Chances are you’ve heard about smudging, the act of burning sacred herbs to transmute negative energy. Here, modern shamanic practitioner Marika Messager explains the process in detail and provides a step-by-step basic smudging ritual.

sage smudge stick

Smudging is the common name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition – but essentially it refers to the art of cleansing your self and your environment using simple ritual and ceremony. Our homes, objects and bodies do not consist of purely physical matter; they also vibrate with subtle, invisible energy. Cleansing a space or our bodies with techniques such as smudging clears away all the emotional and psychic “garbage” that may have gathered, perhaps over hundreds of years. It’s like spiritual spring-cleaning.

Smudging calls on the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies and put you back into a state of balance, peace and harmony. It is the psychic equivalent of washing your hands before eating – and used as an essential preliminary to almost all Native American ceremonies. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science – when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.

The aroma of sage, for example, increases the oxygen supply to the brain, producing a relaxation of muscle tension. In addition, the smoke from some herbs actually changes the molecular structure of air and energy, producing a cleansing effect. As the sense of smell is connected very powerfully to instinct and memory, the burning of smudge sticks has been found to be a very effective aromatherapy agent, especially when combating feelings of depression, anger, fear, frustration, resentment, and grief.

Smudging is a North American ritual, but is not exclusive to this area and has been practiced all over the world. In some cases, smudging is linked to the use of incense – as incense, like a smudge stick, is a natural object that is burned for a specific purpose. The history of incense itself goes back thousands of years to Egypt.

Most traditional cultures, from the Zulus to the Maoris, from the Chinese to the Balinese, have age-old forms of cleansing and blessing ritual. Even the West retains relics of it – the incense wafting through a church is cleansing the atmosphere just as surely as the medicine man’s bowl of sacred smoke, or smudge. The church bells that ring out on Sunday morning were also originally intended to purify the whole parish through sound and lead the community from everyday space into worship – just as the Shaman’s drum can lead us on sacred journeys into the world of the spirits.

Smudging is both a ceremonial and an every day practice, so some smudging rituals are performed on a daily basis. Others are reserved for special or ceremonial occasions. As well as a way to clear one’s energetic field, smudging is often used to cleanse apartments and houses before they’re sold, before you move in, or whenever you feel the need to clean your environment. It’s also good to clean any objects you interact with regularly, like your computer or phone, while smudging can also be used to cleanse or protect crystals.


A smudge kit usually consists of four of five pieces, each representing one of the four or five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and sometimes Spirit or life energy):
A shell (abalone shell is most often used) to represent Water
Unlit herbs to represent Earth
Lit herbs to represent Fire
Smoke to represent Air

Sage is one of the most popular plants used for smudging, as the smoke carries an amazing fragrance that lifts the spirits. Even though sage grows abundantly in many locations, the most commonly used sage for burning and ceremonies is desert sage, or white sage.

The smudge sticks you find in witchy stores are most commonly made of sage and sweet grass, both of which play an important role in the smudging process. Sage is used to evacuate the negative energies, spirits and influences, while the sweet grass will gather new and positive energies. Other herbs used for smudging are cedar, juniper and lavender, and plain tobacco is also sometimes used by Plain Indian tribes.

Palo Santo wood from the rainforests in Ecuador was also considered by many to be a Holy Wood, and burning Palo Santo has been used by the Incas since ancient times as a spiritual remedy, for purifying, and cleansing.

Sagebrush (confusingly, the “sage” used in most smudge sticks, is not culinary sage but sagebrush): transforms energy and brings change.
Sage (the culinary herb): brings wisdom and is calming and healing.
Sweetgrass: attracts positive energy.
Lavender: restores balance and creates a peaceful atmosphere. Lavender also attracts loving energy and spirits.
Cedar: deeply purifying, especially for clearing negative emotions and for healing and as a way to attract positive energy. Also used to bless a home before taking residence there, a tradition dating back to the Northwest and Western Canadian Native Americans, and believed to aid clairvoyance, revive the tired mind, body, and spirit, and stimulate contact with other worlds.
Mugwort: stimulates psychic awareness and prophetic dreams. It also banishes evil spirits.
Juniper: used to purify and create a safe and sacred space.
Yerba Santa: used to purify and to set and protect boundaries.
Rosemary: a powerful healer that brings clarity to problems.

Visualisation is a very efficient technique that can be used anytime. For example, simply visualise that you are filling the room with clear white light that is removing all negative energies as the light is flushed out of the room. You can also use essential oil of sage or Paolo Santo on yourself or to spray in the room.

You can steep appropriate herbs or essential oils in water, creating a tincture to sprinkle or spray the area with. Placing Himalayan salt near a windows and then throwing the salt away will also disperse negative energies (ideally put the salt into the earth). Sound cleansing, using a gong or crystal sound bowl, is also very effective.

