White sage (Salvia apiana) is a plant native to high desert ecosystems, and grows prevalently in California. For hundreds of years, white sage has been considered a sacred, cleansing, purifying, and protective plant. It’s leaves are a whitish-green, and if you rub the fresh leaves between your thumb and forefinger, a refreshing, cleansing scent is released.
Native Americans started the tradition of using Sacred Sage to ward off evils spirits and negative energies, and white sage has been used in ceremonies to seek blessings of health and prosperity, banish spirits, encourage protection.
When I first started communicating with the spirit world, I realized that many times, spirits and energies would linger in my house and in the spaces where I conducted readings. Often times, I would energetically set the intention that the space would be clear, simply by doing a meditation where I visualized that all the energies in the space were returned to the earth. However, in some cases, this wasn’t enough to ‘remove’ the additional energies.
Before incorporating any additional cleansing and protective tool into your practice, I encourage you to begin to utilize ‘clearing techniques’, that are available to you in meditation. Simply put – imagine that the energies that you are carrying with you – that may belong to others, are released from your energy, back to the earth. This is called grounding and clearing – and is highly beneficial for any ‘feeler’, clairsentient, emotionally in tune soul, or intuitive worker. Clear your energy by closing your eyes, visualizing yourself, and watching any energy that may have attached itself to you over the course of the day, the week, or the year! Releasing from you, exiting through your feet, and releasing back to the core of the earth.
You can then expand this routine to your house, or any space where the energy feels thick, or heavy. This space might just be your living room, after a fight with your spouse. Once you’ve mastered ‘mental clearing’, it’s time to bring in the boost – white sage!
Sacred sage can amplify any clearing and protective techniques that you are already using. As a plant, and a living being, sage also has a spirit. The spirit of sage is dedicated to offering protection, blessings, and clearing.
How can you work with white sage?
Most people, including myself, choose to burn it.
Develop a practice to release and clear energy from your space, such as using white sage.
Sage Smudging is a ritual where the leaves of the Sage plant are burned, and the smoke is directed into and onto areas that are in need of clearing and protection. The idea is that as the leaves are burned, and you speak express your gratitude for it’s assistance, the spirit of the sage plant releases it’s energy of protection and clearing into the space or onto the object that needs clearing. As the smoke moves through the room or over a surface, the smoke attaches itself to any heavy, negative energy that is within the space, object or being. As the smoke clears, the spirit of White Sage carries with it the negative energy that was once attached, back up to the Spiritual Light.
This heavy energy then becomes released, so that it may regenerate into something positive.
You can perform this smudging ritual on anything or anyone that needs a clearing (if it is a living being, remember to ask permission!). You can use White Sage to help you clear a room, a building, or a property. White sage can assist you in releasing energies and thought forms from yourself or another that no longer serves you. You can ask Sage to assist you in cleansing unknown energies from a stone, or an object that you received as a gift!
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