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  • What is Smudging?

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    When For Heaven's Sake customers ask, "What is Smudging?" we tell them it's a process used for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. It is used to 'wash off' the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space.

    The smudging ceremony is a Native American tradition and is performed by burning specific dried herbs, like Sage, and letting the smoke float around the house. Depending on the size of the house, the entire ceremony should take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Here are the steps we suggest for smudging your house/space:

    1. Light a candle and say a prayer and/or focus all your engery
    2. With a fire-proof bowl in hand, light your smudge stick with the burning candle and gently move the stick around until it begins to produce smoke
    3. Begin moving in a clockwise direction around your house/space. Wave the smudge stick throughout the room, paying special attention to the corners. Stagnant energy builds in the corners of a room. Use the fireproof bowl to catch any falling embers from the smudge stick.
    4. As you make you way into rooms with cabinets and closets, be sure to smudge in those spaces - including under the sink, the laundry room, even the mirrors in the house need smudging. Gently wave the smoke in all these areas.
    5. When you have made a complete clockwise trip through the house (including your garage), stop where you started and extinguish your smudge stick. Once it has time to cool, you may store it for additional use at a later date. You might use the entire smudge stick during your ceremony! But if not, it may be reused.

    When asked how often a space should be smudged, we say only you can know the energy of your space. If it begins to feel heavy within a week or two, smudge again. Some people smudge every few weeks, others every few months - it's really up to you.

    Find your smudge sticks in our store - we have a variety of sizes. If you worry about using a lit smudge stick, we do carry Smudge Spray, and it may be used to cleanse your spaces.

    Have questions? Send us an email at info@forheavensake.com or come by the store! We'd love to see you!

     

  • Clear Your Energy and Cleanse Your Home with Sage Smudging Ritual

    Clear Your Energy and Cleanse Your Home with Sage Smudging Ritual A lot of people who are foreign to the art of burning sage think that this is done to make the home smell nice. Clearly, those who thought so have never smelled burning sage before.

    Dried ceremonial sage carries an aromatic, pungent scent when burned. Lots of people dislike its smell. Some would say it smells like weed. But the truth is that sage exudes a therapeutic aroma, which can increase relaxation and aid in deeper meditation.

    The art of smudging

    The process of burning sage is called smudging. Humans have used sage for its cleansing properties. Smudging ceremonies have been around for centuries and is considered as one of the purest, oldest methods of cleansing a person or a group of person. It is a means of dispelling the mind and spirit of negative energies. It also helps change the energy when you’re depressed, unwell or angry.

    It is not just people who are smudged. It was believed that even objects and spaces have a spirit, and are often smudged to invite peace and harmony to your home or office.

    The effectiveness of this theory is based on the theory that smoke is a purifying agent. In this ritual, sage stick is lighted, letting smoke float around the house. The smoke is directed onto areas that are in need of protection and clearing. The smoke clears the space by attaching to negative energies that are present in the space. Negative energy is released as the smoke clears.

    Smudging is also a great way to cleanse your mind, body and aura. You can either do this on your own or ask a friend to help you perform the ritual. Light the smudge stick and motion the smoke around your body. Start from your head, and then down your chest, arms, back and legs. Don’t forget to set your intention before you begin with the ritual.

    If you’re interested in cleansing your aura and clear your space, please check out our store. We have sage and other herbs that you can use for smudging.

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