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We also get many requests or inquiries about cleansing a home or room. I found a nice how-to article about one of the most common practices for cleansing via smudging and included it in this newsletter. There is also a good link at the end of the newsletter for additional smudging help that includes how to make your own sticks.
With October just around the corner, let's be safe out there. (wink)
I may be out of my body, but that doesn't mean I'm out of my mind.
Janet Spitzner, editor
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How to Smudge your House with a Sage Bundle or Wand
by Deidre Heindl
Smudging is a ritual performed using a smoking stick made from
bundled dried herbs (traditionally Sage, White Sage, Lavender,
Copal, Cedar, Sweet grass, or a combination of these) for
cleansing the physical body, locations, or personal objects.
Smudging is part of many Native American traditions. This
smoking stick of bundled herbs is called a smudge stick, smudge
bundle, or smudge wand.
The idea of smudging or clearing a space goes back nearly to the
dawn of civilization. Native American smudging dates back
hundreds of years, and most traditional cultures, from the Zulu
to the Maori, from the Chinese to the Balinese, have ancient
forms of cleansing and blessing rituals. Even the incense
wafting through a church or temple is cleansing and purifying
the space, just as surely as the medicine man's bowl of sacred
The ritual of smudging has scientifically been proven to
positively affect the energy of the environment. The negative
(healthy) ions in the smoke and the molecules of the smoke
itself capture the positive (unhealthy) ions, thereby clearing
the atmosphere. Therefore, as the smoke clears (preferably out
the window), it takes the negative energy (positive ions) with
it, releasing it out where it will dissipate.
The benefits of smudging your house are countless. It will
improve every area of your life because it clears all of the old
yucky energy that was trapped there. Energy sticks to walls and
is trapped in corners, especially heavily charged emotional
energy. You may currently be reacting to energies from previous
owners of your house and not even know it! If you keep having
the same argument, in the same room of your house, it needs to
The following is a step-by-step guide to smudging your house.
This is the way in which I personally smudge, but there are many
variations regarding how it can be done. As you smudge your
space more frequently, you will, no doubt, start to get into
your own ritual rhythm with variations on the words you use, and
the motions that you take.
Gallon Size Bag/s
Fireproof Ceramic Bowl or Shell to catch ashes
1. Gather all of your items in the center of your house,
preferably near a sink. Find your Smoke Detector/s and cover
each of them with a bag, using the rubber band to secure it.
This prevents the smoke alarm from going off from all of the
2. Open as many windows as possible.
3. Light the candle with a match and then wet the matchstick to
ensure that it is out.
4. Hold the unwrapped end of the Smudge Bundle over the flame.
Allow it to catch fire; you want it to smolder. Blow on it a few
times to ensure that the center is well lit. Hold the Bowl or
Shell underneath the bundle at all times to catch the ashes that
will fall off from time to time.
5. Smudge yourself and your chakras. Simply hold the smudge
bundle and Bowl/Shell together in front of you, starting from
your feet, and slowly move it up your body. Then, hold the
smudge and Bowl/Shell behind your back, at the base of your
spine, for a few seconds to ensure that the smoke goes up your
back. Try to envision healing white light around you and the
smoke cleansing you of all negative and stale energy.
6. Go to your front door. Gesture around all of the seams of the
door and state aloud that 'I clear this space, and everything in
it, of any and all negative or stale energy.' Begin moving along
the wall of your house to the right of the front door (or
clockwise). Repeat the phrase above as you go along. It is not
necessary to spend time 'covering' the whole wall with smoke,
just move slowly along the wall. As you encounter windows or
other doors, be sure to 'seal' the entire frame with the smoke
and linger a few seconds longer in corners, where excess stale
energy tends to be caught.
7. Continue around the perimeter of your house until you are
back at your front door. Re-seal it with the smoke again.
8. At this point, you have neutralized all of the previously
negative, lingering, or stale energy in your house. Now the
space needs to be introduced to new healthy positive energy.
9. Light the incense with your candle and allow the flame to go
to a smolder on its own, ensuring that it is smoking and did not
go out. Now you can either go around the house again as before
with your incense, or, using ash catchers, you can place incense
in the corners of your house to burn through. Either way you
choose, declare that 'the smoke from this incense fills this
house, and everything in it, with vibrant, healthy, new positive
10. When you are finished, ensure that all of the incense sticks
are out by dipping them in water before disposing of them. Put
out the smudge bundle by placing the end under running water. It
will sizzle. Before putting out your candle, thank the Universe
for helping you to cleanse your house. Then put it out.
11. You can now remove the bags from your smoke detectors. Keep
the windows open as long as necessary until the smoke has
cleared. If the smell is too powerful for you, you can go around
the house with an air freshener.
12. You have done it! Take a moment to feel your house. Doesn't
it feel much lighter? Try to get in the habit of smudging your
house on a regular basis. Remember that any high emotions will
leave an energy print, which affects every person who comes
across it. Smudging regularly clears these hot spots.
I hope that you smudge your house for years to come! Healthy
energy is good for us all!
Please remember to always follow common sense safety practices
when working with fire.
About the author:
Deidre Heindl is a Reiki Master and has studied many types of
energy healing, as well as being an expert in Animal Symbolism
studies. She is the creator of the websitehttp://www.SanctuarySpecialtyGifts.com
, where you can find
smudging supplies, unusual gifts, and more metaphysical articles
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This is another good source of information on smudging including how to make your own smudge sticks.http://www.altnature.com/thegarden/howtouse.htm
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