Dream catcher with sage smoke to illustrate article on smudging. Read more at!


  • Before you begin your smudging ritual, center yourself, holding the intention to drive away all negativity from your energy and purify your soul.
  • Put the herbs in a receptacle (ideally an abalone shell), light them and gently blow out the flame so that the herbs continue to smoulder.
  • You can also hold the herbs in one hand. Bear in mind that you will only need a few leaves to create enough smoke.
  • If you are smudging with Paolo Santo, all you need to do is light one side of the wood and hold the other side.
  • Now, take some smoke in your hand and bring it over your heart, keeping the intention to clear your energy. Then bring some smoke over your eyes, your third eye and your head.
  • You may wish to repeat the same process with your throat, solar plexus, sacral and root chakras, and finally your legs and feet (including the soles of your feet).
  • As you smudge, visualise yourself being surrounded by gentle, loving energy. Breathe in positivity, courage and love. Connecting with each smudged area and the feelings you wish to release or attract will empower your ritual (i.e: letting go of self abuse and bringing empowerment while smudging your solar plexus, or releasing grief and calling for unconditional love while smudging your heart).
  • If smudging a space, use a fan (ideally made of bird’s feathers) to drive the smoke into all corners of the room, again, holding the intention to purge the place of negative energy and invite in purity and light.

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  • Linda says:

    Loved your article.

    Would love to know what reference you have about the aroma of sage and it’s benefits!

    • I’m also in serious trouble I’m a solo paranormal investigator and I’ve been investigating the same cemetery for the last 3 years and I never entered without saying my prayer of protection to archangel Micheal and before leaving but unfortunately there’s a young man that’s followed me home that i apparently remind him of a sibling but he’s not my problem I’ve also got somting non human that’s followed me as well. He is really bothering me touching me in bed shaking the bed pushing doors open mainly my bedroom door and he’s physically and mentally wearing me down .I’m at my wits end tbh please help

      • Tal says:

        I am sorry to hear that Ciara. It seems to be a part of the work dealing with the paranormal. I noticed you prayed to Michael. But have you ever tried praying to the One who created him? There is more power there and will banish that spirit if you ask. Becareful, as there seem to spirits who pretend to be Michael and other archangels too. Just be mindful of such. Much blessings!

      • Kat says:

        Ciara ODonnell, look into a system called, The Body Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. This system has helped me clear negative energy, spirits. Effective. Also just simply ask them to go to the light or to the next world, etc. Sometimes they don’t know what is going on so helping them move on is a gift. If you reply back, I can give you recommendations of people who helped me.

  • Dustin says:

    Love the article along with all the info! But after the Sage is done Smouldering the Spirits seem to just come right back to the same spot I have tried Banishing them just Don’t seem to work at all my wife and I are really getting bothered by this and really don’t know what to try/do next wishing for Success for were getting less and less sleep as time passes by any info from almost any 1 with some Good/Awesome info will be Greatly Appreciated if you gonna reply back with Negative comments please Save both of our time for I will NOT REPLY to Negative comments I repeat myself I will NOT REPLY to Negative comments at all Don’t waste Your Time Nor Mine!

    Thank You in Advance

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Dustin

      Have you tried sitting and talking to them, asking them why they are there?

      I’m sure there are lots of different options available to you.

      You could see if there is someone in your area who does house clearance/blessings.

      A simple way can be done during a waning moon, to light a white candle in each room and use frankincense.
      Sometimes it helps to think of the spirit as a frightened animal, to not meet them with anger or negativity but with love and compassion.
      To not order them to leave but to ask them with kindness, to assure them that it is okay for them to move on.

      Another option is to get an old broom and literally sweep all the negativity out of the house. Start at the space furthest from the front or back door and remember all corners and ceilings, under beds and chairs (anywhere a shadow lurks).
      Sing and be joyous while you do this.
      If you have children get them to join in – bang saucepans with wooden spoons, have a make-shift band jumping around your house.
      As you go from room to room, turn on every light.
      When you have brushed everything out, then go round with smudge.
      Smudge with lavender and/or sweetgrass.

      Hope that is of help and good luck with it all.

    • Lauri says:

      Try burning a mixture of desert sage and lavender, start from your front door and move clockwise around your home paying special attention to corners, closets and under beds. When you get back to the front door, push all the energy out. Then using the same sage go back around clockwise. And don’t push anything out. The lavender will bring good positive vibes and feelings of love in your home.

