors. Open windows to allow smoke to dissipate. Move around each room of your home or space, whilst asking to cleanse and clear all negative energies and spirits… all must leave now. Being clear in your intention and having faith when clearing a space is essential. Always be firm, unemotional and empowered when dealing with negative energies.
To extinguish the sage stick, just rub the end out in a ceramic bowl or in sand. Do not wet the sage stick to put it out, otherwise it will be difficult to re-light.
You can also re-visit a cleansed house by going back into all of the rooms with incense or spray essential oils such as pine, while inviting all loving, protecting, positive spirits into the home. You may end the ritual by lighting a white candle and allowing it to burn for a while to “seal” the ritual.
Smudging is best known as a Native American ritual, but it is also found in other cultures as well.