No matter what time of year it is we regularly take the time to smudge our home. Since the home is the main meeting point for family and friends. There is always something happening. Whether it is simply cooking a family meal, to a gathering of friends or a seasonal celebration. With this in mind, it is important to ensure your environment is working with you.
Include a ritual
Above all, your home also a place of rest and relaxation. Where time spent with loved ones. To remove any negative energy, we include the ritual of smudging throughout the year. For this, we use a sage smudge stick, an abalone shell, matches, and a feather. Each one of these symbolizes one of the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water.
Energy stays in an area so, therefore, needs clearing. Especially negative energy as it will impact on the atmosphere and people in that room. As a result, it is always best to smudge the space before big celebrations, after stressful events or periodically throughout the year. Doing so will leave a cleared space set with intentions for peace and harmony. An added bonus is the wonderful fragrance given off from the smudge sticks.
What you need to smudge your space
To begin clearing your space you will need a smudge stick. As mentioned earlier we are using sage. Yet you can use anything you are happy with. There are many choices, such as yerba santa, cedar, palo santo, sweetgrass, lavender and so on. Find the one that works for you. Next, you will need a fireproof dish, we use an abalone shell.
To begin the process decide upon an intention to set. Think or speak this intention as you clear the room. Here is an example ~ “Cleanse this space of negativity and fill it with love, light, and happiness.” Then light the smudge stick and fan it to extinguish the flame. Placing it in the heatproof dish or holding it over and slightly above it. If you have a feather you can use this is the next phase, but it isn’t a necessity.
Smudging the space
Ensure the area you are about to smudge is well ventilated. Open any windows and doors. Start at the main door of the space to be cleared. Move, in either the direction in which the door opens (if the door opens into the room) or in a clockwise direction. Allow the smoke to fill the space as you move around the room. Ensuring it reaches all corners and areas of the room. Paying particular attention to the corners of windows and doors. Clearing negative energies and replacing them with a positive flow.
Remember to think or speak your intention throughout the smudging process. You may fan the smoke with your hand or a feather. As you walk around the space doing this you are sweeping all the negative energy out of the door. When finished, place your smudge stick in a fireproof container and extinguish it.
How much do I smudge and for how long?
You can choose to clear one room or your whole house. This is a spiritual practice. Therefore, it is a personal practice. You can take as long, or as little time as you like. Whether you speak your intention out loud or not is also up to you. Use whichever smudge stick you prefer. In short, clear the negative energy from your space by making the practice your own. Most of all enjoy this wonderful time of year!
For more information, hints and tips why not take a look at our lifestyle and spiritual sections of our blog. And please remember to tag us at @surrender_to_happiness on Instagram with all your smudging pictures. You could have a go at making your own smudge sticks have a look here. Finally, if you are looking for a good smudging starter kit, we sell a lovely sage smudge kit in our webshop.