    • Brooke says:

      Lol I totally miss read your comment, I thought you wrote it doesn’t work and your wife keeps coming back. anyway I just lost my brother also just separated from my husband for him cheating I haven’t laughed in a long time

      • John says:

        Me to lol. My house is haunted it is controlling my 15 month old son and my wife and I both concour it is haunted . please help

        • Kat says:

          John, look into a system that helped me, “The Body Code” by Dr. Bradley Nelson. There are people who do this work and I can give names of people who helped me. It costs some money but well worth it. Not only will they clear the space but your aura and everything that these spirits have imprinted their energy into. I been there. I would also do space clearing such as burning sage, like get every inch of your home saged, put out some vanilla extract in little bowls especially by your bed and a photo of a saint or whatever your belief is, for me it’s Arch Michael. It takes different methods but once they are gone, they don’t come back.

    • Teresa says:

      When I saged my home the same thing happened where the spirits would disappear for awhile then they soon returned. What actually worked for me was Holy Water. I opened all the windows and doors and placed the sign of the cross at each door and window sill. After this the spirits were gone. Best of luck ?✨

      • Dog Eat Dog says:

        Sage is a real thing with so called holy water and cross isn’t, seemed the sage blessing you have done were incorrect, otherwise get an Medium to sent the lost Spirits to the Light, these Earthbound Spirits are best to be ignored, they are always roaming.
        Blessed be.

    • Emily C. says:

      PALO SANTO! I have heard from multiple people that burning sage cleanses the area completely- meaning you are clearing both negative AND positive energy from the area. After burning sage it is important to do something to bring only positive energy back into the space. Palo santo cleanses/purifies negative energy and makes it positive. So I suggest burning palo by itself or burning palo after you burn the sage. But I can’t say it enough! PALO SANTO!

      • Sirrah says:

        Just to add, if you’ve never used Palo Santo before just note that it burns faster than your usual sage smudge stick. Just take some extra care. It will light up quickly! 🙂

    • Hi Dustin:
      I’m sure you have gotten all the answers you needed since your post and I see a lot of good recommendations. However, I was still compelled to put my two cents in. :) Hopefully you find use of the information. I am a Reiki Healer and sage quite often. One of the things that people forget about is the empty spaces within our homes, offices, etc that seem to attract negative or neutral energy. When conducting a normal saging practice, we often forget about these spaces and think once we sage, we are done. However, I recommend that following your normal smudging, sit quietly in the center of your home and visualize the white light from the divine, creator or whatever you identify with. Visualize that white light washing through your home and and saturating every little corner of your home and providing it the cleansing white light. Visualize the dark areas becoming full of light. Say your blessing and invite the divine to walk with you through your home thanking him/her for the gift of smudging with a grateful heart.

      Also I started to think after reading your post again that neutral energies/entities typically will leave when you request that they leave. Be sure that noone is “allowing” or “tolerating” them to remain. Open doors will remain open. This is yours and your wife’s space and not theirs. You must be very firm and respectful but request they leave your space. If you find that the energies are darker..perhaps evil please do not attempt to deal with it on your own. Go to any metaphysical store in your area or contact a local Reiki Healer. They should be able to put you in touch with a Shaman who is simply trained to deal with something of that level.

      I wish you much love and light and hoping that the problem has been remedied by now.

    • Alyssa says:

      What helped keep the spirits away, and I mean many unwanted negative energies that was leaving marks on family members and a whole lot of other unwanted things. Before using the sage, put salt in the room that has the most activity or if you want you can do every room but you would want to put the salt in every corner of the room, either in a container, or just on the floor. The salt in the corners will help focus that energy to the salt, after putting the salt down you can start with the sage, after smudging the room. GET RID of the salt. Throw it away. If you put It on the floor vacuum it and dump the salt out. Take the trash out after. When you do smudge the house tell it to leave it’s not welcomed ONLY POSITIVE ENERGY is welcomed. For extra protection, grind up saffron and mix it in with the salt. In Tibetan tradition, evil energies do not like the smell of saffron, so they won’t enter a space if saffron has been used.
      I hope this works for you. It worked for us with a very old spirit who messed with generations of my family, he was extremely strong, took years to figure out something to keep him away. We took out most the other spirits he called in and closed the two portals in the house which will take a lot out of you if you have a portal. We sealed him in a room no one ever opens in the basement. It also took 3 of us to do this and we all slept the next day… if you do it right you’ll feel weakend because of all the white light you put into getting unwanted energies out. Make sure you pray and protect yourself before doing so, and keep thinking positive thoughts. And telling it, that it’s not wanted

    • Janet Mills says:

      Have you tried a binding prayer during the cleansing? I had a binding prayer done over me because of pain I was having. It worked! I have also had some negativity in my marriage resulting in a lot of negative vibrations to remain in my home. I have begun smudging, doing binding in my home, binding my husband from evil & binding my children from harm. All of our lives are improving and there is more peace in my house. My suggestion is to bind the spirits not only from the house but from your presence as well. I would also bind them to a place of light and peace. Good luck!

