You should Smudge whenever you feel negative energy is affecting you, your possessions and your surroundings. Smudge whenever you feel you need to create or enhance positive energy around you. Focus and intent are very important. As you walk around the rooms in your home that you want cleansed, picture the negative energies being brushed and cleaned away and imagine bringing up the Earth’s energies and all the positive energies from the sky. Smudge your home on a regular schedule or whenever you feel it is necessary.

Rules for Smudging your Home to Release Negative Energy

Ceremonial white sage is preferred for smudging. Carefully light your white sage at the tips of the leaves, making sure you have a fireproof bowl or plate ready to catch any ash as it burns.

Sage smudging is the most powerful, not when the sage is burning with a flame, but simply smoldering and smoking. If your sage is burning and you can see the flame, just blow it out and you’re ready to begin smudging.

When smudging your house, you’ll want to start from the back of the house and move to the front. If you have multiple levels, start from the bottom of the house and move to the top. Open windows to allow the negative energy to leave.

When you select the room you’re going to start smudging in, begin in one corner of the room, and move methodically around the room or rooms. Try to get behind furniture and in all other nooks and crannies in the space.

Our favorite smudging affirmation: “Bless this home and all who enter, please cleanse this home of all stagnant and negative energy, fill this home with light and love and with positive energy of the highest vibration.”

Use a feather to waft the smoke by carefully moving the entire smudge stick (and your fireproof bowl to catch ashes) in that direction. When you reach a window or door, waft the smoke into all four corners, beginning at the bottom left and moving in a clockwise direction.

Open cabinets and closets and waft inside, holding in your mind the intention to release density, stuck energy and negativity into the light. The last room you smudge should be the one with the front door.

When you’re finished, move outside and waft around the four corners of the door.

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