Clean AF- Featuring Sage

Hi my name is Chele and I’m a relatively new hippie dippy and I’m so ok with it.
Whew, now that is out of the way I can discuss my love for all things sage and why I love to sage my house/My office/ Me.

Incense and other smoke help connect humans with the spirit world and can be traced as far back to Ancient Greece. Using incense to help clear energy and auras, whether you believe in it. It’s what many rely on as part of their normal meditation practices and religious beliefs.

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Using dried sage is a bit of newer practice that is rooted back to the Native American’s practice. Shamans use dried sage and other plants as part of a ritual to calling upon the spirits to remove conflict, anger, illness, evil, etc. The belief is that the negative energies are absorbed by the sage smoke and released and cleansed from your energy and your space. Using Sweet grass as a smudge is said to call forth energy of peace, love, and connection.

I personally use Sage when we have what I’d call a ‘toxic spill’ in our house/are of energy. Have you ever had a guest or guests who when they leave they also leave their shitty energy with? Yeah, that is the perfect time to sage! Last summer Ray and I saged a few times when there was a lot of chaos in our lives and coming in and out of our door. Because I believe in God, I use this time to pray as well and ask for protection for your heart and house. You can meditate and visualize during this time as well. I believe that God brought these plants into our lives for a reason, if I can use the two together- fab!

I also use home made Lavender/Rose smudge wands because
1. I’m kinda basic and it’s just really freaking pretty.
2. I love the properties of these plants and the rooted feeling I get from all of those.

So, what’s the point?

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I find the act itself makes me move my mindset. Sage smudging my house makes me focus on on bringing in GOOD, and LETTING GO of the bad. Like I said, it’s been great for toxic spills, but it’s also great weekly to start a new week with new energy.

(I took this from a blogpost that you can find here):
Here is a simple 3-step sage smudging ritual to try:

1. Use loose dried white sage or a white ceremonial sage bundle (aka wand), which is usually bound together by a thin string. You can find sage bundles at your local herb shop or health store, Wiccan/pagan bookstore, metaphysical store, and even some yoga and healing arts centers. Or, if you have a sage plant, you can make your own — just bundle and tie it, and then hang upside down in cool dark space until it is completely dried out.

2. Next, place it on any heat-proof burning surface like an Abolone Shell— a traditional vessel used by Indigenous American people that represents the element of water. Light the bundle by holding a flame to it until it begins to smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle gently or blow until it is just embers and smoke. I often find that I have to re-light my sage bundle a few times during the ritual process. If you are burning loose leaf sage, the best method is to use a charcoal burning disk inside of a censor or small cauldron.

3. Once you have a nice smoke going, use you hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your body from your feet up to your head, then back down again. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady.

If you feel comfortable with this incantation {or can’t for your life think of shit to say}, repeat the following:

"Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel."

The sage ceremony lifts the veil between the everyday and the sacred. As you say your incantation, you are shifting energy at will.

Once you have smudged your body, begin to move through your space. Wave the smoke into all corners, across doorways and into shadow spaces. To maintain the atmosphere of ritual, keep repeating the incantation in your mind as you diffuse the smoke.

Once the space is cleared, allow the sage bundle to either burn out or gently press it out in your heat-proof shell or container. You can even bury the remaining smudge in your garden to really feel the completeness of the cleansing ritual. Once buried, the sage has done its work in completing the elemental cycle. Ideally, you should try to use a new smudge for each cleansing.

So, this is why I sage.
Times I’ve saged:
-When we’ve had house guests (clear out their energy, let ours come back in)
-When we’ve had illness/accidents that keep happening
-When our space feels ‘off’
-When business feels shitty
-When great things happen (as an offering of thanks and appreciation)
-When change has happend
-When my attitude sucks (seriously, it just switches your brain to a different frequency)

Grab your sage from one of my favorite Etsy gals WingoStarrJewelry to get your sage on!

Happy Cleansing Everyone! I hope this helps!