Smudging – To get rid of negative energy.

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Some of us use the shower to cleanse our self equally as effective is the practice of ‘smudging’ this is the common name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition, burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is common practice in many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a ritual way to cleanse a person, place or rid an object of negative energies or influences. The theory behind smudging is that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as it clears it takes the negative energy with it.
Smudging can be very effective if you have been feeling depressed, angry, resentful or unwell or after you have had an argument with someone. It is also great to smudge yourself, your home or work space as part of a general spiritual housecleaning and you can cleanse crystals or other objects of any negative energy.

Herbs Used for Smudging
Sage stimulates psychic awareness and acts a strong cleanser of negative energies, while the Lavender restores balance, creates a peaceful atmosphere and attracts loving energy.

How to Smudge
Any action, undertaken with intention and belief can become a potent ritual so consider your intention before you smudge and hold it clearly in your mind. You may wish to invite the spirit of the herbs to join you and guide and assist with your intention. Once there’s a flame blow it out so that the smudge stick is smouldering, not burning. Blow or wave the flame with your hand to put out the fire. Allow the smudge stick to smoulder, freeing the smoke to circle in the air.

Smudging yourself
Fan the swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. You may want to especially focus on areas where you feel there are blockages or where there has been or is physical, emotional, or psychic pain. Imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative thoughts, emotions and energies that have attached them-selves to you.

Smudging a Room or Space
Light the smudge stick and walk about the perimeter, giving special attention to the corners and the places behind doors or around windows you can also fan the smoke throughout the room with a large feather.

Cleansing Crystals or Other Objects
Hold the objects to be purified in the smoke or fan the smoke over them. If you are clearing your crystals prior to programming them thank both them and the smudge stick for helping you to realize your goals.

Extinguishing the Smudge Stick
Have ready a glass or ceramic dish to put the smudge stick in when you’ve finished. you can just press it against the bottom of the dish do not wet it. Always make sure that a smudge stick is out before leaving the room where you keep it.

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