  • Dustin says:

    Any Shaman out there willing to Help I will go more in Detail with confirmation that your shaman! Living paycheck to paycheck reason why we don’t just move at this time!

    Thank You!

  • marmitetoots says:

    Hi from hawick uk .. dustin i know a man who can help.. please look on net for kevin carlyon white witch of st leonards on sea east sussex uk … he helped me beyond belief… good luck

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  • Kim says:

    Does it mean anything when it produces smoke rings? I got those in one corner.

  • Lisa says:

    Hello, my name is Lisa and I live in the U.K. I have never done anything like this before. But I feel that I am cursed. Please let me explain. I am 41 years old, single and have zero friends. And I cannot understand why? I am a thoughtful person, caring, loyal and a great listener. And I’m sensitive too. And yet no one wants to know me. This is what’s going on currently. Every single man that pasts me by in the street look at me with such anger. They look straight into my eyes with discontent. It’s like they see a sign on my head that reads *stay away.* People at work cannot tolerate me. I cannot go into any detail but I do have proof. and my own brother ignores me as though I were dead. And what’s worse my mum thinks this is ok for him to treat me this way. This has been going on for years. I have the worse luck with people. I am on Murphy’s Law No. 1 What can go wrong, will go wrong. I am not joking. Please help. Anyway someone on twitter mentioned the sage smudge sticks and I am willing to try anything to help. ( I must mention that my faith is Christianity but not in a negative way. I have a open mind and I am sensitive to all religions. As in I don’t criticize I accept other people for who they are and they believe.)

    Thank you

    • Joseph says:

      Hi Lisa, Im a 42 yr male and I came across your comment here after doing a search on the same thing. I feel exact same way, for the past few years it seems every time someone meets me they no longer want anything to do with me. Its almost as thought I have a sign on my head saying ‘get away’. Like you, I also have a dozen examples to corroborate my instincts. At this point Im completely stumped. My question is have you done anything to resolve this? Im considering doing the sage ritual as Im quite frustrated this point. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

      • Rachel says:

        Dear Lisa and Joseph, I’m sorry that you all feel that way. Possibly try a Palo Santo smudge followed by a Sage smudge and be sure to express these things out loud in your home as well as positives that you want to invite into your life and home. Nobody is perfect and there are things about ourselves that we can all change, I’m sure you all don’t have an imaginary sign on your forehead that says to stay away although it can constantly feel like that. Try to be confident. You possess many great qualities that people would love to get to know. When people pass you by, they are not giving you mean looks but most likely reflecting on their day or their stresses and then possibly you take that to heart… Further escalating the problem. You are not the problem. Your conscious mind is. Meditation is a great way to alter these thoughts. This article provided great explanations as to how smudging works on the body’s physiology.

        Be kind, even if you think others are sneering or want nothing to do with you. Kindness kills. You all are beautiful people and it’s a shame to keep that to yourselves.

    • Lauri says:

      Have you tried mediation?

    • TB says:

      You might want to look into a soul retrieval with a shaman (not just for this life, but past lives). Pretty sure you will find your answers there. Once you release that block your energy will start to flow properly. I could go way more into detail, but this is only my suggestion based on my own life experience. Worked for me. Best regards.

      • marianne says:

        HI TB: I somehow feel that a past life is haunting me at present as I once had a past life performed and years later find it somewhat interesting as to the things I am going thru.
        I was a lawyer and “jerked” (nice expression) everyone around and now I have so much law in my life and wondered why.. and often I am accused of something I did not do and have to use law to clear the problem up.that I feel that it is linked to a past life !!
        How do I get rid of all of this ! Any input would b e helpful!!

    • Claire says:

      Hi lisa i live in the uk and identify with what you are going through. I think that you may have been psychically attacked. Also families are bound by ego and jealousies. there has been a lot of negative energy in the atmosphere,politics,survival. The best way to meet new people it to let go of old memories and beliefs and find new interests. Try rose quartz stone and drink ginseng tea. Rose and geranium essential oil. Hornbeam flower essence and kali mur homeopathy. You have a new friend in light and space. X

    • Claire says:

      Hi lisa i live in the uk and identify with what you are going through. I think that you may have been psychically attacked. Also families are bound by ego and jealousies. there has been a lot of negative energy in the atmosphere,politics,survival. The best way to meet new people it to let go of old memories and beliefs and find new interests. Try rose quartz stone and drink ginseng tea. Rose and geranium essential oil. Hornbeam flower essence and kali mur homeopathy. You have a new friend in light and space. X

