Smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony, so it is best to perform it with full awareness and in a slow, mindful manner. Even the happiest homes accumulate negative vibrations over time. Many people find it helpful to cleanse the home at least several times a year. Some people smudge as much as once a day.
To get started with your cleansing kit, place your abalone shell on a table, desk, or any other appropriate surface with your smudge stick or palo santo. Light your cleansing stick/palo stick with a match or lighter. Using your hand or a feather if you have one wave the smoke around the room or object. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your cleansing session.
Move in a clockwise direction around your house (usually starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air as you move. Spend a bit more time cleansing the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and carefully cleanse inside. Do not forget about spaces such as the laundry room, the garage, and the basement.
When you have cleansed all areas of your house, return to the starting point and monitor your cleansing stick/palo stick until it is extinguished or place it in a cleansing pot.
It is best to perform your cleansing at a time when you will not be disturbed. It will allow you create a sense of ceremony when you smudge your house, allow yourself at least 10 to 15 minutes.
* Set includes small abalone shell, small sage cleansing stick and a palo santo stick. Box in pictures not included.
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