If you haven’t heard Justin Bieber’s latest song, Love Yourself, you may be living under a rock~ or perhaps you’re still hung up on his wayward ways a few years ago. Either way, do yourself a favor, and go check it out. (I love it, I am a Belieber, again!)
That being said, I keep wanting to write a spiritual parody of it, where rather than saying ‘You should go and love yourself’, I would sing ‘You should go and smudge yourself’, but I haven’t been able to get too creative with the rest of the song lyrics yet.
So what’s the deal with smudging anyway? Does it really work? And how do you know when you should, or shouldn’t, be doing it?
When I first learned of smudging, I was a bit naïve. In fact, I didn’t know a darn thing about it, however, I have some really great friends who were able to fill me in on this technique.
Smudging is for everyone~ you don’t need to be a spiritual guru, shaman, medicine woman, ghost whisperer, etc. The art of smudging, while spiritual, in that it releases negative energies, it also has scientific backing to rid your house of bacteria and germs.
Read further to learn the best times to smudge your home, and yourself, for optimal living!
When You’re Sick, You Should Smudge Yourself!
Sickness is the easiest way to know that you’re energy is off. When you are feeling under the weather, or someone in your home is, grab your smudge stick, light it, and walk around the house, releasing all bacteria, germs and negative energy that is not there for your highest good, or the highest good of your family. As I said before, smudging is known to help clear up harmful bacteria in the air.
When You’re Sad/Angry/Depressed, You Should Smudge Yourself!
Yes, smudging can be a mood enhancer! Whether you’re feeling down, angry, depressed, lonely, or tired, smudging can help to release the pent up emotions so that you can feel ‘normal’ again. This isn’t to say that it will take away depression and you can get get off your medication. Negative energy, whether our own, or someone else’s, can make very dominant feelings in and around us. When we smudge our homes, and ourselves, we are releasing these negative energies back into the Universe, so that we don’t have to hold on to them.
When There’s an Argument, You Should Smudge Yourself!
Anytime there is a lot of tension in the air, it’s always a good idea to smudge the area afterwards, to release any lingering emotions once and for all. Have you ever heard the expression, ‘You could have cut the tension in the room’? Our emotions and feelings carry energy, and when we have a release (like an argument) the energies are also released. So if you and your spouse have a heated argument, you are spewing anger in the room, possible hurt, and defeat. That’s some pretty nasty stuff. By smudging, it’s like doing a spiritual cleanse of the room.
Before and After Large Gatherings, You Should Smudge Yourself!
Anytime there’s large groups of people coming together, whether to celebrate, or mourn, you should smudge the areas that people will be in, or have been in. I remember one Thanksgiving we had family over, and I had smudged the house before hand. The day was wonderful. The following day though, everyone in my house was grumpy. It wasn’t until late afternoon that it dawned on me, I should probably smudge again, and so I did. Everyone’s bad moods diminished.
When You Move, You Should Smudge Yourself!
When you move into a new home, it’s important to smudge the home of the old tenants’ energies. For many, our homes are our safe havens, where we let everything out, and thus becomes an energy portal for what we are putting out there. When you move into someone else’s home, if you smudge, you are alleviating the previous tenant’s energy that was left stagnant, and making room for your own personal energy.
When Things are Wacky, You Should Smudge Yourself!
If you are open to spirit, you may be able to tell when things are feeling a bit wacky. I have had lights turn on by themselves, instruments play by themselves, chairs move, etc. When Spirit is around, it’s best to cleanse the space for your Highest Good so Spirit can only come through in a positive way for you and your loved ones.
Smudging takes mere minutes, and yet offers so many benefits to our lives. As long as your intention is good, there’s really no ‘wrong way’ to smudge. Have fun with it, make it a ritual, for you and your family.
Until next time,
Catherine Graham is an intuitive, healer, and owner of Journey Healers. Catherine is also a mom of 7, and two granddaughters. She has been working with Spirit since 2004. Any comments or questions can be emailed to her at Catherine@journeyhealers.com