SMUDGING is an ancient indigenous practice where the smoke of sacred trees and herbs is used to clear old, stagnant or negative energy as well as to impart blessings to a person, space or sacred item. People seem to be most familiar with white sage as a smudging agent, but there are many herbs and trees that have been used traditionally for this purpose, each with a slightly different energetic medicine.
WHAT TO SMUDGE | You can smudge yourself, others, a space (home, office, apartment) or any sacred items to clear, bless or consecrate them. The main thing is to smudge with intention and loving authority.
HOW TO SMUDGE | Invoke Love with an opening prayer, and give thanks to the sacred plant for gracing you and your space with it's blessing and healing energy. Holding your smudging agent (Sage, Palo Santo, Sweetgrass etc.), light the end with a match or lighter and let it burn well for a few seconds. Once you have a steady stream of smoke, gently wave your arm to allow the smoke to envelop you. Other options are to fan the smoke with a feather or place the burning smudging agent in a small fireproof dish on the floor and stand over it. See and feel the smoke clearing away the old energy and leaving blessings in its place. It is done. Give thanks.
SPACE CLEARING | Open the windows in preparation to release the old energy. Wave the smoke into all corners, across doorways and into shadow spaces. To maintain the atmosphere of ritual, keep repeating the incantation in your mind as you diffuse the smoke. Start with the room furthest from the front door to help the energy flow out. In each room follow that same logic of starting with the corner farthest away from the door. Repeat in each room as necessary. Feel into the energy of each room and notice when it changes. Some places will need more than one round of smudging.
Once the space is cleared and blessed, you can allow the sage bundle to burn and let the scent linger on surrounding areas and even your body. To extinguish burning sage, gently press it out in your heat-proof shell or container, or even sand.