Sacred smoke created from burning medicinal or sacred plants is an aspect of many cultures and religions the world over. In North America, it is a practice common to Indigenous Peoples and is called smudging. Many, but not all, Indigenous cultures in Canada smudge but may have different beliefs associated with the smoke, and different ceremonies and protocols. In this article we are giving a general definition of smudging.
How to smudge ?
First, make sure you are grounded and clear minded. Say or think of an intention of what you want the room to hold energetically. Open doors, and windows, make sure you are alone and that your pets are not in the same room. Light the dry herbs with a match or a lighter. Allow it to burn a few moments and then fan the flames out. It is the smoke we want to work with, not the fire. Use an Abalone shell or a bowl to catch the ashes. Disperse the smoke with your hand or a feather. Walk your room in a clockwise, start at the bottom of the wall and go to the corners. Continue to do so until it feels cleansed. To stop the stick from smoking, crush it in your shell or bowl. Do not stop it under water.