Sage is a plant whose scent is revered for its ability to purify, protect and elevate space. Not exclusive to space, a sage smudge stick is also a power ally for easing emotional flurries, and freeing the spirit up to accept the light of positivity. The influence that burning sage can have on one’s spirit and space lies within their intention.
For sage cleansing to work, you must focus your energy on a clear intention before burning it. This is why a sage smudge stick is used before rituals and ceremonies in Native American cultures. White sage is one of many plants that are sacred to Native Americans. Revered for its medicinal properties, Native Americans believe that the healing plant can provide a bridge to the spiritual realm through which the smoke will carry their prayers. We can use sage in same way, by employing its power to both eliminate negativity and open our mind to a higher spirituality. With a raised awareness, we ascend beyond the energy clogs that blocked our intentions from maturing into reality. We are able to see situations more clearly, and our mind becomes open to forgiveness, compromise and other forms of emotional progress.
Burning sage can have a significant impact when used after an argument, after an illness, before and after parties, after an intense workout, prior to meditation, when moving into a new space and during periods of grieving. Proper use of a sage smudge stick doesn’t have to include a complex ritual, but even a simple smudging can be enhanced by implementing certain tips. When wafting the sage around your space, be certain pay extra attention to gateway areas like windows, doorways, hallways and closets. Make sure windows are open to allow ventilation so that the smoke does not become overwhelming. To direct the smoke, you can one hand to hold the burning sage within an abalone shell or similar non-flammable bowl, and use your other hand or a feather to send the smoke where you’d like it to go. According to ancient folklore, Native Americans believed that using the abalone shell as a white sage smudge bowl helped to carry their messages up to heaven.
How to Use Your Sage Smudge Stick:
There are many different ways to use a smudge sage stick. The important thing is to find what works for you and your specific needs.
To Sage Your Home:
Your home should be a place where you can relax and rejuvenate for the day ahead. To keep your home vibing with positive energy, it’s important to cleanse the space. In fact, we recommend doubling down on your energy cleansing by also burning Palo Santo, a sweet smelling wood that helps balance the earthy smell of white sage. When you burn both of these cleansing tools, first the cleansing sage and then the uplifting palo santo, it makes your purifying practice even more powerful.
- Ask the plant medicine spirit of the sage to be there with you, and ask that it assist in purifying and cleansing you, your space, and your crystals. Hold the sage above the abalone shell as you light it. Let the sage stick catch fire, and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then blow it out.
- As the smoke wafts from the stick or leaves, first sage yourself using the feather to direct the smoke toward your body. We suggest starting at the top of your head and working downward toward your feet.
- Sage your space. Open your front door and all of the windows in the house to allow the unwanted energy to be released. Starting at the front door, sage around the outside of the door and frame. Now, walk back inside, and begin saging the space by moving counter-clockwise through it—this is symbolic of taking negative and unwanted energy out. Using the feather, waft the smoke into the corners of every room and up to the ceiling. Say these words out loud or silently: “I ask that the plant spirit of the sage please remove and release any negative energy from this space.”
- Finally, to clear away any unwanted energy from any hands that have touched your crystals before you, immerse them in the sacred smoke of the sage.
- When you’re finished, extinguish the sage stick by snuffing it out inside of the shell or a fireproof container.
To Sage When in a Group Gathering:
A smudge stick can also be used for group cleansing. Start your cleansing ritual by smudging the room with an entire bundle of white sage. Reaching as high as you can, allow the smoke to gently rise up the sides of the wall. As you smudge the area, ask the white sage to only allow positive energy into the environment and let the group be blessed with the best experiences. As each person enters the room, use the sage smudge stick to outline the body from front to back, then head to toe. While you cleanse them with a smudge stick, ask the wise energy of this ancient cleansing tool to keep them in a peaceful state that allows positive awareness, healing, and understanding. White sage is a powerful cleansing tool, especially when you use it with clear and focused intention.
We recommend that you store your Sage Smudge Stick in a dry, dark place until you are ready to use it. All sales are final on this item. Keep out of reach of children, animals and flammable material.
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