Tis the season to call on cleansing rituals; to dust off the old and create space for the new. When we think of spring cleaning we generally picture tearing the closet apart, organizing drawers and cupboards, or detailing the car. Perhaps we look to an internal organ cleanse or a new regime for our skin.
Along with all our other regimes, taking time to cleanse our energy is incredibly important. Enter, sage. Burning sage, or smudging, is an ancient ritual that helps clear any space of negative or stagnant energy.
Smudging Your Space
"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 actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
Smudging is ritual alchemy — changing and shifting the air element, and transforming our current experience to a mystical one."
If you're moving into a new space, moving out or just moving on, smudging your home, office, vehicle, etc with sage is a great way to cleanse, purify and invigorate the energy around you!
You can find sage at your local herb/metaphysical shop, generally sold in bundles tied with string. Choose to break off a small piece to work with or light the entire bundle. Make sure you have a heat-proof surface to rest/extinguish your sage on.
There are numerous ways to burn sage to smudge your environment. You can burn sage in bundle by lighting the end with a flame and smouldering the smoke with a feather. Make sure it's 100% extinguished when complete. You can use your sage bundle anytime you wish - it never loses it's strength over time.
To smudge your home, fan the smouldering smoke in every room. It helps to say a prayer or set an intention to encourage all negative energies to dissipate. Smudge until you feel the space is cleansed.
All forms of cleansing are beneficial, and this is the season that we are called to take action! What pulls you to create space and cleanliness in your life?