Today, I did my first Sage Smudge Ceremony and it was very humbling and peaceful. If you’re unfamiliar with a sage smudge ceremony, it’s a way of getting rid of the negative and/or stagnant energies that linger around ones house or place of stay. It also can get rid of unwelcoming spirits or bad energies. This ceremony originated from the Native American traditions. According to the ASUNAM website, “Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to drive out bad spirits, feelings, or influences, and also to keep bad spirits from entering the area where a ceremony takes place.”
I bought some sage at a spiritual store at my local mall and it was already bundles up with some string so it was ready for easy lighting. So prior to smudging my older brother, I opened all the doors and windows to get the negative energies out. Afterwards, I smudged my brother who helped me with it (Basically, I outlined him with the burning sage and under his feet as well) then we went around the house and smudged the corners, cabinets, closets and the downstairs bathroom. We did the same upstairs.
The smell of burning sage is really strong but it has a nice, peaceful feel to it (Very similar to burning incense.) I plan to do this at least once every two-three months or as needed. If you haven’t tried it already, it’s super easy and a great way to let the good energies flow in your space.
Here’s a list of things you’ll need (all pictured above):
-A sage smudge stick ($6-10 dollars at your local spiritual/metaphysical stores)
-A lighter (If you’re under 18 or aren’t good with fire, ask someone to assist you)
-An abalone seashell (those big seashells) OR a clay pot, I had neither so I used some fresh seashell that I collected and combined them together. There are some variations to this, but whichever you prefer is your choice.
REMEMBER: The main thing is to clear out the negative energies, there’s no ultimate wrong or right way to do it, just do what feels right for you and your space. The universe will know what you are trying to do and will help you. Keep open and positive thoughts during the ceremony and be in the present moment.