I’m using content from written posts on how to smudge from Energy Muse website in this guest post.
We will be the first to tell you: if you think that just having a crystal is going to change your life, you’re going to wind up disappointed. What a crystal will do is act as a tool, a touchstone, to ground you, center you and empower you to transform your life. The magic is not the crystal, it’s you. It’s not doing the work, you’re doing the work. It’s an ally on your journey, a tool to help you get to where you want to go. Our mission is to de-mystify the world of crystals. By teaching people simple ways in which crystal energy can benefit their daily lives, our hope is for you to feel empowered, motivated and excited to create the life you’ve always dreamed of. We get that lives get busy, and the intentions we have for ourselves often get pushed aside. That’s why Energy Muse promotes a conscious lifestyle. Through using crystals, both raw and in jewelry, we can tap into the vibrations of the Earth, and ground our spirit in what’s important. Crystals are tools that we can use, not to do the work for us, but rather, to open up our energy so that we can recognize the changes we need to make for ourselves.
Nickname: the Purifier
How to remove negative energy in your home, you ask? Sage.
* Sage is a sacred plant that has been used since ancient times. It’s known as a purifier. Burning it before each ritual helps to drive out negative energy and restore balance to a particular space. “Smudging” with sage is an ancient practice from Native American and other indigenous cultures. It’s a purifying “smoke bath” that can be used to cleanse a person, place, object, or space of negative energies or influences. When the smoke begins to melt away, it takes the unwanted energy with it. This can be lower vibrational energy, negative thoughts, or even words from an old argument still hanging in the air.
Many people ask us what sage is used for. Rather than give them the historical run down of ancient Greek and Native American ceremonial usages, we usually just say, “cleansing.” Burning sage, a practice also known as smudging, is a quick and effective method for dusting off old energy that may have settled in your space. If your home feels heavy, stagnant or dirty even though it’s clean, you probably need to do an energy cleanse. It doesn’t mean that you have bad energy, it just means that your space could use a spiritual refresh.
Everyone who walks into your space brings energy with them, and because we can’t ask people to leave their negative vibes at the door, that energy gets in. As well, any kind of exertion (like arguments, exercise or work) that occurs in the space, will leave behind energy that, if not purified, will begin to clog the circulation of fresh energy. That’s why we always suggest regular saging to keep your space a high vibe haven.
Crystals constantly pick up energy, which is why we recommend a regular sage cleansing. When a crystal is cleansed and activated, it radiates pure energy at the highest vibrations. A good time for a sage cleansing is right before setting your intention with your crystals. It also gives you a few moments to ensure that your crystal is clear of any previous programming or energy so that your crystal is ready to work with you. To cleanse and clear your crystal, fully envelop it in sage smoke while asking the plant spirit of the sage to please remove and release any unwanted energy and previous programming.
One of the oldest and most well-known herbs for energy cleansing, sage helps to enhance your intuition by neutralizing the energy of the space. This helps to relieve your stress + worries, open your mind, absolve negative thoughts and harmonize the body and spirit. Our Sage Cleansing Set will provides all of the tools you need to remove negative energy and create an environment filled with positive light.
Included in our sage cleansing set:
- 1 sage stick, approx. size: 5 inches
- 1 raw abalone shell, approx. size: 7 x 6 x 4 inches (size may range slightly)
- 1 feather, approx. size: 9″ x 2″
The abalone shell follows the Native American belief that mother-of-pearl bearing shells and sage were a powerful combination that put them closer to the heavens. In an ancient Apache legend, the Sunrise Ceremony celebrates the White Painted Woman and the tale of how she survived the great flood in an abalone shell.
How to Use
Start your sage cleansing ritual by asking the plant spirit of the sage to be there with you, and ask that it assist you in cleansing you, your space and your crystals. It can seem like another chore to constantly worry about cleansing your space, but you will notice a huge difference if you invest just a short amount of time. What works for us is a simple saging session that can be done in 5 – 10 minutes.
Start your sage cleansing by opening the doors and windows. This allows the sage smoke to be released, along with any toxic or negative energy. Sage the entrance first, which helps to ward off any negative vibes that can come through the entranceways. Then, work your way through your home and the rooms clockwise, making sure to be extra thorough in corners, which accumulate more toxic energy than other areas.
Don’t forget bathrooms and closets, another place where energy often gets stuck. Lift up the toilet seat and sage thoroughly, making sure to always keep the lid closed. In Feng Shui, the belief system follows the idea that energy gets sucked downward, through the pipes, which is why toilets with open lids and leaky sinks can deplete the home of energy.
Carry the abalone shell to catch any ashes and use the feather to waft the sage smoke into the hard-to-reach areas of your home. After a sage cleansing, you’ll notice that the air feels lighter and your gemstones have an extra sparkly luster.
Typically, a sage cleansing should be done once or twice a week. If there has been an argument or someone is recovering from an illness, a daily sage cleansing can make a big difference. With more heavy vibes in the air than usual, you might notice that the space feels thick with stagnant energy. As the negativity is released, it needs somewhere to go, and sage cleansing is one of the quickest and most effective ways to neutralize and clear away dark energy.
After you’ve finished saging your space, follow it with a round of Palo Santo or Sweetgrass. Once you take out the negative, stuck energy of with sage, you want to fill it back up with positivity and blessings.
Ask the plant-medicine spirit of the sage to be there with you, and ask that it assist in purifying and cleansing you, your space, and your crystals. Hold the sage above the abalone shell as you light it. Let the sage stick catch fire, and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then blow it out.
As the smoke wafts from the stick or leaves, first sage yourself using the feather to direct the smoke toward your body. We suggest starting at the top of your head and working downward toward your feet.
Sage your space. Open your front door and all the windows in the house to allow the unwanted energy to be released. Starting at the front door, sage around the outside of the door and frame. Now walk back inside, and begin saging the space by moving clockwise through it. Using the feather, waft the smoke into the corners of every room and up to the ceiling. Say these words out loud or silently: “I ask that the plant spirit of the sage please remove and release any negative energy from this space.”
Finally, to clear away any unwanted energy from any hands that have touched your crystals before you, immerse them in the sacred smoke of the sage.
When you’re finished, extinguish the sage stick by snuffing it out inside of the shell or another fireproof container.
Keep out of reach of children, animals and flammable material.
Setting Your Intention:
While you are saging your room or your jewelry, make sure that you keep a strong and focused intention in mind.
Cleansing Your Jewelry:
Your gemstones will work best when they are cleared and cleansed. So, cleanse and activate them often! Here are some recommended ways to cleanse your jewelry:
1. Place your jewelry on the soil or branches of a healthy houseplant for 24 hours.
2. Place your jewelry outside under the sun or full moon for at least 4 hours.
3. Steadily hold your jewelry in the smoke of a burning Sage stick or Palo Santo stick until your piece becomes still.
4. Lay your jewelry on a piece of Selenite or Quartz Crystal for at least 6 hours.
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* Disclaimer: We, at Energy Muse, are not doctors and cannot give out medical advice. The recommendations we provide on how best to enhance the energy of your intentions should always be paired with—and never replace—other therapies, medical treatment, diagnosis, or examination. For medical advice, please consult a licensed healthcare specialist. For advice on how to progress along your spiritual journey, we’ve got you covered!