Written by Amber
Smudging is thought to have originated from Native American traditions. Smudging is the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification, it is used as a means to cleanse the aura, a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. It is also an effective method for energizing or blessing a person, place or object.
Smudging is thought to be useful for people that are feeling anxious, resentful, under the weather, depressed even angry. Smudging is used by many clairvoyants myself included for clearing negativity in the aura as well as before beginning a ritual or ceremony.
I always cleanse my crystals by smudging to cleanse them of any negative or lingering energy.
Every living thing has an aura, and keeping this aura free of negativity can be done using the technique of smudging.
Herbs used for Smudging
Smudging can be done in a variety of ways and with the use of different herbs, however Sage is probably the most common herbs used for smudging, followed by Sweet Grass. Sage is used to get rid of negative energies, spirits and influences, while the sweet grass will gather new and positive energies.
A smudge stick is made from herbs tied into a bundle and allowed to dry. In traditional societies the herbs used for smudging are considered sacred and the smudge stick is treated with great respect.
How to Smudge
The art of smudging is easy to master, however this is a ritual that needs to be undertaken with conviction and intent for it to work. To begin a candle is lit and the end of the smudge stick is held in the flame. The idea is to catch the very end of the smudge stick alight.
Once the smudge stick is alight with flame, blow it out so that the smudge stick is smouldering, not burning.
Smudging to cleanse the aura of negativity
For this you will need some feathers – you could use your hand if you wish but typically feathers are used. You will need to fan – waft the swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. You could ask someone to swirl the smoke around you, to be sure that you get to the areas like your back.
You could also place the smouldering smudge stick on a shell and step through the wafting smoke. When smudging to cleanse the aura of negativity you should concentrate on the areas where you feel there are blockages or where there has been or is physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.
When smudging you need to imagine the smoke from the smouldering smudge stick is carrying away the negativity that is around you and in your aura. If you are feeling anxious for example, visualize the smoke carrying away all your anxiety.
You may want to repeat to yourself an intention or a suggestion while smudging.
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