Smudging Cleanses Negative Energy...
Could you please explain the concept of “smudging”. Is this a
New Age fad or something to be aware of?
Andy from Toronto
Thank you for your timely letter. Recently the Globe and Mail
newspaper featured a full-page article on smudging.
Years ago, in old cowboy and Indian movies, you would see a
gathering of people in a tent about to pass the peace pipe,
usually before a trade of goods took place. In the midst of this
scene was an Indian with a bowl, passing it around to the
traders. In this bowl were herbs called sweetgrass and sage, set
on fire and causing a big smoke. This procedure was done to
cleanse the energies from the room so that trades could be
accomplished with clear minds and intentions.
In today’s world, smudging is used in many ways. I have clients
who were experiencing business problems, real estate deals that
weren’t going through for some unknown reason or relationships
that had been up and down since they moved to a new home or
opened a new business. My role is to go to the premises and use
a “smudge stick” to clear the air and the energy.
I do this by first closing all doors and windows, making my
intent very clear, then using this mixture of sage, sweetgrass
and sometimes lavender and cedar to release or get the energy
moving. The most important part of smudging, other than intent,
is to open the doors and windows after 15 to 20 minutes to then
release all the past “stuff” that has accumulated.
An article I read recently made an excellent point about homes
that had been lived in by smokers and coincidentally were not
selling. One real estate lady had a home on the market for a
long time, smudged it and a week later it sold. Why? Well, the
way I see it, everything has energy, and smoke that has settled
in a home or office and even in a car would make the air or
energy stagnant. In a subliminal manner, prospective buyers feel
this and hesitate to buy the property or car.
I have found that when a business has not done well and is
eventually sold but not “cleared”, the new owners will also have
problems. It really does make a lot of sense when we look at
everything as having a feel of its own. Smudging is a neat
concept and one worth looking into.