    • Barry young says:

      Dear Lisa,
      I’m so sorry to hear your going through such a tough time. I too felt this way for about 2 years until I found a book in my local library by Ester and Jerry Hicks, and it is written by a spirit entity called Abraham, this according to Ester. I know it sounds goofy and I was very sceptical believe me,I had to read the book 2 times and on the second time around I said what do I have to loose and decided to try everything it said and I read more on Abraham and found video series on YouTube, check it out it truely did help me and my life has improved so much I can not tell you. AMAZING. The book I first read was called THE LAW OF ATTRACTION,BY ESTHER AND JERRY HICKS. SERIOUSLY CHECK IT OUT MY FRIEND AND ALL THE BEST TO YOU.

    • Carol Pflueger says:

      Do you need a friend? I would like to be your pen pal…

    • Darlene says:

      Hi ,

      I read your post and I believe you should pray Psalms and fast. Ask God to deliver you.

  • Caitlin says:

    I have used Palo Santo several times to cleanse my room, self and crystals but I have found no advice on how to dispose of Palo Santo in the correct manner. It feels inappropriate to simply sling it in the bin with my other rubbish. Can anyone advise the best method?

  • Navtej says:

    Caitlin, if you have or can get some swift-lite charcoals, you can burn all of your small palo santo nubs / stumps to completion on them. Sometimes I’ll put a few small nubs in a Baggie & hammer them down to tiny bits & either burn as-is or add them to other blends. But burning the little stump whole (flip every so often) works well on charcoal. Hope this helps!

  • GrannyD says:

    Try Kriya Yoga. Yogi satyam in Canada and India . It will make you powerful

  • Dana Labrie says:

    I had painted a painting of an abandoned church oil on canvas and it’s on my wall.
    My BF who was Native Canadian had gifted me with Indian grown sage and shell. The first day I brought it home I placed it on my table didn’t even burn it had no clue the ritual yet. That night I burned a candle on the table like I usually do. That night my painting shifted for the first time EVER in 5 years tmtilted about 7 inches. It was approx 7 feet from the sage. He attruted it to the sage being close to the burning candle. Today 1 year later and ex boyfriend gone. I had not burned a candle in a long time and that same sage is still on my table. The painting shifted again today…

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  • Renaye says:

    Smoke (uncombusted particles and tar) are not good for electronic components and circuit boards. Smoke (regardless of it’s plant origins) is not good for people with upper-respiratory and immune-suppression issues, and it’s the worst for children with or without these challenges. Admittedly, I’m on a rant about this because many spiritual types are utterly convinced that smoke is a cure-all, when in fact, it can be quite the opposite in its effects on health and well-being.

  • Sara says:

    This is a great article! I personally love smudging with Palo Santo (Holly Wood). This amazing wood is used now a days by both South America’s shamans and healers of many cultures and backgrounds. It is highly prized in the art of space clearing, for it’s potent effects in cleansing away negative energies. Thanks!

  • warren says:

    when i burn a black sage mugwort around house and body, how do i say something same time it burn? please help me. thank you

  • Wondering says:

    Hello, I’m just curious to know if people that struggle with drug addictions are allowed to smudge.

  • Sara says:

    All that is, is yours and mine and everyones’.
    A drug addiction is not a penalty or punishment. It is a condition and you have the power to change it in every breath you take, every moment you make yourself aware and have a desire. Make your intention known to the universe and smudge yourself and your space while you proclaim your desired intention out loud. Be grateful every moment for your recovery that you intend to have as if you already have it. Give thanks for the outcome in the now and it will manifest in your future.

  • Caron says:

    Hi,do white sage incense sticks work has well has the sage bundle. I have tried both and find the incense sticks alot more convenient ie quicker to light, less mess, sweeter aroma and actually seem to cleanse better over prolonged use. Thoughts please

  • danielle says:

