How to Cleanse using Smudge Sticks.


Often your house gets filled with the negativity and negative energy; which is a normal thing in the course of life. However, you need to find ways to cleanse your house spiritually to get rid of any sort of negativity that exists. Smudging rituals are a beautiful technique to clear a space. This can be done annually or more often. It’s especially powerful to perform a space clearing when you first move into a home, or on the lunar new year.

Smudging is one of the ways to energetically cleanse a space to invite positive energy.  When smudging a space, you burn plant material, the smoke fills and purifies the environment.  As the smoke ascends, our wishes and intentions rise and mingle into the universe, connecting heaven, earth and humanity.
Smoke offerings are found in many traditions such as Buddhism, Native American and other spiritual religions. The smoke ceremony creates transformation and blesses a space and the inhabitants.

              Things You'll Need : Gather Your Materials
Before you begin smudging, take time to gather your materials together. The smoke ritual begins when you collect your supplies, so take care to ensure they are clean and in good condition.  Keep the ritual materials sacred by using them only for clearing.     Smudge Stick
There are many different plant materials you can use for smudging. Some common ones are Sage, Cedar, Sweet Grass and Lavender, you can also use Juniper, Mugwort, Rosemary to smudge and purifyWhite sage is the most common and popular herb for smudging. It is associated with purity and has a strong and heavy presence.        It's useful for when you need a Major Space Cleansing. 

Fire source : Candle and Matches
We recommend having a candle nearby to relight the smudge stick or woods during the smudging ceremony. Matches or a lighter is best used to light the candle as this form of flame is more stable and safer.
Fireproof Container
It's useful to have a fireproof container, like a Small Clay Bowl or plate, to hold underneath the smudge stick or wood to catch any ashes or embers. These items should only be used for smudging ceremonies.
Bowl of Sand
A bowl of sand is a must. It is used to properly extinguish the smudge stick safely after the ritual is complete.  Sand used should not be 'Builders Sand' as this will turn to glass, with heat - Better to choose "Pet Sand".   

Tidying your house might make it look clean. Allow enough space and time for the ritual so you don’t feel rushed. If possible, meditate for at least five minutes to calm your mind and spirit. If anyone else is present during this smudging ceremony, you can include them in the ritual.
Remember when performing a Space Clearing, intention and why you are doing it is key. Before you start, take some time to contemplate what your wishes are for your home and family. When you Clear Your House, there’s a vacuum space that’s created, you then need to welcome your New Wishes into the newly cleared and open space.

Now that you have all your Tools and Preparations in place,                                                                                             you can begin the Smudging Ritual.

How to ‘Cleanse’ – This process is used for people, items and places. 

~ Start at the front door of the home and light your smudge stick. Then, begin to move around the home. Move mindfully and with care, walking clockwise around the entire perimeter of the home. Be sure to allow the smoke to drift into even the hidden spaces, like inside closets, basements and dark corners. If there are stairs, just go up or down when you encounter them. Then keep moving clockwise until you meet the stairs again. Then continue to go down or up the stairs and resume the main floor.Moving around a space like this is called “Circumambulation”.

It’s a practice that’s been done for Centuries in Ancient Cultures to make a space More Sacred. And, if it feels okay to you, it’s helpful to Chant A Mantra or A Prayer, this is a way to fill the space with more Cleansing Vibrations.   ~ Start at the crown/head of a person and light your smudge stick. Then, begin to move around the person, moving with care from top to bottom, move mindfully, walking clockwise around the entire perimeter of the person.                                                      

~ Waft the smoke, with either a feather or the back of your free hand, down over the person to release the pungent smoke. Have an ashtray or similar bowl on hand to catch the ash that falls from the smudge stick/torch. Be sure to allow the smoke to drift over the entire body, under arms – between fingers – between legs and under feet making sure to get into hidden spaces, continue till you have covered the WHOLE body.  If necessary the person being cleansed can be sitting or standing just make sure to cover ALL the body with smoke.

~ To cleanse an object, if it can be held ask someone to hold it while you waft the smoke around the item, covering all areas. If the item is too big then place it on a table and turn it to cover the object with smoke.     

When you arrive back at the point at which you began, chant your final Tantra or Prayer.   Visualize that the Entire Home is filled with Bright White Sunlight.

                                                             Then speak out loud your wishes one last time to ~~  Close the Smudging Ceremony.

~ Extinguish the stick in a Terracotta, Metal, Glass, or Ceramic Bowl. When you’re ready to put out the Smudge Stick, grind the lit tip into a fireproof receptacle with a thin layer of Sand or Ashes which will help ‘snuff out’ the stick faster. Check to make sure the stick has stopped burning before you walk away and leave it unattended.                                                                                              

                                                     REMEMBER you don’t need to use a whole stick for each Cleansing since it burns so slowly,                                                                                                           so a single stick can give you several burnings, dependant on size and thickness.    

                                              House Cleansing Prayer
Prayers are a very effective way to connect with the spiritual realm. The Spiritual Cleansing Prayer cleans your house entirely of any bad eye that might be potential upon it, or any negative vibrational frequencies someone might have left.  If you think that things in your home are not going in accordance to the normal course of everyday life, make sure you make the House Cleansing Prayer to the Angels or your Spiritual Leader so that they can help, guide, and assist you in making your house filled with their love and light.

                               “ I call upon my Guardian Angel and other Angels to bless me with their light and love to fill my home, and my surrounding environment with the highest vibration of love, light, and divine frequency.”                                                                                                                                                                                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                           “ I call upon you to eradicate the negative energy that resides inside my house.  I ask for help to cleanse my house and fill it with the positive energy of joy and happiness.”

                       “Thank you, for filling my entire home with your love and light. Let the light flow into every corner of every room,                                                                           through every door, and every cabinet. Down, above, behind, and besides, spread the light everywhere.”                                                                                                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                      Sometimes a rhyming verse makes a prayer easy to remember. It seems that rhyming stays with us.

  For example one short prayer goes like this:                                                                                                                                                                                   "Cleanse this space, remove the past, I’ve found my happiness at last.  Fill this space with Joy and love, Send Your Blessings from Above.""              *  This one also rhymes:
                         ""Negativity of this my sacred space, I banish you by the light of my grace. You have no hold or power here,                                                                                  I stand and face you with no fear. Be gone forever you will obey, From my sacred space you must away.""     

*  Sometimes the sentiment expressed is enough to help one remember:
                      ""Into this smoke I release, All energies that do not serve; All negativity that surrounds; And all fears that limit.""