This ritual is a simple and
powerful way of clearing your energy and the energy around you.
It can be done with sage, cedar, lavender and many other herbs.
I have also tried a smudge stick with cedar and sage combined,
but do not find them as effective.
Smudging is a process of
burning a dried plant and fanning the smoke with sacred
intention. It is best known as a Native American practice, but
it is done in many different cultures. What I will share here is
the way that I smudge. It is a blend of a variety of techniques
and one that brings me peace. My way may not necessarily be the
way for you; use your intuition and ‘feel’ a way that works for
I use a half sea shell into
which I put a few loose leaves of sage. I breathe deeply to
settle and centre myself. When I feel centered, I light the sage
and fan it with a feather to get it going. I offer the sage to
the four corners first calling in my guides and power animals
for protection and blessing. I then fan the smoke with my crow’s
feather to all areas of my body, paying particular attention to
each charka and any other area requiring extra attention.
When you feel you are ‘done’,
you are now ready to begin your sacred work; which in my case
might be meditation or a healing session with a client.
I always smudge before a
Reiki session with a client. It rests me, and gives me clarity.
I cleanse my aura and energy so that I come to the healing
session ‘clean’. The area where the session is to take place is
cleansed also. After the healing session with the client is
complete, I take fresh sage, light it, and direct the smoke
along the length of the body starting from the crown charka and
moving towards the feet. This sweeping of energy with sage after
a healing removes any negative energy released during the
healing. I have also found my client to be more at peace when I
Smudging can also be used to
clean the energy of a house, an area, a pet. I am quite
sensitive to energy so when I have been busy, or there have been
many people through the house, I find myself weighed down. It
usually takes me about a day to realize that there is residual
energy hanging around; a bit of smudge and a quiet blessing is
all that is needed to lift the weighty feeling.
Sage can usually be found in
New Age or alternative stores, natural food and herbal stores,
or gift stores and such that stock Native American product.