Smudging and Burning Sage To Clear Negative Energy
Have you heard of the term “Smudging”? It’s where people burn sage, plant-based resins, incense or herbs to help to clear their energy field, auras and sacred environment.
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For instance, the day that I brought Ava Moon (nearly 6 years ago) home from the hospital, my incredibly thoughtful husband told me that he had ‘saged the room’ to ensure that any negativity or heavy thought forms would be cleared for her arrival into our beautiful home.
Now before you think it’s a little too ‘witchy’ or ‘woo-woo’ this magical process has actually been backed by science to suggest that there are amazing health benefits too to clearing your space with smoke.
According to this article; it can help to purify the air within a 24-hour period. It also helps to ground the vibration and generate negative ions which help to reduce stress, tension, and animosity that could have built up in your energetic environment.
The science stuff is awesome, but I much prefer to focus on the energy management side of things to keeping your environment at a high vibrational frequency.
After all, if your energy is clear you can manifest at a faster rate. Sound like a plan?
The process of smudging dates way back to ancient times. In fact, there are very few religions in the world that don’t incorporate incense or smoke as part of the deep reverence of spiritual service. The Catholic tradition, for example, uses something called a Thurible (picture above).
The Native American people and many other indigenous tribes around the world have used smoke as a way to not only heal others, but the smoke has been used in meaningful rituals that date back to ancient times.
History will always point back to a group of people burning herbs as a way to deal with energy beyond what is visible to the eye.
So how do you burn sage?
You sit in quiet meditation for 5 minutes and ponder your invocation or intention. For example:
May I now ask that this home
is cleansed of any heaviness,
dross or negativity and that
the loved ones that reside here are
brought to a state of peace,
of poise and of perfect harmony
in body, in mind and in spirit.
May we be grateful for health,
abundance, love and happiness
as a constant manifestation.
So be it, so it is.
Light the bunch of sage with matches or a lighter and walk slowly around the room and blow the smoke in the corners.
Hint: Make sure you keep a window open so that you don’t set off your smoke alarms! Also keep a ceramic bowl with you to catch the ashes.
How often should you burn sage?
As often as you feel you need to clear your space. For example, if you have a heavy-going conversation with someone or a spirited disagreement, sage is a great way to reset the vibe and mood.
Where do you buy sage?
You can buy it at Wholefoods and also on Amazon: most new age bookstores should have a good supply for sale.
Hint: I would also highly recommend that you burn sage before setting intentions or during rituals for what you would love to manifest. This helps to clear the air (literally) and create the environment of beginning with a clean slate.
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Awesome stuff Sarah. I have ALWAYS known that I wanted to write a book but I never knew what it would be about. Now I have a plan and have decided that 2015 is my year to get writing! I will probably self publish but I may experiment with an agent to see what a book deal could offer me too.
Very cool! I want to write a book, but I’m struggling to narrow down my topic/theme! I guess I just need to get writing (on topic) and see where it takes me. My mother and I also plan to write a biography about my grandfather who passed away last year at 89 years old. Such an incredible man! I know it will be easy to write about him, we just need to get started.
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