THIS BEAUTIFUL NATURAL STONE ENCOURAGES HARMONY AND BALANCE, HEALTH AND GOOD VIBES IN ANY SPACE. IT CAN CLEANSE AND CHARGE OTHER CRYSTALS AND STONES NEARBY.
If you're new to the practice of smudging, there are a few items you'll need to get started. Traditionally, people use an abalone shell to hold the sage and then use a feather to fan and spread the smoke around the space once the sage is burning, but you can use anything to hold the sage or fan really. We offer two way to buy. One with the shell and one without. You can also but the sage individually. (see links below).
Here is what you need!
A vessel for burning sage
Sage,Cedar smudging stick or Palo Santo.
A fire source (such as a long match or candle)
A fanning tool (not completely necessary but could be helpful if you need to cover a large area such as a home or office)
A mantra to help you set your intention.
The HOW TO part:
1. Gather your tools and have an exit strategy.
First and foremost, ensure you have all the above-mentioned tools handy and that you've opened a door or window before lighting up. After all, that negativity (not to mention smoke) needs to have a pathway to get out.
2. Set your intention and say a mantra. (Optional...See below for a general smudging prayer and/or mantras you may like to use).
3. Light up.
Once you're ready, hold the sage at a 45-degree angle, light it using your match or candle, and let it burn for about 20 seconds. After that, gently blow out the flame so you see orange embers on one end. The smoke should now billow up.
4. Slowly walk around your space.
Slowly walk around your space and allow the smoke to waft around. Guide the smoke—and the bad energy—toward the open windows or a door, so it can escape. "Give special attention to areas in front of mirrors, in corners, and in spaces like foyers, hallways, and doorways," Wasfie recommends. "I'm also a big fan of saging technology like our phones or laptops. I usually hold the sage wand underneath them and then wave it around them."
5. Be safe!
Sage burning 101: Always stay present! If you see little embers fall on the ground, tamp them out immediately. Never let the burning sage stay unattended for any reason. Also, take care not to inhale too much of the smoke.
6. Extinguish your sage.
Once you're ready to extinguish a sage smudge stick, press the burning tip firmly into your fireproof vessel, dirt, or sand until the smoke no longer rises. Pro tip: Don't get it wet! "Don't use water to extinguish the hot embers—it will ruin the tip of the stick and make it harder to light next time. When you are done using the smudge stick, you can keep it in a vessel until you are ready to use it again
How To Sage Yourself:
If you're interested in saging yourself, you can essentially follow the same steps as above, but the focus will be on your body instead of your space.
Stand in the shape of a T with legs slightly spread like you're in the TSA line at the airport. Keep the sage a safe distance from your body, start at your feet and guide the smoke around your body as you work your way up to your head. You can repeat your intention or visualize the smoke carrying away the negative energy from your being at the same time.
Again, don't directly inhale large amounts of smoke, and ensure the sage remains a safe distance from your body. If you have long hair, pull it back in a bun. Don't forget to extinguish the sage once you've finished smudging.
How often should you smudge?
There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to how often you should sage yourself or your space. If you have that nagging feeling something isn't right, trust your intuition! Sage away! CLICK HERE FOR SMUDGE KITS!
A Smudging Prayer
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
Cleanse this space of negative energy, thoughts and intentions.
If there are energies here not of the light, you are not welcome,
be gone and do not return.
Surround this space and everyone in it with positive energy
& white light.
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Negativity that invades my sacred place,
I banish you away with the light of my grace.
You have no power here.
For I stand and face you with no fear.
Be gone forever, for this I will say.
This is my sacred place and you will obey.