To begin the smudging ceremony . . .
What is important is that you smudge every inch of the house.
This includes cupboard, any cellar areas, every bed and living room, and the attic (if accessible). Start at the door frame of each room and then work your way inside the room and be sure to smudge every corner, in every window, and of course, the floors.
~ Be sure to send smoke up to each corner of the ceiling and along the corners of the walls. After all four corners are “smudged” with smoke, go to the centre of the room and make a clockwise circle of smudge. Complete all rooms. You may also want to blow smoke near the drawers and in the cupboards.
~ As you go through your home, workplace, or other venues or places, be sure to repeat a prayer, verse, or saying that you feel will empower you. The more empowered you feel, the more commanding your presence, and this will help in removing unwanted entities and energies.
~ Speak to yourself, to God, to the universe, or to the energy of life. You might be asking for protection in certain rooms
~ Light some fresh sage, sweet grass, or cedar smudge sticks, keep a dish or bowl under the burning herbs to catch any ash.
~ If you are having problems keeping it lit, occasionally blow on it to keep the embers burning—you want to continue to coax the flame until you get a steady smoke. It does not matter where you start smudging.
~ If you are performing the ritual in your home, you can start at the front door and work your way around from there, or you can start from the backyard and work your way inside.
After you complete all rooms.
Open as many windows and exterior doors as is practical to let the smoke be purged for at least 20 to 45 minutes as this will help "blow away" all the negative energies that you just worked to break down.
Extinguishing the smudge . . .
Always practice safety while you smudge and be sure to have a bowl, dish, or glass to catch the ash. You can extinguish your lit smudging ingredients by placing them under a running tap. Smudge sticks can easily be put out in the bowl of sand like a cigarette.