A Vibe By Sky Britnei, CEO of DE LA JIPI
Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition.
For healers and light workers in traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state — or to solve or reflect upon spiritual dilemmas. Smudging is also used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your sacred space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others. As you learn more about different types of sage, you will also learn that each type hones in on a different spiritual practice.
But let’s discuss how to properly burn sage so that you aren’t just burning and waving it around your house with no understanding of why you’re doing so!
Before burning sage, please open your windows. If we are burning sage to rid our sacred space of negative energy, how will the negative energy remove itself? Don’t trap the smoke ⎯ release it.
Next up; before lighting your sage, be sure to set intentions. As being intentional is one of the core parts of smudging it is important to think about what your purpose is for participating in a smudging ritual.
Some things to think about before beginning your practice:
Think of a mantra that best fits what your intention is. You can let the words come to you as you begin to light the sage but it’s nice to have the thought formulating beforehand.
Here are some tried and true mantras that may help you if you are new to the practice:
These steps apply whether you’re smudging yourself, your sacred space, or a divine item.
Press the burning tip of the sage firmly into your fireproof vessel, dirt, or sand until the smoke no longer rises. If you are able, try not to out the sage by wetting it. Doing so will ruin the tip of the stick and make it harder to light next time.
Last but certainly not least, remember to hold space for gratitude.
As you lit your sage with intention, so should it be put out with intentional gratitude.
You might say something like:
or a simple “Thank You” will suffice.
Now that you know the basics, enjoy your smudging ritual!