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Clear Your Energy and Lift Your Spirits With the Sacred Art of Smudging. If you’re feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even downright depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field.

Clear Your Energy and Lift Your Spirits With the Sacred Art of Smudging

Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease. Smudging can help combat this negativity, clear the energy in your field, and help you start anew. Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear and bless a space. To get some insight into the ancient art of smudging, healer and singer Grandmother Wapajea Walks on Water—with lineage from the Choctaw, Creek and Cherokee tribes—sheds some light on the topic. What You Need Sage or other sacred plants listed above. The ancient art of burning sage — Moving Towards Peace. The ritual burning of herbs and herbal resins is common to many cultures in the world.

The ancient art of burning sage — Moving Towards Peace

From the rich frankincense of the Church and the Middle Eastern bazaar, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon and one you can benefit from highly. Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From the ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning as well as medicinal purposes, to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon whose Palo Santo (sacred wood) sage burning ceremonies are still practiced to this day.

Sage is for healing The Latin for sage, ‘Salvia,’ stems from the word ‘to heal.’ The Ancient Art of Smudging. Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space.

The Ancient Art of Smudging

And the apparent benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood. To practice smudging at home, it’s important to be respectful and learn how to handle the herbs according to traditional protocols, says Cat Criger, aboriginal elder-in-residence at the University of Toronto. When done properly, smudging can be a way to connect with Native American culture, he notes.

“To understand the protocol means you have to learn something about aboriginal people. So in a sense the medicines are working in a kind way, saying ‘learn about me and we can respect each other and we can walk together,’ ” he says. Before you begin, open a window or door. Once finished, you can leave the bowl in a safe place and let it burn, filling the room with fragrant smoke. How to Cleanse Your Home with Sage - Fresh Living. Every life transition has its “zero hour,” that moment when everything that came before it is different from everything that comes after.

How to Cleanse Your Home with Sage - Fresh Living

We hit that moment this weekend when the moving truck piled with our boxes pulled away from one house and into another. The whole day was a blur of movement, decision-making (where should that table go?) , worry (will the sofa fit through that doorway?) , and stress (how many hours over the estimate is this going to take?!). There was excitement too, chirping somewhere deep in the stress maelstrom, but it was hard to hear it.

And at the end of the day, Rob and I were left standing in our house. I’m not generally one for shamanic rituals, and I was certainly a little nervous about carrying a smoking stick around our brand new house. How to Perform a Sage Cleansing Ritual 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. I have to say that I found genuine meaning in the ritual. A Sage Smudging Ritual To Cleanse Your Aura & Clear Your Space. Whenever I burn sage (aka smudging) at my yoga studio before a session, I've heard comments like: "It smells like weed in here!

A Sage Smudging Ritual To Cleanse Your Aura & Clear Your Space

" Or, "What smells like barbecue? " And then there's my all time favorite, "It smells like my grandmother's cemetery. " Sure, dried white ceremonial sage has a distinctly beautiful scent when burned. And if you're new to this practice, just try to be open minded about it. You can take a moment of meditation to notice if the smell evokes a sense memory for you. This is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual.