Thursday, January 3, 2013

How to Cleanse your Home with Sage

Sage smudging is an ancient cleansing ritual used by shamanic cultures to remove negative energy from a space. There are a number of reasons why you would want to perform a space cleansing:

Welcome in the new year
Cleansing your home of any old or negative energy is a great way to make a fresh start to the new year.

Moving into a new home
Houses absorb energy and retain memories, both good and bad. Sometimes the previous occupants have left behind negative or unwanted energy and it needs to be shifted.

Personalising your own space
Making your home your own is important and can help foster feelings of security and well being.

Ghosts or Hauntings
Sometimes spirits of those that have passed get caught in the astral plane and can 'haunt' a space or home. Typical signs that you may have an unwanted guest include strange noises, smells, cold/hot areas, feeling a presence around you or poltergiest activity.

Here is a simple ritual you can do yourself using a smudge stick to cleanse your home. A smudge stick can be purchased from most new age stores.
  • Open all the windows and doors of your house and light your smudge stick. Give it a couple of minutes until it starts to smoulder. Make sure you hold a suitable vessel underneath to catch any embers or ash.
  • Walk around each room waving the smoke into the corners and around the windows and doors, allowing the smoke to circulate and cleanse the energy and space. While doing so, set your intention and visualize all negative energy leaving the house. You can say a cleansing prayer such as "I cleanse this room of any impurities, negativity, or anything that does not support the people that live here".
  • Do this ritual around the entire house, all the while visualizing any negative energy leaving and being replaced with a bright light of positive energy.
  • After you have cleared your entire home, wave the smudge stick around your entire body from head to toe and front to back to force any energies not your own away from your body. Do not inhale the smoke.
  • When finished, extinguish the smudge stick or take it outside to a safe place and allow it burn down. I usually only use one smudge stick for each ritual. Allow the remainder of the smoke and smell to leave your home before closing your windows and doors. Happy smudging!

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