~ Smudging ~

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Smudging Sage with Smudging Feather
~ Smudging ~
The use of smudge is so versatile and is rea lly only limited by your imagination. Smudging is an important spiritual practice that can help you stay positive and bring good energies into your home and your life. For maximum benefits it approach it like a sacred ritual. Purity of intent is the most important factor in smudging. Hold your smudge and the smudging bowl sacred and treat them with respect always, and you will be rewarded with blessings and good vibrations! 
You can clear yourself, your home, your crystals, personal jewellery, feathers you use for shamanic healing work, your drum and rattle or any other ritual tools by passing them through the smoke of white sage/other herb smudge sticks. Simply hold a smudge stick in one hand and pass the items you want to clear through the rising smoke provided they are small enough to do so. When smudging larger items such as your sacred drum place the drum over the smudge stick and let the smoke flow into the inside of the drum and all over the face of the drum. Don't forget to smudge the drum beater also! You can also smudge your altars and shrines, deity statues, clothes, massage table, healing implements, your pendulum, tarot cards, etc. 

Just move the smudge stick over and around the objects until you feel that all the negativity has been cleared. Always beware of falling embers that might burn delicate items. All healing tools should be smudged after each use. Or, if a personal ritual item has accidentally been touched by somebody else, smudge it!

If you smudge in pure Love and Light intent you can't go wrong, say in your mind what is in your heart .... but if you would like a Smudging Prayer to read while you are conducting the clearing process then here is a lovely one:

Smudging Prayer
May your hands be cleansed, that they may create beautiful things
May your feet be cleansed that they might take you where you most need to be 
May your heart be cleansed that you might hear its message clearly
May your throat be cleansed that you might speak rightly when words are needed
May your eyes be cleansed that you might see the signs and wonders of this world
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke and fragrant plants
And may that same smoke carry our Prayers, spiralling to the stars, heavens, universe and beyond
Love and Light
Many Cleared Blessings

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