Smudging and Cleansing Your Home and Workspace
Bad ju ju is a real deal. It isn’t something we can see, rather, we can feel it. Negative energy can linger anywhere – people, spaces, curtains, furniture, and clothes. Energy can stay trapped from past experiences, which is why it is very important to do a cleansing in your home and/or workspace on a regular basis.
The origins of smudging and cleansing date back hundreds of years. The most common reference is from the Inca and Native American culture. Traditionally used in ceremonies and rituals, sage and Palo Santo were often burned slow to rid negative energy and give balance. Used in the practice of Feng Shui, smudging is thought to rid the home of blocked negative energies, raise vibrations, and assist in spiritual work.
4 Step Guide On How To Clear Negative Energy
1. SMUDGE WITH WHITE SAGE: Give yourself at least 10 to 15 minutes of undisturbed time to smudge and cleanse.
Start by burning white sage while you walk around the space with it, swirling it in a counterclockwise rotation. You can say an affirmation like “I am clearing the negative and stagnant energy from this space to allow only the highest vibration to remain.” Make sure to have a fireproof container under the sage while you are smudging to prevent burning or glowing herbs from falling on the floor as you smudge. Abalone shells work well for this as they do not retain any energy, however, any type of container or dish will work.
When you have smudged all areas of your house or area, return to the starting point and gently put out the sage.
2. PALO SANTO CLEANSING: Cleansing with Palo Santo can be used in place of or in addition to smudging with white sage.
You can smudge once per month with sage, and cleanse intermittently throughout the week or daily with Palo Santo. Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree that is widely distributed throughout Central and South America. Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as sage is used in North America- to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. Palo Santo is different than many of the other smudging materials as it is citrusy and fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is helpful for a ‘people’ cleansing before doing energy work or meditating.
3. NATURAL SALTS: Salt crystals have an amazing natural built-in ability to absorb negative energy. Putting small bowls of salt in the corners of your home or room can help to remove negative energy. Empty the bowls periodically or daily and replace with fresh salt.
4. ROSE QUARTZ: Using crystals can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. You can place crystals throughout your home or office or carry them with you throughout the day. Rose Quartz carries many healing and balancing properties, including bringing love and balance to your life. It will naturally attract positive energy and carries positive energy. Often called a balancing stone, it will balance uneasy portions of your life in the negative and positive. Rose Quartz in your bedroom will help to promote sleep and relaxation. Connecting with the heart chakra, Rose Quartz will begin to open your soul to vulnerabilities and promote love in relationships. It will help to ease tensions from the day and is wonderful for promoting a peaceful environment.