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Smudging

Posted on November 13, 2016 at 4:20 PM

SMUDGING

Have you ever walked into a room and felt a sense of heaviness? Has a house or an area made you feel uncomfortable? I believe we are programed to feel and sense the energy of what surrounds us. This is one of the main ways we decide if we are safe. These feelings help us choose to either enter or to turn around and walk away. Often we call this feeling our gut or intuition. It is a built-in security alarm if you will. When it begins to alert us our senses become more aware. Pay attention to your self the next time this happens. The process is quite a-mae-zing ( I can’t help my self).

I have always been very sensitive to houses, the energy of rooms and people. Most of us are. When I moved into my first house I was afraid to be alone. I mean petrified, to the point where I would leave until my husband came home.

20 years ago, I was introduced to sage. Smudging/Saging was part of the routine in a women’s group I became a part of . This is when I began to learn about energy, how to cleanse my aura as well as my envirnment with sage. I felt the energy shift in many areas of my life.

Let me get you familiar with what sage is. By sharing some history and how to use it.

Sage is an herb. Dried and bound into small ,medium ,or large bundles. Usually held together with string. Dried white sage has a distinct scent when burned. And if you're new to this practice, know this is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual.

Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage changes the ionic composition of the air. And the benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which  has been linked to a more positive mood. Directly effecting our stress response.

Smudging is ritual alchemy — changing and shifting the air element, and transforming our experience in to a mystical one.

 

The use of incense and other smoke and vapor to connect humans to the spirit world, can be traced throughout  Asia and dating as far back as being used in Ancient Greece.

The use of dried white sage however, is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. The shamans used dried sage on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits. By burning, the sage smoke was used to collect conflict, anger, illness or evil  helping to cleanse the energy field of a person.

Next, sweet grass would be burned to call forth the energy of peace and love. This ancient shamanic mystical ritual is a simple one to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine, or any time you feel like you might need a little aura care. You can not smudge too much!

Some ideal (or necessary) times to sage smudge your aura and/or space would be:

• When you move into a new living space

• When you begin a new job or start your own business

• Before and after a guest enters your home

• Before and after a yoga or healing session

• Before meditation

• After an argument or any illness

• Upon returning home from crowded situations

And here is a simple 3-step sage smudging ritual to try:

1. Use loose dried white sage or a white ceremonial sage bundle (aka wand), which is usually bound together by a thin string. You can find sage bundles at your local herb shop or health store, Wiccan/pagan bookstore, metaphysical store, and even some yoga and healing arts centers. Or, if you have a sage plant, you can make your own — just bundle and tie it, and then hang upside down in cool dark space until it is completely dried out.

2. Next, place it on any heat-proof burning surface like an Abolone Shell — a traditional vessel used by Indigenous American people that represents the element of water. Light the bundle by holding a flame to it until it begins to smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle gently or blow until it is just embers and smoke. I often find that I have to re-light my sage bundle a few times during the ritual process. If you are burning loose leaf sage, the best method is to use a charcoal burning disk inside of a censor or small cauldron.

3. Once you have a nice smoke going, use you hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your body from your feet up to your head, then back down again. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady.

If you feel comfortable with this incantation, repeat the following:

"Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel."

The sage ceremony lifts the veil between the everyday and the sacred. As you say your incantation, you are shifting energy at will.

Once you have smudged your body, begin to move through your space. 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.

Once the space is cleared, allow the sage bundle to either burn out or gently press it out in your heat-proof shell or container. You can even bury the remaining smudge in your garden to really feel the completeness of the cleansing ritual. Once buried, the sage has done its work in completing the elemental cycle. Ideally, you should try to use a new smudge for each cleansing.

Happy Smudging

Mae

 

Information from -http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/ancient-art-smudging

 

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