What Is Smudging?
Smudging is the act of using smoke generated by plants for spiritual practice. And though it was invented thousands of years ago, there’s not one exact way to do it. Over the years, many cultures have added a bit of their own traditions to how they use it. So, in a way, each time you practice a smudging ritual you’re tuning in to a generational spiritual tradition.
The purpose behind burning plants is the idea that the smoke is cleansing whatever you are smudging. Whether it is the environment, people, or objects, you are smudging whatever which holds the negative energy. The practice incorporates three elements. The sage is the earth, burning the plant is the fire, and the smoke the plant releases is the air.
You can smudge your workspace if it has become stressful, your chakras if they are blocked, and your crystals if they are in need of cleansing. But don’t get it twisted, smudging is not a one time thing, it’s a practice that you repeat periodically to keep you, your objects, and environment purified. Click here to see the different kinds of smudge sticks.
Should You Do It?
Smudging has become mainstream in a way. Several big-chain companies have started selling sage primarily without selling the true intention behind it. But this is not the case, burning sage was originally a practice unique to ancient indigenous people. The act is a ceremony. In order for plant to cleanse, the person burning it must set the right intentions. The ritual is traditional ceremony that originates from ancestors of the Indigenous Americans and it should be respected.
So, if you do wish to use smudging to purify your space from bad vibes then we suggest you set an intention to your practice before starting. Focus on your breathing, believe in your intention, and start smudging. The best times to smudge is in the morning because it sets an energy for the day. Or, add smudging to you weekly self-care routine.
“If you don’t want to come to my house because I burn sage that means the sage is working”
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