Smuding is a practice known to many different religions throughout the world. Buddhists use incense and Catholic churches use Frankincense. Native Americans/Canadians use sage, sweetgrass, cedar and other herbs.
HOW TO SMUDGE?
Place the material of choice into a shell, clay pot, or other non burnable container or vessel. Light it and allow it to burn for a minute. Blow out the flame. It is the smoke that is created that clears the negativity, cleanses, focuses and purifies. I always open my windows and doors to allow fresh air in.
HERBS BEST USED FOR SMUDGING.
Sage- purifies, heals, banishes negative energy and carries protection energy. It is used to bless cleanse and heal a person, space or object.
Cedar- spiritual protection. Helps heal medical issues, speeds recovery, gives an instant feeling of peace. It is often used to clear a new home and protect it from unwanted influences.
Sweetgrass- removes negativity. Improves space with loving peaceful energy and is used to create harmony in the home. It helps attract new energy. ITs sweet vanilla scent is used to sustain the effects of smudging.
Tobacco- enhances spirit communication and gives powerful insights, heals old wounds.
When smudging I call in GOD to bless the space. I ask the angels, guides, guardians to help me clear the space. I ask that only positivity remain.
I learned recently that you can pray while doing it and also perform the sign of the cross at the doors.
Walk around the perimeter of the house or room, wafting the smoke to each corner and outside. Use a feather ( not owl) I use a turkey feather that I blessed by thanking the animal that provided it... to push the smoke to each place in the house, or use your hands. As you pass by an open door or window, you may use the feather to push the smoke outside, carrying with it the negative energies.
Just follow your gut when doing it.. some people do all the rooms in the house.. some do the main level only.. depends on how the energy feels when you begin. Its all in the intention that is set before you do it.
When complete and the ashes are cool, return them to the earth giving thanks to the earth for the plants that aided in the smudging.
Smudging is a sacred act. Thank God, guides, guardians and angels for helping you.
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