Burn sage in a well-ventilated area. Do not leave burning sage unattended. Keep away from animals, children, and flammable materials.
Prepare by thinking positive thoughts and say your blessing, intention, or prayer. Never blow on the smoking sage; you’ll blow away your spirit and positive energy.
Hold the sage stick at one end and point it downward at a 45-degree angle, bring a flame to the downward-pointed tip, and rotate the stick to light the sage evenly. Light the stick until it catches fire. Put out the fire by blowing it out with a feather or with your hand. Fan the sage to develop a nice, even ember. To increase the amount of smoke the sage produces, fan the ember or relight to increase its size.
Place the smoking sage in a non-flammable bowl or shell to catch ash and embers.
Smudge your body with the smoke; cleanse yourself with the smoke. Smudge your hands to prepare yourself for the ritual. Smudge your legs so you walk through life in a good way. Smudge your mouth to speak good things. Smudge your eyes to see good things. Smudge your ears to hear good things. Smudge your heart to feel good things. Smudge your head to think good things.
Smudge the room you're in by moving the smoking sage around the room to cleanse the entire room from floor to ceiling and from corner to corner. Move on to the next room, if desired, and repeat the process.
You can smudge other people or objects by moving the stick around the person’s body or object from top to bottom in counter-clockwise motions.
To prevent the embers from dying out, fan the embers or relight as needed. When you are done using the stick, snuff out the embers in your smudging bowl or shell.
You can repeat all of these steps with the palo santo instead of the sage bundle.
If you are also practicing crystal healing, place your selenite wand outside at night with the moonlight. Selenite can be used to amplify the properties of your other crystals.
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