Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely season so far. Now as we move into spring, I think it’s the perfect time to cleanse our homes, minds, and hearts of the negative energies. To be honest, I didn’t even know energetic cleansing was a thing until a few years ago when I learned Reiki and Crystal Healing. Since then, cleansing has somehow become an essential part of my life and my spiritual journey. I have been taught that it’s very important to cleanse myself, my space and all of the healing tools before and after a healing session. And for me, cleansing feels like a small gesture of kindness to myself. I think of cleansing as a way that I take care of myself, as a way that I show love and respect to myself. After cleansing, I always feel better, more grounded and more relaxed. So I try to incorporate energetic cleansing into my regular self-care routine.
So today I’d like to share how I cleanse my space of negative energy.
What is energetic cleansing? And why is it important?
Energetic cleansing, also known as purification, is the practice of clearing out the old and making way for new, fresh energy to flow. You know, spaces and objects can pick up the energy of the people that move through them and cleansing helps to keep that energy from lingering long term. Some people refer to this as “energetic hygiene” because it’s not just something you do when a negative experience has occurred but really something that can and should be done on a regular basis.
This can be true for just about everyone, but is especially important for those who are very sensitive to the energies and emotions of others. And of course it’s really necessary for those who are practicing energy healing of any kind.
What is smudging?
There are a lot of different ways to cleanse your space of unwanted energy but I prefer to do a smudging ritual whenever I can because smudging is quite a simple ritual with great benefits.
Smudging is simply the act of burning sacred dried plants that are intended to help you purify and redirect the energy of your space. White sage is the original and most popular plant to use in smudging but there are other popular plants that you can use like sweetgrass, rosemary or lavender. And the kind of plant that I’m using today is sage because I just love its nice, refreshing, earthy scent.
Smudging has been used by First Nations people for a long time as a means of cleansing the mind, body, and spirit.
I think it’s really important to acknowledge and understand the roots and history behind it, rather than just falling into something because it’s “trendy”. So I highly recommend reading up on the history of Native American rituals and culture before diving in.
Benefits of Sage
- Removing negativity
- Cleansing your space and your energy field
- Promoting healing and calmness
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving intuition
- Reducing bacteria in the air
How to smudge your house
To do a smudging ritual, you will need
- A sage bundle or loose sage or a smudge stick of your choice
- A seashell or something to hold it (like a ceramic or glass container)
- A lighter or matches
- A feather which is optional. You can use your hands instead.
Step 1 – Set an intention
There’s absolutely no right or wrong way to smudge your home. The important part is to do what feels right to you. But as any kind of spiritual practice, it is important to smudge with awareness and respect and clear intention
You may say a prayer or affirmation before beginning or whenever you feel necessary.
Personally, I like to set an intention before I get started, maybe something simple like “Please cleanse my home of any energy that does not support me and my family”. And I also repeat the intention in my mind or out loud throughout the ritual.
Step 2 – Open a few windows and doors
Another important thing that you need to do before smudging is to open a few windows and doors. This will give the sage smoke, along with any negative energy, a way to leave your home.
Step 3 – Cleanse your energy field
Before clearing any space, I often clear myself first in order to prepare my own energy to purify the energy around me. I have a collection of crystals that I often use for healing so this is also a good time to cleanse them as well.
Step 4 – Slowly walk around your space
People believe that moving anything clockwise brings energy in, so as we smudge, we should move counterclockwise to move unwanted energy out. But actually you can just walk clockwise or counterclockwise as you wish. I think it doesn’t really matter which direction you move as long as you keep your intention in mind.
You can use your hands or a feather to waft the smoke into all areas of your space. Invite the smoke to enter all those hidden corners and shadows where unwanted energy loves to hide. It’s also good to open cupboards and wardrobes because they can also hold stagnant energy.
During the process of cleansing, just imagine negative energy flowing away from the edges of the smoke; out of your home; out of your life.
Remember that the goal here is to allow a light amount of smoke to move around your space, so there’s no need to create a thick cloud of smoke!
Step 5 – Extinguish your smudge stick
After cleansing, you can extinguish your smudge stick by dipping it into sand. You can also allow it to burn out on its own. Again, just do whatever feels right to you.
Step 6 – Give thanks
It’s also important to give thanks to the sacred plant for gracing you and your space with its blessing and healing energy.
I think of the cleansing ritual as a way to connect me with my higher self and with the universe. And cleansing is also a great practice for mindfulness. Cleansing allows me to be fully present with myself, to focus on the little things and little corners of my home and to really appreciate what I have in life.
A lot of people might be wondering how often they should cleanse their space. Personally I try to find time to cleanse my space as regularly as I can, especially around the full moon and the new moon. But I think you can just cleanse your space whenever you like. Just like everything in life, trust your intuition and let it guide you.
So that’s basically how I cleanse my space and myself of unwanted energy. I invite you to try this cleansing ritual if you haven’t already. I hope this guide is somewhat helpful for you. Thank you for reading. Take care and bye.