If you are feeling stuck, negative, lethargic, or maybe honest-to-goodness depressed, smudging as a method to purify the body, aura, and energy.
If you are feeling stuck, negative, lethargic, or maybe honest-to-goodness depressed, it could be due to some stagnant energy in your field. Your field can include your emotional, active, psychological, non secular or physical body, and your environment whether it is your home, office, or other physical space.
Stagnant or negative energy can have highly deleterious effect on your psychological and physical condition and is even assumed to manifest into stuff like an absence of contentment and success as well as discomfort and illness.
Smudging is a traditional rite in which you burn holy plants , for example sage, to permit the smoke to clear and bless a space. What you utilize to clear a space relies upon your location and what plants you’ve got access to. Grandmama Wapajea claims that folk on the East Coast use tobacco, cedar, sweet grass, juniper, pine needles, deerstongue, cypress, and sage.
“My family uses sage and cedar to purify, tobacco to send our prayers to the Chihowa, and sweet grass to attract angels and sweet-spirited ancestors. We also use sweet grass to bring ease to a space when we need to discuss something that is difficult to say,
Wapajea’s Smudging Process
“We start in the East where the sun rises, and brings us the opportunity to begin again with each new day. Breath.
We go to the South and honor our creativity, our children, the child in us, our playfulness, joy, and hope. Earth.
We go to the West where the sun goes down, and the blackness of introspection begins when the day is done. Water.
We go to the North where our rest awaits us. Knowledge, stamina, compassion, silence. Fire.
We use a feather to fan the sacred smoke in each direction, one drums, one sings, one dances, one prays, until we have circled back to the east.” – source
The Four Sacred Medicines
“Healing powers of plants and herbs is universal and across all continents, the only difference is that not all plants grow in one region. People usually utilize the plant or the herb that is abundant in their region.
There are Four major medicine plants; tobacco, sweet grass, sage and cedar that we natives use frequently in ceremonies.
Besides producing visions, smudging is used to purify tools and people before an important spiritual ceremony. It is also used to clear sacred space and open the soul before calling upon the Spirits and their healing powers.” – source
SWEET GRASS (WEENGUSH)
Sweet grass is the sacred hair of Mother Earth; its sweet aroma reminds people of the gentleness, love and kindness she has for the people; this is why Native people pick it and braid it in 3 strands representing love, kindness and honesty. Sweet grass is used for smudging and purification of the spirit; when Sweet grass is used in a healing or talking circle it has a calming effect. It is said that it attracts the good Spirit, so use it to call in the Spirit.
Sweet grass was strewn before church doors on Saints’ days in northern Europe, presumably because of the sweet smell that arose when it was trodden on. It was used in France to flavour candy, tobacco, soft drinks, and perfumes. Widely used in neo-pagan practice (syncretized from North American indigenous practice). In Europe, the species H. alpina is frequently substituted or used interchangeably. In Russia, it was used to flavour tea
Ceremonial use of Cedar (Keezhik)
How To Make Your Own Smudge Stick
Video on how to make your own smudge stick using Sage and Rosemary.
Smudging has been around centuries and has been one of the commonest but strong aids and methods to clean the mind, body, and spirit, or perhaps a particular place, of unwelcome negative energies and entities like devils. Smudging rites and rituals can be performed in many ways.
In traditional Greece, smudging formed part of the rituals to contact the dead, following extended periods of fasting and silence. Their holy smoke was born out of sulphur and minerals instead of herbs to part the veil between the worlds of the living and form a bridge to the other world.
This video will walk you through an example ceremony.
To skip straight to the ritual, go to 7:22 in the video.