A Brief Introduction to Smudging
I’ve had so many people ask me, “What is smudging all about”? Well, smudging is a technique used by many cultures to rid a space of negative energy. If you’ve ever been to a Catholic church and watched them light incense and waft it around in metal holders, filling the church with smoke – if you’ve ever watch a “ghost show” where someone lights sage in order to rid a space of negative energy and/or spirits, then you get the idea.
I prefer the term “space clearing” because you don’t have to light sage and fill your house with smoke in order to break up old, dormant, stagnant, negative or any other kind of energy. Space clearing can be done in many ways – clapping your hands, ringing a bell – it’s all about intent.
Why would one need to clear their space? It’s true smudging and space clearing are predominantly associated with getting rid of negative spirits, but you can clear your space – home, office, car, yourself – for any reason … just because you want to change the energy around you.
When people move out, move in, when you’re having “one of those days,” when you’ve had an argument with someone, when you can’t seem to get focused on a project … basically whenever you feel you want to smudge, that’s the right time to smudge.
I’ll be going into this in further detail in a later post, but for those of you who have been asking, here’s the general skinny on smudging and space clearing – you can do it in a way that matches your comfort level, and you can do it whenever you feel like your space needs it.
I personally like the smoke of sage smudging (and you can use other flower essences and herbs – but we’ll talk about that more later. Once I light my sage, I let it smolder in an abalone shell and waft the smoke around with a turkey feather (other feathers can be used).
Of course if you don’t like smoke in your home/environment, there are always smudge sprays you can use which are great to carry with you in your purse especially when traveling.