Smudging may sound complicated, but is quite easy just follow the simple steps below. When in doubt, remember it's your practice, so there is no real right or wrong way. Just use your intuition!
Grab Sage or Palo Santo, matches, a feather and a fire-safe container or abalone shell to catch any falling embers. (safety first) Before you light up, remember to open a window or door because the unwanted energy you are trying to clear needs a way to get out.
TIME TO IGNITE
It's always best to smudge with an intention in mind so make sure you have one first. We also recommend saying an affirmation, prayer, or any combination of healing words. When ready, light the end of your smudge stick over the fire-safe container and allow it to burn for up to 20 seconds before gently blowing out any flames. (it’s only the smoke you want) Slowly walk around the place, person or object you want to cleanse with your smudge stick, directing the smoke around with a feather or your hand. If the smoke completely extinguishes, just relight. (it happens occasionally)
As you smudge, tell any unwelcome energy to leave through the open window or door. Make sure you focus on all high traffic areas in your home, corners and doorways. If you're smudging yourself, you can go from head to toe and front to back. (just do it safely) Objects can also be smudged with the smoke to rid them of unwanted influences.
Don't forget to invite positive energy in afterwards. Finish off by remembering the affirmation, prayer or intention you set at the start.
When done, fully extinguish your Sage or Palo Santo by gently pressing the lit end out in the fire-safe container. You can keep your smudge stick out on display or pack it up until you are ready to use it again.
We recommend smudging yourself or space at least once a week because even the happiest of people and homes accumulate negative vibrations over time. If you're having a really hectic week, do it more often!