Sacred Shaman: Learning the Art of Smudging with Sage

The tradition of shamanistic healing has been passed down for centuries. In today’s busy modern society, it is a beautiful wonder the age of the shaman healers have made a big comeback. It is the way of the shaman who turns to the path of holistic Soul healing. As with many common jobs, they require specific tools to get the job done.

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Today’s post will go over one of the primary tools and basic information on the Sage stick and how it is used in a cleansing ritual well-known as, “smudging”. Smudging can help to combat negative energy, clear the energy in your field, and help you start anew. Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear and bless a space.

What You Need

  • Sage or other sacred plants such as sweetgrass, organic tobacco or pineneedles. Sage represents the earth element and when burned, the smoke from it represents the air.

  • Abalone shell. This is meant to hold and burn the plants. The shell represents the water element.

  • Matches or a lighter. These represent the fire element.

  • Feather(s). This represents the air element.

Smudging Process

  • Clear out the clutter and have all windows and doors open. It is best practice to start each ritual with some organization and cleanliness. It assists in removing “hiding-spots” for collected negative energy.

  • Light the Sage stick and or other sacred plants. To initiate the basic smudge-cleansing ritual, light the sacred plants and begin with the front entrance of the area and work your way from room to room, ensuring each corner and closet has been wafted with the smoke.

  • Setting intentions. It is important to set your intentions, staying focused on clearing out negative energies, spirits, to be removed fully from the space, person, or home. Intentions can be stated outloud or within the mind.

  • Use of Feathers. Once the sacred plants/sage stick is lit, use the feathers to “sweep” the smoke away and out from the person holding the lit sage stick in a repetitive motion.

  • Close the smudging ceremony. After each room has been through the smudging process, in your way, thank your creator, and any other non-denominational or denominational deities, spirit guides, or higher dimensional entities for the protection and assistance of clearing the affected sacred space.