    no there is something to this i know that there is ,,, my mother has dated men that seem to get sick mentally when they have become serious with her ,, granted my mother suffers from mental problems so that could be a coincidence but it always seemed odd that these men would change so dramatically and that fast for the worse ,,, when i was a little girl and they would be checking for things like scoliosis for example as i stood in the line i new that i would be aflicted ,,and it was never any surprise when it would be me and only me with the issue ,,, i also have had the same scenario of watching someone i love seem so completely normal when we began courting but literally become a lunatic as time went by ,,, not just depression ,, but insane asylum type behavior that only ever seemed to get better when i was gone for a period of time ,, again i have explained most things away ,, history of mental instability in the family could explain my mother and i both picking unsuitable partners ,,,, but ,,, my sister and i have both scene a demon when we were small ,, well hers was a demon for sure ,, mine i remember thinking that she looked more like an angel and was all in white but her dark hair seemed off to me even as a 5 year old and i felt terrified by her so i am conquering that she was negative ,, though i have often wondered ,, sickness runs rampant in my family both my grandmother and myself had children with what would become fatal illnesses and basically my life seems to very much parallel hers as far as the stress and mental toll having a sick child seemed to take on what was once very attractive women ( my grandmother was beautiful ) but she aged practically overnight and to me it felt like she was worn down,, like her looks were TAKEN and not by life ,,, but again stress could be the case in both of these scenarios ,, people also dont like me ,, its not everyone but i have had horrible pain associated with meeting someone and its like they just turn on me and start to see me as very different than i am seemingly with out any real situation that could of provoked such a turn ,, and my daughter has experienced this big time and other than how strikingly beautiful she is there was never anything i could possibly put my finger on that would cause adults who started off liking her to suddenly start getting what i can only describe as a bad taste in their mouth when interacting with my child ,, i am talking about teachers and parents ,, people who really didnt know her just disliking her for no reason at all ,, or liking her alot at first but than just turning and going the absolute opposite way ,, not just disliking her but being hostile towards her ,, now that she has grown up she is alot more forthcoming with different scenarios that very much described the whole LOVE HATE thing that i have been dealing with my whole life ,, bad enough that when i meet someone and i really like them sometimes i say to them even that i am afraid one day they will turn ,, and yes im sure that worrying about these things could possibly bring about some negative law of attraction type thing,, but that really cant explain all of it away ,, bad luck has seemed to plague my life ,, i have very few family members that have been left alive ,, my daughter has what will eventually be an illness that shortens her life and she suffers daily ,, when i was a teen i remeber thinking out loud once ( naively ) that if a boy didnt get jealous he must not like you very much and subsequently i ended up being married to the most horribly abusive jealous and controlling man that if he was charged with all of the crimes he did to me in those years i have told him he would prob have ten life sentences ,, it was that bad and he is one of the ones who seemed completely normal apon meeting him and slowly began to what i can only describe as losing his mind and yes def seeming possesed when he was at his worse ,, but the comment i made way back about jealosy as a kid ive remebered it for all of these years and wondered if it was somehow heard by a demon and he used it against me,,, also re my daughter getting sick when she was being diagnosed i remeber jokingly thinking for just a moment ,, g look all the attention she is getting while thier trying to figure this out ,, i wonder how much more we would get if she really was sick ,, again i feel convinced sometimes that even having had that thought that i am somehow to blaim for her illness ,,, her disease is very rare only 1 in 90,000 people ,, less than 200,000 in the world affected ,,, her father and i both had to carry a copy of this bad gene to have passed this along to our daugher ,, not only is being a carrier of this gene very rare but even with us both happening to find a partner w this same mutation thier was still only a 20 percent chance of her having it ,, not only does she have it but its full blown ,, like the worst form of it ,, not one person on either side of the family with anything remotely like this has surfaced and on his side of the family he has four brothers who have produced a total of 19 children and non of them have been afflicted i can trace my ancestry back pretty far at least more than 100 years and no one on my side of the family has ever had a child with any type of nueromusculor degenertive nerve disorders of any kind , however this is a genetic disorder , it is auto resessive so i have been told that it could only pop up at random times but given the fact that my husband also had a child with someone else prior to our meeting it seems very strange to me that just as i new i would be the only kid in the class to have whatever ailment they happened to be screening for weather it be head lice or scoliosis and the fact that i was aware of this kind of BAD LUCK from gradeschool on just as a feeling ,,, with everything else i am really about to head out and buy that sage ,, i just really wanted to make it a point that i think what the two people mentioned before about just having a feeling that they were plagued by something that was making life EXTRA hard on them ,, and that the women who wrote in seemed like such a nice person just from her writing sample i got a warm feeling from her like she like me should not be experiencing this negativity ,,, ive also wondered if it has something to do w being spiritual and open ,, like possibly there are certain people in this world ( until now i thought it was just me ) who are being targeted for thier goodness ,, my self for example have never hated anyone in my life even when i should of been angry at my childrens father for some of the torture he put me through i literally felt like being angry with him was a burden that made lack of forgivness even for a minute to be exhausting ,, i used to wish that i could be angry , and think that if i didnt have so much kindness and compassion for him during these times that it made much more sense than the never ending forgiveness and light that seemed to pour out of me when it came to people who had hurt me ,,, like i had some inner knowlege that it wasnt the persons fault that they were being controlled by whatever it was that was meant to destroy me or test me i do not know witch ,,, also my heart hurts for people in bad situations like it literally hurts and i feel often that the homeless and others that have felt some horrible persacution are connected to me somehow ,, ive literally had the urge to reach out and tell; certain people that it would be okay and feel as if when there eyes met mine that they would feel the connection as well ,, and of course my eartly mind will say that that is insane and that i am in no position to comfort or bring any sort of healing to another ,,,,but these are just some of the experiences i have had ,, my house burned down ,, if i am having a good day i am almost afraid to aknowlege happiness sometimes for fear that whatever it is will hear me and do something to me to punish me for being positive ,, and i cant tell you how many times i have made the mistake of letting IT no that i may be climbing out from under its influence ,, because im telling u even the people around me can testify to the bad luck sorts of things that will soon follow any kind of happy event that i get so HAPPY about i acknowlege the happy and than it must be replaced by the opposite … what has brought me to this websight is the fact that i feel worn ,, like its finnaly getting me and that sometimes it hurts worse to keep fighting IT and i should just give it what it wants if it be my soul ,,, also a family member has been staying with us for the few months now and she brought her cat ,, the cat appears to want to be friendly and will approache me by sniffing or rubbing my legs but as soon as i touch her she freaks out ,,, i thought for a little while that this cat must of been severly abused at some point as it acts terrified and will even hide in its carrier if it finnaly gets desperte to be around humans but still feels unsafe ,, she literally spends all of her time in the closet and as i said if she gets lonely she will come into the livingroom but want to be in her carrier or some other hiding place whair she can see us but not be bothered ,, she acts terrified even when she is not being touched ,, follows her owner around a good part of the time waiting for her even if my roomate is in a closed room,,, if i attempt to open the door for her so that she can enter rt before she runs for her life into the room she will growl and his at me ,, she does this with both of my kids my middle daughter the least it seems but she prob doesant even try at this point to pet the cat even when the cat seems to want to be affecionate ,, i know my eldest daughter will say out loud to the cat that she is sorry but as much as the cat appears to want to be friendly she wont risk being bitten or scratched when she finnaly makes a move to reciprocate …. another note a total stranger to the cat came in the other night and the cat was in this womens lap being stroked by her for more than an hour ,, i know that acknowleging negativity could be putting out negative vibes but ,,, come on the cat can sense that i am feeling a certain way so it to like the humans i encounter seems iether always to be hating on me or afraid of me ??? that one is a little hard to believe ,, granted this is the first time that an animal has ever acted this way but as i said before sometimes lately i do believe this thing is gaiinging power as i lose it ,,, so maby my bad mojo is getting worse ,, and more than people can feel that now its extending to animals ?? i really want to do a smudging but it sounds kind of complicated and would love to have it really made as simple as possible for me as i also have horrible learning type disabilities and add ,,, im thinking about watching some u tube videos bt talking w someone here seems like just as good a start ,, also i would love to talk to anyone who feels some how persecuted for whatever reason and maby feels like i do or has any experiences similair to mine ,, feeling cursed ,, or blessed ,, whatever it is that im feeling im not sure but if u sound like me i do belive that this is real and it may be a little bit more complicated than just thinking bad thoughts thier for bad things happen kind of thing …

