White Sage for Spiritual Energy Clearing
The Best Sage to Use for Energy Cleansing
Sage, also known as Salvia, has more than 900 species. White sage, which has been used by shamans and ancient civilizations since the dawn of human culture, is one of the most well-known species because of the strong belief in its ability to effectively clear negative energy. White sage is used by burning the dried leaves, usually in the form of sage sticks (smudge sticks), which are bundled leaves wrapped with string. The smoke of white sage is believed to repel the negative, static energies from your energy body and personal space. In modern times, we use white sage to clear our homes, cars, and holy altars for doing spiritual work.
How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks
How to Create a Smudge Stick
You will need the following supplies: dried white sage leaves and cotton string.
- Bundle your leaves together and tie a knot around the bottom of your bundle of white sage leaves.
- Begin to wrap the string around the leaves tightly but spaced. Wrap it only enough to keep all the leaves wound inside your bundle making sure you won't lose any smaller leaves.
- Tie another knot close to the top of your bundle.
The finished smudge stick should be firm and tight and ready for use.
Preparing to Use Your Smudge Stick
The intention of using a white sage smudge stick is to simply cleanse and clear yourself and your surrounding of the static, negative, toxic energies. So before you light the end of that sage, there are some things you should do before you go waving the pungent smoke around.
You first want to be safe and physically clean:
Be sure to have a bowl to collect the ashes. Working with fire always has its hazards so be sure to use general fire safety and have a bowl to collect any ashes and also to be able to put out the embers when you are finished with your smudge clearing.
Being physically clean is also important. By cleaning your body and your home, car, or any other space you want to clear of negative energies, you are mentally and physically preparing yourself to begin getting rid of unwanted dense, negative energy. Even if you are just wanting to clear your home of negative energies, I suggest you start with your own body first because you will be the one clearing the energy. You and the white sage work together. You are mentally clearing the energy and the white sage smudge stick is assisting you in that process. So, first start by bathing your body in a bath or shower. It's always good to smudge yourself first before doing any clearing of your home or other spaces.
How to Clean Your Home of Any Negative Energy
Notes for physically cleansing your space or new home:
If you have recently moved into a new home or just feel there is a very negative feel or mustiness to the space, I suggest a deep cleaning. All windows, floors, and dark corners should be given special attention. Clear all cobwebs, dust, and stale stagnant energy from your space. If there are wood cabinets and floors, you can use a mild witch hazel diluted with water of 10 parts water to 1 part witch hazel to help cleanse and free the space of any negative energies firmly attached to its surfaces.
Using essential oils and natural sea salt for an extra boost:
Essential oils such as lemon, sage, and pine can add a nice smell but also have their own properties for bringing in new energy and life; sage essential oil has a purifying effect. Lemon essential oil will bring in new vibrancy and energy, and it doesn't hurt that citrus has a fresh scent while pine essential oil (which is a commonly used floor and house cleaner) is known to bring prosperity.
Natural sea salt is grounding and purifying. Use natural sea salt to sprinkle on your carpets before vacuuming. Make sure to leave the salt for an hour or so to allow it to absorb the negative energy. Make sure to vacuum thoroughly and get rid of any salt that was used for clearing. Sea salt can also be sprinkled at doorways to ground and prevent negative energies from entering your home, helping you keep a positive and clean home all year round.
Cleansing Ritual and Prayer
Before you begin using your sage smudge sticks to clear yourself and then your space, you should first take the time to gather your intentions. I always feel writing or just speaking aloud your own cleansing prayer that you can recite when doing your clearings both helps mentally prepare you for your clearing while also adding positive energy and power to your work. In my personal opinion, you should never do this when you are very tired or feel like it is a chore when clearing your energy space. It should feel uplifting and happy. Adding some nice soothing meditation music can also enhance this experience. The beats and soft vibrations of the music will assist you while cleaning and clearing. Do anything you like to help raise your own vibrations to a higher level.
Example Cleansing Ritual Prayer
"I ask that only Pure White Light surround me now as I intend to clear myself and my space purifying me of all negative static energy surrounding me. Stay with me now and cleanse and banish all blocked and unwanted negative feelings and energy that surround me now."
Sage your self first thoroughly beginning above your head and working down your body paying special attention to your armpits and where your lymph nodes collect and hold toxins. Then as you walk through your space say:
"I cleanse and purify this space banishing all negative and blocked energies."
As you leave the room say:
"This room is now clean may the white light fill this space and protect it."
How to Use White Sage Demonstration
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© 2014 Maurice Glaude