Smudging is a sacred art that goes back to ancient times and is used to clear negative energy from a space and create room for new positive energy. Think of it like clearing your internet browser history and using an antivirus program, but for your home. You’ll need a couple of things to get started.
1. A Smudge Stick of some kind. I would choose one that matches your intention.
- White Sage: prosperity, purification, cleansing, healing, protection and empowerment, serenity and peace.
- Juniper: protection, cleansing, good luck, blessing a new space and inviting in abundance.
- Cedar & Lavender: grounding, renewal, protection, relaxation, happiness, peacefulness
- Palo Santo: positivity, creativity, good fortune, mental and physical health (also smells amazing and good insect repellent).
3. A lighter or match.
4. Feather (optional).
You’re probably asking yourself, “Yo Dylan, that’s great and all but how do I do that?”. Well, that’s easy! First, light one end of your smudge stick, allowing it to catch fire and burn for several seconds. Once the flame extinguishes, gently blow on the lit end to fan the embers (careful with sparks, you wanna clear the room not burn it down); the smudge will begin to glow and smoke. Hold the smudge above a heatproof dish, such as a Pāua/Abalone Shell, to catch the ashes as it burns.
As the smoke rises into the air, picture your intention, whatever it may be. If you are clearing negative energy, picture all the petty BS clearing like a fog. Healing? Then imagine the smoke cleansing any illness or injury. Whatever it is, envision it floating away on the smoke. I find that saying my intention out loud makes it clear both in my mind and in my body. Use your hands (or a feather if you have one handy) to guide the smoke over yourself. Although, I personally have read many different ways of doing a smudging I prefer guiding the smoke in a clockwise direction both with my hand and physically when walking around the space.
Find a way that feels right for you and your intention. I hope that clears up any smokescreens that you may have encountered when looking up smudging. Remember, don’t burn yourself or your house down, keep your intentions clear and enjoy this time to feel lighter and happier.
May today be your best day,