Historically, clearing your home and self was done by Native Americans through the use of Sage or Smudge. This was done to alleviate germs as well as clear out negative energy. Sage has been considered a â€œcure-allâ€ because it has many wonderful properties. Historically, in England, they would plant Sage beside graves ensuring salvation. In Rome, Sage was used in baths to sooth aching muscles or in food to aid digestion. Sage tea is used to quiet the nerves and keep you well. In Folklore, you could write a wish on a sage leaf, put it under your pillow, and your wish would come true. Sage is considered a hot herb, and therefore provides energy when burned. There are more than 500 species of Sage today, two of which are commonly used for Smudging: White Sage and Desert Sage.
Today, I am going to talk about using Sage for clearing your home or self. If you have a stressful job or life, you know the value of a relaxing home. In order to achieve such a calm energy in your house, you have to clear out the negative and lingering energy that has built up over the years through dramatic experiences and deep emotions. Other times it may be beneficial to Smudge would be when you move into a new place, or if you have been in the same place for a long time and such things as illness have been present.
So what is Smudging and how can it be done? Smudging is a ritual in which you burn herbs, such as Sage, so that you may cleanse negative energy. If you are going to Smudge, remember that the technique you use is not entirely important; what is important is the idea of clearing negative energy and bringing in fresh energy. You may choose to walk around with the Sage and a bowl half full of sand as you spread the smoke around, or you could keep the Sage in the bowl as you use a feather to waft the smoke around the room and yourself. Also for a self cleanse, you can also ask your Higher Power to surround you with love and light and wrap yourself in a positive bubble of protection. Work on identifying when you are picking up negative energy so you can release it as you go. Send those with negative energy some positive healing energy. Lastly, you may also picture the energy lifting from you while asking your personal angels to take the energy away from you. All of these things will help clear your energy so that you may live in a more positive, lighter and brighter surrounding.