  • Jo says:

    Amazing thanks!!!! Blessed-be

  • Mellissa says:

    A Friend told me that smudging removes positive and negative energies. And it leaves the door open to negative energy again not really protecting your home. Is this true?

  • Suzanne Figueroa says:

    I have 2 protective spirits in my home and I love having them here. My house hugs anyone who enters it and it is a warm, light, safe place and I know how blessed I am. These spirits are the protective boundary against negative energy/entity(?) in one particular area. No one, not even unknowing and non-sensitive guests feel comfortable in that space. How do I sage my home to rid us of that negative energy without forcing out the protective spirits I want here? Do I talk to them while I am smudging and tell them this is for my AND their protection? I want them to stay as long as they like but want the bad stuff to leave. Is there a way to do this?

  • karen cool says:

    how do you use lavender to replenish positive energy,i have lavender oils can i do it with the oil? i got my sage smudge today as you can see im new at boyfriend is very negative and so is his son i need to smudge to save my sanity

  • Erik lozano says:

    it is impossible to secure your house, ever. Unless you repeat a cleansing daily for the rest of your life maybe your home can be secured.But you can see here how one smudge can have a growing trend turned obsession. That obsession will put your mind in a state of fear or uncertainty which is what you don’t want hence your smudging. Smudge once be strong, positive, visualizing you are in a sphere of white light omitting the white light energy overpowering evil and darkness is good. Do your ritual and forget about it all keeping the blessed heart and harmony and relief you receive from the thought of just performing it.

    my advice is cleanse your soul and spirit. detox with a cup of water baking soda lemon mix each morning before you eat. And practice the art of feng-shui in your home for best results for a harmonic home. It helps a lot such as not positioning your bed in front of a mirror etc… Also you must carry a gem let it be jewelry such as a diamond, gold, saphire, amethyst, onyx, Ruby, or quartz etc.. there are many others but using jewelry protects you which is why Kings and Pharaoh’s dressed in gold etc.. I read someone mentioned a white candle. A white candle unscented is your best choice that will never fail you. if u have nightmares or issues when you sleep. light a white candle and sleep like a baby. thank andbgoodluck.

