The following was provided to me by Kathy Schueler - about how to smudge and rid your home of bad energy:
THE SMUDGING CEREMONY: REMOVE BAD ENERGY WITH SAGE SMOKE
Some of you want to know how to perform a cleansing ceremony with the use of burning sage, also known as "smudging".
A smudge stick is a dried and bundled plant. One can also use loose
leaves in smudging, but before we get to the particulars of such a
ceremony it will help to have an understanding of the origins of this
sacred practice and how it will cleanse, heal, and consecrate an energy
field, or thing, or space.
The Origins and History of Smudging:
People commonly credit smudging as being a Native American practice,
but the use of rising smoke in spiritual rituals has been practiced
across many cultures for thousands of years. The ancient Hindu texts
reveal this was practiced 6,000 years ago with the burning of incense.
Smoke purification was performed in Egypt, with the burning of aromatic
resins for religious ceremonies. It was practiced in Babylonia, Greece,
Rome, Japan, Tibet, China, among the ancient Hebrews, and among
indigenous tribal cultures around the world, with the native tribes of
North America being only a portion. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity,
which are an amalgam of pagan beliefs and practices, use incense in
religious ceremonies, adapted from the pagan rituals popular when the
Christian theocracy was legalized by the pagan-turned-Christian, Roman
Emperor Constantine, in 325 AD.
So the use of smoke to purify
in a spiritual way is not exclusive to the Native American tradition,
although we have them to thank for the wonderful and deeply spiritual
practice of burning sage and other sacred plants as a purification
practice. This tradition is a very beautiful gift and the most effective
method commonly used in spiritual cleansing ceremonies today.
How it Works to Cleanse and Purify:
Smudging is an intrinsic part of shamanism, the world’s oldest
medicine. Shamans recognize that every form of life on this planet has a
spiritual purpose and a sacred consciousness. They know that plants
have invaluable healing properties. Human animals, as it turns out, are
not the top rung of creation’s ladder even though we think we are
because we have big brains and walk on two feet. All beings, whether
plant, animal, or mineral are divine and have sacred right to life; all
have something to offer to the manifest “other.”
To approach a
smudging ritual and to be effective in cleansing away negative energy,
one must be reverent of the plant being used and even the energies being
cleansed. All energy is divine at its core, whether Light or Dark.
Respect for all life is essential to any smudging that you undertake. If
you cannot feel reverent about this sacred practice, don’t do it. Find
someone who is spiritually qualified and energetically prepared to do it
Although many different plants can be used for
smudging, indigenous American tribes consider four plants to be
especially sacred: sage, sweetgrass, tobacco, and cedar. Each plant is
considered to have a special function and this can vary by tribe and
tradition. While sage is used for purification, sweetgrass is used to
bring in positive energies, and its smoke is considered to carry prayers
to the Creator.
When to Use Smudge:
-If you are
feeling down, negative, stuck, or in a spiritual low place, smudging is
an excellent way to change things for the better.
-When your house,
your property, or any place or space has been exposed to heavy and
negative energies, or painful experiences and even illness, they should
be cleansed with smudge.
-When you move into a new location, it should be smudged to cleanse the psychic imprints of previous occupants.
-If you feel the presence of bad energy in your living quarters, or if a
solitary room makes you feel bad or uneasy by being in there, it’s time
-If you want to create a protective barrier against
outside negative influences, such as neighborhood issues, it’s time to
-If you want to make your prayers stronger and if you want to feel more connected to Spirit, it’s time to smudge.
-If your vehicle has been in a fender-bender or you’ve had a close call
in your car, smudge it, inside and out, to remove negative energetic
imprints that can attract more negative experiences.
-Cleanse second-hand items with smudge to remove psychic imprints of previous owners.
-You can consecrate and energetically charge your garden by smudging.
-You should smudge to clean yourself and your space before engaging in any psychic contact or spiritual ceremony.
-You can smudge anytime just to connect to a state of spiritual clarity
and harmony! Remember, you “clear the air” in your life with the help
of sacred smoke!
Sacred sage and other wonderful herbs are
Earth Mother’s gift, and once you understand how important a tool they
are in your own spiritual welfare you will never be without a supply on
hand. They are a fundamental part of your spiritual first-aid kit, given
by Creation to heal wounds upon the Soul.
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Rob Gutro is an author, paranormal investigator and medium with Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland. Since he was a child he could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). *He wrote the books "Pets and the Afterlife," "Pets and the Afterlife 2," "Ghosts and Spirits" and "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" to teach others how ghosts and Spirits communicate with the living and to give proof of the afterlife. As a scientist, he also provides some scientific explanations about how energy is the baseline for the afterlife and the medium that entities use to communicate.