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.