Every Spring for eons people and animal alike start their spring cleaning. Sweeping out the dull, stagnant energy of winter along with the piles of unnecessary junk we accumulated over the past year. Its a wonderful time when we feel renewed by purging ourselves of that which no longer serves a purpose in our lives. A great starting place is your home!
For me, by the time Spring approaches im so over Winter it isn’t funny…desperation for fresh air, warm sun and flipflops is over whelming so i always start by gather up winter clothes and packing them away to make room for more spring-like wear. Ahh i can breathe better already! Next i clear up all the junk stuffed into every nook and cranny of my home. Throwing out old magazines (or recycling them is better), clearing the dust off the shelves, organizing closets, getting rid of anything broken and donating anything that isn’t used but takes up space. Now, you may think once your house is cleaned out everything is finished , right?
While ridding yourself of unwanted clutter is GREAT for your home and your toes (im always stubbing my toe on this or that) Energy needs to be cleared out too! My favorite way to change the energy in my house is by opening all the windows and doing a good old fashioned smudging.
What is smudging you say? (shock horror!)
indigenous peoples of the Americas. It has been widely adopted by many
non-natives. It is done to correct the energy in a home, in an office, in an
object, or even in a person. This is accomplished by burning sage or sage and a
combination of herbs, in a focused, intentional way to cleanse out negative
energy and to replenish positive, healing energy.
Herbs used in smudging are typically sages, cedar or sweet grass. Sage
(particularly white sage which is the most potent and my personal favorite to use) and cedar are
typically tied up in hand-sized bundles called smudge sticks to dry. Sweet grass,
a tall plains grass with a sweet vanilla scent, is braided into ‘whips’. The
smoke they produce when burning is known for its “cleansing” properties and are
the most popular way to smudge your home. Its so easy to do and the effects are
How to smudge your space and yourself:
Start by opening all the windows in your home (so as to give negative energy a way to get out) and light your smudge stick , letting it burn for a minute or so the blow out the flame. It should be smouldering and billows of white smoke are rising. Start at your front door and walk clockwise around the house– going into each room and walking clockwise around them– fan the smoke into every nook and cranny using a feather or your hand (or whatever you have , ive even used a paper plate) Don’t forget the corners and closets! I walk around the perimeter of each room then right down the center so i know all areas were covered. You can say a little prayer or anything you like while you smudge. In every room i usually will ask the angels and all the powers that be to rid this space of all negative and unwanted energies and charge this space with positivity and light. When each room is thoroughly smoked i close the window and go on to the next room. I go around my home (and every floor) till i end up back at the front door. I step out onto the front step and then smudge myself by rotating the smudge stick around my body. Now you and your space are cleared!! I use a heat safe bowl to stomp out and store my smudge sticks in. Smudging can be done as often as you like and has the most wonderful effect! Call on your angels to keep bringing in good energy to your newly cleared space! <3 You can even smudge your crystals to clear them!
Speaking of crystals!… Crystals are a great way to bring in positive energy to your home and work space. Clear crystal quartz placed in every room helps to keep your space flowing with good energy and helps to cleanse not only the room but your thoughts as well. I have one in every room of my house along with a green plant (philodendrons are PERFECT) to constantly filter out negative and stagnant energy. They sort of do maintenance in between smudging and i am always recommending them to clients.
Cleaning and clearing inside and out keep us moving like well oiled machines….opening up to all the magnificent things that are coming to us in the seasons to come. Cleaning out your space, your mind and body (good nutrition is made easy and delicious with new spring fruits and veg) will keep you at your absolute best and that is something EVERYONE can use!
Love , light and everything wonderful Spring is bringing,