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​Smudging with California White Sage

With the onset of the New Year, smudging your home by burning sage is the perfect ritual to release and clear the old energy to create space for the new. To tell the truth I had no idea why people smudged. One of my close friends used to burn a sage wand in her boutique after “nutty” people came in as a way to feel better and chase out the bad vibes they left behind. I remember not quite understanding it and thinking well…it must be good because she believes in it and it seemed to work.

The first time I was inspired to preform my own smudging ritual I was moving to a new showroom space at the High Point furniture market and decide to do a blessing ceremony to amplify my ability to receive. I anchored citrine crystals in each corner of the showroom for abundance and burnt sage to clear the old energy from the last exhibitor in the space. As sage smoke swirled through the air all of a sudden around the corner came a group of designers, I want to be smudged they all chimed in at the same time. One by one I preformed a smudging ceremony clearing their auric field and then my neighbor asked me to smudge her too. I felt so strange during the ceremonies like I had stumbled into something that felt so familiar that I know how to do it with out ever having done it before.

The next day my neighbor told me that she had a lucid dream that night. In the dream a giant magnet hovered over her pulling out toxic energy from her body and the next morning she felt healed from past negative experiences she was holding on to and couldn’t release. I was blown away and delighted and fascinated by her experience. Maybe there was something to this smudging ceremony after all. Fascinated I began researching and looking deeper into the science behind it.

The origins of the smudging ceremony began with Native Americans as a sacred ritual preformed for thousands of years, a ritual of purification and cleansing of the physical and spiritual bodies. They associated sagebrush with purity and the spirits of the heavens.

Modern Smudging is also used to cleanse interior environments and energy fields and to keep us disease free. I felt excited discovering this because I believe in living life naturally and partnering with Mother Nature when designing our homes, interiors and staying healthy.

I have discovered in life we are each responsible for our own healing and creating environment’s that support our well-being. I believe we are not separate from the natural world but inner connected and we create harmony around us by the way we think. It is through our thoughts, words and actions that we create the life we live. I call this trifecta the pyramid of creation. Our life is our canvas and it is with the pyramid of creation that we build a sustainable, creative and wholesome life.

In the purification act of smudging the active element while the sage burns is the smoke that’s is created. The smoke seizes the positive ions in the air molecule and extracts is, it is important to open a door or window before smudging so the positive ions have a way out or they will fall on you floors and surfaces as soot so you won’t have the same cleansing effect of the environment. The positive ion in the air molecule is the one that is harmful for your health and negative ions are beneficial.

The negative ions created by burning sage smoke cancel out the harmful positive ions in the air. When you move into a new home, get a new car the first thing you must do is purify it as a way to clear, heal and enhance while set your intentions for the new beginning. You can also do this now to a home you are currently living in. It wise to smudge your home each season as a way to welcome and honor the changing cycles of nature and purify the environment. Make sure smoke detector alarms are turned off before beginning the ceremony.

The tools you will need are based on the four elements – an abalone shell or seashell-representing water, matches for fire, a feather for air and the sage representing the earth element. There are several varieties of sage that can be used but I prefer Salvia Alpena or California white sage as I wild harvested it on the full moon eclipse in July of 2020.

To start a ceremony gather your tools and set your intentions open the front door of your house and windows in the rooms that you want to purify to allow the harmful positive ions to escape.

Sage is a powerful healer that will be needed in the future to support and sustain life on this planet. Anti bacterial, anti microbial, natural anti depressant, tea for menopause. The natural world is full of powerful magic that we have long forgotten about. Now is the time to return to the natural world to be soothed, healed and inspired. To awaken to our highest potential and co create with the source that is always within us.

Live Life Naturally, healthier homes make a happier life.