How to Perform a Smudging Ritual
Smudging - Your Intention Empowers You
Choose your smudge stick or other space clearing items. (View items here)
Smudging, or to "cleanse with smoke" is a ritual to aid you in clearing and balancing of energies. By burning the smudge sticks the essence of herbs are released in the smoke. This, coupled with your intentions, promotes a clearing and balancing of energies.
First, centre and ground yourself. Next, tune into your space to cleanse and think about your intentions. Clearly state your intentions e.g. the release of all negative energies out into the universe while asking for love, abundance, harmony and health to enter this space. (Free yourself of any negative thoughts before beginning smudging.)
Smudging Rooms, Areas & Objects
First, start by opening all the windows, cover any food present and light a candle. Light the smudge stick and once the smudge stick is burning (without flame present) wash the smoke up towards your heart, up over your head and then down towards your feet to ground the energy and yourself. Imagine you are connected to Mother Earth and are fully protected around your aura e.g. visualise a bubble of light surrounding you. After grounding yourself, offer the smudge stick to Mother Earth + Father Sky and to the 4 cardinal directions North, South, East and West. Carry the smoldering smudge stick around the area you wish to cleanse, visualising the change.
Make sure you carry a dish (small saucer, bowl or shell filled with sand) under the smudge stick while you are walking around to catch any falling embers. Continue to repeat your personal intentions as you fan the smoke into the air. A feather or your cupped hand can be used to fan the smoke around. On finishing, press the smudge stick into sand or dirt, not water for this is disrespectful to the fire spirits.
Give thanks to your Guides and the essence of the sacred plants in your ritual. Standing centred in the area you have cleansed, repeat your intentions. After this go outside and connect with the earth by visualising you are a tree putting down roots deep into the earth. Allow the cleansed space to air. You may want to finish with an aromatherapy spritzer to lighten and refresh yourself and the room.
Smudging for Personal Use
Smudge after stress/to ground and relax yourself and to clear unwanted energies present. This can be done daily or as needed. To smudge for personal use, stand outside and wash smoke from smudge stick over yourself using the same fanning process as in smudging rooms, etc.
Keep your smudge stick in a bowl or plate in a sacred space for future use.
Not suitable for pregnant women or children.
- Toni McMahon