A smoking sage smudge stick is basically the spiritual poster girl, along with crystals and candles. If you’re into spirituality, you would have seen it used or used this tool yourself. If you haven’t, WELCOME; this blog is about the change your life. White sage grows in a bush-like formation, with long stems and leaves; these are harvested at various lengths, bundled together, and dried. Iconic.
WHY BURN WHITE SAGE?
Burning white sage has been a part of spiritual practices in various cultures for centuries. Heavily ingrained in the history of some Native American tribal groups, white sage was, and still is, used to cleanse, purify and protect a space and the people within it. Carrying negatively charged ions, white sage will help to regulate your aura, which consists of positively charged ions. Through the process of smudging, we can neutralise energies in our aura, cleanse our spaces energetically of negative energy or unwelcome spirits. It’s a major win for anyone who is feeling spiritually heavy.
All you need to do is light your white sage smudge stick - ideally using a candle flame; after the sage flame disappears, a thick smudge (smoke) should remain. This is what you use to cleanse yourself, your belongings and your home.
We have white sage bundles with other herbs - lavender, Yerba Santa, rosemary and cedar.
Each of these herbs have their own meaning, properties and benefits. They’re available online HERE - check them out.
CAN YOU TOLERATE THE SMOKE?
Sometimes when my asthma is flared up, I cannot tolerate the smudge from the sage. This is why I created The Tower; it’s a luxe vegan candle that encompasses the power and ability that a white sage smudge stick has. Harmonised with three beautiful different sages, The Tower will assist you in letting go of what no longer serves you, or remove spiritual baggage that you have acquired from other people or places. The Tower will be your new best friend.
HOW TO SMUDGE YOURSELF AND YOUR HOME - USING A WHITE SAGE SMUDGE STICK
Start by opening windows/doors in your home; this allows any pent up negativity an exit point. Light your The Tower luxe vegan candle and set your intention - to energetically cleanse yourself and your space. Prepare your smudge stick (remove any cotton thread near the leaves) and ensure you have a fireproof surface ready - our abalone shells are perfect to use as a smudge bowl. Use your candle flame to light your sage, allow it to burn for a moment then blow out the flame. A thick smoke should be coming from your smudge stick - this is perfect.
Before you cleanse your home, you must cleanse yourself first. Start at your feet and slowly move upward, ending at the crown of your head - allow the smoke to touch your body and thank it for clearing any negativity. Yes, it's really that simple.
When cleansing your home, start at your front door and travel in a general clockwise direction around your home. Feel your intention - to cleanse and clear any negativity. You can affirm vocally as you smudge your home, or you can keep the intention within - it's up to you. Focus on the walls, and any space that you feel is negative. Watch how the smoke moves; it will tell you where the energy is more dense - concentrate on these areas. Don't forget to smudge cabinets, wardrobes, and any drawers. If the sage stops smoking, simply relight it. Complete this process in each room until you get back to your starting point.
Your smudging is now complete.
You can extinguish the smoking end of your sage smudge stick in two ways: by briefly placing it under water, or crunching it against your smudge bowl or abalone shell - which is available HERE.
HOW TO SMUDGE YOURSELF AND YOUR HOME - USING THE TOWER LUXE VEGAN CANDLE
If you’re using The Tower to cleanse your home, you can use it in a similar way that you use a smudge stick.
As with the aforementioned technique, you must cleanse yourself first with this sage method. Light The Tower and place it on a fireproof surface; position yourself so that you are in front of it. Look into the flame and feel the cleansing energy illuminating from its vessel - hold both of your hands in a relaxed position in the candle’s light field - about a 20cm radius around the flame. Feel the warmth and allow your skin to soak it in. Graze your fingers over your body, starting at your feet and slowly moving upward, ending at the crown of your head - feel any negativity float away and share your gratitude.
When cleansing your home, start at your front door and travel in a general clockwise direction around your home. Instead of moving the candle while it is alight, allow it to burn in each room of your home for about 5-10 minutes, infusing the room with its harmonious, beautiful energy. Feel your intention - to cleanse and clear any negativity. Again, you may affirm vocally as you smudge your home, or you can keep the intention within - it's up to you. Focus on the flame and how you feel in each room - if you feel that the energy is dense in some places more than others, allow The Tower to work its magic longer in those spaces. Complete this process in each room until you get back to your starting point.
Smudging using a sage smudge stick or The Tower are both very simple, and effective ways to cleanse your energy, and the energy of your home. Do not underestimate the process. You may cleanse before you perform a ritual aimed at self love, for example, or you may just decide to do it on Sunday’s as a way to recalibrate and restore your energy for the upcoming week. Please remember that this is a GUIDE. If this doesn’t align with you, you can follow your own method - as long as the intention is pure and powerful. There are no rules. There’s no right or wrong. You get to decide what’s right for you.
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