Clear Away Negative Energies and Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit
A clear, contemporary guide to the ritual use of smoke, and scents to cleanse the energies of our mind and body as well as our home.
This book offers the essential tools creating a sacred space at home – a safe space free of negative energies – using herbs, incense, smoke, and other practices.
In six practical and accessible user-friendly chapters, Amy Blackthorn covers all basics: What you need to know about a purification and cleansing practice The importance of self-care, starting with yourself before moving outward How to keep your home and family safe How to protect your home while you are away Adding crystals to your practice Essential herbs and recipes for creating cleansing smoke Sacred Smoke is an essential guide for anyone seeking to practice the ritual use of cleansing and clearing to protect and heal themselves, their home, and their family.
About the Author
Around 7 years ago, Wendy Whitman on a walkabout outside of Taos, New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains found herself harvesting sage. The messages and feelings she received during this time motivated her to relocate to this area, change her name to Silver Wolf Walks Alone, and write about her spiritual healing and the use and sacredness of sage. Her Wolfwalker Collection sells products for smudging online. She has also adopted traditional ceremonial Native Ways and she offers spiritual retreats for healing.
“Smudging is the traditional spiritual practice of clearing away negative thoughtforms (the manifestation of mental energy) and other negative vibrations with the smoke of burning herbs, typically dried sage. The sage used for smudging is usually either high desert sage or white wide-leaf sage and is often bound into a bundle called a smudge bundle.
When and Why to Smudge Yourself or Your Space
Because old thoughtforms and other negative vibes tend to accumulate no matter how clear you try to keep yourself or space, it is a good idea to smudge every so often to continue to attract positive vibrations into your life. Smudge any time you feel that negative thoughtforms, including your own, have gotten stuck in your energy field.
You know you need to smudge or clear your space when chaos is present, arguments abound, anger presents itself, or general feelings of agitation and frustration exist. If an argument just occurred, clear your space. If you encountered an unpleasant situation, clear yourself. If your children are unruly and your spouse is cranky, clear your space.
How to Smudge
You can use either a ready-made smudge bundle, make your own smudge bundle, or use loose herbs. Smokeless alternatives are also available and will be discussed a little later. To use loose herbs for smudging, you will need herb-burning charcoal discs as well as a dish to hold the burning herbs. Abalone shells are often used for this purpose since they are sturdy and represent the element air. When a shell is used, the vibration of all four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—is present. (The dried herbs represent earth, the burning embers represent fire, and the smoke represents air.) When all four elements are working together, the cleansing effects are magnified.”