  • Vkw says:

    Hi! How important is it to have the abalone shell during a smudging ceremony/cleansing? Is there something else one may use in its place? Thank you!

  • Unfortunately, I am very sensitive to the energies in the space I reside in. Every house and apartment and space I have even slept a single night in, I have noticed whether it is “haunted” or negatively effected or not.

    I started using Palo Santo on my boyfriend’s parents house on their second floor. I have not been able to sleep well and have had the same reoccurring nightmare about a specific house for the 3 months I have lived there so far. This house is haunted in the worst ways. I burned Palo Santo and went around our room and the adjacent room asking for only positive energy and good vibes to get rid of these bad dreams… at the very least. It worked at first, but then when my boyfriend had two bad dreams (different dreams than mine) in a row, I decided to use it again.

    This time, my nightmare was the worst it had ever been. I am fearful I am using Palo Santo wrong or that something is wrong with me personally as to why I attract such things. It’s almost like burning it made “it” mad.

    We are moving in a few weeks to a new apartment and I really don’t want anything bad following me or us and I don’t want to attract and new bad things into our space.

    Do you have ANY advice for me?

    • Hello! Thanks for your comment. Have you ever sought psychoanalysis for your recurring nightmares? Our dreams are our subconscious mind trying to figure stuff out, and the images in our dreams are simply symbols for situations that may be troubling us on an unconscious level. If bad dreams are following you around, it may be worth seeking a therapist to help you investigate the meaning behind them. Sending you love on your path.

  • Carlos corona says:

    I am new to.meditiation but last night i had something pin me.down in bed after falling asleep and it wasn’t until I manage yo mumble to.let me.go it released. But need to.learn how to.smudge myself

    • Dorothy Murphy says:

      Dear Carlos. This is an awakenening dream where your primitive brain woke up before the rest of you. I have had them all my life . They used to really terrify me. Stress is a factor. I didn’t sleep on my back for years because of it. You will be OK xx

  • Lori says:

    So I saged my house because there’s a black mass/ shadow man, I started in the basement and worked my way up. When lighting my sage I said a prayer and continued lighting my sage… my wheel from the lighter broke and popped out.. weird fine I set the lighter down and proceed, I started out with sageing my self first
    When I got done with the down Stairs with the up finished and walked in to the kitchen to see my lighter on FIRE!!! I had a foul taste in my mouth and put out the flame! I then finished the kitchen and living room and opens the door to sho it away and then sealed my door.
    Why did I have a Bad Taste?
    And how in the hell did my light catch flame when the flint wasn’t In it or the wheel??? Help am I in trouble?

  • Emily L says:

    Hi, I really like this article. I’m planning thinking about burning sage. I am aware of… Things that others aren’t. I can sense things. My only question is, will the sage clear out All spirits? I only seek to rid boisterous and obnoxious ones. I don’t want to bar my spirit guide from me. Please no one judge, I know this must sound strange, but I would like some insight. Thank you!

  • Dixie says:

    Okay so I’m very concerned!
    First time smudging my apartment. My cat is literally growing at me, hissing, won’t let me come near her after smudging. She is really upset just at me, not my son. Do you think she saw something leave around me? Or what??? I’m freaking out

  • Peter says:

    Hi Marika. If one Burns sage just simply for the way that it smells and not having any intentions of ridding any negative energy, because I am a very happy person and have no negative energy surrounding me, would it attract any negative Spirits or energy? I just need your advice before I do light a sage in my house. My house is very positively energized. No ghosts or anything like that. The only thing that is negative is next to my house or my neighbors which are very negative, as they are doing a lot of bad things and fighting out in the open every day almost. They won’t even talk to anyone in the neighborhood and always look mad, depressed and negative.


  • Sarah says:

    Question: I just cleansed my house with sage, ringing a bell in all the corners and then used Palo Santo to bring in blessings. My one question is: I kept having to re-light the sage stick because it would stop smoking pretty quickly. This happened throughout the entire process with the sage stick – I had to re-light it almost 40 times to get enough smoke to do the entire house. Any idea as to why? Is it purely because the stick wasn’t great, or was something pushing against the sage / cleansing? I appreciate your feedback! Thank you!

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