The burning of herbs and incense for blessing, space clearing,
self blessing, healing, and spiritual purification is common practice
in many spiritual traditions. Smudge sticks are one of the most popular
and effective tools available. Use them to bless and renew your own
energies, bless your home or other space, cleanse crystals, or bless
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Any action, undertaken with intention and belief can become a wonderful,
potent ritual. Before you begin, breathe deeply and slowly while you consider
your intention. This can take just a few moments, or be as elaborate as
you like. (You may also wish to read our article on "grounding
Lighting the Smudge Stick
It's recommended to light your smudge stick with a candle, as the stick
sometimes takes a moment to fully light. Be sure to have something below
it to catch any embers or ash. Many people prefer a large abalone shell
set aside for just this purpose, but any fireproof glass or ceramic will
Light the smudge stick, and once it's burning, gently blow it out. The
stick will begin to smoke.
To be most effective, you should always smudge yourself before
moving on to smudge the home.
Allow the smudge stick to smolder a moment. Gently fan the swirls of
smoke around your body from head to toe, envisioning the smoke bringing
waves of positive energy flowing over you. See it carrying away any stress,
anger, or other negativity, replacing it with a deep contentment and calm.
(Smudging yourself is also very effective after illness, arguments, etc.
to refresh and cleanse your energy.)
Now you are ready to bless/smudge your home, space, or others. We will
focus here on smudging your home for house blessing and energy clearing.
Smudge Your Home
Do one room at a time, generally starting at your front door. Gently fan
the smoke over each door, blessing all who enter and stating that only
positive, beautiful energy is allowed to enter. Do the same for the windows,
stating that all energy entering is beautiful, full of light, healing,
blessing, etc. Move through your home room by room, smudging especially
areas that may have contained feelings of negativity. Pay attention to
corners and behind doors where energy can get "stuck". Continue
throughout your home, blessing each room, and allowing the smoke to carry
away any unhelpful energies.
It is helpful to speak your blessings aloud, adding the energy and power
of the spoke word to declare and direct the energy. Use any words you
like, as simple or elaborate as you like.
Completion - Extinguishing the Smudge Stick
Once your home is smudged, express gratitude for the effectiveness of
your blessing, and gently extinguish the smudge stick. One way is to dip
the stick into moistened sand, or simply dip the burning end of the stick
into water to be sure it's out. (Some people prefer to use a ritual bowl
of blessed water for this purpose.) Let your smudge stick dry thoroughly,
and store it in a special place for future use.
Smudge sticks are simple yet very effective tools. I believe their unique
strength is derived from the fact that they embody all four of the directions/energies
North - Earth: (the sage/herbs sprang from the earth)