How to do a Sage Smudge Ceremony
Regarding the smudge ceremony, remember that no matter the details of your actions, God knows what you are trying to do, and in the end, you can’t do it wrong, there is no wrong, God and the Master Spirit guides in the world unseen, will understand your actions, and bless your efforts.
Well first, I use sage or sage with sweet grass. I pick a time when I’m not likely to be interrupted and pick some appropriate music to play. Not important if it’s not possible.
Then I say a prayer asking God and my spirit guides to be with me and guide my actions. Personally, I use the Light Invocation by Dael Walker and repeat it three times as he suggested.
The smudge stick is sometimes hard to keep smouldering so when you first light it, blow out the flame after it gets going and then blow into the smouldering embers to really let it take hold or else it might burn out. If it burns out, just re-light it again and keep going.
After I get the stick smouldering, I ask the smoke to be blessed and that it will trap all negative entities and energies. The first thing I smudge is myself starting with the bottoms of my feet and then working the smoke up around my body and around my head and crown chakra.
After that is done, I start at a doorway and direct the smoke completely around the doorframe. You will repeat this in every room, starting at the entry doorway to each room and the front and back or side doors to the apartment or house.
After the doorways just go around the room to the four corners and then down the middle with a circular motion.
Don’t forget to open closet doors and drawers to chests and cabinets also before you begin. The mental image is as if you were about to fumigate the property for bugs, the idea is to let the smudge smoke get into and around everything within the home or office. Instead of getting rid of bugs, you are getting rid of negative entities and energies.
When you have completed every room, and then say another prayer, thanking God and your spirit guides for help and blessings, asking that all the smoke carry away all negative entities and energies out away from your home or office.
Open as many windows and doors as is practical to allow the smoke to be purged from the interior and fresh air and chi to flow back into your living or workspace. The idea is the smoke traps the unwanted stuff and then you let it out through the windows and open doors.
I always burn some good smelling incense at the beginning of the ceremony to help cover the pot-like smelling sage.
If possible, I also light a few candles and create a makeshift altar with the candles and a few crystals of whatever you might have before I begin, to help act as centre place for my prayers and smudge lighting.
To help direct the smoke into drawers and closets, you can either use a feather if you have one or just use your hand in a fanning motion.
One other practical matter, sometimes smouldering pieces of ash from the sage or string the binds the sage may drop to the floor so to prevent burn spots on your floor, it might be best to use a paper plate or something to catch the ash during the smudging.
Another alternative to a smudge “stick” bundle would be to burn loose sage in a dish or bowl, (try a metal or shell bowl / dish, which would prevent the smouldering ash problem.
This ceremony can drain the person doing it, so allow so rest time for afterward. You may notice the difference of energy right away or especially the next day, as will visitors to your home or workspace.
One last item, should you have any crystals or rocks in your space, you might try raising their vibration after the smudging by ringing a bell or ringing a brass bowl near where they sit. Finally, put out the smudge and, after closing the windows and doors, sit down and relax for a while and enjoy your cleansed environment.
Redo the smudge ceremony at least every 6 months, or more often, if you feel the need. You might want to try and time the smudging to a “new moon” or at the change of seasons.
Remember, God and your spirit guides understand what you are trying to do. So, THERE IS NO WRONG WAY to do it. Include some of your favourite prayers, inspiratations or do this with a loved one. Basically, that’s it, good luck and be well.
You may choose some added accessories to perform in between cleansing from time to time. These are the methods I choose for my own business and home:
- Incense sticks / cones. My preferred scents are:
- White Sage
- Dragon’s Blood
- White Sage
Ensure that you continue to monitor the burning incense so it does not fall on the floor, paper, or exposed dangerous areas. Make sure you monitor the burning incense in every room of the house and also keep the house well ventilated.
- Take a small Tibetan Bowl (the tone and size to your taste and preference) in your non-dominant hand and hold it up to the ceiling. Strike it softly with the leather (or leather wrapped around the stick) end. Do this with your dominant hand. Move the bowl on your hand around in a clockwise circular motion so the sound carries. Repeat this three times in each room of the home / office space (including bathroom(s).
- Using an oil burner is also a good way of in between cleansing. Using Frankincense or Lavender pure essential oils. Just add three to five drops in water on your burner. Please always check the burner to ensure is safety.
Good luck and God Bless.