Sage cleansing is simple once you know how to do it. And, while it may seem as though sage cleansing (or smudging, as it is often called) is a new-age phenomenon, it’s actually been done for eons all around the world.
Maybe if the Game of Thrones people had saged, there would have been less bad energy! Just sayin!
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Why Use Sage?
Sure, white vinegar and Clorox are great, but there is one BIG reason for burning sage in your home: It cleanses the negativity from it.
It’s a spiritual cleansing; an energetic cleansing.
This is important to do because negativity is everywhere… from the cranky gal at the donut shop to the nightly news.
Sage cleansing your home can:
- Allow those who live there to release the things that no longer serve them.
- Make it easier to connect with your Spirit Guides, angels, intuition, and loved ones in Spirit.
- Help you gain clarity.
- Increase your spiritual awareness and access to Divine guidance.
If you want to purify you’re home, there’s no better way than performing a simple sage cleansing ceremony!
Fun fact: The Latin word for “sage,” salvia, means “to heal.”
When Should You Perform a Sage Cleansing?
You can cleanse your home with sage any time. But it’s an especially great idea when:
- Someone in the house has been sick.
- You’ve had visitors (especially if there were negative emotions shared during the visit).
- You are going to meditate or journal.
- You just got home from a crowded area (this helps get rid of energetic residue from other people).
- You move into a new home.
- You’ve had an argument in your house (phone arguments count, too).
- You notice your family is more irritable (teen daughters aside!).
- You’ve been thinking about performing a sage cleansing. (This is your intuition trying to get your attention.)
- You recently cleaned, decluttered, or organized your home.
Whew, quite a list! You can also sage cleanse your car for any of the above reasons.
Q: I don’t like the smell of sage. Any tips?
Oh yes! But first, give yourself a chance. Lots of people get used to the smell of sage and notice that the scent brings a feeling of renewal and purging to their mind and body!
Of course, you can always combine sage with another herb that is also used for cleansing, such as:
- Sweet grass
These herb combinations will make the smoke smell sweeter and add a little bonus cleansing power to the ceremony!
How to Perform the Sage Cleansing
Sage cleansing is easy to do. The most important part of this (or any ritual) is intention. So before you begin, say a little prayer or invite your Spirit Guides and angels in.
Ask your Divine helpers to assist you in purifying the energy of the home.
Step 1: Gather the Required Items
You can also make your own. Growing your own sage is fun, plus, you can set the intention of love and purification each time you tend to it. A pot in a sunny kitchen window is really nice! Once you have a healthy portion, tie it with string and hang it upside down in a dark, dry place so that it can dry out. Once the sage is completely dry, voila! It’s ready to use!
Fire-Proof Dish or Bowl (to hold under the sage)
Traditionally, an Abalone Shell is used, but if you don’t have one, you can always use a small pottery bowl or some other item that you have around the house.
Don’t avoid doing a sage cleansing because you don’t have the right bowl. The most important thing is to set a loving intention.
During times when I didn’t have a fancy bowl, I used a regular bowl and filled it with a little water for ashes.
Step 2: Set Your Intention
Once you have the items assembled, set your intention for the cleansing.
What led you to believe the ceremony was needed?
Set your mind on thoughts of cleansing, healing, wisdom or spiritual connectedness and then light the sage.
Tip: You may need to relight the sage during the ceremony, so it’s good to keep a lighter or matches handy.
Step 3: Purify Yourself First
When you wash dishes, do you use a dirty sponge? Of course not, because that would be super gross and the dishes wouldn’t get clean.
We can apply the same idea to sage cleansing. It all starts with you. Don’t be a dirty sponge…
Before cleansing your space, take a moment to purify yourself by directing the smoke towards your body starting at your feet and up to your head and then back again.
You can use your hands or a feather to direct the smoke where you want it to go (just be careful of your eyes and nose).
Tip: To get a nice stream of sage smoke going, blow lightly on the burning sage. Keep your bowl handy to collect any ash or falling sage leaves.
Step 4: Cleanse Your Home
Now, begin walking around your home with your sage, keeping your intention clearly set in your mind.
You may also want to include an incantation or prayer as you move through your home. Since your intention is the power behind the ceremony, you can use any loving words that you like. Here are a few examples:
- Bless and purify this home and all who enter
- Negative energy out, loving vibrations in
- Fill this home with love, Light and positive energy
Choose a simple affirmation that feels good in your heart and then repeat it either out loud or in your mind as you guide the smoke through the house.
Where should you start?
Some people recommend that you start in one room of your home and work from corner to corner, room to room. You can totally do that, but what I recommend is to let your intuition guide you.
This is a spiritual, intimate ceremony, so why not keep it that way? Plus, you can’t mess it up, so don’t worry.
Be sure to give attention to dark places, corners, doorways and heavy traffic areas. Allow the the purifying smoke or sprayto deeply penetrate the energy.
Sleep and work areas are good places to focus on, too.
But mostly, let your intuition guide you through the smudging ceremony. If you allow it, your intuition will let you know what areas of your home need the most attention. Take as much time as you need.
Step 5: Ending the Sage Cleansing Ceremony
There are a couple of different ways to finish up. You should choose the way that you feel guided:
Once you have finished the sage cleansing (smudging), you can either let the embers die out on their own or lightly rub them out in the fire-proof bowl or shell. Let everything cool and throw it away.
Rub out the embers or let them die out. Then, bury the sage or ashes to signify the finality of the negative energies that lived in the space. Imagine them being replanted into the earth and recharged into new, positive energy!
When you are ready to perform your next sage cleansing, use fresh sage or smudge stick. Purify as often as you like and let your intuition guide you like a GPS.