I’ve got a special detox bonus for you today: how to clear your space of negative energy!
Yes, that’s right. We’ve covered the ways to detox our bodies in-depth this month, but what about our spirit? To keep our environment clean and healthy, sometimes we need to go a step beyond removing toxic chemicals and products from our homes. We also have to take care to detoxify the energy of negative thoughts and feelings too.
I personally love the method of saging your home. It is also known as smudging. This is an ancient Native American technique used to clear spaces, and yourself, of stagnant, stale, negative energy or influences.
Think about it, we spend a tremendous amount of time in our homes—we sleep, we prepare and eat food, we commune with our loved ones and friends, we rest, we fight, we make love, we laugh, we cry, and sometimes many of those things all at the same time!
The energy in our homes is the sum of all of the people in your family and friends as well as yourself, so it can easily become stuck, stagnant or negative over time. Have you ever walked into a room and just felt it was bad news? Now imagine living in that environment ’round the clock. Long-term exposure to negative energy can be harmful to your body and spirit.
Like cleansing our bodies, I also feel that saging is an amazing ritual to do four times a year, or every quarter. The theory behind smudging is that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as it clears, it carries the negative energy away with it. Then Mother Earth reabsorbs and filters the negativity out of the energy so it can be reused.
If you have no experience with sage beyond the kitchen, have no fear! Below are my simple instructions to smudge your home plus a fun YouTube video with high-frequency tunes to enhance your saging ritual.
Simple Tips For Detoxing Your Space With Sage
1. Set A Clear Intention.
Your intention is immensely powerful when it comes to cleansing with white sage. Make your intention clear.
In addition to asking the sage to clear and protect your energy and space, invite in your guides and angels to help release negative energy into the light as well.
For example, as you smudge, set your intention by saying something like:
I now ask that my guides and angels, along with the energy of this sage assist me in releasing all negativity, density, and energies that no longer serve, into the light of the Divine. I ask this for the highest and greatest good, according to Divine Will. And so it is.
Or something simple like this:
I cleanse this room of any impurities, negativity, or anything that does not suit or support the people that live here.
2. Treat Sage Like Incense
Light your sage at the very tips of the leaves, and once ignited, quickly (but carefully) blow out the flames to allow the leaves to smolder.
It’s the wafting of the smoke, not the flames that allow the cleansing energy of sage to be released into your energy and space.
3. Use Smooth Movements When Smudging
While you’re smudging, use smooth movements when wafting the smoke around your home, body, or objects. This is for safety as much as spiritual purposes.
In addition, turn off fans and close windows and doors to minimize wind and drafty breezes. Remember, you’re playing with fire here, so use respect, common sense, and be safe!
Once your sage is smoldering, I recommend holding it over a fire-safe bowl, plate, or shell so you don’t drop ashes on yourself, in your home, or out in nature! You can then waft the smoke using a feather, your hand, or by actually moving the sage upwards and then down in a smooth motion.
When smudging your house, you’ll want to start from the back of the house and move to the front. If you have multiple levels, start from the bottom of the house and move to the top.
When you select the room you’re going to start smudging in, begin in one corner of the room, and move methodically around the room.
As you smudge, make sure to waft the smoke up toward the ceiling and down to the floor, starting from the bottom and moving to the top. Try to get behind furniture and in all other nooks and crannies in the space.
When you reach a window or door, waft the smoke into all four corners, beginning at the bottom left and moving in a clockwise direction.
Open cabinets and closets and waft inside, holding in your mind the intention to release density, stuck energy and negativity into the light.
The last room you smudge should be the one with the front door.
When you’re finished, move outside and waft around the four corners of the door.
And finally, close with a prayer of gratitude.
4. Let The Smoldering Sage Burn Out On Its Own.
When it comes to sage smudging there is a general rule that once the sage is lit, you don’t want to put it out. Rather, the spirit within the sage knows how much negativity needs to be cleared and will burn accordingly. I mostly honor this rule. However, for it to really work, start small!
If you light many sage leaves at once, or completely torch your sage bundle with a lighter, it will burn hotter, faster and create more smoke than if you carefully light the tip of the bundle, or pull out and set fire to a single white sage leaf.
I recommend lighting a small amount of sage, and if it burns out before you’re finished, there’s no harm in lighting more.
Once you have wafted the smoke in the areas you need, expressed gratitude and stated your intention, you can set the smoldering bundle in a fireproof bowl or sea-shell and allow it to burn out naturally as you move on with your practice.
Music to Smudge By
This track is called House Cleanse with 417Hz, and according to the channel, “This tone from this Solfeggio scale produces energy to bring about change. This frequency cleanses energy and clears destructive influences of past events.” Enjoy!
Let me know when you’ve tried this technique, and let me know how you feel in the comments below!
LOVE + happy smudging!