Sage cleansing is simple once you know how to do it. It may seem as though cleansing with herbs (or smudging, as it is often called by Native Americans) is a new-age phenomenon. Smudging, however, has actually been practiced for eons all around the world by many different cultures. Below is the quickest way to do a good home cleansing, including the downloadable PDF file containing "the simple 101 steps on cleansing with herbs, sage kits, and sprays", which is included in all of my Sage kits as well.
How to Purify your Home Using Sage
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How to Perform the Sage Cleansing
The Sage Cleansing downloadable Pdf file here: Tips for Smudging Pdf
Sage cleansing is easy to do. The most important part of this (or of any ritual) is to say a little prayer before you begin. Clear your mind from any negative aspects and focus on positive influences. This is an excellent starting point in purifying the energy of the home, yourself, others, or simply objects around the home, car, or workplace.
Step 1: Gather the Required Items
Sage (or your other favorite cleansing herbs)
If you're using sage, you can either use the dried bundled version or you can use loose sage, or my personal FAVORITE, which is the sage spray. You can purchase either at a local metaphysical store or online at ilmypsychicjane.com
You can also make your own. Growing your own sage is fun. Plus, you can set the intention of love and purification each time you tend to it. A pot in a sunny kitchen window really well! Once you have a healthy portion, tie it with string and hang it upside down in a dark, dry place so that it can dry out. Once the sage is completely dry, voila! It’s ready to use!
Fire-Proof Dish or Bowl
(To hold under the sage)
Traditionally, an Abalone Shell is used, but if you don’t have one, you can always use a small pottery bowl or some other item that you have around the house. Don’t avoid doing a sage cleansing simply because you don’t have the correct bowl. The most important thing is to set a loving intention.
Step 2: Set Your Intention
Once you have the items assembled, set your intention for the cleansing. What led you to believe the cleansing was needed? Set your mind on thoughts of cleasning and positivity as you light your sage.
Tip 1: You may need to re-light the sage during the ceremony, so it’s a good idea to keep a lighter or matches handy.
Tip 2: Use a smudging feather or your hand and continue to fan over your sage bundle or other herbs to keep them burning.
Step 3: Purify Yourself First
When you wash the dishes, do you use a dirty sponge? Of course not, because that would be super gross and the dishes wouldn’t get clean.
We can apply the same idea to sage cleansing. It all starts with you. Before cleansing your space, take a moment to purify yourself by directing the smoke towards your body, starting at your feet and up to your head and then back again.
You can use your hands or a feather to direct the smoke where you want it to go (just be careful of your eyes and nose).
Tip: To get a nice stream of sage smoke going, blow lightly on the burning sage. Keep your shell handy to collect any ash or falling sage leaves.
Step 4: Cleanse Your Home
Begin walking around your home with your sage, keeping your intention clearly set within your mind. Where should you start?Some people recommend that you start in one room of your home and work from corner to corner, room to room. You can absolutely do that, but what I recommend is to let your intuition guide you.
This is a spiritual, intimate ceremony, so why not keep it that way? Plus, you can’t mess it up, so don’t worry.
Be sure to give attention to dark places such as corners, doorways, and heavy traffic areas. Allow the the purifying smoke or spray to deeply penetrate the energy. Sleep and work areas are also good areas to focus on. But, mostly, let your intuition guide you through the smudging ceremony. If you allow it, your intuition will let you know what areas of your home need the most attention. Take as much time as you need.
Step 5: Ending the Sage Cleansing Ceremony
There are a couple of different ways to finish up. You should choose the way that feels best for you.
Once you have finished the sage cleansing (smudging), you can either let the embers die out on their own or lightly rub them out in the fire-proof bowl or shell. Let everything cool and throw it away. Some people prefer to keep their smudges and reuse them at a later time.
Rub out the embers or let them die out. Then, bury the sage or ashes to signify the finality of the negative energies that lived in the space. Imagine them being replanted into the earth and recharged into new, positive energy!
Focus burning sage on gateway and high traffic areas
Be careful not to breathe in the smoke directly, and try not to fill the area too thickly with smoke. Remember, this is not a fumigation, just a cleansing. With Sage or any other cleansing herbs, a good tip to remember is that a little goes a long way!
Slowly walk around the area and take the smoke to each spot you would like to cleanse. Concentrate on gateway areas, such as windows, doors, closets, and also hallways. Be sure to concentrate on the corners of a room. Most importantly, use your intuition. If you allow it, your space will usually inform you as to which areas need to be cleansed the most. You may want to focus on particularly busy areas, both in terms of foot traffic (kitchen) and mental energy (computer workstation).
If you have a pet, be sure to sage them lightly (if they allow it), as well as their sleeping area.
Try burning incense immediately after a cleansing session. Sage has a more masculine/yang aspect and is nicely coupled by the feminine/yin aspect of incense. Also, experiment with bell ringing or hand clapping in between smudging and incense burning for a total cleansing effect.
If you can burn sage in your living space on at least as weekly basis, then you are guaranteed to notice a lightness of energy and calmness descend into your home from this practice. It can be an effective way to cleanse the old energy from the previous week, and welcome in the newly beginning week and all the possibilities it holds.
Why Use Sage?
Why you should start Burning Sage
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Sure, a good dusting and some Clorox is great, but there is one BIG reason for burning sage in your home: It cleanses the negativity from it.
It’s a spiritual cleansing; an energetic cleansing. This is important to do because negativity is everywhere, from the cranky coworker to the nightly news or simply just scrolling down your twitter and facebook feed.
Sage cleansing your home can:
If you want to purify your home, there’s no better way than by performing a simple cleansing ceremony!
Where to Buy high-quality Sage?
If you're looking for high-quality and ethically cultivated sage, go no further than ilmypsychicjane.com.
Avoid Amazon or large commercial vendors because with a sacred and ceremonial product, intention and cultivation matters; as does the general aura of the seller. All of these subtle vibrations pass to the product and ultimately into the space you are saging!
ilmypsychicjane.com takes pride in selling high quality products that are both homemade and homegrown!
Of course, you can always combine traditional white sage with another herb that is also used for cleansing, such as:
Blue Sage (Russian mint)
30 Herbs for Smudging /Cleansing
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When Should You Perform a Sage Cleansing?
You can cleanse your home with sage any time. But it’s an especially great idea when:
Incorporate this cleansing practice into your life once or twice a week and you’ll be amazed at the results.
With any cleansing ritual, it’s important to be mindful of the present moment so that you can purify your space with a clear intention.
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